Watch: USA Network
June 9, 2016
INTRUST Bank Arena – Wichita, KN
“Come on, come on, love me for the money. Come on, come on, listen to the money talk” – AC/DC
Lights, camera, action! Money does indeed talk, especially in WWE with Money in the Bank looming in the distance! It’s time once again for the Blue Brand to make it’s weekly showing and set up the road to Money in the Bank. After an incredibly lackluster and dull RAW, what can SmackDown bring to the table to further set up the one night of the year when the future of WWE is revealed? There’s only one way to find out! SmackDown this week starts off with The Club, featuring AJ cutting a promo about how Styles versus Cena is a dream match, and that at Money in the Bank both Styles and Gallows and Anderson will dominate their respective matches. Enter Enzo and Cass, who clearly aren’t too happy about that development. They remind The Club that it’s not just a single team competing for the WWE Tag Team Championship, it’s four, and it will be Enzo and Cass who walk out of Money in the Bank with the WWE Tag Team Championship. Going to break, we’re informed that Enzo & Cass vs. Gallows and Anderson is up next!
The Club has the early advantage in this match, with New Day on commentary. Enzo is being ragdolled around, something he does incredibly well, by Gallows and Anderson with absolutely no care in the world. Enzo tries to go for the hot tag out to the big man Cass, but is taken out by a well timed kick to the temple by Anderson. The Vaudevillians make their way out onto the stage as chaos unfolds in and out of the ring. It doesn’t take very long at all for things to devolve into chaos as all four teams involved in the match-up at Money in the Bank brawl as the match comes to a disqualification ending.
You got exactly what you expected with this segment. It put over Gallows and Anderson as absolute wrecking machines and it made Enzo and Cass look great as well in the post match segment. This may be one of the few times where I actually believe that New Day’s championship reign may be in serious jeopardy. It’s not clear by any means who is going to walk out of Money in the Bank with the WWE Tag Team Championship firmly around their waist. One thing is for sure though, it’ll be a damn exciting match!
We get another showing of the Muhammad Ali tribute package from Monday Night RAW, as well as a backstage segment featuring Titus O’Neil and his Money in the Bank opponent for the United States Championship: Rusev. Rusev claims that he is the greatest – better than Ali – and that he is not running from a fight. Enter O’Neil, claiming that Rusev knows how to float like a butterfly, as he’s avoided him constantly, and that O’Neil will sting like a bee at Money in the Bank and capture his first ever United States Championship.
Zayn and Owens start things off until Del Rio tags in, showboating and trying to one-up his tag team partner. Zayn responds by taking Del Rio down with a deep armdrag and tagging in the Swiss Superman. Del Rio brings Cesaro to his knees and tries to tag in Owens, but Owens is quick to walk away, prompting Zayn to chase Owens into the backstage area. Cesaro hits a running cannonball on Del Rio and then climbs up on the announcer’s table and gives Mauro a high five. Owens returns eventually and ends up getting into a scuffle with his partner Del Rio. Zayn takes out Owens with an electrifying outside dive, and Cesaro follows it up with an outside suplex from the barricade on Del Rio. Del Rio ties up Cesaro in the tree of woe and connects with the double foot stomp.
Not a bad match at all, as it set up the upcoming Money in the Bank match quite well. Owens and Zayn can’t stand each other, and neither can anyone else in the match, as showcased by Del Rio and Owens’ lack of camaraderie during this match-up. Add in Jericho and Ambrose, and you’ve got some incredibly combustible elements.
I would like to be one of the first to state that I absolutely hate this association of Dana Brooke with Charlotte. I get the idea that with Emma out, she obviously needs another running mate to get her over with the average WWE fan, but I’m not sure what this will do for her in the long run. Dana and Emma just had a more natural chemistry about them. Becky Lynch has the advantage for the majority of the match until Charlotte and Natalya get involved. Charlotte his the absolutely worst spear I’ve ever seen on Natalya, I’m talking absolute garbage. Anyone who’s ever performed a spear should be ashamed at this. Dana Brooke tries to take advantage of the chaos and confusion, but Becky Lynch rolls through a roll-up attempt and locks in the Dis-arm-her.
Yet another match that I’m confused about. I understand the point of the match, as it’s the further the bad blood between the two teams of warring ladies, but I just don’t see the reason for over-saturation of outside interference and involvement. Let the ladies have a match, for god’s sake. Becky and Dana could have a very decent match if given the proper spotlight. Just when we thought the Women’s Division was being taken seriously, they pull garbage feuds like this. Somewhere, Sasha Banks is crying tears of agony and frustration.
Dolph Ziggler and a shirt that even a blind man would be offended by are on commentary for this match, which unfortunately means that we have a continuation of this feud. It’s also unfortunate for Kalisto that he immediately dropped out from feuding over the United States Championship to jobbing out to Big Banter Corbin in a meaningless feud he’s having with Dolph Ziggler. Kalisto falls victim to the End of Days, destroying the much smaller opponent.
Dolph Ziggler yells some gibberish at Baron Corbin from commentary that I absolutely cannot be bothered to give a single damn in the world about. Please, WWE Creative, I’m begging you…end this feud. Backstage, Sheamus is showing the locker room is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, which nobody seems to be overly impressed with. He and Apollo Crews end up exchanging fisticuffs after some jokes.
I missed the majority of this match due to having to take a work phone call, but I can safely tell you based off of the other garbage heaps of matches that Ambrose and Jericho have had that this one is no different. I came back just in time to see Jericho hit the Codebreaker for the victory, and seeing Ambrose knock Jericho off a ladder and standing tall to end the show.
SmackDown did some good and some bad tonight, mostly bad though. In the good? The tag team matches on the show were excellent and furthered all of the feuds going into Money in the Bank, which is ideally what you want: progressive build-up to the climax at Money in the Bank. The bad? Everything else, really. There was no need for the women’s match to have been hampered by interference, WWE still has given me no reason to care about this Dolph/Baron and Sheamus/Crews nonsense, and Ambrose and Jericho is one of the most boring match-ups created this side of town. The show didn’t fall flat on it’s face like RAW seemed to have for me, but it certainly didn’t exceed expectations like it’s been known to as the sleeper of the WWE programming.