Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 10/8/15: A Playdate In Purgatory

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 10/8/15)

A Playdate In Purgatory

– The Dolph Ziggler-Big E match stemmed from New Day’s opening promo fresh off their Raw-ending four babyface beatdown. Sure, their promo was loud and obnoxious, but they made it work by name-dropping past wrestling stables they found themselves better than and insulting the Philly faithful’s beloved football team. The gist here was that while they could be funny, they could also be ruthless and cold. It kind of works and it kind of doesn’t. These are heels that carry trombones after all. They need to either go all the way in one direction or the other, but dipping in both ends of the pool won’t work for long. We learned that Ziggler asked The Authority for the match and brought out the Dudley Boyz for an insurance policy to keep things fair. Considering that Big E and Ziggler were once paired together, we were expecting some solid chemistry and the selling here was actually great on both ends. We expected shenanigans on the outside with the two budding teams and that played out in the finish. Kofi Kingston/Xavier Woods also kept the New Day outside bits fresh by mock commentating the match in between ridiculous dancing and trombone notes. In the end, Kingston played it dirty by getting in the cheap shot and holding Ziggler’s foot down to keep New Day hot.

– Yay, more Summer Rae and Rusev backstage. So, basically Rusev confronted her for blabbing to the makeup girls that she was getting married, clearly forgetting their agreement that she’d have gold on her finger when he had gold around his waist. Summer told him she got him a match with Ryback, where he’d be int he running for the Intercontinental Championship if he won. Rusev spanked Summer with a smile at the news. Right, can we make Rusev any more misogynistic and stereotypical here?

– The Six-Diva tag match between Team Bella and Charlote/Becky Lynch/Natalya had the “mystery partner” angle to it, but we could see Natalya coming a mile away. Paige watched intently on a backstage monitor, we can assure you. The action was slow and meh for the first half then picked up some towards the end. We saw Charlotte make Nikki tap out to the Figure Eight, while Paige accused Natalya of honing in on her territory in the post-match backstage interview and refused to acknowledge “Team NBC.”

– The Rusev-Ryback match with Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens on commentary had its pros and cons. One one hand, we saw Owens do what he does best – talk up a storm with entertaining references and one-liners, buddying up with Booker T, the new “heel” announcer. Owens also spoke highly of his Title, making it look like a big prize everybody wanted. Ryback’s pre-match promo was Ultimate Warrior-esque in the way he held an intense, angry face and shouted to the point where his neck veins bulged up. It was a different sight to see and it actually worked, as opposed to the usual “Rambo” promo. On the other hand, this was talked up before as Rusev’s chance to get an IC Title match and we heard before the match that Ryback would fight for the IC Title against Owens, which made it obvious that Ryback was going to win. These two guys’ styles mesh well, but this wasn’t as glossy as past matches. Ryback overcame Summer helping Rusev to put him away with the Shellshock. Predictable.

– Bray Wyatt’s fog promo hyped the Hell In A Cell match with Roman Reigns, saying he’d put Reigns down but on this night, Reigns/Orton would face his judgment and the wrath of the black sheep. Braun Strowman’s creepy “rabbits” line worked in this context.

– The King Barrett-Neville match was preceded by a Barrett hype video, which was interesting. Guess they want to build up Barrett again. It was an okay match, that showed some of Neville’s aerial tendencies, but ultimately ended with a Bull Hammer Elbow. Barrett won by pinfall? Crazy. Have to feel for Neville though. Feels like his character is going nowhere.

– The Stardust promo had him play with cards and ramble about something about choosing the next guy to fight. Right… Wonder what’ll happen with that.

– The Reigns/Orton-Wyatt/Strowman tag main event saw a pre-taped Reigns promo calling this match purgatory compared to HIAC. The action was pretty good as Strowman was established, with him overpowering Reigns/Orton at times, while they took it to him too. Reigns got a mixed reaction, but this was Philly after all. Just when Reigns was getting hot, Wyatt struck him with a chair, causing an obvious DQ. Disappointing ending. The post-match stuff was okay, since we saw the faces get the most of Wyatt with the Spear/RKO combo, as Strowman dragged Wyatt out before more could be done. This had us wondering where Dean Ambrose was in all of this though.






Quick Results

  • Big E (w/Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods) def. Dolph Ziggler (w/The Dudley Boyz) via pinfall
  • Six-Diva Tag – Charlotte/Becky Lynch/Natalya def. Team Bella via pinfall
  • Ryback def. Rusev (w/Summer Rae) via pinfall
  • King Barrett def. Neville via pinfall
  • Roman Reigns/Randy Orton def. Bray Wyatt/Braun Strowman via DQ

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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