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August 28, 2015

WWE SmackDown rundown: The Wyatt Family looms large over Reigns and Ambrose

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The Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island hosted SmackDown on Thursday night.

Three days after Sting made his triumphant return to the WWE and was basically handed a WWE World Heavyweight title shot at Night of Champions by Triple H in September, the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island hosted SmackDown on Thursday night. It was a program to further the story between the Wyatt Family and Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose – a feud that’s gotten very good over the last few weeks.

The Dudley Boyz made their return to in-ring action, and The New Day had an interesting way of protesting tables after the Dudleyz finished off The Ascension. Overall, it was pretty good episode of SmackDown on Thursday night and furthered storylines along.

Here are the main stories coming out of SmackDown:

The Wyatt Family opened up the show with a promo in the ring, and Bray Wyatt said that family means everything to him. It would be awesome if we could get a Sister Abigail character to join the family, and that’s what is currently being thought about by the WWE creative team if you want to believe the dirt sheets. He then introduced the new face of destruction, the Black Sheep, Braun Strowman.

Reigns and Ambrose interrupted the promo and they were ready for a fight, but the Wyatt Family backed down. Later on, however, the Wyatts would stand tall after the main event.

Sheamus and Ambrose competed in a fairly good match, but the Wyatts wouldn’t leave Ambrose alone for the night and decided to get a closer look at him during and after the main event.

Looking forward to seeing how a match between these two behemoths would entail.

Seth Rollins, the WWE World Heavyweight and United States Champion, came to the ring for a promo directed at Sting. The usual heelishness from Rollins, stamped by a declaration that he’s going to break Sting’s old bones to dust. Come on, Seth! Age is off limits, no?

Seeing the Dudley Boyz back in action in a WWE ring for the first time since 2004 was a treat. The duo is in great shape and who didn’t see this match against The Ascension coming after Monday night? Totally predictable, but very good.

And The New Day coming out with signs that read, “Save a Table, Break a Dudley” and “#GiveTablesAChance” after the match was just amazing work. The Dudleyz promptly responded to those protesters with a powerbomb through a table to Viktor. End scene.

I’m not sure why Kevin Owens was relegated to a nothing TV match with Neville, but I think with more build and a featured segment on Raw, this match could have been very, very good. As it turns out, it was just a normal television match with nothing spectacular and resulted in me praying for good things moving forward for Owens. The dude is lost creatively right now, because WWE has no idea how to utilize him. Oy vey.

Big Show looks like he’s turning face again. Thursday night, he got a little miffed at his tag team partner, Rusev, and decided to promptly knock him out during their tag team match against Ryback and Dolph Ziggler. I guess we’re supposed to care?

It’s a good thing for Nikki and Brie Bella that “losses mean nothing” because they both were beaten again on Thursday night – this time by the duo of Charlotte and Becky Lynch. It’s about time for the Divas Revolution to, you know, revolutionize something. It’s basically become a throwaway segment on television the last few weeks, and nobody wants Nikki Bella’s Divas title? Come on, WWE.

Unless Sasha Banks is injured, it’s absolutely criminal she wasn’t on Raw or SmackDown this week. She is the best women’s wrestler on the roster right now, and might be the best overall wrestler in the company. She’s got it down from style, charisma, and talent in the ring. Give Sasha a chance. Give her the Divas title.

Match rundown

     • The Dudley Boyz d. The Ascension by pinfall via the 3D.

     • Kevin Owens d. Neville by pinfall via the pop-up powerbomb.

     • Charlotte and Becky Lynch d. The Bella Twins by pinfall after Charlotte rolls up Brie.

     • Ryback (c-IC) and Dolph Ziggler d. Big Show and Rusev by pinfall after Show knocks Rusev out with a punch and Ziggler pins him for the win.

     • Sheamus d. Dean Ambrose by pinfall via a Brogue Kick after the Wyatts distracted Ambrose. Reigns comes out and Braun Strowman takes him out again.

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