The Main Events
John Cena defeated Ryback in the main event of the night. John Cena seems to get pretty good matches out of Ryback because they are so similar in attacking styles. Cena and Ryback battled back and forth and would exchange reversals. Cena was able to hit a side slam and goes for a Five Knuckle Shuffle, but Ryback jumped up and hits a spinebuster before calling for his finisher. Ryback goes for Shell Shocked but Cena counters with a DDT, then he attempts an Attitude Adjustment but Ryback hits a Jackhammer suplex instead. This looks a little like Goldberg. I wonder if this is done on purpose for future references. After Cena ducks a Meathook clothesline, he locks in the STF. Ryback battles to the ropes and the match continues.Ryback lifts up Cena, but Cena floats over and then he hits an Attitude Adjustment for the victory. After the match, Alberto Del Rio runs out to try and attack Cena. Cena gets the better of the former champion until he runs off. Cena stands tall at the end of the night.
Why Punk and Daniel Bryan will elevate The Wyatt Family
This night consisted of Punk picking up a victory over Curtis Axel and quickly focus his attention on The Wyatt Family. Bray appears on the screen and taunts Punk briefly before blowing out the lantern. After another impressive outing from Harper, Bryan wins via disqualification. I am really enjoying how WWE is utilizing Harper and Wyatt, showcasing their strengths and hiding the weaknesses of Rowan. I really feel that this is a good move for WWE right now to build younger guys with already established stars. If WWE really does not think Daniel Bryan deserves to be in the WWE Championship picture, let his mass audience appeal carry over to three young guys who started hot and have consistently stayed relevant. They need that one BIG moment to really shock and awe the WWE Universe. The Shield had it, Evolution had it, and I feel like they will have it in the next month or two. Punk is beloved by everyone. Daniel Bryan's chant still echoes through arenas. This is the perfect fit for these guys right now. No Paul Heyman and no Randy Orton for Punk and Bryan. I like it and like the fact that it seems like they are "all in" with Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan and, especially, Luke Harper.
WWE Smackdown Reaction Grade: C-
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