Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown 4/14/16: Here’s Some Insight
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’s Some Insight
– WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz and his wife Maryse continue to heel it up well, this time mixed with some lovey-dovey stuff as seen during their opening in-ring promo. That was likely for heat purposes, but their A-game is on when they’re the narcissistic “Hollywood” couple like we saw on that week’s Raw. Anyways, their makeout session was interrupted by Zack Ryder, who was still riding his “WrestleMania moment” wave. An excuse to have a match? Why not? This was a smart way to have Miz back out of it by revealing Ryder already had a match scheduled against Baron Corbin. How did Miz know Ryder’s opponent, yet Ryder didn’t? Does someone check their schedules? As you could imagine, Corbin-Ryder didn’t last too long before the End Of Days finished the former IC Champ off. The Dolph Ziggler run-in post-match made sense as far as continuing the Ziggler-Corbin feud and allowed “The Showoff” to get a moment to live up to the name and Corbin emerged unscathed by dodging the Superkick. They interacted, but not physically. Not a bad start.
– Kevin Owens remains bitter and angry about anything related to his old buddy Sami Zayn. His backstage promo mocked Renee Young’s “insight” question and hinted that he’d be involved in Zayn’s match against Chris Jericho later. Nicely done.
– For those of you soured upon “Evil Emma” on he main roster thus far had a moment to rejoice when she actually got a glorified squash opportunity against that of Paige. Their match did enough to showcase Emma’s mean side with her reckless style winning out over anything Paige threw out. Liked that it was Emma knocking Paige off the tope rope onto her face that led to the finish. All the while, her pre-match promo sent a message to Becky Lynch that “nice girls finished last.” Finally nice to see some explanation of her sudden attitude. Sure, we had that on NXT, but not everyone watches NXT, believe it or not. Yes, we’re shocked too.
– Upon their main-roster call-up, Enzo and Big Cass haven’t lost a step and are doing what they should be – leading the crowd in entertaining pre-match promos that tell you who they are. Enzo has that ability to cut a funny promo where it comes off as unscripted, but in a good way. The WWE World Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament was also a good way to showcase them in a way that built them up without necessarily propelling them straight to the top. As far as their match against The Ascension, you could imagine who won, but Cass looked especially strong here, which in turn helped when Enzo got the pinfall.
– The backstage segment with AJ Styles and Alberto Del Rio served as a fair follow-up to their upcoming bout, establishing the dynamic that Styles was out to prove people wrong in the wake of big opportunities and had a verbal naysayer in Del Rio, who didn’t see Styles in his league. The story here was easy to follow. As far as the match, it helped cement their chemistry as things became good. This was a great example of a time-filler that didn’t come off as such because it made sense in the long-term booking. Styles needs credible wins en route to Payback when he’ll face WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns and Del Rio was minus his League Of Nations playmates. This was the one-on-one encounter it should’ve been and was better for that reason. Aggressive on both ends with a gritty finish that saw Styles counter the cross arm-breaker into a surprise roll-up. Styles rolls on with momentum and Del Rio didn’t lose much in the process since he was so on-point during the contest.
– Man, Goldust must really not want to tag with R-Truth when he gets Fandango of all people to be his replacement partner, leaving Truth on the outside looking in of the tournament. As far as the dancing in the backstage segment where we learned this, oh gosh. Do we have to address that? Never thought we’d ever say “Goldango” either.
– The Vaudevillains remain that “throwback team” with the fancy manly black-and-white entrance (although with darker theme music now thankfully) but they’ll need more character development if they’re going to succeed on the main roster. That said, that can be fixed in time. The idea of them advancing in the tournament was smart to give them easy credibility without overexposing them. Goldango was exactly that of jobbers and the short length did no favors, but the news was easy – Vaudevillains advance, on to face The Usos next round.
– Jericho’s backstage promo laid upon some bold lines by referring to Zayn and Dean Ambrose as disrespectful amateurs, but it fit his character’s general jealous nature while also appeasing to his narcissistic side, reminding us we were in the same building where he beat Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock in the same night.
– Primo/Epico represented their Puerto Rican appreciation with a friendly dip in the ocean. Right. What’ll their gimmick be exactly?
– The Zayn-Jericho match got underway before Owens/Ambrose each came in to sit on commentary, making it a fun environment that merged two feuds into one segment. Jericho was distracted by Ambrose bringing down flyers for the “Ambrose Asylum” while Owens laid down his classic hilarity by poking fun at Ambrose and enjoying Zayn’s sufferance. Did it distract from the match? Maybe at times. but it was Owens who made it worthwhile. The in-ring action wasn’t exactly smooth, but good for what it was, as it led to Jericho attacking Ambrose on the outside before Zayn backdropped him onto Owens, who got revenge with an attack on Zayn that ended the contest in DQ. Good post-match interaction where the faces cleared the heels from the ring. We’re due for more great stuff from these four, so this was a solid taste of that.
- Baron Corbin def. Zack Ryder via pinfall
- Emma def. Paige via pinfall
- WWE World Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament – First-Round – Enzo/Big Cass def. The Ascension via pinfall to advance to next round
- AJ Styles def. Alberto Del Rio via pinfall
- WWE World Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament – The Vaudevillains def. Goldango via pinfall to advance to next round
- Sami Zayn def. Chris Jericho via DQ
Posted on April 26, 2016, in WWE and tagged AJ Styles, Alberto Del Rio, Baron Corbin, Big Cass, Byron Saxton, Chris Jericho, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Emma, Enzo Amore, Epico, Fandango, Goldango, Goldust, Jerry Lawler, Kevin Owens, Maryse, Mauro Ranallo, Paige, Payback, Primo, R-Truth, Renee Young, Sami Zayn, The Ascension, The Miz, The Vaudevillains, WWE World Tag Team Championship #1 Contender's Tournament, Zack Ryder. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.