The final episode of SmackDown leading into Survivor Series this coming Sunday night was all about once again showing that John Cena is an absolutely terrible person to lend support to.
That's been the point all along, mind you. It's the story The Authority has been telling right from the start, that every person who sides with John Cena in his battle against the machine is taking up arms with the wrong side because, well, crossing the boss is never a good idea.
So everyone who did so was put through the ringer, made to look foolish at every opportunity. Some have been injured, others lost their title. The idea, all along, was to garner sympathy for these people.
What ended up happening was The Authority indirectly proved the point they were making but for different reasons than they were initially intending. The idea wasn't to show that Cena is an awful teammate but that's exactly what has happened.
We went over all of Cena's team members getting taken out one-by-one on Raw this week and Cena never once showing up to assist them, even though they all eventually came to his aid when it mattered most. Here was the follow up to start SmackDown:
Now all those people are going to be fired if they lose at Survivor Series. Cena, meanwhile, will keep his job.
Later in the night, they were left to get destroyed by The Authority while the crowd chanted in earnest for Cena to show up to save the day for the wrestlers who are standing beside him in just two days.
He never came.
I'm sure he'll have a meeting with them before tomorrow night's big match to explain himself, although I'm curious what that explanation may be. "I don't work Tuesdays, you guys, sorry about that."
What a guy.
AJ Bella vs. Brie Bella: AJ Lee dressed up as Nikki Bella, stuffing padding everywhere, presumably because she wanted to get in Nikki's head and/or get revenge for Nikki having Brie dress up like her on Raw. Either way, it felt uninspired considering we've seen it done better with Kaitlyn. It was something seeing AJ work an entire match with padding on her ass.
Dean Ambrose's survival kit: They worked out a promo for Ambrose to show up and work off with this "survival kit" gimmick and while he had a good line -- big pop for his mom giving him brass knuckles after he was jumped by some local thugs -- I struggled to connect to his words. Same for Bray Wyatt, who showed up to hammer on the "your daddy is in jail, must suck, huh" angle. I'm shocked at how little I'm looking forward to this match on Sunday.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev: This should have been so much better than it ultimately was.
Erick Rowan vs. Cesaro: The lack of heat for this match shows just how far Cesaro has fallen while WWE has been booking him into the ground over the past couple months. But while his doing the job here was particularly sad considering Rowan's current situation, this writer was beyond happy to see the return of the Torture Rack as a finish. If he keeps using it, he might earn a fan just yet.
Los Matadores vs. The Miz & Damien Mizdow: The Usos and Gold & Stardust were on commentary for this, reversing the roles on Raw. One thing has become clear: The Miz and Mizdow are far and away the most entertaining of the bunch and there is no longer any reason they shouldn't be tag team champions. Here's to hoping WWE goes with it this Sunday.
Not a great show.
That's it from me, Cagesiders. Now it's your turn to sound off in the comments section below with all your thoughts on last night's show. How did you like it, if you liked it at all?