By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and The Usos Called Out The League of Nations
Isn't it amazing how WWE started up these "factions" immediately following Survivor Series? The timing could not have been worse. And in all honesty, I couldn't care less about either of these "factions" right now. The League of Nations has potential, but they've been booked like losers for so long that none of them are taken seriously by the fans. As for Reigns' band of brothers, none of them are feuding with anyone from the heel side except for Reigns! It feels thrown together and an attempt to kill TV time with WWE so low on star power at the moment.
Tyler Breeze def. Neville
I always thought this would have been a fun feud in NXT. Breeze could have targeted Neville for being an "uggo," but Neville was brought up to the main roster before anything could happen between them. Now, they've both since been promoted, but are currently busy with other programs. Nevertheless, they contested a nice match and I was glad Breeze scored the victory as he should have. That should have been obvious, but after his unnecessary loss to Dolph Ziggler on Raw, I can't count this company out.
Brie Bella def. Becky Lynch by Disqualification
After many months of Lynch having her talent go to waste, I'm glad they're finally showcasing her a bit more. If Monday and this match were any indication, Charlotte will be going heel sooner rather than later, which would make Lynch the top (and only?) babyface in the Divas division by default. The match between Lynch and Bella was fine for what it was, but the real focus was on the tension teased between Lynch and Charlotte afterward. A Triple Threat Divas Championship match pitting the Team PCB members against each other would be a great addition to the TLC card.
WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day def. Dean Ambrose and The Usos
The best part about New Day is that not only are they extremely entertaining on the mic, they can contest really good matches with just about anyone. Ambrose and Usos had awesome chemistry with each other and it made for an above-average six-man tag team match. With the stipulation being what it was, I didn't think for a second the babyfaces would win, but at least the possibility of them teaming with Reigns in the main event made this match more meaningful as a result.
Bray Wyatt def. D-Von Dudley
No, WWE didn't bother to explain why Devon faced off with Wyatt here instead of Bubba Ray Dudley as previously advertised on Raw. Typical. Could they be saving that for a later point when Bubba Ray is a singles star again? One can only hope. Anyway, the match was pretty disappointing. It only went a few minutes before Wyatt hit his finisher out of nowhere for the win. If nothing else, I was happy to see the heels get their heat back after being made to look foolish on Raw this past week.
Roman Reigns def. The League of Nations in a 4-on-1 Handicap Match by Count-out
Another Handicap match, oh joy. As soon as this match was announced, I lost interest immediately. It was a basic beatdown of the babyface before Reigns powered back at the end, so it was rather formulaic. I would love for someone to explain to me how Reigns lost on Raw when he had partners yet he managed to pull out the win here. Yes, it was via count-out, but he still overcame the odds. It's already been three days and The League of Nations already looks weak. Again, I like the idea of those four creating a stable, but there's no intrigue there for me based off their booking so far.
With a majority of WWE programming centering around an awful angle, these next few weeks of Raw and SmackDown are bound to be boring. This edition of SmackDown wasn't a total loss as storylines were progressed in the Divas division and in the Wyatt Family-ECW Originals feud, but everything else fell flat for me. Neville vs. Breeze was enjoyable, but nothing else on the episode is worth watching for the most part.