Dot Net reader Vincent Sarageno attended the WWE Smackdown taping in Washington, D.C. at Verizon Center on Tuesday and sent the following report. Smackdown will air later Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. CT on Syfy in the United States and moves to USA Network next week.
I have been to some MCW events, TNA house shows and other indie events, but this was my first WWE show and my first television taping. I took my sons with me (9,6). I have been to a lot of sporting events in a lot of different cities and DC crowds are usually mild. Allthough people cheered and booed when they were supposed to, it was a pretty tame crowd. The TV side was full top to bottom, but the other side where I was seated, only was about 40 percent full and no one was in the top deck. The suites did look pretty full.
Sin Cara came out in a sling and Kalisto challenged the New Day to a match, which New Day thought was a handicap match. Kalisto said he brought friends and the Dudleys came out with a table that had, “Happy New Years Eve” painted on it.
1. Kalisto and The Dudley Boyz beat New Day in a six-man tag. After some exchanges. Kalisto was beat on for a bit and hot tagged Bubba. Kalisto had a nice spot jumping off of Bubbas shoulders while he sat on the top turnbuckle onto Xavier Woods, then pinned Woods using a Salida del Sol. Then they put Xavier through the table.
2. Tyler Breeze (w/Summer Rae) beat Goldust. A fast, lame match that I believe ended with a Breeze rollup, but I couldn’t see. Breeze and Summer Rae then announced for the New Year they are parting ways, but will leave the crowd with one last selfie. The crowd had no reaction and there was a sense of bewilderment.
3. Braun Strowman and Luke Harper defeated The Uso Brothers. A good match that ended with Stroman’s lame Bearhug. Strowman looked very stiff in the ring.
4. Brie Bella and Alicia Fox beat Naomi and Tamina. We missed the match. I love the Divas, it wasn’t a slight. My 6-year old had to use the bathroom and it was over by the time we made it back to the concourse.
5. Dolph Ziggler defeated Bo Dallas. Ziggler got a big pop throughout the match. He pinned Bo clean finishing Bo with a super kick.
6. Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose beat Sheamus and Kevin Owens by DQ. This match was kind of short and ended with Owens being disqualified for not being the legal man and pulling Reigns’ legs into the ring post when Reigns was setting up a spear for Sheamus. I thought it was an odd finish in a modern tag team match where it always seems like teammates get involved whenever they want to. The heels were about to put Ambrose through the announce table when Reigns stopped them. The faces posed with their belts for 10 minutes.
Overall it was a fun show my kids had a blast, but they were disappointed every time they announced during the commercial breaks that John Cena would be at next weeks Smackdown.