May 2, 2014
This week’s Smackdown was the final show before Extreme Rules. This close to a PPV, you expect WWE to swing for the fences. For the most part, they succeeded. From the opening match featuring the ever entertaining and bizarre Wyatt Family to the closing moments with The Shield standing tall, Smackdown was full of entertaining moments this week.
We kicked things off with a six man tag team match between the Wyatt Family and Sheamus with the Usos. If WWE knows how to do something right, it’s the six man tag. This was an excellent bout that featured the best between six of the best Superstars on the roster. every one got their chance to shine throughout the match. The ending came Sister Abigail from Bray Wyatt on Jey Uso. It was a great opening match if I ever saw one.
Next up was the WeeLC contract signing. To be completely honest, this segment cracked me up. Seeing Hornswaggle make typical rock star diva demands was hilarious and fitting considering he’s with 3MB. Demanding things such as a bowl full of green M&M’s, ten copies of Rudy on Blu-ray and 3MB’s Greatest Hits playing in his private locker room was as funny as it sounds. In the end, El Torito got the best of the Hornswaggle and 3MB by leaping onto all of them from the top rope. This match should be pretty damn fun tomorrow night.
Jack Swagger vs RVD was next with Cesaro and Paul “My client, Brock Lesnar, conquered the streak” Heyman on commentary. This was a short match that saw RVD win with his patented Five Star Frog Splash. After the bell, Cesaro attacked RVD. The match was pure set up for their triple threat match at Extreme Rules and it worked for what it was. These guys have the potential of stealing the show at Extreme Rules.
Up next was Alexander Rusev squashing R-Truth. Yep. That’s about it. Lana is still gorgeous though.
We then go to Daniel Bryan cutting a promo on The Big Red Machine Kane. This is one of the matches I’m most excited for. Daniel Bryan and Kane always bring their A game. I’ve got to say, I LOVE the fact that Kane put the mask back on. He brings a sense of evil unrivaled by anyone else on the roster(yes, even Bray Wyatt) when under that mask. These guys never got the ending that Team Hell No deserved so it’s great to see it finally happen. Their match tomorrow night will be brutal.
Dolph Ziggler picked up a win against Damien Sandow, still decked out in the worst Magneto costume I’ve ever seen. Short and sweet. Ziggler made the match so much better than it really had any right to be. That guy could put out a five star match against a mop.
Big E vs Titus O’Neil. I’m loving the new aggression from O’Neil. Though he got himself disqualified, he really took it to Big E. After that, though, we got something even better. Big E got PISSED! Man alive did he he ever put a beating on Titus! After seeing this, I’m more convinced that his match against Bad News Barrett is going to be one of the best on the card tomorrow night.
This leads us to the main event and hands down the match of the night. Dean Ambrose defended his US Title in a Fatal Four Way with Alberto Del Rio, Curtis Axel and Ryback with Ambrose’s Shield partners banned from ringside. This match saw everybody hit big spots and get many near falls. Ryback in particular had an incredible feat of strength. Caught in Del Rio’s Cross Armbreaker, he lifted him up in the hold and positioned him for the Shell Shock. It was very impressive. Ambrose succeeded in defending his belt with a roll up on Axel. After the match, Rybaxel started beating the tar out of Ambrose until Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins made the save. Axel caught a triple powerbomb for his troubles. The match ended things with a bang and I, for one, can’t wait to see what Extreme Rules brings.
Believe in The Shield
4 out of 5 triple powerbombs