WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from June 27

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2014

WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from June 27

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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.

    This was the final show before Money in the Bank, and WWE did a decent job of pushing every feud heading into the pay-per-view.

    Bray Wyatt and Sheamus probably had the match of the night, but Dolph Ziggler and Rob Van Dam looked pretty good against Alberto Del Rio and Cesaro as well.

    More drama from Cameron and Naomi, Big E putting Rusev in his place and Seth Rollins getting one over on Dean Ambrose rounded out the show.

    Let's take a look at what went down on this week's SmackDown and try to make a few predictions for Money in the Bank.

Opening Segment and Bad News Barrett vs. Dean Ambrose

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    The show opened with Triple H, Seth Rollins and Randy Orton in the ring. Trips sold the PPV like Ron Popeil pushing a new grill, claiming that Orton and Rollins will win the two Ladder matches.

    Rollins and Orton had a little argument, and Triple H had to get between them, saying they should trust each other because he trusts both of them.

    Triple H then brought out Bad News Barrett to face Dean Ambrose in the show's opening bout. Seeing the tension build between Orton and Rollins makes things a little more interesting, and should they end up walking out of MITB with the title and the briefcase, they could have a great feud.

    Unfortunately, I knew going into this match that it would end with Jack Swagger attacking both men and effectively taking Barrett out of the MITB match with a shoulder injury, so it was hard to enjoy.

    Luckily, Ambrose and Barrett did a good job making me enjoy it with their stiff styles and undeniable talent. Ambrose made it look like Barrett's size advantage didn't matter because he made up for being smaller with his craziness.

    Ambrose picked up a clean win over the Intercontinental champion before Swagger came out and ruined the party. You could tell the moment Barrett got hurt by him tapping Swagger's foot to indicate that he should not lock in the Patriot Lock.

    Rollins came out of nowhere and attacked Ambrose right as he was about to finish off Swagger. Everything that happened was very entertaining, and it just sucks knowing that this is what took Barrett out of the match on Sunday.

    Grade: B

    Some notes from the match:

    • I am really surprised WWE left in the moment where Barrett got injured. You could really tell when he went from acting to serious pain.
    • Ambrose looked really strong heading into the PPV despite being taken out in the end.
    • If you don't know who Ron Popeil is, wait until three in the morning and then scan your TV channels. You're sure to come across one of his infomercials eventually.

Paige vs. Cameron

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    Paige picked up a pretty quick win over Cameron. Naomi barely had time to push the title match on Sunday against Paige.

    Cameron caused a bit of a scuffle after she attacked Paige post-match. Naomi got in between the two, but Cameron managed to push Naomi into Paige when she had her back turned, causing the champion and the challenger to have a staredown.

    The match wasn't very good, but the segment as a whole did a good job foreshadowing the events that will likely take place on Sunday.

    Grade: C-

    Some notes from the match:

    • Did you notice how Jojo wasn't in the promo picture for Total Divas when they talked about season one being on the WWE Network?
    • I don't like the Paige-Turner as a finisher. It looks too awkward.
    • Cameron does a great job making it easy to hate her. Her facial expressions alone make her seem conceited.

Bray Wyatt vs. Sheamus

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    This was a very entertaining, hard-hitting match between two of WWE's best brawlers. Sheamus and Bray Wyatt work so well together that it's almost a shame that they haven't had a more substantial feud yet.

    The Usos showed up to make sure the odds were even since Luke Harper and Erick Rowan were by their leader's side, but they weren't able to keep Harper from ending the match by attacking Sheamus.

    The match lasted a good long time, with both men sweating buckets from how hard they were working by the time the whole segment concluded.

    Disqualification endings usually suck, but this was the best way to end this match. Both men look strong before MITB, and the tag title feud gets a little attention in the process.

    Grade: B+

    Some notes from the match:

    • These two seem to be facing each other quite a bit lately. WWE must really like their chemistry in the ring.
    • I haven't seen Sheamus run out of steam very often, but he looked like he wanted to pass out by the time Wyatt had escaped his Brogue Kick.
    • If Wyatt and Sheamus don't win the title on Sunday, I would love for them to feud over the U.S. title.

Goldust and Stardust Respond to Rybaxel

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    Byron Saxton interviewed Goldust and Stardust about the challenge that was thrown down by Rybaxel for a match at MITB, and the two accepted with gusto.

    Cody really seems to have embraced this Stardust gimmick. He looks like he is having a lot of fun getting to show a different side of his personality, and Goldust's enthusiasm for it only makes it funnier.

    I wasn't sold on Stardust at first, but I am beginning to think Cody Rhodes has what it takes to sell this gimmick.

    Grade: B

    Some notes from the segment:

    • They censored Cody Rhodes saying "hermaphrodites." They must have gotten some complaints from when Ryback said it on Main Event.
    • Cody seems to be channeling The Riddler for this character.
    • WWE didn't upload this segment, so instead I included the opening promo from Triple H, Seth Rollins and Randy Orton.

     

Dolph Ziggler and RVD vs. Cesaro and Alberto Del Rio

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    This combination of four Superstars was bound to create an entertaining match, and they did not disappoint one bit. Everyone was at the top of their game in this one, and we even got a clean victory.

    Ziggler and RVD had some great moments, but it was Del Rio who picked up the win for his team with a Cross Armbreaker on Rob Van Dam.

    Paul Heyman was on commentary providing some analysis and arguing with Michael Cole every chance he got. It was just like the old days.

    Del Rio ended up taking a Neutralizer from Cesaro after the match, leaving the Swiss Superman the last man standing.

    Grade: B+

    Some notes from the match:

    • The way Ziggler applied the sleeper hold to Cesaro was the highlight of the match.
    • At least Ziggler didn't take the loss for his team. It gets old watching him lose all the time.

Rusev vs. Sin Cara

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    The promo from Lana and Rusev before the match lasted longer than the match itself. Another squash victory for Rusev blah blah blah.

    Big E came out and gave a patriotic promo after the match and then stood toe-to-toe with the Bulgarian Brute. Rusev tried to take a cheap shot, but he was sent packing by Big E.

    Despite the terribly short match, I thought this did a good job pushing their feud through to MITB.

    Grade: D

    Some notes from the match:

    • It's hard for me to give Rusev an F when he hits the big kick so well.
    • Big E actually made me care about this feud a little.

Roman Reigns vs. Kane

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    This was an average match, which is a shame because I was expecting so much more. Both of these men are capable of delivering some brutal offense, but it felt like they were holding back a bit.

    The fight spilled outside of the ring for a moment, nearly allowing Kane to put Roman Reigns through the announce table.

    For some reason, Randy Orton caused the match to end abruptly when he came out and attacked Reigns. Kane set up a ladder so Orton could retrieve the titles, indicating that Kane's sole purpose in the match on Sunday will be to help Orton win.

    Orton lined up for a punt kick, but Reigns popped up and speared both Orton and Kane to end the show on a high note. It wasn't a bad way to end the final show heading into MITB, but it could have been better.

    Grade: B

Final Thoughts and Predictions

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    This was a decent SmackDown to send us into Money in the Bank on Sunday. There were a few pretty good matches, and all the major storylines were given some attention.

    The pay-per-view set to take place Sunday will have a major impact on WWE storylines going forward. We could very well see a new Superstar emerge as WWE World Heavyweight champion for the first time, or we could see a veteran pad their record with another title win.

    It's too bad that Barrett will not be in the traditional MITB Ladder match on Sunday, but now the outcome seems a lot less obvious. Barrett was a big favorite to win before his injury, but now it's not so clear who is going to walk away with the briefcase.

    Predictions:

    • Luke Harper and Erick Rowan will defeat The Usos for the WWE Tag Team Championships.
    • Cameron will cost Naomi the title and cause the breakup of The Funkadactyls.
    • Dolph Ziggler or Seth Rollins will win the briefcase.
    • Randy Orton or John Cena will win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
    • StarDust will defeat Rybaxel.

    What did you think of SmackDown, and what are your Money in the Bank predictions?

     

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