Matt’s Smackdown Recap 8/29/14

Bray says hey. [Photo courtesy of]
Bray says hey. [Photo courtesy of]
WWE: Smackdown
August 29, 2014
Ontario, CA
Citizens Business Bank Arena

The current WWE champs are as follows:
WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Brock Lesnar (8/17/2014)
WWE Intercontinental Champion: Dolph Ziggler (8/17/2014)
WWE U.S. Champion: Sheamus (5/5/2014)
WWE Divas Champion: Paige (8/17/2014)
WWE Tag Team Champions: The Usos (3/3/2014)

Hope everyone is enjoying their Labor Day weekend!

Your hosts are Tom Phillips, Michael Cole, and JBL.

–      Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt (w/Luke Harper & Erick Rowan)

Feels like a main event match down the line somewhere. Total brawl as Bray knocks Reigns out to the floor as Harper and Rowan surround him. Reigns fights out of a chinlock. He fails to get the Samoan Drop on the first try, but stops Wyatt up top and brings him down with the move. Here starts the comeback. Reigns ducks Harper’s lariat and hits the sliding dropkick on the apron to Bray. Anyways, now both Harper and Rowan jump Reigns for the DQ. (4:30) Big Show and Mark Henry head out to help clean house on the Wyatt family. If you saw this whole thing coming and knew the main event would get switched to a six-man tag team match, then you’re less of an idiot than I thought you were. *½

–      Rob Van Dam vs. Seth Rollins

Rematch from Main Event where RVD won by countout. A boat load of kicks are traded between these two to start. Rolling Thunder misses, but so does the Five Star Frog Splash. Rollins can’t hit the Curb Stomp, but he can drill RVD with an enziguri for two. They fight up on the top rope as Rollins counters a superplex and busts out the Buckle Bomb from corner to corner. Not just one of them, but TWO of them. Rollins finally scores with the Curb Stomp for the win. (4:45) Fun little match here. **½

They take us back to this past week on Raw with the Bella twins airing their private problems in front of millions watching on TV around the world. For all the details and much more, check out McGinn’s Raw Recap. I’m enjoying Dan McGinn, but what happened to Scott Criscuolo? Not enough Triple H on the show lately?

–      Non-title match: WWE Divas Champion Paige vs. Emma

Emma should change her finisher name to Sixth-Degree Larceny. It just sounds cool to me. Scorpion Crosslock takes care of Emma fairly quick in 1:00.

Out comes AJ Lee with a heart-shaped box of chocolates. Are they laced with date rape drugs or just some laxatives? I guess we will never find out as Paige spits the chocolate into the box before skipping back to the locker room. AJ doesn’t seem too concerned about it though. Maybe she gets the strong stuff.

–      Submission Match: Jack Swagger vs. Rusev (w/Lana)

Both guys still selling ribs and ankles from their previous encounters. Swagger works the ankle at every chance he gets. He connects with the Swagger Bomb, but of course that affects the ribs. Rusev tries the anklelock, but Swagger then counters into the Patriot Lock. Rusev makes the ropes and kicks Swagger’s head off. Rusev applies the Accolade and just as Swagger stands up out of the hold, a towel gets thrown into the ring. Next thing we know, Bo Dallas trips up Swagger from behind and Rusev pulls back on the Accolade for the tapout win. (7:00 shown) Good stuff; now where do they go from here? Bo Dallas says he wouldn’t have had to throw in the towel for Swagger if he had just learned to bolieve. A battered Swagger lunges at Bo Dallas and takes a Bo Dog for his efforts. **½

Backstage, the Miz is busy on the phone with his agent when he blows off whoever is tapping on his shoulder. Oh, it’s DOO Kane. Because he was so rude, Kane books him in a match to face Sheamus tonight.

–      Jimmy Uso (w/Jey Uso) vs. Stardust (w/Goldust)

Before the bell, Goldust apologizes to the Usos for what they did to them this past week on Raw. Next thing you know before this really gets going, Jimmy sneaks a rollup on Stardust for the win. (1:00) Afterwards, the Dust brothers do a number on the Usos and clear them out of the ring. ¼*

–      WWE U.S. Champion Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow (w/The Miz)

To prevent the Money Maker from taking a Brogue Kick tonight, Miz has talked Sandow (aka Miz-dow) into being his stunt double and taking his place. Shouldn’t Kane have something to say about this? Sandow knocks Sheamus down a few times, but Sheamus mounts his comeback and lands White Noise for the win. (2:00) Miz hits-and-runs Sheamus, but Dolph Ziggler runs out and tosses Miz back into the ring. Sheamus tries a Brogue Kick on Miz, but he ducks and Sandow gets nailed as Miz makes his escape. That Sandow is a stunt double to the end. ½*  

–      The Big Show, Mark Henry & Roman Reigns vs. The Wyatt Family

Big brawl to start. In the ring, Show busts out a SUNSET FLIP to Rowan. JBL calls it a solar system flip. That is pretty amazing and Rowan is probably the only guy that would make that even the least bit believable. Show and Henry are dominant to start until Rowan distracts Henry so that Harper can drop him with a dropkick. Commercials! When we come back, Show gets the hot tag. He’s quickly cooled off though when he tries to Chokeslam Rowan. Harper keeps Show grounded with a chinlock. Tag to Wyatt, he delivers a DDT for two. Rowan splashes Show and cranks on his neck. Back to the Harper chinlock, but Show stands up and falls back on top of him. Show finally makes the hot tag to Reigns. He is in untouchable mode and clotheslines all the Wyatts. Superman Punch to Harper! Cover, 1-2-NO! Rowan makes the save, but then receives a Chokeslam from Show. World’s Strongest Slam to Wyatt! Harper starts booting down people and tosses Reigns in for the Discus Lariat, but Reigns comes back with the Spear for the win. (12:30 shown) Everybody worked hard and put together a fun match. Not sure that it will mean anything in following weeks though. ***¼

Makes me wonder just how devoted Roman Reigns fans really are if this was the best celebration camera shot WWE directors could find, don't you think?
Makes me wonder just how devoted Roman Reigns fans really are if this was the best celebration camera shot WWE directors could find, don’t you think?

Roman Reigns, the Big Show, and Mark Henry stand tall to close out the show. Until next week, so long for now.