Complete Report Card and Predictions Following WWE SmackDown for August 30

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistAugust 31, 2013

Complete Report Card and Predictions Following WWE SmackDown for August 30

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    Every week here on Bleacher Report, I will take an in-depth look at SmackDown, recapping all of the action, offering analysis and grading the matches, segments and anything else that takes place on the show, as well as provide some predictions on the direction of storylines.

    This week's show featured more of Triple H, Randy Orton and The Shield making Daniel Bryan's life a living hell, but there was more to it than just beating on Bryan.

    Miz and Dolph Ziggler were placed in matches after speaking out about what they saw on Raw, and Triple H forced Big Show to watch at ringside while forbidding him from getting involved in any of the action.

    Very few other feuds were touched upon since most of the matches involved people who spoke up against what Triple H did on Raw, but WWE has plenty of time to plan out Night of Champions.

    Let's get right into the show with MizTV and special guests Dolph Ziggler and Big Show.

MizTV

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    SmackDown opened up with MizTV, who brought out Big Show as his first guest. Dolph Ziggler came out as his second guest to a great reaction.

    Miz showed a clip of everyone watching Bryan get destroyed by The Shield. Big Show said watching Bryan be beaten down was one of the toughest thing he had ever watched.

    Triple H came out before anyone really had a chance to say anything. He kept reiterating that he did what was best for business, and the crowd chanted "You sold out!"

    Triple H put Ziggler in a handicap match against The Shield for later. He told Big Show that he had to sit at ringside and watch everything that happened tonight. He told Show that no matter what happens, he cannot get involved.

    Miz is last, and Triple H told him that he will be facing Randy Orton right away. This segment was actually very productive, even if nobody in it was particularly interesting.

    Triple H kept his heel turn going, Miz and Ziggler were given matches and Big Show was forced to watch everything that happened for the rest of the night from a chair at ringside.

    Nobody took a coconut to the head, but a storyline moved forward, which is always a good thing.

    Grade: C+

    Some notes from the segment:

    • Either Big Show has bronchitis, or he is trying to do his best Batman impression to replace Ben Affleck.
    • #BigShowForBatman Get this going.
    • It doesn't make a of sense that Miz was put in a singles match while Ziggler was put in a handicap match, but rationalizing logic in WWE is futile.
    • Can you believe it has been about three years since Miz defeated Randy Orton for the WWE title?

     

Randy Orton vs. Miz

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    This was a pretty standard back-and-forth match. Orton and Miz traded offense until The Shield's music hit and they made their way through the crowd.

    After a frustrating commercial break, The Shield did not interfere. Orton and Miz were fighting outside the ring while The Shield merely watched.

    Orton controlled the match for the next few minutes, slowly punishing Miz with headlocks and various strikes. Miz eventually fought his way back and started to build a head of steam against the champion.

    Big Show was cheering on Miz as he locked in the Figure Four, but Orton made it to the ropes to break the hold. Orton eventually hit the RKO to get the pin and the win.

    This was a solid match, but it was nothing special by any means. The real story was The Shield's involvement after the match. Orton called in the trio to stomp away at Miz, but Daniel Bryan came out with a steel chair to send Orton and The Shield running for their lives.

    From start to finish, everyone did what they were supposed to do during the match and the post-match segment, but nothing surprising happened.

    Grade: C+

    Some notes from the match:

    • Big Show had his "Jack Face" on throughout the whole match.
    • For those who do not know, a "Jack Face" is the face Matthew Fox used to make in Lost every time he got upset about something.
    • I can't believe JBL used the phrase "Somebody call a Whambulance" to insult Michael Cole. It seems so juvenile.
    • It's hard to tell if this is a real stable or not. Are Orton and The Shield with Triple H? Or are they all just loosely affiliated for the time being?

RVD vs. Damien Sandow

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    This was a quick match that ended with RVD delivering his signature Five-Star Frog Splash for the pin and the win.

    Alberto Del Rio came out to give a quick promo about his upcoming match with RVD at Night of Champions. It was a quick match and a quick promo. Nothing to write home about.

    Grade: C-

    Some notes from the match:

    • Ricardo Rodriguez's introduction for RVD was much better than the first few times he did it. He actually had some pep in it this time.
    • It always seems like MITB winners are booked really poorly before they cash in. Sandow is losing matches in five minutes. This happened to Daniel Bryan before he cashed in, too. If Sandow takes a long time to cash in then we will see him start to fall down the ranks a bit to make his cash in that much more of a surprise.

Dolph Ziggler vs. The Shield

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    As expected, Ziggler took a beating in this match. He held his own at some points, but in the end he was unable to kick out after a sick Spear from Roman Reigns.

    Big Show watched as The Shield took Ziggler apart after the match was over, unable to do anything without facing repercussions from Triple H.

    The match itself was never meant to be a spectacle of technical wrestling, so it is hard to grade compared to other matches in terms of quality.

    Everything went as planned, and Ziggler looked good by getting in some offense in a nearly impossible situation. There isn't much to complain about, but nothing to rave about either.

    Grade: B-

    Some notes from the match:

    • Whatever happened to Big Show's ironclad contract? Shouldn't he be able to knock Triple H out and walk away if he wants to?
    • Where was all this emotion when Big Show was filming Knuckleheads?

Paul Heyman Promo

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    Paul Heyman came out with Curtis Axel to deliver a promo about their handicap match at Night of Champions against CM Punk. Heyman thinks it will be a massacre that CM Punk won't survive.

    It's starting to feel repetitive to keep calling Heyman one of the best talkers in the business every week, but he keep proving it every week.

    Grade: A

    Some notes from the segment:

    • Curtis Axel has already become irrelevant at this point. He is basically just there so Heyman has someone to manager at this point.
    • Does anyone else think Axel's head is a little too big for his body? It gives him sort of a bobblehead effect.

Tons of Funk vs. The Wyatt Family

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    This was the quickest match of the night. Brodus Clay never actually got to be the legal man since the match only lasted two minutes.

    At first it seemed like Sweet T and Clay would give The Wyatt Family a run for their money by using their size advantage, but Luke Harper and Erick Rowan made quick work of the dancing duo. Bray Wyatt came in after the match and delivered his finisher to Tensai.

    For a trio that was given such a great introduction to the WWE Universe, it seems odd that they have been booked so sporadically and in matches that are not high profile, excluding the PPV match.

    Grade: D+

    Some notes from the match:

    • The way Clay was thrown into the barricade was shocking seeing as he is usually too big for anyone to throw.
    • Bray Wyatt has dropped a lot of weight since his days as Husky Harris on NXT.
    • The Wyatt Family have one of the best entrances in recent history. Their entrance music also reminds me a bit of the True Blood theme song.

Daniel Bryan vs. Ryback

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    This match was made after Vickie got upset with Bryan earlier in the evening. Bryan did well against the powerhouse, and even got him close to tapping out towards the end of the match.

    Orton made sure that didn't happen by attacking Bryan and causing a DQ, but he ended up in the Yes Lock. The Shield came out and the numbers became too much for Bryan to handle.

    Big Show was about to get involved when Triple H came down and ordered him to the back. Big Show reluctantly left the ring after a very long time of just staring at Triple H.

    Trips escorted Big Show all the way up the ramp before signaling Orton and The Shield to continue their attack on Daniel Bryan.

    The match was average, but the segment after it saved the end of the show. Orton and The Shield gave Bryan a severe beating, and Triple H really portrayed a great heel as he screamed at Big Show.

    Grade: B+

    Some notes from the match:

    • Ryback's best matches are always against Daniel Bryan, but this wasn't among the best.
    • Big Show was really laying it on thick with the facial expressions.

Final Thoughts and Predictions

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    None of the matches from SmackDown are going to be up for match of the week, but the show did see some decent development of a few storylines.

    Daniel Bryan's feud with Randy Orton, The Shield and Triple H is really picking up steam, and the crowd is really responding well to everything WWE has been doing with the program.

    Predictions moving forward:

    • Big Show will face Triple H in a match some time soon.
    • Curtis Axel will lose the IC title during his next title defense. It just seems like his push is over and he is just there to get beat up by Paul Heyman's enemies.
    • Miz or Dolph Ziggler will face Dean Ambrose for the US title at Night of Champions.
    • Damien Sandow will keep losing matches until he cashes in his briefcase.
    • Ricardo Rodriguez and RVD will only be associated for about two months before parting ways.
    • Kofi Kingston will end up with the US or IC title again before the end of the year.

     

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