Shore's WWE Smackdown Hit List: Solid close to the go home show, Sheamus vs. Bray Wyatt hits, so does Seth Rollins and Randy Orton talking segment, Divas miss again, Stardust losing its charm, and more
By Chris Shore
WWE Smackdown Hits
Kane vs. Roman Reigns: Not so much the match by itself, but the match and post-match antics of everyone involved was a nice way to close the show and earned the Hit. Orton needed something to give him a boost into the PPV because of how poorly he has been used. Granted he took the spear at the end, but they firmly established that Kane is helping him in the match and that's really the best thing they could do for him. Of course Reigns getting the spears gives him a good lift too. Smackdown is usually not that well booked, especially on go home shows.
Sheamus vs. Bray Wyatt: Match Hit here. They didn't get into PPV gear or even "hot Monday night show" gear, but they showed what they could do together, and I really hope we get a series of matches from them now. Bray Wyatt continues to be the total package for WWE. His promos are off the charts and he has shown time and again that he can have great matches. Not with everyone, to be sure, but most people. Sheamus's physicality will be a good foil to Bray because Bray likes to get physical too. This could be a fun program if they do it right.
Dean Ambrose vs. Bad New Barrett: Much like the main event, the Hit here comes from the action as a whole. Ambrose vs. Barrett was fine, if shorter than I would have like. And let's not even get started on the mid-card champion losing another non-title match. But, when you look at Ambrose's scrappy fight back after the Swagger attack, and then Rollins's sneak attack on him, I thought it told an interesting story for the briefcase match. Tough break on Barrett's shoulder. That just looked like a bad angle that caused it, but it may also lead to a more minor injury than thought. After seeing it, I think it's at least possible we see him at the PPV, but nowhere near close to believing we will.
Triple H, Seth Rollins, ad Randy Orton: Triple H was Triple H here, but I really though Rollins and Orton stood out here. The tension between them felt organic instead of contrived. Orton's deadpan delivery actually helped to keep it from boiling over, and Rollins managed not to come across as a hot head. It wasn't career changing promo work from either men, but it was definitely a Hit.
WWE Smackdown Misses
Alberto Del Rio and Cesaro vs. Rob Van Dam and Dolph Ziggler: I hate to give this a miss because the match didn't stink and everyone worked hard, but it just didn't have any juice behind it. Cesaro is the only guy in the match who you think might be able to win his respective ladder match, and therefore the only guy that meant anything in the match. Except that the outcome of the match didn't matter. It's that underpinning to the match that made it get a miss ultimately.
Paige vs. Cameron: Short, shitty match that led to a terrible in-ring shoving match. What the hell was that? Seventh grade? I could go on and on about how wasted the talent of Paige is right now, but it's just kicking a dead horse. It's so frustrating.
Stardust: Cody comes across like the poor man's version of his brother. I'm sure this sounded good on paper, and it hard some charm at first. But the execution has been very hit and miss. This was a miss. When they make the lighting change so apparent it defeats the purpose. And then Cody's delivery was just weird. Not intriguing weird like his brother was for so long, jut weird.
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