Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown 5/12/16: Dire Straits
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.
– The opening in-ring segment with Dean Ambrose and Chris Jericho was a fine advancement in their program thus far, with Ambrose addressing the “jacketastrophe” (cleverly coined by Mauro Ranallo) from Raw and how things were even with him and Jericho now, until the lights came out, back on and we found Ambrose laid out face down. It turned into a trademark heel Jericho beatdown, as he set Ambrose in a strait jacket while screaming at him to “get crazy.” The Codebreakers added a necessary vicious touch, as we could see the irony in that within feuding with Ambrose, Jericho himself has gone crazy. He always knows how to reinvent himself, as his latest character seems to be that of a crazed, self-obsessed rock star. His latest “Gift of Jericho” pose is hilarious, yet it works for heat because he makes it so.
– The Rusev-Sin Cara Raw rematch was obvious from the beginning as a way to have Rusev avenge his loss, selling his anger as a power attribute. WWE United States Champion Kalisto added nothing to commentary, surprising since he’s such a good talker when pushed to be. His main lines consisted of, “Wow, what an angry person.” Well, duh. The one positive out of all this was Lana’s resuming role as a difference-maker and although the water spot to spark a distraction for Rusev to take advantage was odd, it at least finished what it set out to do. Rusev posing with the belt was a good visual.
– The backstage segment with Emma and Dana Brooke did a good job of introducing the casual viewers to the “mean girl” duo while also telling us Brooke’s motivations of targeting Lynch; she supported Emma as one of the founding NXT women and took offense that people like Lynch skimmed right by. It was very “Dana Brooke” in her DB voice that also told us she was a rugged bodybuilder. Don’tcha know? Playtime is over.
– The Brooke-Lynch match featured brief, but good action. Not enough was done to establish Brooke in the ring, but her character MO remained clear, thanks to Emma’s outside interference of poking the eye as the “turn of the tide.” Lynch was casted as sympathetic and it seemed to be building towards her finding a partner to battle the mean girls.
– With The Usos and Karl Anderson/Luke Gallows set to battle in tag action, we had some decent hype with backstage segments, the first coming from “The Club,” as AJ Styles said he’d take care of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns if he came out there. The wrinkle in the upcoming match was that both Styles/Reigns were banned from ringside. We basically had the same promo with “The Family,” as Reigns told The Usos the same thing.
– The in-ring segment with WWE World Tag Team Champions The New Day and The Vaudevillains was a decent promo exchange, as more helpful build was set for the Tag Team Title challengers as cold-blooded heels who masquerade as “gentlemen.” It also helps that Aiden English can more than carry a promo. His singing is actually pretty hilarious in comparison with Xavier Woods. Sure, their lines were a bit cliche-esque, but they did well with them regardless.
– The Aiden English-Kofi Kingston match was a good follow-up to the exchange, as the two meshed well in the ring together. At the same time, the outsiders had quite the presence and bled into the finish, with Woods/Big E stopping Simon Gotch from physically interfering and that caused everybody to get ejected by the Referee, leading to English pulling out a pin by using the ropes. VV are actually getting a better push on the main roster than they did on NXT. Who knew?
– The Usos-Gallows/Anderson was a nice competitive bout that provided the general next chapter in the never-ending main event saga. Gallows/Anderson continue to build their credibility in the ring, while The Usos can pull a great match out of anybody. Of course, we didn’t expect an overall result and instead got a clumsy DQ finish with Gallows throwing an Uso over the announce table as the catalyst. Didn’t know that was all it took. For what it was, it appeared the post-match events were to push Gallows/Anderson as a force, as they laid out The Usos with a steel chair. Since Reigns/Styles were only banned from ringside during the actual match, we expected a run-in after the bell since they set bit up, but neither came out. Wonder how that’ll play out on the next Raw.
– Still not sure where this Coach Bob Backlund/Darren Young storyline’s going, but it seems to be going more for laughs than an actual push. The joke here was that Backlund was old-fashioned, not understanding the basic uses of a smartphone. Ha ha. We shudder to think what’s next from here, even if the graphics and camera shots of the two in split-screen is unique.
– Now for the tag team feud we’re forced to care about… The Gorgeous Truth-Goldango match gave us what we needed to see in terms of the two teams imploding, but that’s not to say it made for great TV. So much needless time was dedicated to this lousy storyline that we couldn’t even care that GT won, but it was because Tyler Breeze pinned Goldust after Fandango turned on him. Coming out of this, we finally have Golden Truth and the fabulous heel team of Breeze/Fandango. Wonder what they’ll call themselves.
– The Shining Stars again mashed up their appreciation of Puerto Rico and pimped their debut for the following week’s Raw.
– The backstage segment with WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte/Ric Flair provided their perspective from Raw’s events, as Flair was escorted out by Shane McMahon and security for coming out to ringside during Charlotte’s match, disobeying Shane’s rules. Not sure which way they were going with this, but it appeared that Flair was trying to say his daughter could do fine without him out there, as she sold doubt and slight frustration as his words.
– The Sami Zayn/Cesaro-WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz/Kevin Owens tag main event was your “SmackDown classic” of singles rivals teaming together for the sake of competition and filling time. Fortunately, these four are a great ensemble for entertainment. Owens was his usual confident self, as his continued conflicts with Miz carried on, Cesrao got to shine with his offense and then we also liked that some tensions were created between Zayn/Cesaro when Zayn accidentally hit him with the Helluva Kick, that led to Owens hitting a frog splash to get the win. We know that if Zayn/Owens ever get to team up, the Helluva Kick/Frog Splash combo’s awesome as a finisher. The new twist here was that Miz was able to be the last one standing at the end of the show, after dropping Owens, who had just dropped Zayn with the Pop-Up Powerbomb.
- Rusev (w/Lana) def. Sin Cara via submission
- Dana Brooke (w/Emma) def. Becky Lynch via pinfall
- Aiden English (w/Simon Gotch) def. Kofi Kingston (w/Big E, Xavier Woods) via pinfall
- The Usos def. Luke Gallows/Karl Anderson via DQ
- Gorgeous Truth def. Goldango via pinfall
- Kevin Owens/The Miz (w/Maryse) def. Sami Zayn/Cesaro via pinfall
Posted on May 23, 2016, in WWE and tagged Aiden English, AJ Styles, Becky Lynch, Big E, Bob Backlund, Byron Saxton, Cesaro, Charlotte, Chris Jericho, Dana Brooke, Darren Young, Dean Ambrose, Emma, Extreme Rules, Goldango, Gorgeous Truth, Jerry Lawler, Kalisto, Karl Anderson, Kevin Owens, Kofi Kingston, Lana, Luke Gallows, Maryse, Mauro Ranallo, Ric Flair, Roman Reigns, Rusev, Sami Zayn, Simon Gotch, Sin Cara, The Miz, The New Day, The Shining Stars, The Usos, The Vaudevillains, Xavier Woods. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.