Seth Rollins has got a new nickname +++ Super Reigns is back +++ Cesaro transforms back into being Swiss +++ Summer Rae transforms from chicken to chick +++ Big E isn’t a True American +++ WWE repeats the Dean Ambrose / Seth Rollins feud from FCW
Seth Rollins has got a new nickname
Forget about The Architect (of The Shield) or even The Highflyer for the nickname of Seth Rollins. Because Dean Ambrose has got a far more fitting name for him: The Puppet Suit (of Triple H). He invented this name in his promo that was the kick off to this SmackDown episode. Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns still came together through the audience. And the WWE keeps asking the WWE Universe if they would still believe in The Shield. But, to me it’s as clear as the day that The Shield has ceased to be. Like The Evolution did as well.
There are still talks and suggestions all over the internet who should join The Shield now. But there is no need for it. Because, come Money In The Bank the process of individualizing all three former Shield members will be complete: Dean Ambrose already has got his feud with Seth Rollins (more on that one at the end of this review) and Roman Reigns will first go after Randy Orton, like his promo on him suggests, very much possible to be a one-on-one match at MITB and then he’ll go after Triple H that could end up in a one-on-one match against him at Summerslam.
After DA and Reigns were finished with their promo, Triple H appeared on the Titanthron to announce that he isn’t that bad after all. At least, he would have one spot for the MITB title match for DA or Reigns to fight for. He threw a coin and DA was the chosen one to have this match against Bray Wyatt in the main event of SmackDown. And for Reigns, Triple H had some bad news because he would have a match against Wade Barrett right after this segment.
Super Reigns is back
Dean Ambrose was banned from ringside as was Reigns later on for the match of DA vs Bray Wyatt. So, he was on his own against Wade Barrett. I was almost enjoying this one because dissimilar to other Reigns matches, this one was about eight minutes long and he actually did more than his usual three moves. But all became ridiculous again when 3MB (for the last time ever) came out to cause disqualification when they attacked Reigns. It was ridiculous because Reigns, in the end, beat them all down to stand tall on the ropes after he cleared the ring.
In two meaningless matches that lasted just five minutes together, Erick Rowan beat Jay Uso and Bo Dallas extended his “streak” to a 7-0 wins in a row, this time in a match against R-Truth.
Cesaro transforms back into being Swiss
The Swiss Superman now speaks German inside the ring and lets Paul Heyman translate his smack talk towards Cesaro. Enjoyed this segment because it was quite interesting to compare both statements with each other. Heyman, of course, made a bit more of the talk Cesaro had to say towards his upcoming opponent. And Cesaro’s words were a bit more abusive. But that was the charm of it. The match itself lasted for almost a quarter of an hour and it was a good one. At least, I didn’t quite like the end of it because Cesaro won in some kind of a brawling finish. At least, it was some variation. And that’s always a good thing.
After that, Bray Wyatt cut a promo backstage on his upcoming match against Dean Ambrose. The main message was that who stands in his way will burn, and who stands beside him will be reborn. So, because DA stands in his way to glory he will burn, of course.
Summer Rae transforms from chicken to chick
Then, Fandango came out with Layla by his side for his match against Adam Rose. It was a short match again, just around one minute, in which Adam Rose had the opportunity to slap Fandango’s ass and win pretty fast. When Layla cared for Fandango inside the ring, a chicken appeared within the ropes. No-one really thought that this one belonged to Rose’s Exotic Express. And when the chicken took off its head, Summer Rae appeared, of course, for a little brawl with Layla. Fandango, in the end, separated the chicks from each other. So, that’s Summer Rae vs Layla for Fandango at MITB very much in the making.
Big E isn’t a True American
Because Big E enthusiastically waved the American flag before his match against Rusev, which he shamefully lost in the end, Jack Swagger was keen to show the big man what a True American is like. But only two minutes into the match, Lana came out to probably taunt Big E (my Russian isn’t the best anymore). But Zeb Colter didn’t want to have any distraction and obviously no help from a foreigner. So, he sent Lana backstage again just for Big E to use the distraction to his advantage to get the win.
During this match there was already much hype for the main event between DA and Bray Wyatt from JBL and Michael Cole on commentary. And also the next short match between Alicia Fox and her former bestie Aksana happened mainly to kill some time and promote the upcoming last match of this episode of SmackDown. Alicia Fox did win within three minute and probably enjoyed it a bit too much, given Aksana was supposed to be her best friend until last Monday.
WWE repeats the Dean Ambrose / Seth Rollins feud from FCW
First of all, I’ve got some history for you: Back at FCW, Dean Ambrose interfered in a Seth Rollins match that was for his FCW title. And because DA attacked his opponent Damien Sandow, Seth Rollins lost his title. Now, almost three years later, SR got his revenge.
Heavily spoilered like I was for this match, I already knew that DA would lose this match, so Bray Wyatt was the chosen one to get the spot for the title match at MITB. But also if I wouldn’t have been, it was pretty clear that DA had to lose because he will have his match against SR at MITB – and that means: no spot for the both of them in this title match.
Bray Wyatt dominated the most part of this great match that lasted for around 15 minutes. But DA wasn’t made weak. Again, he showed some great moves that I haven’t seen from him for quite a while, most noticeable this drop kick from the second rope to Bray Wyatt’s chest. The match started furiously and crazy like everyone might have expected. But then, DA was “injured” at the hands of Bray Wyatt. And I had quite some déjà vus here: first of all, DA was brought onto his left shoulder at the edge of the ring and sold this left shoulder from now on. Not that extensively like he did during his first match with William Regal at FCW but still noticeable. Most of the time from now on, he only used his right arm, but was still able of being almost equal with Bray Wyatt.
At the end of this match he was even able to hit Dirty Deeds on Bray Wyatt and only needed to get Bray pinned for the 1-2-3 by the ref. But with his “injured” shoulder, he needed his time and then spotted something else that all of a sudden took all his attention: Seth Rollins in a grey suit was standing on the announce table. So, DA went his way out of the ring to chase SR half around the ring, just to make it back inside. And Bray Wyatt used this distraction to hit Sister Abigail on DA to steal the win and earn the spot in the title match at MITB.