Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown 1/28/16: The Teddy Long Classic

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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.






(Aired 1/28/16)

The Teddy Long Classic 

– The opening video showcased the Royal Rumble match and how Roman Reigns came in with “ultimate odds” and dealt with The League Of Nations and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H returning to squash his late comeback hopes. We also saw how Dean Ambrose, Reigns and Brock Lesnar were announced as the FastLane main event on Raw, with the winner taking on Triple H at WrestleMania.

– The opening segment with the WWE World Tag Team Champions, The New Day, The Miz, The Usos, Titus O’Neil and Dolph Ziggler was your “Teddy Long Classic” segment. Heels come out and act confident and then the faces challenge them to battle and that’s what we get. The biggest things coming out of this were New Day getting to complain about being one-upped by The Rock on Raw, while Miz was digging their Kool-Aid, getting to throw his own two cents about getting “upstaged by a fellow actor.” His outlandish comparisons worked here. The Usos continue to just be those two happy samoan dudes (what the hell was that “whoa” schtick?), while Ziggler floats with no direction and “Charity Man” O’Neil gets added to whichever tag matches sound good to him we guess. We did like that New Day got to claim that the Usos “rode their cousin’s coattails,” but those words sort of ring true.

– The eight-man between New Day/Miz and Usos/O’Neil/Ziggler was the time-filler it was designed to be, with the heels taking early advantage before losing it when the babyfaces regained the momentum. O’Neil got the pin while Miz was the fall guy, while Usos took out New Day on the ramp. Yup, this was definitely thrown together with no thought.

– So according to commentary, WWE United States Champion Kalisto (who flashed fancy new white gear) was a fighting Champion who’d be happy to owe Alberto Del Rio a rematch whenever he wanted it and apparently does the same with other guys like Neville. This was simply an excuse to show off a “cruiserweight match” with little hype behind it, which hurts since they could be getting Kalisto over better than they are. However, this match went above our expectations, letting us see what they can do when their “crash and burn” styled offense was traded all throughout the match. The finish was also pretty, as it was Kalisto breaking out the Salida Del Sol from a German Suplex attempt by Neville.

– The Highlight Reel segment with Chris Jericho, WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and The Wyatt Family was about what’d you expect. It was weird that Jericho wasn’t angered about being beat by AJ Styles on Raw, since that’s not his character appeared to take it a few nights prior. Ambrose brought flowers to the set? Um, okay. Finally some decent tension established between Ambrose and Reigns here, which is desperately needed to shake the predictability factor. Lesnar was also built up well without actually needing to be there and it seemed like we were building somewhere nice before the freakin’ Wyatts came and ruined it with empty promises. SmackDown main event, here we come.

– Styles got more character build, which is never a bad thing. His eliminating of Curtis Axel in the Rumble was a smart way to get to a match between the two, as The Social Outcasts used their jealousy of Styles as the reason for the match. Styles got to do his traditional moves and a few signature maneuvers, all the while commentary debated his success, pre-WWE and current. He was the talking point the whole match, yet not in a way that took you out of it. We thought the Styles Clash would finally get hit on a Raw episode, but they did it here and it worked, but came off ultimately unmemorable for this reason.

– We still don’t know much about Natalya in 2016 that was much different from 2015, but she’s ready to jump into the flames, so we guess that’s a good thing. Anyways, she was the latest victim for a WWE Divas Champion Charlotte squash match, since this kept the Champion strong with an easy, cheap win. So far, Ric Flair has kissed, thrown jackets on and now woo’d in Charlotte’s opponents faces. Sounds about right. We did like that Becky Lynch came down to make the save when Charlotte refused to break her Figure Eight.

– Golden Truth seems like a desperate rehash of Booker T/Goldust back in the heyday, but with the platform for much less raunchy material. Confined to homophobia can only get you so far. Nevertheless, the humor was kind of there and they do have chemistry. Time will tell where it leads.

– We were watching the main event tag between Bray Wyatt/Luke Harper/Erick Rowan and Ambrose/Reigns/Jericho and reminiscing how nice it was to see the old Wyatt Family teaming together, even if this was essentially a glorified rematch on Pay-Per-View we saw months ago with no hard feelings this time between Jericho & Co. The action was average and the DQ finish was lame, but did lead to Big Show face turn #2,789 and the staredown with Braun Strowman was slightly intriguing, but the idea of a match with those two bores us to tears.






Quick Results

  • Eight-Man Tag – The Usos/Dolph Ziggler/Titus O’Neil def. The New Day/The Miz via pinfall
  • WWE United States Championship – Kalisto (Champion) def. Neville via pinfall to retain
  • AJ Styles def. Curtis Axel (w/Bo Dallas, Adam Rose, Heath Slater) via pinfall
  • Charlotte (w/Ric Flair) def. Natalya via submission
  • Six-Man Tag – Dean Ambrose/Roman Reigns/Chris Jericho def. Bray Wyatt/Erick Rowan/Luke Harper (w/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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