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5 Best WWE SmackDown Moments 5/12/16: Welcome To The Club

After a Raw that saw an obscenely expensive jacket get ripped to shreds by a man who has no business carrying a pair of scissors, SmackDown has arrived. While there wasn’t any further jacket destruction, Chris Jericho did introduce a new jacket that will likely play into a Pay-Per-View stipulation. That moment was one of the best of the night.

Moments that didn’t make the cut but were still notable included Big E getting scolded for repeated attempts at using risque speech, Lana throwing water into Kalisto’s face, and Bob Backlund being a crazy old guy who made Darren Young do 200 squats for using his phone to check the time. Old people are confused and senile and it’s hilarious!

This isn’t a comprehensive review of SmackDown but rather my thoughts on what the best moments of the night were. Assume this list is definitive and authoritative…or disagree. You have a right to your opinion.

5. The Golden Truth Sort Of Finally Forms

Is Breezedango an okay name for Tyler Breeze and Fandango? Or maybe we’ll call them The Beautiful Dance? How about Selfie Sticks and Hip Gyrations?  I’m not sure if Breeze and Fandango have officially formed a tag team together but they did join forces after they got fed up with the nonsense of the two guys that were their partners going into this match.

When R-Truth and Goldust found themselves to be the legal men on opposite sides of the ring, they refused to fight each other. They DO love each other! It was a beautiful moment in which the crowd briefly started a “Golden Truth” chant. The chants may have been piped in, but if that’s the case then please don’t message me or comment about it to set me straight. I want to live in a world that for at least a moment was happy that Truth and Goldust were finally coming together.

The moment didn’t last forever because as I already stated in the Breezedango paragraph above, they were attacked by their respective teammates. There will likely be a tag team match to settle the score and kick off The Golden Truth’s run in the near future. I’m hoping that The Forbidden Dance (nailed it!) will at least get an Extreme Rules pre-show match out of this. (Feel free to comment below with your own catchy tag team name suggestions for Tyler Breeze and Fandango below – even though it’d hard to top The Forbidden Dance.)

4. Playtime Is Over

Dana Brooke had her debut match on the main roster against Becky Lynch on SmackDown. It was notable because she scored a win over the superstar who competed for the Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 32, but that’s not the moment I’m choosing to highlight. It was Dana’s promo prior to this big win that impressed me the most.

When interviewed alongside her pal Emma, Brooke explained why she chose to attack Becky from behind on Monday night. She talked about how Emma was at the forefront of the Women’s Division in NXT, but when Lynch came along, people focused on her instead. As she explained her actions while flexing her biceps (she is a bodybuilder, by the way), she seemed like an absolute natural on the microphone.

Brooke was always a standout talker in NXT. She’s proclaimed herself to be THE Total Diva in the past and has smugly patted those she disliked on the head. Watching this interview on SmackDown, it became clear to me that she might be the most talented female talker that WWE has. She’s so comfortable with her character, and it’s enjoyable to watch. She’s a natural.

3. Two Codebreakers In A Straitjacket

Are Dean Ambrose and Chris Jericho building towards a straitjacket match at Extreme Rules? Judging by the opening of SmackDown, that seems to be the case. Some sort of unique stipulation should be expected but I can’t remember the last time I’ve watched that kind of match so why not?

Ambrose was in the middle of the ring, talking about his beef with Y2J when the arena went dark. Jericho’s music hit, yet nothing could be seen. It seemed like the prolonged pitch black was due to Chris’ fancy light up jacket getting destroyed on Raw, but he deviously chose to use the entrance as an opportunity to strike.

Jericho attacked his foe from behind. While Ambrose was loopy, Chris placed him inside of a straitjacket and then beat on him as he came to. Jericho gave him a Codebreaker before a team of refs came out to stop the attack, then gave another in the midst of the black and white stripes. Chris was ruthless as the two march on to a singles match at Extreme Rules.

2. The Club Levels The Usos

The only presence of WWE Champion Roman Reigns and his Extreme Rules challenger AJ Styles was during interview segments with their buddies before this tag team match. Both guys said they’d come out to assist if the either guy shows up, which surprisingly didn’t happen in this contest between Gallows & Anderson and The Usos.

What did happen was a DQ finish that led to a fun brawl on the outside. It felt a little wild and chaotic, something that I haven’t felt like these guys have yet been able to achieve without Roman or AJ involved. It was good that they could do that on their own.

Gallows & Anderson finally prevailed when they brought a steel chair into the mix. As both Jey and Jimmy were lying unconscious on the ground, Anderson sat on the chair while Gallows stood tall behind him. They both threw up their Too Sweet hand gestures in celebration.

1. The Miz Stands Tall

Next to the AJ Styles vs. Roman Reigns feud, WWE’s current Intercontinental Championship division is the best thing going. Champion The Miz has Kevin Owens, Cesaro, and Sami Zayn all vying for his belt and that’s a heck of a short list of challengers. On this night, a tag team match main evented with the guys split along heel/face lines.

Owens was the man to score the winning pinfall against Cesaro after he hit him with a Frog Splash, and that’s when the really fun stuff happened.The guys traded blows and specialty moves until Kevin was able to Popup Powerbomb Sami Zayn. The Miz, sneaky as he is, immediately came up behind Owens and dropped him with his Skull Crushing Finale.

The Miz standing tall among his three fallen challengers is how the show went off the air, a visual that made me particularly happy. I love The Miz. This is such a great mix of wrestlers and this SmackDown main event continued to add fuel to everybody’s fire.


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Answering WWE’s 5 Point Raw Preview 5/9/16

Omaha, Nebraska is the lucky town to host Raw this week and at this point I’m unaware of any matches announced for the show. Nevertheless, WWE’s got me covered with some of the things I should be expecting in the form of their weekly WWE.com Preview.

I’ve attempted to offer some analysis to WWE’s own questions for the show. You’ll notice that WWE’s questions are in the form of the bolded headings. My opinions are everything else. Let’s get to this…

Will AJ Styles Embrace His Ruthless Side?

Last week’s Raw ended with AJ Styles getting put through an announce table thanks to a Roman Reigns Powerbomb. It was a fun way to close out the show. Considering the two are building towards an “Extreme Rules” match at the upcoming eponymous event, I expect another hardcore interaction between these guys.

I think AJ’s alliances will still be teased as he keeps playing with the emotions of his New Japan buddies. So maybe we don’t get a definitive answer on whether he embraces his ruthless side or not. But if the question was rephrased to include “extreme” in the place of “ruthless,” then yes – I do believe AJ will embrace his extreme side. Maybe Roman will find himself put through an announce table this time around. It is his turn.

Who Deserves To Challenge This Miz?

The three most likely options to this question are Sami Zayn, Cesaro, and Kevin Owens. That’s quite an impressive short list of challengers. Shouldn’t Zack Ryder be on that list as well? Poor guy.

My money is going towards Miz defending against all three of those wrestlers at Extreme Rules. I wouldn’t be upset at all if Zayn and Owens did a second PPV singles match in a row, but since there was a clean loss at Payback a multi-man match this time around feels more likely. My official answer to WWE’s question is “all of the above.”

As a Miz fan, I hope that he survives this onslaught of challengers. I’m eating up the Hollywood ego-overload between he and Maryse, so keep that coming WWE. I will concede that he might not be the best wrestler in the mix here, but he’s still such a great character. Keep that IC strap on him for a long time.

Where Is Dean Ambrose?

Wait, Dean Ambrose has been missing? Wasn’t he just on Raw last week getting his head hit with a potted plant thanks to Chris Jericho? I guess I don’t recall seeing him on SmackDown, but I wouldn’t automatically think someone was missing simply because they miss Thursday night.

The point of this question is to sell the Mitch the Plant strike by Y2J, which is acceptable. If you bust something off someone else’s head, it should mean a potential injury. Even with WWE teasing that he might not be on the show because apparently nobody has seen Dean since the plant attack, I still expect him to get some sort of revenge on Chris.

With the plant out of commission, Ambrose will have to find another talk show item to whack Jericho with and I don’t think his posterboard sign is going to cut it.

Is Charlotte Running Scared?

Charlotte will be defending her WWE Women’s Championship against Natalya at Extreme Rules in a Submission Match. The reason she might be “running scared” is because her 16-time World Champion of a father is banned at ringside. Ric Flair has gotten involved in his daughter’s favor in the past, so of course Charlotte must be a little scared.

Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks have been on the backburner since WrestleMania, which sucks. Don’t get me wrong, I like seeing a talented in-ring performer like Charlotte getting some spotlight, but can’t Sasha be on TV a little more? She’s probably being saved for a SummerSlam title push but surely she’s got unfinished business with Team B.A.D. or something in the meantime.

Will Rusev Devour Kalisto’s ‘Big Heart’?

Rusev won a Battle Royal to determine the new Number One Contender to the U.S. Championship because he looks close enough like Ryback, I assume. Seriously, does Kalisto only fight big, beefy dudes now? I like Rusev, it’s just there’s a specific formula being presented at the moment.

On SmackDown, Kalisto performed a quick but successful strike against The Bulgarian Brute. They could simply do a repeat similar to that angle or maybe Rusev will get the upper hand this time around. Either way, Rusev’s really only in the picture to lose to Kalisto in the end in hopes that he can get the little guy over.

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5 Best SmackDown Moments 5/5/16: Big Cass Stands On His Own

Welcome back to the show that no McMahon is currently fighting for control over. It’s pretty much the wild west on Thursday nights. It shocks me that matches can still happen without people of power discussing them on camera while the show is ongoing, but somehow they do. It’s probably witchcraft.

This isn’t a comprehensive review, just my thoughts on what I believe to be the 5 best moments from the show. Feel free to disagree, it’s a subjective artform or something…

5. Another Miz Opener

Two weeks ago, The Miz kicked off SmackDown with a MizTV segment that included AJ Styles. Last week, The Miz interrupted Roman Reign’s opening promo to tell him that Styles was aligned with Gallows & Anderson. This week, The Miz crashed Sami Zayn’s appearance on Chris Jericho’s Highlight Reel to tell him that Sami interfered with his business on Raw earlier this week. All three opening segments resulted in later matches on each show against Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, and Sami Zayn, respectively.

The Miz has been one of the consistent cornerstones of SmackDown over recent history and I for one am more than happy about it. He’s a fantastic heel that has no trouble getting the crowds not only want to boo him but to also cheer for whoever is opposite of him at the time. The Intercontinental Championship as well as his fawning wife are by his side, which are both fitting complements to the “A-Lister.” Plus, his in-ring competition has been pretty stellar. What wrestler wouldn’t want to be facing that caliber of talent week after week?

Please continue the heavy Miz presence on this show, WWE.

4. Make Darren Young Great Again

Again? Doesn’t that imply…never mind, I’m being a jerk.

Young is one of countless guys in the back that hardly ever gets valuable on-screen time, so if this goofy Donald Trump parody segment gets him an opportunity then fine by me. You never know, he might stumble into something that clicks.

What makes this segment one of the better moments of the night is the craziness of Bob Backlund. He’s bringing to the table some Trump-inspired catchphrases, something that Vince is probably literally rolling on the floor laughing over. He also used the phrase “Wrestling is life” with a ferocity that eliminated any doubt that this was not wasted television time.

Was this segment silly? Yes, absolutely. But to be fair, it wasn’t long at all and it gave a guy TV time that’s pretty starved of it alongside a legendary former WWE Champion. I can stand a minute or two here and there for some Bob Backlund delivery of humor that Vince thinks is comedic gold.

3. Rusev’s Forehead

In a match with Zack Ryder, Rusev took a routine hit against the corner post while on the outside. The match kept proceeding like normal because nothing seemed off about the move at first glance. It wasn’t until the two brought the action back into the ring that the damage to the cranium of The Bulgarian Brute became evident…

Well, that probably hurt. Rusev was able to continue on with the match with no ill effects from the head shot, although he did noticeably wipe the goose egg with his hand a few times to check to see if there was any blood.

Lana’s sure got herself a tough man. At least she can revel in the fact that the part of him that resides above the eyebrows is number 3 on this week’s list. Rusev defeated Ryder fairly easily only to be gotten the better of by the U.S. Champion Kalisto post-match.

2. Anderson Facewashes Roman

It started out as a standard two-on-two tag team match between The Usos and Anderson & Gallows but with both Roman Reigns and AJ Styles at ringside you knew that things were going to break down. That moment came when Karl Anderson stuck his boot out of the ring and gave the WWE World Heavyweight Champion a facewash. Roman ran into the ring to retaliate and soon afterward everyone was brawling. Refs spilled out from backstage to try to seperate the factions and after a few moments, order was restored.

The moment that Anderson attacked Reigns with his boot is the part that I specifically wanted to celebrate. The Good Brothers have had a few bland matches in their short time in WWE so far but this week has felt so much better for them. They were using chairs and tempting Styles to attack a helpless Roman on Raw and now they’re booting Roman’s schnoz when he’s caught off guard. They’re lawless. They’re cool.

A six-man tag match was then restarted and it was a very good match from then on – easily the best match of the night. Roman scored the winning pinfall for his team after spearing Anderson, the man who struck first against The Big Dog.

1. Big Cass Stands On His Own

With Enzo Amore temporarily out with injury, the personality powerhouse half of the Enzo & Big Cass act could’ve simply left an unfilled void. But just like on Raw, Colin Cassady was handed mic time all by his lonesome. As far as I can tell, he’s doing just fine on his own.

After The Vaudevillians defeated Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel of The Social Outcasts, the seven footer’s music hit. He came out and told them that they looked like they were Sherlock Holmes characters trying to solve the mystery of who Cass was going to beat up. The answer to that mystery was that both of them would be getting the whooping. He’s got a calm and confident delivery that I’m really buying into.

Before going into the ring and making good on the promise of his promo he delivered his usual “spell it out for you” schtick, something that he’s been saying differently since coming to the main roster. Maybe it’s been longer than that, but since leaving NXT I’ve noticed that Cass doesn’t scream out his usual lines anymore. He says them in more of a normal speaking voice now.

It’s a perfectly fine change, but it has felt a little less energetic as of late…until this episode of SmackDown. Colin is finally nailing how to say the words with intensity without simply screaming them. It’s a subtle thing that I’m probably making way too big of a deal out of, but I was happy to feel like I truly heard the emotion from him like the fire in NXT.

Colin Cassady’s promos are good. Of course I’ll be tickled to death when Enzo finally comes back on screen, but if there were any worries that Colin would flop without his Luke Skywalker Smack-talker of a tag partner, worry no more.

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SmackDown 4/21/16 Results & Reactions

I’m writing this a couple of days after viewing SmackDown, so I’m leaving out match ratings during this recap article. I still have all of the results here and my reactions to everything, minus the Puerto Rico stuff from the Colon boys. What’s the point of all of that, anyways?

On to the show…

MizTV w/ AJ Styles

There’s some questions toward AJ here about whether or not Gallows & Anderson are colluding with the Number One Contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship or not, but the part I was loving the most was the interactions between Miz & Maryse. When Miz asked her to say “I love you again” simply so he can respond like Han Solo to say “I know,” I died laughing. This guys is money right now. Aj attacked Miz to end the segment.

Ryback def. Kalisto

This was a non-title match. It didn’t blow me away but it wasn’t bad or anything. I just don’t really care that Ryback wants to prove that his WrestleMania loss was a fluke. Kalisto went for his Salida Del Sol but Ryback countered it into a Shellshock for the win.

Baron Corbin Strikes Dolph Ziggler From Behind

I think these two were supposed to have a match together. Dolph was definitely coming into the ring for a match but never made it. Corbin attacked him while his making his entrance and gave him an End of Days on the floor. It was short and sweet. I’m looking forward to their eventual singles match. I assume that’s happening at Payback.

AJ Styles def. The Miz

I watched the first half of this one night and was too sleepy to finish it, so the first half of it was a blur to me. The ending was pretty strong as Anderson & Gallows prevented Miz from bailing on the match early. Miz ate a forearm while on the outside, followed by a Phenomenal Forearm in the middle of the ring. It was good from what I saw and added a new chapter to the AJ/Anderson & Gallows drama.

Finn Balor dropped his NXT Championship to Samoa Joe last night at an NXT live event. That doesn’t have anything to do with this particular episode of Smackdown but it does add to the intrigue of what could happen with these former New Japan stars over the coming weeks. WWE has a ton of interesting ways they can take this and I’m excited to see how it all plays out.

Dean Ambrose & Sami Zayn were in a backstage interview in which they discussed potential tag team names. It was mildly humorous. They keep giving Dean Ambrose cheesy stuff like this and attacks with hot dog condiments and making green slime pop out of briefcases, but I won’t complain too much. His charisma usually makes up for the weak material.

Anderson & Gallows talk about their first match on Raw against The Usos next week. They said they’re going to make an “Impact.” Get It?! That’s probably not what they meant.

Paige & Natalya def. Tamina & Naomi

I love Naomi’s glowing shoes. They need to sell those in kids sizes to I can buy them for my children. Natalya and Paige made their opponents tap out while they both applied submissions. Natalya challenges for Charlotte’s title at Payback, so win here makes sense. It’s good to see Paige on a winning team as well as she’s kind of been an afterthought in recent months.

R-Truth def. Fandango (With Special Referee Goldust)

Lots and lots of dancing here. I don’t mind the silliness and didn’t think they drug it out too long. R-Truth defeated Fandango, who tagged with Goldust in the tag tourney that’s going on. Truth and Goldust danced together post-match, which I’m guessing is their way of implying that they’re finally cool with each other now and will form The Golden Truth.

Promo Time With The Tag Tournament Finals Teams

Enzo & Cass were in the ring when they were interrupted by The Vaudevillians, who were at the top of the ramp. I think they’re finally presenting English & Goth correctly, having them being super proper and offended at the classlessness of their opponents. There was no big revelation but I hope that The Vaudevillians get this kind of mic time on Raw on Monday.

Chris Jericho & Kevin Owens def. Dean Ambrose & Sami Zayn

I don’t recall any gangbuster exchanges but I did enjoy this main event. There were too many hot talents to not. Jericho tripped up Ambrose while he was climbing the ropes, setting him up to be pinned by Kevin Owens. After the match, Owens and Jericho hugged like best buddies forever. There could’ve been more excitement here but it was still decent affair.

Final Thoughts:

I’m not a big fan of making secondary champions look like losers, but that’s what happened to U.S. Champion Kalisto and IC Champion The Miz tonight. I have less of a problem with it in The Miz’s case because he’s a slimy heel and lost slightly cheaply to a guy who’s main eventing the next Pay-Per-View. In the Kalisto’s case, I don’t see how a clean loss to a guy that doesn’t have much direction helps him in any way.

Miz was my favorite part of the show tonight. The guy is hilarious. The AJ Styles drama was furthered as well. That adds more intrigue to the main event at Payback. I just realized that the other half of that main event in a little over a week, WWE Champion Roman Reigns, was not on this show. There’s so much drama for Styles at the moment that his challenge to Reigns is kind of an afterthought to at all. That’s kind of strange.

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WWE Main Event Clips for January 21st, 2015

Due to contractual issues between WWE and U.K. programming, Main Event will not be airing on the WWE Network for the time being. This won’t rock too many people’s worlds but if you’re like me and you want to at least see what happened on the show then you’re out of luck.

Luckily, WWE is still putting highlight videos of the show on their Youtube channel. Here are the final moments of the three matches from yesterday’s episode. (It will still air in international markets, but if you’re a red-blooded American like me you are out of luck.)

Nattie seemed to like Summer Rae’s work in this match and Tweeted this bit of praise for her competitor…

Wyatt and Swagger seemed to bring a good amount of physicality in this one. It had a ‘house show’ feel to it and nobody seemed to buy that Jack had a chance at winning. Both guys seemed to hit their signature spots and put on a decent bout regardless.

It’s the same bits from Miz and Mizdow that we’ve been seeing for months but dang it, it’s still funny! Hopefully WWE begins the breakup of this duo this Sunday at the Rumble. We need a Wrestlemania match between these guys. They have definitely earned their spot on that card.

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Damien Mizdow & The Miz vs. The Usos: Mitch’s Match of the Week

(Note from Mitch: I’ve been really scaling back the amount of writing I’ve been doing lately. Life is busy, but in a good way. My wife is 8 months pregnant and I already have two other little ones at home. Wrestling is just for fun for me so I don’t have a huge issue with scaling back how much of my life it consumes. That being said, I’ve been trying to think up quick and easy ways to still put up good content without having to compromise time at home with family. This Match of the Week piece is one thing I’ve come up with. I hope you like it.)

My first ever Match of the Week award is going to the bout between WWE Tag Team Champions Damien Mizdow & The Miz and challengers The Usos. The Usos reclaimed the belts during this match on Monday Night Raw.

Before offering my thoughts on why I think that this was the best match of the week, I will mention what wrestling programs I have viewed since this past Sunday so you know what I am judging this against. I have viewed the Hulu version of Raw, most of Tuesday’s Main Event, and this week’s edition of NXT. I am a regular viewer of (Hulu) Raw and NXT, so I feel that my pick will be regularly valid going forward. Sometimes I will watch more wrestling in the week, but I will always watch at least those two programs.

What I liked so much about this match is that I get to talk positively about The Miz. He spent the most amount of time in the ring and should be credited for his work rate. Damien was his usual hilarious self on the outside, but in the squared circle it was all Miz.

When he came back after a short absence this summer he really clicked for me in regards to his character. He tried to convince everybody that he was so great because of his A-list Hollywood career and his “Money-maker” and I was sold on him. He teamed up with Damien Sandow and the two turned a comedy gimmick into one of the most entertaining parts of whatever show they were on. I love that these guys have worked so hard and went from being unimportant at the beginning of 2014 to often times show-stealers by the end of the year.

Their reign with the Tag Titles may not have been very lengthy but it was well deserved recognition for two guys that have revitalized their careers. I hope their eventual solo feud ends with a blow off match at Wrestlemania. Take a look at the final moments of this match by clicking on the embedded YouTube video…

Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins from Raw and Finn Balor & Hideo Itami vs. The Ascension from NXT were honorable mentions for this week. Next week, there should be stiffer competition because I intend on viewing that Wrestle Kingdom 9 event out of Japan in addition to regular WWE viewing. I went over 600 words on this first installment and I fully expect to not be so long-winded in the future. This is intended to be a lighter piece. Did you like my pick this week? Shoot me a comment below and let me know your thoughts or find me on Twitter @MitchNickelson.

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Main Event Review for December 16th, 2014

Welcome back to another edition of WWE’s Tuesday night sports entertainment extravaganza, Main Event! Main Event is live on the WWE Network and comes to us from Grand Rapids, Michigan this week. While Smackdown is normally taped on the same night, this week things are changed up slightly as the usual Friday show will air live on USA immediately afterward. I haven’t watched it yet and it might be a couple of days until I get caught up. Byron Saxton and Michael Cole are our announcers.

I watch this show and type a summary of the important events and my thoughts on all of it as I go along. I then wrap everything up at the end in a Final Thoughts section. Let’s get started.

MizTV Interviews Naomi

Have I mentioned that I really like this angle? Miz brings a legitimate level of sliminess to this storyline.  If you took his actions at face value then he is just trying to help out Naomi. But he knows how to deliver every ‘good deed’ in a way that makes you feel like he is one step away from inviting her back to his place for a couch audition.

He tells her on this night that he pulled some strings and got her booked in a Diva’s Championship match later in the night (on Smackdown). He tells her that she might need permission from her husband and that cues Jimmy and his brother to charge into the ring. Miz continues being the creep by saying that he thinks Naomi is talented and wants to see her succeed. “It’s too bad that your husband doesn’t feel the same way.”

Erick Rowan will take on Kane later on the show.

The New Day vs. Tyson Kidd (w/Natalya) & Cesaro

Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods represented their team while Big E gave Natalya his handkerchief on the outside. The over-the-top excitement of New Day seemed like too much in the beginning but the crowd is getting into them. This gimmick might take them farther than I would have guessed.

Cesaro seems to be joining Tyson in his chauvinist antics. At one point, Tyson put Kofi in a Tree of Woe and tried to distract the ref while subtly signaling at Natalya to interfere. She doesn’t, then Tyson screams “What’s wrong with you?!” to his wife on the outside. Then, Cesaro stomped on Kofi’s face while the ref wasn’t looking and yelled “That’s how you do it!” toward Nattie. Poor girl, now she’s getting verbal abuse from Tyson’s buddies as well.

This was the fun, athletic bout you’d hope it would be. Cesaro even busted out his Swing on Kofi and Kidd helped him finish it off by drop-kicking him at the end. It looked really good on the replay. Kofi found himself in distress and the crowd got hyped up for the hot tag to Woods. There were plenty of fun near falls but the ending came after Kofi did a top rope stomp to Tyson, who was being propped up on the knee of Xavier. That was another move that looked great when they replayed it.

Winners by pinfall: New Day

After the match, all three members of New Day celebrated their win in the ring while Natalya tried to give her husband some water on the outside. Cesaro took the water bottle from her and gave it to Tyson himself because apparently she wasn’t doing it right. This was a good match. Go back and watch it if you can.

Roman Reigns will be returning to in-ring action on Smackdown. Dean Ambrose will be having some sort of confrontation with Bray Wyatt as well.

Paige Watches Titus O’Neil Challenge Erick Rowan in Chess

I think I summed up this backstage segment pretty well in the title. Erick Rowan was showing Paige some Bobby Fisher moves and Titus called Erick “swamp booty” before we found out that Titus doesn’t know how to play chess.

Chris Jericho hosted Raw on the previous night and it led to the return of Brock Lesnar. Brock also got involved in the main event between John Cena and Seth Rollins. All of this is replayed at this point during a recap segment. John Cena challenges Brock Lesnar at Royal Rumble for his WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

Naomi approaches Miz backstage and tries to apologize for earlier. Miz tells her that her Diva’s Title match is already set up but if she can’t control her husband then all her dreams of Hollywood will go away.

Emma vs. Paige

These two were given more time than I would have guessed. The crowd was a little quiet at times to the point that you could hear some move-calling. Paige would take a few occasions to yell out to the crowd and she was doing fairly well at trying to draw them into the match. There isn’t any story to the two of them wrestling on this night but I guess that sometimes there doesn’t need to be. Paige won by applying her PTO maneuver to Emma.

Winner by submission: Paige

Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt will be competing in a Boot Camp match on Wednesday’s Tribute To The Troops special on USA.

Titus O’Neil joins the announce team as Michael tries to joke with him about his lack of chess skills. Titus will be there during the Erick Rowan match.

Erick Rowan vs. Kane

Much of this match was a blur to me because I was way too distracted by the banter between Titus and Michael Cole. Cole kept insulting the intelligence of O’Neil and he would respond by insulting Michael’s announcing skills. I did find it entertaining but it in no way complemented the match. Rowan and Kane were an afterthought to the dialogue.

The action spilled to the outside and Rowan slammed Kane into the announce table. Kane caused a couple of cups that were in front of Titus to fly towards him and soak him. Titus was looking pristine before the drenching and was repulsed by it. He yelled at Rowan that he was going to send him a bill of $5200. Shortly after that, Kane Chokeslammed Rowan in the middle of the ring and successfully pinned him.

Winner by pinfall: Kane

Michael Cole tried to tell Titus about a sale on Amazon regarding a Chess for Dummies book and Titus left the announce table highly irritated. I’m sure Kane and Rowan were also doing stuff.

Mitch’s Final Thoughts

It’s been a week of way more wrestling than normal and I expected Main Event to be more of a chore to watch this week. Surprisingly, I thought it was above average. I love the Miz/Naomi story and I find myself genuinely wanting to root for Jimmy Uso to get the chance to get his hands on Miz.

Tyson Kidd and Cesaro make a good tag team. All three members of New Day are working hard at getting their new stable over. Every person in that match is someone that I hope gets to the next level in WWE. They had the best match on this show.

I won’t overly criticize the announcing from the Kane/Rowan match simply because I like Titus O’Neil and thought he was funny. It is a shame that it distracted so much from the in-ring action but it looks like it’ll lead to an O’Neil match against Erick Rowan. That’s good news for Titus, even if it’s just a Main Event match. He’s not really doing much of anything else at the moment.

That’s all for me this week. Did you like the show? Go ahead and type your thoughts into the Comments section below and I’ll talk with you. Also, check out my recent podcast episode by clicking HERE. I got the chance to chat with Ring of Honor’s Caprice Coleman and Jason Iannone of Cracked.com.

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Sheamus Wants Rematch With Rusev (Interview Highlights)

WWE’s resident Irishman, Sheamus, gave an interview with The Independent that coincided with a series of U.K. shows. To view the full article, simply click HERE. But to make things easy for you, I’ve pulled a few quotes that I found interesting and added a few comments alongside them.

On his recent U.S. Championship loss to Rusev:

“I obviously want a rematch. I want to prove I can beat Rusev. That’s important, we went back and forth the other night – it was a long night – but it was cool the way it was on the network. It was like the first of its kind, to broadcast that match on the network and it shows how powerful the network can be with so much opportunity and options that the WWE can put any match on there, anytime, anywhere, exclusively for the fans that subscribe to the network.”

I assume the rematch will come at Survivor Series. It seemed a little rushed to make it happen already but I agree with the decision to air it after Raw on the WWE Network. That’s a big match that people have been calling for so it builds interest in the Network.

His thoughts on The Miz:

“What do I think of The Miz? Not much mate. I think he should be doing ballet dancing rather than the WWE. He just talks a lot, has a big mouth – I’ve tried to shut him up a few times but no matter how many times you hit him or kick him in the face he doesn’t get the message.”

His thoughts on Damien Mizdow:

“I think Mizdow is tremendous and I think both of them together are a very entertaining piece. I’m not sure one would survive without the other really. I mean Miz obviously has the track record, but both of them together, they’re just entertainment gold. They’ve come a long way. They’re very, very entertaining television and they’re a very entertaining couple. Even when I’m wrestling Miz, I’ve got one eye on him and one eye on Mizdow on the outside and he’s cracking me up half the time, he’s very entertaining.”

I hope he’s wrong about them not surviving without the other. I’m rooting for Sandow to have a babyface turn that hopefully solidifies his spot on the card. He seems like he could be a key player in a story line for a mid-card title.

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Damien Sandow Praised By Mick Foley

After last year’s unsuccessful Money In The Bank briefcase cash-in by Damien Sandow (against then-World Champ John Cena), many wrestling fans groaned about what they expected to be the demise of Damien Sandow. Ever the optimist, Mick Foley had a different take on the situation. He immediately took to social media and made this call in October of 2013…

“THAT WAS AWESOME! Who else found themselves being swept up in the wave of excitement that IS @TheDamienSandow-mania! #RAW Way to go Damien! Come on all you #DebbieDowners out there – what happened to @TheDamienSandow was FAR from a burial! It was the dawning of the age of Sandow! One year from today, I will remind all of you that I declared October 28,2013 as the dawning of the age of @TheDamienSandow-mania! #RAW”

While I don’t disagree with Foley that the match against Cena was extremely exciting, it’s hard to say that his call proved right. After his time carrying the briefcase, Sandow faded into the meaninglessness of the midcard without anything substantial on the horizon.

Then, things got weird for Sandow when he started donning extremely baffling costumes on an almost weekly basis during the spring and summer of this year. Some were highly entertaining (Mr. McMahondow), yet some were real head-scratchers. Case in point…

While all of this seemed like some cruel joke that was being portrayed on the poor Sandow, he finally started feeling like a somewhat useful talent again when he found the perfect character to copy, The Miz. His mannerisms have hysterically patterned after the self-proclaimed Hollywood star. Sandow even offered logical reasoning on a recent MizTV segment for why he’s currently shadowing Miz. He expects his devotion to Miz to lead to an Intercontinental Championship match, should Miz finally upend Dolph Ziggler. Here’s his most recent example of method acting, from Tuesday night’s Main Event…

Whether this comedy bit needs to be associated with the historic Intercontinental Championship is a separate conversation, but I can’t help but feel happy for Sandow. He’s had a terrible year since holding a briefcase that made him the defacto number one contender. Now that he has regular television time in a continuing story I feel like I can see light at the end his tunnel. This logically will lead to a feud with The Miz, so he even has some short term booking before him. Things are finally looking up for the guy.

Going to back to Mick Foley’s take on Damien, he offered these comments recently on Facebook…

I see Foley as being just a little over-positive on his take of Damien’s career, but I do agree with him that Sandow can take whatever is given to him and turn it into something very special. I’m not sure that this is the greener pastures that Sandow deserves, but it is a far cry better than where he was six months ago. Will Sandowmania ever truly run wild? Offer up your thoughts in the comments on if you agree with Mick or not.

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Main Event Review for September 17th, 2014

Welcome to the Mitch Nickelson review of WWE Main Event, the show that is the apple of the WWE Network’s Tuesday night’s eye. Tonight’s show comes to us from Biloxi, Mississippi. Byron Saxton and Michael Cole are our announcers.

I don’t know of anything announced for this show, but since it’s the week of a Pay-Per-View I figure that there will be plenty of Night Of Champions building. As usually, I watch and write a recap as I go along. I don’t get too in-depth, but I make sure to cover the major stuff, adding in my opinion along the way. At the end, I wrap things up with a spiffy Final Thoughts section. Let’s get to the show.

Dolph Ziggler & R-Ziggler vs. The Miz and Damien Mizdow

This is a good way to kick off the show. When coming to the ring, The Miz touched a fan and Damien was there with hand sanitizer to cleanse him from the filth of the unwashed masses. I love the antics of those guys and it makes me happy to find Sandow to be a part of an entertaining, somewhat meaningful role these days.

R-Truth should be given credit as well. At one point, him and Ziggler did a tandem strut and hair toss that was well-choreographed. I wasn’t rooting for Truth to be given more opportunities before this, but I’m glad he’s also momentarily out of his own career rut. You could argue that everyone involved in this angle is experiencing a career revival of sorts. Every single one of them was stuck in storyline purgatory just six months ago.

Miz and Mizdow worked well as a team. R-Ziggler would play the face in peril for the bulk of this match as his opponents would let him get close to tagging Dolph, then stopping him with a Drop Toe Hold and dragging him away from his corner again.

They built to the hot tag well and Dolph came with an intensity when he finally got into the ring. He connected with the Famouser but Miz scored the kickout on 2. Miz went for a Figure Four, but Miz rolled him up for only a 2 as well. R-Ziggler got back in the ring and attempted a Jumping DDT just like Dolph does. He pulled it off well. The finish came when Miz connected with The Scull Crushing Finale on R-Ziggler. Good opener.

Winners by pinfall: The Miz and Damien Mizdow

Damien copying The Miz as he’s celebrating on the ropes is funny. As Miz waves his hand in front of The Moneymaker, Mizdow does the same…one step behind, of course.

A graphic pops up telling us that Seth Rollins will take on Big E tonight.

Renee Young Interviews Seth Rollins Backstage

Seth Rollins, who takes on Roman Reigns this Sunday at Night of Champions, is asked if his loss on Raw to Roman Reigns would be considered a setback. Seth talked about how he’s a man of opportunity. He’s going to use his match with Big E tonight to prove that brains triumphs over brawn every time. Boos could be heard from the crowd as he finished his interview.

Brie Bella vs. Cameron

Renee Young interviewed Nikki earlier in the day and asked her why she recently attacked her sister unprovoked. Her hat was really spikey, which might be the big takeaway from this. She ended the interview by saying that after her win at Night of Champions, everyone will be kissing her “voluptuous derriere.”

The girls scream a lot during the match. That’s not unordinary, but I noticed it more in this match. The crowd busted out a huge “Yes” chant in the middle of the match. Cameron did that split where she pinned her opponent. She screamed “Yeah, I know!” during the pin, possibly a reference to when she pinned a face-down opponent with the same move on Raw.

Brie Bella was able to connect with an X-Factor (shout out to Sean Waltman). She pinned Cameron successfully after that.

Winner by pinfall: Brie Bella

The first big recap segment of the night is played and it’s to promote Lesnar vs. Cena at Night Of Champions. The dominance of Lesnar at Summerslam is highlighted as well as Heyman’s subsequent attempts to turn Cena to the dark side over the past few weeks.

After the video package, Michael Cole explains that his weekly WWE.com interview will be with Brock Lesnar this week. There’s a reminder of Chris Jericho being Christian’s guest on the “Peep Show” at the Night Of Champions Kickoff Show.

Seth Rollins vs. Big E

The match opens with a big “You Sold Out” chant from the crowd. The crowd also seems to respond well to Big E. At one point, he caught Seth Rollins in the air and toyed with him as he repeatedly drove his knee into Seth’s side. The audience was on their feet in support of him. Big E took Seth out of the ring and dominated him. Brawn was winning over brain for a while. Big E pressed Seth high above his head and threw him through the second rope back into the ring. Seth started regaining momentum with a dive to the outside before a commercial break.

Back from break and Seth is still in control. He works the methodical holds like when he drives his boot into the side of Big E’s head against the ropes. The referee scolds him for the move but Seth tells him that he has a 5 count and he’s going to use it.

The crowd rallies for Big E as he tries to power back into the match. By the time he hits a Belly-To-Belly Suplex he really had a lot of excitement going. He was able to get a splash onto Seth but only got a 2 count when he pinned. Big E did that awesome spot where he Speared his opponent through the ropes to the outside. I don’t think I’ve seen that since his fights with Rusev.

Back in the ring and Big E pulled down his singlet straps to signal that he’s going to try for The Big Ending. Rollins was near the ropes and was able to pull himself out of the move. He kicked Big E in the head to stop him. Rollins ran Big E into the corner, shoulder first. This set him up to be a recipient of Seth’s Curb Stomp. Seth pinned Big E for the win.

Winner by pinfall: Seth Rollins

Seth grabbed his briefcase to celebrate his victory. He pointed to his head to remind everyone that brains beats brawn. The show closes as Michael Cole and Byron Saxton hype up of Night Of Champions, this Sunday on the WWE Network.

Mitch’s Final Thoughts:

This was a solid hour of wrestling. Definitely an above-average show. The opening tag match was great. All four guys look like they’re having fun with the material they’re being given and I think they’re superb. I expect Dolph to retain this Sunday, but you never know. There’s a ton of great matchups that can be formed after the Night Of Champions fallout. Maybe all four guys will be pitted against each other next month?

The Brie Bella and Cameron match was the weakest bout, but Cameron remembered that the back has to be on the ground during pinfalls so there were no goof-ups tonight. Brie isn’t in the Diva’s Title match this Sunday but it’s safe to say that she’ll play a role.

Seth Rollins and Big E worked a great match together. The brains vs. brawn story was simple and well-told. Big E was given time to dominate and the crowd supported him well. Seth would use the ropes and manipulated 5 counts to gain the advantage. Sometimes matches can be way over-thought but this was a basic formula that was so easy to get behind.

The fluff was also kept to minimal tonight. It seems like WWE used this hour to promote Night Of Champions. Good for them, it made this show seem relevant.

That’s it for me this week. Did you like the show tonight? Did it help to promote Night Of Champions? Shoot me your thoughts in the comments below and we’ll discuss it. Also, follow me on twitter @MitchNickelson. You can find even more Mitch at MitchNickelson.com. Thanks for reading.

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