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SmackDown In A Nutshell: Bedlam Breaks Out

This is it folks, their ain’t no more. Shows before Extreme Rules, that is. So it’s the last chance for WWE to announce matches, set up the ones we already know about, and otherwise just get us hyped up for Sunday’s big show. So let’s get right to the action, shall we?

Best Match of the night:

I’m going to go here and say it. The eight man tag match was really enjoyable, New Day was entertaining as ever, but man did Big Cass shine or what? I mean, you have eight really talented guys in the ring. A few are clearly in that “new era” grouping.the Dudleys best years are obviously behind them, and New Day is the present. It was a good mix, many different but complimentary styles, and it made for a really entertaining match. And oh yea, Cass was awesome.

Worst match of the night:

This one? I think I go with Dana and Paige. Which honestly wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t nearly as good as the rest of the card.

Crowd Chants of the Night:

lets go Ziggler

New Day Rocks

there might have been more, but I wasn’t hearing much.

Star of the Night

I really could go a few different ways. Which is a nice problem to have. But I honestly think I have to go with Big Cass. He really looked comfortable in the eight man tag match, and really is coming into his own.

Spot of the Night:

I love Cesaro and his European uppercuts. The leaping one, the corkscrew one, the corner to corner uppercut train. Take your pick. His standing dropkick in the corner is always something too, as is his avalanche gutwrench suplex.

Jobber of the Night:

Going to go with…no one. Maybe I missed it, but no match really had a jobber feel to it tonight. I had thought about Paige here, for putting Dana over…but it wasn’t such a bad job that calling her a jobber would have been warranted.

Upset of the Night:

Dana going over Paige? Maybe, except she’s been on a roll since debuting on the main roster. Which leads me to….Cass, pinning Bubba. That’s a pin on each of the Dudleys in the span of a week. I have to wonder if Bubba and Devon knew this was in the cards when they signed on to return. If they knew? Then I have tons more respect for them.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Probably for me would be the asylum part. You just knew, as soon as Jericho said lower it, that Ambrose would wind up inside with him.Me, I figured that he’d manage to be hiding on top of the cage when he lowered it, but of course they won’t do that anymore. So he dressed up as a ring worker instead, snuck in as the cage lowered and beat up Jericho pretty good. Sunday should be awesome. Memo to WWE: if someone in that match does not leave with a crimson mask, you’re doing something wrong.

Botch of the night:

Not a botch in the easiest sense of the word, but it was so badly telegraphed when Sheamus went for and missed the Brogue Kick, then stayed doubled over so Dolph could hit the Fameasser.

Commentary of the night:

Ain’t no party like an uppercut party, ‘cuz an uppercut party don’t stop.

These two teams are going at it like the Rangers and Blue Jays

LOL Moment of the night:

Nothing had me laughing tonight. That’s OK.

Noteworthy Moment:

Not a lot that I’d call noteworthy tonight, though perhaps there is this. As Reigns and Styles were brawling to close out the show, and Reigns got some offense in, he actually seemed to get some cheers. Now, that’s either legit crowd cheering. Or WWE piped in a lot on the mixing of the footage. Could go either way.

Overall lowlights:

I suppose there could have been a bit more work to set up a few other matches, like in ring work. But those that lacked in ring work, got a highlight package. Really not a whole lot here to complain about.

Overall highlights:

It would be so easy to hate on the fatal fourway, if only because it seems like we haven’t had a one on one match for the Intercontinental title in ages. But, at the same time, you have three really strong wrestlers-and The Miz-in a match that I think WWE has done a great job of building up.

Speaking of great build-up, I have to also point out the Asylum match. Sure, it’s just a weapons match in a cage, but this one has been built up well and the rivalry between Jericho and Ambrose could very well steal the show.

After the final bell:

A solid, if unspectacular, Smackdown heading into Extreme Rules. I have to give a lot of credit to Reigns/Styles and the Family/Club feud. I wasn’t a fan instantly, and I still hate the abbreviated moniker, but the feud itself has been damn strong. Almost good enough that people forget their dislike for Reigns. I am not sold on Gallows and Anderson (yet), because unfortunately at the moment, they’ve only been cast in a supportive role. I keep hearing about their overseas success, but I want to see that come to WWE. Not trashing them. Just saying that I think as much hype as they came in with, they haven’t showed us everything yet. But that said, the closing bedlam was a really strong way to end the match and show, heading into a huge championship match on Sunday.


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  • Darda Cook

    A solid, if unspectacular, Smackdown heading into Extreme Rules.

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