WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from October 3
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.
If you were hoping to get a great SmackDown to make up for a weak Raw, you are going to be disappointed. It's not that the show was bad. It just wasn't that good.
Everything we saw was either a rematch or a slightly different twist on something else we've seen recently. It definitely didn't feel like there was a lot of effort put into booking.
When the biggest pop of the night goes to Bob Uecker, you know there's a problem. As painful as it might be, let's take a look at what took place on this week's SmackDown.
Best Friends for Now
John Cena opened the show with a promo about how badly he was beaten at SummerSlam and how he ended up getting his butt whooped again on Raw by The Authority.
Cena basically said the same things he always says in the same tone he always uses. He called out Seth Rollins, but Dean Ambrose came out instead.
Ambrose made some veiled threats and Cena said he didn't want to fight him. They exchanged some words about who deserves to get their hands on Rollins the most until things nearly came to blows.
Cena offered his hand for a truce, but Randy Orton, Seth Rollins and Kane came on the big screen before Ambrose could shake it. They tried to create some tension by telling Cena and Ambrose what they used to say about each other backstage.
Kane put them in a tag match for later in the evening. While it wasn't a bad segment, it felt a little too long to basically get to the point of making this into a tag match. Teddy Long could have gotten it done in half the time.
Some notes from the segment:
- I think John Cena quoted Alice Cooper from Wayne's World.
- People have been saying that Ambrose is like Brian Pillman or Stone Cold Steve Austin. In the end, people will be comparing the next generation to Ambrose. This guy is so good at adding little details to his performance.
- Either WWE did some heavy editing or Cena was barely getting any boos.
Proof That Talent Doesn't Equal Success
Dolph Ziggler and Sheamus teamed up to take on Miz and Damien Mizdow in tag team action. It was exactly what you would expect.
Sheamus spent the majority of the time in the ring, while Ziggler got the hot tag and came in to pick up the victory with a Zig Zag to Mizdow.
Mizdow is really funny in this role, but even he couldn't keep this from feeling like the same thing we have been seeing for weeks.
It was probably a better experience live than it was on television because everyone did do a good job, it just wasn't anything to write home about.
Some notes from the match:
- It's too bad R-Truth was just used for a couple of weeks and then tossed to the side again.
- Best part of the match: Dolph Ziggler getting the win.
- Worst part of the match: Too predictable.
Bray Wyatt Fixed Luke Harper
A video package usually wouldn't get its own slide, but this one is too important to ignore. The fact that Luke Harper is getting his own push is very good for everyone.
This guy has been the real monster in The Wyatt Family with his incredible performances in the ring time and time again.
Wyatt is great, but Harper is awesome. Nobody his size has ever been able to do the kinds of things he pulls off, but his real value is in his ability to elevate everyone around him.
The sky is the limit for Harper. He is going to show everyone just how good he really is once he starts going out on his own. Everyone who saw Brodie Lee on the indy scene knew he had what it took, and he is starting to prove them all right.
Naomi Is Better Than This
Paige took on Naomi in the next match. In the short amount of time they had, Naomi proved once again why she is the most underused Divas in the division.
She hits her big moves really well and knows how to do things most Divas wouldn't even try. It's too bad she isn't being featured in a more prominent role.
AJ came out and sent Alicia Fox and Paige packing after Paige got the win over Naomi. Despite the poor use of Naomi, this was better than all three segments we saw from the Divas on Raw.
Some notes from the match:
- Naomi's outfits are getting stranger by the week.
- Why is Alicia Fox hanging out with Paige? It makes no sense.
Big Show's Apology
Big Show came out and apologized for offending any Russian fans by pulling down the flag on Raw. He said he likes most Russians and is a proud patriot.
Predictably, Lana and Rusev came out to address Big Show's lack of respect for their flag and to demand a personal apology for what happened.
The crowd chanted U.S.A. for a long time before Big Show said he wasn't going to apologize to them personally because he disrespected them on purpose.
Rusev actually spoke for more than one sentence and told Big Show that he and America suck. He then attacked Big Show with the Russian flag and finished him off with a big kick to the head.
Big Show made his way back to his feet and Rusev retreated when he started getting mad. The segment ended with Big Show getting a U.S.A. chant going while Rusev's music played. This was another lukewarm segment. It wasn't bad, but it just didn't pop.
It's going to be interesting to see who come out on top when this feud is over. Big Show might not seem like a huge threat anymore, but he is still enough of a veteran to put a young talent over and make it look important.
The Hare Wins the Race
Heath Slater and Titus O'Neil took on The Usos in what was basically a comedy match. The Bunny came out and harassed Hornswoggle. Then he hit a splash to Hornswoggle while The Usos hit Superfly Splashes to Slater Gator at the same time.
Adam Rose came out after it was all over to join the party with the whole Exotic Express. All the kids probably enjoyed this segment, but it was a bad sign for The Usos.
They went from being the best tag team we had seen in quite some time to being used for a comedy segment. Hopefully they aren't used like this on a regular basis.
Some notes from the match:
- Hornswoggle is really good at walking like an alligator.
- JBL made an F-Troop reference. That might be too old, even for him.
- At least the triple splash at the end was cool.
The Truth Hurts
Cesaro won a really quick match against R-Truth with a Neutralizer. Other than this being a decisive win for Cesaro, this just proves how far Truth has fallen down the ladder in WWE.
He once headlined a pay-per-view against John Cena, and now he is being used as a sidekick or a jobber. At least TNA made him the NWA champion.
Cesaro should never be involved in a match with a grade this low, but it happened.
This Match Again
For some reason, WWE decided to end SmackDown with the same match that ended Raw. Just like on Monday, Kane and Orton were disqualified.
The way the matches ended was a little different, though. Seth Rollins came out and John Cena chased him to the back, leaving Dean Ambrose alone in the ring.
Cena tried to make the save, but he was too late to keep Ambrose from a beating at the hands of The Authority. It's a good way to build more tension between Cena and Ambrose, but it was still just a repeat of what we saw on Monday.
Some notes from the match:
- The crowd had dueling Cena chants going pretty loud when he wasn't even the legal man. Things like that are why he is the top guy. Everyone reacts to him. It doesn't really matter if it's in a good or bad way as long as they are paying attention.
- Orton and Cena probably hold the record for being in the same match the most times out of anyone other pairing in WWE today.
Final Thoughts and Predictions
This is normally the part where the show's highlights would be listed, but nothing seems to fit the bill this week. Only two matches were even remotely entertaining, but they were totally unoriginal.
WWE has a big task filling as many hours of programming as they do every week, but sometimes it feels like they just aren't trying anymore.
Hopefully next week is an improvement, because Main Event being the best show of the week is not a trend that should continue.
- Ambrose will attack Cena for leaving him high and dry.
- Damien Mizdow will earn an IC title shot, making Miz jealous of his own stunt double.
- The Bunny will be unmasked before Hell in a Cell.
- The Bunny will face Hornswoggle in a match at some point.
- Rusev will defeat Big Show in a match at Hell in a Cell.
What did you think of this week's SmackDown?
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