WWE Smackdown Recap 2/5/2015: Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!
This week's Smackdown was actually pretty damn awesome. There was plenty to see and plenty of story content. Just flat out great entertainment, so let's take a look at some of the highlights.
So everything started with an edition of Miz TV where The Miz was going to talk with Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns about the controversy surrounding their match up at Fastlane. As someone who generally dislikes the doucheyness of The Miz, Reigns coming out and in a "No Fucks Given" attitude blindsiding The Miz with a Superman punch then attempting to start the Reigns/Bryan Fastlane match 2 weeks early was just great. However, Seth Rollins comes out and after running his mouth about how good he is, informs Bryan of a 3 on 1 Handicap match he's been challenged to with J&J Security and Rollins.
Dolph Ziggler & Ryback vs Gold & Stardust
This was actually a fairly good tag team match. The Gold/Stardust drama from last week is still present as at the end of the match Gold calls Stardust "Cody" during the match, and Stardust just exits, leaving Golddust high and dry. The deterioration of their relationship can only end in a Golddust vs Stardust match, it's just a matter of time before one of them breaks.
Just a note on Ziggler and Ryback, Gold/Stardust drama a side, these two guys are looking dominant. Since I got back into watching I continuously look for things that seem to pay homage or hearken back to the Attitude Era, and these two guys do in my opinion. I would actually really like to see a Ziggler/Ryback vs The Ascension match as soon as humanly possible.
Where Things Got a Little Stale
The next 3 matches were just kind of "meh" for me. Curtix Axel vs Dean Ambrose, Fandango vs Adam Rose, and Erick Rowan vs Rusev. All of these matches just seemed to be place holders with no serious meaning, although we get a view of what form everyone is in.
Curtis Axel vs Dean Ambose
Axel is an idiot. Yes you got blindsided by Rowan at the Royal Rumble and didn't make it into the ring, but you were also the 6th entrant. You know what would've happened if you made it in the ring? Bray Wyatt would've thrown your ass out. #Axelmania? What a joke. Good on you Dean Ambrose. The lunatic is my pick for the Intercontinental Championship.
Fandango vs Adam Rose
My only question here is, "Why?" Yes, Fandango had an athletic performance, but I took nothing from this match other than the fact that these two guys are going to be midcard mainstays.
Erick Rowan vs Rusev
Now this had the making a good match, and all in all it was. It's great to see the big guys do things that are truly athletic and both Rowan and Rusev made a strong case for the United States Championship. Despite Rowan's loss, I'm sure we can look to him to try to ruffle some feathers in the future.
Paige vs Alicia Fox
Normally, I would say that I'm not a fan of Diva matches. To me it just seems superfluous, but this match was great. Paige is going to contesting the Divas Championship against Nikki Bella soon, and I actually can't wait. Paige won by submission which I haven't really seen as being a thing in the WWE, but then again this is only my third week back into. I have to say, Paige's submission is probably one of my favorites right now. That and the Sharpshooter.
The Miz vs Roman Reigns
Yes, you read that right. The Miz challenged Reigns after he got sucker punched. At first I was going to laugh this one off because I think The Miz is a douche and deserves to get his ass beat. However, I have to say The Miz showcased exactly why he had been a previous Wrestlemania headliner and it was actually rather refreshing to see him work with such passion.
The Devil Himself
Bray Wyatt is creepy as hell and his promos are even more messed up. If you listen carefully to what he's saying these promos might actually give you goosebumps. A Bray Wyatt vs The Undertaker match has to happen.
Seth Rollins and The Authority are going to catch some flack over this. Rollins continuously talks trash to Roman Reigns about how he won't face him 1 on 1. Well, if Rollins wants to face Reigns 1 on 1, why does he have to face Daniel Bryan 3 on 1? Why??? Either way, in classic Bryan fashion, he beats the odds and unfortunately, due to WWE's mediocre writing, it's easy to see a potential set up for Bryan possibly beating Reigns at Fastlane. Bryan is on a tear. Last week he beats Kane in a casket match, this week he beats Seth Rollins in a 3-on-1 (Not to mention he beat Rollins on Raw as well...). How is The Authority going to stop such a natural organic fan favorite?
I'm glad a mentioned Bryan beating Kane at last week's casket match, because for some reason (Can't be because The Authority is trying its damnedest to stick to Bryan and Reigns, right? Right??), Kane comes out and blindside assaults the Victorious Bryan outside the ring, drags him to the ring, then Kane, Rollins, and J&J lay down a 4-on-1 beating. What purpose does this serve than to build up Bryan and make Rollins into even more of heel?
All in all, this Smackdown was awesome. If you missed it, go watch it. Just for the initial Superman punch on The Miz.
Smackdown Rating: 4 out of 5 Sucker Punches