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WWE SMACKDOWN LIVE REVIEW – 1/8/17

Welcome to Indie Wrestling Podcast’s review of this week’s edition of Smackdown Live. Two huge matches are set for this week: Kevin Owens has invoked his rematch clause for an opportunity against AJ Styles for the United States championship, and a dream match in the form of Shinsuke Nakamura versus John Cena headlines the show in a WWE championship number one contendership match.

What will come of these matches? What’s in store for the ladies of Smackdown Live? Will we get more insight as to who attacked Breezango? Read on to find out!

Match #1: AJ Styles def. Kevin Owens to retain the United States championship (10:20)

We kick off the show straight with a match, which is a nice change of pace. Allows the matches on the card more room to breathe.

The initial in-ring portion of this match was well paced – started slow, before moving up a gear. Styles went for a phenomenal forearm, but avoided it as the action spilled to the outside, with Owens ramming Styles into the barricade. Back in the ring, and Styles locked in the Calf Crusher several times. It appeared Owens would tap out, but he made it out every time.

The big talking point of this match will once again be the ending. There was a ref bump in this match that was badly botched. With the ref positioned behind Styles, Owens was to swing for the Phenomenal One, who would duck, leading to Owens striking the ref. Most of this went perfect, but due to the ref being slightly out of position, there was absolutely no contact between Owens and the ref, making for quite the ugly botch. Following this, Owens went for a pop-up powerbomb which Styles reversed into a pin. The dazed ref counted 3, despite KO’s right shoulder being up for the entire count. They packed a lot into a not-so-long match.

Backstage, and Daniel Bryan and Shane O’Mac are tending to ref Mike Chioda, whilst also stating he made a bad call. KO walks in and is losing it with Shane McMahon about the finish to his earlier match. Shane agrees he has a valid claim to another match for the US title. Owens complains about wanting a competent referee for the match. Daniel Bryan butts in, and says he has a ref, and that it will be Shane. Owens goes even crazier. Shane then decides that Owens will only get his rematch, if Shane is the guest referee. Owens agrees and storms off. Infuriated Owens is the best kind of Owens.

Back in the arena, and we hear Big E’s pre-match mic shtick, but it’s very off, saying “clap your hands for your buster up tag champs”. It turns out it was the Uso’s mocking the New Day. The cut a promo, beginning “What did you expect?”, running down the New Day. They claim they’ll take their catchphrases and their titles, then end with an “Uso’s Rock” chant. Uso’s have been on fire of late.

The Fashion Files

This week’s edition of the Fashion Files has a Twin Peaks theme. We cut to Breeze in his office, as he makes a voice recording while looking at his notice board. He asks 2 questions: “Who kidnapped Fandango?”, and “Why didn’t I just call you instead of recording this?”. Breeze reached for a coffee, but it’s thick and lumpy. As he looks up, Fandango appears as an illusion. Konnor and Victor also emerge, as Konnor pours syrup onto a log, and Victor gives Fandango a rose. An evil laugh bellows throughout the room, as Breeze can no longer take the metaphors. He wakes up dazed, and records another message saying he knows who kidnapped Fandango. Not the best Fashion Files segment, but entertaining nonetheless.

Match #2: Aidan English def. Sami Zayn (1:58)

Pre-match, The Mozart of Mayhem “wowed” the audience with another of his attempts at singing. There wasn’t much meat to the match, as English defeated Zayn with a roll-up in under 2 minutes.

Yes, you read that right. English appears to be getting a bit of a push, which isn’t necessarily the worst thing. It’s hard to see him being a big draw, but could fit well into a solid mid-card heel role. He’s been getting quite good heat of late. He could do with new music, however. On the other hand, plenty of people will be unhappy with Zayn losing these types of matches, especially in these circumstances. This writer feels it’s all part of the bigger picture for Zayn, though.

After the match, Mike and Maria Kannelis emerged, stating they are in love and that they love that Zayn just lost. Pointless isn’t a strong enough word.

Match #3: Naomi and Becky Lynch def. Carmella and Natalya (4:52)

Ms. Money in the Bank, and the number one contender to the Smackdown Women’s championship get the jobber’s entrance, to this writer’s utter bemusement.

This match underwhelmed, as it never really got into a high gear. Shame, given the level of talent involved. Towards the end, The Queen of Harts had Naomi locked into a sharpshooter, but Naomi made a rope break. While in the corner, to Natalya’s surprise and dismay, Carmella tagged herself in. After transitioning Carmella’s Code of Silence into a Rings of Saturn, Carmella was forced to tap out.

Backstage segment with Jinder Mahal. He claims he doesn’t care who wins tonight’s number one contendership match, as he will watch Cena vs. Nakamura from his personal skybox. The only thing he feels is xenophobia whenever he walks down the street. He believes no one can end his reign, as he always takes down our heroes. The skybox move should be used slightly more frequently, but not too much more frequently. It’s very different, and feels like a big deal when someone employs it.

Match #4: Rusev def. Chad Gable (6:15)

Gable was allowed to show off his technical prowess and incredible strength in a way that we haven’t yet seen from him on the main roster. Despite the big storyline Jason Jordan has been thrown into, Gable has all the potential to be a big star on his own. It was interesting to note that Gable is now using a version Eddie Guerrero’s “Three Amigos”, but he uses overhead no-release belly-to-belly suplexes. That should prove to be a popular weapon in his arsenal. During the match, Gable pulled out a moonsault and an ankle lock. Coincidence?

Gable was all over Rusev for the majority of the match, but Rusev had an answer for everything thrown at him. Rusev broke an ankle lock, forcing Gable out of the ring. When he re-entered, he was met with a kick to the jaw, and an Accolade, leading to a submission victory for Rusev.

This match was a perfect example of how to make 2 superstars look good coming out of a match, even with one winning clean. It was highly competitive, with either superstar looking like they could come out on top throughout.

Post-match, Rusev complains about a lack of competition, stating Cena didn’t beat him in the ring. Orton comes out, and despite people calling him bland or boring, he is extremely popular with the crowd. Randy strolls down to the announce tables, and says if he were Rusev, he wouldn’t want for Orton to get into the ring either. As Orton gets into the ring, Rusev begins trash-talking in Bulgarian, when he goes to attack Orton, who avoids the attempt and lays him out with an RKO.

We’re getting Orton vs Rusev at Summerslam, which should be fantastic. This is the level of competition Rusev should be facing if he wants to propel himself up the card. Let’s hope Randy does the honours at Summerslam.

It’s announced that next week on Smackdown, Carmella will take on Naomi in non-title action, as per a request of hers following her tap out earlier in the show.

Match #5: Shinsuke Nakamura def. John Cena (10:16)

As the match opens, we get shots of Mahal from his skybox. The crowd is electric as the bell rings. Some mind games played by both at the beginning, appropriate given those involved. Nakamura displays some athleticism, he escapes some wristlocks. The mind games transition to chain wrestling, as we head into the break.

As we come back from the break, Nakamura does a kip-up followed by some stiff kicks to Cena’s chest, which riles up the crowd. Cena takes the advantage. He goes for the 5 knuckle shuffle, but Nakamura counters into a cross armbreaker. Cena counters by powering up Nakamura from the ground, hitting an AA but failed to put his opponent away. Nakamura went for a Kinshaha, but Cena hit a take down and put Nakamura into an STF, but he forced a break.

At the end, Cena hit an AA, then rolled through to hit another. This was countered by a Nakamura reverse suplex. Cena took a nasty bump here, landing on the back of his neck. A Kinshasa ended the match, to set up Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuka Nakamura for the WWE championship at Summerslam. If you said that would be the Summerslam WWE title match one week before Wrestlemania, you’d be called crazy.

This edition of Smackdown was much better than in past weeks. Gable, Nakamura, and Owens all got chances to shine, as Smackdown presented a good mixture of in-ring action and storyline development towards Summerslam. Long may it continue

Thanks for reading my review!

Conor Doran

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NXT 27-7-17

Hello and welcome to another NXT review big main event coming up so lets get straight into it shall we.

 

Ember Moon def Lei’d Tapa

So I did some research on this Lei’d Tapa and she worked for GFW and had a short TNA run. Never really heard of her to be honest and She is the niece of The Barbarian which is nice for her. Tapa attacks with a lariat at the bell and tosses Moon across the ring. Headbutts by Tapa follow and she takes some time to celebrate. Moon battles back, hits the tornado suplex and followed with the dropkick, superkick and forearm smash. The eclipse followed Moon picks up the win. N/A

Short and sweet in this one moon wins keeps her going for Brooklyn and as for Lei’d not much she could do with the time. 

 

After the match Moon demands a rematch with Asuka at Takeover: Back to Brooklyn again, for the third time. She will give Asuka all the competition she desires. She is ready to defeat the undefeated.

 

Sanity interrupts the Authors of Pain’s scheduled We are going to kick your fucking ass match. They briefly brawl and the Authors get the upper hand, and Nikki Cross as to hold Kilian Dane back because the big nasty bastard wanted more of the AOP.

 

No Way Jose arrived at the NXT Arena and was confronted by Zelina She informs Jose that he made a mistake and got into something he has no business being involved in. Zelina proclaims that Jose lit a fire under Almas’ ass and that Jose won’t be dancing out of it.

The Velveteen Dream def Cezar Bononi 

Dream attacks with knees and strikes to begin. He beats down Bononi in the corner, but Bononi fires back with kicks and rights. The atomic drop and drop kick follow. The Michinoku driver follows for 2. Dream escapes a pop up powerslam, and hits the Finlay roll and finishes Bononi with the top rope elbow drop and that is all she wrote. N/A

Again a very short match I would like to see The Velveteen Dream get more time in the ring to see what he is like besides 2 or 3 minute squashes. He looks good but he needs more time in the ring. 

 

After the match The Velveteen Dream is interviewed, but is not impressed with the interviewer. He will not give an interview in front of the “ugly NXT universe.”

William Regal announces that Ember Moon will in fact get her rematch with Asuka at Takeover: Back to Brooklyn.

Here’s Drew He thanks those who have supported him since the beginning, and knows that nothing is owed to him and that he has to earn what he wants. He was once the chosen one, and he expected things to be given to him but he was blinded and entitled. He failed by not working hard. But now he feels he’s the hardest working man in the world now, and hates Roode’ entitled attitude. This isn’t Roode’s NXT, because “you aren’t NXT… WE ARE NXT!” good old babyface DRew bless.

 

Kassius Ohno def Hideo Itami via DQ

They lock up and Ohno looks to work the arm and ground Itami. Itami rolls out, and then attacks with kicks and they trade forearms. Ohno lays in chops, but fires away with kicks again. Ohno takes him down, hitting the basement dropkick and covering for 2. Ohno then kicks Itami on the face, but Itami cuts him off in the ropes, works him over and hits the guillotine leg drop as Ohno was trapped in the ropes. Post break, and Itami takes control with kicks and a knee drop, covering for 2. More kicks by Itami follow, the neck breaker connects and Itami covers for 2. He then grounds Ohno with a chinlock. Itami then lays in more kicks, controlling with ease. Ohno fights to his feet, lays in some chops. Itami hits the tornado neck snap, but then jumps off the top into chops by Ohno. Ohno runs through a kick, hitting kicks, knees and a shining wizard. Ohno hits the cyclone kick and that gets 2. The senton follows for another 2. Itami avoids the corner attack, hits the fisherman’s suplex and hits the corner dropkick to a downed Ohno. Itami looks for the GTS, Ohno escapes and as he goes for the rolling elbow, Itami kicked him square in the BALLS bad boy Hideo bad boy. 2.5/5

This was a fine tv match setting up a bigger payoff at Brooklyn which is fine with me this and finally we get heel Hideo hopefully this can lift towards the title maybe. 

After the match Itami beats down Ohno in the corner.  Itami then hits a GTS, and then another and Ohno is down. Itami teases leaving, but returns, hitting Ohno with the GTS on the steps.

Overall thoughts

Decent show building up towards Brooklyn which is good the show is looking good as always highlights were the main event and the heel turn of Hideo and you could say the promo by Drew as well. 

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Smackdown Live Review 25/07/17

Welcome to Indie Wrestling Podcast’s review of this week’s edition of Smackdown Live. Tonight we expect fallout from an underwhelming and disappointing Battleground, as WWE builds the Smackdown side of the upcoming Summerslam card. After a controversial finish at Battleground, what will be the fate of the United States championship? Will we find out who has been attacking Breezango? Who will step up to challenge Jinder Mahal? Read on to find out all.

Opening Segment

Newly crowned US champion Kevin Owens makes his entrance in formal wear to a mixed but mostly negative reaction from the crowd. He talks about being a 3-time champion now, and brags about being the best. He mentions the US open challenge, and claims it will be held “Nnnnnext week”, to a chorus of boos after teasing the fans. Owens says the “hicks” in Richmond, Virginia don’t deserve to see him defend his title. AJ Styles emerges, claiming he wants his rematch and wants it tonight. The crowd is really good tonight. Owens reiterates that he won’t be defending his title tonight. They fail to mention the finish to the Battleground match, suggesting it may well have been botched.

Holy Sh*t! Chris Jericho has returned! The crowd goes absolutely nuts for Y2J!

“It’s the return of Jericho. Welcome back mannnnn!” KO questions why Y2J is here, and Jericho does the “quiet” shitck. Jericho claims he is back for his mandatory rematch, but AJ states he’s next in line for a title shot. Jericho explains how he once “punched [a guy] in the face and put him in a walls of Jericho in aisle 7 in front of the canned corn” for cutting in line in a supermarket. Jericho adds Styles to the list, and as KO scurries off Jericho calls him a stupid idiot.

Shane O’Mac emerges, announcing that tonight’s main event will be a triple threat for the US title! Great opening segment.

Match #1: Shinsuke Nakamura def. Baron Corbin

This was far superior to their match at Battleground. Corbin worked a particularly nasty style. Slow, methodical, and cunning. Corbin attempted to hit the reverse kick low blow as he did at Battleground, but in a nice spot of continuity and awareness, Nakamura avoided it. After hitting Corbin with a nasty knee to the back of the head, he finished off Corbin with a Kinshasa for the win. As this feud now appears to be over, where this leaves Corbin going forward, and in particular for Summerslam, remains to be seen.

Backstage segment between Naomi and Natalya

Natalya claims Naomi is a bad champion, and has made a mockery of the title by making it look like a toy. Naomi claims Nattie will be “blinded by the glow”. Carmella drops by to remind Naomi to her and her Money in the Bank contract are just “looking to the future”.

Match #2: Charlotte and Becky Lynch def. Tamina and Lana

They really need to do some character work with Tamina, she gets an absolutely dead reaction every night. Change her music, at least.

The heels got the early advantage of Becky. Lana again looked very out of her depth here, she really needed more seasoning before getting in the ring.

The ending came as Charlotte was legal and Lana made a blind tag to Tamina. The Queen ducked a Lana clothesline, cleared Tamina from the ring and hit the Ravishing Russian with a big boot for the win. Post-match, Tamina was furious with Lana, her kayfabe inexperience proving to be their downfall in this match.

Jinder Mahal demands a Summerslam opponent

Jinder enters to unreal heel heat. He’s getting better reactions every single week.

Mahal claims he destroyed Ortons legacy, and that Orton underestimated him. He demands to find out his Summerslam opponent, and begins speaking to “his people in his language”, which gets a lot of heat.

Who emerges only the face that runs the place, John Cena, to a thunderous ovation. We can’t say this wasn’t expected. Jinder claims he knows what Cena was going to say, such as his amount of title reigns and that Mahal doesn’t deserve to be champion. Cena contradicts this, as he congratulates Mahal. He respects Mahal for being in such good shape, and the WWE title means so much to him that he’ll do anything to keep it.

Cena gives Jinder a heads up, saying that at Summerslam he is facing “Supercena”. He claims he will walk out a 17-time champion, to a mixed reaction. Short, sweet and to the point.

General manager Daniel Bryan enters the fray, saying that Cena doesn’t make the matches, he and Shane do. So, he decides that next week, John Cena will face Shinsuke Nakamura for the number one contendership at Summerslam. Wow! Are ratings really that bad, or are they just trying to improve the product in general?

Backstage segment with Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon

KO complains about how the title match tonight is unfair, and claims he dislikes the commissioner. Shane expresses similar feelings towards Owens, and says he doesn’t care who is US champion, as long as it is defended on Smackdown Live.

Sami Zayn & Tye Dillinger def. Mike Kanellis & Aidan English

English serenades the crowd prior to the match, as he introduces his partner. The Maestro of Mayhem is actually getting very good heat lately. It could be because he is feuding with Dillinger, but much credit must go to himself. He could prove to be a solid mid-card heel for years to come.

Sidenote: The Kanellis’s theme is absolutely awesome. They are so self-consumed within their own bubble of affection.\

The heels isolated Zayn in the early going, as the fans in attendance were firmly behind the babyfaces. Dillinger got the hot tag and went to work on Kanellis. After a brief exchange, Zayn tagged himself in and scored the win off a Helluva Kick. “Love is dead”, proclaimed JBL after the bell rang.

New Day make an appearance

Well, they did, albeit brief and unrewarding. Big E was doing his voiceover to introduce his team, when it was cut mid-way through. Fans were confused for a moment, until we saw the Uso’s Clobbering Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston. They tossed Kofi into the edge of one of the LED boards, as they laid waste to the New Day. A segement doesn’t need to be long to be effective, and this was a perfect example of that.

AJ Styles def. Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens to become new the United States champion

It was billed as one of the biggest main events in Smackdown history, and didn’t disappoint.

Jericho and Styles jointly targeted Owens right out of the gate, after which Jericho and Styles went through a series of quick pin attempts. Styles was cleared from the ring, which left just Owens and Y2J to tear into each other. At one point, in a great spot, Styles had Owens trapped in the Calf Crusher and it appeared he would tap, but Jericho managed to break it up with a Lionsault. The Phenomenal One hit Y2J with a springboard 450 splash, but KO cleared him from the ring for the pin attempt, but Jericho kicked out.

Y2J got Styles into a Walls of Jericho, but broke it as KO was oncoming. He got Owens in position for one also, but instead flung him into Styles. He got Owens into the Walls, with with some savy ring awareness, broke it to hit Styles with a Codebreaker. After an exchange which left all 3 men were grounded, the fans went crazy.

Styles set u for a springboard move, but Jericho knocked him off in a nasty-looking spot with a springboard kick of his own, after which he walked directly into a Superkick from Owens. KO then hit a Pop-up Powerbomb, but Y2J kicked out.

The ending came when KO hit a Frog Splash on Jericho, got to a 2-count, but Styles reappeared, pulled Owens off, and got the pin himself.

After the match, Owens complained that this match wasn’t fair in the first place, and that he’ll get his rematch on Smackdown next week.

This exactly the kind of show Smackdown needed to rebound after a poor edition of Battleground. Good storyline development, great in-ring action, big announcements and surprise returns was the injection of energy needed into the brand. Cena versus Nakamura next week will be absolutely huge, and will surely be one of the best TV matches this year.

Thanks for reading my review!

Conor Doran

 

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WWE and the future of UK PPVs

SS92SummerSlam 1992 was hosted by none other than Wembley Stadium in London. In front of 80,000 onlookers, WWE had produced a brilliant show with a huge card and a very strong roster on show.

Since then UK fans haven’t been lucky enough to get a PPV on the land. However we have had many RAW and Smackdown’s on show as well as many Live shows throughout the years. As well as the weekly and house shows, WWE produced the WWE UK tournament which was presented in Blackpool, England. The show had’t let anyone down with the top talents from the British and Irish aisles. Since the UK tournament and the defence of the title where Pete Dunne beat Tyler Bate, more questions have been brewing regarding the UK hosting another PPV.

Triple H has before stated the following:

I think that is a goal of WWE to be here in that way. It’s a very difficult process with PPV schedules and coming to the UK or globally to perform live with a live TV component, following that up with RAW and SmackDown. It’s a massive undertaking, trying to co-ordinate all that. There were 5 shows going on tonight under WWE. We have somewhere between 18 to 21 trailer trucks that come to our events, it’s tough to get them over the ocean. Is it a goal? Yes and I think tonight was one step closer to that goal becoming a reality.

Stephanie Mcmahon was asked about the possibility of bringing a PPV back to England:

The UK fans are pretty loud, pretty rowdy in a great way, and you know we are constantly evaluating that. Personally I would love to see it. I know it would be incredible.

 

So, there is hope, but the question will always remain until the UK get another show.

Thanks for reading

Richard McCarthy