8/8 Barnett's WWE Smackdown on SyFy Live Coverage: Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Paige and more...
By Jake Barnett
WWE Smackdown on SyFy Live Coverage
Taped on Tuesday in Laredo, Texas
[Q1] Dean Ambrose made his way to the ring as Michael Cole recapped the beat the clock challenge from Monday's Raw. A clip was shown of Ambrose as he cost Seth Rollins his match on Raw with distractions from the announce table. Ambrose smiled wrily as the camera cut to him after the clip. He said the authority thought they held all the cards on Monday. What the authority figured out is that you can't plan for Dean Ambrose. Since he outsmarted the architect, he gets to choose the stipulation, and he's been thinking over all his options.
He mentioned a JBL's Hat on a Pole Match, a Cole Miner's glove match, a loser watches Triple H's car match. etc. He said Rollins already washes Triple H's car, so that's off the table. Rollins interrupted and told Ambrose to cut the crap. He started to say something, but a you sold out chant cut him off. He said he was the brains of The Shield, but he gave him credit that Monday was pretty clever. He told Rollins that he had all week, so just cut to the chase and name his stipulation.
Ambrose mocked how dinged up the briefcase was, but he got cut off quickly. Rollins said he thinks with his heart, which he thought was courageous, but ultimately stupid. Rollins said he guaranteed that at SummerSlam for $9.99 is to see the end of Dean Ambrose. Ambrose asked if people would pay 9.99 to see him run away, or get him kicked out of the building. Ambrose said they made a lot of enemies in the Shield, and they would make sure that they tore each other apart. Ambrose then chose a lumberjack match.
Rollins said he's not running, because no matter the outcome of Summerslam he still has his briefcase, and that makes him the future of the company. Because Ambrose chose the stipulation at Summerslam, The Authority gave Rollins the ability to choose his opponent for tonight. Rollins introduced a video package that showed Randy Orton's beating of Roman Reigns from two weeks ago. Rollins then said his opponent tonight is Randy Orton.
Cole and JBL plugged that match for the main event, and also a Raw Rewind for the Stephanie and Bella's contract signing. He then plugged Mark Henry and Big Show vs. Rybaxel for next...[c]
My Take: A fun opening because Ambrose is so over, but I question Rollins pointing out that the outcome of their match doesn't change anything. The promo was also a bit longer than it needed to be. There wasn't enough content there to really justify ten plus minutes of talking.
[Q2] Rybaxel was in the ring. Mark Henry made his ring entrance, followed by the Big Show.
1. Big Show and Mark Henry vs. Rybaxel: Axel started with Henry. Axel used his speed advantage and mocked Henry early on. Henry finally got a hold of him and clubbed him a few times, which prompted Axel to run away and tag in Ryback. They tied up and Henry tossed him away easily. Henry caught Ryback as he tried for a cross body, but Axel snuck in and kicked his knee out from under him to stop his offense.
Rybaxel did some quick tags, but Henry hit a back body drop and tagged out to Big Show. Show hit a few quick moves on Ryback, and tossed him over to Henry. They did a simulatenous World's Strongest Slam and Chokeslam combo on Ryback and Axel. Show pinned Axel for the victory.
Big Show and Mark Henry defeated Rybaxel at 3:30.
Backstage, Dolph Ziggler was telling some jokes to fellow wrestlers, when Seth Rollins walked up. Rollins took a shot at Ziggler's bad jokes, and said that it was emblematic of what his career had become, a joke. Ziggler shot back with a barb about Seth's superhero outfit, and compared him to Catwoman. Rollins challenged Ziggler to a match, and he accepted for later in the show...[c]
My Take: Total squash for Big Show and Henry. I think they'd actually be a fun tag team if they both decided to be monster heels. As babyfaces, the idea of that tag team is just boring to me. The Rollins and Ziggler promo was good, although the barbs might have been a little too on the nose.
Sin Cara made his ring entrance. Damien Sandow came out dressed as a border patrol guard. He said he was tired of the country being infested with illegals. He told Mr. "Without Face" that he had his fun and made his money, but it was time for all the illegals to go back across the Rio Grande.
[Q3] 2. Sin Cara vs. Damien Sandow (Mr. Border Patrol): Sandow started out on offense with strikes. Sin Cara fired back with a few different spring board moves, and eventually won with his Swanton. Not much to speak of in terms of action.
Sin Cara defeated Damien Sandow at 1:58.
A snipped of the Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena hype video was shown...[c]
My Take: Ugh. Total waste of time. Sandow did a decent job of getting on the crowds bad side, but it didn't do much to shine up Sin Cara.
The full John Cena and Brock Lesnar hype video for Summerslam was shown. After the video, Cole plugged another hype video for Stephanie McMahon and Brie later in the show. Dolph Ziggler then made his entrance....[c]
[Q4] Seth Rollins made his ring entrance.
3. Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler: Rollins hit the Three Amigos suplex combination early in the match. Rollins continued to dominate the offense, and dumped Ziggler to the floor...[c]
Ziggler got in some hope offense, but Rollins shut him down immediately with a kick to the face. Rollins dragged Ziggler under the ropes and dropped an elbow on his throat. He then irish whipped Ziggler and hit the opposite rope for an elbow to the face. Ziggler avoided a clothesline and got back into the match with a nice drop kick. He then hit a running knee in the corner and followed him up with the silly ten punches spot in the corner.
Ziggler continued the offense with a back elbow and a nice back suplex for a two count. Rollins tried for a back suplex of his own, but Ziggler reversed into a pin for a two count. Rollins tried for a vertical suplex, but again got reversed into a rollup for a two count. Dolph followed up with a huge DDT for a near fall. Rollins reversed a rollup attempt and grabbed the tights, but only got a near fall.
[Q5] Rollins missed a springboard move, and Ziggler hit a fameasser for a good near fall. The ref pulled Ziggler off of Rollins when he tied himself up in the ropes to avoid punches. He then used the break up to kick Ziggler in the knee and toss him into the ring post. He then took things outside and tossed him into the ring steps. He then tossed Ziggler back in the ring, and hit the curbstomp for the win.
Seth Rollins defeated Dolph Ziggler at 13:38.
Backstage, Renee Young spoke with Randy Orton. She asked him about his match with Dean Ambrose. Orton said Ambrose is unstable, but so is he. The only thing he knows for sure is that Ambrose will find out who the truly sadistic superstar in the WWE is. The Sting WWE 2K15 commerical aired...[c]
My Take: Solid match form Ziggler and Rollins, although it wasn't much different from their last encounter. I think Ziggler's dated character is what really holds him back at this point. Althought I like Randy Orton's heel work much better than his face work, he's falling back into a old character that will quickly get stale. He needs something new. He can't just be the same old sadist.
Natalya was already in the ring. Paige made her ring entrance, and video played of her as she pushed AJ off the ramp last week.
4. Natalya vs. Paige: Natalya applied the sharpshooter early, but Paige escaped to the ropes. Paige recovered out on the floor, and Natalya followed. Paige hit a Paige Turner on the outside, and got back in the ring. The ref counted to 7 before Natty made it back in. Natalya got in a rollup attempt, but only got two. Paige applied the PTO a moment later and got the tapout victory.
Paige defeated Natalya at 2:01.
Paige skipped up the ramp after her victory. Rusev was shown heading towards the arena from backstage...[c]
My Take: Not much time to do anything. What they did was ok.
[Q6] Rusev made his entrance. Big E was already in the ring.
5. Big E vs. Rusev: Rusev chopped and punched early on. A couple of botches marred the middle part of the match. Rusev hit a nice side kick, and then got the orders to crush. He applied the accolade and got the win.
Rusev crushed at 1:58.
Rusev celebrated with Llana and his flag. Cole and JBL showed footage of Harper vs. Jericho from Monday, as a commercial for Popeye's played picture in picture. Budget cuts are rough. Jericho was shown backstage and was asked about his match with Bray Wyatt at Summerslam. Jericho said the symptoms are banned from ringside, but the source of the infection still runs free. Jericho said the antidote is Y2J, and at Summerslam he will shove the buzzards down Wyatt's throat. If Wyatt wants to get crazy, they will get crazy at Summerslam. Cole plugged a Raw Rewind for next...[c]
My Take: That promo felt phoned in from Jericho. He had a scowl on his face and tried to be serious, but the passion just isn't coming through the TV for Jericho like it has in the past. Rusev vs. Big E was clumsy. The shortness of the match ended up being merciful.
[Q7] Cole and JBL plugged that WWE Network will be available in 170 countries starting on Tuesday. They also clarified that the network will be available in the UK on October 1st. They then introduce the Raw Rewind with footage of the Stephanie McMahon and Brie Bella feud. Dean Ambrose made his ring entrance...[c]
Randy Orton made his ring entracne for the main event.
[Q8] 6. Randy Orton vs. Dean Ambrose: Ambrose jumped out early on offense with strikes and a vertical suplex. Orton hit a front kick to Ambrose's injured shoulder and took over. Orton stayed on the shoulder with strikes and a hold, but Ambrose avoided a clothesline and dumped Orton to the floor...[c]
Orton threw Ambrose chest first into the turnbuckle. He wrenched on Ambrose's bad shoulder and used the ropes for leverage. Ambrose talked trash to Orton and he applied an arm bar. Ambrose hit a DDT to end Orton's offensive run, and went on one of his own. He hit a cross body on Orton and unloaded some punches. Ambrose then hit a tornado DDT and got a near fall.
Ambrose went for Dirty Deeds, but Orton escaped and rolled outside. Ambrose chased, but Orton blasted him. Orton then tossed him into the ring steps a couple of times as the ref counted them out. He set up for a hung DDT, but Ambrose got out and sent Orton back to the floor. He followed up with a suicide dive, and then hit a clothesline back in the ring. Ambrose set up for Dirty Deeds, but Rollins popped up on the apron and broke it up.
Orton went for an RKO, but Ambrose, pushed him away and hit dirty deeds. Ambrose went for a cover, but Rollins pulled him out of the ring and caused a DQ.
Deam Ambrose defeated Randy Orton by DQ at 12:49.
After the match, Ambrose brawled with Rollins until Orton hit an RKO. Rollins stomped on Ambrose and grabbed someone's drink from behind the announce table. He then poured the soda on Ambrose's head and paintbrushed him while he talked trash. He finished up with a curbstomp.
My Take: Surprisingly muted reaction from the crowd for the beat down after the match. I doubt it was because they were shocked, so I have to assume they were just deflated by the DQ finish. I thought the match was well wrestled, but pretty similar to their previous encounter. Orton and Ambrose have good chemistry in the ring, and it showed. Overall, this was a Smackdown that had quite a bit of video packages and filler. The two longer matches were pretty good, but I'm not sure they are worth going out of your way to see. I'll have more to say about the show in the All Access Smackdown Audio tomorrow morning.
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