Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown 1/21/16: Ready To Rumble
By 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.
Ready To Rumble
– “Classic” Chris Jericho made his SmackDown return after 14 months and hyped the Royal Rumble match before an interesting comedic exchange with The World Tag Team Champions, The New Day, who were still mourning the loss of Francesca The Trombone and accusing Jericho of being a criminal. The three-man commentary team of Mauro Ranallo, Jerry Lawler and Byron Saxton were again on point. Jericho’s bit with the unicorn names was okay, but we’ve seen it over and over again. Just want to get to the Rumble match already. On that note, Jericho got the last laugh by revealing that New Day would have to fight in a match against opponents they’d probably not like.
– The Six-Man Tag between The Usos/Dolph Ziggler and New Day was your general filler action-packed tag match, with a Triple Superkick ending the match to give the faces momentum into Royal Rumble. Confused about Ziggler now rocking the face paint, is he an Uso now? He’s never felt so irrelevant before.
– The Becky Lynch-Alicia Fox match was a last chance to get Lynch over for her Divas Title shot against Champion Charlotte. The heels sat in on commentary, where Charlotte insulted Lynch and stuck up for herself, while Lynch did her usual thing in the ring and won with the Disarmer.
– The MizTV segment featuring Miz, WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens hyped their last man standing match as Ambrose compared the bout to an amusement park using ringside objects as metaphors for what he’d do. Owens came out and talked of his obsession of needing the Title back. Dean proposed they don’t wait and wanted Owens to come down, while Miz attacked from behind. Owens came to pick up the scraps and made like he’d team with Miz before taking him out. He turned his attention to Ambrose before barely escaping Dirty Deeds. Miz was the victim of that one.
– The Bray Wyatt-Ryback match was all about the numbers advantage overshadowing any of Ryback’s momentum. Wyatt family again is a big threat.
– Another Titus O’Neil-Stardust match? Gosh darn it. O’Neil’s pre-taped promo sold the dangers of the rumble match and its implications before beating Stardust in decisive fashion. It’s his super bowl after all.
– Kalisto’s backstage promo gave us a history lesson that Alberto Del Rio was looked upon in Mexico with the greats and he was used to being a “David beating Goliaths” and would do it one more time. Del Rio came up to him and said the wins were nothing but flukes and his LON buddies came from behind and attacked him. Solid.
– The Four-On-One Handicap main event between Reigns and LON started with a Reigns pre-match promo with him still confident about still being Champ after the Rumble despite all the big odds. The match was basically them beating on Reigns while the Champ tried to take them all on. Not sure what spawned the DQ, but it wasn’t important. The Usos came to save Reigns and then The Wyatts reappeared just like Raw and ended up getting the best of Reigns.
- Six-Man Tag – The Usos/Dolph Ziggler def. The New Day via pinfall
- Becky Lynch def. Alicia Fox (w/Brie Bella) via submission
- Bray Wyatt (w/Erick Rowan, Braun Strowman, Luke Harper) def. Ryback via pinfall
- Titus O’Neil def. Stardust via pinfall
- Four-On-One Handicap Match – Roman Reigns def. The League Of Nations via DQ
Posted on January 25, 2016, in WWE and tagged Alicia Fox, Becky Lynch, Braun Strowman, Bray Wyatt, Brie Bella, Byron Saxton, Charlotte, Chris Jericho, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, Jerry Lawler, Kalisto, Kevin Owens, Luke Harper, Mauro Ranallo, Ric Flair, Roman Reigns, Royal Rumble, Ryback, Stardust, The League Of Nations, The Miz, The New Day, The Usos, Titus O'Neil. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.