Date: December 5, 2014
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Commentators: Tom Phillips, John Bradshaw Layfield, Michael Cole
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We're getting close to TLC and we have most of the card set already. Naturally most of it is just pairings from the Survivor Series main event split off into singles matches with gimmicks attached. The violence and carnage at the pay per view is usually enough to carry it over the weak stories so hopefully it works again this year. Let's get to it.
Recap of the main story from Raw with Cena vs. Rollins in a tables match being set for TLC and all the brawling between the Survivor Series teams.
Intercontinental Title: Dolph Ziggler vs. Luke Harper
Harper is defending of course. The champ sends him into the corner to start but Dolph hammers away with shots to the jaw. That's fine with Luke as he picks Dolph up and drives him into the corner again. Ziggler tries the same sunset flip that pinned Luke on Monday but only gets two and a boot on his throat for his efforts. A quick neckbreaker gets two for Ziggler but Harper blocks the running DDT and just drills him with an elbow to the face.
Harper doesn't want his leg to feel left out so he nails a big boot to send Ziggler to the floor and us to a break. Back with Ziggler fighting out of a chinlock and sending Luke shoulder first into the post. Harper counters another neckbreaker but misses the big boot and eats the running DDT for two more.
Now it's Dolph missing a kick of his own and walking into a superkick from the champ. The Fameasser gets two more as the trading continues. Ziggler gets two each off a high cross body, sunset flip out of a powerbomb and superkick as frustration is setting in. Harper has had enough though and kicks Dolph low for the DQ at 10:10.
Rating: C+. I still like their matches as they're playing the power vs. speed dynamic very well, but they're starting to do the same match over and over again. On top of that, it's hard to believe that the title is going to change hands before TLC, which makes the near falls a bit harder to get behind. Still entertaining though.
Post match Harper pulls in a ladder and loads up a powerbomb, but you can't powerbomb Kidman. In this case you can't powerbomb Ziggler either as he faceplants Luke into the ladder. Harper rolls outside so Dolph pelts the ladder at his head in a big crash. Santino comes out and makes the obvious ladder match at TLC because the power makes him feel like Oprah.
Here's what's left of the Authority, complete with Big Show, with something to say. Rollins says he hates Christmas but can't wait for the annual demolition derby known as TLC. In nine days, he gets to face your hero John Cena in a tables match with Cena's future title shot on the line.
Rollins is excited by taking away the only thing Cena cares about, because he doesn't have to make Cena tap out or pin him, even though he could (Sheamus used nearly the exact same line in 2009). All he has to do is drive Cena through a table, but more than just a table is going to be broken. Rollins is going to have tables everywhere and Cena is going to get beaten up, plus a lot of splinters. Uh....right Seth.
Anyway, Big Show says he's been here for a long time and had all kinds of matches. However, this is going to be his first steel stairs match. He heads outside and bangs the steps into the post a few times and promises to do much worse to Rowan. Kane wants to talk about his chairs match with Ryback, where Ryback will be fed chair after chair after chair. Cue Santino to make our tag match main event: Rollins/Big Show vs. Ryback/Rowan.
We recap the Miz/Naomi/Jimmy Uso stuff from Monday. Miz apologized to Jimmy on Main Event and asked if Jimmy was mad that Miz could do more for Naomi's career than Jimmy ever could.
Cesaro/Tyson Kidd vs. New Day
Woods/Kingston here. Woods tags out less than five seconds in so Kofi can sunset flip Cesaro for two. Cesaro drives Kofi into the corner so Kidd can hammer him down. Kingston easily fights out of a chinlock and cleans house, including the Boom Drop on Tyson. Trouble in Paradise misses but the SOS gets two. Everything breaks down and a Demolition Decapitator with a Woods top rope stomp instead of an Ax elbow is good for the pin on Kidd at 2:45.
New Day celebrates when the Dusts pop up on screen. Stardust wants to know why the three of them are thinking this will be any different when they've tried the same things over and over again. They're heading for a black hole (seriously) where light can never escape. The positive message means nothing to Goldust and there will be no new day. Woods says darkness will not prevail because there is no force in the cosmos that can hold them back. Kofi says the New Day is about unity and they'll take the Dusts on any time. Big E. goes into full on preacher mode and promises to make them feel the power of the New Day.
Naomi is very happy with a bouquet of flowers. She thanks Jimmy for them but he didn't send her any flowers. Apparently she never thought to read the card because they're an apology from Miz. Jimmy smashes the vase.
We get a clip from Main Event with Swagger making it his mission to take the US Title from Rusev.
Dean Ambrose vs. Rusev
Non-title. Before the match, Dean says he really enjoyed destroying the rocking chair on Monday. Maybe Bray's grandmother used to read Baby Bray stories from that chair. Or maybe he just saw it at Cracker Barrel and liked it. Not that it matters because at TLC, Dean is going to break Wyatt into more pieces than he broke that chair. Lana and Rusev come out with the blonde saying the match won't be happening, thanks to Jack Swagger.
We see a clip from Raw of Swagger going after Rusev, which Lana calls persecution. Rusev promises to snap every bone in Jack's body, just like he did to Zeb Colter. Dean tells Lana to stop with the flirtatious eyes because he's going to fight the Russian. He goes after Rusev but gets jumped from behind by Wyatt. Dean fights back as Bray goes to get a chair but Wyatt sends him into the steps. He gets the chair and puts it against Dean's throat before driving the chair into the steps. Medics check on Dean as Bray has a disturbing smile on his face. Ambrose does a stretcher job.
Jey Uso vs. Miz
Before the match, Miz wants to know what's up with Jimmy. Is he really that insecure and jealous? Miz is just trying to pass along the kind of help that made people like Kate Upton and Selena Gomez. The agent has been watching her on Total Divas and thinks she's a star in the making because she's hot with a voluptuous body.
The Usos come out with no special entrance and we're ready to go. Jimmy tries to come in soon after the bell but gets ejected for his efforts. We get our first contact over a minute in with Miz driving a knee into Jey's ribs. It's already off to a chinlock but Jey quickly fights up and nails a Samoan drop. Mizdow comes in for a distraction though and the Skull Crushing Finale is enough to pin Jey at 2:25.
Brie Bella vs. Naomi
AJ Lee and Nikki are both at ringside with the former on commentary. We look at AJ fighting both Bellas on Monday. AJ: “It's great therapy to punch a Bella in the face.” Brie nails a dropkick for an early two as Nikki sits on the steps and taunts AJ with the belt. A clothesline gets two for Brie and we hit the chinlock. AJ says she was Divas Champion for so many days that it was a common law marriage. Naomi tries what looked to be Rey Mysterio's sitout bulldog but Brie falls backwards instead. AJ prevents Nikki from interfering and Naomi rolls Brie up for the pin at 2:34.
Santino is in the back, talking about how hard it is to be in charge. If anyone understands what that means, it's....the Bunny. Apparently Santino's grandmother calls him at 3am to ask him how to fix the clock on the microwave.
Rollins and Show are ready for their match thanks to a Kane pep talk. Show says they're not friends but he needs to get through this match to get to TLC.
Ryback/Erick Rowan vs. Seth Rollins/Big Show
Rowan and Rollins get things going with Seth being launched across the ring. Rollins bails to the corner but actually doesn't tag. Rowan does though as it's Ryback's turn to hammer away in the corner. He misses a charge though and Seth drives in some elbows to the head, only to be driven across the ring with ease. Seth runs him over again though and we take a break. Back with Big Show headbutting Ryback and elbowing him in the back of the head. Ryback fights out of a chokeslam attempt and makes the hot tag to Rowan.
Things speed up with Rowan nailing a bunch of clotheslines to put Show down, only to have the Stooges offer a distraction so Big Show can take over. We settle down to Rollins driving knees into Erick's head before it's back to Show for a snapmare of all things. A DDT gets two on Erick but Show misses the elbow. The real hot tag brings in Ryback to clean house, but Rollins counters a swinging Rock Bottom into a crucifix for two in a nice counter.
The springboard knee to the head misses though and Ryback powerslams him down for two. The Stooges' distraction breaks up the Shell Shock and the knee to Ryback's head gets two. Seth misses a Curb Stomp and eats a spinebuster, only to have Kane get on the apron. Rollins enziguris Ryback down as Kane gets ejected. The referee won't allow a tag to Big Show that he didn't see, leaving a protesting Rollins to eat the Meat Hook and Shell Shock for the pin at 14:43.
Rating: C. What is with WWE not letting Big Show or Kane do a job? You have Big Show right there and you have Rollins do a clean job instead? Anyway, it's nice to see Ryback get a pin but he lost a lot of momentum at Survivor Series. The match was your standard main event tag without anything to make it interesting but it was a fine way to finish a show.
Overall Rating: C-. This was the run of the mill Smackdown with nothing worth seeing and very limited storyline development, but it's cool to see actual stories in the midcard other than the standard stuff you see every time. Thankfully there isn't much time left until TLC and we can get ready for the Rumble when things will actually pick up.
Dolph Ziggler b. Luke Harper via DQ when Harper kicked Ziggler low
New Day b. Cesaro/Tyson Kidd – Top rope double stomp/backbreaker combination to Kidd
Miz b. Jey Uso – Skull Crushing Finale
Naomi b. Brie Bella – Rollup
Ryback/Erick Rowan b. Big Show/Seth Rollins – Shell Shock to Rollins
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