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The Best And Worst Of Smackdown 8/22/14: The New American Sweetheart

By 08.23.14

Worst: Leisurely Beat Downs

Woof, if there was ever a segment specifically designed to make me glaze over, this was it. First we had to put up with fired up RVD, which translates to “RVD throws sloppier forearms than usual while looking vaguely irritated”.

Eventually the match ended in a double count-out and a very relaxed, casual, lazy summer afternoon beatdown of RVD commenced. At one point Orton literally grabs a chair and…sits on it. For what felt like a solid minute. Finally Orton hits RVD with an RKO on the chair, which should hurt less, right? I guess a chair is a bit harder than the ring surface, but the victim falls a shorter distance and hits with less impact when RKO-ed on a chair. Hopefully Randy doesn’t spend the next month showing replays of this.

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Best: Natalya’s Shorts

That’s right, I’m officially raising my voice in support of Natalya’s new shorts and cowboy boots look. I like short legs and I cannot lie, you other brothers, well, you might deny, but screw you.

Best: Hardest Hitting Match on the Show

Maaaan, I wish we could have skipped the duelling skipping distractions for one night and just let Paige and Natalya go at it. What we got was good stuff though — these girls were throwing some nice forearms and knees and that Paige superkick outside the ring was choice. Not to harp on Randy Orton’s laziness, but there was a hell of a lot more fire in this match than in any of his brutal brawling beatdowns tonight.

Then we had to have the distraction finish. At least we didn’t end on a roll-up — Paige got to look competent by surviving a few Natalya attempts to steal the match, then Nattie also got to look competent by making the tough submission specialist tap out. Hopefully this is all leading to a badass, skipping-free triple threat at Night of Champions.

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