Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown 2/4/16: Accidents Happen
By Nicholas Jason Lopez
“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
– With Roman Reigns and WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose being two-thirds of the Fastlane main event with Brock Lesnar to determine the #1 Contender to face WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H at WrestleMania, there appeared to be an attempt to show slight ripples in the Ambrose/Reigns relationship, while also establishing their always-tight chemistry. We opened up with a Reigns-Rusev match that was nothing special though we applauded commentary getting Rusev & Co. over as one of the factors behind Reigns losing his Title at the Royal Rumble while Reigns/Ambrose powerbombed Rusev through the announce table recently as well and it at least built some interest in the bout. The DQ finish was bland, but as we saw with many SmackDowns, designed to have a tag main event. Will they ever make a planned SmackDown main event? Is WWE not aware how many times they do this? The Ambrose-Reigns interaction (Ambrose accidentally taking out Reigns with an apron-to-floor elbow drop) was set up to show that accidents happen, but made us wonder if this would affect their relationship going forward. Got a kick out of Jerry Lawler spinning things by saying Ambrose purposely took down Reigns.
– Ambrose’s backstage promo confirmed what we had seen, that it was accidental and Reigns would know when he’d intentionally attack him, before setting focus on the new tag main event and that him and Reigns would hit other people and not each other.
– There was significant progress in the Kevin Owens-Dolph Ziggler feud, while also continuing WWE United States Champion Kalisto’s hot streak simultaneously by having Ziggler sit on commentary for an Owens-Kalisto match. Kalisto’s pre-taped promo put him over as someone defending the belt’s honor, while Ziggler praised him for that and insulted Owens for doing the opposite. The action was cool while it lasted, since Kalisto and Owens had good chemistry, but the finish was the high point. Loved the idea of Owens powerbombing Kalisto into Ziggler, leading to Kalisto upsetting Owens with a rollup pin while he was distracted by Ziggler getting back up. That said, Owens got his heat back by attacking Kalisto after the bell and escaping Ziggler’s attack when he rushed the ring.
– The Miz’s backstage promo solidly hyped his upcoming match against AJ Styles, explaining his side of the feud in his own delusional A-lister way, saying that he gave Styles the chance to be taken under his wing like Daniel Bryan and took credit for his later success without him as a protege.
– As if Ryback didn’t look like Goldberg enough, who decided to put him in plain black tights? The match between him and Erick Rowan came off as filler since we weren’t sure what they were pushing here. They glanced over the Big Show-Braun Strowman feud, but it didn’t tie into this match at all. Rowan also looked weak in that he got defeated by the Meathook Clothesline and not the Shellshocked. Was this an attempt to show Ryback “getting one over” on the Wyatt Family? Also, the guy does one missile dropkick and now he’s “Flyback”? Really?
– Kind of like this “strange bedfellows” storyline with Sasha Banks/Becky Lynch still bitter rivals going for WWE Divas Champion Charlotte’s belt, while wrapped in their web taking on Naomi/Tamina, who previously turned on Banks on Raw. It fit Lynch’s character to say she helps anyone she sees in trouble, while Banks mentioned she wouldn’t save Lynch if her life depended on it and didn’t need her help, with Lynch doubtful of that and referencing getting attacked by her for no reason at the Royal Rumble. The ending “argument” was humorous and showed them willing to work together against the same enemy, even if they didn’t like it.
– The Styles-Miz match with Chris Jericho on commentary was probably the show’s highlight, since all the focus was on the match thanks to the great commentary, with Jericho mentioning how Styles beat him on Raw and he couldn’t stop thinking about it, while complimenting his style for being “crisp,” at the same time putting Miz over as a former WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Also liked the mention of Jericho coming to WWE from World Championship Wrestling and tying it to Styles’ current situation. The match was well-wrestled, with Miz on the dominant side early on, while Styles eventually worked his way back and ended it with the Calf Crusher submission, establishing another way he could finish opponents off. The post-match segment between Jericho and Styles was solid, with Jericho praising Styles for being good, but questioning if he was great and challenged him to a match at the next week’s SmackDown. Styles should’ve accepted the offer right away instead of hesitating, but we did like that he pulled Jericho in after the handshake offer and told him he’d find out why he was called “The Phenomenal One.”
– Reigns’ backstage promo echoed that of Ambrose’s earlier in the show – that accidents happen and Fastlane would have no accidents, but this was about this night.
– The six-man tag between the WWE World Tag team Champions, The New Day and Heath Slater/Adam Rose/Curtis Axel was awkward heel-vs-heel filler that basically established both teams as cheaters. The promo exchange between the two teams was chuckle-worthy at best, but this was forgettable. To sum it up, “Bo Rida” wasn’t there, New Day were happy to have real gold and used the ropes to win like real Champions.
– With Charlotte recently losing to Brie Bella on the previous Raw, we liked the idea of Charlotte getting back on the winning track by beating Brie’s close ally, Alicia Fox. Better yet, it was pulled off without any direct interference by Ric Flair. This sent the message that Charlotte didn’t need her father for everything and Brie had her work cut out for her. Not sure what Fox’s facial expressions were after the match, that was scary.
– As if these Goldust-R-Truth segments couldn’t get worse, they were now having Goldust stalk Truth at a hotel front desk, messing with his belongings and underwear. Good god, why?
– The tag team main event between Ambrose/Reigns and Rusev/Del Rio was much the expected melodramatic fodder with slight storyline advancement when Reigns was caught by an Ambrose suicide dive attempt. Reigns stared down Ambrose for a good minute before being pulled back into their goal of taking out the League Of Nations members for the predictable win. Meh.
- Kalisto def. Kevin Owens via pinfall
- Ryback def. Erick Rowan (w/Braun Strowman) via pinfall
- AJ Styles def. The Miz via pinfall
- Six-Man Tag – The New Day def. Heath Slater/Adam Rose/Curtis Axel via pinfall
- Charlotte (w/Ric Flair) def. Alicia Fox via submission
- Dean Ambrose/Roman Reigns def. Rusev/Alberto Del Rio (w/King Barrett) via pinfall
Posted on February 14, 2016, in WWE and tagged Adam Rose, AJ Styles, Alberto Del Rio, Alicia Fox, Becky Lynch, Braun Strowman, Brie Bella, Byron Saxton, Charlotte, Chris Jericho, Curtis Axel, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, Fastlane, Goldust, Heath Slater, Jerry Lawler, Jojo, Kalisto, Kevin Owens, King Barrett, Mauro Ranallo, R-Truth, Renee Young, Ric Flair, Roman Reigns, Rusev, Ryback, Sasha Banks, The Miz, The New Day. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.