WWE Friday Night SmackDown hit the SyFy airwaves last night (July 25, 2014) from Orlando, Florida, with a taped show featuring the fallout episode from the Battleground pay-per-view (PPV) that went down this past Sunday night just down the road in Tampa.
It wasn't good.
It wasn't good at all.
In fact, we're going super old school with the reactions because there just isn't much but a blurb to say about each match/segment:
- Rybaxel as tag team title contenders? Are we forgetting the past three months then? Also, The Usos using the old "twin magic" spot the Bellas used to work is weak. Not just because, come on, you don't need that, but because it's a heel move. They cheated to win and were cheered for it. Priorities in wrestling are ass backwards these days.
- I actually really like what they're doing with The Miz, Bo Dallas, and even Dolph Ziggler right now but when they were all in the ring together on MizTV working that angle, did anyone else feel like there was a serious lack of starpower where you knew there was supposed to be? It felt like one of those moments when you know you're supposed to care but you don't because you don't have much reason to. Too bad, too, because all three guys are entertaining right now. That said, 17 AND BO!
- Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro was the highlight of this show but even that felt like we were shorted because they put the meaningful match on the "B" show where they both worked extra hard and Cesaro has been booked into oblivion. They still made us care, absolutely, but imagine if Cesaro was as hot as he was just a couple months ago? How much better would this have been? How much more meaningful? This was a PPV caliber number one contender type match that had a lot working against it.
- Naomi getting distracted by Cameron's music is just the worst way to make any wrestler look like a complete idiot, but I do appreciate Paige actually having a character we can connect to now. She totally likes and respects you, no really, believe her, then you trust for even a second and she obliterates your head with the Rampaige.
- "I'm here to make a statement, watch me," says Cameron, the least interesting member of the WWE roster.
- If there was something new to say about Stardust, it would go here.
- You could see the limitations of this show in the phenomenal waste of time that was Bray Wyatt vs. R-Truth. It may have been a clever play if it wasn't so rushed and thrown together. This was literally a two-day angle. R-Truth checks on Chris Jericho on Monday, for zero reason, mind you, because there's no real history to speak of here, so Wyatt kills Truth on SmackDown just so Jericho will fail to save him and Wyatt can call him a hypocrite. This works in theory but, again, it's so thrown together with no back-story to the Truth/Jericho connection that it felt devoid of any real meaning or emotional connection.
- Roman Reigns has been booked as a dominant beast of a man who far more established wrestlers than Alberto Del Rio won't stand up to. Remember Raw when Reigns approached a ring with Kane, Randy Orton, and Triple H standing in it and when he rushed, Kane ate a Superman Punch and the other two RAN AWAY? That guy was suddenly in the match of his life against "can't even win a meaningless mid-card title" Del Rio. There was no reason that makes any sense for this match to go this way. The commentary team was putting over how it was such a hard fought victory but why did he have to fight so hard to win it? Someone on Twitter suggested to me that in legitimate sports there are times when lesser teams play up to their competition and give them a real fight when they aren't expected to. Good point. But if that were to happen, everyone would wonder what the problem was with the dominant team and why they struggled against the scrub squad.
This show sucked.
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?