Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 2/5/15: MizTV Gets Cancelled

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 2/5/15)

MizTV Gets Cancelled

– The opening video highlighted the happenings on Raw that led to the making of the Daniel Bryan-Roman Reigns match at FastLane to decide who will fight WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania about as well as humanly possible, core-shaking announcements and all.

– Leading things off with The MizTV segment with Bryan and Reigns seemed like it had comedic potential, as Miz can’t miss a beat lately. His back-and-forth with Mizdow was kept minimal the whole night. Reigns Superman Punching Miz out cold before they started talking seemed to be done for shock value, as Reigns has gained a little bit of his edge back, even trying to confront Bryan. We had to know it was only a matter of time before they would be interrupted. Seth Rollins was gold on the mic again being his bragging self. This set up the main event announcement that Bryan would face Rollins and J & J Security. How many decks can they stack? Sigh.

– Having Miz pissed off backstage was a necessary follow-up to the segment and him being so irate to challenge Reigns made sense, as it sounded crazy, but crazy enough to make you want to stay tuned in.

– Dolph Ziggler and Ryback could make an interesting tag team since their opposite styles work together. Seeing their opponents here were Gold & Stardust only made it seem more apparent a tag team push was par for the course in a way that would also further separate Gold & Stardust. Their match was more or less that as Stardust walked away and Ryback got the pinfall. Ziggler/Ryback doesn’t scream “long-term” but we’ll see in time.

– The Curtis Axel “don’t change the channel” promos can be hilarious as hinted by this week. His plead for the hashtag #AxelMania for a movement was sort of funny.

– The Dean Ambrose-Axel match picked up where things left off from Raw pretty much as Ambrose is being made to look strong in his pursuit of the Intercontinental Championship.

– Bad News Barrett’s “Bad News Zone” segment was hilarious if you caught the scrolling ticker, but it also seemed to distract the viewer from the message that Barrett wouldn’t give Ambrose a shot anytime soon. We know that match will likely happen at FastLane anyway.

– The Fandango (w/Rosa Mendes)-Adam Rose (w/The Exotic Express) match started with Rose being dropped by the Rosebuds and had him start attacking them, establishing him as a heel, making Fandango sort of the face here. This seemed more confirmed by the finish and it’ll be good to follow Rose’s recent mean streak. Fandango got the win, so perhaps a face push is on the horizon?

– The Miz (w/Damien Mizdow)-Reigns match started off good with Miz going strong on offense. It was dangerous having Miz go in the way of a “hot” Reigns, but Miz’s intensity served well here and he put in a lot of offense. Mizdow was also kept out of the picture here slightly disappointingly.

– There were definitely some piped-in cheers in Erick Rowan’s entrance.

– The Rusev (w/Lana)-Rowan match had Rowan on a lot of offense surprisingly and he looked good in the ring, but then again, he was fighting Rusev, who is being made strong against John Cena. Rusev winning by submission wasn’t a surprise. Rowan still needs something more to his gimmick to make him relatable to fans. Pictures surfaced on the internet of him with his real-life family. With his “changed persona,” why not take that and use it?

– The Paige backstage promo was pretty straightforward in setting her apart from other divas, which we already kind of knew. That spray tan lotion also has to be pretty strong to still be on her.

– The Paige-Alicia Fox match seemed to just take place to have Paige look good as she gets ready to challenge Nikki Bella for the Divas Title. Her winning by submission pretty much accomplishes that.

– The double date segment with Naomi, Jimmy Uso and Natalya had Tyson Kidd come in with Cesaro acting like a jerk and the two attacked Jimmy once he confronted them about their bullying. Natalya snapping at Jimmy and Naomi was sort of surprising. Nevertheless, besides the drama outside the ring, these two teams should provide a good match inside of it whenever it happens. We’ll guess FastLane?

– Bray Wyatt’s latest promo geared towards the Undertaker called himself a “reaper” and did Taker’s glove hand pose. At least it’s fun to try to decode these.

– The 3-on-1 handicap main event with Daniel Bryan taking on J & J Security/Seth Rollins was pretty much the usual Bryan comeback with him getting a pinfall victory on one of J & J Security. This set up the return of Kane, who attacked Bryan and brought us back to the same old beatdown again. Don’t people who get buried alive usually stay away for a while? Reigns didn’t come out to make the save this time, so the purpose might’ve been to show that, but the announcers didn’t even play that up.





Quick Results

– Dolph Ziggler/Ryback def. Gold & Stardust via pinfall

– Dean Ambrose def. Curtis Axel via pinfall

– Fandango (w/Rosa Mendes) def. Adam Rose (w/The Exotic Express) via pinfall

– Roman Reigns def. The Miz (w/Damien Mizdow) via pinfall

– Rusev (w/Lana) def. Erick Rowan via submission

– 3-On-1 Handicap Match – Daniel Bryan def. Seth Rollins and 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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