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Smackdown - May 7, 2015

Date: May 7, 2015
Location: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Commentators: Byron Saxton, Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

We had a twist on Monday as Dean Ambrose was added to the fatal fourway at the pay per view for the World Title. While it's likely that Ambrose was added to the match for the sake of taking the fall, he does add a fresh energy to the match that we haven't seen so far. This show has a lot to live up to after Monday's Raw. Let's get to it.

We open with a recap of Ambrose being added to the title match on Monday. Tonight we have a fourway contract signing.

Opening sequence.

Jerry Lawler is in the ring to open the show with an interview with the freshly crowned King Barrett. The new king doesn't think much of Lawler because he just likes to call himself a king. Barrett on the other hand defeated three men in twenty four hours to prove his royal worth. If Lawler wants to be in the same ring with him, he must say ALL HAIL KING BARRETT.

Lawler can't get any responds in before Barrett says Jerry is from the trailer parks of Memphis with that other fake king Elvis Pressley. Jerry won't say the words so Barrett threatens a Bull Hammer. Cue Dolph Ziggler to call Barrett a Renaissance fair reject. A match is set up right now.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Bad News Barrett

The King gets two off an early snap suplex and knee drop but Dolph dropkicks him out to the floor as we take an early break. Back with Dolph fighting out of a chinlock but getting kicked in the face for two more. Off to a double arm crank before Winds of Change gets yet another near fall. There's the Fameasser for two but Sheamus runs in for the DQ at 6:29. Not enough show to rate but it was just there to set up the next match.

Neville runs out for the save and it's time for a tag match.

Dolph Ziggler/Neville vs. Bad News Barrett/Sheamus

This is joined in progress with Sheamus driving Neville's back into the apron and kicking him hard in the face. The Irish Curse gets two and it's off to the King for another backbreaker. Neville tries to fight up but gets kicked in the face. There's something so awesome about just kicking a guy in the face to put him down. We hit the chinlock from Sheamus before Neville breaks out of the ten forearms to the chest.

Sheamus is sent shoulder first into the post and it's hot tag to Ziggler. Dolph fights off the UK contingent and hits the running DDT for two on Barrett. A superkick gets the same but Ziggler has to duck a Brogue Kick. Neville's flip dive takes Sheamus down and Neville is right back up to break Barrett's rollup with feet on the ropes (like any evil monarch should do). The Zig Zag gives Ziggler the pin over Barrett at 5:45 shown.

Rating: C. We were just kidding ourselves when we thought this was leading somewhere new for Barrett. He hasn't even been king two weeks yet and he's already getting pinned in a tag match. This is a match that really should have gone to a countout or DQ instead of having any of the four getting pinned. Let them fight another day so the pin can mean something more, or maybe have Ziggler, the most expendable of the four, take the fall.

Ambrose calls himself the chaos theory in the Authority's equation. He's the last guy you want in the match because he's the last guy walking out with the title.

Luke Harper vs. Fandango

This should be painful. Harper teases some Fandangoing before the match and then boots Fandango in the face. Fandango scores with some dropkicks but Harper shrugs off a DDT. The big man nails a superkick of his own and the discus lariat is good for the pin on the dancer at 1:33.

Post match Erick Rowan comes out and beats up Fandango as well. It's not like either has done anything in a few months so why not let them be a team again?

Here's a smiling Lana with something to say. Before she can get there though, she takes the time to soak in a Lana chant. She asks them to stop though as the chants anger Rusev. This brings out the man himself to send Lana to the back while he gets the real work done. In this case that's the same promo he's done about Cena for months now, as he promises to make Cena quit at Payback. This somehow takes two minutes and various Russian to accomplish.

Roman Reigns says he's been Orton's rival forever and he hates Rollins, so the only person he can like in the ring is Ambrose. The quicker he signs tonight, the faster he can punch his way to the title. This is the kind of short, to the point promo that Reigns needs to stick with. There isn't time for him to say something stupid and it stayed on point.

New Day vs. Cesaro/Tyson Kidd/???

It's mystery partner time. Kidd/Cesaro have recruited.....Ryback. There are worse options out there. Ryback and Kingston get things going but Kofi has to stop to call off the NEW DAY SUCKS chants. They actually trade hammerlocks to start until Ryback hits an atomic drop so Kidd can nail a dropkick for two. Off to Woods but Cesaro tags himself in to nail a clothesline for two of his own.

In a cool spot, Ryback and Cesaro hit delayed verticals on Big E. and Woods. At the same time, Kidd comes in for a suplex of his own but does a snap instead. All three guys get in on the NEW DAY SUCKS stomps on Woods but he's still able to escape the Sharpshooter. New Day winds up on the floor and all three get flattened by dives and clotheslines as the fans are WAY into Ryback and Cesaro/Kidd. Big E. finally drives Kidd into the apron and barricade a few times to take over. Back from a break with Woods jumping in with a tornado DDT for two on Kidd.

Big E. sends Tyson flying with a suplex but Xavier misses a charge in the corner. Kofi tries to break up the hot tag but Kidd gets to Ryback, who immediately cleans house. Everything breaks down and Cesaro does his running uppercuts spot and loads up the Swing, drawing in Big E. for the save. Instead Cesaro dropkicks Kofi down and the Andre/Snuka splash position sets up Kidd's elbow drop on Kingston. Everything breaks down and Ryback stalks Woods up the the lights go out. No one appears but Big E. runs Ryback over. In the distraction, Kofi rolls Kidd up and grabs trunks for the pin at 12:49.

Rating: B. New Day does indeed rock and they're really gelling in the ring. You couple that with a team like Cesaro/Kidd and someone who is figuring out how to be the wrecking ball in Ryback and you have a really solid match. The Wyatt stuff was fine as it gives you an out to end the match without anyone looking bad. Good stuff here as these guys just get better and better every week.

Orton says his strategy for the pay per view hasn't changed because he's going to take out anyone he has to in order to become champion. One of the members of Shield goes down tonight.

Naomi vs. Emma

Naomi and Tamina's inset interview talks about how they're going to remind everyone what they can do. Emma gets sent into the corner to start but does the same to Naomi for an early near fall. A neckbreaker into a nipup puts Emma back down though and a dropkick gets two. Some rollups get more near falls for Emma but the Rear View is enough for the pin at 3:26.

Rating: D+. Just a squash as Emma has somehow fallen even further down the ladder since Santino left. She's a perfect example of someone who got over in NXT and was completely wasted on the main roster. I know there were outside circumstances, but there was no future for her when she was turned into just another smiling Diva with no distinct personality.

Tamina superkicks Emma for good measure.

Tough Enough videos.

Rollins says this is his title and thinks Kane sounds desperate when he tries to take credit for any of Rollins' success. Seth has the mind that Kane will never have and it drives him crazy.

Los Matadores vs. Lucha Dragons

New gear for the Dragons. Kalisto and Fernando start and we're in a chinlock 22 seconds after the bell. Thankfully Kalisto gets up after half a second and headlocks Fernando down before it's off to Cara for a slingshot hilo. Diego comes in with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for two but Cara finally comes back with a springboard double cross body. He tries a headstand in the corner but gets kicked down to the floor, allowing Torito to get in a cheap shot as we take a break. In this match?

Back with Cara slamming Fernando down and making the hot tag to Kalisto for a cross body of his own. The twisting cross body puts Diego down and the short hurricanrana does the same. Kalisto's handspring into a spinning kick to the head stuns Fernando again, allowing Cara to small package him for the pin at 8:25. There was no need for a break in this match.

Rating: C. I would say this is a passing of the torch but Los Matadores have been in the dark since they debuted. The Lucha Dragons are far better in the role anyway and can get the crowd going with the LUCHA LUCHA LUCHA chants. Not a great or even good match but the fans were into the Dragons.

Los Matadores blame Torito for the loss.

Kane is here to emcee the contract signing. After a brief intro, he calls out all four participants as this is already taking a long time. Seth chills on the stage, prompting Ambrose to call him Justin Bieber. I really, really hope that isn't foreshadowing the appearance of that horrible person. Seth mocks Reigns' lack of speaking ability so Reigns has a sentence for him: He's going to sign this contract and then take Seth's head off. The fans chant for Randy and all three challengers sign.

Seth wants Kane to sign for him but Kane says do it yourself. Mercury is told to bring the contract to Rollins, but Seth would rather insult everyone instead of signing. Apparently Roman used to call Ambrose a Roddy Piper knockoff and Reigns can sign autographs better than he can wrestle. Orton is spoiled and only here because of his old man. Seth finally gets inside and signs and hands them to Kane, who he refers to as Mr. Obsolete.

We get the same argument for the 193rd time but Ambrose moves the table out of the way. “We all know how this is going to end anyway so I call dibs on the table.” The brawl is on with Ambrose throwing the chairs over the top, and hitting Noble in the head. Rollins dropkicks Reigns into Ambrose but has to bail from an RKO. Dean and Roman get into it but it's the RKO to Ambrose, Superman Punch to Orton and springboard knee to Reigns to leave Rollins standing tall to end the show.

Overall Rating: C. The long ending segment didn't do much for me, but even worse is that I can barely remember what happened on this show two hours after it started. Looking back it wasn't bad, but there's no staying power to this episode. When your big moments are Erick Rowan turning heel again and the Lucha Dragons splitting up with their mascot, it's clearly just a filler show. You really shouldn't need one of those with three weeks between pay per views.

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  1. I'm too lazy to dig up my post, but I totally had the over/under for Barrett's first job being tonight. Result is a push. Hail to the king. Aaaaaaaand scene.

  2. Time to shit or get off the pot with the Kane/Rollins stuff. They've been teasing it long enough now.

  3. TJ: Just read WWE is apparently doing an Owen Hart documentary. Never thought I'd see that.

  4. Rollins was shooting from the hip tonight apparently.

  5. I wonder who initiated that. Was it Martha, did Triple H approach her, did Vince, was it something else entirely. It will be interesting to hear how it happened.

  6. Didn't they start teasing it just before the last pay per view? Its only been like a month MAYBE a month and a half but aren't we always bitching things happen to fast? I'm enjoying it unless it ends up with Kane staying heel.

  7. The Polish HammerMay 8, 2015 at 6:18 AM

    As Miz/Sandow proved, you have to tease the endgame for at least nine months, and then deliver it in the most underwhelming way possible once no one cares any more.

  8. Battle Kat LitterMay 8, 2015 at 6:19 AM

    Wade Barrett:

    job, job, job, job, job, job, job, win Intercontinental Title, job, job, job, job, job, job, job, job, job, job, job, job, job, win King of the Ring, job, job, job, job, job, job, job

  9. I'm digging New Day as heels. It's actually nice to see heels who actually act and wrestle (cheat) like heels instead of the usual WWE heels who act and wrestle like faces but are heels only because the WWE tells us that we are supposed to boo them.

  10. Jeremy RinehartMay 8, 2015 at 6:42 AM

    Yeah, they're a breath of fresh air

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  12. I wouldn't be surprised if they do the usual midcard champions losing a match but with Xavier wrestling with one of his partners. While all three them claim to be the champions every chance they get after they get defeated they'll remind everyone that they didn't beat the champs since Kofi and Big E did not wrestle that match as a team.

  13. I thought stardust/goldust did that.

  14. What a difference a month makes too.

  15. Well there goes torito.

  16. I hope the Kidd/Cesaro vs. New Day feud lasts until SummerSlam, if not longer

  17. Wait, the Lucha Dragons split with their mascot too? I didn't even know they had one.


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