Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 11/26/15: Turkey Edition

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 11/26/15)

Turkey Edition

– The opening segment between Roman Reigns and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus was paint-by-numbers in terms of selling their Tables, Ladders and Chairs match at (where else?) TLC. We liked the idea of Reigns starting out by talking about growing up with his Uso cousins and how they bounced around the house, transitioning into the dastardly events that led to him losing his first Title in less than five minutes at Survivor Series. Sheamus was energetic on the mic, giving us glimpses of his old babyface days, going for the jokes, but something still didn’t click, even with all the canned heat. How many jokes did Sheamus make about Reigns’ short reign? Geez. Reigns tried to gain the advantage by challenging Sheamus to a fight while the heel Champion turned it down and called out Reigns’ failures once again, before Reigns described the weapons conveniently in the ring as a visual aid to what he looked to do at TLC. This didn’t advance the feud in any way, just reminded us of what we already knew. Yawn.

Taken from Raw, it was obvious a feud was set on the stove to heat up between The Dudley Boyz and The Wyatt Family. On this show, it was about the Dudleyz seeking revenge for the Raw beatdown as they took on Braun Strowman/Erick Rowan, making their intentions well-known. The pairing wasn’t bad, since Rowan/D-Von were there to take most of the spots and Bubba Ray/Strowman were the “beasts.” The Bubba-Strowman exchanges were entertaining and it all led to a table tease ultimately unfulfilled thanks to Harper hijacking the ring and tacking the faces for a DQ. The Wyatts beat down the Dudleys again and put Bubba through a table for good measure. Decent progress to what comes off as a makeshift feud, but Dudleys need some momentum quick, besides looking like they can hang with Strowman.

– We can watch The New Day sell WWE holiday merchandise all night long. Was Xavier Woods channeling Little Richard with that get-up?

– In the Divas world of catty personalities and unsure intentions, the Paige-Becky Lynch match followed suit, giving us a bland contest that garnered a fraction of what these two could do if given the proper time. Okay, so Paige is the angry heel and wanted to beat WWE Divas Champion Charlotte’s friend we gather. That point was covered okay in commentary, but the action didn’t live up to it. Paige was focused on Charlotte, but perhaps too much to save the botched “rope leverage” finish. Good lord. At least Paige wins, but that was bad.

– What’s a Thanksgiving-themed episode without a campy turkey dinner segment? Luckily (or unluckily), the humor was brought to us by the twerking unicorn gods of magic, the WWE Tag team Champions, The New Day. This segment saw them impress Team BAD with their gold-themed table, insulting other people like Heath Slater for bringing “Slater Slaw” complete with a band-aid, The Ascension for simply sucking and then Adam Rose for his ungodly rabbit stew. To close it out, we had Woods dressed up as the Gobbledy Gooker. Can’t get campier than that.

– Things didn’t get better when WWE United States Champion Alberto Del Rio’s music hit, since that meant another pointless Mex-America promo, by his new manager Zeb Colter riding on the Wal-Mart Scooter-mobile 4000. The one shining light was that Jack Swagger finally had something to do since Colter was involved, and we saw Colter brag about the things Swagger knew wasn’t everything he knew himself, likening him to “blind American loyalty.” The words “ungrateful S.O.B.” were also said, but no release for him here. Brad Maddox wasn’t so lucky on the dark match portion. Del Rio also made heelish Thanksgiving references, calling Swagger a “pero.” The match was okay, but not nearly long enough to be relevant, since Del Rio ended it with a steel chair shot to Swagger’s back, giving the impression he ended it before Swagger could take advantage of the upper hand. For that matter, Swagger did look like a badass when he fought back and hit some harsh shots that actually bent the chair. All in all, just a way to advance their feud, probably culminating in a Title match at TLC.

– So, why on earth would Woods go right up to The Usos dressed as the Gobbledy Gooker backstage and think he’d get away with it? This was sheer foreshadowing of what’d happen.

– Continuing the “Table For Three” storyline in the Tag Team Title race, this was a fair way to advance that program while keeping the holiday theme, with The Lucha Dragons taking on Kofi Kingston/Big E, as the Gobbledy Gooker was outside, who we assumed was Woods. Turkey antics were the focus of the match, which saw some standard fast-paced action good enough to fill time. The ending involved Gooker costing The New Day the match, hitting his partner from the outside, seemingly looking like a botch, which made the heels angry at him, until Woods showed up on the stage in his underwear shorts, tied up and gagged alongside Jimmy Uso, making it clear Woods wasn’t in the costume. Woods tried to get away until The Lucha Dragons pushed him into the ring to get laid out by The Usos, eventually revealing Jey as the Gooker. It should be noted that Woods’ overdramatic expressions made it even funnier.

– We saw some brief main event hype, as Tyler Breeze cut a “selfie” promo with Summer Rae at his side, about how his two opponents for the #1 Contender’s match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship, Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler had no fashion style and he was pumped for the opportunity to have the ultimate accessory in his wardrobe, the IC Title.

– And finally: we saw Ambrose talk about Survivor Series in a backstage segment and what happened to his good buddy, not chalking anything that happened to luck, but rather by Reigns being the better man and Sheamus picking the right moment at the right time. This would’ve been better on Raw, but was fair hype to the main event  too.

– The Triple-Threat main event #1 Contender’s match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship between Ziggler, Ambrose and Breeze was a joy to watch since it was something different than usual and was an easy way to put a spotlight on Ambrose likely getting the nod but also throwing him in there with Ziggler-Breeze, advancing their own little feud. What made this even better was that WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens sat in on commentary through the whole thing, offering us deep, insightful banter and hilarious one-liners insulting pretty much everybody except Booker T. His rips on “Milhouse” aka Rich Brennan were priceless, as were his quips on Ambrose’s hoodie being thrown at him and his numerous urges to mentions himself as Champion. We even heard a pre-taped Ziggler promo that touched up on people forgetting his successes and he was hellbent on making a good first impression again. It was funny seeing Owens advocate so hard for Breeze, only to become stone-faced when Ambrose finally got the win. The post-match confrontation between the two consisted of an Ambrose shove, as Owens walked away, belt on the shoulder. Good stuff and it should be a fun match at TLC, since we think that’s the plan. Nice ending to an otherwise throwaway show that appeared to advance feuds/programs in the name of turkey goodness without really doing much.

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

  • The Dudley Boyz def. Erick Rowan/Braun Strowman (w/Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper) via DQ
  • Paige def. Becky Lynch via pinfall
  • Jack Swagger def. Alberto Del Rio (w/Zeb Colter) via DQ
  • The Lucha Dragons def. Big E/Kofi Kingston (w/The Gobbledy Gooker) via pinfall
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Match – Triple-Threat – Dean Ambrose def. Tyler Breeze (w/Summer Rae) and Dolph Ziggler via pinfall

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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