WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from August 29

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2014

WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from August 29

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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.

    Reading the match card ahead of time, you would think this be a great episode of SmackDown. Unfortunately, most of it was average at best.

    Two or three matches were pretty enjoyable, but everything we saw felt like something we had just seen in the past week. It seemed like an episode that was thrown together at the last minute.

    The one positive thing is that the best parts of the show were evenly spread out, meaning there wasn't a long time without something entertaining.

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

Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt

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    SmackDown opened with a big showdown right out of the gate. Roman Reigns took on Bray Wyatt in what was turning into a decent singles match before it ended in a disqualification.

    Luke Harper and Erick Rowan got involved, but Big Show and Mark Henry came out to make the save and even the odds.

    Someone pulled a "Teddy Long" and turned this into a six-man tag match for later in the evening. Despite the DQ ending, you could see coming from a mile away, this was a decent way to kick off SmackDown.

    Grade: C

    Some notes from the match:

    • It feels like it's been a while since Wyatt had Harper and Rowan with him for a match. It's great to see the family spending more time together.
    • Reigns looks like he gets a little better in the ring with each passing week. He's still not a top performer, but he's on his way.
    • A show without a promo from Wyatt is always a little less entertaining.

RVD vs. Seth Rollins

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    Seth Rollins picked up a predictable victory over RVD after having lost to him earlier in the week. The match was as fun as would be expected for these two, but it felt like something was missing.

    Rollins looked as good as always, but it felt a little like RVD was phoning this one in. He hit all his big moves and did everything he always does, but it wasn't a convincing performance for some reason.

    What he needs to do is start adding things to his arsenal. RVD has had the same five signature moves for over a decade. It's time to start mixing it up.

    Grade: B-

    Some notes from the match:

    • RVD got more height for Rolling Thunder than he has in a long time.
    • RVD sells the Curb Stomp better than anyone else. He actually makes it so his head hits the mat before the rest of his body.
    • Rollins is stronger than he looks. Hitting the two running powerbombs into the corner on a man who is probably a few pounds heavier is no easy task.

Paige vs. Emma

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    This was barely a match. Emma hit one or two moves before tapping out to the PTO. This was all about the events that took place after the bout was over.

    AJ came out and presented Paige with a heart-shaped box of chocolates. Paige looked a little freaked out by the gesture, upsetting AJ in the process.

    AJ demanded that she eat one of the chocolates, but she just chewed it up and spit it out. Surprisingly, AJ just sat there looking sad instead of attacking like she usually would.

    This was just another chapter in the strange saga of AJ and Paige.

    Grade: D+

    Some notes from the match:

    • This thing with AJ and Paige is turning into Single White Female.
    • Maybe it's closer to The Roommate. I hope Paige doesn't have a cat.
    • AJ has really perfected the creepy stalker vibe. The only reason for the low grade was the match between Emma and Paige. The following segment was decent.
    • WWE called up Emma way too soon. The crowd is already bored with her from what can be seen in this match.

Apollo Creed vs. Ivan Drago

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    Rusev favored his ankle during this match, while Jack Swagger had his ribs taped up. It's always nice to see Superstars selling injuries. It makes things more realistic.

    Swagger had control for the majority of the time, locking in the Patriot Lock on several occasions. He was even able to escape the Accolade twice, but interference from Bo Dallas allowed Rusev to put him in the hold for a third time to pick up the win.

    Swagger looked really good in this match, but Rusev also deserves some credit for selling his injured ankle so well.

    Bo Dallas rubbed some salt in the wounds of Swagger by taunting him after the bout was over. Swagger tried to fight him, but he was too injured to avoid the Bo-Dog.

    Grade: B-

    Some notes from the match:

    • Swagger had so much momentum following his face turn, and WWE ruined it by having Rusev beat him so many times.
    • Swagger better come out on top in his feud with Bo Dallas. He's improved too much to have two successive rivalries end in defeat.
    • It's a little weird that Lana didn't have a promo before the match; she's always so good at stirring up heat.

Jimmy Uso vs. Stardust

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    Goldust started off by apologizing for what happened on Monday following their title match. The Usos appeared to be willing to let things go, but it was hard to tell since they didn't actually say anything.

    Jimmy ended up getting a really quick win with a roll up out of nowhere, but Goldust and Stardust assaulted both Usos after the match. This really solidified the heel turn for them.

    It's hard to grade a segment like this. On one hand, a longer match between Uso and Stardust would have been a lot of fun. On the other hand, what we saw helped further the Dust brothers' heel turn.

    Grade: C+

    Some notes from the match:

    • Stardust's face paint did not look like a star at all.
    • This could have been the best match of the evening. It's a shame that we didn't see them get more time.

Damien Mizdow vs. Sheamus

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    Kane set this up earlier in the evening after being disrespected by Miz, but Miz pulled the same trick he did on Monday and had Damien Sandow wrestle as his stunt double.

    Sandow went at Sheamus hard for the first few moments of the match, but Sheamus quickly turned things around and won with the White Noise.

    Miz attacked Sheamus and then ran away like a schoolyard bully, but Dolph Ziggler came out to put Miz back in the ring. He avoided the Brogue Kick by throwing Sandow in the path of Sheamus' foot.

    This was yet another case of the match being too short to afford more time to the proceeding segment.

    Grade: C+

    Some notes from the match:

    • It's great that Sheamus won with something other than the Brogue Kick.
    • Someone actually went to the trouble to make a second ridiculous jacket for Miz to wear. Is that thing actually fashionable somewhere?
    • The fall of Sandow is the greatest example of a mismanaged Superstar in quite some time. He had so much potential.

The Wyatt Family vs. Roman Reigns, Mark Henry and Big Show

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    After a pre-match brawl, Big Show and Luke Harper were the two who started things off. Quick tags from both teams kept the pace, but it was Big Show who stole the show.

    The giant was hitting moves we've never seen from him before, proving that he is still one of the best big men the business has ever seen.

    It was worth the first match of the night ending by DQ to get an exciting main event from these six men. Roman Reigns tore through the entire Wyatt clan before beating Harper with a Spear.

    This might not have been as exciting as when the Shield and the Wyatt Family used to face each other, but it was a great way to end a lukewarm show.

    Grade: A-

    Some notes from the match:

    • Henry, Show and Reigns almost looked like a real team with their coordinated attires.
    • Big Show hit a sunset flip on Rowan. Now I've seen everything.
    • Rowan was sweating like a faucet. His jumpsuit was absolutely soaked.

Final Thoughts and Predictions

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    Other than a couple of entertaining moments, this was a pretty uneventful episode of SmackDown.

    Swagger vs. Rusev and the main event were enjoyable, but everything else either felt rushed or had an ending that was far too predictable. Nobody is saying WWE has to be 100 percent original every week, but they've got to give us more variety sometimes.

    Roman Reigns may have won the main event for his team, but it was Big Show who stood out the most by pulling a few tricks out of his bag that we haven't seen before.

    Like JBL said during the match, it's easy to forget what a great athlete Big Show is because he's so huge. Andre may be the most beloved giant in wrestling history, but Big Show is the most talented.

    Even with a solid main event, this show still fell short of the mark as a whole. Hopefully Raw gives us some decent storyline progression, because SmackDown sure didn't.


    • Miz and Sandow will end up facing Sheamus and Ziggler in a tag match next week.
    • Damien Sandow will eventually turn on Miz and become a babyface.
    • Zeb Colter will return and give Swagger the motivation he needs to start winning again.
    • AJ will start stalking Paige backstage to get inside her head.
    • John Cena will continue to dominate his opponents leading up to his rematch against Brock Lesnar.
    • Seth Rollins will take credit for putting RVD on the shelf since he will probably be going on hiatus soon.

    What did you think of this week's SmackDown?

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