WWE SmackDown – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 14/04/2016

The Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament continues with two more matches, filling in the brackets for the semi finals. Goldust finds an unexpected partner and two of the WWE’s hottest feuds intensify. Let’s talk SmackDown!

Miz&Maryse/ Zack Ryder

Maryse is an invaluable addition to Miz’s gimmick. She is exactly what he’s been missing. On his own, he was taken as a jobber. With Maryse, the A-lister is truly hated.

This might have been the most narcissistic, ego centered, self-indulging interview I’ve ever heard but it did the job. Even without the added SmackDown crowd reactions, the crowd still booed the new IC champ.

For a moment there I thought that Zack Ryder could potentially still be in this thing but apparently he came out only to fuel Miz’s heat and to get destroyed by Baron Corbin.

Baron Corbin def. Zack Ryder

The Lone Wolf pretty much squashed Zack like a fly. Ryder had some sort of an offense by the end, in order to save face but his rally was quickly killed off by the End of Days.

It wasn’t enough to have Zack job to Corbin but he also got attacked after the match and his thunder was stolen by Ziggler, who came to the rescue.

Baron Corbin’s being well-protected. Ziggler wasn’t allowed to get a shot in. Even though Baron retreated, it still felt as if he had the upper hand.

Zack’s WrestleMania moment didn’t do anything for him. All that changed for him is that now he gets an intro before he jobs to someone.

Emma def. Paige

Heel Emma is a brilliant character. She has so much personality.  She gives off the feeling that her rage is so uncontrollable it becomes tangible. Her feud with Becky will be amazing. Also, I can see Emma, holding the gold with that gimmick of hers.

Seeing Paige in the ring made me wonder what happened to her. I predicted long time ago that Total Divas will ruin her career and it did. She has it all – skills, looks, character, yet, she dropped from the top of the division to being rarely ever on TV. That’s why you don’t put an anti-diva on a Total Divas show.

Enzo & Cass def. The Ascension

Things looked much different when these two teams faced on NXT. Back then, the Ascension were the dominant duo.

Despite Konnor and Viktor, being jobbers on the main roster, the match was good. In fact, this might have been the most competitive match the Ascension have had since their debut on the main roster.

Enzo and Cass have the potential to be the team to take down the New Day. There’s no one in the division who can match Enzo on the mic.

When one day Enzo retires, he definitely has a future in stand-up comedy.

AJ Styles def. Alberto Del Rio

Seeing Del Rio wrestle solo, it blows my mind how much of a jobber he is with the League of Nations. Del Rio has such incredible presence in the ring. He deserves to be freed from this jobber stable and if the rumors are true, it’s happening soon.

Del Rio legitimately looks dangerous. The more his backstabber got replayed, the more painful it looked. Then, when Del Rio pulled Styless of the ropes and AJ landed on his neck, it made me cringe. Del Rio knows how to look dominant in the ring.

Interestingly, AJ Styles is made out to be a humble underdog in the WWE. He catches a victory after quite the struggle. He wrestles bigger guys and gets underestimated. Basically, I’m getting the feeling that the WWE want him to fill in for DB.

 

 

The Vaudevillains def. Goldust & Fandango

I cannot believe that the Golden Truth storyline is still going on and Truth had the audacity to say that things were moving too quickly!

Then again, Goldust’s dance moves cracked me up. I wouldn’t mind if he stayed partners with Fandango but I don’t see it becoming a thing.

This is probably the most action Fandango’s seen in months. He did quite well, actually. The only reason he got pinned is because he was trying to help out his partner and got distracted. Being in a tag team might be Fandango’s best chance.

The Vaudevillains will most definitely go to the finals of this tournament. However, I think they’ll give the victory to Enzo and Cass in the end.

Sami Zayn def. Jericho /via DQ/

The match started strong with Sami’s undeniable wrestling and Jericho’s incredible heel work. However, it quickly got interrupted by Owens and Ambrose and the whole focus moved on the commentary.

Ambrose was so dominant on the mic that KO barely got a word in. The combo of their remarks made the match that much more entertaining. And speaking about talking, that’s exactly what cost Jericho the upper hand in the match. Arguing with Ambrose was almost certain to lead to a clean loss for Y2J when Owens got involved.

It was an interesting touch that Ambrose didn’t get in the ring to help Sami Zayn. He joined the action only when Jericho jumped Zayn too, thus making it personal against Jericho.

 

What are your impressions from SmackDown? Share your thoughts in the comment section, on FB or Twitter!

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