Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 5/21/15: Self-Reflection

WWE SmackdownBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.




(Aired 5/21/15)


– The opening video highlighted Dean Ambrose crashing Seth Rollins’ “Architect of a Dream” segment on Raw to get another shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Elimination Chamber with some cold cinder block Justice, though Rollins got the last laugh, delivering a much-smoother Pedigree.

– The first segment with Roman Reigns, Ambrose and Kane set the tone for the show, seeing how Ambrose vs Bray Wyatt came to be and also put things into perspective as far as where Reigns lies in the Title picture. The mutual respect between Reigns and Ambrose was again played up here, but you wonder why Reigns would want to wait for the Money in the Bank ladder match when he has the exact same claim to a Title match Ambrose has since he also wasn’t pinned at Payback. Reigns sold his “bad news” pretty well and came off as a determined individual, though his delivery was still a bit too cutesy and pandering. It seemed like Ambrose was out there to purely sell the MITB concept and pushed himself as a Champion by then, which just set up Kane to come out and throw around his power. It seems as if seeds were planted for a potential Reigns-Kane match come Elimination Chamber, and while it’s not the worst thing surely, it could be a lot better. This also glaringly gave away that Reigns would somehow play into the main event’s outcome.

– The 4-corners tag match with Tyson Kidd/Cesaro/The Lucha Dragons-Los Matadores/The Ascension match was surely a lot to digest in terms of all the in-ring action as well as the commentary booth. That said, glad to see WWE take advantage of good publicity as an excuse to actually push The Prime Time Players as more than jokesters. Xavier Woods did good as the voice of The New Day, screaming of injustice and capturing the chaos well from their end. As things wound down, all the dives to the outside were entertaining and then we saw Kalisto score the pinfall with not the most fluid of lucha power. That said, all the teams involved looked good, though Los Matadores and The Ascension we can pretty much write off. PTP, New Day and Kidd/Cesaro all have a viable shot of winning the Chamber.

– We saw more progress in the Rusev/Dolph Ziggler/Lana triangle, as Rusev yelled about Lana and wanted to eat Ziggler’s heart or something of that sort. Ziggler’s promo captured his “up-and-down” week and his upcoming match with King Barrett pretty well and Lana showing up to wish him luck threw things around full circle. At least they’re not downplaying the obvious situation that Lana is using Ziggler to make Rusev jealous. Lana didn’t deny it either, but doesn’t mean we still can’t see her turning on him.

– The Barrett-Ziggler match was okay for TV standards, being nothing too flashy besides the clever finish sequence that saw Ziggler win with the Zig Zag, giving Barrett a loss and keeping up Ziggy’s momentum. Lana clapping on the stage also showed her approval.

– The segment with Paige, Naomi, Tamina and Nikki Bella did a solid job of pushing the now-announced triple threat for the Divas Championship at Elimination Chamber between Bella, Naomi and Paige. Paige did a good job of explaining how Naomi stole an opportunity that she earned and “picked up anew boyfriend” in the process. While Naomi makes a much better heel on the mic, her work here was a bit below average than what we’ve seen, though still not bad. The exchange was what it was, though it didn’t really feel as personal as it should’ve. On that note, Bella coming out to help Paige clean house of the heels before attacking her made sense given what happened on Raw.

– Wyatt’s fog promo was directed at Ambrose’s “lunatic” personality and hyped their match pretty well.

– The R-Truth-Stardust match (the 67th of this month it seems) was just an excuse for the broadcast team to hype the Chamber match with Truth being a participant, though he has literally no chance in the match, but they smartly played up his experience factor. Not surprisingly, Truth scored the win.

– Ryback’s backstage promo had him say he was anxious for the chamber match despite never being in it before and compared it to being in a cage. Solid promo. His “quite the cook” line was random, but funny. Giving Ryback glimpses of a personality can only help add depth to his character.

– You know NXT is starting to become a big deal when it’s getting mentions on Smackdown. How weird did it sound to hear “Samoa Joe” uttered by the broadcast team on Smackdown? Kevin Owens is coming to the main roster at the perfect time though and his match with John Cena at Elimination Chamber is set up to impress. Let’s hope.

– The Meta Powers-Heath Slater/Adam Rose match was exactly what it sounded like: forgettable filler at best. Granted, the Meta Powers work well together, but this just feels like a lame holding pattern for them overall.

– Bo Dallas’ backstage promo reviewed his attack on Neville on Raw and tried to sell making Neville stronger to overcome adversity, all the while causing his injuries in the first place. Funny thing is it’s the exact same storyline between Evil Emma and Bayley on NXT minus the headbands, unless Dallas plans to steal Neville’s cape of course. Either way, we can applaud a serious push for Dallas, even if he is being set up to get bested by the man gravity forgot.

– The Ambrose-Wyatt match was a rough, tough entertaining match that allowed both guys to get in offense, though we saw Reigns playing a part in the match coming from a mile away via the opening segment. Given that, it made sense for Rollins and J & J Security to try to cost Ambrose here, only for it all to backfire.




Quick Results

– Four Corners Tag Match – Tyson Kidd (w/Natalya)/Cesaro/The Lucha Dragons def. The Ascension/Los Matadores via pinfall

– Dolph Ziggler def. King Barrett via pinfall

– R-Truth def. Stardust via pinfall

– The Mega Powers def. Adam Rose (w/Rosa Mendes)/Heath Slater via pinfall

– Dean Ambrose def. Bray Wyatt 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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