WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from May 9

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistMay 10, 2014

WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from May 9

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    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 week's show addressed numerous feuds currently going on in WWE, but the two that had the most coverage were John Cena vs. The Wyatt Family and The Shield vs. Evolution.

    The Shield were placed in three separate singles matches throughout the night while John Cena teamed up with The Usos to take on The Wyatt Family in the main event.

    We also saw another match between Kofi Kingston and Alexander Rusev, more from the Emma and Santino vs. Fandango and Layla feud, 3MB and Los Matadores continuing their program and a tag match that featured RVD and Big E taking on Cesaro and Wade Barrett.

    It was a packed show that featured very few promos and a lot of actual wrestling. Let's take a look at what went down on the show this week.

Sheamus vs. Dean Ambrose (US Title Match)

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    The opening match saw the new United States champion defend his title against the former champion. Sheamus and Dean Ambrose delivered an above-average match to kick off the show in exciting fashion.

    Sheamus retained his title, but Dean Ambrose looked great as a singles competitor, which we have not seen much of from anyone in The Shield recently.

    Ambrose took two Brogue Kicks before giving up the pin to Sheamus, and Sheamus did a great job of keeping up with Ambrose in the technical department, especially early in the match.

    Grade: B+

    Some notes from the match:

    • Ambrose sold both Brogue Kicks really well. Especially the second one.
    • Sheamus and Ambrose took a long time to turn this into a brawl. It was nice to see them do some mat wrestling in the first half of the match.
    • Sheamus was acting a little more heelish in this match. He didn't really do anything illegal, but the way he carried himself before and during the match did not make him seem like the smiling babyface he has been in recent months.
    • A heel turn is what Sheamus needs right now. WWE has plenty of babyfaces.

Cesaro and Wade Barrett vs. Big E and RVD

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    This match didn't go on for too long, but there were a few highlights. Two separate feuds were addressed in this match, but the takeaway is that Cesaro and Bad News Barrett looked good teaming together.

    This is not to say they should become a tag team anytime soon, but their styles mesh well and they both have brawling and technical abilities.

    Cesaro and Barrett picked up the win in what was a decent match when Cesaro hit Big E with a Neutralizer. RVD was taken out by Barrett outside the ring when he was thrown head-first into the barricade.

    Grade: C

    Some notes from the match:

    • RVD still has a huge shiner under his left eye from when he hit the trash can during his match at Extreme Rules.
    • Cesaro didn't try for the Swing and his signature uppercuts were not utilized like they normally are.
    • You could tell during his promo before the match that Barrett is really enjoying his current gimmick. The fact that a lot of fans are cheering him for it is awesome.

Kofi Kingston vs. Alexander Rusev

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    Kofi Kingston faced Alexander Rusev again, and he came up short just like the first time. This was more of a squash than their previous encounter, with Rusev hitting a few signature moves before finally locking in The Accolade for the submission win.

    Squash matches are no longer a good way to build a new Superstar. Lana and Rusev have a bright future, but WWE really needs to find something for them to do.

    Grade: D+

    Some notes from the match:

    • Rusev's jumping side kick is really cool looking.
    • The whole thing with Lana yelling "Rusev, crush!" is a bit on the cheesy side, even for WWE.
    • I don't get why some people have a problem with WWE using Vladimir Putin to get more heat for Rusev. This kind of storyline worked for The Iron Shiek, so it can work for Rusev.
    • Bray Wyatt gave a promo after the match that was shorter than his usual rants, but the creepiest part was the close up on Luke Harper whispering the word "burn" at the end.

Santino and Emma vs. Fandango and Layla

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    Santino and Emma lost to Fandango and Layla. Fandango and Layla locked lips on the stage after the match. This feud is so terrible that I don't even want to talk about it.

    Grade: F

    Some notes from the match:

    • I am so glad JBL asked what Michael Cole meant by "Red hoods" because I swear that is what I heard Cole say when he claimed he said "Red Woods."
    • Emma calls the low running cross body she hits in the corner the Emmamite Sandwich. I can't believe she actually made a Vegemite reference in one of the names for a signature moves. I can't tell if it's stupid or hilarious.
    • Layla's new ring attire is weird. She should just do what Summer Rae did and only wear ring gear to matches and dresses when she is just a valet.

Roman Reigns

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    This was the exact opposite of the first match featuring a member of The Shield, and that is not a bad thing when you look at who was involved.

    This wasn't a wrestling match. This was all power moves and strikes. It was a decent match, but the highlight was the impressive Samoan drop Roman Reigns hit on Mark Henry.

    Reigns picked up a decisive win with a Spear in a medium-length match in the series of singles matches The Shield have been placed in by Triple H.

    Grade: B-

    Some notes from the match:

    • It's a little surprising not to see Reigns in the main event match considering how strong he has been booked lately.
    • Henry had one of those talking head in the corner promos during his entrance where he talked about wanting to get revenge after being attacked by The Shield a while back. Henry is better on the mic than he is given credit for.
    • Is Henry a heel or a babyface right now? I honestly can't remember.

3MB and Hornswoggle vs. El Torito and Los Matadores

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    I am shocked that I don't hate this feud. Everyone involved has been working really hard to make this better than anyone would have expected.

    The matches these teams have been having lately have all had a high amount of entertainment value, and Hornswoggle is doing the best work he has ever done in the company as a member of 3MB.

    El Torito ended up getting the pin on Heath Slater with a springboard moonsault.

    Grade: B-

    Some notes from the match:

    • WWE should take another chance on Drew McIntyre as a singles competitor. He has added a lot of new things to his arsenal in recent months, and it's pretty clear he has improved all around as a wrestler.
    • I kind of hate that I kind of like this feud. There are so many thing about it that would usually make me dislike it on principal alone.
    • I am curious to see how long WWE keeps this feud going. It's already been several weeks and it doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

Batista vs. Seth Rollins

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    This was a good match, mostly thanks to Seth Rollins. It's not that Batista is bad, but Rollins is the kind of wrestler who instantly elevates everyone he is in the ring with. He's that good.

    Batista picked up the win via countout and then he attacked Rollins after the match and hit a Batistabomb.

    The most interesting thing was a complete lack of Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. All three men went solo for their matches on this show, but you would have expected Reigns and Ambrose to make an appearance when Rollins was attacked after the match.

    Grade: B-

    Some notes from the match:

    • Rollins landed on his head a little when he tried to do his back flip in the corner.
    • The way Rollins hit the announce table when he jumped off the top turnbuckle was crazy.
    • I've said this before, and I'll say it again. Nobody takes a bump like Seth Rollins.

The Wyatt Family vs. Usos and John Cena

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    This was a good main event that took up the last 10 minutes of the show. The Usos hit their usual array of exciting moves, but in the end it was Luke Harper who picked up the pin with a huge clothesline to one of the twin brothers.

    John Cena was taken out outside the ring by Erick Rowan and Bray Wyatt, and the twin who did not take the pin sacrificed himself by jumping over the top and landing on Wyatt and Rowan, leaving his brother alone with Harper.

    This wasn't as epic as any of the Shield vs. Wyatt matches we have seen, but it was a good six-man tag match to end the show.

    Grade: B

    Some notes from the match:

    • Do you think The Usos and Cena color-coordinated before the match, or is it just a coincidence that they were all wearing bright green?
    • Harper is great at the vacant stare. I would honestly be frightened if I encountered him out in the real world.

Final Thoughts and Predictions

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    Most of this week's episode of SmackDown was very good, but there were definitely low points in between the highlights.

    The three matches featuring members of The Shield was a nice change of pace from the usual team-based affairs they typically participate in. Each man has his own unique style that was showcased very well in their bouts.

    The main event match featuring The Usos and John Cena taking on The Wyatt Family could have been a little longer, but did a good job capping off the show.

    What is probably most surprising is that 3MB and Los Matadores managed to keep their feud going without it becoming too repetitive. The same cannot be said for the Santino/Fandango angle going on.

    WWE is doing a good job keeping their feuds going as we lead up to Payback. Hopefully they don't drop the ball before the event actually happens.


    • Some idiot who doesn't get it will accuse WWE of supporting Putin while they are actually using him as a tool to create heat for Rusev and Lana.
    • John Cena will use a group of young Cena fans at some point in response to the choir Wyatt used against him.
    • Sheamus will turn heel.
    • Bad News Barrett will be a babyface before 2014 is over.
    • Someone will dress as a bunny in the crowd to show support for Adam Rose within a week.

    What did you think of SmackDown this week?


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