Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 3/5/15: Hot Potato
– Dolph Ziggler’s opening promo was a nice attempt to make the Intercontinental Championship seem important by bringing up how the belt changed his life, but it would’ve actually worked had he not been the latest belt thief. His references to Daniel Bryan more or less fed on those backstage rumors of working together at WrestleMania. The stuff with Bad News Barrett, Dean Ambrose and Luke Harper basically fighting over the belt and R-Truth sneaking his way to the belt was more childish shenanigans for a belt that doesn’t look any more important than it was before this silly segment. Important to also note that Bryan wasn’t involved here, so we had to question if he’d even be a part of this ladder match, though we got our answer by the end of the night. For what it’s worth, it also set up the main event tag match for later.
– R-Truth’s backstage interview about him having the belt again was what you’d expect from a Truth interview. Him saying “Gene Ambrose” was chuckle-worthy, but that’s about it.
– The Tyson Kidd/Cesaro/Natalya boxed promo showed off their confidence headed into Mania, so no complaints. Fact.
– The Los Matadores-Kidd/Cesaro match after that promo pretty much told us this would be a squash and it’s a perfect time for it to happen. Kidd/Cesaro need to look as strong as possible. Right now though, the main challenge is finding a right opponent for them and The Usos might be those guys. The referee sliding out of the ring while making the count was sort of unintentionally funny.
– The Big Show-Kane backstage segment seemed to just play off their past tension and make the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royale feel a little more important. Big guys in a battle royale. How intriguing. Sigh. The suit talk was random, but worked in a comedic context.
– The Ryback-Kane match was pretty basic that furthered Kane/Show’s tension and Ryback beating Kane with just the Meat Hook Clothesline made Kane look kind of weak. Kane making Show face Ryback seemed like a way for him to get back at Show and torture Ryback at the same time and fill TV time – all at once. Mission accomplished?
– The Ryback-Show match had Show KO Ryback after a few minutes of action as a Kane distraction backfired. Also basic. This was bad basic though.
– The Bray Wyatt promo hyped next week’s Raw where something would happen. Will Undertaker finally show? Probably not.
– AJ Lee coming back already has good signs for the Divas Division. You could only watch variations of Paige vs The Bella Twins and Alicia Fox so many times.
– The Bella Twins promo was surprisingly decent, though Nikki led most of that. Their points fit the logic of their characters and they at least play the “mean girls” act almost with ease.
– The Lee-Brie Bella match wasn’t the greatest Divas match but easily the best in a while. It’s surprising what can happen when the Divas are given more than three minutes. Lee got the tap out win as Paige helped her, which continued their interesting partnership.
– Bryan’s backstage interview had him put over the belt, Ziggler and gave a hint that he’d possibly go after getting the belt. It’s okay in principle for the ladder match, but this “hot potato” angle is just so wrong.
– The Damien Mizdow/Miz-Kofi Kingston/Big E match was okay, but more focused on Mizdow and Miz. Having Miz send Mizdow off the apron just to lose on his own was a good next step to take with those two, where it will lead to another altercation on Raw. Will this big moment happen at Mania or beforehand, causing a match between the two?
– Interesting that they continue to do the interviews with Roman Reigns like they did last week on Smackdown. Will this be recurrent all the way until Mania? They’re obviously protecting Reigns with pre-taped statements.
– It was great to show a video package showcasing Brock Lesnar. Very necessary in a WWE world too dominated by Reigns at the moment. We forget there is a whole other side to this bout and it was good to see Creative make attempts to explore that.
– Reigns’ interview was okay, but it was hard to take his promises seriously when we just saw Lesnar’s major damage against big names like John Cena and Undertaker and Reigns is nowhere near their legacy yet.
– The Jack Swagger-Rusev match was a necessary follow-up to what happened on Raw, but this was one of those instances where Rusev’s undefeated streak made this too predictable to invest in. Rusev stays strong and the intrigue of him accepting Cena’s challenge hangs in the balance heading into Raw. The Curtis Axel “#AxelMania” promo was laugh-worthy as he is basically the new wannabe Hulk Hogan and stands no chance against Rusev. Will this turn him into a good guy? Will Cena help Axel win, making Rusev angry? Wheels are turning.
– The Cameron, Summer Rae and Eva Marie segment tried to push the #GiveDivasAChance hashtag but was just mainly confusing. Odd to see Eva Marie on TV that is not Total Divas.
– The Barrett/Harper-Ziggler/Ambrose match had Truth again on commentary. It’s sort of working but at the same time you have to wonder why he’s out there constantly, not really adding much besides crazy statements. The action wasn’t nearly long enough as Ziggler was the only one to really look good. The postmatch happenings just followed up what happened on Raw with a different twist. For all the times Truth gets the belt, why does he give it up so easily? The stuff with Bryan was decent and looked to be the end of the show until we got a nice surprise with Stardust now entering the mix. Guess that program with Goldust is dead now. Probably better off. We just need to get to this ladder match already.
– Tyson Kidd/Cesaro (w/Natalya) def. Los Matadores (w/El Torito) via pinfall
– Ryback def. Kane via pinfall
– The Big Show def. Ryback via pinfall
– AJ Lee (w/Paige) def. Brie Bella (w/Nikki Bella) via submission
– Kofi Kingston/Big E (w/Xavier Woods) def. The Miz/Damien Mizdow via pinfall
– Rusev (w/Lana) def. Jack Swagger via submission
– Dolph Ziggler/Dean Ambrose def. Bad News Barrett/Luke Harper via pinfall
Posted on March 6, 2015, in WWE and tagged AJ Lee, Bad News Barrett, Big E, Bray Wyatt, Brie Bella, Brock Lesnar, Cameron, Cesaro, Curtis Axel, Damien Mizdow, Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, El Torito, Eva Marie, Jack Swagger, Kane, Kofi Kingston, Lana, Los Matadores, Luke Harper, Natalya, Nikki Bella, Paige, R-Truth, Roman Reigns, Rusev, Ryback, Stardust, Summer Rae, The Big Show, The Miz, Tyson Kidd, Xavier Woods. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.