Friday, 30 August 2013 09:28
MizTV opened SmackDown. His guests were the Big Show and Dolph. Miz recapped the Raw main event where they all had to watch helplessly as Bryan was taken apart. Miz said it was time we heard their opinions on how management was running WWE. He let Show go first. Show said it was one of the toughest things he's ever had to do his career. He then told Miz to talk to Dolph. Dolph balled the spotlight back to Show saying he should finish his thought. Miz took over and said he'd always been outspoken, but was interrupted by HHH's music before making a point.
Hunter came out and said Miz sounded like he was about to say something important and wanted him to finish, but Miz was silent. Hunter noticed Miz was in his gear and not a suit and wanted to know why. Miz said you never know when a fight is going to break out. Easily one of his best lines. Hunter then asked why everyone wanted to make this personal when it was all just business. The crowd chanted “you sold out”. Hunter talked about how Orton was the future of the business and will make more money for everyone. He then addressed them one by one as to why they were upset.
He said Miz hasn't been near the title since he lost it, so he gets to face Orton tonight. He said Dolph should want revenge on the Shield, so he's got them in a handicap match. Lastly he goaded Show to step up and look him in the eye. Big knock him out chant. Hunter said Show was so mad Monday that he gets the night off. He said Show had to sit ringside without stepping in the ring and watch everything that was going to happen. He told Show to go take his chair, told Dolph to go prepare for his match and Miz to stay where he was and meet the face of the WWE. Excellent opening.
Match Number One: The Miz Vs. Randy Orton (C), Non-Title Match.
Lots of shots of Show wanting to explode ringside. Especially after Miz made a comeback, sending Orton outside the ring near Show to avoid the draping DDT. But with Miz alone in the ring The Shield's music hit. They cut to a commercial as they walked through the crowd. After they came back the match was still going but Orton was on top. The Shield were standing with their back to the ring, looking up the ramp.
Miz nearly stole a pin with a backslide when Orton tried for an RKO. He then targeted a shot or two at the knee and put on the figure four. Orton made the ropes and quickly RKO'd Miz for the pinfall.
Winner: Randy Orton, Pinfall.
Great work from Show. Instead of acting like he was reacting to the stuff in the ring, he just reacted to the stuff in the ring. The Shield started putting the boots to Miz after the bell until Bryan's music hit and he stormed the ring with a chair. Crowd loved it. He got a gut shot on Orton and the Shield bailed with Randy. The entire crowd yes'd with.
Vickie yelled at Bryan in the back saying HHH didn't want him as the face of the WWE and she doesn't even want to see his face. She called him a bully and said in her world, bullies get bullied back. RyBack came up behind and said he can't stand bullies, and that he'd see him out there, shrimp.
Match Number Two: RVD w/ Ricardo Vs. Damien Sandow.
Sandow cut a promo on his way to the ring saying he was the uncrowned World Champion.
Sandow quickly took over by sending RVD shoulder first into the ring post. He hit the elbow of disdain but wasn't on top for long. RVD came back with a kick to the head, a side kick off the top rope after straddling Sandow on the top rope and the five star frogsplash.
Winner: RVD, Pinfall.
Alberto Del Rio came out and said the only reason RVD had a title shot was because Ricardo betrayed the Latino people. He told RVD when sleep with a dog, you get fleas. He said RVD has rolling thunder, but he'll rain on RVD's parade.
Match Number Three: The Shield Vs. Dolph Ziggler, 3-1 Handicap Match.
Tag rules were in place for the Shield, so the first thing Dolph did was knock Ambrose and Reigns off the apron. The numbers quickly caught up to him though and the Shield took it in turns to beat on him. Ziggler got some separation when he got Ambrose out of the ring. He started running wild on Rollins, but when he tried for the fame asser, Rollins held him up and powerbombed Dolph into the turnbuckles. Reigns then hit the spear and pinned him.
Winners: The Shield, Pinfall.
Reigns and the Shield then turned their attention to Show and mocked his inability to help. They taunted Show for a long time before getting Dolph up and hitting the triple powerbomb on him. Another very good segment.
Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel came out to respond to what happened Monday. God Paul was great in that segment. Paul asked what people wanted from him. Should he feel guilty about Monday? He said he was not seeking forgiveness, he was not sorry for his actions and the fans bullied him into a situation where he would have to face a beating from Punk. What else could he do? He said he and Punk put everyone who went after their title down, yet now that Punk is chasing after him alone, he ends every fight on his back looking up at his father figure. But now WWE virtually guarantees if you buy Night of Champions you will see Punk in a ring with Paul. And he has to take his beating like a man. And he is afraid. But he's done everything he has to Punk so far without being scared, now imagine what he'll do when he's practically guaranteed a beating. He finished by saying he and Axel will own CM Punk. Another very good segment.
Match Number Four: Tons of Funk Vs. Harper & Rowan w/ Bray Wyatt.
Very short match. Tensai and Clay knocked Rowan off the apron to get on top of Harper, but Rowan pulled one of them out of the ring, and the Wyatt crew then got the win with a big boot from Harper and a splash by Rowan. Bray hit the Sister Abigail after the match.
Winners: The Wyatt Family, Pinfall.
Match Number Five: RyBack Vs. Daniel Bryan.
Bryan has historically gotten the best out of RyBack. Usually by targeting a leg and keeping the match short and to the point. Bryan charged to begin but was quickly slowed down with some power moves by the big man. Before too long RyBack missed a charge to the corner and hit it shoulder first (at least third straight week with that spot appearing multiple times).
Bryan then started his dropkick routine as Show cheered him on. RyBack went outside and Bryan followed with a suicide dive. Orton then walked down the ramp so Bryan turned his back and got hit with the meathook clothesline from behind. After an ad RyBack was still on top and toying with Bryan.
RyBack teased a belly to belly off the top rope but Bryan headbutted his way out and followed RyBack down with a dropkick. He then hit a series of kicks as RyBack was on his knees and put on the Yes lock facing Orton. Orton slipped in and Bryan released it and put Randy in the hold. The ref then called for the bell.
Winner: Daniel Bryan, DQ.
With the Yes Lock on Orton the Shield ran in to break the hold. All three were beating on Bryan when Show finally got out of his chair. He slid in the ring to part the Shield and stood over Bryan. Hunter stormed to the stage and demanded Show get out of the ring. Like a lot of this feud, each note of this story was given enough time to play out. Show defied Hunter as long as he could, but eventually had to walk up the ramp past Triple H and leaving Bryan alone. When Show was out of the picture, Hunter gave a nod to Orton and the Shield and left. The Shield gave him the triple powerbomb and Orton produced a can of spray paint. He finished the show by spraying “NO” over Bryan's chest.
Well, other than the played out spray painting of a downed man, this show long story was fantastic. They could have at least used the same colour Bryan used Monday, but they went with NWO black instead.