WWE Smackdown Recap 4/23/2015: What is "Best for Business"
There's been an idea floating around the WWE for some time now from The Authority, and that is to do "what's best for business". Since Wrestlemania we've been witness to a slurry of exceedingly lame nights of RAW and Smackdown, and I won't lie, this week wasn't any better. Since I started covering Smackdown, I've been giving some serious thought to this concept The Authority keeps tossing around, this "best for business" thing. To be honest, I don't have an answer yet, but it's something to consider. As you watch WWE product, ask yourself "Is this best for business?"
Neville & Dolph Ziggler vs Bad News Barrett & Sheamus
Last week we saw Neville and Sheamus go at it, and Neville taking the win via disqualification. To feed off that and to hype the Ziggler/Sheamus "Kiss Me Arse" Match for Extreme Rules, we see this match of pint size faces and hulking heels. It can't be understated at this point that Neville is a phenom of epic proportions. If you ever see his name on the card, the match will always be one to watch. Neville & Ziggler take the win here, so it makes me wonder when they'll next have Sheamus win. Heels are only as good as the Universe despises them and to generate that distaste, the heels need to say shady, shitty one-liners and stomp faces.
Bray Wyatt being Bray Wyatt
More evidence that Wyatt is a creepy cajun, hillbilly shaman.
Naomi vs Natalya
Oh great, another Divas match. I could get behind #GiveDivasAChance if there was some decent wrestling in the division. The lack of Paige is a serious downer in a division that is extraordinarily weak. Naomi beats Natalya and is adopting a "No Nonsense" attitude towards the division. Which is cool, I guess?
Also, it's worth pointing out that Naomi gave Natalya a post-match tune-up. Simply no class...
Ryback vs Rusev
This wasn't a show-stealing match, however, here we see Ryback dish it out to Rusev, which I'm always cool with. Rusev takes the via disqualification, but it's becoming quite apparent that heels are intentionally taking the loss via DQ to get out of an inevitable pin fall loss. Ryback definitely lays the wood to Rusev in this match. It's classic Ryback, and it's fun to see.
Kofi Kingston vs Cesaro
The situation the tag team division is fairly mediocre. Tyson Kidd & Cesaro are only dominant because the other tag teams are not offering up worthy challenges. I've said numerous times that the possibility of them being unseated is very real, and may take a new tag team to do it, OR, The New Day
sucks could do it at Xtreme Rules.
Kingston and Cesaro actually put on a fairly entertaining match and it pretty much solidified Kingston's spot in the tag team for Sunday.
Reigns & Ambrose vs. Harper & Rollins
I'm not sure how I feel about this match. I'll admit that it is totally worth watching if you missed, and thanks to Youtube, we can provide you the highlights so you don't have to sit through the entirety of Smackdown. This match ends in a Reigns/Ambrose win and it's a Reigns/Ambrose win that comes at the hand of Roman Reigns. It wreaks of the WWE trying to place Reigns in positions where the Universe can't help but cheer for him. I would not be surprised that in three months we see the WWE make another push for Reigns being the WWE Heavy Weight Champion. Regardless of how you feel about him though, this was a good match, mostly due to Dean Ambrose taking risks, and that is good for business.
If you missed Smackdown this past Thursday, it's cool, there wasn't anything spectacular that stood out, again. Thanks WWE....
Smackdown Rating: 3 out of 5 Luke Harper's Sweaty T-shirts