WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from August 22

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2014

WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from August 22

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    Credit: WWE.com

    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.

    It looks like Tom Phillips was promoted from Main Event to SmackDown as he joined the announce team for this week's show. Whether he is there to replace Michael Cole going forward is unclear.

    As for the actual show, it was nothing special. It's not as if it was a total bomb, but there just wasn't anything to get excited about. Everything was a rehash of something we have already seen in the past week.

    The only new development to any current storyline is the apparent addition of Luke Harper and Erick Rowan to the Tag Team Championship feud developing between The Usos and the Rhodes brothers.

    As uneventful as it was, let's take a look at what went down on this week's SmackDown.

Bolieve in Seth Rollins

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    Seth Rollins made his entrance following a quick promo from Randy Orton to get the show started. The two shook hands on the ramp to show their allegiance to the Authority and each other.

    Rollins took on Jack Swagger in the opening match of the evening. This is an interesting matchup because one is a powerhouse technician and one other is an acrobatic technician.

    There has been virtually no interaction between these two before this bout, but they seemed to develop a pretty good chemistry very quickly.

    Rollins picked up the victory via countout after hitting the Curb Stomp as Swagger was getting back into the ring, sending him back to the outside.

    Normally, countout victories seem like lazy writing, but this worked best for everyone. Rollins was the obvious winner from the start, but having Swagger lose by countout keeps him from looking weak.

    Bo Dallas came out after it was all over and told Swagger to keep Bolieving. He said he wanted to pick up where Swagger left off and become the new American sweetheart, whatever that means.


    Grade: B

    Some notes from the match:

    • Rollins took a page out of Shawn Michaels' book when he did the little roll onto the turnbuckle after being Irish whipped into the corner.
    • The spot where Swagger picked up Rollins and took both of them over the top rope looked dangerous.
    • Swagger is finding more and more creative ways to put his opponent into the Patriot Lock.
    • JBL called Bo Dallas the new Shirley Temple. It would be interesting to see a statistic of how many WWE fans actually know who Shirley Temple is and why she's such a legend in Hollywood.

A Crushing Defeat

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    Rusev won a quick squash against Sin Cara, holding him in the Accolade until he passed out. The match was short and somewhat pointless. Even the most casual of fans could have predicted how this one would end.

    Mark Henry ended up coming out after the match to confront Rusev again. For the first time, Rusev looked a little nervous. He ended up bailing before Henry could make it into the ring.

    This could develop into a great feud between two massive powerhouses, but it has to be more than Henry putting Rusev over like Swagger did.


    Grade: D+

    Some notes from the match:

    • Sin Cara's attire made me think I had accidentally taken acid for a second.
    • Lana is so tiny. Her waist probably measures the same as one of Henry's thighs.
    • Lana is getting very good at being a heel manager. She knows exactly how to come off as pompous and annoying but also knows how to show fear and anger when needed.
    • Henry is very entertaining when he talks trash to his opponents. He doesn't even need a mic. His voice carries so well that you can always hear him anyway.

Battle of the Acronyms

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    RVD had a backstage interview before the match that saw him get attacked by Randy Orton. After the break, RVD sprinted to the ring to get his hands on Orton, but the Viper made him wait for the bell.

    This ended up barely even being a match. They wrestled for about a minute before the match spilled to the outside and both men were counted out.

    Orton didn't care at all about winning. He just wanted to hurt RVD. He dropped RVD onto the announce table before hitting him with a DDT on the floor.

    Orton ended up using a chair to hit the RKO, effectively putting RVD on the shelf so he can take another hiatus. Once again, RVD puts someone else over by looking weak.

    While an actual match would have been good, we have seen these two face off so many times before that the brutal attack seemed like a better way to make Orton look vicious.


    Grade: B-

    Some notes from the match:

    • RVD is obviously willing to do whatever is best for the show, but it never seems like he is a real threat to anyone anymore. He just looks washed up when he keeps putting people over like this.
    • RVD needs a solid program with a top star during his next run, and he also needs to come out on top.

When Is a Win Not a Win?

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    As expected, AJ came out and distracted Paige by taking the Diva's title and skipping up the ramp with it. Paige got her belt back, but she ended up tapping out to the Sharpshooter because she got so distracted.

    The feud between AJ and Paige has a lot of promise, but they need to start finding new ways for these women to mess with each other than just skipping to the ring during matches.

    It's great to see Natalya picking up wins again, but it's too bad she isn't actually being pushed. She is only winning because AJ keeps distracting Paige.


    Grade: C

    Some notes from the match:

    • Some guy in the crowd was whistling way too much during this match, especially when Paige was on top of Natalya. He must be a construction worker.
    • It would have been way more entertaining had AJ actually stolen the title and ran off with it. Nobody ever does that anymore.

Weird vs. Weirder

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    Luke Harper and Erick Rowan took on Goldust and Stardust in tag team action this week. It was a decent bout, but they could have done much better.

    Both teams have provided many exciting performances before, which is why it was a little disappointing to see them dial it back a bit in this one.

    Things really only picked up in the last few minutes when the pace began to quicken. Goldust ended up getting the win for his team when he rolled up Harper for the pin.

    Harper and Rowan took out their frustrations on the Rhodes brothers after the match was over, decimating the two goofballs in the process.

    The Usos had a quick promo beforehand, making it appear that they would be feuding with Goldust and Stardust, but now it looks like Harper and Rowan may be added into the mix.

    Seeing those three teams in one match at Night of Champions would almost certainly lead to a memorable performance.


    Grade: B-

    Some notes from the match:

    • You have to be happy for Cody Rhodes. He looks like he's having so much fun with this gimmick.
    • Getting hit with an office chair the way Rhodes did must have hurt. Those things can be pretty heavy.
    • Are Harper and Rowan even with Bray Wyatt anymore? They never seem to do anything together these days.

Rise of the Roman Empire

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    Before Miz and Roman Reigns even had a chance to lock up, Orton made his way down the ramp to watch from up close.

    Even with the distraction, Reigns made very short work of Miz by hitting the Spear and winning in about two minutes.

    Orton came into the ring and started brawling with Reigns almost immediately. They fought around ringside, tossing each other into anything and everything that would hurt the other.

    Orton brought a steel chair into the fight, but it only ended up backfiring on him. Reigns ended the show with a Superman Punch that sent Orton to the floor.

    The bout between Reigns and Miz was too quick and made Miz look like a chump, but the fight afterwards was somewhat entertaining.


    Grade: C+

    Some notes from the match:

    • JBL said Miz looked like Luke Skywalker and Errol Flynn in his weird jacket. I bet even fewer WWE fans know who Errol Flynn is than Shirley Temple. I like his classic references, but sometimes he says stuff that he has to know goes way over the heads of many young viewers.
    • They showed the moment when Reigns punched Miz in the face last week on slow motion. It's surprising Miz didn't have to get his jaw wired shut after that hit.
    • The close shot of Reigns that ended the show made it look like he had smoke coming off of him for some reason. It was kind of cool.

Final Thoughts and Predictions

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    There were a few things to like about this week's show, but overall, it did nothing to make any of the current feuds seem more interesting.

    It almost felt like they lost the script for the show and just decided to throw in some things we have already seen in recent weeks.

    A couple of matches were entertaining enough but nothing really popped. The weirdest thing is that the show somehow felt like it was less than two hours.

    There were very few backstage segments that lasted longer than a minute. There also weren't that many long matches. It was like they somehow filled two hours with only 90 minutes of content.

    Despite the lackluster feel of the program, there were a few hints at where things may be going for some of the midcard feuds.



    • Harper and Rowan will be added to the blossoming feud with The Usos and the Rhodes brothers.
    • Rusev and Henry will have some kind of competition to see who is strongest, which will obviously end with Rusev attacking Henry.
    • AJ will actually steal Paige's title the next time she gets her hands on it.
    • The cosmic key/event horizon Goldust and Stardust have been looking for will be revealed to be the WWE Tag Team Championship.
    • People will keep giving RVD guff about not doing the ALS ice bucket challenge.
    • JBL will start referencing Charlie Chaplin and Bela Lugosi films next week. Maybe he'll even throw in a Marx brothers reference and sing a song from the Carter Family.

    What did you think of this week's SmackDown?


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