WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from May 2

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistMay 3, 2014

WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from May 2

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    Credit: WWE.com

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

    This was the final show heading into Extreme Rules, so WWE was sure to pack in as many video packages as they could to push the feuds that would not be addressed on the show.

    The show as a whole was average at best, but there were definitely moments that made it worth watching. As usual, the highlights featured The Shield and The Wyatt Family in some way.

    Let's get right into the show with the opening match featuring The Wyatt Family taking on The Usos and Sheamus.

The Wyatt Family vs. Sheamus and the Usos

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    The first half of this match played out like most six-man tag matches, but the pace picked up in the second half, with Jimmy Uso having a very impressive flurry toward the end.

    Even though Jimmy managed to take out all three men, he was not able to keep the momentum going and he ended up being hit with Sister Abigail to give The Wyatt Family the win.

    Luke Harper, Erick Rowan and The Usos were in the ring more than Sheamus and Wyatt, which makes sense considering Wyatt and Sheamus filmed a great singles match for Main Event right before taping this match for SmackDown.

    The Usos and Sheamus tried to take a little revenge after the match, but The Wyatt Family got the better of them in the end.

    This was nothing groundbreaking, but it was a solid match for SmackDown.

    Grade: B

    Some notes from the match:

    • Sheamus and Rowan took a really hard spill over the top rope together.
    • Jimmy landed really dangerously when Harper hit him with a sit-out slam. Jimmy's head landed right on Harper's knee.
    • I do like how JBL called it a Michinoku Driver, though. Taka Michinoku was underrated as a WWE Superstar.
    • The Wyatt Family would be an interesting choice to take the titles from The Usos. They appear to be building toward a title match, which will probably be pretty awesome considering the recent track record of both teams.

WeeLC Contract Signing

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    It's not shocking at all that WWE is having this feud—it was just a matter of time. What is shocking is how much time they have given this feud.

    El Torito and Hornswoggle have been involved in several matches in recent weeks, both as competitors and outside the ring during other matches.

    As anyone could have predicted, the contract signing ended up turning into a fight, which El Torito ended up winning by leaping from the top rope onto all three members of 3MB.

    This was as predictable as any contract signing, but at least WWE gets credit for actually trying to make people care about this program.

    I know I shouldn't like this feud, and everything in me tells me that I don't. But, for some reason, I always end up being mildly entertained when the segments are over.

    Grade: C-

    Some notes from the segment:

    • The list of demands from Hornswoggle was a joke they could have gotten a lot more mileage out of.
    • What was Hornswoggle going to do with 10 copies of Rudy on Blu-ray?
    • I feel guilty for laughing at Vickie Guerrero's joke about keeping the contract signing short. Not because it was a short joke, but because I laughed at something Vickie said.

Jack Swagger vs. RVD

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    Cesaro and Paul Heyman came out to sit in on commentary during the match, which obviously made Zeb Colter pretty upset. Cesaro, Jack Swagger and RVD will be in an elimination Triple Threat match on Sunday.

    This was a very short match. Swagger basically got in a few good shots before RVD hit him with the Five-Star Frog Splash to pick up the win.

    Swagger took a cheap shot at Cesaro during the match and Cesaro ended up attacking RVD after the bell. It was short, but it did the job of selling the show on Sunday.

    Grade: C

    Some notes from the match:

    • WWE's booking of RVD always befuddles me. This is a guy who should be in major feuds, but instead WWE wastes him with short programs with midcard stars.
    • RVD vs. Daniel Bryan would make any B-level PPV awesome.
    • The Triple Threat match on Sunday should have some kind of a prize, like a shot at the IC or US title. It would make it seem more important.
    • I hoped Cesaro's new music would grow on me, but I still hate it. The siren in the beginning isn't bad, but the song is just awful.

R-Truth vs. Alexander Rusev

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    This was another short match on the way toward a bigger match at Extreme Rules. It ended the exact same way that the match between Xavier Woods and Alexander Rusev had earlier this week, except this time it was Woods getting R-Truth disqualified by interfering.

    Woods and Truth fended off Rusev this time by teaming up on him and kicking him off the apron. Rusev landed hard on his back on the floor, but he was back up in a flash.

    I don't enjoy quick matches, but sometimes a longer match doesn't make sense for the situation. This worked for the purposes of keeping Rusev looking strong while making it seem like Truth and Woods had a chance of winning on Sunday.

    Grade: C-

    Some notes from the match:

    • Lana looks a lot better with her hair down, but keeping it up in a bun suits her character more.
    • Ugh. I hate that I have an opinion on hair. Somebody give me a cigar and a Fat Tire—I need to man up.
    • I fear Rusev's gimmick won't be appreciated by the younger crowd. I hope I'm wrong, because this guy deserves success.
    • Was it just me, or was Lana trying to look sexier by doing a little walk and turn on the stage?
    • Having Lana talk about how the US government put sanctions on Russia is a smart move.

Daniel Bryan's Promo

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    Daniel Bryan came out and talked about how protecting one's family is the most important thing in the world, and how he would walk away from Extreme Rules as champion.

    Kane eventually came on the big screen and taunted Bryan by replaying the attack from a couple weeks ago.

    This was a pretty average segment. Bryan was the typical babyface in the beginning, but he became a lot more convincing when he got angry while mentioning Kane putting his hands on his wife.

    It's obvious that not everyone is into this feud, but it's a feud that needed to happen. Bryan and Kane did not get the ending to their tag team they should have, so seeing them finally have a big feud is a nice way to resolve that.

    Grade: B-

    Some notes from the segment:

    • I really like that WWE is not trying to turn Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella into the next Macho Man and Miss Elizabeth. Bryan does his thing and Brie does her thing, and occasionally they interact on-screen. It's done at just the right level so their relationship is not the main focus of anything.
    • Kane is so much better than he was as a corporate lackey. I hoped that character would give him a chance to show what else he could do, but he was wasted as Stephanie's yes man.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien "Magneto" Sandow

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    Dolph Ziggler picked up a quick win over Damien Sandow, who was dressed as Magneto once again. There isn't a lot more to say about what went on here.

    The only reason this match doesn't get a lower grade is because Ziggler is so damn good in the ring, even in small doses.

    Grade: C-

    Some notes from the match:

    • Seriously. Whose wife did Sandow sleep with to deserve this kind of booking?
    • JBL either did his homework or he actually knows quite a bit about Magneto.
    • Wrestling with a cape cannot be easy.
    • The line from You Don't Mess Around With Jim was a nice touch. I always love a good Jim Croce reference. The last time I heard one in WWE was during a Triple H promo like six years ago. I included this video on the final slide.
    • Line of the night from JBL: "Where's Jack Tunney when you need him?"

Big E vs. Titus O'Neil

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    The short match that ended in a DQ win for Big E is not what made this segment good. It was the post-match fight that made this worth watching.

    Titus O'Neil got himself disqualified when he would not break on a five count, but Big E came back after the match and destroyed Titus.

    This really made Langston finally look like a strong competitor. Up until now, we have only seen him play the babyface with short bursts of aggression. This was the first extended period of time where he really looked dangerous.

    Both men took a couple of hard falls over the announce table, but Titus took the biggest hit when the side of his head hit the announce table.

    Grade: B

    Some notes from the match:

    • The moment with Titus tripping over a wire is going to win a Slammy next year.
    • Some of the crowd were really annoyed that nobody went through a table.

Dean Ambrose vs. Ryback vs. Curtis Axel vs. Alberto Del Rio (US Title Match)

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    Fatal-4-Way matches are always unpredictable: they can either turn into a big mess or be very exciting. Luckily, this was the latter.

    Alberto Del Rio, Dean Ambrose, Curtis Axel and Ryback are all very different Superstars, but they meshed well together to pull off a fun main event.

    Ambrose was ganged up on a few times, but he managed to retain his US title to extend his nearly year-long reign as champion.

    Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns saved Ambrose from a post-match attack by RybAxel, and they got the crowd on their feet with their signature brand of justice.

    Grade: A-

    Some notes from the match:

    • Dean Ambrose kicking Axel in the leg so hard that Axel did a back flip gave me flashbacks of his father doing the exact same thing in a match with Bret Hart for the IC title at SummerSlam.
    • Seeing Ambrose perform this well on his own really makes me wish WWE had put him in more title matches over the past year.
    • Ryback countering the Cross Armbreaker into Shell Shocked was pretty impressive.
    • I hate that everyone kicks out of the Perfectplex.

Final Thoughts and Predictions

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    This was a pretty average SmackDown, which tends to happen right before a PPV. WWE just doesn't want to risk any of their top talent in big matches right before a big event.

    Most of the matches were short, but the six-man tag match that opened the show and the Fatal 4-way that closed it were both very entertaining.

    WWE did plenty to send home all the feuds for Extreme Rules. Most of the major feuds were represented with video packages, but we did get a segment featuring Daniel Bryan and Kane to hype their title match.

    There are some interesting matches to look forward to at Extreme Rules. Since this was the go-home show for Extreme Rules, all the predictions this week will be about the PPV.


    • El Torito will defeat Hornswoggle.
    • Bad News Barrett will defeat Big E for the IC title.
    • Paige will defeat Tamina.
    • Bray Wyatt will defeat John Cena.
    • The Shield will defeat Evolution.
    • Alexander Rusev will defeat R-Truth and Xavier Woods.
    • Cesaro will defeat RVD and Jack Swagger.
    • Daniel Bryan will defeat Kane.

    What did you think of this week's show, and what are your predictions for Extreme Rules? 

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