Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 4/30/15: Relevance Score
– What’s a WWE show these days without the likes of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins and Kane bickering? That’s exactly how Smackdown started, not surprisingly. Rollins continued to do a great job of riling Kane up, playing up his alleged jealousy, while Kane vowed to make a man out of the Champ and booked him against Dean Ambrose in the main event. Rollins begging Kane to “do something relevant and prove himself to the Authority” loomed large throughout the show.
– The first segment was a subtle lead-in to the Roman Reigns-Kane match, where Reigns basically spoke of how evil Rollins was for taking his opportunity away but he scratched and clawed his way back to a Title opportunity before Kane interrupted him and brought down a Referee. The match that followed wasn’t “awesome” as Jerry Lawler described, but it was a decent time for the two to collide. Reigns showed his natural ability to persevere while Kane looked to show his relevancy, easily getting frustrated at points. Neither guy could look good with a loss, so it made sense to show Kane close to losing only to bow out, giving Reigns the easy countout victory.
– You had to know Rollins would have fun with that match result, saying Kane was in over his head, all while stroking his own ego, confidently shunning his allies once again.
– So it looks like Damien Sandow will continue to imitate anyone he sees, like the ring announcer. We were hoping this was temporary, though his insults towards his opponent Curtis Axel were funny. The match was a decent follow-up to Raw, wrapped up in the irony of a man imitating the man he was fighting who imitated another man. Sandow needed to quickly win this and luckily he did. His new theme music was decent too, though sounds too close to generic sports show music.
– Ryback’s backstage promo which saw him talk about dedicating his match with Luke Harper to Bray Wyatt at least tied in to the feud. Nothing truly exciting though.
– The Ryback-Harper match was your big man match that tried to stray from the typical, having Ryback go over Harper slowly but surely. Wyatt’s sudden mid-ring attack was a nice touch – the second time in the week he hit Sister Abigail on him. What does Ryback do for revenge?
– The Tag Team Championship rematch between Tyson Kidd/Cesaro and Kofi Kingston/Big E was a good bout which showed Kidd/Cesaro displaying a babyface style, pleasing the crowd more. The action was entertaining but hard to buy into considering that New Day just won the titles and it was hard to believe they’d have them lose them so quickly. That said, Woods attacking Cesaro/Kidd in a pinfall attempt break was a good way to keep things going along. Kidd/Cesaro did get the DQ win, but not the titles. The flame burns on.
– The backstage segment with Nikki Bella-Cameron was a decent way to set up their match, but should’ve been dedicated more to making Cameron look like a threat rather than the latest “bad bitch” of the night. Bella put Cameron in her place by the end of the segment and we were somehow supposed to believe Cameron actually had a shot of winning here?
– Awesome to see Pro Wrestling Syndicate’s Chris Payne among the Tough Enough audition videos.
– Is it sad that the highlight of the Nikki Bella-Cameron match was the Naomi promo shown before? The action wasn’t anything special and after that backstage segment, we really knew Cameron had no real chance. Naomi is the top heel by a mile and is the only threat to the Bellas at this point. At least Nikki was kept strong with the win, but nobody will remember this match come Raw.
– Yay, more Prime Time Players campy comedy. Meh.
– It’s interesting to see Rollins continue to try to get out of booked matches with his opponents to no avail. The segment with Ambrose was interesting in the sense of seeing the former Shield members interact with each other. Ambrose kept his “unstable” charm intact, as he mentioned looking forward to humiliating the Champ, as he should.
– The Ambrose-Rollins (w/J & J Security) match had a little bit of everything: back and forth action, flashbacks to what happened on Raw when Kane showed up, with Rollins inadvertently shoved into him. Rollins getting the indirect clean win on Ambrose with his new finisher provided a good change of pace. Kane appeared to side with Rollins this time around as Reigns showed up to the chaos. Only complaint here was that you’d think Reigns-Rollins-Ambrose was the Payback main event match. Not even as much as a Randy Orton promo on the show?
– Roman Reigns def. Kane via countout
– Damien Sandow def. Curtis Axel via pinfall
– Ryback def. Luke Harper via pinfall
– Tag Team Championships – Tyson Kidd/Cesaro (w/Natalya) def. Big E/Kofi Kingston (w/Xavier Woods) (Champions) via DQ; New Day retains
– Nikki Bella def. Cameron via pinfall
– Seth Rollins (w/J & J Security) def. Dean Ambrose via pinfall
Posted on May 4, 2015, in WWE and tagged Big E, Bray Wyatt, Byron Saxton, Cameron, Cesaro, Curtis Axel, Damien Sandow, Dean Ambrose, J & J Security, Jerry Lawler, Kane, Kofi Kingston, Luke Harper, Naomi, Natalya, Nikki Bella, Roman Reigns, Ryback, Seth Rollins, The New Day, The Prime Time Players, Tom Phillips, Tyson Kidd, Xavier Woods. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.