Below are the results and reaction from WWE Smackdown’s 900th episode, live from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania:
Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan open the show and hype up Cutting Edge and the return of The Undertaker. They then announce that the Intercontinental Championship match will be next.
Intercontinental Championship Match: Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. The Miz
A nice back and forth to start the match, before Miz uses a cheap shot to take control. Miz goes up top and jumps at Ziggler, but Dolph counters with a dropkick. Ziggler elbows Miz, who comes back with a neckbreaker. He grounds the champ and works the leg. Dolph comes back with clotheslines and a neckbreaker. Ziggler locks in a sleeper but Miz gets to the ropes. Miz rolled up Ziggler and tried to use the ropes for leverage, but the referee caught him. Ziggler responded with a superkick but only got a 2. Ziggler continued to control with strikes, but Miz countered. He mocked Daniel Bryan with yes kicks and chants. Ziggler rolled up Miz, but he kicked out and it a Daniel Bryan running knee. He then looked for the figure four, but Ziggler hit a Zig-Zag and covered Miz, but he got his foot on the ropes. Ziggler tuned up the band looking for a superkick, but the Spirit Squad came out. He took them out before Miz locked in the figure four, but Ziggler reached the ropes. Ziggler went for another roll up, but Maryse pushed him, allowing Miz to cradle him for the win.
The Miz def. Dolph Ziggler
“A great opening to the show. This match wasn’t as good as some of their other contests but it was still full of drama and suspense. There were way too many false finishes though, so much so that when the match actually ended, it didn’t feel right. The Miz becoming champion isn’t a bad thing, especially given his last run, but I feel bad now that Ziggler is probably going to do nothing for a while. Plus I would have rather seen Ziggler vs Zayn rather than Miz vs Zayn, but this probably means Zayn will win. A good match to kick of the episode nevertheless.”
Alexa Bliss is arguing to Daniel Bryan about her foot being on the ropes when she tapped out to Becky Lynch last week. Bryan says she will get a rematch, before Natalya comes in and tries to motivate Bliss. She quotes Chumbawumba, and Bliss leaves angrily.
Oney Lorcan vs. Kalisto
Lorcan quickly attacks with a big uppercut and stays on the offensive. He dominates the match, before Kalisto looks for a springboard something, but botches. Lorcan controls, before Kalisto fights back and hits a Salida Del Sol to win.
Kalisto def. Oney Lorcan
“A short match which served it’s purpose. Lorcan looked competitive which is good, since he’s in NXT. Nothing special, but it worked.”
Team SD’s tag teams are backstage. Heath Slater says he’s got a motivational speaker for them, and it’s King Booker. He begins his speech, but the fashion police Breezango come in and give everyone tickets. Booker runs them down and tells them to get serious.
Carmella vs. Nikki Bella
The match starts with both women locking up. Carmella mocks Bella by taunting John Cena, but Nikki dropkicks her to the outside. She goes for baseball slide, but Carmella catches her and drops Nikki next first on the floor. Carmella chokes her on the ropes and locks her in a headlock. Nikki gets to her feet and backs Carmella into the corner, but Carmella continues the assault. She locks Bella in a headlock again, but Nikki gets to the ropes. Carmella goes for a broncobuster, but misses. Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte makes her way through the crowd with a front row ticket, and takes a seat to watch the match. Nikki hits an Alabama slam and then a clothesline, which sends Carmella to the floor. She throws Carmella into the barricade, then attacks Charlotte. The match is called off, and the rest of Team Raw arrive to beat down Nikki and Carmella. Team SD come to make the save, but Nia Jax takes most of them out. She attempts to spear Becky Lynch through the barricade, but Becky dodges and Jax goes through on her own. Naomi springboard dives onto the rest of Team Raw, which leaves SD to stand tall in the ring.
“There needed to be some sort of Raw invasion to make up for SD’s last night, and this was it. The match itself was forgettable and needed something to spice it up. Luckily, Team Raw did just that and it was a fun altercation between all of the superstars. SD standing tall was the right move, since Raw stood tall yesterday, and overall it was a good segment.”
The Hype Bros, The Usos, Breezango and American Alpha vs. The Spirit Squad, The Headbangers, The Vaudevillains and The Ascension
Team SD were in control early and used frequent tags. Mojo controls Gotch before tagging in Ryder. The heels take over, dominating Ryder. He makes the hot tag to Gable who ran wild. A headbanger went up top, but Gable met him up there and hit a overhead suplex. It all broke down, before Usos dived onto everyone. American Alpha hit a Grand Amplitude on a headbanger for the win.
The Hype Bros, The Usos, Breezango and American Alpha def. The Spirit Squad, The Headbangers, The Vaudevillains and The Ascension
“The match went on far too long and the crowd were definitely not interested. They chanted for Slater and Rhyno a lot, and only the ending was worth watching. Team SD going over was obvious, but they should have won more convincingly and in quicker time.”
Cutting Edge w/ Team SD
Edge comes out to a huge pop and Tony Chimel announces him, because only he is worthy. Edge gets on the mic and hypes up Survivor Series. He brings out Team SD. He says how SD is the land of opportunity and he wants to shake the hand of the man who personifies that. Styles thinks he means him and goes to shake Edge’s hand, but Edge shakes Ellworth’s hand instead. Ellsworth asks if he and Edge can do a five second pose, but Styles interupts and says it’s stupid. He tells Edge to talk to someone who matters, so Edge turns to Randy Orton and questions why he joined The Wyatt Family. Bray says that the old Orton is dead, and at SS, a new Orton will emerge. Shane chimes in and preaches about how the team needs to work together. He mocks AJ for his catchphrases and says Smackdown might soon be known as Shane-o-mackdown. AJ says that that’s stupid and then berates Ambrose for starting the fight on Raw. Ambrose says he will work with Styles at SS, but after that he’s talking his title back. The Undertaker’s gong then hits. Taker comes to the ring and squares up to Shane. He then takes to the mic and says that Shane is the perfect commissioner for SD, since he’s fearless. He then says that Wrestlemania will no longer define him, and he’s back to take souls and dig holes. He talks about debuting at SS and that SD is his home. He says that Team SD shouldn’t fear failure, but if they do fail, then they should fear him. He ends the show by saying that Team Raw better rest in peace.
“This was a very good segment, but was this really the best way to use Taker and Edge? Edge was useful for about 2 minutes, and Taker should be doing more than giving a pep talk. Does Taker’s speech mean he’s taking on a heavier schedule? That will be good, as long as he works with opponents that can carry their matches. As for Edge, him being a former SD tag champ would have made him a perfect candidate for interviewing the tag teams. Plus, him and Slater doing a five second pose would have been fun. I did like that they made it clear that the Team isn’t just suddenly best friends though. That was an issue with Raw yesterday, Seth pedigreed Jericho and an hour lately nothing was said about it. Even though Taker and Edge should have had bigger roles in this episode, this segment was good and provided lots of questions about what will be happening at SS and with The Undertaker.”
“A decent episode of SD this week, but I think Raw was better. My expectations were high since this was the 900th episode and major stars were announced, but the episode was a let down. If this was a regular SD episode, it would have been fine, but it wasn’t just a regular episode. The opening match was good and so was the Cutting Edge, but both could have been better. We’ve seen better from Ziggler and Miz, and Edge and Taker should have had bigger roles in the show. Raw’s women invading was needed and worked, everything else could have been improved in some way. Still, it did hype up Survivor Series, and Taker’s threat sounds promising. 6.5/10”
So, what did you think of Smackdown this week? Do you want to see The Undertaker take on a heavier schedule?
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