WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from February 21

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2014

WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from February 21

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    Every week here on Bleacher Report, I 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. I also provide some predictions on the direction of storylines.

    This was the final show before Elimination Chamber, and considering we did not see Randy Orton, John Cena, Batista or Alberto Del Rio, WWE did a good job addressing every feud.

    As is typical with SmackDown, we got some pretty good matches, a few average matches and a some hit-or-miss segments.

    This is also the final WWE TV show before everything changes. The WWE Network is set to launch on Monday, and that means WWE programming will turn into a 24/7 experience.

    Let's get right into the action with the opening bouts featuring Daniel Bryan taking on Jack Swagger and Cesaro in back-to-back matches.

Daniel Bryan vs. Jack Swagger...and Then Cesaro

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    Jack Swagger got in some offense on Bryan's injured arm early on, but Bryan quickly turned things around and went on a bit of a rampage against Swagger.

    Swagger caught Bryan coming off the apron and took back control by dropping him across the barricade. Swagger continued to control the match until Bryan managed to squirm out of a superplex and hit the running knee for the pin and the win.

    Vickie came out and put Bryan in a match against Cesaro right away, and both matches together filled up a quarter of the show.

    I'm not even bothered by the fact that Kane came in and chokeslammed Bryan before the match had ended because we got to see Daniel Bryan have two good matches across 30 minutes.

    Bryan won the match with Cesaro by DQ, but Cesaro got the last laugh after hitting a neutralizer on Bryan once everyone else had cleared the area.

    Grade: A-

    Some notes from the matches:

    • JBL was really funny on commentary. He played the heel quite a bit, which made for some funny exchanges with Michael Cole.
    • Zeb Colter seems like he is doing less and less at ringside in recent weeks. Hopefully WWE isn't planning on losing him anytime soon.

The Wyatt Family vs. Rey Mysterio, Cody Rhodes and Goldust

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    This was a pretty good match with a lot of exciting offense from the babyfaces, but The Wyatt Family prevailed in the end.

    Harper and Rowan did most of the heavy lifting, as usual, but Wyatt got in a good amount of ring time in this match, and picking up a victory over three very talented Superstars helps them look strong heading into Elimination Chamber.

    Grade: B+

    Some notes from the match:

    • I don't know how Rey Mysterio is still alive after the huge boot to the face he took from Luke Harper.
    • Cody did more impressive high-flying moves than Mysterio.
    • I was a little surprised that we didn't see The Shield at all.

Summer Rae vs. Emma (Dance Competition)

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    This was as ridiculous as it sounds, but Emma seems to be getting over with the crowd a bit more, and if this helps her do that then it can't be all bad.

    Predictable is a good word to use to describe this segment. A fight broke out after Emma was announced as the winner, and Emma and Santino continued their middle school romance.

    Grade: D+

    Some notes from the segment:

    • I can't bring myself to ever give a dance-off above a D+. Even if there is something entertaining about it, the whole concept is still ridiculous.
    • JBL can sound convincing when putting over absolutely anybody. You know he has to find certain things boring, but he always sounds so enthusiastic about all of it. It's one of his best traits.

     

Dolph Ziggler vs. Titus O'Neil

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    Dolph Ziggler picked up a quick win with a rollup thanks to a distraction from Darren Young. This was only done to further the feud between Titus O'Neil and Darren Young, but any situation where Ziggler gets a win is fine by me.

    In the short amount of time they had, Titus did a great job of showing off his power, and Ziggler delivered his usual high-energy performance.

    The little bit we did get to see from these two was enjoyable, but the match was too short to be anything special.

    Grade: C

    Some notes from the match:

    • Young looks weird when he does the dance he used to do with Titus by himself.
    • Poor Ziggler. He deserves better than this.

Jimmy Uso vs. Road Dogg

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    This was a fun little match. It didn't last too long, but the fact pace and energy of both men helped keep it from being boring.

    Jimmy Uso picked up the win with a superkick instead of the usual Superfly Splash we see the twins use, and it's nice to see them use the kick as a finisher since they both do it so well.

    Road Dogg certainly pulled his weight in this encounter, keeping step with the much younger Uso throughout the entire match.

    The Usos took awhile to catch on with WWE fans, but now that they have I think we are going to see them do some really amazing things as champions.

    Grade: B

    Some notes from the match:

    • My theory is that whoever comes out on top in the final interaction before a pay-per-view match will usually be the one who loses the bout, but I still think The Usos will win the titles on Sunday.
    • Billy and Jey should have been on commentary like Road Dogg and Jimmy were during last week's match.

     

Sheamus vs. Christian

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    Christian and Sheamus have had a lot of matches over the years, so this did not seem like anything special at first, but these two delivered in a big way.

    This might be the best match they have ever had together. Both men got to show off what they do best, and Christian controlling most of the match really allowed him to show his versatility in the ring.

    It sounded like Christian was still getting some cheers from the crowd, but he did a good job selling his heel turn by acting a little more vicious than we usually see.

    The show ended with Sheamus picking up the win with White Noise but Christian getting the last laugh after pushing Sheamus from the turnbuckle to the floor during his celebration.

    Grade: A

    Some notes from the match:

    • Christian using the barricade without the padding to hurt Sheamus' arm was especially brutal-looking.
    • It was nice to see Christian get in so much offense and be the last man standing when the show went off the air.

Final Thoughts and Predictions

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    This was an above-average episode of SmackDown. Most of the matches and segments were given ample time, so nothing really felt rushed.

    We probably could have done without the dance-off, but it's nice to see WWE giving Emma some decent screen time over the past few weeks.

    This was the final show before the Elimination Chamber, and WWE did a decent job tying up loose ends and selling all the feuds set to come to a head at the PPV.

    This week's predictions will focus on the outcomes for all the matches at the Elimination Chamber PPV on Sunday.

    Predictions:

    • Cody Rhodes and Goldust will defeat Rybaxel.
    • Titus O'Neil will defeat Darren Young.
    • The Usos will defeat The New Age Outlaws for the tag titles.
    • Batista will defeat Alberto Del Rio.
    • Big E will retain the IC title against Jack Swagger.
    • The Wyatt Family will defeat The Shield.
    • Randy Orton will retain his title inside the Chamber.
    • Kane will somehow cost Bryan the title at the PPV.
    • Roman Reigns or Dean Ambrose will take out the other on accident to cost them the match and truly set their breakup in motion.

    What did you like from SmackDown, and what are your Elimination Chamber predictions?

     

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