WWE Thursday Night Smackdown Recap/Review - 11/26/2015
Roman Reigns Promo
- Roman Reigns music hits and he makes his way down to the ring from the crowd. The announce team recaps what happened at Survivor Series where Reigns won the big one for the first time only to lose it to Sheamus several minutes later via Money in the bank cash in. I'm usually not a big fan of Reigns on the mic but i like how he started his promo talking about himself, Jimmy and Jey Uso all wrestling together as kids on a trampoline. Reigns was talking about his dreams of becoming WWE Champion when he was interrupted by the current WWE Champion Sheamus. Sheamus was great here, he just mocked the fact that Roman's first title reign was only 5 minutes and 15 seconds over and over. He was hot as hell getting some loud heat from the crowd while he was just laughing and embracing the moment. Roman ended the promo telling Sheamus what he will do to him at TLC as his music hits as Sheamus holds up his WWE Championship
- Roman Reigns has been putting in a lot of effort this past year in respect to his promos and I can see that. One year ago he felt a little shy and not that natural on the mic. One year later, his mic skills aren't the greatest and they're not as natural as his cousins Jimmy and Jey Uso but its clear to see that Reigns has made tremendous progress with his ability to cut a promo. He is a lot better with his facial expressions and actually feeling the emotions of the words he is saying which is what they need. Last year it was a little obvious he was reading off a script which makes all the viewers think they are being sold garbage because there's no realness or emotion. That being said, I think Roman has a lot more to learn but he will get better and he's well on his way.
- WWE has had a huge injury problem as of late; Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, Tyson Kidd are all on the shelf. John Cena is taking time off to host the first season a new show that will premier on FOX. Undertaker and Brock Lesnar are part-time at best. So this is really an interesting time for the WWE roster. Right now is the time for all the wrestlers in the locker room to step up and try their best to shine because WWE has so many talented wrestlers but not enough stars like Taker and Brock who can sell out any arena on any given night. I have faith that if the whole locker room steps up right now, stars will be born and I'm banking Kevin Owens will be one of them. Sheamus is doing great and he really stepped up on short notice when Rollins got injured and WWE needed a new champ. He gets a lot of heat from the crowd and he knows how to really embrace it as a heel. Going forward, if I were WWE I would book Sheamus as a very dominant champion. I would give Sheamus some squash matches but keep his TV wrestling time limited and just make him a badass bully who kicks some serious arse. This way, it will make Sheamus a much more over act and a very legit main eventer at any given time. Sheamus is one badass dude and a very stiff wrestler, I would love to see Brock Lesnar vs. Sheamus in the future because I think Sheamus can bring one hell of a fight to the beast.
Match #1: The Dudley Boyz defeated The Wyatt Family (Eric Rowan and Braun Strowman) by disqualification
- To start off the action we have some tag team competition between The Dudley Boyz and The Wyatt Family just like we did on Monday Night Raw, however tonight we have the two other Wyatt Family members in action. The match was about 6 to 7 minutes in length and there was some decent tag team wrestling including The Dudley Boyz connecting with a nice double suplex, reverse 3D and even teasing a 3D through a table. The match ended with outside interference when Luke Harper entered the ring and nailed Bubba with a superkick after the Dudleyz set up a table in the ring. I was interested in seeing Braun Strowman in action because he has been getting very limited wrestling time. Braun is originally a strongman and he has actually got 1st place in several strongman competitions, he signed with WWE in May 2013 and has trained at the performance center until he debuted earlier this year. He seems pretty green in the ring, he was booked to dominate Bubba for a while which was a good role for him because of his greatly dominant physique. He got to work some basics with a veteran team and he also connected with a good body slam on Bubba.
- After the match was a total beat down where Braun knocked D-Von out with a standing triangle choke right before Luke Harper and Eric Rowan put Bubba through a table with a nice double chokeslam. The segment ended with the Wyatt's standing tall a lot similar to Monday night which is interesting because they are being booked to dominate the Dudleyz via the numbers game because this beat down is 4 vs. 2. I think it was a good decision to have The Dudley Boyz win tonight because the Wyatt's got the win when Bray was in action on Monday night. If I were WWE, since TLC is the next PPV and the first ever TLC matches were actually triple threat tag team matches featuring The Dudley Boyz I would book a triple threat tag team TLC match at the PPV with The New Day vs. The Uso's vs. The Dudley Boyz for the tag titles. The skill level and potential of that match would be amazing, during the match The Wyatt's can interfere and screw the Dudleyz out of the tag titles and New Day retains because they are one of the hottest things on television right now. This way WWE can continue the Wyatt and Dudley Boyz feud with a table's match down the road and The Uso's can continue to chase the titles. This would call for some great competition in the tag division because the division itself is very solid right now with these 4 teams.
Match #2: Paige defeats Becky Lynch by pinfall
- Divas action is up next with Paige facing off with Becky Lynch. This match lasted about 5 minutes and it was a solid back and forth wrestling match with an unfortunately botched finished. Paige connected with some vicious knees to the face and even a fallaway slam which resembled shades of Razor Ramon. Becky Lynch hit a nice exploder suplex near the finish. The finish of the match was booked for Paige roll up Becky Lynch and get the 3 count by using the ropes for extra leverage for the roll up pin. However, this was slightly miscalculated and the roll up was further from the ropes than expected. It was clear that the ending was botched because Paige in fact did not get to the ropes for any leverage.
- I am pretty happy they did not have this match on Raw because the botch was pretty significant and not something these women would want to have done on WWE's flagship show. These two women have been wrestling the majority of their lives and this was just a case of an unlikely botched finish by two veterans in the ring. Paige seems like she is still #1 Contender for the Divas Championship because of the clear footage that Charlotte's Figure Eight was not clean and because Charlotte was watching this match very closely. WWE might choose to go with a triple threat and add Sasha Banks because she is one of the most over divas in the division right now. If I were WWE, I would keep Becky as a face but add some conflict between her and Charlotte so they can build up to a big 4 way elimination match for the Divas title with these women down the road.
Match #3: Jack Swagger defeats US Champion Alberto Del Rio by disqualification
- United States Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger is up next after a hilarious cut scene with The New Day and Team BAD getting ready for Thanksgiving and Xavier was dressed up as the Gobbledy Gooker! Zeb Colter and Alberto Del Rio cut a promo on Jack and acknowledge his history with Zeb. This match was only about 3 minutes, Jack Swagger teased an attack on Zeb Colter at ringside while Alberto nailed Swagger in the back with a steel chair to get himself disqualified from the bout. After the match, Alberto and Swagger took the fight back into the ring where Swagger got the upper hand and beat down Alberto with the same steel chair that Alberto brought into the ring. Swagger hit Alberto several times before he was able to get away. Sadly, it looks like this feud is going to continue.
- I am not a huge fan of Jack Swagger, although this match was not too bad probably because it was really short in length. Alberto did hit a pretty nice DDT and the finish was climactic, although I feel like Jack Swagger has been irrelevant for so long that there's no way he's getting the US Championship from Del Rio. Since John Cena left to film the new show he is hosting on FOX I feel like the US Championship has been the most irrelevant title on television. Jack Swagger is literally going to be a place holder in this feud who will put Del Rio over while Del Rio waits for John Cena to return. I think there are better things WWE can do with the US title at the moment, I would have Ziggler win the title from Alberto and feud Breeze for the championship. That way we can have a heated feud for the US title while Kevin Owens can continue having a great IC title reign.
Match #4: The Lucha Dragons defeat The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Big E) by pinfall
- The tag team champions are in action next as they battle The Lucha Dragons. The Uso's were shown backstage running into The Gobbledy Gooker before this match, they knew it was just Xavier Woods and they emphasized having a plan for the Gobbledy Gooker. This match was close to 5 minutes in length. Kofi Kingston rolled up Kalisto and got his feet on the ropes for leverage but the Gobbledy Gooker knocked his feet off the ropes which lead to Kalisto hitting Salida de Sol and picking up a pinfall victory over the tag team champions. This is a huge victory for the Lucha Dragons, arguably the biggest victory in their career so far.
- After the match, Jimmy Uso shows up with Xavier Woods in his boxers and his hands tied up being held hostage. Kofi and Big E are overly confused until the Gobbledy Gooker takes off his mask and it was actually Jey Uso this whole time. That means that Jey Uso was actually twerking alongside Big E and Kofi on the ring apron! The Uso's and Lucha Dragons enter the ring and clean house, Xavier Woods takes a beautiful superkick from Jimmy and a big splash from Jey dressed up as the Gobbledy Gooker. Xavier played his part perfectly from his body language to his facial expressions he was simply priceless. Overall this was a good comedy segment and the underdogs picked up a huge win over the tag team champions
- It seems like WWE is going for a triple threat match for the tag team titles with New Day vs. Usos vs. Lucha Dragons. I would book The Dudley Boyz in this match instead of the Lucha Dragons just because at this time I feel like The Dudley Boyz are the stronger tag team and they would be very fitting to be in a triple threat tag team title match at the TLC PPV. The TLC match first originated in the tag team division when wrestling was in the golden era, in fact the first several TLC matches were all tag team matches for the tag titles. For some reason, over the years the TLC match has been less of a tag team match and it became more of a singles match. If WWE is going for a triple threat tag team title match at the TLC PPV, I hope they pull the trigger on a TLC match or at least a triple threat ladder match for the tag team titles because that would be a great way to spice up the tag team division right now.
Match #5: Dean Ambrose defeats Tyler Breeze and Dolph Ziggler in a triple threat match and becomes the #1 Contender for the Intercontinental Championship
- The main event of the night is a triple threat match to determine the new number one contender for the Intercontinental Championship with the challengers Dolph Ziggler, Dean Ambrose and Tyler Breeze. The Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens makes his way ringside first to call the match at the announce table. This was a great triple threat match with many near falls and a lot of suspense. This match had a few good spots as well including a superkick from Ziggler outside the ring to an upside down Dean Ambrose who was going for his signature clothesline but got caught and held in between the ropes by Tyler Breeze. That was very well done, just as the double cross body by Ziggler and Ambrose sandwiching Tyler Breeze which looked very stiff. Dolph Ziggler actually called for his superkick by stomping in the corner of the ring which is identical to how Shawn Michaels used to call for the Sweet Chin Music. Dolph has recently started calling his superkick this way resembling Shawn Michaels which I think is great for Dolph because he reminds me of a modern day HBK and I think he should use the superkick as his finisher rather than the Zig Zag. I feel like the superkick finisher is exactly what Dolph needs to get himself to the WWE Championship once again. The end of this match got very suspenseful with a Supermodel kick to Ambrose followed by a superkick to breeze and a near fall. Ziggler hit Dean with a Zig Zag and it looked like he was going to win the match but Breeze breaks the count and gives Dolph a beauty shot. Breeze sets up Ziggler for the Unprettier, Breeze turns around but before he can perform the Unprettier he falls into the Dirty Deeds by Ambrose and Ambrose secures the pinfall to win the match. After the match Dean gets in Kevin Owens face, stares him down and even pushes him back into his seat. Kevin Owens walks away as Dean's music hits because he knows that cooler heads will prevail.
- Dean Ambrose winning this match was the right call, it keeps the Intercontinental Championship red hot right now. The Intercontinental Championship is starting to feel more prestigious now similar to how it did back in the day when it was the work horse's title and it was held by wrestlers like Shawn Michaels, The Rock and Stone Cold. I think Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens for the IC title is smart because these are two guys who are reaching for the brass ring. The Intercontinental Championship is supposed to be a step closer to reaching the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and I can see with this feud that WWE finally realizes that again. Kevin Owens and Dean Ambrose are both future WWE World Heavyweight Champions so this is one of the best things WWE could do with the IC belt at the moment. Although it would be sick to see Ziggler go after Kevin Owens' IC belt, it seems like Ziggler has some unfinished business with Breeze right now and Ambrose was the right call to win this match.