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WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from August 15

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistAugust 16, 2014

WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from August 15

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    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.

    SummerSlam is this Sunday, which meant SmackDown was WWE's last chance to sell the pay-per-view.

    You would typically expect the go-home show heading into a PPV to be overrun with video packages. However, this felt like any other week.

    Many of the major names who will feature on Sunday were absent from SmackDown, but we did get a couple of decent bouts and some last-minute storyline developments.

    Let's take a look at what happened on SmackDown this week.

Must See MizTV

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    Miz brought out Roman Reigns for MizTV right at the top of the show. Miz asked some questions, but every time Reigns tried to answer, Miz just kept talking.

    Reigns got tired of this act pretty quickly and decided to give Miz a straight right hand to the face. Miz was knocked out of his chair and the ring by the blow.

    It's hard to tell, but it looked like Reigns connected pretty well with Miz's face. It was a very short opening segment, but it got the job done. Miz looks like a great heel and Reigns clearly knows how to pop the crowd.

     

    Grade: B-

    Some notes from the segment:

    • I love that Miz brought up that his mom named Roman Reigns as her favorite Superstar.
    • Someone really needs to give the Intercontinental title belt a good cleaning. It looks like it hasn't been shined since Cody Rhodes brought back the old design.
    • Miz's suit reminded me of Steve Harvey.

Lunatic Kryptonite

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    This was an outstanding match. You could tell it would be good as soon as both men's names were announced, but it exceeded expectations.

    This could very well be a pair who will be fighting over the WWE World Heavyweight title within a few years, and if this match is any indication, they will be able to carry a PPV just fine.

    Both men pulled everything they had out of their bag of tricks to put on a great show. We even saw a few things we don't normally see from these two.

    The crowd showed their appreciation with "this is awesome" chants shortly before Ambrose hit Dirty Deeds for the pin and the win.

     

    Grade: A

    Some notes from the match:

    • I've never seen someone get suplexed through the ropes to the floor before this match. Points to Cesaro for originality.
    • It's good that Ambrose is finding more ways to hit Dirty Deeds without looking like he's setting up for it.
    • Ambrose needs to get rid of the shoulder bandage. There has to be something else he can do to look like a guy who always puts his body on the line in his matches.

Going Gator Hunting

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    Dolph Ziggler had a little bit of fun with Titus O'Neil in the early moments of the match, but the big powerhouse was quick to let Ziggler know he is not someone to be trifled with.

    Ziggler ended up picking up a quick win with the Zig Zag. Heath Slater didn't have anything to do with the loss, but it looked like O'Neil blamed him for some reason.

    This wasn't a very long bout, but it managed to produce a bit of fun and give Ziggler an easy win heading into his IC title match with Miz.

     

    Grade: C+

    Some notes from the match:

    • Ziggler wearing Miz's shirt was a nice touch.
    • Ziggler's ability to sell for his opponents is always highlighted, but he really does make people look good. The boot he took to the face from Titus looked very convincing.
    • Slater and O'Neil are both talented in their own way. This tag team may not get them to the top, but at least it gets them on TV.

Unstoppable Forces Meet Immovable Objects

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    It's always hard to tell if a bout with two men of this size will be good. Luckily, Luke Harper and Mark Henry are talented powerhouses who know how to play to their strengths.

    The singles match only lasted a few minutes and ended in a disqualification when Erick Rowan got involved. Harper looked very good against Henry. He was quick on his feet and did not look like he was at a very big disadvantage when it came to power.

    Corporate Kane took a page from Teddy Long's book and turned this into a tag match, which made things much more entertaining.

    Big Show ended up hitting the KO Punch on Rowan right before Henry dropped him with the World's Strongest Slam for the pin and the win.

     

    Grade: B-

    Some notes from the match:

    • The way Henry used one hand to throw Harper over the top rope was very impressive.
    • Big Show is back to being the happy-go-lucky babyface.
    • It's easy to forget just how big Erick Rowan is until you see him stand next to Big Show.
    • Henry and Show getting the win was the smart move here. Establishing them as a dangerous duo will help the perception that they weren't just thrown together for lack of a better option.

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

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    This match lasted all of two minutes before Paige came out and caused AJ to get herself counted out while attacking the former Divas champion.

    After AJ tried to get back in to beat the count, Paige got her revenge and kicked AJ in the face before hitting her with the Paige Turner.

    The match itself wasn't anything special, but AJ looked absolutely vicious in her attack on Paige. She was slamming Paige's head into the barricade repeatedly before she ended up being counted out.

     

    Grade: B-

    Some notes from the match:

    • Since when are referees allowed to just pick up Divas and carry them across the ring?
    • Part of Eva Marie's weave came out during the match and AJ swung it around before tossing it aside. The crowd seemed to love it.
    • The grade for this is based solely on the fact that AJ and Paige were entertaining in their exchange; the match itself wasn't really worth grading.

An Uninspring Performance

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    It's amazing how quickly someone can go from a winning streak to being used as little more than a jobber, but that is exactly what happened in this one.

    Jack Swagger made Bo Dallas tap out very quickly to the Patriot Lock. Rusev and Lana came out following the conclusion of the match to taunt Swagger and Zeb Colter.

    Rusev and Swagger have been building toward this Flag match for quite some time. Hopefully they manage to live up to the hype.

     

    Grade: D+

    Some notes from the match:

    • If this match doesn't prove that WWE has given up on Bo Dallas, I don't know what does.
    • Lana and Miz look like they went suit shopping together.

Reigning in an Ego

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    Roman Reigns and Miz had a fun match to cap off SmackDown. Miz ended up taking the loss in this one, but it wasn't without a little bit of help from Dolph Ziggler.

    Reigns was lining up for the Superman Punch when Miz tried to leave the match and walk away. Ziggler stood at the top of the ramp and Miz turned back around into a punch to the face. Reigns rolled him back in for a Spear to end the match.

    It seemed pretty obvious that Reigns would win, but at least Miz didn't look helpless. We have to remember that Miz has been on the roster for over eight years at this point, making him a veteran compared to Reigns. He needs to look like a strong champion, even if he is playing a cowardly heel.

     

    Grade: B

    Some notes from the match:

    • Did anyone else laugh when Reigns went to punch Miz in the face and laughed his butt off when Miz covered up?
    • Charles Robinson is the only ref who thinks to count when someone's shoulders are down in a submission hold.

     

Final Thoughts and Predictions

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    Seeing as though we are only days away from SummerSlam, it would have been understandable for WWE to go very light on the action in favor of hyping the PPV. Luckily, that did not really happen.

    This ended up being a pretty average week for SmackDown, which is not a bad thing when you look at the track record for shows that air just before a PPV event.

    The opening and closing bouts were both very entertaining and everything in between felt like the same stuff we see week after week, which is not necessarily a negative.

    WWE has done everything they can do to build SummerSlam at this point. Sunday's show has all the makings of a memorable PPV, but we've seen WWE drop the ball before. Let's hope everyone brings their A-game and we get a great SummerSlam.

     

    Predictions for SummerSlam:

    • Bray Wyatt will defeat Chris Jericho.
    • Roman Reigns will defeat Randy Orton.
    • Brie Bella will defeat Stephanie McMahon.
    • Miz will retain his IC title against Dolph Ziggler.
    • Jack Swagger will defeat Rusev.
    • Dean Ambrose will defeat Seth Rollins.
    • AJ will retain her Divas title against Paige.
    • Brock Lesnar will defeat John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

    What did you think of SmackDown, and what are your predictions for SummerSlam?

     

    Thanks for reading. Follow me on Twitter: @BR_Doctor.

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