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WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from June 20

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 24, 2017

WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from June 20

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    Every week on Bleacher Report, I take an in-depth look at WWE 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 featured a handicap tag match involving all the participants in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder match that will take place at Money in the Bank.

    Six of the seven Superstars brawled in the opening segment while the match itself closed out the show. We also had a match featuring Seth Rollins as well as a bout with Dean Ambrose that saw Rollins sit in on commentary. The Shield may be over, but their presence was heavily felt on the show.

    We also saw more from the Fandango-Summer Rae-Layla love triangle, Dolph Ziggler picked up a surprising win and Titus O'Neil lost two matches in a row to the leader of the Exotic Express.

    Let's take a look at everything that went down on this week's SmackDown.

Opening Segment

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    John Cena opened the show with a promo about Money in the Bank that saw almost everyone who will be involved in the match make an appearance and let their feelings be known. The only person who didn't show up was Bray Wyatt.

    Cena was pretty entertaining before everyone else came out. He was funny and showed some charisma that we haven't seen from him in a little while.

    Roman Reigns and Randy Orton set off the fighting, but there was a moment where Reigns and Cena came face to face that had fans on the edge of their seats.

    It was an effective segment that helped sell the match without giving us too much of an idea of who WWE plans to have walk out with the title.

     

    Grade: B

    Some notes from the segment:

    • I liked that Cena mocked his own colors and said that "you can't see me" was ironic.
    • I am happy that Reigns got to keep The Shield's music; it's too recognizable to drop.
    • WWE didn't put this segment on YouTube, so I have instead included a video about Money in the Bank.

Seth Rollins vs. Kofi Kingston

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    This was a decent match with a quick pace, but it didn't last as long as I had hoped it would. I wanted to see a high-flying extravaganza, but Seth Rollins focused more on aggression than excitement.

    Dean Ambrose came on the big screen to talk about how he would be focusing all his effort on Rollins once he disposed of Kane later in the evening.

    It was a good exchange that keeps the feud going. I think it's safe to say that Rollins and Ambrose will probably end up having a singles match at Battleground since they won't be having a match at MITB.

     

    Grade: B-

    Some notes from the match:

    • I'm not sold on Rollins' new ring gear. It reminds me too much of something a comic book character would wear.
    • It's really weird how Kofi will go from being really awesome in one match to looking kind of sloppy in the next.

Bad News Barrett vs. Dolph Ziggler

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    This was a fun match, but the best part about it was that Dolph Ziggler actually picked up a clean win over a Superstar who is in the midst of a push.

    Too often we have seen Ziggler fed to someone else to put them over in recent months, so seeing him defeat someone who is actually doing well right now is promising.

    I have no doubt that Ziggler will end up in the MITB Ladder match at the PPV. However, he has not been booked strong enough recently to make me think he is going to win it.

    Ziggler was celebrating when Barrett hit him with the Bull Hammer out of nowhere. It figures that WWE couldn't just let Ziggler have a win without taking a finisher once it's over.

     

    Grade: B

    Some notes from the match:

    • I loved JBL's reference to the Hollywood Backlot Brawl that Goldust and Roddy Piper from many years ago. That was one of my favorite non-traditional matches growing up.
    • A feud over the IC title would do wonders for Ziggler right now. He and Barrett have good chemistry and could put on a decent program over the course of two or three PPVs.

Titus O'Neil vs. Adam Rose

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    The booking of Titus O'Neil will never make sense to me. He has proven that he has incredible power, versatility in the ring and enough charisma to be at least a midcard star.

    Rather than being booked in even a minor feud, he is instead taking two losses in a row to Adam Rose. Everything combined came out shorter than the average Wyatt Family entrance.

     

    Grade: D

    Some notes from the match:

    • At least the crowd seems to finally be buying into Adam Rose a little. There were a lot of people singing and dancing to his theme song from what I could see.
    • It's only a matter of time before someone challenges the bunny to a match. I could also see him tagging with Rose for a match or two.
    • I am very curious to see how long WWE lets Rose have an entire crew come to the ring for every match. I don't see the Exotic Express being part of his entrance for more than another month or two.

Kane vs. Dean Ambrose

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    Despite being booked as an intimidating monster, seeing Kane pick up the win in this match made me realize just how rarely he actually wins these days.

    This match wasn't too long, but it was booked exactly the way it should have been. Ambrose got the upper hand on Rollins during their last exchange, so it only makes sense for Rollins to come out on top in this one.

    There wasn't anything special in terms of the action during the match, but everything that happened served the storyline very well.

     

    Grade: B-

    Some notes from the match:

    • Ambrose's new entrance music fits him much better than Rollins' music.
    • Keeping Ambrose in street clothes is a good idea. Seeing him go to traditional trunks or tights would be weird at this point.

Big E vs. Jack Swagger

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    Zeb Colter addressed the crowd before the match and talked about how Lana caused Swagger to lose to Big E last week. He didn't have an excuse this time.

    Big E picked up a very quick win, but it was Swagger who looked really good with his level of intensity during the short bout.

     

    Grade: C

    Some notes from the match:

    • If only Swagger had been this aggressive during his World title reign, he might have been booked stronger as champion.
    • I still have hope that Swagger and Colter will turn semi-face and feud with Rusev and Lana. A full face turn might not be possible after Colter has been so hateful in past promos, but it wouldn't be a hard transition for him to focus less on immigration and more on threats to the United State in his speeches.
    • I wish Swagger would use the nickname on his jacket and make everyone call him Bigg Hoss. It would be hilarious. Although, I do not understand why he spells Bigg with two "Gs"—is that a reference I'm missing?

Fandango vs. Bo Dallas

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    Fandango and Summer Rae had a moment backstage that led to them being caught kissing by Layla. Rather than attack Summer like we would usually expect, Layla began to cry and went back into her dressing room.

    Fandango came out alone for his match, but he was soon joined by Summer Rae, who was then attacked by Layla right after the bell rang. Fandango did his best to separate to the two, but he ended up getting kicked in the head for his trouble.

    Dallas looked like he was going to help Fandango up, but then he just hit him with the Bo-Dog for the quick win.

    I would normally be the first to criticize a match like this, but this actually kind of worked; Dallas got to extend his winning streak and the storyline involving Layla, Summer Rae and Fandango got slightly more interesting.

     

    Grade: C+ 

    Some notes from the match:

    • I am so happy that Bo Dallas did not have a promo before the match.
    • There could be a babyface turn for Fandango when all this is over. It's very plausible that he could tire of the antics of both women and strike out on his own. I think he could be embraced even more by the fans if he was booked properly.
    • We're still seeing Bo Dallas and Bray Wyatt have back-to-back segments. Coincidence or foreshadowing?

Reigns, Cena and Sheamus vs. ADR, Orton, Cesaro and Wyatt

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    Reigns was finally tagged in close to the end of the match and cleaned house before picking up the win with a Spear to Alberto Del Rio.

    Del Rio seemed like the odd man out during the match. Everyone else has been in major storylines lately while he has been floundering to find a direction.

    This bout was given a significant amount of time and the crowd seemed really invested in what was happening in the ring. Ending the show on a more positive note would have been difficult.

     

    Grade: A

    Some notes from the match:

    • Sheamus and Cesaro take things to another level when they are in the ring with each other. They were flat-out hitting each other in the face with repeated shots for a few seconds.
    • Reigns is so over with the crowd that it makes me fear WWE will screw it up in some way.
    • It looks like Reigns is keeping his Shield gear and music for the time being.
    • The delayed vertical suplex that Cesaro hit on Cena was a thing of beauty.

Final Thoughts and Predictions

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    SmackDown was pretty good this week, but it could have been better. The main event capped off the evening with an exciting performance from the seven men involved in the title match at Money in the Bank, but there was a lot of development in several other programs as well.

    Roman Reigns is being booked as a future star, but the feud between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose is where the real entertainment value is. When these two eventually have their big showdown, it will be epic.

    The love triangle between Fandango, Summer Rae and Layla is beginning to make the lothario's life complicated, Zeb Colter is continuing to tease a feud with Lana and Rusev, Dolph Ziggler got a much-deserved win over BNB and Money in the Bank is shaping up to be what looks like a great PPV.

     

    Predictions:

    • Raw will feature all the matches to choose the participants for the contract Ladder match.
    • Dean Ambrose will get revenge on Kane and Seth Rollins on Raw.
    • Fandango will turn babyface and ditch both Layla and Summer Rae.
    • Adam Rose's bunny will be involved in a match in the very near future.
    • Jack Swagger will face Rusev sometime soon, but he might not turn babyface to do it.
    • Paige vs. Naomi will be added to Money in the Bank and Cameron will cost Naomi the title.

    What did you think of this week's SmackDown?

     

    Thanks for reading, and follow me on Twitter: @BR_Doctor.

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