With the Intercontinental and United States titles on the line Friday night you would think we would see some really top level high octane matches. That didn’t turn out to be the case as both title matches ended in disqualifications and the champions retaining their respective titles.
Smackdown wasted all week promoting the Extreme Rules rematch between Dean Ambrose and Kofi Kingston for the United States title only to end the match in disqualification once The Shield made their presence known and interfered in the match-up.
Also making their presence known was Sheamus and Randy Orton running from the locker room to even the numbers game as The Shield put a punishing beat down on Kofi Kingston. Then “The Viper” and “Celtic Warrior” joined the fight and the tide quickly turned in their favor forcing The Shield to retreat.
Not wanting Smackdown to end on such a sour note, Teddy Long announced that the main event would be The Shield versus Randy Orton, Sheamus, and Kofi Kingston. The bout started with Orton’s team dominating each member of The Shield by isolating each of them and hitting quick tags throughout the match.
The Shield began to dominate with Roman Reigns even hitting the Celtic Warrior with a timely spear, but as he rolled out of the ring he was hit with a surprise “RKO” from Randy Orton, evening the odds in the ring. With both Rollins and Reigns sidelined, Kofi Kingston went for his signature trouble in paradise, but was knocked clean out by Ambrose’s signature reverse “DDT” for the win.
With Team Hell No losing the titles at “Extreme Rules” to Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins, it would have really made more sense to have a rematch for the titles as the main event. The six man tag matches are usually horribly predictable and played out. Having the tag titles on the line would have built up more frustration for Daniel Bryan to finally make the heel turn fans are predicting.
Losing the title gold at Extreme rules only fuels doubts that Team Hell No will stay a team for long. I do, however, find it very anti climatic and saddening that Team Hell No didn’t get once last chance to win the titles back. Instead the focus will mostly likely turn from the titles to the ultimate destruction of Team Hell No, and a mini feud between Daniel Bryan and Kane at WWE payback next month.
I would personally like to see Daniel Bryan in a feud with Dolph Ziggler for the World Heavyweight title. Daniel Bryan is not only an amazing draw due to his interaction with fans, but also leaves viewers breathless and in disbelief at his move reversals and high flying tactics. A match between the The Showoff and the submission specialist would truly put Bryan back in the lime light, and give him a chance to prove what he should already know. He isn’t the weakest link
Seeing “Miz TV” come back to Smackdown was probably the only real highlight of the night. The Miz’ work on the microphone is able to create buzz at seemingly a moment’s notice. Miz wasted no time on this edition of “Miz Tv” ripping into Fandango for his choice of pants style, even calling him the dancing skittle, and fruity pebble. The crowd was electric as fandango tried to recover from the insults, but before he could Wade Barrett came storming down to the ring.
Barrett ripped into both Fandango and Miz going on a rampage about how fandango left Barrett last week on Raw to dance with Summer Rae during a match. The focus quickly shifted to the Miz and the title bout as Barrett taunted Miz saying, “ come get me”. Miz answered the challenge pushing Barrett to the ground as the two brawled inside the ring. The fight was quickly broken up by officials and restarted once a referee got to the ring.
The actual match went back in forth with both Barrett and Miz hitting awesome grapple moves when out of nowhere Fandango asks for his music and starts to dance with Summer Rae at ringside. Angry at the distraction, Miz knocked Fandango to the floor before turning his attentions back to Barrett. Fandango returned the favor minutes later ending the match with a slap to the face of The Miz.
As the referee called for the bell, Barrett and Fandango double teamed Miz kicking and punching him as he lay defenseless on the ground. Barrett wasn’t done as he nailed a unsuspecting Fandango with a “Bull Hammer elbow” before walking away with his title.
I just can’t stand that Miz isn’t back in the main event yet competing for the WWE title. The man has skills cutting promos that rival CM Punk himself, but still management uses Miz as a mid-carder month after month for filler matches, and pointless story-lines that go nowhere. With a lot off WWE top talents currently resting from injuries, it only makes sense to put Miz where he belongs and that’s the main event.
I see Miz’s storyline with Fandango and Barrett ending with a triple threat match for the intercontinental title at WWE Payback. Of course we all know WWE creative has no idea what they are doing and will probably award the title to Fandango to give him an even bigger push then what he has already received.
In all, Smackdown lacked a decent ending, and didn’t really deliver on the matches they promised. I know The Shield has a decent tag match in the main event but it wasn’t the advertised match the fans were promised. I personally wonder when if ever Kofi Kingston will get an actual rematch against Ambrose for the title. I also don’t see a “Team Hell no” rematch happening anytime soon, although it would probably benefit Daniel Bryan going heal if he could get disqualified by hitting The Shield members with a steel chair and then turn on Kane
Do you think Miz belongs as a main event superstar? What is your prediction of how Daniel Bryan will go heel? Will anyone ever defeat the shield? Let me know in the comments below.
Results by match
The Miz defeated Wade Barrett by disqualification when Fandango interfered in the match
Daniel Bryan defeated Jack Swagger locking in the now lock making Swagger tap out
Chris Jericho defeats the Big Show by count out. Jericho seemed overpowered the whole match until Jericho hit the “Codebreaker” on the giant sending him over into the time keepers area
Curtis Axel defeated Sin Cara with a swinging neck breaker for the pin
Kofi Kingston defeated Dean Ambrose by disqualification when the shield interfered in the match attacking Kingston
The shield defeated Randy Orton Sheamus and Kofi Kingston when Ambrose hit his signature reverse DDT on Kingston for the pin.