Spaghetti Hair still isn’t for me +++ Seth Rollins should be scared of Dean Ambrose +++ Stardust & Goldust have read my novel +++ After all those years Luke Harper might need a new tank top +++ There should be a Flag Swinging Contest +++ What about Rollins’ knee?

"All I've heard for the last two years, Seth Rollins is the smart one, Seth is the architect of The Shield. Look at the big brain on Seth. And Seth is smart. Seth is smart enough to know that he couldn't beat me down by himself on Monday night. So, he had his buddies, Randy Orton and Kane, two more Authority goons help him out. And certainly they put me in the hospital. But if you thought for one second that their little three-on-one attack was gonna keep me from being here tonight - more importantly keep me from destroying you Sunday at Battleground - then, genius, you're not as smart as you think you are. So, I ask you this one more time: Is that all you've got? Is that all The Authority has got? That's not a rhetorical question. I plan to find out! So, let's not wait until Sunday! Get out here and let's do this right now!
“All I’ve heard for the last two years, Seth Rollins is the smart one, Seth is the architect of The Shield. Look at the big brain on Seth. And Seth is smart. Seth is smart enough to know that he couldn’t beat me down by himself on Monday night. So, he had his buddies, Randy Orton and Kane, two more Authority goons help him out. And certainly they put me in the hospital. But if you thought for one second that their little three-on-one attack was gonna keep me from being here tonight – more importantly keep me from destroying you Sunday at Battleground – then, genius, you’re not as smart as you think you are. So, I ask you this one more time: Is that all you’ve got? Is that all The Authority has got? That’s not a rhetorical question. I plan to find out! So, let’s not wait until Sunday! Get out here and let’s do this right now!” –DEAN AMBROSE.

Spaghetti Hair still isn’t for me
I’m always slightly confused about SmackDown, about what I have seen from it and what others have seen from it. As of today’s episode, I’ve read for a few times now that Dean Ambrose has kicked off the show. If only that would have been the case for my SmackDown. Because this one kicked off with a tag team match between Fandango & The Miz and Sheamus & Dolph Ziggler. It wasn’t from Main Event because Sheamus and Mizzz had another encounter there. Some kind of a SmackDown pre-show? I don’t know. At least, my SmackDown kicked off like that, so I’ll write a few words about it.

First of all, I have to be philosophical: Does a heel a good job, if you just think of him as highly annoying and you want this match to be over as soon as possible? Or does a heel a good job, if you want the match to happen as long as possible with hopefully lot of beating to said heel? I guess, it’s the second one. But in the case of Mizzz I very much feel like the first possibility. I just can’t stand him that much that I don’t care at all. I quite enjoy the parts that he isn’t involved and I kind of even like Dolph Ziggler being in the match. But I really don’t get it at all what people find so extremely exciting about Ziggler. Yeah, he’s with the fans and he likes to talk his mind. But what I see inside the ring I just can’t connect with. Sorry, Spaghetti Hair! During the last part of the match, the crowd chanted for Ziggler and somehow he was tagged in by Sheamus and got the win after good ten minutes.

Seth Rollins should be scared of Dean Ambrose
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Dean Ambrose So, Dean Ambrose apparently kicked off SmackDown with a promo inside the ring. The man looked interesting with band aids all over his face and his hair not as wet as usual. Since SmackDown is only live for the crowd in the arena I’ve got no idea if that what I’ve heard from the promo was all he had said because I’ve read some people complaining about his promo being not as good as people from the live crowd have told via Twitter etc. It was significant during the whole show that parts were cut out when e.g. Michael Cole didn’t finish one sentence or something like that. Instead there were lots of replays, RAW ‘specials’ or other meaningless stuff again. I just don’t get all the replays on SmackDown at all. It makes some sense for the RAW shows since they are aired live. But with all these over 2,000 hours of video material on the WWE Network you should presume that people will re-watch the stuff they are interested in, I guess. There is no need to show this amount of replays on SmackDown.

Dean Ambrose Anyway, there was some original stuff like this promo by Dean Ambrose. I don’t need to tell you what he actually said because you have probably already read it above in the caption to the picture. The main message was, that Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins is basically all about Guts vs Brain. So, Dean Ambrose certainly wouldn’t back off from any fight while Seth Rollins would always throw in some cunning plan to avoid any fighting. Because for Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose is just one obstacle in front of him on his road towards his main target: the WWE (WHC) title. So, Seth Rollins obviously wasn’t in the mood to have a match tonight. He told Dean Ambrose that he wasn’t medically cleared because of his tweaked knee caused from Monday. But since Dean Ambrose loved to fight, he would get Kane instead. But Dean had a fitting response for Seth:

“Well, looks to me like you’re scared. And you should be scared. I’d be scared, too. But, Seth, it’s time to face your fears. Make Daddy proud. Come out here and take your beating like a man!”

But Seth wasn’t concerned with being called scared; he was more into the Daddy a.k.a Triple H line. And not that alone made his part of the promo very much heel-like. He also contradicted himself within one sentence. Again, he stressed that Dean without him would be nothing. But with the same breathing he called a match set-up between him and Dean a great one and not to be missed. Shouldn’t it be easy for Rollins to get the win over Ambrose when Rollins is the one who can get the best out of Ambrose? But that’s always like that: heels aren’t very logical. Anyway, that was this segment: Seth Rollins countered the challenge by Dean Ambrose in sending him the devil Kane.

Stardust & Goldust have read my novel
The next match could have been an interesting one, not a good one, but like I said: interesting. Because Nikki Bella happened to be the special guest referee for the match between Alicia Fox and Eva Marie. I’m not really sure why Eva Marie gets all her matches recently because I know that there are women out there who have actually trained for years to get the chance to come to WWE. In Eva Marie’s case she was on some glossy cover and learns now the simplest basic facts about wrestling. Couldn’t she do it in the developmental centre of the WWE without cameras? Maybe one day she’ll be doing alright but until then: get the cameras on these ladies who are already able to wrestle.

After not even two minutes of some half-witted wrestling shoves, Eva Marie tried to act being unsatisfied with Nikki’s supposedly slow counting. Consequently Eva Marie and Alicia Fox were on the same card very soon to beat up Nikki Bella. Obviously, Eva Marie and Alicia Fox were advised by Stephanie McMahon to do so. Maybe, that’s because Eva Marie was chosen.

As for the headline to this segment, another backstage promo of Stardust and Goldust was up next. It was all about some separated reality and another dimension behind a door that was supposed to be in the back of the camera. Very strange promo again and I still have no idea what this gimmick is all about. Maybe, I just shouldn’t understand. But I’d like to hear more of this other dimension. Because I can very much relate to this. My novel actually is all about an alternate reality in another dimension. So, if Stardust and Goldust could specify their thoughts and knowledge about it next time, maybe there is something for me I could include into my novel. Thank you in advance!

After all those years Luke Harper might need a new tank top
Once again I have only read the spoilers for Dean Ambrose, so I didn’t know about the Chris Jericho vs Luke Harper match. When SmackDown happened to offer me right this, I was quite excited about it. Because that’s a great set-up theoretically. In reality it wasn’t that great unfortunately. Chris isn’t at his best so far but that’s okay given he only came back a few weeks ago. At least, his trunks of the evening were some marvelous piece of clothing – very colourful. And Chris actually managed to do what I haven’t seen so far: he basically destroyed the – roughly guessed – 15 1/2 years old tank top of Luke Harper, so he’ll need a new one. And this is something I’m really looking forward to come Sunday: will the new tank top have the same dirty stains on it like his old one? I can’t wait to know that!

After almost twelve minutes Chris Jericho got the win but The Usos needed to come out to save him from further punishment by some furious Wyatt Family (Erick Rowan and Bray Wyatt were watching with interest during the match).

There should be a Flag Swinging Contest
The next original stuff was a promo by Zeb Colter inside the ring. Now, that him and Jack Swagger are faces, Zeb Colter still talks his racial Nazi shit. I couldn’t really see the difference between heel Colter and face Colter in this episode of SmackDown. But maybe it’s considered a good thing to “allow” foreigners to stay in the blessed country that is the U.S.A. Americans shouldn’t forget that they are all foreigners in a country they have once taken by force from native Americans. But that’s politics; and this is wrestling.

At some point, Lana came out with Rusev who yelled Russiya, Russiya, followed by excessive flag swinging by both men, Rusev and Swagger. They just couldn’t stop and the audience supposedly loved it. Which my mind used to come up with an idea: just let Rusev and Swagger start some flag swinging at the very beginning of one PPV or a RAW. Every now and again, cameras catch both of them to look if they are still swinging. The first one who’ll stop swinging, will loose the contest. Isn’t that a great idea? Could be a hilarious running gag for one or two shows. And Cole and JBL could make up some bad jokes about it. How’s that, WWE?

To make up for some minutes and to promote just another two competitors of the Battle Royal for the Intercontinental Championship, Alberto Del Rio vs Kofi Kingston was up next. Most notable thing here was that I’ve always wondered about the looong set-up for Kofi’s ‘Trouble in Paradise’. His opponent basically can have breakfast and dinner during the whole procedure. So, when Kofi is finally ready for his finisher, his opponent is all refreshed and ready to counter. Consequently, Alberto Del Rio got the win after not even five minutes.

A short backstage promo with Summer Rae & Layla mocking Fandango finished the preparations for the main event match. I actually liked this backstage promo because it was fun. Summer Rae calling Fandango ‘Flamingo’ certainly was the highlight.

What about Rollins’ knee?

"I know, you're staring at me, Charles. Leave it!"
“I know, you’re staring at me, Charles. Leave it!”
Years of Super Cena replays later, we got another Seth Rollins backstage segment with Kane. First of all, Rollins tried to bring Kane back onto Orton’s side. But Kane, according to himself, doesn’t need Rollins’ ‘voice of reason’. But he agreed with Rollins’ wish to beat up Dean Ambrose but only leave some glimmer of life inside of him so Rollins can finish him off on his own at Battleground. Kane bowed down in agreement but just came back to tell Rollins that he shouldn’t think about cashing in on Sunday. It’s interesting that WWE teases this possibility like that. Because it’s the same scenario I’ve already expected for Money In The Bank. But know, since Rollins have had one whole month to think about it, he could try anyway. Based on the very outcome of the Fatal-4-Way match, of course. The Authority obviously wants Randy Orton to grab the title/s and in this case, Rollins shouldn’t cash in. But what if Super Cena retains or Super Reigns wins the match? Triple H always talks about trust within The Authority. But there is obviously none.

Dean Ambrose As for the match between Dean Ambrose and Kane: it started even before referee Charles Robinson could start it. Because with the lack of any fear, Dean Ambrose couldn’t wait to let out his aggressions on the devil. The fire of hell was still burning, when he went for Kane to beat him up. But that only lasted for some seconds, before Kane was able to counter and Charles Robinson to finally let ring the bell.

All in all, the match only lasted for just over six minutes but it felt like double the time actually. Kane worked on Dean Ambrose’s left arm again and did him quite some harm. But still, Dean Ambrose kind of announced his finisher that was actually the start of quite some counter moves by the two men. Highly entertaining with Kane countering the Pendulum Lariat; Dean sending Kane over the top rope; Dean hits Kane with a suicidal jump through the ropes outside the ring. The following action was all about the ‘steel’ chairs with Dean finally countering a Tombstone and smashing Kane into the ‘steel’ post. Charles Robinson had already reached ‘Seven’ with his count-out when Seth Rollins strolled by to hit Dean Ambrose with the briefcase to cause disqualification. Means, Dean Ambrose won the match but the punishment started just now.

First of all, Michael Cole made a point with asking the question probably every viewer had in mind, “What about Rollins’ knee?” Well, it was just fine obviously. So, it was finally made clear that Rollins happened to be his own doctor and that he just cowardly avoided the match. But this knowledge didn’t help Dean Ambrose at this point. He was able to recover and beat down Rollins for a mere seconds but then Kane was there again to chokeslam him onto the mat. And Rollins then hit his Curb Stomp on him into the ‘steel’ steps. A bit of mocking towards Dean Ambrose by Rollins finally closed this episode from SmackDown.


And for everyone who managed to read until here, I have another link: Radio WZLX 100.7 || Mike & Billy: Dean Ambrose (18 July 2014). It’s some radio interview with Dean Ambrose of around fifteen minutes. And it’s indeed with Dean Ambrose, not Jonathan Good. The man sells his gimmick and WWE character whenever a camera or a mic is on him.


As for the Gifs for this review, all credit goes to raphie-loves-the-shield, part 1 / part 2 / part 3 / part 4.

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