Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 7/30/15: 2 Unstable
“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
– Things started with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins in bragging mode about breaking Cena’s nose injury from the Raw match and why wouldn’t he exploit it? Don’t think anyone complained with Cesaro’s interruption, who showed enough confidence on the mic in that snarky way, but still came off likable. It turned into an actual match, which was surprising since Rollins didn’t attempt to run. Was a good segue for Kevin Owens to come down and sit on commentary, which is always a treat. The match had some decent action but Owens interfering by attacking Cesaro was inevitable, as he pretty much gave it away on commentary, again hilariously picking on the team for not plugging WWE.com interviews. Rollins and Owens double-teaming Cesaro afterwards was a good lead-in to what turned out to be the main event.
– The 8-man tag match between The Ascension/Kofi Kingston/Big E and The Lucha Dragons/Los Matadores with The Tag Team Champions Prime Time Players on commentary at least demonstrated some kind of personality from Darren Young, who had glasses and a notepad to “scout.” The New Day came out and questioned the face teams about them being the number one contenders and put themselves over with their natural annoyance. The “doctor of defenestration” line was hilarious. Kudos to the fan with the “New Day Socks” sign too. The action was enough to fill time though it had a good share of senseless commotion. Kalisto particularly had a great performance as the action winded down. The heels fought over who should get the pin and that allowed Lucha Dragons to score the pinfall over The Ascension, which the crowd liked.
– Owens’ backstage segment saw him try to waive off the announcer when he found out that The Authority put him in action, as he’d team with Rollins against Cesaro and a partner, giving a threat to whoever the partner would be. Vintage Owens.
– Thank goodness someone had the idea to put together a video package for Becky Lynch. It showed her in-ring skills and explanation why she teamed with Paige, as they were childhood friends.
– Bray Wyatt/Luke Harper’s fog promo had some storyline explanation from Harper about why he was happy to have Wyatt again. Wyatt warned Reigns about trusting Ambrose too much. Wyatt seems repurposed now.
– The Rusev-Jack Swagger match was all about a “renewed rivalry,” though in reality, was just a buffer bout for Rusev, who cut a scathing promo towards Lana’s “fish incident” with Summer Rae. At least Swagger salvaged the post-match happenings, putting the Patriot Lock on Rusev. Is this a true feud once again?
– Cesaro’s backstage promo addressed that he hadn’t found a partner and that he knew what he was walking into and that he owed nobody in the locker room anything. Liked this because it showed how tough he was to still go out to fight two men.
– When R-Truth isn’t fighting King Barrett, he’s fighting Stardust. Sigh. At least this was a recent buffer for the “Prince Of Dark Matter.” His ring attire is cool, but still screams “Blueberry Pop Tart Frosting.” Liked the post-match interaction between Neville and Stardust as “The Man Who Gravity Forgot” made the save, hitting an outside dive, but Stardust running away just in time to avoid more damage was a good way to draw things out further.
– Sheamus’ backstage promo talked about his attacks on Randy Orton, feeding into his ego as a “real man.” Liked Sheamus’ look here, but the promo itself all felt very generic.
– The Owens/Rollins-Cesaro/Dean Ambrose main event match obviously saw the reveal of Ambrose as the partner, since he tied into things with Rollins. The match had some cool action while it lasted, as per recent Smackdown main events. Best of all: Cesaro scored the pin on Owens in the blink of an eye. Who can forget Cesaro’s fist bump with the crowd pop? It was as if he just made a buzzer-beating shot. Owens sold his anger very well. Maybe we’ll get Owens-Ambrose on Raw.
- Cesaro def. Seth Rollins via DQ
- Eight-Man Tag Match – The Lucha Dragons/Los Matadores (w/El Torito) def. The Ascension/Kofi Kingston/Big E (w/Xavier Woods) via pinfall
- Rusev (w/Summer Rae) def. Jack Swagger via submission
- Stardust def. R-Truth via pinfall
- Cesaro/Dean Ambrose def. Kevin Owens/Seth Rollins via pinfall
Posted on August 6, 2015, in WWE and tagged Becky Lynch, Big E, Bray Wyatt, Cesaro, Dean Ambrose, El Torito, Jack Swagger, Jerry Lawler, Jimmy Uso, Kevin Owens, Kofi Kingston, Los Matadores, Luke Harper, Neville, R-Truth, Rich Brennan, Rusev, Seth Rollins, Sheamus, Stardust, Summer Rae, The Ascension, The Lucha Dragons, The Prime Time Players, Tom Phillips, Xavier Woods. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.