Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 1/22/15: Back In The Saddle

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




(Aired 1/22/15)

Back In The Saddle

– The opening video highlighted the Raw main event where Sting appeared again and cost The Authority. Strange that they omitted Lesnar’s dominance of them afterwards, at least until the first segment.

– Daniel Bryan looks more like Jesus with every week his hair grows out. His in-ring promo basically set up the reintroductions of Ryback, Dolph Ziggler and Erick Rowan. Ryback went for the cheap pop and passionately described the feeling of coming back. Rowan gave a surprisingly lengthy promo (for him) about being a changed person. Ziggler did a good job in putting together “the band” and was bold in wanting to take Seth Rollins on when The Authority interrupted them. Rollins played the heel as he refused to fight and put himself over. Bryan played Lesnar’s attack on The Authority where Rollins ran away. Show talked his usual drabble. Kane set up the Ziggler-Bad News Barrett match. General opening promo segment.

– The Royal Rumble Qualifying match between Ziggler and Barrett was decent as it gave Ziggler momentum being in the Royal Rumble match.

– The backstage promo from Roman Reigns was looking back on his attack on The Big Show and cleaning him over the top rope. Reigns tried to cut a relatable promo and it was at least better than his fairy tale stuff.

– The backstage promo where Fandango and Rosa Mendes picked his lottery number and Dean Ambrose switched it behind Fandango’s back as him and Mendes made out. Is Ambrose a lunatic or just clever?

– The Royal Rumble Qualifying match between Ryback and Rusev (w/Lana) seemed head-scratching on paper as the broadcast team brought it up that Rusev was already in the Rumble match but this was rather The Authority’s shot at screwing Ryback. Rusev already being undefeated made it hard to believe Ryback could win, but disbelief was suspended a few times. Ryback fought out of the Accolade and looked good as he won by countout, giving Rusev a loss, albeit not by pinfall.

– The Naomi-Brie Bella (w/Nikki) match was okay, as Paige and Natalya were at ringside to hype their match on Sunday. The Bellas’ box promo was their usual “mean girl” routine. Paige and Natalya described their friendship as that of having a common enemy and that Natalya talked highly of Tyson Kidd. Brie won cleanly as both teams stated each other down.

– The Luke Harper promo was strangely good, yet very Bray Wyatt like. Where were these promos when Harper and Rowan first had matches against each other?

– The backstage segment with Gold and Star Dust picked their numbers and basically tried to outweird one another. About right.

– The Royal Rumble Qualifying match between Harper-Rowan was another example of The Authority doing their thing, as Harper was already in the match with the pressure on Rowan. This gave him an out to lose, as that’s what happened with Harper cleanly winning.They’re doing odd things with Rowan lately, sort of like a “stop and go” thing. He needs to catch more momentum for fans to get behind him.

– The backstage promo with The Authority meeting basically to make sure Bryan couldn’t get in the
match, as Rollins gave Kane J & J Security. The Authority should really keep a playbook at their side.

– The backstage interaction between Damien Mizdow and The Miz was basically them arguing about Mizdow’s popularity. The Usos were there to plant seeds in Mizdow’s brain. Face turn imminent?

– The No DQ match between Bryan and Kane (w/J & J Security) set the stage for that oh-so-noble Bryan comeback effort as Kane dominated most of the match as The Authority was outsmarted again here. The crowd was over for it and The Authority got their heat back as Big Show attacked Bryan, dragged him to the ring where everyone beat him down. Ziggler, Ryback and Rowan made the save and then everyone else came running down in the annual “Locker Room Royal Rumble Hype” segment, unsurprisingly. Note that Ambrose and Reigns each had their music hit separately, whatever that may mean.





Quick Results

– Royal Rumble Qualifying Match – Dolph Ziggler def. Bad News Barrett via pinfall

– Royal Rumble Qualifying Match – Ryback def. Rusev (w/Lana) via Countout

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

– Royal Rumble Qualifying Match – Luke Harper def. Erick Rowan via pinfall

– No Disqualification – Daniel Bryan def. Kane (w/J & J Security) via pinfall to keep Royal Rumble spot

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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