Smackdown Review – The Demon and The Suit Terrorize Rollins

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10/1/15 – Scott Strandberg – @wrestlerosters

Kane and The Dudley Boyz def. Seth Rollins, Kofi Kingston and Big E by pinfall

Rollins started the show in the ring, calling out Kane. Corporate Kane showed up, walking on crutches, and said that Rollins had destroyed his passion for returning to work, when Rollins re-injured his leg. Rollins reminded Kane that he attacked him at Night of Champions, and dragged him through the ring on Raw.

Corporate Kane continued to deny knowledge of Demon Kane, and booked Rollins into a match teaming with New Day against the Dudleyz and “The Demon.” Rollins said he would only agree to the match if Corporate Kane was seated at ringside to watch, and Kane accepted.

When the main event arrived, Corporate Kane was seated at ringside, and no one came out to Kane’s music, so he told them to start the match as a 3-on-2 handicap. Rollins hit a neckbreaker on D-Von and tossed him into Kane. An official helped Corporate Kane to the back, and Rollins unsuccessfully tried to coax Kane back to his ringside chair.

Back in the ring, D-Von hit a sidewalk slam on Big E, and Bubba hit a fallaway slam on Kofi. D-Von took out both Woods and Big E with a dive off the apron, and Demon Kane entered, driving Rollins into the barricade. Kane tried to chokeslam Rollins onto the announce table, but Rollins jumped over the barricade and ran away into the crowd. The Dudleyz took advantage of the distraction to hit a 3D on Kofi for the pinfall.

After the match, Bubba tried to include Kane in the celebration, but Kane chokeslammed him, D-Von, Kofi and Big E. Kane hit a Tombstone Piledriver on Woods and held Rollins’ World Heavyweight Championship belt high to close the show

Scott’s Thoughts: The Kane split-personality story is the best material he’s had to work with in years, and he’s taking the ball and running with it. I enjoyed Rollins’ distraught face, when he realized the inevitability of Demon Kane’s entrance as Corporate Kane was being helped up the ramp. I also liked Kane destroying everyone at the end, regardless of face/heel affiliation.

Ryback def. Kevin Owens by countout, Owens retains Intercontinental Championship

Ryback hit an early gorilla press slam, followed by a delayed vertical suplex. Ryback added a Thesz press, but Owens answered with a DDT. Owens hit a running senton and a neckbreaker, and Ryback responded with a belly-to-belly suplex.

Ryback hit a sitout reverse powerbomb for a near-fall, and Owens fought back with a superkick for a near-fall. Ryback regained the advantage with a spinebuster and a Meathook clothesline. Ryback tried for Shell Shocked, but Owens grabbed the rope and rolled outside the ring.

Owens and Ryback both went for clotheslines, knocking each other down outside the ring. Ryback got back in the ring, but Owens paused on the apron at the nine-count, and decided to get himself counted out. After the match, Owens tried to hit Ryback with a pop-up powerbomb onto the apron, but Ryback tossed him back into the ring, hitting another Meathook and a Shell Shocked.

Scott’s Thoughts: I’m not especially a fan of Ryback’s in-ring work, but this was pretty good. I do hope Owens gets a decisive victory over Ryback soon to end their feud, and move on to a higher-profile opponent.

Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt to step into Hell in a Cell

Wyatt said that he stepped up to Reigns’ challenge on Raw, but he was quickly interrupted by Reigns. Reigns entered the ring alone and stared down Wyatt for a very long time, before simply saying “Hell in a Cell.” Reigns retreated from the ring.

Scott’s Thoughts: I like the idea of a Wyatt/Reigns HIAC match, but this was an awkward segment with poor pacing. It is nice to have two feuds with kayfabe reasoning to take place inside the cell, because HIAC has been a bit forced as a gimmick PPV for some time now.

Team BAD def. Team Bella by pinfall

Sasha asked the crowd if anyone actually cares who started the Divas Revolution, and said the only thing people are going to remember about it is how Team BAD ended it. Team BAD earned the advantage in the match when Tamina hit a double clothesline on Brie and Alicia. Tamina followed up with a Samoan drop on Nikki.

Team Bella ganged up on Naomi, but Naomi made the hot tag to Sasha after countering Alicia’s tilt-a-whirl into a clothesline. Sasha hit Nikki with a double-knee into the corner, followed by her double-knee to the gut, forcing Alicia to make the save. Nikki tried for a Rack Attack, but Sasha took advantage of a Tamina distraction to hit a Bank Statement, forcing Nikki to tap.

Scott’s Thoughts: I appreciate Sasha getting another win over Nikki, but this wasn’t anything particularly noteworthy otherwise. Team BAD needs more involvement — and more wins — to remain relevant.

Neville and The Lucha Dragons def. Stardust and The Ascension

Viktor hit a belly-to-back suplex on Sin Cara, who responded with a hurricanrana. Neville hit a standing shooting star press on Stardust, but Viktor hit Neville with a second-rope sitout reverse powerbomb. Neville tagged in Kalisto, who hit a crossbody, a roll-through kick and a tornado DDT. Konnor tagged in blindly, but Kalisto planted him with Salina del Sol, earning the pinfall.

Scott’s Thoughts: My problem with this feud is that it’s just these same six guys wrestling each other all the time, and adding Barrett to that mix won’t freshen it up at all. It’s like this feud exists in an alternate version of WWE in which there are no other possible opponents, and overexposure is damaging what started as an enjoyable mid-card rivalry.