WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from June 13

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistJune 14, 2014

WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from June 13

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    Credit: WWE.com

    Every week on Bleacher Report, I take an in-depth look at WWE SmackDown to recap the action, offer analysis and grade the matches, segments and anything else that takes place on the show. I also provide some predictions on the direction of storylines.

    No major developments occurred on this week's show, but we did find out one more participant for the Money in the Bank ladder match as well as see some solid wrestling from six of WWE's best workers in the form of three singles matches.

    Sheamus and Cesaro continued their feud with another physical encounter, Roman Reigns managed to fend of Bad News Barrett, and 3MB and Dean Ambrose put up a valiant effort against Bray Wyatt.

    We also saw Summer Rae and Layla continue their feud, but this time the milk and kitty litter were left out of it. Adam Rose and Bo Dallas continued to underwhelm the audience and three Superstars who were released this week had their last appearances on WWE television.

    Let's take a look at everything that went down on SmackDown this week.

Roman Reigns vs. Bad News Barrett

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    The show opened with a promo from Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns where they talked about Money in the Bank. Triple H popped up on the big screen and said there was only one spot left in the ladder match.

    He flipped a coin and decided Dean Ambrose would face Bray Wyatt for the remaining spot, but in the meantime we would see Reigns face Bad News Barrett. Ambrose was banned from ringside during the match, just like Reigns will be banned during Ambrose's match later on.

    This was a pretty good match while it lasted, but 3MB ended up coming out and attacking Roman Reigns while Bad News Barrett scurried off to the back.

    Reigns ended up getting the better of the group in the end. He threw Jinder Mahal over the announce table and then speared Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater on the floor to end the segment.

    Grade: B

    Some notes from the match:

    • The grade is for the promo, match and post-match attack as a whole.
    • I'm surprised it took this long for someone to say Randy Orton is the a** of WWE and not the face. It seems like an insult someone else would have come up with by now.
    • It was pretty depressing knowing that this was the last time we were going to see 3MB on television. They had really grown on me.
    • What is really surprising is that Heath Slater survived while Drew McIntyre was released. D-Mac has a better look and had really improved in the ring, but Slater is better on the mic and WWE takes that into account very heavily.

Jey Uso vs. Erick Rowan

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    This was a quick, decisive win for Erick Rowan. Jey Uso pulled out a high risk move right out of the gate, but it wasn't enough to stop the much larger Rowan from picking up the win.

    This match lasted less than two minutes, which is either a sign that WWE doesn't trust Rowan in the ring for long periods of time or they were short on time from other segments.

    Either way, I thought these two deserved better. Jimmy Uso and Luke Harper had a good match this week and I was hoping to see the same from these two. Oh well.

    Grade: C-

Bo Dallas vs. R-Truth

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    Bo Dallas ended up winning another short match to extend his winning streak to seven. Dallas hugged R-Truth before and after the match, which seemed to irritate Truth.

    His character could get over as a comedy heel, but Dallas has the potential to be so much more than that. I hope this character gets some development soon or he will risk being an enhancement talent once his push is over.

    Even with the short length of the match, it was alright. I've come to terms with WWE having short matches to fill up a card, but I wish Dallas was given a good opponent and a solid 10 minutes to show the audience what he can do.

    Grade: C-

    Some notes from the match:

    • I like how Lilian Garcia announces him as "The Inspirational Bo Dallas."
    • Dallas actually made me laugh when he tried to get a pop from the crowd by grabbing the mic and saying "Green Bay! What's going on!"
    • I popped for JBL's Jesse Owens reference. He is one of my favorite success stories of all time. Dude once beat a horse in a straight-up foot race. A true Olympic legend.

Cesaro vs. Sheamus

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    I love watching these two fight. Anytime Cesaro and Sheamus face off, you know it's going to be a straight-up brawl. They have developed such great chemistry in the ring and their styles mesh very well.

    The best thing about this match is that Cesaro actually picked up the win. Sheamus is booked to win way too often, so seeing him lose is a nice change of pace. It may have been Heyman who provided a bit of a distraction, but it was a pretty clean win for the most part.

    Paul Heyman had said that Sheamus was cowardly for winning with a small package during their last match, but that ended up being the same way Cesaro picked up the win here.

    Grade: B+

    Some notes from the match:

    • I wonder if Cesaro's gimmick will include him refusing to speak English from now on. It could actually work to get him some heat.
    • Sheamus knocked Cesaro off the turnbuckle to the floor and Cesaro's leg got caught up in the ropes. He looked like he might have been injured a little.
    • What is it about European Superstars that makes them seem like better brawlers than anyone else?

Fandango vs. Adam Rose

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    This was a very short match that saw Adam Rose pick up the win over Fandango. The match itself wasn't the real story here, through.

    It turned out Summer Rae was under a chicken mask posing as part of Rose's crew. She attacked Layla after the match and Fandango had to carry her away just so Summer wouldn't destroy her.

    Oddly enough, the feud between Summer and Layla is getting more attention than the Divas champion, Paige.

    Grade: D+

    Some notes from the match:

    • I would have graded this lower, but Summer Rae is really winning me over. She isn't as good in the ring as some of the top Divas yet, but her charisma is enough to carry her until she ups her mat-game.
    • I just compared Rose to Fandango last week and now they're having a match. It's definitely a coincidence, but I think Rose will end up being used as a comedy jobber once his push is over. WWE just isn't using him the right way to get him over.
    • JBL made a Gobbledy Gooker reference when talking about Rose's posse. That actually sounds like a good idea. They should dress people up in some of the ridiculous old gimmicks WWE and WCW used in the past and add them to the group. It would be hilarious to see The Shockmaster out there one week.
    • Mick Foley wants to be part of Rose's crew. Have him appear as Dude Love and his popularity may just help Rose get over.

Jack Swagger vs. Big E

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    Jack Swagger and Big E had a decent match, especially since they weren't given a ton of time. Lana came out to provide a distraction that led to Big E getting kicked in the head by Swagger.

    Zeb Colter stayed in character and told Lana to buzz off, even though it was his man who benefited from the distraction. However, it was not enough to give Swagger the win.

    Big E popped up when Swagger was attempting a Swaggerbomb to catch him in a Big Ending to give him the victory.

    Grade: C

    Some notes from the match:

    • If WWE ever wanted to turn Swagger and Colter into babyfaces, Rusev would be the perfect opponent. His anti-American gimmick would clash very well against The Real American.
    • The only change would have to be Colter not focusing on immigration. He would have to play the patriotic role instead of a bigot, but it could work.
    • Swagger looked really good in this match. He was very aggressive.

Aksana vs. Alicia Fox

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    This match came about after Alicia Fox attacked Aksana last week following her loss to Paige. Foxy picked up the win, but Aksana managed to get in a couple nice moves.

    Grade: C-

    Some notes from the match:

    • Aksana is the third released Superstar we saw on this show.
    • I would put money on Aksana ending up in TNA eventually. Her look and strength would fit well within the Knockout's division.
    • I always think that I will get tired of Fox's new gimmick, but every week I find myself unable to stop watching her and that's not just because she's really hot.

Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt

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    The main event of the evening was the final MITB qualifying match between Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt. As expected, these two delivered a great bout.

    Ambrose really sold a shoulder injury well throughout the match, even doing things to make it seem like it was dislocated and he was trying to pop it back in.

    Seth Rollins provided a distraction that allowed Bray Wyatt to pick up the win. Normally I don't like matches that end this way, but this was really the only way to do it.

    Ambrose still looks strong since it wasn't a clean loss and Wyatt goes into the ladder match at MITB.

    Grade: B+

    Some notes from the match:

    • I would love to see a singles feud between Wyatt and Ambrose down the line. The promos these two would deliver to each other would be amazing.
    • Bray Wyatt is so agile for a man his size. He never looks winded and always moves much faster than most big men.

Final Thoughts and Predictions

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    This was a solid episode of SmackDown from top to bottom. There was some filler as there always is, but at least we had three entertaining matches spread out during the show.

    The two remaining members of The Shield each had an entertaining bout, but the match of the night was probably Sheamus vs. Cesaro. They're just so physical during their matches that you can't help but enjoy it.

    Seeing Superstars on the show that we already know have been released was a little sad. Hopefully everyone who lost their job this week can find ample work on the Indy scene.

    Also, check out this week's episode of The JBL and Cole Show. It is the best thing on WWE's YouTube channel.


    • WWE will add a second ladder match for the MITB briefcase featuring less established stars.
    • Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose will continue to team up through Battleground.
    • WWE will release up to three more Superstars within a week.
    • Luke Harper and Erick Rowan will win the Tag titles at MITB.
    • Despite 3MB being disbanded, Hornswoggle and Heath Slater will continue feuding with El Torito and Los Matadores.
    • Big E will be the first person to defeat Rusev.

    What did you think of this week's SmackDown?


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