Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 4/16/15: An All-Champions Affair

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(Aired 4/16/15)

An All-Champions Affair

– Starting the show off with John Cena again? Are we watching a Raw repeat? Do we even want a repeat of Raw? His promo did its job as it explained the rules of the Russian chain match (much-needed) and addressed the energy of the crowd. Tyson Kidd and Cesaro came out for some cheap heat, cutting down the people and Cena, all for Daniel Bryan to come out and the place to go bonkers.

His promo was a good way to set up the eventual tag team main event match – a cool “all-Champions” match, unique in its own way. Other than that, nothing too spectacular.

– Interesting that they’d say Neville requested the match against Sheamus. It makes him look tough and we know promos aren’t his strong suit, so this was a good way to express his anger.

– The Bray Wyatt-R-Truth match was yet another squash for Wyatt, who needed another win? After Mania, we’ve come to no longer take Truth seriously as a competitor.

– Roman Reigns’ promo on Big Show continuing to knock him out was a bit too monotone.

– The Miz’s promo didn’t have false claims, though this was a good set up for Bad News Barrett to come out and play hometown cheerleader again and basically knock Miz out with a Bull Hammer Elbow in seconds. What did that exactly accomplish for both guys – besides make Barrett look good in a place where they’re practically leaving? Not like they will follow this up in the States because he is feuding with Bryan.

– The Damien Mizdow/Summer Rae promo was quite cheesy, before Miz stole the spotlight. The match announced for Raw sounds decent, though Mizdow should go back to his original character slowly but surely. Also, Mizdow’s impersonations were funny but how did he know what Miz was going to say? Too much logical thinking we guess. A Summer Rae turn seems like the route they’ll take although rumors of Miz being written off for another film have come about, so who truly knows?

– The Sheamus-Neville match was preceded by a good promo by Sheamus where he used where his height and ethnicity to get heat. The match itself was good bordering on great – having Neville almost pin Sheamus with the Red Arrow and surprise him with a pin, until the blatant DQ, despite not letting him get hit with the White Noise. Since when did suplexing a guy onto the announce table qualify as a DQ? Lame. Dolph Ziggler saving Neville from Sheamus was a good way to progress their feud. Ziggler’s promo was good work, as he showed clear intensity. Sheamus looked like a wimpy heel by turning it down and turning it into a “Kiss Me Arse” match. Yup. Couldn’t they just have an Irish Street Fight or something like that?

– The New Day heel act continues to thrive off Big E. Kofi Kingston helped a little bit too. Their match against Los Matadores (w/El Torito) seemed like a buffer match for the New Day while the Luchadores worked in a little offense.

– In a short segment, Fandango told Rosa Mendes to let him go, while Adam Rose offered her an opportunity or something like that. Dear God – don’t go in this direction.

– Show’s promo was generic heel stuff – insulting the town, country, fans, Reigns, etc. He mainly bragged about what he did. Meh. Throwing a man into a car and choke slamming them on the roof was cool, but Show managed to make it sound as boring as possible. The news of a last man standing match between these two isn’t exactly exciting, but we’ll get through it.

– The Natalya-Cameron-Alicia Fox match was general diva filler with Cameron getting the win, Fox throwing a tantrum and Natalya just there. Meh.

– The Fandango-Rose match didn’t make the least bit of sense. So Mendes came out to yell at Fandango, then pleaded Rose to leave him alone, all enough to help Fandango win. WTF-ness.

– Wyatt’s promo was more rambling. Not helping the flow of the show.

– The Kidd/Cesaro-Bryan/Cena main event match was okay while it lasted, with Cena taking the brunt of the match while Bryan took on the hot tag. The most noteworthy stuff to come out of it was Natalya getting accidentally knocked off the apron while Cesaro dropped her onto the floor. Will they follow that up on Raw? Will anyone care?





Quick Results

– Bray Wyatt def. R-Truth via pinfall

– Bad News Barrett def. The Miz via pinfall

– Neville def. Sheamus via DQ

– Kofi Kingston/Big E (w/Xavier Woods) def. Los Matadores (w/El Torito) via pinfall

– Cameron def. Natalya and Alicia Fox via pinfall

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

– Daniel Bryan/John Cena def. Tyson Kidd/Cesaro (w/Natalya) 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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