Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 1/29/15: Bury The Hatchet (In A Casket)

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 1/29/15)

Bury The Hatchet (In A Casket)

– Having Triple H lead off the show by gloating about a live Smackdown and WWE Network reaching 1 million subscribers was expected. His comparison of the Royal Rumble “controversy” to the Super Bowl controversy didn’t quite make sense and was more set up for testicular-related humor we’d expect of DX-era Triple H. Him addressing Sting was also good and their eventual confrontation is bound to be newsworthy. WWE also definitely hasn’t shied away from the Philly crowd reaction. It actually seemed they were using the “controversy” to their advantage by drawing so much attention to it and using it to push Roman Reigns in a way. The announcement Trips will make on next week’s Raw more than likely has to do with The Authority making Reigns’ life a living hell, but it could also be directed towards Sting. Something to keep an eye out for.

– The Big Show-Reigns match had some boos early, which made it sound like the reaction wasn’t just Philly-exclusive, but a “mixed reaction” was a step up if anything. Reigns is almost like the new John Cena with how crowds receive him as the adult males boo and everyone else cheers. The hurricanrana spot on Show over the top rope was a little hard to believe in (no pun intended) as Show waited a few seconds too long to flip off the turnbuckle. The match ending with the multiple Superman punches and Spear was sort of lame. While it was smart for Cole to mention Reigns needing wins to win over critics, a win over the Big Show won’t do it.

– The Mr. McMahon announcement giving February free for new WWE Network subscribers wasn’t anything we didn’t know before. Some token of appreciation for people who signed up from the beginning would also be nice perhaps?

– Seth Rollins was great in his gloating promo to give an open challenge – as usual. He does give it all in the ring, so he could really say what he wants. It works. As we ended up seeing, the “Fired Trio” of Ryback, Erick Rowan and Dolph Ziggler all came down one at a time to take Rollins on and ended up coming short of getting their hands on J & J Security as all the heels backed away. A revenge angle, evidently. Some sort of six-way match will probably go down on Raw. Rowan looked good making the save, but if WWE wants him to get bigger reactions, they have to change his music to something more “crowd-grabbing.”

– Kane’s casket-related promo started out like some kind of weird how-to instruction video on caskets. Dark? Not so much. He was seemingly just rambling. More direction than Bray Wyatt, but still.

– The Jey Uso (w/Naomi, Jimmy)-Tyson Kidd (w/Cesaro, Natalya) match furthered the feud between the two teams as Kidd won with indirect interference help from Cesaro. It also seemed the problems with Natalya and Kidd have simmered down. Having Kidd/Cesaro with the momentum can only be good, as The Usos are already a strong team.

– Rusev and Lana’s promo about them being eliminated in the Royal Rumble was typical heel complaining. John Cena’s promo interruption was actually pretty good and somewhat edgy once he uttered the words “pubes and boobs,” which turned the Hartford crowd reaction more positive. Rusev backing away just makes their eventual match somewhat of a payoff. Somewhat.

– The announcement of the Divas Title match at Fastlane between Paige and Nikki Bella came as no shocker. This should’ve happened at the Rumble. We haven’t seen any follow-up with Paige and Natalya either.

– The Paige/Bellas backstage segment had Paige get the “mean girls” treatment. Paige looked tough for initially attacking Brie, but the Bellas got the better of the exchange and walked away with their heads held up high. Decent hype.

– The Gold & Stardust-Ascension match wasn’t all that exciting. The Ascension boxed promo had them make fun of the New Age Outlaws and target Gold & Stardust because of Goldust’s old age. The Ascension didn’t dominate per se, but them coming out on top was expected, given that Gold & Stardust haven’t won a match in forever.

– The backstage segment with that magician dude, Alicia Fox, Zack Ryder and R-Truth, The Miz and Damien Mizdow was about Mizdow getting preferred over Miz by the magician and Miz ending up with egg on his face all too literally. So campy.

– Bray Wyatt’s promo wasn’t anything particularly noteworthy besides mentioning smiles. What could that possibly mean?

– The Daniel Bryan-Kane casket match was lengthy as it almost had the show’s last half hour and seemed to finally bury their feud. How symbolic. The crowd was also hot for Bryan the whole time and we have to wonder just what Bryan will be doing for Fastlane. This guy is still getting money reactions. The injury return only makes him someone fans will buy into more.





Quick Results

– Roman Reigns def. The Big Show via pinfall

– Tyson Kidd (w/Cesaro, Natalya) def. Jey Uso (w/Jimmy Uso, Naomi) via pinfall

– The Ascension def. Gold & Stardust via pinfall

– Casket Match – Daniel Bryan def. Kane 

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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