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SmackDown Review: John Cena, Roman Reigns and Sheamus vs. Cesaro, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt and Alberto Del Rio

John Cena, Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus, Paul Heyman, Roman Reigns and Randy Orton promo

Cena came out and talked about the title belts hanging above the ring. He retold the story of those belts through the main event of pay-per-views since Night of Champions, and it sounded as ridiculous as it was to live through. He talked about how the Money in the Bank Match is to crown a new champion, and how he is going to become that champion.

ADR came out and said that he thinks Cena has forgotten how dangerous he can be, and how he plans to remind him and the other seven Money in the Bank participants.

Sheamus came out and said that after Money in the Bank, his biggest problem is going to be getting all three United States and WWE World Heavyweight Championship belts through airport security.

Heyman came out with Cesaro and talked about putting his brilliant mind to work on coming up with a strategy to make Cesaro the next champion.

Reigns came out next, and for some reason, he is still coming through the crowd. I guess that kind of makes sense, but I don’t agree with it. Reigns talked about the trust issues he has, caused by Seth Rollins. He said he doesn’t care who any of his opponents think they are, as he got in Cena’s face, causing Cena to do his usual ritual he does when getting ready for a fight, without taking his eyes off Reigns.

Orton then came out and talked about being “Face of the WWE”, then said Reigns can’t run through him, and that he is taking the titles home. Reigns then left the ring and attacked Orton, as Cena and Sheamus cleared the ring of ADR and Cesaro, while cautiously moving around each other.

This was a pretty awesome segment. They do segments like this every year, but it feels like they’re actually trying to make this year’s match mean something.

Kofi Kingston pre-taped promo/Seth Rollins vs. Kofi Kingston/Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose promo

Kofi talked about how he wants to get in the Money in the Bank Contract Match and make “moments”, but also make history and be the next holder of the famed briefcase.

Rollins got the win with the Curb Stomp. Good match. Rollins is certainly getting booked like he is Triple H’s pet project.

After the match, Rollins grabbed a mic and guaranteed he would win the Money in the Bank Contract. Ambrose appeared on the Titan Tron and told Rollins that he will send him and Kane where they belong, in hell. Rollins then looked upset as Ambrose’s music played for some reason.

Dolph Ziggler pre-taped promo/Bad News Barrett promo/Dolph Ziggler vs. Bad News Barrett

Ziggler said if he gets in the Money in the Bank Contract Match, he knows he will “steal the show, and the contract”.

Barrett talked about the United States Soccer Team and how they are too high after beating Ghana, and how they will fall back to Earth, just like anybody who gets in the Money in the Bank Match with him.

Ziggler rolled Barrett up for the win. After the match, Ziggler was celebrating and Barrett hit him with the Bullhammer. This was a good match. As much as I love Ziggler, he shouldn’t be beating Barrett. Barrett can’t lose matches like this.

Titus O’Neil vs. Adam Rose/Titus O’Neil promo/Titus O’Neil vs. Adam Rose

Rose rolled Titus up for the win. Titus grabbed a mic and said he wasn’t ready, then he challenged Rose to another match. Rose then immediately rolled Titus up again. Titus was out-performed by Darren Young in their match at Elimination Chamber, after their breakup, and Titus immediately lost his push, but this was tough to watch.

Kane vs. Dean Ambrose

Ambrose controlled most of this match, but ended up attacking Seth Rollins, who was at commentary. This caused Kane to gain control and hit a chokeslam for the win. After the match, Rollins hit the Curb Stomp. I can’t wait to see Ambrose and Rollins in a one-on-one match, that will be the main event of a pay-per-view someday.

Zeb Colter promo/Zeb Colter vs. Big E

Zeb talked about Swagger’s loss to Big E on SmackDown last week. He talked about Big E’s use of a “blond-headed, Russian bimbo”, then asked Big E about how long he’s worked with Lana. Big E then came out for his rematch with Swagger.

Swagger had control early, but it was a very short match that ended when Big E hit the Big Ending.

Fandango, Layla and Summer Rae backstage

Fandango was knocking on Layla’s dressing room door because they had to go to the ring. She said she needed a minute, and while Fandango was waiting, Summer came along. Summer said she knew she made mistakes while they were together, then said that she can tell Layla loves him, but not like Summer loves him. Summer and Fandango kissed, but Layla came out and caught them, then went back to her dressing room crying.

Bo Dallas vs. Fandango/Bo Dallas promo

Fandgnao came out walking for his entrance, but Summer Rae came out and danced with him, while Fandango was confused. Layla came down and the two brawled after the match started. Fandango tried to separate them as Bo watched from the corner. Layla accidentally kicked Fandango in the head, then the two Divas ran off. Bo helped Fandango to his feet, then realized he was in position to hit the Bo-Dog, so he did and won.

Bo then told Fandango that there are “plenty offish in the sea” and he will catch the right one if he Bo-lieves.

Bo Dallas is amazing. The crowd will fall in love eventually. Give it time.

The Wyatt Family backstage

Bray talked about all six of his Money in the Bank opponents. He said he is the “designer of chaos”, and he controls it all. He said he will put an end to the “charade” put on by those six men, when he climbs the ladder and starts the “Era of Wyatt”.

Roman Reigns, Sheamus and John Cena vs. Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio, Cesaro and Bray Wyatt

Reigns picked up the win by spearing ADR. Reigns didn’t get in the match until the hot tag at the end, and he took out the whole heel team before hitting the spear. Reigns, Sheamus and Cena had a staredown at the end, but ended up giving each other a fist bump before celebrating the win.

Overall Impression

This was a really good show. WWE was in a bit of a rut, but that was really caused by the world title being in flux, now that it has a clear direction, it feels like the WWE is really picking up steam. I hope that continues as WWE heads into their most popular, non-“Big 4″ pay-per-view.

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