Thursday Night Smackdown! TV Report for October 29th, 2015 – “Halloween Hand-Outs”
Introduction Segment: Picture Promo and Video Promo
Stills of the Hell In A Cell bout between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker are shown. Bray Wyatt appears on screen and says that he has now taken both The Undertaker’s and Kane’s souls. He dares three more to take on his “monsters,” as we see Erik Rowan, Luke Harper, and Braun Strowman behind.
Segment #2: Welcoming and Arena Promo
The regular Smackdown video plays, then Rich Brennan, Booker T., and Jerry “The King” Lawler acknowledge us. Roman Reigns’ music sounds and he walks through the crowd. Roman goes through the year he has had and the difficulties with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt, but is now happy to be the #1 Contender again to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens interrupts and mocks the success of Roman, then proclaims that he was “one Pop-Up Powerbomb away” from becoming the man to wrestle for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Of course, this leads to…
Match #1: Single – Roman Reigns VS. Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens (Non-Title)
They lockup and Owens gets the upper with a standing side headlock. Reigns whips him into the ropes and they hit, but stand and face off again. Roman grapples a standing headlock too, and then they smirk again. Both chase around and smile at the “one-ups-man-ship” game, but Reigns quickly gains control after countering a kick and knocking Kevin down.
Roman is still governing, but Owens switches it up. He takes Reigns to the outside and gives him a fall-away slam into the corner barricade. The I.C. Champ controls for a while, hitting big moves like a kick and clothesline, but does not land the cannonball splash as Roman leaped out and clotheslined him! Reigns signals for the Superman Punch, but Kevin escapes to the outside and tries to walk away. Roman runs after and puts him back in, but Owens counters into a German suplex.
Reigns counters again and places Kevin on the top turnbuckle and they battle, but Owens decides to hightail with his title and leaves through the fans, getting counted-out in the process.
Winner via Count-Out: Roman Reigns
Segment #3: Backstage Promo
Rene Young, dressed in a lime-green fairy costume, talks to Dean Ambrose. He eggs her on to ask him if he’s going to stand up to Bray’s request; she does so and he confirms that he is going to be the first to fight the Wyatts. A “ghost” appears and Rene is not impressed, as it is really Bo Dallas. He is going to try and scare someone tonight.
Match #2: “Four-Corners Of Terror” Tag-Team – The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von) VS. The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) VS. The Lucha Dragons (Kalisto and Sin Cara) VS. King Barrett and Sheamus
Prior to this contest, Tag-Team Champions The New Day join on commentary and mock the teams on their way to the announce table.
Kalisto and Sheamus begin, with Kalisto getting the better courtesy of his quick-paced moves. He kicks Sheamus and slides under, then twirls around with a headscissors. Bubba Ray and Barrett are tagged in and punch it out, then D-Von and both Ascension members, but Konnor and Viktor are clotheslined over the ropes as Dragons and Dudleyz are standing tall in the ring.
D-Von and Barrett are wrestling, with D-Von in control after a hard-slamming suplex. Kalisto is back in, but pushed off the top turnbuckle, and double-teamed a short bit later by Sheamus and Barrett. “Mr. Money In The Bank” overpowers Kalisto, kicking him more in the turnbuckle, then giving him a suplex into a slam. He pounds away on Kalisto’s chest and clotheslines him out of the corner, then lets The Ascension team up.
Connor and Viktor take turns punishing Kalisto, until the Dragon moves from the corner and sends Viktor into the ring post. He tags in Cara, who cleans house on both Ascension members and Barrett, then almost takes this with a springboard hurricanrana pin! The bout now breaks down, and the Dudleyz and Dragons give Barrett and Sheamus the “What’s Up” headbutt. Ray and D-Von toss The Luchas to the floor and then brawl with Barrett and Sheamus to the back.
Ascension and Dragons are left, with Kalisto finishing Viktor with his flip-over reverse-DDT and getting the 1 – 2 – 3!
Winners via Pinfall: The Lucha Dragons (Kalisto and Sin Cara)
Later tonight, Dolph Ziggler will take on The Miz!
Segment #4: Backstage Promo
Dean Ambrose is walking backstage into Cesaro. Among many Halloween and other movie puns, Cesaro informs Ambrose that he will be one of his partners tonight! “Boo” Dallas then tries to scare Cesaro, but “The Swiss Superman” just shakes his head and moves on.
Dolph makes his entrance for his bout with Miz, next!
Match #3: “Treat-Or-Treat Streetfight” Single – Dolph Ziggler VS. The Miz
An elbow/collar tie-up starts with Ziggler taking over with a standing side headlock and shoulder-block. Miz catches Dolph and sling-shots him over the ropes, but “The Show-Off” hangs on and climbs back in. Miz takes a lightsaber (yes, I really just typed that!) and Dolph grabs a kendo stick. Of course, Ziggler gets the better and crotches Miz with the stick.
They go to the outside, where Dolph refreshes Miz by pushing his head into the bucket of apples! He then places a pumpkin (for real!) on Miz’ head and back in the ring, superkicks him, splitting up some of the Halloween decoration!
On the other side of the ring, Dolph has appeared to hurt his knee, which allows Miz to gain advantage. He focuses on Ziggler’s hurt knee, slamming a steel chair against it numerous times while it was wrapped around the ring post.
In the ring, Miz tries the Figure-4, but Dolph reverses into an inside cradle, finishing this one!
Winner via Pinfall: Dolph Ziggler
Post-match, Tyler Breeze and Summer Rae walks out and Tyler proceeds to attack Ziggler, particularly his knee. He does this until referees break him away, although it takes a couple tries. Breeze and Rae pose afterwards.
Up next, a recently-turned-heel Paige will be in action!
Match #4: Single – Paige VS. Natalya
Paige immediately kicks Natalya hard in the face, then becomes aggressive with a headbutt. She kicks away at Nattie’s back, then punches her in the gut more. Natalya makes a comeback with a clothesline and German suplex, which sends Paige tumbling to the floor.
Team B.A.D. suddenly interrupt and Sasha impersonates Natalya’s pleas about Paige assaulting Natalya last week on Smackdown! This distracts Nattie, which allows Paige to turn her around into the Ram-Paige DDT and take this!
Winner via Pinfall: Paige
Post-match, the entirety of Team B.A.D. assails Natalya, with Sasha clamping on the Bank Statement. They pose and walk away, seemingly pleased.
Up next, a review of Alberto Del Rio’s return and United States Championship win!
Segment #5: Locker Room Promo
Dean Ambrose is taping himself up when he hears a man groaning “more.” The camera pans over and we see Ryback lifting weights. He wants to be a part of the Six-Man, so Ambrose agrees.
Segment #6: Arena Promo
Zeb Colter leads out United States Champion Alberto Del Rio. Colter’s scooter has a combination of the American and Mexican flags attached. They both talk about the unification they want with America and Mexico. They declare that the United States Championship will renamed The MexAmerica Championship. Del Rio walks to the ring for a bout, next.
Match #5: Single – United States Champion Alberto Del Rio VS. R-Truth
Predictably, Del Rio picks this one up after forcing Truth to tap to his cross-armbreaker hold.
Segment #7: Backstage Promo
Dallas pops out of a trunk and attempts to scare Mark Henry, but Henry simply punches him back into the trunk and walks away.
Dean Ambrose makes his entrance for the main-event, next!
Match #6: Six-Man Tag-Team – Dean Ambrose, Cesaro, and Ryback VS. The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper, Erik Rowan, and Braun Strowman) (with Bray Wyatt)
Ryback and Harper begin, going back-and-forth until Harper tags in Strowman. “The Black Sheep” stares down “The Big Guy,” (and the fans are totally on Ryback’s side with loud “feed me more” chants.) Ryback tries, but Braun dominates with a big suplex.
Rowan is now in and slams Ryback, then Harper lands on him too. Erik’s back, but Ryback takes him down and manages the hot-tag to Ambrose, who hits down Rowan and Harper! He climbs the turnbuckle, but Harper yanks at him and pushes him back in the ring. Rowan delivers a roundhouse kick and covers but only gets two!
Strowman runs into the ring post and Ambrose brings in Cesaro, who uppercuts around. He plants Harper with a reverse Death Valley Drive, then clutches on a crossface! Braun pulls Cesaro out of the ring to break the hold, then both Ambrose and Ryback rocket themselves at Strowman over the announces table. In the ring, Cesaro soars off the top turnbuckle with a crossbody and covers, but Rowan breaks it up!
Ambrose is in and takes out Rowan, and Cesaro gears up for it and goes to swing around Harper, but Strowman distracts Chioda, the referee, and Bray hits Cesaro, giving Harper the chance to clothesline Cesaro and receive the victory!
Winners via Pinfall: The Wyatt Family
The Wyatt Family pose to close as the lights darken to close the show.
End Of Smackdown!
Much like Raw, this was a great wrestling show, and pretty decent one overall. Let’s look at the particulars:
Excellence: Reigns/Owens, Fatal-4-Way Tag, and the Six-Man. I liked how Reigns/Owens was not definitive and could lead to a great feud down the road; perhaps Title VS. Title? The 4 Teams bout was surprisingly good/longer than I expected and I actually enjoyed it. I was skeptical at first, thinking it was a “throw-away”/quick one, but they wrestled longer and it served a purpose with The Luchas winning as potentially new opponents for The New Day. The main-event was just wrestled-well and very popular!
As I wrote on the Raw Report, I am happy (and was shocked) to see Alberto back; he seems to be received well and I hope that continues. The pairing with Zeb and their explanation was interesting, and I hope they don’t get any big backlash for combining the U.S. Championship and renaming it; in this case, it is just a storyline!
Loving the new feud of Tyler Breeze/Dolph Ziggler; now I can fully get into it as it will lead to a Survivor Series bout; not like last week where it was just a few days before Hell In A Cell and Dolph was already booked on the show, so they had nowhere to go at that point.
Bogus: Again, I wish Bo was able to be given another solid run, particularly with the aggressive side he did show; I don’t like the fact they are making a joke out of him.
I would like impressing rivalry between The Dudleyz and Sheamus/Barrett better if Sheamus didn’t have the Money In The Bank Briefcase. He’s done nothing with it since the tease last month and I feel it has been a waste of the meaning of the briefcase in general since he has won it.
Wished that Paige/Natalya went longer and was actually built for Survivor Series instead of squandered fast on Smackdown! I guess they’re leading to a Team B.A.D (with Paige now?) VS. Team N.C.B. (and another women’s wrestler) at Series, but I would’ve preferred one-on-one with Paige and Natalya to close their conflict.
Until Raw, Be Excellent Wrestling-Online Readers and Fans!