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WWE SmackDown in a Nutshell: John Cena Returns, Tag Team Matches Galore


Tonight’s episode of WWE SmackDown took place in Tampa Bay, Florida and started off with the new World Heavyweight champion, John Cena, addressing the WWE Universe. Along with Cena telling the world that he will be a regular on SmackDown, there were a total of four matches, including the featured Six Man Tag Team match between the teams of John Cena/Cody Rhodes/Goldust and Jack Swagger/Antonio Cesaro/Damien Sandow. Teddy Long must have booked tonight’s show because all four matches that took place on the show were tag team matches, which I found to be very strange. Anyways, here are the overall highs and lows from Friday Night SmackDown:

Best Match: The main event Six Man Tag match between John Cena/Cody Rhodes/Goldust and Jack Swagger/Antonio Cesaro/Damien Sandow was the best match of the night. As stated earlier, there were no singles matches throughout the show, which was different, but each tag team bout delivered in some way shape or form.  Like most tag team matches, the heel team dominated the match from start to finish, only to be outdone by a series of moves by the face team, which leads to their demise at the end. I don’t think there was any doubt; John Cena just wasn’t going to lose in his first match back on SmackDown. As always, Goldust looked impressive and hasn’t aged a day in his life. I’ve been so high on Goldust since his return and he continues to prove his doubters wrong each and every night he steps in that ring. Also, Cody Rhodes has been flawless and crisp when it comes to hitting his maneuvers and he looks rejuvenated since joining forces and winning the WWE Tag Team Titles with his brother. All six superstars who competed in the match were on point and worked very well with one another. In the end, John Cena hit the Attitude Adjustment on Jack Swagger and won the match via pinfall. Great tag team match.

Crowd Chants of the Night: Surprisingly, I didn’t hear any distinctive chants throughout tonight’s episode of SmackDown until the main event. I’m not saying that the Tampa Bay crowd was bad, because they weren’t, they cheered the good guys and booed the bad guys, but it was hard to notice any real chants that the audience was participating in. But, like I said, in the main event, the crowd chanted “Goldust”.

Breakout Star of the Night: Jimmy and Jey Uso were the breakout stars of the night after scoring an impressive victory over the team of Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. The Usos have been a thorn in The Shield’s side for some time now and they are starting to put forth some outstanding, noticeable performances. The Usos are going to be WWE Tag Team champions in the near future. They are super talented.

Fan Sign of the Night: This is the part of the review where readers can comment on what their favorite crowd signs were. What were some cool, funny and clever signs that you saw during tonight’s episode of SmackDown?

Jobber of the Night: Alicia Fox was the jobber of the night, mainly because she barely did anything in her Six Diva Tag Team match. Alicia had about 30 seconds of ring time and pulled off very little offense when she was in the ring. Also, it seems like Alicia has turned heel more times in her career than the Big Show…and that’s really saying something.

Upset of the Night: There were no real upsets tonight on SmackDown. The closest thing to an upset would be Natalya making AJ Lee, the Divas champion, tap out to the Sharpshooter during a Six Diva Tag Team match. There were only four matches on SmackDown, which didn’t leave a lot of room for upsets.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night: This was a solid episode of SmackDown, wrestling wise, but there were no shocking or unexpected moments throughout, which was disappointing. It’s difficult to choose a moment that is worthy of the holy sh** moment award because anything I write down will be underwhelming. The Wyatt Family decimating the Prime Time Players and Bray Wyatt hitting Sister Abigail on Darren Young could have been worthy, but we’ve seen the Family do this on so many occasions already. Man, I’m truly stumped. Sorry guys.

Worst Match: The worst match of the night was the Six Diva Tag Team bout featuring the teams of the Bella Twins/Natalya vs. Alicia Fox, AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka. It wasn’t the worst Divas Tag match I’ve ever seen, but compared to the other matches that took place tonight, it was by far the worst. However, there was a positive, and that was Natalya making AJ Lee tap out to the Sharpshooter, which will probably make her the number one contender for the Divas Title.

Logic Fail of the Night: What do you think was the logic fail of the night? I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary or illogical on tonight’s show. Leave your opinion and thoughts in the comments section below.

Tweets of the Night:




Commentary Lines of the Night: “Randy Orton is what’s best for business” – JBL during Miz TV. “This is the worst thing that’s happened since the Conquistadors” – JBL. JBL did a good job on commentary today…Michael Cole…not so much.

LOL Moment of the Night: To me, the LOL moment of the night was Dolph Ziggler promoting the sale on WWEShop.com. Ziggler did a tremendous job at selling (literally) and was extremely charismatic and funny throughout the entire segment. I’d like to see Ziggler in a meaningful feud for a championship, but I’m sure he will get the spotlight sometime soon.

Overall Lowlights: The Miz getting RKO’ed (poor Miz, getting beat up every single week can’t be fun), all four matches were tag team matches, Six Diva Tag Team match, Natalya makes AJ Lee tap out,

Overall Highlights: John Cena/Zeb Colter segment, Sandow’s purpose in life is to end the Cena era in WWE, The Usos vs. The Shield, Bray Wyatt promo, Wyatt Family vs. Prime Time Players, Randy Orton promo on Miz TV, Dolph Ziggler’s the best salesman, John Cena/Cody Rhodes/Goldust vs. Jack Swagger/Antonio Cesaro/Damien Sandow.

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  • Heelsean

    You guys in America probably didn’t have them, but in the UK on Smackdown they were showing a load of adverts for the European tour and were advertising Big Show/Miz/Ziggler vs the shield. So the storyline of Show being banned from wwe for life means hes back in 2 like 10 days

    • Yeah, I don’t think anybody expected Big Show to be gone for long.

  • xXwindsofchangeXx

    I think a sort-of-“holy sh**” moment was seeing Cena hit a Spear on Jack Swagger outside the ring. Just because it’s Cena, it’s always weird when he uses a move he doesn’t normally use. I don’t think he’s pulled that one out in a year or two.

    Speaking of Cena, he was better than usual as far as the comedy bits went. Very creative. I still don’t like that he’s champion and hope it doesn’t last for too long (are they going to set Sandow up as a #1 contender soon?), he was on his game today. When he referred to Antonio Cesaro’s “pizza” nipples… I started laughing so hard that I almost choked… it just so happened I was eating dinner at the time, which consisted of – you guessed it – a frozen pizza. (But on that note, that’s at least the third time I’ve heard Cena say something in a promo about another man’s nipples. Is there something he’s not telling us…?) And then he said something about Colter looking like Yosemite Sam. Now I can’t unsee that comparison.

    MizTV might be the worst thing ever to happen to Miz. Ever since the very beginning of it, the segments always end with him getting his ass kicked by either his guest or somebody else that shows up. Literally. Every. Time.

    No news on the IC Title? Are they just going to pretend it doesn’t exist until Axel’s hips are healthy? That’s no good… :-(

    And all respect to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but I’ll be glad to see the Usos back in normal colors next week. Their head-to-toe all-pink ensembles for their entrance are starting to make my eyes hurt.

    Have I mentioned before how much I love the Real Americans’ new tag team entrance?

    And, finally, would you mind explaining why AJ tapping to Natalya’s a lowlight? It’s probably going to set up AJ/Natalya for the Divas Championship at SS, and Natalya is probably one of the few Divas active on the main roster that can hold up her end of a match with AJ. We’re going to see some good wrestling, and AJ/Natalya should have happened 2 months ago before Brie got shoehorned in there. (Speaking of Divas, paging Paige…)

    • I actually explained in one of the categories that it was a highlight and I could have sworn I put it under highlights. That was a better moment. Definitely.

    • JMD

      was i seeing things, or didn’t axel fight ziggler on this week’s RAW?

      All things considered, I’d be OK with an IC tournament. Not an Axel fan

  • Mrs. Ambrose

    I thought the six diva tag match was ok IMO the match wasn’t bad at all. The Shield vs The Uso’s was a good match. I like the Big E. Langston was at ringside. The last match John Cena, Goldust, and Cody Rhodes vs The Real Americans and Damien Sandow was ok, but could’ve been better.

    • WWE has been doing a great job with their tag team matches.They are unpredictable (for the most part) and are lasting longer than 5 minutes.

  • JH

    Loved seeing Cena on Smackdown, it’s only a week in and I’ve already enjoyed his WHC title run more than his entire WWE title run earlier this year.

    Also, watching Cena interact with Cesaro and Sandow was awesome, if his title reign includes some feuds with both of those guys I will be an extremely happy viewer.

    • Looks like Cena is bringing that certain Swagger back, now that he’s on SmackDown.

  • Poppy’s Hammer

    Do you have a video/link for that Lol moment Adrian? I can’t seem to find it :S.

    • I will look for it. Ziggler did a great job at selling stuff!

  • Edynol

    I think the LOL moment of the night was Cena’s opening promo. “It’s not delivery. it’s Cesaro!” That had my rolling for like 10 minutes. I know most on here prefer intense, serious promos, but I love the funny ones and Cena was spot on in this one.

    I am also glad Sandow is still in the picture with Cena as well. Glad what happened Monday wasn’t just some way to get him out of the title picture completely because I was afraid that we see more ADR vs Cena with Sandow being totally forgotten. BTW, where was ADR? Is he taking some time off or something?

  • Gorship

    Best Sign: Maffew Presents

  • Edynol

    Oh and I like the shield promo. Did anyone notice the look Reigns gave Rollins? Another subtle tease at his eventual face turn. Heheheh. I am thinking he will go baby face at the Rumble.

    • Yep, it’s only a matter of time. Both Rollins and Reigns have been noticing Ambrose’s words lately.

  • Danny Morgan

    the miz getting RKO’d was a lowlight? REALLY? REALLY?

    • I’m starting to feel sorry for him! I think he’s a decent wrestler and a good worker. Randy has been shitting on him for weeks now.

      • JMD

        how much longer until they re-unite Miz with A-Ri, managed by Al Snow, for J.O.B. Squad 2.0

  • Joseph Douglas

    How is Natalya getting AJ to tap out a lowlight?

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