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WWE SmackDown results, recap, reactions (June 13, 2014): Madness meets insanity

WWE Friday Night SmackDown hit the SyFy airwaves last night (June 13, 2014) from Green Bay, Wisconsin, with a taped show featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for later this month in Boston. That includes pushing Bray Wyatt into the title picture.

Go back and check out full results with the live blog by clicking here. Let's get to reacting to the show.


Eat my world

Look how far we've come. The main event of a WWE television show was Bray Wyatt vs. Dean Ambrose in a qualifier for a WWE world heavyweight title shot at the next PPV.

Doesn't this feel good?

Doesn't it also feel good that these two are finally being recognized for their otherworldly ability to portray their respective characters? That moment when Bray grabbed Dean by his hair and insanity met madness?


Beyond that, the match was good with a finish that made sense. Sure, it's nice when one guy wrestles another guy and a winner is determined clean in the center with no outside interference. But Seth Rollins should want to distract Ambrose, to make him take his eyes off the prize, to prove that Dean is a lunatic who needs guidance to reach his full potential.

When left to his own devices, he failed to cash in on an opportunity to earn a WWE title shot, instead allowing his emotions to get the best of him.

And Wyatt, like the good heel he is, was happy to take advantage.

Rollins vs. Ambrose, as Sean mentioned, is going to be amazing. Wyatt in the WWE title match will be fun. If the rumors are true, this could be something really special.

Segment grade: B


Mehr bitte

I was far too entertained by Cesaro speaking in German and Paul Heyman translating it for him. It reeks of bad party schtick that gets an initial pop but quickly dies a hard death if it drags for too long. I'm the guy who drags it out for long and waits until it's funny again.

That's what this felt like.

You know what would be even better? If Heyman actually spoke German and this was totally legitimate.

Either way, that was just the fun lead-in to a match WWE should use as a water supply in the future. Cesaro and Sheamus are the two pieces that complete the puzzle. They're so meant for each other, in fact, that I almost wish WWE still had split titles and they could spend the next year feuding over the Big Gold Belt exclusively on SmackDown.

Think of it: Cesaro and Sheamus just beating the shit out of each other and trading the world heavyweight title back-and-forth. This should be a 40-minute match on PPV with a major title at stake.

The best part, though, was Heyman complaining incessantly about Sheamus winning with a wrestling move, "a Greco-Roman small package", in their last match then Cesaro using that same move to win and Heyman raising his hand while whisking him away like nothing happened.

More of this, please.

Segment grade: A-


But not least:

  • Watch that video above and witness the various facial expressions Lana showcases in response to Zeb Colter screaming at her. Now tell me she's not perfect for this.
  • Roman Reigns vs. Bad News Barrett was a fun, fresh match-up that hopefully happens again down the road under better circumstances. But when 3MB made its way down the aisle and Reigns noticed them, I'm not sure I've ever been a bigger fan of his than when he looked at them like "are you dipshits serious? You really want to do this? Okay, come get lit up." And then he lit them up.
  • Erick Rowan's finish is awful -- that sit out side slam has to go -- but I love WWE booking tag team champions in singles matches because they aren't afraid to job them out in short order like this.
  • I don't mean to cause you too much excitement but WWE is now actively running with the Bo Dallas win streak angle. He's now "7 and Bo" after his win over R-Truth last night. Combine this with his pre-match schtick mocking Truth's idiotic song and catchphrase and this might be one of the best characters on TV right now.
  • You know what sucks about this Adam Rose thing? He can actually wrestle. The Exotic Express and the theme song and the gimmick, it's dying a death and most of us predicted it would. It's an entrance, not a legitimate character that can work on a larger scale. But lost in all that is Rose himself, who is talented, he's just saddled with playing this ridiculous role that was destined to fail.
  • Summer Rae as the new age Gobbledly Gooker is some low hanging fruit I won't bite on.
  • I was initially looking forward to the Summer-Layla feud but after watching the two go at it last night, I realized I have no idea who to cheer for because they're both unbearable. It's not entirely their fault either. The milk angle on Raw and the kitty litter on Main Event killed this feud. It could have been a fun battle with some depth to it. Nope. Because Kevin Dunn, probably.
  • So long, Aksana. Way to put over Alicia Fox's new finish -- which looks AWESOME -- on the way out.

SmackDown is SmackDown.

Overall grade: B-

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?

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