Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown 3/10/16: Time To Go Wyatt Hunting
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.
Time To Go Wyatt Hunting
– With a lot of WrestleMania’s build on the back burner to Roadblock, at least it was a treat to see some main roster attention paid to the Sami Zayn-WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens feud. Both Owens and Zayn were introduced as guests on MizTV on this show. Did get a kick out of the interaction between Zayn and Miz, as Miz inquired about Zayn’s side of the rivalry and then “directed” him to cut to the chase. Zayn’s side of things were well-covered, as he explained how him and Owens were essentially brothers and it was Owens who turned on him out of jealousy that he received his big break first. Owens’ portion of the segment had him try to portray himself as the victim and that what he did wasn’t personal, but that Zayn made it personal when he eliminated him at the Royal Rumble. They bickered until Zayn challenged Owens to come to the ring, to which Owens complied, but backed out last moment. Neville interrupted and he made it known to Owens that they had unfinished business. Since this is SmackDown, you know what that means – brief scuffle between the segment participants and an impromptu tag…
– The Miz/Owens-Neville/Zayn match was good, with the overall development being that Owens refused to get physical with Zayn when the moment called for it. Neville did a lot of selling for Miz, until he made the hot tag to Zayn. The finish saw Owens abandon Miz and allow him to get caught with the Helluva Kick. Zayn gets a pinball victory and Owens continues to duck him and their feud was established to casual viewers. Smooth.
– The “Golden Truth” saga has now resorted to toilet humor. Goldust still said no. There ya go. No further questions.
– This strange Brie Bella-Lana feud continued as the Ravishing Russian was on commentary for Brie’s match against Summer Rae, where Brie essentially did Daniel Bryan moves and got her win back from Raw. The one promise in all of this was Lana repeating her post-match attack, doing the same Bella Buster, leaving Brie laid out. Also, Lana sported no denim here. Can’t she just go back to the power suits? That look exchange between Summer and Lana had to be awkward considering their past history.
– Hyped as a lead segment going in, Chris Jericho’s in-ring promo regarding why he turned on AJ Styles didn’t miss a beat. This was almost a throwback to Jericho circa 2008, using heel logic that he broke up the tag team because the fans favored his partner over himself. Good old jealousy. Jericho also brought up valid points as to why he’d be better with his durability, innovativeness and ability to adapt to whatever “role” WWE wanted him in. Also loved the added effect of the flaming garbage can with the ill-fated “Y2AJ” shirt inside, as the flames shot up and he called Styles a rookie he should’ve never trusted.
– Given the new announcement that the League Of Nations would get a shot at the WWE World Tag Team Champions, The New Day at Roadblock, it made sense for them to go over The Lucha Dragons in their match. It was Sheamus/King Barrett competing here, as it was pretty even until it was the numbers game that did Sin Cara in, as Rusev knocked him off the top rope and into Barrett’s Bull Hammer Elbow. Ryback watching from backstage also suggested we probably get a program between him and WWE United States Champion Kalisto at Mania.
– Then again, where’s Ryback’s character going? He commented on the match, praising Lucha Dragons for their good fight, but “two little men couldn’t beat two big men.” He expressed his sorrow for short men worldwide because “all men weren’t created equal.” The hell does that even mean?
– The Usos actually got a backstage promo segment? Gasp. Well, instead of being angry towards the legends that turned on them and repeatedly assaulted them over numerous weeks, they mainly said they “lost respect” for The Dudley Boyz, referring to how they looked up to them growing up. That’s it? Lost respect? Where’s the anger? Ugh. Anyways, Dolph Ziggler and Dean Ambrose walked into the shot and expressed their eagerness to fight The Wyatt Family, Ambrose particularly wanting to go “Wyatt hunting.” Right.
– The main event eight-man tag between The Wyatt Family and Usos/Ziggler/Ambrose was cool while it lasted, as the Wyatts dominated early on until Ambrose made his way in, with help from The Usos’ high-flying moves to even things up. Long story short, Ambrose got Dirty Deeds on Erick Rowan for the pinfall and goes into Roadblock with momentum while Bray Wyatt heads into the same show… well, a letdown who’ll probably get crushed by Brock Lesnar.
- Neville/Sami Zayn def. The Miz/Kevin Owens via pinfall
- Brie Bella def. Summer Rae via submission
- Rusev/King Barrett (w/Sheamus) def. The Lucha Dragons via pinfall
- Eight-Man Tag – The Usos/Dolph Ziggler/Dean Ambrose def. The Wyatt Family via pinfall
Posted on March 13, 2016, in WWE and tagged Brie Bella, Byron Saxton, Chris Jericho, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Goldust, Jerry Lawler, Kevin Owens, King Barrett, Lana, Mauro Ranallo, Neville, R-Truth, Roadblock, Rusev, Ryback, Sami Zayn, Sheamus, Summer Rae, The Lucha Dragons, The Miz, The Usos, The Wyatt Family. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.