9/14 Barnett's WWE Smackdown Live Review: Sheamus, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Sin Cara, and The Miz highlight this edition of Smackdown!
By Jake Barnett
WWE Smackdown on SyFy
Taped 7/11 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
[Q1] A video clip what shown of Sheamus's Brogue Kick being banned, and the follow up on Monday between Otunga and Sheamus. Afterwards, Del Rio was shown in the ring with Ricardo and Otunga, who were both in neck braces. Del Rio handed the microphone to Ricardo, who blubbered into the microphone and thanked the fans who have shown their concern, before Otunga grabbed the Microphone. Otunga blamed AJ for what happened on Monday, and said he is an officer of the court. He claimed to have ruptured vertebrae, and said that he will recover, despite Sheamus' best efforts.
Del Rio then grabbed the mic and said those two weren't the only people suffering from the so called Brogue Kick. They then showed Christian taking the Brogue kick back at Night of Champions last year, and then introduced him via satellite. Christian said that he doesn't like Del Rio, and hopes he loses on Sunday, but he needed to stand up and do what's right. He claimed he lost a year of his career to the Brogue Kick, and that he hasn't been the same since Sheamus hit him with it. He then said he had to have shoulder surgery, and hasn't been the same performer since it happened. Otunga then cut him off and said that's all they needed from him.
Del Rio then grabbed the mic again and said he would take the title on Sunday, when Daniel Bryan's music hit. Bryan said he was out there to say thank you for bringing the case to light. He said while Otunga said he would recover handsomely, people tell him he has a goatface. He said this is because Sheamus has kicked him in the face so many times. He then thanked Booker T for giving him a WrestleMania rematch that night, because Sheamus had defeated him with an illegal maneuver.
Bryan said he asked for a rematch because Sheamus caught him by surprise. The crowd heckled Bryan and he screamed back at them that it wouldn't happen tonight. Sheamus then came out and told a story about his aunt that was actually his uncle, and then said that people who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Otunga then argued with Sheamus, and he hung him on the top rope and stole his neck brace. Otunga sold his injury and Sheamus bailed up the ramp. Sin Cara was shown backstage and headed towards the ring...[c]
Barnett's Brief: This was a mediocre opening segment. I'm just not a fan of extended periods of whining on wrestling. I get the story they are tellign with the Brogue Kick, but it's having the opposite effect on me. I don't sympathize with or like either character any more than when they started.
[Q2] A recap of last week's tag match was shown between Sin Cara, Rey, The Miz, and Cody. Sin Cara then entered the arena. Followed by The Miz.
1. Sin Cara vs. The Miz: Miz started out with strikes and beat Sin Cara down to the mat. He continued with stomps until the ref separated them. Miz then followed up with a snap suplex for a tw count. Sin Cara fired back with a head scissors that sent Miz to the outside. Sin Cara went for a follow up, but Miz caught him with a right hand to the jaw....[c]
Miz locked in a chin lock briefly. Sin Cara broke free after a brief struggle, and ate a knee to the gut as he came off the ropes. Miz gloated and hit his signature diving clothesine, followed by a double axehandle from the top rope for a near fall. He then returned to the chin lock. Sin Cara rolled up Miz a moment later for a two count of his own. Miz set Sin Cara up in the corner, but missed a splash. Sin Cara hit some leg kicks, followed by a a hurricanrana. Sin Cara then hit a kick on a charging Miz. Miz avoided another kick, and went for a Skull Crushing Finale. Sin Cara avoided the move and hit another hurricanrana. He followed up with a rollup for the win.
Sin Cara defeated the Miz at 8:48.
Barnett's Brief: Clunky in spots, but mostly a very well wrestled match that follows up on the great series we've seen between these four men over the last month. Sin Cara needs to find the right finisher, as people really seem to struggle to sell his La Mistica finisher he used in Mexico.
[Q3] Backstage, The Miz was interviewed and was asked by Striker about his recent losses to Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio, and how he was embarrassed by Rhodes on Monday. Cody Rhodes then walked up, and Miz asked him why he attacked him on Monday. Cody said he wanted his title back. Rey and Sin Cara then walked up. Rey said he wanted an opportunity at the IC Belt, and Sin Cara walked up and pointed to the title as well. Teddy Long then walked up and made a fatal four way match for the IC title on Sunday.
A video recap was then shown of Daniel Bryan and Kane forming a tag team through Anger Management therapy. Backstage, Kane was with his therapist and worked with a stress ball. Bryan walked up with a stress ball and said he was doing it wrong. The doctor said they both have balls, and told them to squeeze them to feel the anger wash away. They both did so, but Kane said “Mine's bigger than yours” and walked away...[c]
Barnett's Brief: The anger management stuff has been pretty funny in a juvenile way. The Intercontinental 4 way should be a great match.
[Q4] Kofi Kingston made his way to the ring. Kane then followed.
2. Kane vs. Kofi Kingston: Kofi hit a dropkick and a clothesline, but couldn't get Kane off his feet. Kane the clobbered Kofi with a clothesline of his own, and followed up with an uppercut in the corner. He then hit a seated dropkick for a two count. Kane remained in control with more clotheslines, but Kofi reversed a side suplex into a DDT to get some momentum. Kofi went for Trouble in Paradise, but Kane caught him by the throat. Kofi spun out and went to the top rope, but Kane caught him and hit a chokeslam for the win.
Kane defeated Kofi Kingston at 2:10.
Dr. Shelby appeared on the ramp after the match and gave Kane a concerned look. Kane went back into the ring and picked up Kofi by the throat. He then gave Kofi a hug, and Dr. Shelby clapped on the ramp.
Barnett's Brief: I hate two minute matches. But the hug thing is funny in a ridiculous way.
Backstage, Randy Orton was interviewed by Matt Striker. Orton introduced a scenario where he could walk out of Night of Champions as World Heavyweight Champion, if Dolph Ziggler cashes in. Or maybe he just doesn't like Ziggler the self righteous punk. He thens aid he requested a match with Tensai for tonight as a tune up, and Cole said it was next...[c]
Randy Orton made his ring entrance, followed by Tesnai with Sakamoto.
[Q5] 3. Tensai vs. Randy Orton: Orton and Tensai traded control for the first couple of minutes of the match with strikes. Tensai hit a nice shoulder block that sent Orton to the outside at about 2:30 into the match. He followed Orton outside, and Orton climbed back in the ring. Orton hit several european uppercuts to the back of Tensai's head on the apron, and then hit a dropkick that sent Tensai to the floor and into the barricade...[c]
Tensai hit a clothesline and hit a splash from the second rope for a near fall. PIP showed Tensai as he rammed Orton into the post on the outside during th break. Tensai taunted Orton to get up, and then punched him right back down again. Tensai locked in a neck vise, but Orton headbutted his way out. He then followed up with some European uppercuts and an impressive looking powerslam. Tensai rolled to the apron, right in time to take an elevated DDT from Orton. Orton then hit his Garvin stomps.
Sakamoto tried to interfere, but Orton punched him off the apron. Orton went for an RKO, but Tensai hit a Baldo Bomb. Orton avoided the running Senton, and hit the RKO for the victory.
Randy Orton defeated Tensai at 10:17.
Vickie made her way out and said Ziggler took the night off under her advisement. She said on Sunday at Night of Champions, Dolph Ziggler would defeat him. Orton said that she was wrong, and that him standing in the ring with his back turned and talking to her mean one thing. He then interrupted a Ziggler ambush, and Dolph high tailed it up the ramp. The announce team hyped the main event between Bryan and Sheamus...[c]
Barnett's Brief: A good match between Orton and Tensai. It wasn't earth shattering, but both guys looked very good. Tensai looked dangerous and Orton sold a fair amount of his offense. The post match promo was a nice surprise with Orton sensing the ambush. It was better than predictable anyway.
[Q6] Antonio Cesaro was in the ring and said he was appalled that a Battle Royal will decide who he defends his title against at Night of Champions. He said he takes this as a personal insult and there is only one word to describe how he feels. He then said “outraged” in five languages. Tyson Kidd made his entrance, and said that he can run his mouth in as many languages as he wants, but after Sunday, he will be a former US Champion, eh? Cesaro then dumped Kidd to the outside. Brodus Clay then made his way to the ring quickly, and Cesaro told him to wait until Sunday. Cesaro tried to get away, but Tyson Kidd punched him and Clay hit a big splash. Kidd and Clay then danced in the ring. The announce team put over the main event...[c]
Barnett's Brief: Everybody was pretty good here. They at least touched on the US Title Picture here, which is better than usual.
Wade Barrett made his way out onto the ramp with a microphone. He said last week he declared that Wade Barrett was open for business. He then said unfortunately everyone was either too scared or too stupid to figure out what he said. He concluded by saying next week one lucky person would get to sample the product. Kaitlyn made her ring entrance after Barrett cleared the ramp, followed by Beth Phoenix.
[Q7] 4. Beth Phoenix vs. Layla: Beth locked in a head lock and dragged Kaitlyn to the ground. Beth then tried a backslide, but Kaitlyn slipped out. Kaitlyn hit a shoulder block, followed by two pin attempts that both got two counts. Beth lifted Kaitlyn, but she slipped again and hit another shoulder block. Kaitlyn grabbed a waist lock, but Beth used the ropes to send Kaitlyn to the mat. She then grated her face on the mat and covered for two.
Beth then locked in a chin lock, and sent Kaitlyn into a turnbuckle a moment later. Beth charged Kaitlyn, but got a boot to the jaw. Kaitlyn climbed the ropes, but Beth tossed her to the mat. Beth then went for the Glam Slam, but Kaitlyn reversed into a inverted DDT for the win. The announce team plugged the main event...[c]
Kaitlyn defeated Beth Phoenix at 2:45.
Barnett's Brief: Kaitlyn looked better here, but she's still got a ways to go before she doesn't appear uncomfortable in the ring.
A video recap was shown of Cena and Punk's interviews with Bret Hart from Monday. The announce team then ran down the Night of Champions card. Backstage, Eve told Booker T she supported his difficult decision to ban the Brogue Kick. He then said she was doing one hell of a job. Teddy Long tried to say the same thing, from “One GM to another”, and then he and Booker failed to do a fist bump.
[Q8] Sheamus made his ring entrance...[c]
Bryan made his entrance after the break, and begged the crowd to stop the yes chants.
5. Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan: Sheamus hit a shoulder block early on and took control. He then hit another shoulder block and a forward roll suplex. He clotheslined Bryan to the outside seconds later. He tried to hit a kick off the apron, but Bryan grabbed his leg and sent him shoulder first into the apron. Bryan the followed up with a dropkick to a seated Sheamus. In the ring, Bryan hit a running dropkick to Sheamus in the corner, and then tweaked Sheamus' arm over his shoulder. Bryan then locked in a hammerlock on a downed Sheamus.
Sheamus fought to his feet and elbowed out of the hammerlock, but took a knee to the chest right afterward. Bryan went for another running dropkick, but Sheamus moved. Sheamus the climbed to the top rope and hit a shoulder block. He then hit two double axe handles, and a spear in the corner. Bryan attempted some offense, but Sheamus reversed into a tilt a whirl back breaker for a two count. Sheamus tried to lock in the cloverleaf, but Bryan avoided it. Bryan escaped to the apron, but Sheamus caught him with clubs to the chest.
Sheamus missed a clothesline in the corner, and Bryan capitalized with two kicks to the head for a near fall. Bryan sold his anger at not getting a victory, and hit more kicks. Sheamus caught the last kick and sent Bryan to the corner. Sheamus went to pick up Bryan for a suplex, but Bryan locked in a guillotine choke. Sheamus finally flipped Bryan over his back, but Bryan rolled Sheamus up for a near fall. Bryan went for a No Lock, but Sheamus avoided it. Sheamus then hit an Irish Curse Back Breaker, followed up by the Texas Cloverleaf for the victory.
Sheamus defeated Daniel Bryan at 9:14.
Barnett's Brief: A very good match with an immensely predicable outcome. Bryan continues to be extremely crisp in the ring, and he made Sheamus look like a million bucks. The cloverleaf looked very good and Sheamus looks very strong heading into Sunday, but I'm not sure that's a good thing. Aren't we suppose to question the outcome of a title match? I don't get the approach with this story.
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