SLAM! Sports SLAM! Wrestling
   October 24, 2014



News & Rumours
Bios
Obits
Canadian Hall of Fame
WrestleMania 30
WrestleMania 30 photos
Video
Movie Database
Minority Mat Report
Columnists
Features
Results Archive
PPV Reviews
SLAM! Wrestling store
On Facebook
On Twitter
Send Feedback




Photo Galleries

SHIMMER tapings


Alexia Nicole


Ox Baker


BCW Excellence


WWE in Montreal


ROH Unauthorized


Smackdown in Philadelphia







SCOREBOARD
PHOTO GALLERY
VIDEO GALLERY
COMMENT





Smackdown: School’s in session
By DAVE HILLHOUSE -- SLAM! Wrestling


As millions of kids go back to school, they can be inspired by brains taking on brawn tonight. David Otunga (he’s Harvard-educated, you know) and the erudite Damien Sandow both put their stamp on the show, while a returning wrestler also makes a statement. Pay attention and take notes, there may be a quiz.

The newest unholy trinity of Alberto Del Rio, Ricardo Rodriguez and David Otunga move slowly and carefully down the ramp, cautiously guiding Rodriguez and his injured neck to the ring. Del Rio reminds everyone that a Brogue Kick last week did this to his personal ring announcer, and he adds it to his motivation going into Night of Champions against Sheamus.

Otunga chimes in regarding Sheamus’ so-called criminal act, even playing a video package of the champ’s attacks over the years. Ultimately, they want the Brogue Kick banned and Otunga threatens legal action, but GM Booker T steps out and does what all officials should do: he asks the audience. They vote and the Brogue Kick is still legal.

Match #1 – Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara vs. Cody Rhodes & The Miz

Rhodes has the early upper hand, as Mysterio does a tremendous “Where am I?” mime performance, allowing Rhodes to kick him across the head. Cara gets tagged in, though, and runs circles around Rhodes until both teams tag again and a battle of former World Champs ensues. Rhodes tries to intervene but boots his partner, letting Mysterio finish him off.

Winners via pinfall: Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara

Match #2 – Zack Ryder vs. Daniel Bryan

Bryan routinely finds his Zen point during the match to control his anger, but Ryder has no such concerns as he beats Bryan into a corner before delivering a Broski Boot. Bryan, though, begs off the Rough Ryder and says he needs a hug. Never one to deny a broski, Ryder accepts but it turns into a “Yes/No/LeBell Lock”.

Winner via submission: Daniel Bryan

Bryan goes back in for another round of submission, and the ref reverses the decision on him, so...

Winner via referee’s decision: Zack Ryder

Match #3 – Randy Orton vs. Damien Sandow

A couple of extra spectators arrive in Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero. Ziggler and Sandow therefore combine to display the most pink since the Hart Dynasty was last in town. In the ring, Sandow is holding his own until he pulls down a pad to deliver a kneedrop, but misses and falls prey to Orton’s leveraged DDT. As Orton thinks RKO, Sandow runs full speed up the ramp without looking back.

Winner via count-out: Randy Orton

Orton gets in front of Ziggler as Mr. Money is leaving, and fisticuffs lead to Orton getting the RKO he originally wanted, but on Sandow who returned to try and attack from behind. Ziggler and Guerrero scram.

Match #4 – Jimmy & Jey Uso vs. The Primetime Players (Titus O’Neil & Darren Young) vs. Primo & Epico (w/ Rosa Mendes) – Triple Threat match to determine #1 Contenders

Kofi Kingston and R-Truth join commentary for this one, as Primo gets a Backstabber on Young right away but neither he nor Jey allow the other to make a pin. O’Neil makes his mark by driving Epico and Jey to the mat, but tags Young back in and sees his partner beaten up again. Finally Jimmy gets in, ridding the ring of all combatants. He splashes down on Epico, but Young throws him out of the ring and steals the pin.

Winners via pinfall and #1 Contenders: The Primetime Players

Backstage, Teddy Long and Kaitlyn are discussing Otunga’s legal crusade when Ziggler and Guerrero demand another match with Orton at Night of Champions. Long says he’ll advise Booker T to make the match. Hey, that Night of Champions promo has Chris Jericho in it. Weird.

Match #5 – Yoshi Tatsu vs. Wade Barrett

Welcome back, Barrett. He throws some bare-knuckle punches, delivers some awful-looking kneelifts, and finishes Tatsu quickly with a forearm.

Winner via pinfall: Wade Barrett

Barrett grabs a mic and dismisses Tatsu, declaring that he’s open for business. What that means, exactly, is open to conjecture.

Match #6 – Sheamus vs. David Otunga

Del Rio takes a seat near the announcers, and it’s nice to see that he drives in even if not wrestling. Sheamus tries a Brogue Kick early, but Otunga ducks under and wraps a chinlock around the champ. Sheamus lumbers out of it and potatoes Otunga with forearms, getting White Noise next, and setting up the Brogue Kick...

However, Booker T interrupts the match and very unhappily announces he must ban the Brogue Kick. Del Rio’s business seems to be done and he exits, so Sheamus goes for the Texas Cloverleaf on Otunga instead, which will surely soon be dubbed as the Shamrock.

Winner via submission: Sheamus

Dave Hillhouse is a screenwriter and teacher, and hopes to see Little Jimmy team up with (Big) Jimmy Uso someday.