WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from March 7

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2014

WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from March 7

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    Every week on Bleacher Report, I take an in-depth look at SmackDown, recapping the action, offering analysis and grading the matches, segments and anything else that takes place on the show. I also provide some predictions on the direction of storylines.

    Friday was a pretty average show for SmackDown, but there were definitely some highlights and a few developments to take away.

    The Shield and The Wyatt Family only participated in non-wrestling segments and they did their usual job of keeping you interested in what was being said.

    Most of what was seen was nothing new, but a match featuring Daniel Bryan and Batista gave us a fresh pairing we had not seen before.

    Let's get right into the show with the opening segment featuring the previously mentioned Daniel Bryan and Batista.

Batista, Daniel Bryan, Kane and Big Show

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    Even though this was a typical "fight turns into a match" segment, it was very enjoyable.

    Batista was great as a heel, and he played very well off of Daniel Bryan. The way Bryan was able to push his buttons and get Batista to take a swing at him all seemed very real.

    Kane and Big Show came out to make it two-on-two, and Vickie came out and turned all of this into a tag match for later in the evening.

    Predictable is not always bad if what is being done is well-executed.

    Grade: B+

    Some notes from the segment:

    • "Where have all the real men in WWE gone?" asks the guy in skinny jeans.
    • At least Bryan ribbed Batista for the jeans a little bit. Making fun of him for the belly button tattoo was hilarious.
    • I like the use of the spotlight in this segment. It adds an element to the performance that makes Batista seem more heelish.
    • All the talk about heroes is funny considering Batista is about to be in a superhero movie. Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be awesome.

Christian vs. Dolph Ziggler

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    This match and post-match segment managed to cover two different feuds with Alberto Del Rio costing Dolph Ziggler the match and Sheamus coming out afterwards to attack Christian.

    The match itself was really good, but it wasn't the show-stealer many expected. There were some exciting moments, but it was a pretty standard match from start to finish.

    Del Rio costing Ziggler the victory in the same manner in which Ziggler defeated him on Monday was useful to push the feud, but it was very predictable from the moment Del Rio was shown on commentary.

    It will be interesting to see if both of these feuds last all the way until WrestleMania, and if either of them will actually get a spot on the card.

    Grade: B+

    Some notes from the match:

    • Christian's heel turn feels so half-hearted. He barely even uses heel tactics in his matches. I just can't take him seriously in his current role.
    • I would watch any sport if JBL was the announcer. He could even manage to make golf entertaining with his enthusiasm.

The Usos vs. Rybaxel

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    The Usos picked up a quick win over Rybaxel in a solid effort by all four men. They had only one segment to work with, but they did a good job pacing the match to make it seem longer.

    The Usos continue to win every week, and hopefully their title reign lasts a good long while.

    Grade: C+

    Some notes from the match:

    • Curtis Axel seems to be following the same path as Ted DiBiase Jr. I would not be shocked to see him gone from WWE within two years.
    • WWE should have Ryback fight Batista. If they want a powerhouse who can job to Batista on his way to WrestleMania, who better than "The Big Guy"?
    • Actually, never mind. That match would be awful.

Natalya and Eva Marie vs. AJ and Tamina

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    AJ tapped out to the Sharpshooter to give Natalya and Eva Marie the win, setting up what looks like another Natalya vs. AJ feud for the title.

    The match only lasted a few minutes with nothing special happening, but Eva Marie did manage to pull off a few moves without looking totally lost. Any progress is good progress.

    Grade: D+

    Some notes from the match:

    • Eva Marie's hair reminds me of a Troll doll. Remember those things? It's the only thing I can think of with a similar shade of red.
    • AJ continuing to hold the Divas title isn't doing anyone any good. She needs to lose it at WrestleMania.

The Shield Summit

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    This was a very entertaining segment that kept your attention and seemed very unpredictable.

    Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose came out together and called out Seth Rollins for leaving them on Monday night against The Wyatts.

    Rollins said his plan to get Reigns and Ambrose back on the same page worked, but Ambrose wasn't buying his bill of goods and he shoved Rollins to the ground.

    Rollins slapped Ambrose, Ambrose punched Rollins, Reigns shoved Ambrose and then they all put their fists together and chose to remain a team.

    The breakup angle is just getting started, and WWE is telling this story the right way to do this group justice.

    Grade: A

    Some notes from the segment:

    • What are the things that Reigns wears around his wrists? I am only just noticing that he stopped using athletic tape.
    • I hope this all leads to a triple threat match at WrestleMania. As opponents, they would steal the show in a whole new way.

Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio

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    They always put on a decent show, but there is absolutely nothing exciting about another Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio match.

    These two have fought so many times, they make John Cena and Randy Orton look like strangers. WWE only has so many combinations to work with, but this one needs to be given a rest.

    The match was as good as they always are between these two, and it ended the way most of them do, too. Sheamus picked up the win with the Brogue Kick.

    Grade: B

    Some notes from the match:

    • The only thing that could freshen up the combo of Del Rio and Sheamus would be forming a tag team, and that actually could be a pretty good team.
    • I miss Ricardo Rodriguez and the cars. Del Rio used to stand out from everyone else, and now he just blends into the background.
    • Honestly, if Del Rio left next week and nobody said anything, I might not notice.

The Wyatt Family Promo

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    The Shield had a great segment earlier in the night, but The Wyatt Family were not about to be outdone. In typical Bray Wyatt style, he delivered a promo so creepy and entertaining that you would think he was an Oscar contender.

    It actually began with Luke Harper speaking first, but then Wyatt took over and he focused on John Cena and how he has no intention of saving Cena, just destroying him.

    Wyatt could talk about the Smurfs and it would come out scary. This guy is a genius on the mic, and if he really does write all his own promos then he is one of the most gifted mic workers we have seen in many years.

    No other superstar can grab your attention the way Bray Wyatt does, and his career keeps getting more and more interesting.

    Watching these three men evolve over the next few years will be a great ride for fans. One day we will look back on this past year as the time when Bray Wyatt truly took off in this business.

    Grade: A

Batista and Kane vs. Daniel Bryan and Big Show

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    This was a solid match and a good way to cap off the show. Big Show might have been thrown into the mix at the last minute, but the two teams ended up being able to put on a good show.

    Everyone looked good in the ring and the match had enough time to tell a decent story without anything feeling rushed.

    Some things came off a little sloppy, but that can be attributed to ring rust on Batista and the other three men not being used to working with him.

    Whether Big Show ends up being part of Bryan's feud with Kane and Triple H is yet to be seen, but he served as a good partner for a one-off match against Batista and Kane.

    Grade: B+

    Some notes from the match:

    • Even though it was sloppy, Big Show suplexing both Batista and Kane was way more impressive than anyone suplexing just Big Show. Kane and Batista are 550-600 pounds combined, and it takes a lot of power to get them up and over like he did, even if they did land on their heads a bit.
    • I really liked seeing Batista and Bryan mix it up. This is a matchup we have not seen in the past, and anything fresh in the main event scene is a good thing.
    • Batista deserves credit for not trying to appear too dominant. He sells offense from other people pretty well and he never tries to act like he is invincible.

Final Thoughts and Predictions

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    This week's SmackDown had more high points than low points, and some of the non-wrestling segments were the best we've seen in weeks.

    The Shield did a great job of continuing their tension-filled storyline while appearing to get back on the same page, and The Wyatt Family delivered another of their classic promos directed at John Cena.

    Christian vs. Dolph Ziggler and the main event tag match carried a lot of the weight in the wrestling department, but Sheamus and Del Rio helped lighten the load a bit with match 2,567 in their ongoing feud.

    No new WrestleMania matches were made, but we have several weeks until the event, so WWE has plenty of time to decide which feuds to feature and whether to start anything new.


    • Titus O'Neil and Darren Young will become totally irrelevant.
    • Triple H will make Daniel Bryan face Big Show sometime in the next few weeks as punishment.
    • Natalya will earn another Divas title shot and fall short of winning once again.
    • Shawn Michaels will somehow be involved in Triple H and Bryan's feud.
    • Cesaro and Swagger will break up and have a match at WrestleMania.
    • Batista will turn babyface after Guardians of the Galaxy is released. Also, Rocket Raccoon needs to host Raw. It would be a million times funnier than the Muppets.
    • The Shield will end up saving John Cena from The Wyatt Family on Raw.

    Sorry the recap is a day late. What did you think of this week's show?

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