Smackdown Review – Two-Faced Paige Causes Divas Discord

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10/15/15 – Scott Strandberg – @wrestlerosters

Charlotte (w/ Becky Lynch) def. Alicia Fox (w/ The Bella Twins) by submission; Paige targets Natalya

Paige apologized to Natalya backstage, saying that she’s been under a lot of pressure lately. Paige told Natalya she would make it right, saying that she misses the Natalya she wrestled back in NXT. Paige didn’t accompany Charlotte and Becky to the ring, and Fox took advantage of the numbers game early, with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker.

Fox followed up with a bridging Northern lights suplex for a near-fall. Charlotte countered another tilt-a-whirl, but she and Fox hit simultaneous big boots. Charlotte recovered first, hitting a neckbreaker and a spear. Charlotte locked in the figure-eight, forcing Fox to tap.

After the match, the Bellas beat down on Becky and Charlotte, and Paige ran in to make the save. PCB cleared the ring and tentatively stood together as the segment ended. After commercial, Paige apologized to Becky and Charlotte backstage, but their conversation was cut short by two officials running down the hallway.

Paige took off down the hall, as Becky and Charlotte discovered an unconscious Natalya in her dressing room.

Scott’s Thoughts: This was about as good of a match as you can have with ~3 minutes to work with. For a secondary women’s feud, the Paige/Natalya angle is working quite well so far. Everything done here worked, as Paige’s apologies seemed sincere enough, until the reveal that Natalya had been attacked.

Dean Ambrose and the Dudley Boyz def. New Day by disqualification

In the show’s main event, D-Von hit a side slam on Kofi, but Big E took a cheap shot and New Day isolated D-Von in their corner. D-Von fought back with a second-rope neckbreaker on Xavier, reaching Ambrose for the tag. Ambrose hit a running bulldog on Xavier, then dove through the ropes to take out Kofi.

Big E tried to toss Ambrose back into the ring, but Ambrose hit a rebound clothesline. Back in the ring, Ambrose hit a top-rope elbow drop on Woods for two. Big E tagged in, but came up empty on a splash.

Bubba Ray tagged in and hit a back bodydrop on Kofi, followed by a bionic elbow on Woods. Kofi hit him with a dropkick and chaos broke loose in the ring. Once the other team members cleared out of the ring, Kofi rolled up Bubba Ray, but Bubba kicked out and hit a 3D with D-Von.

Woods broke up the pinfall with his trombone, causing the disqualification. Woods looked especially menacing as he attacked both Dudleys after the match, repeatedly striking them with his trombone as blood streamed down his face. New Day hit all of their finishers on the Dudleys to end the show.

Scott’s Thoughts: As I’ve said before, making New Day more overtly heelish is a good thing, and this was another step in that direction.

Dolph Ziggler def. Rusev by pinfall (w/ Summer Rae as guest referee)

Rusev hit an early dropkick, then blasted Ziggler off the apron into the barricade. Ziggler crawled back into the ring, where he hit a jawbreaker and rolled up Rusev. Summer tried for a fast count, but Rusev barely kicked out.

As Rusev confronted Summer about the fast count, Ziggler hit a dropkick and a neckbreaker. Rusev countered a Famouser and a superkick, hitting a superkick of his own. Summer made one of the slowest counts ever, with Ziggler kicking out at two.

Rusev again confronted Summer, and Dolph hit a Zig-Zag to pin Rusev. Summer told Dolph that she was devastated on Raw when she found out Rusev cheated on her. She reminded Dolph that Lana cheated on him too, saying that now that Rusev and Lana are out of their lives, maybe they should capitalize on their mutual chemistry.

Dolph said that he knew Summer is trying to use him, and that he doesn’t play those kinds of games. He dropped the mic and left Summer alone in the ring.

Scott’s Thoughts: If this is the end of this rivalry, it will go down in history as one of the most rambling, incoherent long-term feuds in recent memory. The match itself was pure silliness.

Sheamus and King Barrett def. Cesaro and Neville by pinfall

Stardust and The Ascension sat in the crowd, as Stardust held up a “Stardust Section” sign. Neville started off with a hurricanrana on Barrett, then used a headscissor to send Sheamus outside the ring. Neville hit a plancha to Sheamus and Barrett, then got Sheamus back in the ring.

Neville hit an enziguiri and a springboard crossbody for two. Sheamus fought back with a vertical front suplex, but Neville reached Cesaro for the tag. Cesaro hit a series of uppercuts on Sheamus, followed by a dropkick.

Cesaro delivered a springboard corkscrew headbutt for a near-fall, then tried for a sharpshooter. With the referee distracted, Barrett nailed Cesaro with a Bullhammer Elbow, giving Sheamus the easy pinfall.

Scott’s Thoughts: This exact same match — with nearly the exact same finish — also took place on Raw, so it was a bit eye-rolling that WWE can’t come up with anything else for these guys to do. I liked the “Stardust Section” bit, but they didn’t do anything with it.

Roman Reigns def. Bo Dallas by pinfall

Reigns’ entrance was interrupted by Bo, who said that he knows all about being in scary situations — like Reigns will be in at Hell in a Cell. Bo said that he went to Suplex City and came through unscathed — unlike Reigns — and that Roman will leave HIAC on a stretcher. Reigns started the match with a neckbreaker and a Samoan drop. Reigns hit a Superman punch and a spear to earn the squash victory.

Reigns picked up a mic — sounding thoroughly winded from his 60-second match — and cut a promo about how Bray Wyatt is the devil. He said that the only way to stop the devil is to ride into hell. Wyatt interrupted on the Titantron, saying that the sin of pride will be Reigns’ undoing. Wyatt said that he will deliver a prophecy unto Roman on Monday’s Raw.

Scott’s Thoughts: This didn’t do anything for Roman or Bray. I wish WWE could find a more consistent role for Bo, but at least he got to be on TV.

Braun Strowman and Luke Harper def. Prime Time Players by submission

Titus hit a side slam on Harper, and Darren followed up with a neckbreaker onto the apron. Harper hit a superkick, Strowman tagged in and quickly made Darren tap to the bear hug.

Scott’s Thoughts: It was somewhat expected that PTP was due for a quick fall down the card after they were removed from the title picture, but their downward spiral has been faster than I expected.

Kevin Owens def. Zack Ryder by pinfall

Ryder hit a big boot to open things up, but came up empty with an enziguiri. Owens countered with a running senton, but Ryder answered with a missile dropkick. Owens hit a pop-up powerbomb to win the match. Ryback ran into the ring to try and confront Owens, but KO retreated up the ramp.

Scott’s Thoughts: Filler.

  • Dean Ambrose and Byron Saxton cut an awful backstage promo about Payday candy bars. I feel sorry for these guys when they have to do these terrible product-placement bits.