Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 5/7/15: Sign The Dotted Line

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 5/7/15)

Sign The Dotted Line

– The opening video showed how Dean Ambrose found his way into the Payback main event, with the bigger story being the mini-feud between Kane and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins. Also highlighted was the Raw main event which was left with Ambrose standing on top.

– The segment with King Barrett and Jerry Lawler had more vocal Barrett barrage – a little bit better and more direct than from Raw – as he used Lawler to make his point, but was still cliche to a point. Sure – as if Lawler was really going to hail Barrett. At least this set up a good reason for Dolph Ziggler to come out and save Lawler. Impromptu match for life, yo.

– The Ziggler-Barrett match was nothing special while it went on, only coming down to Sheamus interfering by attacking Ziggler, giving him the DQ win. Once the two heels dominated, Neville making the save led to an impromptu tag team match out of another impromptu match. Someone get Teddy Long some smelling salts. As for the Ziggler/Neville-Sheamus/Barrett match, it was good while it lasted, as fun things continue to happen when these four guys work each other. What was better here was that Ziggler got the best of Barrett, getting the pin right after Neville (gracefully as ever) took out Sheamus on the outside.

– Ambrose’s backstage promo addressed his odds of winning the Championship and explained he liked chaos and was that he was the last guy expected to win, things we didn’t know already.

– The Luke Harper-Fandango match was odd booking, yet different enough to be more than a yawner. It was encouraging to see Harper get an easy win. Erick Rowan coming out to stare down Harper – teasing a program – only to attack Fandango was a solid heel turn, as it opens the book for a semi-Wyatt Family reunion. Whatever helps Harper get over.

– The story of Lana acknowledging the fans’  cheers continued as she tried to downplay it, saying it angered Rusev, who came out and sent her to the back again. We could probably see a Lana face turn down the road and we’ll see where that goes, but in the meantime, it’s good heat for Rusev. His promo to hype the “I Quit” match at Payback was just okay, as the face-to-face segment on Raw should provide the right amount of icing for this feud cake.

– Roman Reigns’ backstage promo talked about the fatal four-way at Payback and how he had problems with everyone but Ambrose, but he’d bring the biggest fight at Payback for Championship gold. Straight-forward and better mic work than usual.

– The six-man tag match between The New Day-Tyson Kidd/Cesaro/Ryback match gave a decent surprise of having the big guy team with Kidd/Cesaro. The match had some fun action as Ryback fit in well and Bray Wyatt played mind games on Ryback which took him out of the equation, as Kofi Kingston hooked the tights on Kidd, giving them another win. Who’s having a better week than them? Things progressed well here.

– Orton’s backstage promo on the Payback match had him determined to get back what was his and he was determined to take one of the former Shield members out. Basic promo.

– The Emma-Naomi match followed a boxed promo with Naomi/Tamina which was decent as they said everyone knew what they could do. The match was pretty much a squash as Naomi owned everything. The ironic thing was Emma’s current NXT character is that of Naomi’s current character, but there was no acknowledgment of that here. If they continue to cross Raw and NXT together, they’ll have to eventually show some better form of continuity. Why is Naomi still using that damn finisher? Subtle nitpicking, but at least the postmatch attack was good.

– Rollins’ backstage promo on the contract signing and fatal four-way was good stuff as he put himself over for his abilities and said Kane was jealous of him and his brain. All hail Rollins’ brain.

– The Los Matadores-Lucha Dragons match was a good time to remind us of the Dragons’ existence as it’s been a while since they were used. At the least, we knew the match would be fought in a Lucha style. Sin Cara will be sure to make this week’s Botchamania clip in a rough spot. To no surprise, the Dragons came out victorious. Postmatch, El Torito got shoved down, but nothing newsworthy there. Next.

– The contract signing segment with Kane, Rollins, Reigns, Orton and Ambrose turned out solid. Rollins standing on the stage being hesitant to enter the ring the whole time fit his character and he dished some great disses towards the other competitors, stirring the pot with remarks made from Shield days. The Kane-Rollins stuff continued as Rollins tried getting out of signing the contract itself, only having Kane force it to happen, even then still signing it from outside the ring. Ambrose provided some slight comic relief by putting the table on the turnbuckle, claiming we all knew what would happen. The mayhem that then ensued provided a likely lasting impact for viewers with all hell breaking loose. Solidly entertaining stuff, that ended up with Rollins standing on top. The momentum continues to shift. Only complaint is that it feels like Orton and Reigns are in the middle at this point, but it’s been a good build.





Quick Results

– Dolph Ziggler def. King Barrett via DQ

– Neville/Dolph Ziggler def. Sheamus/King Barnett via pinfall

– Luke Harper def. Fandango via pinfall

– Six-Man Tag Match – The New Day def. Tyson Kidd/Cesaro (w/Natalya)/Ryback via pinfall

– Naomi (w/Tamina) def. Emma via pinfall

– The Lucha Dragons def. Los Matadores (w/El Torito) 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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