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The Smackdown! Report (10/08/2015) - The One Where Rich Brennan Looks Like Milhouse From The Simpsons
By Uncle Leo
Oct 8, 2015 - 8:21:26 PM

Welcome everyone to the Smackdown Report!

My name is Uncle Leo and I'm here to deliver you your Smackdown report each and every week here on Lords of Pain!

How amazing was last night’s NXT Takeover?! I had tears in my eyes after the match, during their celebration. Unbelievable. But… that was last night and this is tonight. It’s Thursday night, which means it’s time for some Smackdown action! Let’s start smacking…

The Smackdown Report!
October 8th, 2015

Opening Moments
No recap video. We see the Smackdown opening credits as Rich Brennan, Jerry Lawler, and Booker T welcome us to Smackdown and we see the Philadelphia crowd ready for a great show.

Opening Segment: The New Day & Dolph Ziggler
Well, there’s our recap video. We are shown what happened in the closing moments of RAW. New Day asks if we saw them being outnumbered on RAW and then overcoming the odds thanks to the power of positivity. New Day says that there hasn’t been any other group that has dominated like them and they list teams such as the Shield, the Wyatts, the Nexus, the Corre, and the N.W.O among others. They start insulting the hometown and make fun of the Eagles losing to the Redskins. Ouch. They say they are here to make the WWE great again by stopping those nasty disgusting table-poaching Dudleys because… New (pause) Day Rocks! New (pause) Day Rocks!

Dolph Ziggler comes out and calls New Day the three stooges and says they’re full of jokes. He goes on and says that this is no laughing matter after the three of them jumped him on RAW and ruined his chance at a US Title match. Ziggler says he wants a match with the man who he has taught how to steal opportunities -- talking about Big E. Remember when Big E was the bodyguard for Ziggler and AJ? Wait… did they just reference a past storyline? Tito must be rolling over on his keyboard. Woods mocks Ziggler and says it’ll be a fair fight, obviously sarcastically. Ziggler says, “Damn right it’ll be a fair fight,” as the Dudleys make their way out.

Match One: Dolph Ziggler w/ the Dudley Boyz vs. Big E w/ the New Day
After a hellacious clothesline, Big E takes control of the match early on. The New Day continues to be ever so entertaining on the outside. Woods even starts playing Ziggler’s theme song on the trombone. Ziggler begins to gain momentum and gets on the offense. Ziggler looks like he’s finally picking up some steam, but Big E lifts him up and Ziggler goes right into the top turnbuckle. As Big E rushes at it, Ziggler moves out of the way and Big E goes shoulder first into the steel post. Ziggler hits the Fameasser, but only gets a two count. Big E dodges a superkick and hits a belly to belly, followed by a huge splash. Ziggler finallys hit a superkick, but Big E kicks out again. Kofi gets on the apron, but Bubba Ray knocks him off and accidentally kicks the steel steps, hurting himself. Woods gets on the apron, distracting the referee, and Kofi presses Ziggler’s face onto the ropes as he jumps off. Big E covers him for the win as Kofi holds onto Ziggler’s leg.

Winner via Pinfall: Big E

We see New Day celebrate and then clips from the Lesnar/Show match at MSG.

Thoughts: New Day & Dolph Ziggler kicking things off on Smackdown is a great sign of things to come. All four men are internet darlings. When Ziggler spoke about what happened on RAW, he called John Cena his friend. Interesting choice of words. New Day are always very entertaining and I don’t mind seeing more of them on my TV. A solid Smackdown match and the heels win it to gain some more momentum with their cheating ways.

Recap Video Time
We’re watching a recap of what happened between Lesnar and Big Show from RAW. Yadda yadda’ve all seen it. If not, go YouTube it.

Backstage Segment: Rusev & Summer Rae
We see another recap from RAW...this time it’s Summer Rae proposing to Rusev and Rusev hilariously turning her down and says he wants gold around his waist before putting gold around her finger. We cut to backstage and Summer is talking to a couple of ladies about weddings. Rusev shows up and says, “Make-up women…” and points them to leave. Rusev reminds her about his demand. Summer says she booked him a match against Ryback and if he can beat the #1 contender then surely an Intercontinental Title match will be in his future. She walks away and he slaps her in the ass.

Thoughts: Now while the whole sexist, male chauvinist pig is obviously wrong, it’s working for Rusev. He’s playing a character, but he’s very funny. I’m a fan of Rusev and I want him to be taken seriously again because he’s treading on thin ice and one wrong storyline can land him in Santino-ville.

Match Two: Team Bella vs. Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Natalya
Fox and Becky start things off and it’s pretty even between the two. Becky hits a couple of arm drags and then twists Fox’s arm. Charlotte tags herself in. They double team Fox and drag her over on her back and hit an elbow drop. Natalya is now tagged in, after Charlotte gets in a headlock. Fox throws Natalya into her corner and now Nikki is tagged in and she tries to attack Natalya, but Natalya throws Nikki to her side of the ring and tags in Becky Lynch. Things are pretty even so far, as we see Paige watching the match from backstage. Brie gets tagged in and hits a flying dropkick from the top turnbuckle and we go to commercial.

Back from the break and the heels are in control. Becky is still in it and is worked on by all three members of Team Bella. Brie runs at Becky with a kick, but Becky moves out of the way. Becky crawls to her partners, but Brie drags her away. Nikki, now getting tagged in, runs at Charlotte and knocks her off the apron. Nikki goes on the offense now, but Becky trips Nikki and Nikki goes head first into the turnbuckle. Becky finally gets to her partners and tags in Charlotte.

Charlotte hits three chops on Nikki, a modified neck-breaker, and then a boot to the face. Nikki tries to go for the Rack Attack, but Charlotte dodges it and hits the spear, followed by the Figure Four. Brie breaks it up and Nikki counters the Figure Four leg lock for her benefit. Natalya finally gets revenge and knocks Brie and Fox off the apron. When the referee wasn’t looking, Becky rolls into the ring and dropkicks Nikki, un-reversing her counter and now Charlotte has it locked in again. Charlotte turns it into the Figure Eight and Nikki taps out!

Winners via Countout: Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Natalya

Renee interviews Paige afterwards and asks her what she thinks of NBC picking up the victory. Paige says there is no NBC… only PCB. She calls Becky and Charlotte ‘her girls.’

Thoughts: This was a fairly even six-divas tag team match. I’m surprised, honestly. We’ve seen so many of these six-divas tag team matches so it’s gotten monotonous. This was no different, honestly. It was great to see some basic wrestling, but I’m over these matches. I want to see stories. We have one between Paige & Natalya and barely one between Charlotte & Nikki.

Match Three: Rusev vs. Ryback
While I’ll try my best to write what happened in the match, I’m far more interested in Kevin Owens’ commentary. Ryback’s hand got tied up in the ropes and now Rusev is targetting it, banging it against the announcer’s table, ring apron, and steel steps. Just like what Bayley did to Sasha. Man, I love NXT. If you don’t watch should be. If you’d rather read the results, read my main cool guy… JCool … only here, on #plug

Rich Brennan mentions that Owens was on Renee Young’s show Unfiltered, which airs only on the WWE Network, and says that Renee gave Owens a hard time about not being a proper canadian. Owens responds to Brennan by saying, ”Does anybody ever give you a hard time about the fact you look just like Milhouse from The Simpsons.” LOL! Owens tells him to pay attention of the match. Wait, there’s a match? Oh right! Rusev sends Ryback into the steel post. Ryback, hurt hand and shoulder, lifts Rusev up and hits a belly to belly suplex. Both competitors run at each other and Ryback knocks Rusev down. Owens has a real knack, I’m telling you. Instead of just burying his opponent, he brings them up, which in turn makes him look great as well. For example, Owens mentioned that Ryback is one of the strongest competitors he has ever faced, but because he beat him for the title, that makes him better. I just think that’s so smart of Owens. He’s such a classy guy.

While I’m drooling over Owens, Rusev hits an Alabama-Slamma for a two count. Rusev puts Ryback into the sleeper-hold and Owens says that Rusev is trying to put Ryback to sleep, just like Ryback does to Owens anytime he tries to talk. LOL! Rusev hits a superkick, covers him, and Summer Rae knocks Ryback’s foot from the bottom rope...but Ryback still kicks out. Rusev says CRUSH! but Ryback catches him and shoves him down. A meathook clothesline and a Shellshock for the victory.

Winner via Pinfall: Ryback

Thoughts: Thank you Kevin Owens for your commentary. It’s too back that Ryback is a limited character. He tries very hard on the microphone, but he doesn’t come off naturally. If you watched him on Table for 3 on the WWE Network, then you’ll see that he’s quite a normal guy. Ugh. I’m thankful for Kevin Owens.

Recap Video Time...Again
Now we see a recap video between Kane and Seth Rollins. Skip. Skip. Skip.

Backstage Segment: Bray Wyatt Addresses Roman Reigns
Wyatt asks if he’ll be locked in with Roman Reigns or if he will be trapped inside with him. Wyatt says that he’s going to put Reigns down. But tonight, Reigns & Orton will face his judgement and the wrath of the black sheep. Strowman says “run little”

Match Four: King Barrett vs. Neville
After out up-close look at King Barrett and Neville makes his way out..we get a match. Neville starts off impressively and gets the better of the King. Barrett hits a big boot, stopping Neville from his flying trickster ways. After the commercial break...why is this match getting a commercial break...Barrett is still in control. Neville wanted to hit a high flying move, but Barrett kicks him straight in the gut. Neville outsmarts the King and hits an enziguri on him. Neville lands an awesome moonsault on Barrett on the outside. Neville hits a German Suplex, bridging into a two-count pin. Neville rolls up Barrett after Barrett tries for the Wasteland, but only a two count. Barrett tries for another Wasteland, but Neville hits an impressive DDT counter. From out of nowhere, though, Barrett hits a nasty Bullhammer for the victory. Booker T called that Bullhammer “POY-FECT!”

Winner via Pinfall: King Barrett

Thoughts: What’s happening with Barrett? He was booked horribly in a disgustingly shameful feud with R-Truth. Why is R-Truth even in a rivalry in 2015? He should be used to put over talent and to represent the company at rallies and commercials. Back to Barrett, though… They have him booked horribly before he went to go film his movie. When they wrote him off TV, Stardust attacks him. When Barrett comes back, he hits one Bullhammer on Stardust and that’s it? So weak. I really hope they do something with him. What a waste if they don’t.

Backstage Promo + Thoughts: Stardust
his was a pretty awesome, quick promo. Stardust was basically talking to himself, wondering what’s next for him. He turns to his playing cards to find the answer. He wonders if his next foe will be a king...but it won’t. He wonders if he’ll find his queen...but he won’t. He then draws a third card and laughs maniacally. This actually has me intrigued. Who will be Stardust’s next opponent? Whoever it is… I hope that it’ll be a great feud rather than a throwaway one.

Main Event: Randy Orton & Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt & Braun Strowman
Can’t wait to watch Randy Orton play the face-in-peril… I mean HEY! MAIN EVENT TIME! Once all four men have made their way out to the ring, the bell rings and our match begins. Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt start things off and Orton actually gets the better of him. Not for long, though, because Wyatt tags in the Black Sheep of the family. Orton tags in Reigns. Reigns can’t take down Strowman and Orton tags himself in. Reigns and Orton double team Strowman, but Strowman flattens both men down with shoulder blocks. Wyatt tags in and now he’s working on Orton.

Wyatt tags in Strowman, who runs at Orton, but Orton moves out of the way. Orton tags in Reigns. Just as Reigns gets a little bit of offense on Strowman, Strowman lifts Reigns up in the air, but Reigns gets out of it and hits a big boot. Reigns goes for a shoulder tackle, but Strowman remains standing. Reigns tries to lift Strowman for a Samoan Drop, but can’t. Strowman tosses Reigns out of the ring and as Strowman tries to leave the ring, Reigns runs back in and attacks him. Reigns hits the Superman Punch onto Strowman, who falls off the ring apron, but is still on his feet on the outside. Reigns and Wyatt faceoff now. As Wyatt gets into the ring, Reigns strikes him away and onto the outside. Reigns joins him on the outside, sending him into the barricade and then the timekeepers area. Reigns runs at Strowman with a dropkick. When Reigns runs back at Wyatt, Wyatt sends a steel chair into the ribs of Reigns.

Winners via Disqualification: Randy Orton & Roman Reigns

After the bell rings, Wyatt hits a chair shot on the back of Reigns. Wyatt throws Reigns into the ring. Orton comes into the ring from nowhere and saves Reigns. Unfortunately for him though, Strowman locks in his submission hold onto Orton, but Reigns hits the Superman Punch and forces Strowman to let go of the move. Reigns tries his best and successfully gets Strowman over the top rope. Wyatt is there, though, and goes for the Sister Abigail, but Reigns gets out of it and throws Wyatt into Orton who connects with an RKO! Reigns then hits the Spear onto Wyatt! Strowman pulls Wyatt out of the ring, as the music of Roman Reigns hits. Show’s over.

Main Event + Overall Thoughts: Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt has a big-rivalry feel to it. It feels like this feud should be like the Austin/Rock and Cena/Batista rivalries -- two superstars who are being groomed together and are starting their separate journeys at the same time. Obviously it’s nowhere near that level, at least not yet. Maybe someday. But Reigns has yet to prove himself. Wyatt’s pushing has been hot and cold. I’m ready for this feud to be over and MORE IMPORTANTLY see where they each go once this feud ends at Hell in a Cell.

Overall, this show wasn’t all that exciting. We had five matches tonight and an opening in-ring segment. There wasn’t much talking. Tonight, I shall give this show a C+ Just didn’t do much for me tonight. Nothing new happened. Hopefully my writing was more entertaining for you than the show. Disagree with that grade? Felt like I said something wrong or something that you agree with? Feel free to comment below about your thoughts on Smackdown, this Report, or anything else you’d like. Feel free to shoot me an email here. Or follow me on Twitter and tweet me!

That’s all for me, folks. Thanks for reading, and until next time, smack you later.