10/22/15 – Scott Strandberg – @wrestlerosters
Tyler Breeze and Summer Rae send a message to Dolph Ziggler on Miz TV
Miz asked Ziggler how it felt to get tossed aside by Lana on TMZ, and Dolph said that Lana is a grown woman who can do whatever she wants. Dolph said that Summer was clearly just using Rusev, just like she'd tried to use Ziggler. Miz called out Summer, telling her that she's the real victim in the scenario, seeing as "Dolph Ziggler the homewrecker strung you along."
Summer reminded Dolph that they had good chemistry, and Dolph interrupted, telling her "I'm just not that into you." Summer laughed maniacally, saying that she wasn't here to beg for him back. Summer said she had found a real man, and Tyler Breeze appeared.
Breeze asked Dolph if he was stuck in the year 1985, to which Dolph said "That was a pretty good year…" Breeze said that together with Summer, he would give uggos like Ziggler in the WWE a much-needed facelift. Breeze attacked Dolph with a selfie stick to the throat, before referees pulled them apart. Breeze landed a Beauty Shot for good measure, before posing with Summer for a selfie.
Scott's Thoughts: A very fun debut from Breeze. A feud with Ziggler is a great way to bring him in. I am disappointed that Ziggler's heel turn has apparently been aborted for the time being, but a Ziggler vs. Breeze/Summer feud is more than enough to make up for it.
Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose def. Big E and Kofi Kingston by pinfall
Selling his attack at the hands of John Cena and the Dudley Boyz on Raw, Xavier Woods did not accompany his teammates to the ring. Ambrose hit an inverted atomic drop on Kofi, followed by a corner dropkick. Kofi slammed Ambrose onto the apron, following up with a Boom Drop.
Kofi came up empty on Trouble in Paradise, allowing Ambrose to reach Reigns. Reigns hit a tilt-a-whirl slam on Kofi, and Drive-bys on both Big E and Kofi, who decided to walk out on the match. The Dudley Boyz appeared and escorted Big E and Kofi back to the ring, where Ambrose hit a rebound clothesline on Big E.
Reigns and Ambrose hit a Doomsday Device on Big E, and Reigns decked Kofi with a Superman punch. Reigns speared Kofi to earn the pinfall. After the match, Bray Wyatt appeared on the Titantron and told Roman, "I'll see you in hell…"
Scott's Thoughts: A far better than usual thrown-together Smackdown tag main event. The pacing was strong, and the finish was an exciting flurry of action.
Seth Rollins def. Cesaro by pinfall
Stardust and The Ascension sat in the crowd, holding a "Stardust Section" sign. Rollins thought about walking out on the match, but Kane had threatened him earlier that he would prevent him from doing so, and Rollins changed his mind, getting back in the ring. Cesaro hit uppercuts and a dropkick, and Rollins went running up the ramp again.
Cesaro caught Rollins on the ramp, but Rollins tossed him into the barricade and the ring steps. Back in the ring, Rollins hit a diving knee strike, but Cesaro responded by dropkicking him off the turnbuckle. Cesaro landed a flying crossbody, but Rollins kicked out at two.
Rollins landed an enziguiri and a superkick, earning a near-fall. Cesaro hit a big uppercut and locked in a crossface, but Rollins reached the ropes to break the hold. Cesaro tried for a superplex, but Rollins squirmed his way out and hit a Pedigree for the pinfall victory.
Scott's Thoughts: A strong opener from two of WWE's best in-ring performers. The "Stardust Section" stuff is still a bit odd, because they haven't done anything with it yet. Once the feud starts, I would imagine that Cesaro and Stardust will be capable of putting on some tremendous matches.
Nikki Bella (w/ Brie Bella and Alicia Fox) def. Paige (w/ Charlotte and Becky Lynch) by pinfall
Paige cut an in-ring promo, again denying that she attacked Natalya. She called Charlotte and Becky out to the ring so she could explain herself. Becky ripped into Paige, calling out her empty apologies, and Charlotte accused Paige of making everything about her.
Team Bella interrupted, and Nikki started to talk about getting her title back. Paige said that to get to Charlotte, Nikki would have to get through her first. The match got underway, and Paige hit a gorilla press slam.
Nikki tried for an Alabama Slam, but Paige rolled through and hit a knee strike for two. Nikki transitioned a tornado DDT into an armbreaker and continued working on her arm. Paige responded with a superkick, but Nikki yanked her shorts, sending Paige into the ropes.
Nikki hit a spinebuster, but Paige rolled her up, grabbing her tights. Nikki kicked out, but Paige immediately hit a fallaway slam for another near-fall. Nikki fought back with an Alabama Slam and a Rack Attack for the pinfall.
Scott's Thoughts: Paige's slow-burn heel turn continues, and it's actually gotten more interesting the longer it's been drawn out. While it's still very obvious — probably setting up Paige as Charlotte's next challenger once she's done with Nikki — there's some actual nuance here. I also thought the match was quite good. While Nikki isn't exactly a great wrestler, she seems to have consistently good chemistry with Paige.
Sheamus and King Barrett (w/ Rusev) def. The Lucha Dragons by pinfall
Sin Cara leapfrogged Kalisto onto Barrett, following up with a springboard senton for two. Barrett knocked Sin Cara off the apron, and Sheamus drove him into the barricade. Back in the ring, Sheamus hit a tilt-a-whirl slam, but Sin Cara fought back with an enziguiri to Barrett.
Sin Cara reached Kalisto for the hot tag, and he hit a springboard hurricanrana on Sheamus. Kalisto followed up with a spike headscissor driver, forcing Barrett to make the save. Sin Cara tried for a dive between the ropes, but Rusev pushed Sheamus out of the way, sending Sin Cara flying into the barricade.
Kalisto hit a plancha on Rusev, but ate a Brogue Kick from Sheamus when he returned to the ring.
Scott's Thoughts: This weird thrown-together trio of Sheamus, Barrett and Rusev is actually somewhat entertaining. Kalisto is always fun to watch.
Ryback def. Bo Dallas by pinfall
Bo said that he will accept John Cena's Open Challenge at Hell in a Cell, on behalf of all his fellow Bo-mericans. Bo started terribly singing the national anthem ("Bo say can you see…") but was interrupted by Ryback. Ryback hit a gorilla press slam, but Bo fought back with a jawbreaker and a running clothesline.
Ryback answered with a sitout jawbreaker, a Meathook clothesline and Shell Shocked to finish off Bo.
Scott's Thoughts: Bo Dallas is truly one of the most entertaining pure jobbers ever.