The Good, the Great and the Awesome from SmackDown June 13
Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt headlined Friday Night SmackDown in a Money in the Bank qualifier as Triple H continued his attempt to systematically dismantle The Shield.
Wyatt would win the match, moving him one step closer to a WWE World Heavyweight Championship reign that would forever change the company, while Seth Rollins ensured that Ambrose's week ended on a sour note.
Roman Reigns was also in action, as he took on Bad News Barrett. A sneak attack by 3MB proved futile, and Reigns was left standing, proving his dominance and establishing himself as the biggest threat to Triple H and Evolution.
Sheamus and Cesaro met in singles competition, and this time, it was the Swiss Superman who garnered momentum for himself by knocking off the Irishman in controversial fashion.
With one of the more eventful and entertaining episodes of SmackDown in recent memory in the books, relive the show by taking a look back at the best of the best from the June 13 episode.
Summer Rae is a Rosebud
The feud between Summer Rae and Layla continued Friday night, as the former attacked Layla after disguising herself as a member of Adam Rose's Rosebuds.
The catfight that ensued resulted in a big pop from the crowd and served as a reminder that fans still appreciate that sort of cheap entertainment. For so long, WWE has thrown inexperienced and lesser-talented women in the ring and tried to convince the audience that they are talented wrestlers. When that proved not to be the case, those women were exposed and their reputations suffered.
With two distinct storylines involving female talent unfolding on Raw and SmackDown, it is nice to see WWE creating new and interesting ways to present one of them rather than having them exchange wins and losses in meaningless matches.
Jey Uso vs. Eric Rowan
Erick Rowan's win over Jey Uso on SmackDown was short, sweet and to the point. After Luke Harper lost to Jimmy Uso on Main Event, the sheep mask-wearing Rowan regained momentum for the team. Saturday morning, World Wrestling Entertainment's official website announced that the Usos will defend the Tag Team titles against the Wyatt Family at Money in the Bank.
It is a match fans have expected for some time. With RybAxel and Los Matadores the only remaining teams in WWE, this feud is the one that will have to carry the tag division for the foreseeable future. Given the quality of the matches between them in recent weeks, that may not be a bad thing.
Roman Reigns vs. Bad News Barrett
The opening match of the night saw Roman Reigns take on Bad News Barrett, as Triple H attempted to punish The Shield's powerhouse with a singles bout.
Reigns rose to the occasion, proving he could hang with the Intercontinental champion in a hard-fought match to kick off the night's festivities.
The finish of the match did not require Barrett to lose another match, and it made Reigns look like a world beater, especially when he systematically destroyed 3MB.
Merely an excuse to showcase Reigns, the match more than did its job.
Sheamus vs. Cesaro
Sheamus and Cesaro did battle for what felt like the 1,000th time this month on Friday night, and, keeping in line with the previous matches, the match was a hard-hitting and competitive affair that saw Cesaro score the win.
While the match was everything a fan of solid wrestling could ask for, it highlights a major problem with the midcard in today's WWE. There is no rhyme or reason for the matches WWE throws out. Sheamus, Cesaro, Rob Van Dam, Bad News Barrett, Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio have been engaged in bouts with one another for the better part of the last three months, but no one really knows why.
There are no defined rivalries. Instead, the aforementioned Superstars appear in weekly bouts simply because the company can ensure a good match on their shows. While there is nothing inherently wrong with that, it will eventually cause fans to lose interest.
What starts out as a series of highly competitive bouts eventually becomes a boring pattern of great matches that exists only to cover up the fact that Creative has no idea what to do with any of its talented stars a step below the main event.
Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt
Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt have met on several occasions in six-man tag matches. Friday night, they met one-on-one in a match to determine the latest addition to the Money in the Bank Ladder match on June 9.
The match was unlike most WWE-style bouts in that Ambrose used his unique brawling and scrapping style to counteract Wyatt's punishing yet simplistic offense. Ambrose really stood out, doing little things to put over Wyatt's offense, such as banging his shoulder on the mat and turnbuckles as if he was trying to pop his shoulder back in place.
Seth Rollins getting involved did little to adversely affect the quality of the match, and for the first time in weeks, fans were left feeling like they had just watched a meaningful main event on the Friday night show.
The leader of the Bolievers turned in his second awesome comedic performance of the week Friday night on SmackDown.
As R-Truth made his way to the ring, Dallas could be spotted dancing to his theme song. He echoed Truth's "What's up" chants and finished by asking the Green Bay crowd, "What's going on?"
The goofy expressions during his match and the overwhelming excitement following the win have been seen before, but coupled with the pre-match antics, they really made for an awesomely entertaining performance by one of the NXT stars who actually appears to be clicking with Raw and SmackDown audiences.