Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 9/3/15: The Tableguards

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 9/3/15)

The Tableguards

– Having The New Day on this quest to “save the tables” is actually comedic brilliance in all its glory. They know how to make it work with the picket signs and everything, despite Raw’s rough promo. Their in-ring promo on this show went better, not as cutesy this time. The Dudley Boyz’s interruption was good for what it was. The Prime Time Players’ interruption kept their name in the conversation and it was good to see them lay claim to the Tag Titles, although to be fair, Dudleys did beat New Day on Raw, so you’d think that earns them a shot. With the Dudleys back, that probably hurts the PTP in getting babyface reactions, but nevertheless, we needed to see these two teams go at it and we got more than that here, while New Day bragged on commentary and “hijacked” it at one point. Funny. The match was sort of hard to follow with New Day’s commentary which may had been more of a distraction that true heat (think of trying to watch a wrestling show in a room full of loud, chatty people) but Dudleys looked good here in beating PTP, though perhaps Darren Young should’ve took the pin, since Titus O’Neil is clearly the stronger worker of PTP that’s more over. Post-match saw New Day cheap-shot and run away from The Dudleys yet again and the program rolls on.

– The New Day’s backstage promo saw them react to the news that they were in action against Roman Reigns/Dean Ambrose, the flat note Xavier Woods played on the trombone was funny.

– The Neville-Stardust angle continued this “comic book battle,” which is all well and good, though we wondered what it was all building up to since you’d think someone would win this feud, likely being Neville since the hero usually emerges on top. Liked the sneak ambush attack on Neville as he made his entrance atop the ramp. As corny as it sounds, The Ascension’s look and image fits in perfectly as Stardust’s henchmen. Perhaps Neville later recruits Lucha Dragons, since they also have a comic-like feel to their look.

– Cesaro’s backstage promo addressed his mindset into the match with Sheamus later on and he took the calm, cool and collective approach just wanting to compete and deliver. Made sense for Sheamus to interrupt and call Cesaro someone that was “really good, but not good enough” and pointed out Cesaro’s losses. Cesaro’s comeback was good for what it was, making fun of Sheamus’ look.

– The Sheamus-Cesaro match showed a lot of emphasis on Cesaro’s rib injuries from Raw as he continued to sell it and Sheamus cleverly targeted them the whole match practically. There were some highlight-reel worthy moments here – the incredible barricade Upper Cut, to Cesaro’s backbreaker reversal into the crossface. They did enough selling of the ribs to protect Cesaro to an extent, but we’re not sure he needed to lose yet again.

– The MizTV segment with Dolph Ziggler/Lana already had predictions that Miz would try to cause more tension between the two, and that worked by bringing Summer Rae onto the segment as well. This was more of the groan-inducing side of things as Summer “told more” of the story as Lana/Dolph came out. Summer referenced footage from June 2014 of her and Ziggler making out and said they were “on and off for a while now.” Of course, Lana attacked Summer and then shoved Dolph away, as Summer screamed she was a bitch. This came off more eye-rolling than anything else really.

– The R-Truth-Bo Dallas match actually threw us a curveball as to who’d initially win this, but with Dallas taking on Brock Lesnar at the October 3 WWE Network live special at Madison Square Garden, perhaps this is an early effort to build him up for the match. It became obvious about a minute in this was the case, as commentary emphasized a more focused Dallas. This also screamed “time-filler” at the same time.

– Why did they use Demi Lovato’s “Cool For The Summer” for the Divas video package?

– The Team PCB backstage promo saw them talk about Charlotte’s upcoming Title shot. They all played the nice and supportive sisters. Team Bella walked onto the set as Nikki Bella bragged about coming close to making the record, while Charlotte mentioned she made a petition and went to The Authority about making her Night Of Champions Title match before the record can be broken. Finally! We’re getting somewhere. Almost easily the best promo segment of this flat “revolution.”

– On that note, if you’re going to build up Charlotte for this Title shot, it makes sense to have her win more matches and Tamina from Team BAD was a good candidate for this. The match was okay for what it was, ending with a pinfall victory via Natural Selection. Team Bella stood on the ramp and posed with the belt and the Bella-Tron counted down to 11 days.

– Kevin Owens’ backstage promo had him address the two victories over Cesaro and obviously hint at wanting to fight Ryback, which we’ll gladly welcome, since we saw them work well together on that Raw tag match.

– The Ambrose/Reigns-Big E/Kingston match was your general action-heavy, crowd-pleasing bout, right up until Woods stopped the pin from happening with a blatant DQ. Nevertheless, Reigns/Ambrose dished out some punishment to Woods for payback, before calling out The Wyatt Family, to which they answered and Bray said he was calling the shots and proposed a match at Night Of Champions. Nothing really new or groundbreaking her besides the NOC announcement.

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

  • The Dudley Boyz def. The Prime Time Players via pinfall
  • Sheamus def. Cesaro via pinfall
  • Bo Dallas def. R-Truth via pinfall
  • Charlotte (w/Paige, Becky Lynch) def. Tamina (w/Sasha Banks, Naomi) via pinfall
  • Roman Reigns/Dean Ambrose def. Kofi Kingston/Big E (w/Xavier Woods) via DQ

About Nicholas Jason Lopez

Just a 28-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, BrooklynFans.com and Yahoo Voices. He has also interned for The Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator based out of Brooklyn, NY.

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