WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from November 5

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistNovember 6, 2015

WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from November 5

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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, as well as make a few predictions for future events.

    This week's SmackDown was pretty average, but there were a few highlights that made it worth tuning into the show.

    WWE.com announced a tournament to crown a new WWE World Heavyweight Championship following Seth Rollins' unfortunate injury. Because SmackDown was taped prior to the incident, the only reference to Rollins' status was a quick blurb between matches.

    Survivor Series is still a few weeks away, so there is plenty of time to plan out the tournament and decide which Superstar is going to carry the torch going forward.

    All that is still pretty far away. For now, let's take a look at what happened on this week's SmackDown.

Alberto Del Rio vs. Neville

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    SmackDown opened with a promo from Zeb Colter and Alberto Del Rio. Colter immediately addressed the 800-pound elephant in the room and talked about why he and Del Rio have teamed up.

    It has to be said this is one of the strangest angles in WWE history. These two have somehow taken an idea that sounds compassionate and turned it into a heel gimmick.

    The idea of unifying Mexico and The United States is nothing new, and you would think promoting the idea would make someone appear more accepting. Maybe that's the genius of Colter. He is able to take something perceived as positive and used it to gain heat.

    As far as the match with Neville is concerned, he and Del Rio worked well together. This was obviously going to end with ADR having his hand raised, but Neville put up a decent fight.

    On a pay-per-view with more time, these two could tear the house down. However, they still put on a good show to get the crowd in the right mindset for the rest of the night. After Del Rio picked up the win, he went back to attack Neville, but Jack Swagger came out to make the save.

    Grade: B+

    Notes and Highlights

    • The main reason Del Rio teaming with Colter is a waste of both men's time is that Del Rio is good enough on the mic by himself. He doesn't need Colter to do his talking for him.
    • I never realized I missed the realism of Del Rio's kicks until he returned. They always sound and look more stiff than anyone else's.
    • Am I the only one who thinks of Kevin Sullivan every time someone ends up in the tree of woe?
    • Jack Swagger is finally being used in a real storyline again, but he is likely just a pawn being used to get Del Rio over again.

The Usos vs. Ascension

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    The Usos returned to SmackDown after a long absence to battle The Ascension in tag team action. It was a standard bout, but it's great to see Jimmy and Jey back together.

    After picking up the win, The Usos celebrated by dancing to their music as the crowd welcomed them back to the blue brand.

    The biggest takeaway here is there doesn't appear to be any ring-rust to work off. Jimmy and Jey looked as cohesive as ever.

    Grade: B-

    Notes and Highlights

    • Where was Cody Rhodes? Isn't he supposed to be mentoring Konnor and Viktor?
    • The Ascension has a few  good double-team moves. The slingshot into a spinebuster looked great.
    • WWE aired a great video package for The Wyatt Family after the match was over. The WWE production team never ceases to amaze.

The Wyatt Family vs. Lucha Dragons and Prime Time Players

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    WWE held a traditional Survivor Series elimination match between The Wyatt Family and the team of The Lucha Dragons and The Prime Time Players.

    The only purpose this match served was to make The Wyatt Family look dominant, and eliminating every member of the opposing team certainly did the trick.

    Sin Cara looked like he might be able to even up the odds at one point after Darren Young was eliminated, but his flurry of offense was put to rest by one discus clothesline from Luke Harper.

    Kalisto managed to take out all four of his opponents at one point, but it wasn't enough to keep him from being eliminated.

    Titus O'Neil was the last man standing for his team, and he never stood a chance. He almost managed to eliminate Harper, but the entire Wyatt Family pounced on him to break up the pin.

    This wasn't an especially exciting match outside of a few good exchanges, but it wasn't bad by any means.

    Grade: C

    Notes and Highlights

    • Why was Kalisto wearing a smaller mask over his regular mask during his entrance?
    • It appears WWE is ignoring the fact this is the second time Kane has been abducted by Wyatt and his clan.
    • Kalisto trying to hit a hurricanrana on Erick Rowan was hilarious for some reason.

King Barrett vs. Ryback

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    Ryback picked up a quick win over King Barrett in the shortest match of the night. The win might make Ryback look good, but the whole thing felt pointless.

    King Barrett and Sheamus looked like they were in line for a push as a tag team, but as singles stars they have been struggling lately.

    There's not much more that can be said about this match. It will probably take you longer to read this slide than it took for Ryback to win.

    Grade: D+

    Notes and Highlights

    • Sheamus should have accompanied Barrett to the ring.
    • The most positive thing that can be said about this match is Ryback had a nice counter to get Barrett on his shoulders for Shell Shocked.

Natalya vs. Tamina

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    Natalya said she wanted to face the leader to Team BAD, and when it came time for the match, there was a slight issue deciding which member would face her.

    Sasha Banks and Naomi almost got into an argument, but Tamina stepped up and solved the issue by stepping into the ring to be Natalya's opponent.

    Naomi and Banks tried to influence the outcome, but Natalya used her veteran instincts to pick up the win with a roll-up. It was another short bout, but it was more enjoyable than the match between Ryback and Barrett.

    Grade: C

    Notes and Highlights

    • It took less than a minute for the crowd to start chanting "We want Sasha!"
    • Seeing these two powerful women fight brought back memories of when The Usos and Tamina were feuding with Natalya, Tyson Kidd and DH Smith.
    • It's good WWE has more than one storyline going in the Divas division right now, but there needs to be more depth to these feuds.

Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens

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    This is a feud anyone can get behind. Both of these men are hard workers who are capable of so much more than being just brawlers, and they regularly outperform most of the roster.

    Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens are known for their intensity, but they can fly when they need to and wrestle a more technical style when the occasion calls for it.

    This was a good match, but it felt like they were holding back. They had plenty of time to work with, but they never shifted into overdrive.

    It's hard to say if Ambrose will be pursuing the Intercontinental Championship going forward, but the way Owens tricked the ref into disqualifying Ambrose certainly leaves the door open for a big feud.

    Grade: B+

    Notes and Highlights

    • During a backstage interview with Renee Young, Ambrose said he spoke to the soul of John Denver while meditating. Goofy lines like that make Ambrose more entertaining than a lot of Superstars.
    • It looks like Owens has been polishing the IC title belt regularly. It was really shiny.
    • It's funny seeing these two fight after watching them get along so well on an episode of Table for 3.
    • Eddie Guerrero would be proud of Owens for getting Ambrose disqualified when he didn't actually do anything illegal.

Final Thoughts and Predictions

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    Overall, this was a decent episode of SmackDown. It wasn't great, but it was watchable, and sometimes that is the best you can hope for with a PG product.

    The Wyatt Family were given a boost when they defeated two great tag teams in a Survivor Series-style elimination match, Del Rio and Swagger began a new feud and it looks like Ambrose might be chasing the IC title moving forward.

    With three weeks to go until Survivor Series, WWE has plenty of time to make these storylines intriguing. Now that we know a tournament will be held to crown a new WWE World Heavyweight champion at the pay-per-view, we should start to see contenders emerge during Monday's Raw.


    • Ambrose will challenge Owens for the IC title either before or at Survivor Series.
    • We will see Kane and The Undertaker return within two weeks to set up their match with The Wyatt Family.
    • Seth Rollins will appear on Raw to relinquish the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
    • Sheamus will attempt to cash in his Money in the Bank contract while there is no champion to defend the title.
    • WWE will bring in a ringer to compete in the tournament at Survivor Series, possibly someone from NXT.

    What did you think of this week's SmackDown?

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