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Smackdown - October 11, 2013

Date: October 11, 2013
Location: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Commentators: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

The main story coming into tonight is Big Show being fired by Stephanie and then knocking out HHH to end Raw. In other words, certainly not the WWE Title picture. Big Show was way too happy on Raw, meaning there's something afoot with him that we don't know about yet. Other than that we have a Battleground rematch with Truth challenging Axel for the Intercontinental Title. Let's get to it.

The opening video recaps the Big Show/HHH/Stephanie events from Raw.

Here's Vickie Guerrero to open the show. We get a clip of Del Rio kissing her on Raw, only to earn him a title defense against Cena at the PPV. Vickie rants about Big Show knocking out HHH on Monday, saying that he already compromised the main event at Battleground. Big Show should have been fired long ago but now his problems have just begun. His house is already for sale which is what he deserves.

Del Rio comes out and doesn't look pleased. He begs Vickie to reconsider making him defend the title against Cena but the fans seem intrigued by the idea. Vickie says it's what's best for business so Del Rio sucks up to her a bit and flirts with her for good measure. Vickie says Del Rio should kiss her and the champion complies both on the cheek and lips, but she had another place in mind.

This brings out Damien Sandow to call Del Rio a phony. Alberto sees Vickie as a sex object that he can easily manipulate. Sandow says Vickie is beautiful but he's most attracted to her mind. She manipulates her way through life but Del Rio is out here trying to get out of a match with Cena that he knows he'll lose. That's not befitting of a champion and when given a chance, Sandow will prove he's the better man. Vickie makes Sandow vs. Del Rio for later. Alberto lays Damien out but Sandow fights back and chases the champion off. Sandow was acting much more neutral than heelish here but it wasn't a face turn.

Intercontinental Title: R-Truth vs. Curtis Axel

Axel takes the challenger into the corner to start and fires off chops, only to have Truth come back with some right hands. A hip toss gets two on Curtis and he bails to the floor for a chat with Heyman. Back in and Truth elbows Axel down for two as this is still in first gear. Axel knocks him out to the floor and we take an early break. Back with Truth fighting out of an armbar but getting taken down by a clothesline to the back of the head for two.

We hit the chinlock with Heyman coaching from the floor. Axel whispers some sweet spots into Truth's ear before the champion gets sent into the corner for the break. They very slowly slug it out until Truth speeds things up with clotheslines. A dropkick puts Axel down for two and a wheelbarrow slam gets two more. The ax kick gets the same but Curtis grabs the bottom rope. No heat on the near fall at all there. Truth thinks he won and the distraction allows Curtis to hit his neckbreaker faceplant to retain at 6:38 shown of 9:08.

Rating: D. This was a really boring match with neither guy showing much energy at all. Truth's biggest strength is his athleticism but he only had about two flashy moves in the whole match. It never felt like the title was in jeopardy and you don't want Curtis Axel carrying your match for you.

Los Locales vs. Los Matadores

Los Locales are Ricardo Rodriguez and Tyson Kidd under masks. Fernando starts with Kidd (Locale #1) to give us some decent flipping and diving spots. A double backdrop puts Kidd down and it's Diego chopping away in the corner. Diego headscissors Kidd down and it's off to Rodriguez and Fernando with more double teaming by the Matadores. Ricardo makes a blind tag and Kidd gets in a few cheap shots including a HARD kick to the back for two. Back to Rodriguez who misses a charge in the corner, allowing for the tag back to Diego to clean house. Heel miscommunication sets up the double Angle Slam to pin Ricardo at 3:45.

Rating: D+. I'm already over Los Matadores and I don't see them getting any better. They're a one idea team and those kind of acts rarely last long. They could benefit from some over the top vignettes but just doing the same stuff they're doing now isn't getting them anywhere.

Torito dives on Ricardo post match.

We get Shawn's campaign speech to be the guest referee inside the Cell.

Brie Bella/Funkadactyls vs. Natalya/Eva Marie/Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn returns. Brie and Natalya shake hands to start before Natalya easily takes her down by the leg. Brie counters into an armbar and then a half crab in some surprisingly nice mat wrestling. Nattie can't get the Sharpshooter and it's off to Eva who gets a quick one off a rollup. A wristlock drags Brie to the corner and it's off to Kaitlyn vs. Cameron. That goes nowhere so here's Naomi who gets speared down almost immediately. Everything breaks down and the Rear View takes out Natalya. Kaitlyn's rollup on Naomi is countered into another rollup for the pin for Naomi at 2:53. Above average Divas stuff here actually.

Post match the winners and Nikki dance a lot.

Cody Rhodes and Goldust say they beat the Shield and beat the odds, thanks to their dad putting himself in harm's way. Their welcome back to Smackdown tonight: the Wyatts.

Damien Sandow vs. Alberto Del Rio

Non-title. Sandow takes over to start and quickly stomps Del Rio out to the floor. Back in and Alberto kicks away for two before hitting a chinlock less than a minute into the match. Sandow pounds away even more, sending Alberto to the floor. The champion tries to walk out with the title but Sandow sends him into the apron and back into the ring. Back in and Del Rio kicks him down in the corner again for two more before hitting a top rope ax handle to the back for the same.

Back to the chinlock for a bit before Sandow backdrops Sandow up and over the corner and out to the floor. Sandow hits a quick suplex for two and the YOU'RE WELCOME shout gets a face reaction. Alberto comes back with kicks to the leg and forearms to the back of the head, only to miss a charge into the post. Sandown hits another clothesline to send Del Rio to the floor as we take a break.

Back with Del Rio dropkicking Sandown down because all he can do is kick in this match. Sandow avoids a charge and sends Alberto to the floor, only to catch Damien with a superkick to take over again. They head back inside for the Russian legsweep and the Wind-Up legsweep for two. Sandow lowers the knee pad but misses the knee drop, allowing Alberto to hit the low superkick for two.

A Codebreaker to the arm puts Sandow down but he counters the armbreaker into an Edge-O-Matic for two. The Terminus is countered into the Backstabber for two more but the corner enziguri misses. Sandow's running flip neckbreaker gets another near fall but he loses his cool, allowing Del Rio to kick him in the knee and hook the armbreaker for the submission at 11:38 shown of 14:38.

Rating: C+. This wasn't bad but Sandow's impending face turn needs to see him actually win a few matches. The fans like what's there with him but being a popular loser is only going to carry him so far. As I've said many times, he's desperately in need of a new finishing move as that neckbreaker isn't worth much at all.

The Raw ReBound covers the Big Show saga. Apparently HHH might have a broken jaw which would have to be wired shut. Big Show may be facing criminal charges as a result.

Great Khali/Prime Time Players vs. 3MB

Khali shoves Slater around to start before it's quickly off to Mahal. No mention is made of them being brothers in law but we do get to hear about Khali being a snake charmer. Some chops make Mahal scream before it's off to Young for a northern lights suplex for two. Cole talks about how 3MB is on a roll because they won a match on Main Event. JBL: “Barry Horowitz won a match too once.”

Off to Mahal who kicks Young in the chest for two before it's time for some triple teaming. Drew tells Darren to reach for his partners before stomping down on his fingers in a nice heel move. Darren finally gets in a shot to the ribs and makes the tag off to Titus. The power man cleans house and gets two on Mahal via a standing fallaway slam. Everything breaks down and the big chop from Khali pins Slater at 5:02.

Rating: D. This wasn't too bad but it felt like a filler match and nothing more, likely due to a lot of the roster being on the Abu Dhabi tour. The Players' push seems to be dead which shouldn't upset most people and really isn't all that big of a loss. 3MB is perfect for this role as the heels who lose almost all the time but really don't seem to mind.

Wyatt Family vs. Cody Rhodes/Goldust

Bray is the odd man out here but cuts a promo on screen before the entrance, talking about how people call him strange but the water around him is fine. Harper starts with Goldust and the painted one takes over with a quick clothesline. Off to Rowan who is still wearing the mask so Goldust does the deep breath and punches it off his face. Cody comes in to work on the arm but a hard shoulder block takes him down.

We take a break and come back with Cody sending Harper into the corner and making the tag off to Goldie. The painted one cleans house and rains down right hands in the corner on Luke but the bulldog is easily countered. Off to Rowan for a neck crank as Bray adjusts his hat on the floor. It's quickly back to Harper for a headlock before he misses a dropkick of all things. Luke still manages to break up the hot tag and pounds away with elbows in the corner to the golden jaw.

Back to Rowan for even more power on a hard whip into the corner. We hit the bearhug for a bit before Rowan takes him into the corner for some shots to the head. A charge hits Goldust's elbow but Erick breaks up another hot tag attempt. Bray gives a nod to Rowan as if to say it's time and there's a claw hold to Goldust. That goes nowhere since it's not 1984 anymore but Rowan misses a spinwheel kick, allowing Goldust to bulldog him down.

There's the hot tag off to Cody who cleans house with the Disaster Kick to Harper. Everything breaks down and Cody hits a great dive to the floor to take out Rowan, only to get kicked in the face by Harper. Back in and Cody grabs a rollup out of nowhere for the pin at 10:05 shown of 13:05.

Rating: B-. Standard tag team formula here but they worked it very well. Cody and Goldust are on fire at the moment and I can't imagine they won't get the tag title shot at the PPV. The Wyatts losing is ok since Bray is the one that matters in the grand scheme of things. Good stuff here.

Overall Rating: C-. The last part of the show was better but the first hour of this show was about as worthless as you could ask a show to be. The lack of star power due to the tour hurt this a lot but it wasn't a disaster. I like the idea of the Wyatts getting a crack in the main event, even though it's probably a one off shot for now. Not a bad show here but nothing worth going out of your way to see at all.

Make sure to check out Andy's PG Report of Raw on Monday when the entire roster will be back in action.

Curtis Axel b. R-Truth – Neckbreaker faceplant
Los Matadores b. Los Locales – Double Angle Slam to Locale #2
Funkadactyls/Brie Bela b. Kaitlyn/Eva Marie/Natalya – Rollup to Kaitlyn
Alberto Del Rio b. Damien Sandow – Cross Armbreaker
Great Khali/Prime Time Players b. 3MB – Chop to Slater
Cody Rhodes/Goldust b. Wyatt Family – Rollup to Harper

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  1. That was probably the first time ever that a tag match in WWE had all the participants (and managers) wearing masks. I like Los Matadores well enough though, mostly for El Torito but also for giving the Colons a forum to show off their wrestling skill.
    Also I was really impressed with Rowan here. Not so much for his move set but for making the bearhug spot look like it actually hurt.

  2. Im actually am starting to think los matadors is a decent gimmick. If they sell it all out and have good matches they could get over.

  3. They really should of used the song from the teaser promos, everyone would of been chanting the Ole bit from it the moment they debuted.

  4. Yup they need to spice up the theme song too

  5. Big Dick McGillicuttyOctober 11, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Sometimes I like to play devil's advocate, but they have no idea with what to do with Damien Sandow.

    Call me crazy, but surely an individual with a superior intellect could figure out how to win a wrestling match.

  6. I'm a sucker for heel/heel matches where both heels just try and out-heel each other. Del Rio/Sandow was no Roode/Aries, but it was pretty fun to watch.

    It feels early to unceremoniously job the Wyatts. I don't get that move at all. Couldn't they have used the Real Americans in this slot or did somebody on the writing team feel that the Wyatts needed to be humbled a bit, because that's what Best for Business, dammit!

  7. I think the problem this week is that a good chunk of the roster are overseas, so they didn't have a lot of options to utilise, but still needed a main event that felt like a main event, so to speak.

    I agree it was a bit crazy doing that with the Wyatts, but did they not do the same with the Shield as well, just randomly having them lose their first match (albeit via DQ) kinda out of nowhere?

  8. Unless you're trying to build a winning-streak storyline, I don't think one loss every now and then is bad for a new act. It's not like the Wyatts got squashed or lost to a going-nowhere team like Tons of Funk.

  9. Agreed. I was surprised they didn't go with the song they were using in the vignettes. And once they get established, mixing up the colors/styles of their outfits occasionally would be a nice touch.


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