Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 2/19/15: Last Licks

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 2/19/15)

Last Licks

– The opening video was decent as it highlighted the Daniel Bryan-Roman Reigns feud that culminated with the brawl at the end of Raw. For all the focus the feud received at the beginning of the show, not ending it on some kind of note was odd.

– The Bryan-Miz match kept the momentum from the opening video, as Bryan looked to be on point here, with no lost fans in the crowd. The segment with Miz/Mizdow smartly brought up Miz being Bryan’s former NXT Pro and tied it into their ongoing conflict. Only problem with this was that Michael Cole brought this up, and if we remember way back when, he was Bryan’s biggest critic and Miz’s biggest fan. Bryan’s submission victory kept him hot for Sunday. We knew at this point the same would probably be done for Reigns later on.

– The Ryback-Kane match wasn’t the best performance by both guys, but it didn’t overstay its welcome. If anything, the sudden Shellshocked finish was decent. Where is Ryback going though in all of this?

– The Bad News Barrett-R-Truth had “feud progression” written all over it as Dean Ambrose sat in on commentary. This was okay for the most part. Ambrose’s comments about Barrett not living up to the “pride and honor” of past Intercontinental Champions was a much better feud focus than him wanting his own face on the wall at WWE Headquarters. Why did they wait so late on that? This could’ve been a much different and better feud. At the same time, Barrett seemingly obsessed with getting his hands on Ambrose on Sunday was decent, but that was all lost when he lost by distraction. This may just seal the deal that Barrett will retain using dirty tactics on Sunday, though.

– The latest cryptic Bray Wyatt promo made him mention “the clock ticking” and told this person to find him or he will find him himself. Some development will likely come of this at or after FastLane.

– The New Day act is just not going to catch on. Their new Thriller-like dance routine won’t do the trick either. The Ascension promo was just more of their trashing of past tag team legends. Yawn. The Xavier Woods/Big E-Ascension match mainly served as enhancement for The Ascension to keep their roll going. So much for Hump Day.

– The Roman Reigns-Luke Harper match was shorter than expected as Reigns more or less made quick work of Harper. The spear finish was somewhat cool, but Harper wasn’t perceived as much a threat here as opposed to earlier this week.

– The Big Show-Erick Rowan match sure did Rowan no favors as it was a completely anticlimactic Show squash. Boredom central.

– The Cameron-Paige match with The Bellas on commentary followed the same path as past weeks. Not much more they could add to this. Paige won by PTO. Do we even care about this Divas Title match coming up? It’s hard to root for Paige when she has obstacles you’d find between high schoolers and their bullies.

– The Goldust backstage interview hyped his FastLane match against Stardust and was okay as he described Stardust as a “cancer eating my brother alive.” The Stardust interruption on the titantron screen was also a cool touch that let him say what he wanted to say. This feud is really just starting, but there’s promise here. Hopefully, this leads to Cody Rhodes making his eventual return and new gimmick. What hasn’t he been these days?

– The Cesaro/Tyson Kidd/Natalya boxed promo was solid but nothing memorable. Fact. The match that followed with Kidd taking on Jimmy Uso never had a chance to get going because Rusev came out and took out everyone. We got the point, but did we need to dismantle a feud here?

– The Dolph Ziggler-Seth Rollins Match was good for what it was. Ryback and Rowan acting as Ziggler’s cheerleaders was questionable, but the main focus was to keep Rollins hot. The Authority sought extra dominance and beat down Ryback and Rowan. Not sure what it actually accomplished besides making The Authority remain strong, but it filled the time.





Quick Results

– Daniel Bryan def. The Miz (w/Damien Mizdow) via submission

– Ryback def. Kane via pinfall

– R-Truth def. Bad News Barrett via pinfall

– The Ascension def. Xavier Woods/Big E (w/Kofi Kingston) via pinfall

– Roman Reigns def. Luke Harper via pinfall

– The Big Show def. Erick Rowan via pinfall

– Paige def. Cameron via submission

– Jimmy Uso (w/Jey Uso, Naomi) and Tyson Kidd (w/Cesaro, Natalya) to a No-Contest

– J & J Security Barred From Ringside – Seth Rollins def. Dolph Ziggler 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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