Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown 2/18/16: Here Comes The Pain
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.
Here Comes The Pain
– The opening video hyped the big triple-threat Fastlane main event between Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar – “Brother Vs. Brother Vs. Beast,” if you will. The video primarily focused on Ambrose talking about being in the “fight of his life” and how him wanting Lesnar turned into suffering an F5, Stephanie McMahon style, when she made him defend his WWE Intercontinental Championship against four other men and ended up losing the belt to Kevin Owens without even being pinned. The main question was what the Title loss did to Ambrose’s psyche.
– For those who normally enjoy Mauro Ranallo, they’d have to be slightly disappointed to see Michael Cole in his place due to illness. Damn that illness. Anyways, the opening six-man tag between Dolph Ziggler/The Lucha Dragons and Sheamus/Alberto Del Rio/Rusev was fine action-wise, but what stole it for us was Owens’ hilarious trolling commentary picking on Cole and Byron Saxton from bell to bell. Owens hyping “KO-Mania” was also a nice touch to his newfound gold confidence. Not sure why the heels needed to win here, but this at least progressed two feuds, Owens-Ziggler and WWE United States Champion Kalisto-Alberto Del Rio.
– The Naomi/Tamina duo continue to be on fire with their rivalry with Sasha Banks/Becky Lynch, the “strange bedfellows” storyline in all its glory. The Tamina-Banks match was good without overstaying its welcome, as Banks took out Naomi from the apron and made Tamina tap out to the Bank Statement before she suffered both ladies’ wrath after the bell rang. This time, Lynch came to Banks’ help, much to Banks’ disapproval. Liked this since it showed a certain uncertainty headed into Fastlane.
– The Banks-Lynch backstage segment smoothed things over to an extent, aligning for the sole reason that Banks didn’t like losing and they both wanted a “WrestleMania moment.” Sounds like they’re both being groomed for WWE Divas Champion Charlotte for then. We think this segment should’ve been saved for the actual Fastlane show perhaps before the match.
– There was intrigue headed into the show seeing what Chris Jericho would say regarding AJ Styles’ challenge for a third rubber match at Fastlane. Before we could get a response, it was time for The Miz to come out and announce himself as Jericho’s opponent. For the second straight show, we had a competitive back-and-forth match involving Miz, as we had a lot of time to fill and things going back and forth before Jericho won with the Walls Of Jericho submission. The post-match segment involving Styles and Jericho was booked perfectly, with Jericho at first turning down the challenge because he didn’t like Styles enough to do him any favors, only for Styles to attack him and rile him up to say yes. There’s that little mean streak in Jericho beginning to break out and we wonder if it’ll come into full force at Fastlane.
– The backstage segment involving Reigns, Ambrose and Paul Heyman gave us decent hype for the main event tag while also giving slight tension between Ambrose and Reigns, with Reigns warning for no “dirty deeds this time,” and then Ambrose approaching Heyman, who informed him that Lesnar was in a bad mood and looking for him, as Ambrose sought advice and realizing he’d figure it out on his own, finding a way to be excited by the news. All Ambrose right there.
– We couldn’t possibly have another SmackDown without twerking unicorn wisdom, so we had the WWE World Tag Team Champions, The New Day hype their appearance on the “Cutting Edge Peep Show” at Fastlane in a backstage promo, putting themselves over as real musicians and insulting Edge/Christian for being out of style these days, then ending the promo in twerkalicious fashion.
– The Charlotte-Natalya match was an easy way to keep Charlotte in the win column, while also giving Natalya a chance to be atop things with her dominating the match’s first half. That said, it was only a matter of time before Charlotte made her comeback and won with the Figure Eight. The post-match attack by Brie Bella, filled with emotional kicks from her retired husband Daniel Bryan’s repertoire was appropriate.
– Will this Goldust-R-Truth stuff ever end? Now, Goldust was a rapper. Not even going to finish the thought on that.
– The tag team main event between Ambrose/Reigns and The Dudley Boyz was entertaining while it lasted, with Reigns extra amped up, while the Dudleyz did a good job at being pesky heels that kept him down. Liked how Lesnar decided to show up when it looked like Ambrose/Reigns were on the verge of winning and allowed the Dudleyz to score in a cheap shot. Perhaps they’re working towards a Lesnar/Heyman/Dudley Boyz alliance headed into Mania? Anyways, the result was assumedly a DQ, but what better ending than to have Ambrose, Lesnar and Reigns all go at each other, trading moves and even having “the brotherhood” implode? WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H standing on the ramp to face Lesnar, who emerged standing was an appropriate ending that left us eager to see how Fastlane would play out.
- Six-Man Tag – Sheamus/Alberto Del Rio/Rusev (w/King Barrett) def. Neville/The Lucha Dragons via pinfall
- Sasha Banks def. Tamina (w/Naomi) via submission
- Chris Jericho def. The Miz via submission
- Charlotte (w/Ric Flair) def. Natalya via submission
- Dean Ambrose/Roman Reigns def. The Dudley Boyz via DQ
Posted on February 22, 2016, in WWE and tagged AJ Styles, Alberto Del Rio, Becky Lynch, Brie Bella, Brock Lesnar, Byron Saxton, Charlotte, Chris Jericho, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Fastlane, Goldust, Jerry Lawler, Kevin Owens, King Barrett, Michael Cole, Naomi, Natalya, Paul Heyman, R-Truth, Ric Flair, Roman Reigns, Rusev, Sasha Banks, Sheamus, Tamina, The Dudley Boyz, The Lucha Dragons, The Miz, The New Day, Triple H. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.