Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 1/15/15: Throwback Thursday

WWE Smackdown“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.





(Aired 1/15/15)

Throwback Thursday

– At least those damn “Thursday” ads are over now.

– New night, same time, different intro montage. It was smart to kick things off with the returning Daniel Bryan. The reaction was nearly through the roof. It was also ironic that Lawler and Cole who originated the first Smackdown announce team were at it again, plus Byron Saxton, who comes off as Jonathan Coachman 2015. Bryan’s in-ring interview with Saxton made him sound strong and confident. Of course, they referenced Kane’s sidelining attack again from last April and Bryan walked everybody through his history with Kane. Him predicting his victory over Kane, the Royal Rumble and at Wrestlemania wasn’t shocking, but expected. The Authority as a whole minus Stephanie McMahon came out and accompanied Kane to the ring. Shenanigans could be smelled.

– The Bryan-Kane match was all about the eventual Bryan comeback, while The Authority remained a slight distraction at ringside. Sure enough, The Authority did its thing when J & J Security attacked Bryan when he put on the Yes Lock, lamely ending the match in DQ. Bryan getting the best of the Authority early on was good and Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns joining Bryan on stage as he was being chased led to the main event six-man tag between Rollins/Show/Kane and Bryan/Ambrose/Reigns being made. The result was better than the initial match.

– The Bray Wyatt promo had him go on and on about being a cure for a poison that contaminates everybody. In other words, he really wants to win the Royal Rumble match.

– The Usos/Naomi-The Miz/Damien Mizdow/Alicia Fox match was okay as the main focus was put on Miz and Fox not letting Mizdow into the match except for Mizdow taking an Usos Superkick which had Miz hit the Skull-Crushing Finale to pin one half of the tag team champions. Face turn imminent.

– The Reigns backstage promo was focused on the Royal Rumble match and the main event match as he wanted to screw over The Authority and he was more angered here. No fairy tales, thank god.

– It made sense that Paul Heyman would be upset with The Authority after his client WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, was Curb Stomped by Seth Rollins. The segment with Heyman irate saying Lesnar was now focused on Rollins and the Rollins interruption that followed was par for the course, with him claiming to be unintimidated and challenged Lesnar for the belt when he knew he was not there. Rollins trapping Heyman in the corner and bragging in his ear made him look strong. Heyman battled back with points about The Authority not having long-term power, himself also having power and planting seeds of doubt in Rollins’ head about “the future.”

– The Natalya (w/Paige)-Nikki Bella (w/Brie) match was short and mostly painless. The big news to come out was that Natalya made Nikki tap out to the Sharpshooter after Paige slapped her over the apron.

– The backstage promo with The Big Show was him bragging about his accomplishments on Raw and that he couldn’t be eliminated from the Royal Rumble match and him and Kane had an interesting standoff. Those who have seen past matches know that Kane has shown utter dominance in the match.

– The Bad News Barrett-Sin Cara match for the IC Title had Barrett in control for most of it though Sin Cara put up somewhat of a fight towards the end. Filler to get Barrett his heat back.

– The backstage Ambrose promo had him talk about the Royal Rumble match and being a “lone wolf” and determined to take revenge on The Authority. Ambrose’s character is perfect in a role like this: just a “loose cannon.”

– The Rollins/Show/Kane-Ambrose/Reigns/Bryan match wasn’t too great unless Bryan was in the ring with his explosive offense. Down the stretch, things got better. Bryan pinned Kane after the Running Knee. The post match promo by Triple H where he booked Bryan vs Kane for Brian’s Rumble spot was The Authority’s latest trick.





Quick Results

– Daniel Bryan def. Kane (w/Seth Rollins, J & J Security, The Big Show and Triple H) via DQ

– The Miz/Damien Mizdow/Alicia Fox def. The Usos/Naomi via pinfall

– Natalya (w/Paige) def. Nikki Bella (w/Brie Bella) via pinfall

– Intercontinental Championship – Wade Barrett (Champion) def. Sin Cara via pinfall to retain

– Daniel Bryan/Roman Reigns/Dean Ambrose def. Seth Rollins/Kane/The Big Show (w/J & J Security) via pinfall

About Nicholas Jason Lopez

Just a 29-year-old Brooklynite. Nothing more, nothing less. Currently a freelance journalist with two websites - Pro Wrestling Opinion and The Music Bugle - he has also been published on sites such as The Bensonhurst Bean, Sheepshead Bites, Review Fix, College University of New York Athletic Conference, Dying Scene, Brooklyn News Service, All Media NY, and Yahoo Voices. He has also interned for The Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator based out of Brooklyn, NY.

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