The Good, the Great and the Awesome from SmackDown 5/9/14
The Shield took center stage as SmackDown hit the SyFy airwaves.
Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns were split up into three singles contests as Triple H continued to place obstacles in their ways.
Ambrose was up first as he attempted to wrest the United States title back from Sheamus. Reigns was next as he met the former World Heavyweight champion Mark Henry. Finally, Rollins was booked against Batista, who was prepared to unleash aggression on one of the men responsible for his most recent loss.
John Cena and Bray Wyatt continued their rivalry as Cena partnered with the Usos to take on the Wyatt Family in a huge six-man tag team main event. Would Cena be able to make up for the loss to Bray this past Sunday at Extreme Rules or would Wyatt continue to haunt the leader of the Cenation?
Rob Van Dam, Cesaro, Santino Marella and more were also in action Friday, leading to another solid episode of SmackDown.
What was the best of the best of Friday's broadcast?
Find out now!
John Cena and The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family
The six-man tag team main event that capped off Friday's broadcast showcased the feud between Cena and Bray Wyatt and also set up Luke Harper and Erick Rowan as potential contenders to the Usos' WWE Tag Team Championships.
Cena was very limited in what he did and, instead, the action focused almost exclusively on the Usos and the Wyatt Family.
While the match was fine for what it was but the lack of any real energy kept it from achieving the quality it could have. While there was nothing inherently wrong with any of the action, it was disappointing in the sense that WWE has produced so many exceptional six-man tag matches over the last year and this most definitely was not one of them.
Kofi Kingston vs. Rusev
The rematch from Monday night saw Kingston again provide Rusev with adequate competition, only to fall short of knocking the Bulgarian Brute off and scoring the massive upset.
Rusev, like Reigns later in the night, withstood the onslaught of a more established opponent and did so in a major win.
This is exactly the type of match Rusev needs in order to gain traction with the audience. Dumbing down his moveset and limiting his time between the ropes is not the way for the audience to connect with him, as it appears WWE has learned in recent weeks.
Seth Rollins vs. Batista
Seth Rollins is a great, dynamic worker, something fans are learning more and more as The Shield's babyface push continues. He has a way of interjecting any match with energy and excitement and his comebacks are electrifying. The high risk dives he executes both between and over the ropes elicits a huge pop from the audience.
Friday night, some of those qualities were on display as he fought back against "The Animal" Batista. Unfortunately for Rollins, his comeback fell short and he crashed and burned at ringside following a brutal collision with the announce table.
The loss serves as an element in the story between The Shield and Evolution while, at the same time, allows Rollins to save face without being pinned or made to submit. Batista wins the cheapest way possible, adding a ton of heat to someone who has plenty of it at this point.
Big E and Rob Van Dam vs. Cesaro and Bad News Barrett
An old school tag team match that brought two feuds together in one action-packed match.
Neither of said feuds have much heat behind them at this point but all four men work well enough together that the match was a fun little exhibition while the creative team tries to figure out what to do with all four of them next.
Van Dam and Cesaro appear poised to work with one another for, at the very least, another month. As for Big E and Barrett, that program appears to have run its course but with no other contender immediately ready for the new Intercontinental champion, do not be surprised to see them clash once again at Payback on June 1.
The match between Reigns and Mark Henry may not have been a very good match from a quality standpoint but it certainly established Reigns as a beast of a competitor.
The second-generation star and the powerhouse of the The Shield, Reigns withstood an onslaught from the former World Heavyweight champion and delivered a jaw-dropping Samoan Drop, followed by the Spear, for the victory.
There are few Superstars who have had as hot a 2014 thus far than Reigns and he continued garnering momentum with his tremendous performance Friday night.
Sheamus vs. Dean Ambrose
A very competitive match kicked off this week's broadcast as Sheamus defended his newly won United States Championship against former titleholder Dean Ambrose.
The competitors showed strong chemistry and delivered a fine match over a title that has now been defended more times than it was in the past two months.
Sheamus is a great choice to carry the title but one has to wonder if a heel turn would not freshen up the Celtic Warrior's character and help him enjoy a much more productive 2014 than the year prior.
Bray Wyatt Promo
Bray Wyatt cut another promo on SmackDown. It was awesome.
Par for the course for the captivating Superstar.