Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 8/6/15: Battle Of The Brutes
“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
Battle Of The Brutes
– The ever-classy video tribute to Rowdy Roddy Piper started the show off, finishing off the week of dedication in style.
– Going off the tag team main event on the previous Raw where Dean Ambrose/Roman Reigns/Randy Orton beat Sheamus/Bray Wyatt/Luke Harper, Reigns came out to talk about his problems with Wyatt and how he wanted Wyatt to take on him and Ambrose at SummerSlam. Reigns showed some good, short intensity with a backing crowd. Rusev’s interruption made sense given the main event with him and Reigns later on. Reigns ragged on Rusev about how he dressed up Summer Rae like Lana. The interaction was just okay, just for setting things up for later on.
– The New Day backstage vignettes are priceless. Case in point: setting up a basketball hoop over a producer’s head and hitting a “slam dunk.” The New Day-Prime Time Players/Mark Henry six-man tag had a boxed promo from the faces that was pretty good since we actually heard from Henry, who fits well with the Tag Champs. The match itself had some decent filler-esque action with a satisfying finish that saw Henry get the pin with the World’s Strongest Slam. Darren Young also had some temporary flashes of inventive offensive.
– The New Day “angry” backstage promo put over their frustrations with being pinned by Henry and how they felt he had no effect on their standing in the tag team division, hijacking the segment by singing a new “song” and stealing the microphone. Hilarious.
– The hype video for Charlotte helped establish her more, though we’ve seen it already. The Charlotte-Naomi match was the latest installment of the “Diva Revolution” era. Still not sure what they’re all fighting over or when it will all end or transition into something more worthwhile, but the “Submission Sorority” name was still heard on the show, which was surprising given all the wrong buzz the name got WWE after Raw. The action didn’t last long until Charlotte had the Figure Eight locked in and Sasha interfered, causing a DQ and physicality afterwards. The “tag team restart as per the Authority” screamed time-filler, but it was clever way to go about it, as the in-ring action was entertaining and even-ended. The finish was clouded in controversy, with Naomi “tagging in” and then ending in a roll-up pin battle, with her grabbing tights to get her team the win. They had the 3-On-2 advantage anyway.
– The Stardust-Zack Ryder match was your squash affair of the evening since Stardust was being built up for the confrontation with Stephen Amell on Raw. He called his finisher “The Queen’s Crossbow,” another message to Mr. Arrow. His post-match promo also hyped things up for then, asking him not to be a let-down like Neville. We’ll have to wait and see how it all goes.
– The Big Show’s backstage promo touched up on his preparation for SummerSlam by comparing Ryback to Rocky and warned Miz to stay away. Solid promo though he ran with the Rocky bit longer than necessary.
– The Reigns-Rusev match was a fun, strong close to the show with just enough of everything to convey a true battle of brawn. Also liked that Lana took down Summer before she could interfere in the match, with a fierce slap – which gave Rusev an out by being too distracted, though even then not falling victim to Reigns’ immediate pinfall attempts, but eventually getting bested by the end. Wyatt’s post-match fog promo had him accept his SummerSlam challenge, billed as “family vs. family.” Let the fun begin.
- Six-Man Tag – The Prime Time Players/Mark Henry def. The New Day via pinfall
- Charlotte (w/Becky Lynch) def. Naomi (w/Sasha Banks, Tamina) via DQ
- Naomi/Sasha Banks (w/Tamina) def. Charlotte/Becky Lynch via pinfall
- Stardust def. Zack Ryder via pinfall
- Roman Reigns def. Rusev (w/Summer Rae) via pinfall
Posted on August 11, 2015, in WWE and tagged Becky Lynch, Bray Wyatt, Charlotte, Jerry Lawler, Jimmy Uso, Lana, Mark Henry, Naomi, Rich Brennan, Roman Reigns, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Rusev, Sasha Banks, Stardust, Summer Rae, SummerSlam, Tamina, The Big Show, The New Day, The Prime Time Players, Tom Phillips, Zack Ryder. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.