WWE Smackdown Live Results and Review
Air date: August 30, 2016
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This week on Smackdown we get to see what follows the altercation between Daniel Bryan and The Miz last week. Also on Smackdown we get to see The Headbangers make their return, and we get to see many more matches and segments. Was this Smackdown worth your time? Let’s go to the ring and find out!
The show kicks off with a recap of the very popular altercation between Bryan and Miz on Talking Smack last week. After the video ends, we see Bryan and Shane backstage talking about the interview, with Shane saying that Bryan shouldn’t have been so blunt. Bryan takes the criticism at first, but then fires back with “It’s ironic coming from someone who has beef with Brock Lesnar”. It seems like they could be hinting at a heel Bryan in the future. After this we go to the intro video.
After the intro clip, we cut down to the ring where The Miz is storming out to cut a promo. He cuts a quick and decent promo, but eventually gets interrupted by Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler challenges Miz to a fight, but Miz bails. I was not a big fan of what happened in this segment, but I think it is smart for WWE to hop on the Miz/Bryan hype train and have this play a big roll in the show. If the interview on Talking Smack was a work or not, I doubt they had plans to make this start off the show until recently. I always think that segments that don’t result in anything later on in the show are useless, so this Miz/Ziggler exchange was a part of the start that I was not too keane on. In general, not too bad of a way to start the show.
Match 1: The Hype Bros vs The Vaudevillians
After the lengthy opening to the show, we get our first competition of the evening. This first match is in the Tag Team Tournament that kicked off last week, with the winners receiving the Smackdown Tag Championships. This match was very quick, but we saw lots of great spots from both teams. There is mixed opinions on the Hype Bros online, but honestly I think they are great and that they deserved to win this match. They got the victory in this match by the “Hype Ryder”, which is a Rough Ryder from the ropes.
AJ Styles vs Apollo Crews
Following that short but sweet match, AJ Styles comes out to the ring and when he gets introduced, the announcer says “And would now like to be known as the Face That Runs The Place”. That is great, but Styles doesn’t get heat from the crowd. Styles is funny, good, but when he came out I heard a super loud pop from the crowd. AJ talks for a while, but he quickly gets interrupted by Apollo Crews, and he says that they have a match now.
This match is a dream match for a large number of people, but this would not be that. It was evident that Styles would win, which is okay because it was for the right reasons, and this match was good. This match wasted nobodies time. We got to see lots of great moves by both competitors, and we got to see a clean finish to the match. Styles got the win to the this match via the Phenominal Forearm, a very fun move to watch.
Heath Slater and Rhyno Interview
Before the debut of the Rhyno/Heath Slater tag team tonight, we get to see a exclusive interview of when Renee went to Slaters house. This segment was very long, but it was SO worth it. It really drove home the idea that Slater was “Trailer Trash”, and it got his character so much more over in my head. I hope that more interviews and segments happen like this in the future, because this was high production and and it payed off.
Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton Altercation
Bray Wyatt comes out to the ring after that great interview, and did quite the boring exchange with Randy Orton. This verbal exchange resulted in them agreeing for a match at Backlash, but other than that you weren’t missing much.
Match 3: Natalya and Alexa Bliss vs Naomi and Becky Lynch
It’s been a while since we saw a match on this show, so let’s get back to the ring for a tag match in the women’s division. During this match, Nikki Bella was ringside on commentary. This match wasn’t that good, but at least it pushed forward a storyline. Near the end of the match, Carmella runs out and attacks Nikki Bella. Becky Lynch gets distracted by the brawl, and she loses by rollup pin. This was the first part of the show up to this point that I didn’t really enjoy, which is a great sign.
Match 4: The Headbangers vs Heath Slater and Rhyno
The tag team tournament continues on with the returning Headbangers facing Slater and Rhyno. This match wasn’t that good, but a positive is that The Headbangers did not show much ring rust. They had lots of skill in the ring, but as you would expect they lost the match. I don’t know what they will do with The Headbangers now, as it could have been a one-off but time will only tell. The guys seem old enough that they were probably there for just one match, but I can see WWE signing guys like them because they would be giving out small paychecks. Rhyno got cut open during this match, but the cut did not seem that bad.
Kane vs Local Indie Guy
Before our main event, we see an unknown wrestler in the ring saying that he will face anyone backstage. Who comes out? Kane. Kane chokeslams this guy and that was that. This seemed like something that was done just to burn time on the show, and it made no sense whatsoever.
Match 5: Dean Ambrose vs Baron Corbin
Following that odd segment, it becomes time for the main event. The main event tonight is Dean Ambrose versus Baron Corbin. AJ Styles, the man who will face Ambrose for the title in 2 weeks, is ringside during this match. This match takes up the final 15 minutes of the show, and it wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad. Baron Corbin doesn’t seem like a name that would be big enough to be in the main event this week, but there wasn’t really any other big names that could have faced Ambrose tonight.
The match ended by DQ which was pretty lame, but the show did end in a brawl with Ambrose being victorious. It was interesting how this week they didn’t talk about the main event storyline until about halfway through the show, and they let a smaller storyline start the show off. I never like DQ finishes to matches, but this formula that WWE uses seems to do just fine when on the road to a PPV.
This week of Smackdown wasn’t too bad, with lots of new storylines being introduced, a debut and some decent matches. I found that the second hour was more stale than the first, but it still did a decent job at keeping me entertained.
I did not see RAW this week, so I can’t say who won the brand battle this week, but RAW does have some good competition this week. But in conclusion, this episode WAS worth your time.