Thursday Night Smackdown! TV Report for November 19th, 2015
Introduction Segment: Welcoming
The regular Smackdown! video plays then Rich Brennan, Booker T., and Jerry “The King” Lawler greet us from the University Of Tennessee. They review the situation around the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, which now is down to the Semi-Finals to be wrestled at Survivor Series between Roman Reigns/Alberto Del Rio and Kevin Owens/Dean Ambrose. Later tonight, they will all square off in Tag-Team action, with Reigns and Ambrose teaming against Owens and Del Rio.
Segment #2: Arena Promo
The Miz is in the ring, along with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship that is propped on a cloth-covered table. He starts to introduce his guests, but one of them cuts him off right away. Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens struts out and pretty much tells Miz that people are not paying attention to him; United States Champion Alberto Del Rio and Zeb Colter join, and also pick apart Owens, but Kevin talks back about him not being noticed while absent. Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns interject themselves, and all make fun of Miz. R-Truth surprisingly barges in and asserts that he’s an “underdog” and will go through all of them to be WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Miz reminds Truth that he’s not in the tournament!
Match #1: Single – The Miz VS. Cesaro
They wrestle around for a bit until Cesaro flips over and clutches on the Crossface for the victory!
Winner via Submission: Cesaro
Post-match, Stardust and The Ascension make their entrance, which does not impress Cesaro.
Match #2: Tag-Team – Stardust and The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) VS. Neville and The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von)
Neville and Viktor start out, with Neville getting the better until Stardust is tagged in. Neville runs the ropes, but Konnor holds the middle rope and Neville tumbles to the floor, hitting the mat back-first hard!
Konnor and Viktor are dominating for a while until Neville makes the hot-tag to Bubba. The Dudleyz clean house until Stardust hits the Disaster Kick. He celebrates too early though, as Neville hits him with a high-kick after rocketing through the ropes onto … D-Von and Bubba finish this one with a 3-D!
Winners via Pinfall: Neville and The Dudley Boyz
Match #3: Single – Zack Ryder VS. Tyler Breeze (with Summer Rae)
Despite distractions from Dolph Ziggler, Tyler takes this one pretty quickly!
Winner via Pinfall: Tyler Breeze (with Summer Rae)
Post-match, Ziggler superkicks Tyler on the outside and walks away!
Segment #3: Video Promo
Recap of The Undertaker and Kane’s feud with The Wyatt Family is shown.
Segment #4: Arena Promo
“Let it be said that the words trembling from my lips are the words of an honest man. ‘The Demon’ and ‘The Deadman’ may have started walking upright, but there are still pieces of them that belong to me. Last Monday night, I showed the world that the followers of darkness have now seen the light. I gave them what no other entity could – happiness, salvation, and peace. At Survivor Series, ‘The Brothers Of Destruction’ will be given a chance to redeem themselves. Of course, they will fail; but how will they fail? That is the question we should be asking. At the hands of Erik Rowan? Or will it be Luke Harper, a man whose moral code affords him the ability to inflict pain and suffering without the slightest bit of remorse. Or, of course, it could be ‘The Black Sheep’ himself, Braun Strowman.” He hands the mike to Braun, who declares that it will be an “end of an era” for ‘Taker and Kane.
The gong sounds and the lights go out; the arena engulfs in blue and fire lights up the stage. The Undertaker appears on the Titantron. “Bray Wyatt, you think you hold all the cards. But you will soon find out that you’ve got nothing but a ‘Deadman’s Hand.’”
The camera pans to Kane, who is holding a sheep’s mask that is on fire. “Ashes to ashes, they all fall down,” he quips. Undertaker quotes “rest in peace,” then the druids at ringside fall to the floor. Bray laughs, seemingly unfazed.
Segment #5: Video Promo
We recall the contract signing and brawl between Divas Champion Charlotte and Paige from Raw.
Match #3: Single – Brie Bella VS. Divas Champion Charlotte (Non-Title)
They lockup and Charlotte gives Brie a waistlock and roll-up for one! She ducks Brie and clamps on another waistlock, but Brie reverses it into a headlock takedown. They run off the ropes and collide, but the Divas Champion is up first. She traps Brie in a Figure-Four-headlock, then slams her face to the canvas.
Brie elbows back and shoves Charlotte into the middle rope. Brie stomps away as Charlotte is laid against the bottom rope, then Brie runs at her with a knee. She dropkicks Charlotte, and gives her a few kicks, but Charlotte ducks the last one. She comes back with numerous chops then a splash in the corner. She hits a big boot but only gets two. She tries a knee drop, but Brie moves and goes for her facebuster. Charlotte shoves her away and ties her up in the Figure-Eight, forcing Brie to tap!
Winner via Submission: Divas Champion Charlotte
Segment #6: Backstage Promo
Rene Young is with Paige and inquires about her recent actions against Becky Lynch and Charlotte. Paige defends them fiercely and proclaims that she will win the Divas Championship back at Survivor Series.
Match #4: Single – Tag-Team Champion Big E. (with Tag-Team Champions and New Day partners Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston) VS. Kalisto (with Lucha Dragon partner Sin Cara)
Kalisto is vastly all over Big E until he is distracted by Woods and Kingston; he is put to the mat by Big for the 1 – 2 – 3!
Winner via Pinfall: Tag-Team Champion and New Day member Big E.
Post-match, New Day continue to beat on the Lucha Dragon until Ryback charges out and helps! The Tag-Team Champions retreat as Ryback holds up Cara and Kalisto.
The commentators reveal that Tyler Breeze will take on Dolph Ziggler at Survivor Series.
Segment #7: Backstage Promo
Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose talk about being on the same side tonight, but if it ends up being the two of them in the finals at Survivor Series, they both swear they will do what they have to to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens enters the arena for the main-event!
Match #5: Tag-Team – Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens and United States Champion Alberto Del Rio (with Zeb Colter) VS. Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns
Ambrose and Owens begin, and both Ambrose and Reigns clean house on the champions.
Del Rio is punching away on Roman, but he misses a splash in the corner. Reigns makes the tag to Dean, who is all over both Alberto and Owens. He springboards with a plancha onto the I.C. Champ, but the U.S. Champ catches him with an enziguri.
Kevin takes control in the ring, giving Dean a running senton-splash. He wears him down with a rear chinlock, then elbows Ambrose as he ran off the ropes. Alberto is back in and gives Dean a DDT for two! Both he and Owens double-team “The Lunatic Fringe” for a while.
Ambrose eventually gets to tag Roman, who also cleans house on Del Rio and Owens. He hits the running front-dropkick, floor-to-apron, then gives him eight clotheslines in the corner. He signals for the Superman Punch, but Alberto hits him. Kevin does the same, but is spun around with a tilt-a-whirl slam.
This breaks down, particularly with Dean clotheslining Del Rio over the announcer’s table! Roman hits the Superman Punch on Owens, but Alberto shoves Reigns into the steel steps. Charles Robinson, the referee, reaches the count of ten!
Winners via Count-Out – None due to Double-Count-Out
Post-match, Reigns and Ambrose send Del Rio and Owens to the floor and hug it out. They then approach the WWE Title and stare at it together to close the show.
End Of Smackdown!
Reporter’s Rumblings – By Moe Tapp
Since I did not give my review of Raw in respect of both the horrible attacks in France and Nick Bockwinkel’s passing, and as this was just a filler show before Survivor Series, instead I will just type out my predictions for Sunday’s Network/Pay-Per-View show.
Roman over Del Rio; Ambrose over Owens; Roman to win it all. Breeze gets his first Pay-Per-View victory; “Brothers Of Destruction” and two other mystery opponents turn the Tag-Team Match into a Survivor Series bout – I predict that ‘Taker and Kane’s partners will either be The Usos or Mankind and Lesnar (credit to someone at work for thinking that one!) – then the super-team defeats Wyatts and The Family may disband again. Charlotte/Paige is non-finish to continue their feud/go off the “harshness” of it and they have a specialty match at T.L.C.
Until Raw, Be Excellent Wrestling-Online Readers and Fans!