Emotions boil over at the last SmackDown before MITB 2016. The New Day play double duty as they take part in the Tag Team Championship feud and support the AJ/Cena rivalry at the same time. The MITB briefcase seems to be headed Ambrose’s way but is it not all too convenient? Let’s talk SmackDown!
Jericho and Ambrose are relentless with their ridiculous feud but by now, they’ve developed really good banter, so it was an easy choice to have them kick start the segment.
It was only a matter of time before the rest of the MITB contenders showed up. I like the idea of the WWE mixing things up a bit. It seems like there’s a mini feud between Del Rio and Owens, as well as Csaro and Sami Zayn. It’s a refreshing change to have animosity between people you’d expect to be on the same side.
I’d love to see Del Rio, playing the face against Owens and Cesaro, turning on Sami. I’ve had enough of Owens vs. Zayn. It was a great feud on NXT but it’s been going on for too long.
Kofi Kingston def. Luke Gallows, Aiden English & Big Cass
There were so many interferences in this match that I’m surprised it even managed to finish with a definite winner. I was expecting a DQ.
Big Cass once again made an impression. Aiden English and Luke Gallows teamed up on him and still came up short. He’s becoming too much of a game changer.
I liked the fact that Enzo made sure to show animosity towards the New Day. He didn’t play nice with them only because both teams are face at the moment. That makes things more realistic and more exciting for Sunday.
Baron Crobin def. Zack Ryder
The only offense Zack Ryder ever managed to pull off was when Corbin was distracted with Dolph Ziggler. To think that Zack was a champion at WrestleMania, it’s simply sad.
I find it weird that Dolph calls Baron “kid”. The age difference isn’t nearly that large and with the size difference between them, it’s just odd. Then again, it’s a good way of highlighting that Ziggler is the veteran wrestler here.
It might have been the smart move to have Corbin walk away after the match, after all, he’s the heel. However, I think that NXT Baron Corbin would have attacked Ziggler and would have floored him with the End of Days. That would have been much more badass.
Rusev vs. Kalisto
Rusev didn’t feel the need to even have this match started. He just wanted to beat Kalisto and all the equality between them when they were feuding for the title was gone in an instant.
Sin Cara, running in for the save, was admirable but overall futile from the very beginning. It was all setting up for retribution by Titus for RAW.
Despite how strong Titus looks, I don’t see him winning on Sunday. Rusev has a lot of potential as a heel champion. Defeating Titus would only be a way to fuel the heat he gets.
AJ Styles def. Xavier Woods
Cena can’t be asked to be on SmackDown, so the New Day had to cover for him. Xavier Woods stepped up to face AJ Styles.
The match was a nice reminder that Xavier can actually wrestle. That suicide dive, followed by a rope walk was so nicely executed that for a second there it looked plausible that Woods was going to take that one home.
However, AJ Styles needed desperately the victory. No matter what he says, he’s going into MITB as the underdog and he couldn’t afford to enter Sunday night at a loss.
It’s bad that the Club is the butt of New Day’s jokes. They’ll never be the dominant heels they were expected to be.
Charlotte def. Natalya
Charlotte and Natalya pulled off a good match. Actually, it was better than some of the matches they had when they were feuding.
Then again, Natty seemed to struggle with that power bomb by the end. It looked way too clumsy.
The focus on this feud seems to be more on Dana, rather than Charlotte. Somehow Dana’s allegiance is more interesting than the title itself.
Ambrose, Cesaro & Zayn def. Del Rio, Jericho & Kevin Owens
It was the final clash between those six before MITB. There was no way it was going to go smoothly and so every alliance went south.
Cesaro stood out the most. He had one of those episodes where he acts like a Duracell Bunny and outruns everyone in there. The Swiss Superman easily took out all his three opponents on his own but he got so carried away that the forgot who was the legal man, otherwise the match could have ended much earlier than it did.
Kevin Owens was strangely silent throughout the match. He made up for it with his involvement at the end, though. This, combined with how well things are going for Ambrose, makes one wonder whether Owens won’t pull out a surprise victory on Sunday.
I’d find it intriguing to see Del Rio with a run as a face. He never truly had one but just before he left the WWE, he was close to that and it seemed to work well.
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