WWE SmackDown – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 21/01/2016

Y2J/New Day

Once again the New Day wasted their promo on Y2J, instead of actually creating a feud with the Usos. The titles have become an afterthought. Meanwhile, the booty jokes are becoming increasingly predominant as a theme. This is what I call going downhill.

The New Day/ Jericho issue should have been limited to the one segment when he came back and interrupted them.

The Usos & Dolph Ziggler def. The New Day

The tag team championship feud is so underdeveloped, it’s non-existent. At the end of 2015, the New Day were one of the hottest acts in the WWE. Now, I couldn’t care less who wins on Sunday. This comes to show how weak the booking has been.

Thankfully, Dolph Ziggler was there to inject some colour in this match. He definitely brought the energy up. It made me realize how much I miss the Show Off’s presence on TV in a regular feud.

Becky Lynch def. Alicia Fox

Becky was always going to win this match. Nonetheless, I’m very glad it happened. I hadn’t seen Foxy look so good in the ring in a long, long time. Against a worthy opponent, such as Becky Lynch, she had the opportunity to show the true extent of her skills. Also, Alicia’s presence character-wise was unmissable.

Charlotte’s presence at ringside, however, was utterly useless. I expected her to attack Becky but she didn’t even take a direct verbal jab at her. That was weak.

Miz TV

Miz TV was fun. We were treated to a nice, lengthy promo from Dean Ambrose. Then Kevin Owens delivered a short speech about his obsession with the IC title and it made me burst with joy because it once again built up the image of the championship as the biggest prize of them all.

I almost believed that Miz would, for once, show some sort of physical dominance, or at least adequacy, but in the end, he got destroyed by both of his guests, as he usually does.

The build-up of this feud has been amazing. The outcome of the segment might have given Ambrose a bit of an edge but it’s pretty much a standstill. The situation’s just waiting to explode on Sunday and it is the match I’m looking forward to the most.

Bray Wyatt def. Ryback

This match made me realize how long it’s been since Bray’s had a singles match. I can’t even remember the last time he did. The goal wasn’t to give him any credit as a singles competitor. He used his family’s aid to secure a victory to prove they are a strong, working unit.

The WWE are trying to build the Wyatts as a credible threat at the Rumble, which realistically they should be. However, I have the feeling that the only reason they are being built right now is only to make Brock Lesnar look even stronger when he eliminates them all single-handedly.

Titus def. Stardust

When I saw the little box with Titus’promo, popping up in the bottom right corner, I hoped it would be some sort of a development on his rivalry with Stardust. It ended up being a Royal Rumble promo. Sadly, this feud will never be written and developed properly.

Otherwise, this was one of the best matches Titus and Stardust have had. Stardust looked very well last night.

Kalisto

Backstage Kalisto paid his respect to Del Rio, only to get bullied by the entire League of Nations. The segment did the job. Now, I really want to see Kalisto prevail and put an end to the League of Nations’ miserable attempts to look more important than the jobbers they really are.

Roman Reigns def. The League of Nation /via DQ/

All jokes aside, the League of Nations simply had to make Roman look strong. After all, if he’s to convince us he has any chance on Sunday, he needs to come on top in situations like this one. The League of Nations actually had to cause a DQ to get him, even though it was 4 on1, so I think they accomplished the “make him look strong” goal.

Roman’s face when he saw the Wyatts pop up was priceless. It cracked me up because it so comically depicted the ridiculousness of the entire storyline. Then again, as I said earlier, I think the Wyatts’ are being groomed to be the Beast’s breakfast on Sunday.

 

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