WWE SmackDown – Review, Highlights & Results from 01/11/2016

SmackDown has truly become the most entertaining wrestling show on TV today. With some old-school storytelling and great character development – it was yet another great episode of SDLive. Let’s talk SmackDown!

Ellsworth/Ambrose/Styles

James Ellsworth opened the show. Let that sink in. It was fun, it shows that on SmackDown anyone could get a chance and it left me with a happy feeling.

You have to give it to Ellsworth, the guy’s actually good on the mic and in his acting. The chemistry between Ambrose, Ellsworth and Styles is unbelievable. The fans were on board throughout the segment.

This storyline is such a fun throwback. Hats off to the SmackDown creative for making it happen.

Randy Orton def. Kane

It’s strange to see Randy Orton and the Wyatt Family work together but it makes for an intriguing storyline. The Viper could turn at any moment and it makes the group that much more interesting.

Also, I have to say, the SmackDown writers are doing Kane justice. At some point, he was manhandling all three men at the same time. This is far better than any booking he’s had in the last few years.

The backstage segment of Orton, joining the Wyatts had a pinch of supernatural but it wasn’t over the top, which made it acceptable and exciting.

It’s not a question of “if” but of “when” and “how” Orton will turn on the Wyatts. Nevertheless, I can’t wait to find out!

Alexa Bliss & Carmella def. Nikki Bella & Becky Lynch

This was a good little tag team match with brilliant heel work. The piece was energetic, explosive and it fit great in the overall story.

The promos were on point too. I’d much rather listen to the overconfident heels on SmackDown than to Nikki Bella’s sobby return story.

I wish the SD ladies would win at Survivor Series but I find it hard to imagine with the powerhouses on team RAW.

American Alpha def. The Spirit Squad

There was no doubt as to who was going win, having in mind that it was qualifying match for Survivor Series. However, it shows that the Spirit Squad can exist away from Miz and Ziggler, which is good news for both sides.

Miz TV

Miz did a great job, with the exception of that one slip about team RAW. He puts so much effort and care into playing a douche that it’s admirable.

DB is still incredibly valuable to the WWE. He had the crowd in the palm of his hand, as always.

In all fairness, both Team RAW and Team SmackDown seem very dysfunctional, knowing that the guys on the teams can’t stand each other, but that’s the beauty of Survivor Series.

Dolph Ziggler def. Curt Hawkins

Hawkins’ entrance is by far the most annoying thing on SmackDown. Also, he somehow got himself the only existing jobber position on SmackDown. Even James Ellsworth does better than Curt Hawkins. Fact.

Dolph’s open challenge to RAW is a bold idea. I thought nothing could make Survivor Series bigger but this just did. Well, played!

The Usos def. The Headbangers

This was another qualifying match that didn’t matter. There was no suspense but it was a  good way of putting some legends back on TV for a bit.

The Usos will get the titles and one point and they’ll do an amazing job. They are the only true heels in the SD Tag Team Division.

Dean Ambrose def. AJ Styles

Ambrose and Styles always make great matches. I think I can watch them mainevent SmackDown forever without getting bored.

Ellsworth was hilarious. He could have cost anyone the match really, so he was lucky to have things turn out the way he would have wanted them to. The guy is a legend!

This storyline is refreshing and it’s a great example of having light-hearted fun without hurting anyone’s credibility. Learn, RAW!

 

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

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