Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 2/12/15: Tag Team Turmoil

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 2/12/15)

Tag Team Turmoil

– The opening segment where Kane and The Big Show announced the tag team turmoil match actually provided a breath of fresh air to the show, as it’s been a long while since they’ve done one of these matches. Kane having Roman Reigns/Daniel Bryan start things off sounded about right for Authority shenanigans. On that note, Heath Slater and Titus O’Neil are a team? Also, Why would The Usos need to compete if they are the Champions? So sinister.

– It’s good to see Bray Wyatt on the rise again. It’s given his character a new focus. When R-Truth came out, this kind of gave away the match result. Squash… Truth did make it more back and forth than expected, but the result was still the same. No cryptic promos here, as we guess that has moved to Raw.

– The Summer Rae-Paige match also seemed to be a giveaway of a Paige victory, being that she’s being made to look good as a number one contender to the Divas Championship. They’re trying to establish Paige as a “loose cannon” and it’s working somewhat. It was smart to have The Bellas at ringside for commentary yet again, but them acting bored of the match didn’t help this. Either way, Paige made quick work of Rae and the Paige Tap Out (PTO) is a pretty-looking submission maneuver.

– There was a fair amount of hype for the John Cena-Rusev and Sting-Triple H feud developments with slick video packages, as per usual.

– The Adam Rose (w/The Exotic Express)-Fandango (w/Rosa Mendes) match was a continuation from last week, instead with Rose choosing not to do the trust fall this time. Fandango won again, but it’s lost in the shuffle of Rose taking out his aggression on the Rosebuds. Will The Bunny come back to get revenge? Where is this all going? More importantly, will anybody actually care?

– It was obvious from the start that the focus of the tag team turmoil match was on Reigns and Bryan wanting to upstage one another, getting in each other’s faces. That story was fine, but was having them more or less pick apart the ever-growing tag team division the way to go with it? Granted, teams like The Ascension and The Usos were kept strong here with The Ascension getting DQ’d after beating down Bryan and Reigns a pretty good degree and The Usos understandably put up the strongest fight, and it added an interesting “family dynamic” with them being Reign’s cousins, which added fuel to the fire between him and Bryan. Miz and Damien Mizdow were also able to keep their little storyline going as well and weren’t damaged, though the same can’t be said for Los Matadores and Slater/O’Neil, which were obviously squashes. Show/Kane as the final opponents wasn’t surprising. That segment of the match was okay, but more focused on Show/Kane disagreeing eventually ending with Show knocking out Kane, though you wouldn’t call it a “turn” per se, but they’ll probably follow it up on Raw. The showing of respect at the end between Reigns and Bryan was an okay ending, but at the same time sort of contradicted everything the FastLane match buildup has been so far. Why ease their tension now, long match aside?





Quick Results

– Bray Wyatt def. R-Truth via pinfall

– Paige def. Summer Rae via pinfall

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

– Tag Team Turmoil – Daniel Bryan/Roman Reigns def. The Miz/Damien Mizdow, The Usos, Los Matadores (w/El Torito), Heath Slater/Titus O’Neil, The Ascension and The Big Show/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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