This weeks episode is from sunny England. Monday Night Raw was also in London this week and I was fortunate to attend. I cant say it’s the best episode of Raw I have seen but I can one hundred percent confirm that I had fun. Bray Wyatt stole the show but I think there were a few decent matches that were thrown in for good measure. I was a little surprised to find out Hogan was on the Smackdown show and not Raw. Unfortunately I was unable to get Smackdown tickets so I missed out on the Hulkamania experience. It will be interesting to see who else pops up this week in our nations capital.
This weeks episode kicks off with an in ring promo from Hulk Hogan accompanied by Jimmy Hart. Hogan comes out to push the fact the WWE Network will be available in the UK soon.
Dolph Ziggler vs Batista (No DQ Match)
Dolph attempts to get some revenge on Batista for the beating that he received from him last week. Dolph starts the match well but the match quickly spills to the outside where Batista gains the advantage. After several minutes of punishment Batista attempts a chair shot but Dolph moves and Batista hits the post causing him to drop the chair. Dolph quickly starts to use the chair to his advantage. The match eventually returns to the ring and dolph continues to maintain the advantage. He delivers the Fameasser but only manages to get a two count. Batista retreats back to the outside and Dolph follows him. Back on the outside Batista manages to throw dolph in to the stairs the barricades and the announce table. Batista then attempts a power bomb on the stairs but Dolph hits him with a low blow to counter. Dolph attempts a another Fameasser to the outside but misses. Batista picks up Ziggler and throws him back in to the ring and deliver a Spear for the win. After the match Batista decides he is not finished with Dolph and delivers the Batista Bomb. I thought this was a decent opening match. I think the match could have been better if Dolph had a different opponent.
Eva Marie and Nikki Bella vs The Funkadactyls Special Guest Referee Summer Rae
This match was a little boring. After a couple of minutes Summer Rae does a fast count on Eva Marie and the Funkadactyls pick up the win. I am sure this ties in with the Total Divas show somehow but I cant say I am a fan of the show so I am unsure of what the angle is here.
Bo Dallas vs Sin Cara
Bo Dallas makes his Debut on Smackdown tonight. It’s an average match and Dallas picks up the win pretty easily. After the match Bo Dallas tells Sin Cara that he had a good match and he should never stop Bolieving.
Bo Dallas is followed by his brother Bray Wyatt cutting yet another good in ring promo.
Sheamus vs Del Rio with Cesaro and Paul Heyman on Commentary
Michael Cole persistently asks Cesaro what his issue is with Sheamus. Cesaro keeps answering the question in different languages but avoids using English. The match itself was pretty average or exactly what you would imagine it would be like. Both starts hit all their usual spots. The match finishes when Cesaro gets involved in the match. Cesaro drags Sheamus to the outside and delivers the Neutraliser. I thought Cesaro would be more interested in gaining the Intercontinental or the World title. It seems like a bit of a waste of Cesaro at a time when he is so hot. There must be a better angle for him than this.
Vickie Guerrero makes her way to the ring and invites Adam Rose to join her in the ring. Adam Rose accuses Vickie of being a Lemon. She insists that she is not. Eventually she is carried away kicking and screaming by Adam Rose’s party mob.
The Uso’s accompanied by John Cena vs Erik Rowan and Luke Harper accompanied by Bray Wyatt
This felt like a very long match and the crowd seemed dead for the most part.I didn’t think it was a bad match but it did feel a little laboured.Harper has continued to impress me and I think he has started to establish himself as a star that will be around for a while. Jay and Jimmy pull out all the high flying moves and continue to prove themselves as worthy champions. Just as Jay attempts to deliver the Big Splash, Bray Wyatt jumps up onto ringside and pushes Jay off of the top turn buckle. The referee calls for the bell and disqualifies the Wyatt’s. After the match Cena delivers the AA to Erik Rowan and tries to entice Bray into the ring for a fight. Bray walks away with a smile on his face.
I thought it was an average episode of Smackdown this week. I would have to say the first and last match might have been the best two on the card. Payback is a week away and I have still not reached a level of excitement that I would consider acceptable. The lack in pushing stories is starting to take its toll. Bray Wyatt is awesome but there are only so many times you can watch him entertain the fans before even that will start to get boring. I am hoping with the injection of the new talent from NXT we will start to see some new angles develop.
– By Sebastian Bowen