WWE SmackDown – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 13/12/12016

After James Ellsworth showed up sick to work and was prevented from facing AJ Styles, courtesy of the flu, the show took a much more interesting direction. Some new faces got a shot at the top and it was a much needed change of scenery. What happened last night? Let’s talk SmackDown!

Miz TV

When Miz told AJ Styles that he was above his level, it made me go “Oh, WOW!” Leave it to the A-lister to deliver a punch line like that. I love Miz’s confidence and the way his hard work has been paying off lately. He deserves to be where he is –  in the spotlight.

It was a pleasant surprise to see Luke Harper enter the picture. Some attention after his return is good. I was expecting him to go after the IC title, not the World title but for now, that works as well.

The one person who can’t get that shot on the last SDLive of 2016 is Ambrose. We’ve had too much of AJ vs. Ambrose. We need a break from this feud.

Carmella def. Natalya

Carmella is getting better and better in the ring, I must say. With the way she plays her character, she has become one of the brightest stars in the SmackDown Women’s Division.

Natty is denying these allegations too rigorously and Nikki is too unwilling to believe it was Natalya, so in the end, the attacker might end up being Natty after all. I was starting to suspect an underlying twist but the way things are going, the storyline will be straightforward.

Nikki, for all her years in the WWE, is still terrible at acting. How could she possibly be that fake in every exchange?!

Tag Team #1 Contender’s Battle Royal

This was one of my favourite segments of the night. The big names in the division didn’t get as much time in the ring as the lower card guys and that was yet another brilliant way of giving talent a chance to stand out. Well done, Team Blue!

Rhyno’s elimination, apart from furthering the break up of the Beauty and the Manbeast, allowed Slater to shine. I’ve never seen Heath that impressive. He stood his ground like a champ for a long time.

Fandango might have gone before Tyler Breeze but Dango had the most realistic-looking elimination. Tyler Breeze, on the other hand, delivered the most beautiful elimination when he kicked Jason Jordan out of the way in the most spectacular fashion.

Prince Pretty played smart and lasted a long time. It took three consecutive elimination attempts to get rid of him and when Konnor finally pushed him out, the crowd booed. Breezango could be big, if given the chance.

The Hype Bros were the obvious winners when you look at the final three because they were the only face team left and the champs are heel. However, The Ascension vs. The Wyatt Family sounded like a much better feud. What if they are both heel, they’d try to outheel each other and it would be great!

Becky Lynch def. Alexa Bliss

Bliss tried to run away and the faked out an injury to get out of the actual fight. I know she’s heel but antics ala The Miz usually get quite tiresome very quickly. I expected something different from Alexa’s reign. I thought Bliss would be more of a fighting fury.

I’m not feeling the Bliss vs. Lynch feud. Something’s missing. Their matches are good but the rivalry feels weak.

Dolph Ziggler def. Dean Ambrose, The Miz & Luke Harper

The main event was great! No man was left behind. Everyone looked outstanding.

The way Ambrose eliminated the Miz was perfection. It was a case of what goes around, comes around and it felt god to see the A-lister taste his own medicine.

It made me laugh when Ambrose was trying to pull off some fancy spins on the apron and Luke Harper just floored him. Harper took the opportunity that was given to him and ran with it. I was rooting for him to win all along. Harper vs. Styles would be a dream match. However, realistically, you can’t expect to have the disciple in the main event while the master is a tag team champ.

What Miz was trying to do in the end is beyond me. I know what happened but Miz’s actual intentions  – I don’t know. His interference made no sense. He doesn’t like both guys, why help either of them? Plot convenience – that’s why!

Ziggler will make a good opponent for AJ Styles. It will be a beautiful match and Ziggler will lose it in a spectacular way. It’s predictable but it will be a nice piece of wrestling to watch.

 

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

WWE RAW – Review, Highlights and Analysis From 12/12/2016

Just before Roadblock the New Day did not one, but two title defenses in Triple Threat matches. The thought of Eva Marie in exchange for Sami Zayn was entertained. What else? Let’s talk RAW!

New Day def. Gallows & Anderson and Sheamus & Cesaro

It was a good match with a beautifully executed ending sequence. The outcome was definitely expected. The New Day didn’t hold on to the titles for this long, only to fail miserably at breaking Demolition’s record.

Sheamus and Cesaro were great together. Accordign to the standard WWE logic, the New Day can lose the championships now and I’d give them exactly to Sheamus and Cesaro.

However, it’s also possible that the New Day could hold on to the belts till Mania. That would be great for them and it would give their lengthy reign a memorable finish. However, it could kill any remaining credibility the rest of the division has.

Braun Strowman def. Curtis Axel

Strowman squashed yet another guy and that’s nothing we haven’t seen. However, his promo was good. I like his confidence. He has more potential than it seemed in the beginning.

Lince Dorado vs. Ariya Daivari

The feud between Daivari and Gallagher is brilliant! It’s the first time I hear the RAW crowd pop like that for a cruiserweight. Gallagher is just one of a kind. Finally, the Cruiserweight Division is starting to pick up steam!

My only disappointment from this segment was the fact that we didn’t see that much of Lince Dorado. The guy is great in the ring and the short few minutes we saw were a treat. Jack could have waited a little longer to intervene.

The Rollins Report

Rollins/Reigns and Jericho/Owens are two teams that won’t last. It’s not the right time for the Shield and Rollins/Reigns are after the same title.  As for Chris and Kevin, I cannot wait for this feud!

Brian Kendrick def. TJ Perkins

TJP lost clean. That I didn’t expect, especially before a title match this Sunday. Either TJ is turning into a jobber, or he’s turning heel. I think he’d make a great heel, Miz-style.

Bayley def. Alicia Fox

This is one stupid storyline. Alicia is jealous over a hug and keeps losing to Bayley. Unless we see segments, involving actual talking from Cedric, this is utterly useless. It doesn’t match his personality at all. And yes, I am more concerned about Cedric Alexander than the women involved.

Rusev/Lana/Big Cass

Rusev and Lana produced a great promo together. They were equal in the delivery and seemed to thoroughly enjoy their time on stage.

We saw the entire arena chant eagerly for Lana/Rusev porn. The WWE Universe makes me lose faith in humanity sometimes.

Rusev retreated supposedly but he was doing quite well against Big Cass. I’d actually love to see Rusev win this feud. In my eyes, he’s been the face all along.

Sami Zayn def. Jinder Mahal

Jinder was still there? I had forgotten. Anyway, Sami won and it was a well-deserved victory.

Haahhaha Eva Marie for Sami Zayn? I’m sure Daniel Bryan would sign that right away! But it must have hurt Eva to be used like that. I can already see her whine about it on Total Divas.

It turns out Foley actually believed in Sami and it’s great but I’m still not convinced it’s better than simply giving Sami to SmackDown where he could shine.

The 10 minutes match is a simple idea. The time elapses, nobody wins. Sami looks good for surviving and Braun looks good because he’s a monster – easy enough.

New Day def. Rollins & Reigns and KO & Jericho

This match was amazing. The crowd loved every single bit of it. As great as that is, it’s concerning that the Triple Threat, involving actual tag teams didn’t get half the reaction. The Tag Team Division needs some help.

Owens/Jericho finally fell out for good. I want to see this feud and if Chris gets to be the Universal Champ and get one more reign, why not?

Xavier Woods was a trooper! The New Day seemingly carried a double duty but in reality, Woods carried the entire second title defence on his shoulders. Great work!

Reigns looked great with the two titles. It would be a great picture to post. However, I’m not convinced it would work with the fans in real life.

 

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

WWE SmackDown – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 06/12/2016

You were promised to see two championship defences on SmackDown and you got them; just not the ones you expected. How did the Blue Brand deal with the aftermath of TLC? Here’s what happened and my review on it! Let’s talk SDLive!

AJ Styles/ James Ellsworth/ Dean Ambrose

Despite my creeping annoyance with the James Ellsworth angle, I couldn’t help but laugh at the dramatic video package, depicting the Ambrose/Styles/Ellsworth feud. The situation is so ridiculous at the moment that it’s hard to take it seriously. That might be what the WWE are aiming for.

Ambrose did the most natural thing – took Ellsworth out. This way AJ Styles didn’t have to compete that night, which gave the champ some time to get his ankle injury fixed. It was a genuinely good way to work around the problem.

The Wyatt Family def. Rhyno & Heath Slater

That was total domination on the part of the Wyatt Family. Orton and Wyatt manhandled their opponents in such unquestionable manner that it’s difficult to imagine how the rest of the division will have any chance of success whatsoever.

It’s a shame that Rhyno and Heath won’t stay a team after that. On Talking Smack, Rhyno walked out on his partner. I struggle to see either one of them with a good solo career after that. Rhyno is too old for a push and Heath is, well, Heath. The WWE’s always used him as a jobber.

Carmella/Natalya

Carmella blamed Natalya and Natalya denied being behind the attack. I thought it was Natty all along but the way this angle is starting to play out, I won’t be shocked if it turns out to be someone completely unrelated like Eva Marie, for example.

Nikki and Natty’s acting backstage was so cringe-worthy. The exchange couldn’t have looked more fake if they tried.

The Hype Bros def. The Ascension

New face paint, new promos and then another loss. Why do I even bother hoping for the Ascension? Even the brand split didn’t help these two.

I can see the Hype Bros getting a mini push, in order to feed them to the Wyatt Family after that. I definitely don’t see Ryder & Mojo champs though.

Miz TV

Miz played the devil’s advocate here but he had a point. Realistically, Ambrose did use Ellsworth for his own goals.

The participation award cracked me up. I think they tried to make it as cheap-looking as possible, I see no other explanation because normally the Miz would have it look all sleek and glamorous.

Booking Ambrose vs. Miz for the IC title? It was a good way to give the fans a title match as promised, even though AJ Styles couldn’t wrestle that night.

Baron Corbin def. Kalisto

Oh, wow. Baron Corbin just destroyed Kalisto. At some point before TLC, I was beginning to think that this was all about making Kalisto stand out but I was wrong. The Lone Wolf is the only winner in this feud.

Why invest in Corbin so much though? Could he be in the mix for the WWE World Championship? I wouldn’t mind seeing that after the Ellsworth angle is over.

Chad Gable def. Tyler Breeze

Gable owned Tyler Breeze. It was an interesting match because we hadn’t seen it before but the outcome was predictable.

I was hoping that Breezango would get something out of this gimmick change but apparently not, unless you count jobbing in slightly longer matches as an improvement.

After this match I’d expect to see Fandnago vs. the Cable jokes flood the internet. If they don’t it would only show how little popularity Dango has.

Alexa Bliss/ Becky Lynch

Ha! That actually was a good exchange. It wasn’t long but it was emotionally charged. My problem is that Becky isn’t very believable. She talks a lot but she has been booked to lose so many times that her words lost value.

Alexa will be a good heel champion. She’ll bring to the title what Miz brought to his.

The Miz def. Dean Ambrose

The main event wasn’t great. I don’t think the Miz and Dean Ambrose complement each other in the ring. The effect was that Ambrose oversold Miz’s offence and it killed any suspense.

Ambrose is too big of a star to be beaten by the Maryse factor. However, it was Ellsworth again who cost him the match. I can’t say I didn’t see that coming. It just had to happen.

Ellsworth was fun in the begging but the plot is getting thinner and thinner every week. It has to end before the fans lose all interest in the story.

 

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

WWE RAW – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 28/11/2016

RAW keeps stepping up the game. New #1 contender for the Universal Championship and a new Women’s champion were made last night. What happened on Monday night? Let’s talk RAW!

Highlight Reel

Somehow the Architect wasn’t able to drive a wedge between Jericho and Owens but Roman Reigns did. The Big Dog did the impossible and with a couple of sentences broke Team Chris & Kevin. How that worked out is a mystery.

It was about time KO and Jericho split. Otherwise Owens would never lose the championship.

Strowman def. R Truth

Strowman squashed R Truth, Goldust and Sami Zayn, all in about 2-3 min.

The real value of this segment came when Sami Zayn and Mick Foley clashed on the mic. That was one of the best and most intense verbal exchanges I’ve seen Sami in. I loved it!

Tony Nese def. Cedric Alexander

Tony Nese, with an important involvement from Drew Gulack, defeated Cedric Alexander.

Two things stood out in this match – Cedric’s popularity and his new storyline. It seems like Foxy has her sights set on young Cedric but I don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing. She can’t even be his manager since her gimmick is she’s crazy and he’s a likable face on his own. We’ll have to see where this goes, if anywhere. It won’t be the first time the WWE introduced a love storyline and then killed it off.

Regardless of what happens to the Alicia storyline, Cedric needs a push. Did you hear the crowd? The fans love this guy.

Seth Rollins/Jericho

Rollins jumped Jericho in the parking lot. It was a cool backstage segment and the fans were happy to see Rollins on RAW. However, it  seems like Rollins is moving to a feud with Jericho, leaving the Universal Title open for Reigns and I’m not sure I like that.

By the way, it is ironic that Jericho got punished after he finally decided to break up with KO.

Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks

The way the match started, it quickly became apparent that the girls were in a hurry. The segment couldn’t last long with that starting pace.

Charlotte caused a double contout and I wouldn’t have been surprised if it had all ended like this but Mick Foley got involved and rebooked the match for later that night. What I don’t understand is why not restart the match there and then? That’s what normally happens.

Enzo Amore def. Rusev /via DQ/

I’m sorry but Enzo is the heel in this. Any man is justified in wanting to give a beating to an obnoxious douche who explicitly offends his wife.  Yet, the WWE somehow still tries to make Rusev the heel here.

I honestly want to see Rusev destroy both Enzo and Cass at the end of this feud and get cheered for it. It would be awesome and deserved!

Rich Swann def. Noam Dar

It was all Noam Dar but Rich Swann won in the end. Not sure how deserved that victory was. The way the division is booked, Dar would easily claim #1 contedership after Swann.

Brian Kendrick on commentary was gold. He kept me listening attentively the whole time. I might have been paying more attention to him than the match though.

I find Rich Swann’s character extremely annoying. He’s the unfunny version of the New Day. Unfortunately, not many other cruiserweights have a character at all at the moment.

Roman Reign def. Kevin Owens

What is going on here? Roman Reigns beats Owens clean and gets to be the #1 contender for the Universal title while simultaneously holding the US title?

What was the point of giving Reigns the US title at all? He didn’t defend it at Survivor Series, he won’t defend it at Roadbloack. He’s just using it as a trophy to boost his ranking. Sad.

Owens has been reduced to being a weak champion, who’s useless without lackeys. That’s even sadder.

Paul Heyman

That was one good promo. You know something good is coming when Heyman looks like hell and starts a PG promo by swearing.

Brock and Goldberg will take each other out at the Royal Rumble, setting up for another one-on-one match after that. This will allow someone else to get the title shot.

New Day def. Gallows & Anderson

I don’t even know why we are watching these matches at all. It’s obvious that the New Day won’t drop the titles before they beat Demolition and I’m ok with that but I don’t need to see matches that want to make me pretends there are stakes when there are none.

I wonder who will be the next champions. My money’s on Sheamus and Cesaro because there’s no point in having them in a team if they don’t get the gold. Especially after that beyond awesome segment!

I like the New Day and they had a good run but I cannot wait for Cesaro & Sheamus as champs!

Sasha Banks def. Charlotte

This was a great way of ending the show. Charlotte and Sasha destroyed each other and the crowd appreciated it.

That Bank Statement in the end was so inescapable that Charlotte really had no other choice but to tap. That made the ending realistic.

However, I’d have been much more excited about Sasha’s victory if we hadn’t seen her win and lose the belt next possible match more than once already. Third time champion? Really? Sasha’s reigns were almost nonexistent.

 

What are your impressions from #RAW? Share your thoguhts in the comment section, on FB, or Twitter!

WWE SmackDown – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 22/11/2016

Team SmackDown focused on the Superstars’ victory at Survivor Series and took actions to solve the inner issues that threatened the team. Aaand James Ellsworth got a WWE World Championship opportunity. How did it all happen? Let’s talk SmackDown!

Shane/Ambrose/Ellsworth/Styles

Shane reprimanded Ambrose for briefly joining the Shield but it was more of a slap on the wrist, rather than a serious punishment. That’s the problem when you’re a “nice guy” type of a boss – people don’t listen.

AJ Styles decided to pick on James Ellsworth again. However, in all honesty, AJ made sense. Many guys who train their whole lives never get even close to the WWE and there’s Ellsworth, who miraculously lands a contract out of the blue.

Ellsworth asking for a championship shot is a bit over the top. It was a long way coming but still, it’s pushing the boundaries a bit. I’m sure there are guys who can actually wrestle who could benefit from that opportunity.

Miz def. Kalisto

Ever since he returned, Kalisto has been so impressive every time he enters the ring. He deserves a title and a good run. Unlike last time he was given the gold, he needs to get promo time and actually wrestle.

Corbin ruined it for Kalisto again. I thought it would have been a nice storyline shift if the Kalisto/Corbin rivalry got mixed up with the IC title and the gold was carried by one of them. However, Ziggler made his presence felt and broke my sand castle.

Miz/Ziggler has been good till now. I have no complaints. However, dragging it out for too long will make it boring, regardless of what the guys do in the ring or on the mic.

Tag Team Turmoil

Most of the matches were short and quick. The two teams, who actually had a wrestling match were The Usos and American Alpha, which is no surprise, since they are the two top teams in the division.

The eliminations went as follows:

  1. The Hype Bros def. The Ascension
  2. Breezango def. The Hype Bros
  3. American Alpha def. Breezango
  4. American Alpha def. The Vaudevillains
  5. American Alpha def. The Usos

My problem with this tournament was that we’ve seen all these matches before with the exact same outcome. Hype Bros will always go over Ascension. Breezango have the crowd but still no vote of confidence from the Creative. The Vaudevillains only come out to lose. And the Usos are badass but always come up short in the end.

I love American Alpha. However, faced with the Wyatt Family they stand no chance. The Wyatts are above the tag team level and by the looks of it Randy is still on the “I’m devoted to Bray” act. I’d be astonished if Gable and Jordan came on top next week.

On a side note, did anyone else notice Rhyno’s new facial hair? Rusev is becoming a trend-setter in male fashion in the WWE and that’s a sentence I never thought I’d say.

Becky Lynch def. Natalya

This actually was a good, technical match. It wasn’t flashy but as pure wrestling, timing and fluidity of movement, it was nice to see.

Unfortunately, the match lacked atmosphere. I like Becky. She’s great in the ring but I don’t feel her as a champion. Her character should be out there but it’s very mild in reality. Her reign has been fairly bland.

Alexa Bliss, on the other hand, is a fire cracker. She has so much personality, it’s impressive. I think she should have the championship.

Baron Corbin vs. Kane

This was a punishment match for Corbin. Again, not a very effective punishment from the SmackDown leaders.

I’m very pleased with how Kane is treated by the Blue Brand. He looks intimidating without taking centre stage.

Kalisto flew in out of nowhere. Good work from the cameramen, the angle made Kalisto’s attack that much more exciting.

This feud is going great. Not only did Kalisto attack fiercely, but even when a chair was involved, Baron Corbin was still willing to get back in the ring. Both won’t back down and it makes for a suspenseful rivalry.

James Ellsworth def. AJ Styles

After being chased out of the building, Ambrose had more TV time than when he’s meant to be on the show. It was hilarious watching him play on Shane’s nerves until Shane himself left. There was no way this wouldn’t culminate with an appearance from the Lunatic Fringe in the main event.

Despite losing to Ellsworth AGAIN, Styles isn’t portrayed as week. There actually is moral to the story. He could have won easily but he wanted to bully Ellsworth and took his time to taunt him. Essentially, being a jerk cost him the match.

Also, Ellsworth was booked to look better than he should. He could have taken the open lane to the top, Ambrose provided but he lingered on and got rid of AJ on his own. That was so unbelievable, it got the crowd cheering.

Ellsworth vs. Styles for the title will be yet another joke of a match. Ellsworth cannot win. Imagine this guy’s name in the list of WWE champions, even if AJ’s to invoke a rematch close and get the belt back 15 sec later.

 

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

WWE RAW – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 21/11/2016

With two title matches on the show and a big announcement from Goldberg, RAW followed Survivor Series on a high note. What else happened last night? Let’s talk RAW!

Goldberg

Goldberg’s shocking victory at Survivor Series left everyone wondering what to expect because there’s no way Lesnar was sacrificed for a one off appearance. The answer we got is Royal Rumble.

The problem is with Godlberg in the Rumble, I don’t see how anyone else would win. The only thing that could mess up his chances is Lesnar, entering as a surprise and costing both of them the title opportunity.

New Day def. Sheamus & Cesaro

It was a good match and the New Day won it thanks to Xavier Woods and Francesca. However, it seems to me more and more like the New Day are slowly turning into the heels of this feud.

The fans actually like Cesaro and Sheamus, so the New Day’s dirty tricks might not go unnoticed this time. Yet, the New Day will hold on to the championships for a little longer. That record has to be beaten.

I wonder why the New Day’s early elimination at survivor Series didn’t get attention. I thought it would have been a good talking point.

Cedric Alexander def. Daivari

Finally, Cedric’s back on TV, winning matches. It was short but it was sweet. This guy has a lot of charisma and he’ll easily be over the moment he gets some spotlight.

Daivari at least made an attempt to get some heel heat. A short promo before a match, even if it’s only to diss the crowd a little bit is better than nothing.

The Highlight Reel

It seemed like KO and Jericho were about to argue but knowing these two, I was expecting them to turn it all against Rollins somehow. Their pairing is so funny, I’m not even mad at all their cheating.

It was strange to see Reings get booed even when he was coming to Rollins’aid. Usually, mentioning the Shield gets the fans to hold back the boos.

Reigns and Jericho are banned from ringside but if watching WWE taught me anything ,it’s that a ban like that rarely works.

Rusev def. Enzo

The premises for this match were ridiculous. Enzo was walking around naked for some reason, bumped into Lana and Rusev got pissed off. Why was Enzo strolling butt-naked in the first place? I know Cass hid his clothes but Enzo was more than happy to wave his junk around instead of sitting somewhere quietly, or looking for something to cover up with. Sometimes the WWE logic defeats all other.

I don’t know about you, guys, but I personally thought Rusev was the face here. Enzo was disrespectful to his wife and deserved the beat-down. It was satisfactory to see Rusev punish Enzo.

Then again, why Rusev is starting a feud with a tag team is another question. It never works out well when one guy picks on two.

Gallows & Anderson def. The Golden Truth

The Golden Truth had more time in the ring and looked far better than Breezango, the Shining Stars and the Hype Bros at Survivor Series put together.

Even so, they lost. And yet an occasional victory for Gallows and Anderson here and there doesn’t make their situation look any better.

Braun Strowman def. Sami Zayn

This was quite unfair. Sami Zayn got punished for losing to the Miz, although the Miz cheated. Stephanie coming up with this would have been normal, but Mick Foley agreeing to it is what surprised me.

I don’t know what Sami could gain from being fed to Strowman. It will lead to a feud, that much is clear but would the WWE allow Sami to go over Strowman when they’ve just built him up to look unbeatable? I doubt it.

Sasha Banks & Bayley def. Charlotte & Nia Jax

Nia wasn’t as impressive as at Survivor Series. The truth is that Bayley alone has beaten Nia Jax, one-on-one and this already makes Nia look less intimidating.

Another Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks match. This is why the fans complain about RAW. It’s repetitive and the same top superstars fight for the same things over and over again.

Rich Swann def. Noam Dar & TJ Perkins

This match was too short for my liking. It was so great that I wanted to see more and more of it. The cruiserweights might be better off having their own show because just being squeezed in between the rest of the RAW card isn’t doing them justice.

The WWE has been prepping Swann to be the #1 contender for weeks now. I personally find his over the top character annoying but at least he has a character, so I don’t mind seeing that feud.

Kevin Owens def. Seth Rollins

This was one good title match. It had everything you could ask for in a no DQ fight. The high spot from the seating area got me worried. The fence looked wobbly; I had horrible visions of what could happen if it didn’t hold out.

Jericho got involved and he was at ringside. Where was the referee? The victory should have gone to Rollins straight away. This would have led to a Jericho/Owens feud.  Jericho would have compared the situation to the Survivor Series List situation and it would have infuriated KO even more.

Still, Jericho’s involvement will open the door for another Owens/Rollins fight at a PPV.

 

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

WWE SmackDown – Review, Highlights &Analysis From 15/11/2016

RAW seemed to have done a great job at preparing us for Survivor Series but then came #SDLive900 and totally stole the show! Not only did we get to see a good deal of the different SD teams in action but also got a blockbuster announcement from the Undertaker himself. SmackDown truly brought it. Here’s my review!

Miz def. Dolph Ziggler

I was just thinking that this was a nice match, another one in the brilliant series between Ziggler and the Miz. I wasn’t expecting anything exceptional to happen, knowing that the title is defended this Sunday at Survivor Series. Needless to say, I was surprised to see the A-lister win.

This is a bold move, which shows that SmackDown is unpredictable. It also opens up possibilities for future storylines. If Sami Zayn wins, there will be two SD superstars, asking for rematches, possibly going to a Triple Threat at TLC. Things just got even more exciting.

Kalisto def. ???

Kalisto’s on a roll. He’s made to look like a beast; not a midget underdog, who struggles to survive, no – a dangerous, brutal fighter. He’s being prepped to take out Brian Kendrick on Sunday.

The only thing that could prevent Kalisto from brining the cruiserweights to SmackDown is Baron Corbin. I’m afraid the Lone Wolf might make an appearance at Survivor Series after all and take his revenge on Kalisto.

Carmella vs. Nikki Bella

It was a good match in a good feud and I enjoyed watching but bringing the women’s teams in took the segment to a different level.

Nia Jax took herself out but if she doesn’t do anything stupid on Sunday, she’ll be a threat. Naomi impressed me. Her balance on the ropes was brilliantly dangerous.

I do hope that the women of SmackDown will win but it seems more plausible that Team RAW will prevail.

Tag Team SD def. The Vaudevillains, The Ascension, Spirit Squad & The Headbangers  

This is something we didn’t see on RAW. The actual Tag Team Blue assembled to face off the rest of the division and it actually worked out well.

The team spirit was strong. The entire team stood up for Ryder when he was in a pinch with the Ascension and after the match, the Usos, despite being heel were celebrating with the rest. Team Blue seem to be on the same page and that could bring them victory.

Also, props to SD for keeping the rest of the teams in a good position. Team SD could have easily squashed their opponents but actually, The Ascension and the Vaudevillains, in particular, stood out and looked strong in defeat.

Cutting Edge

Team SmackDown is so amusing to watch. All the inner feuds are entertaining and I can’t wait to see them evolve at TLC.

However, the true blockbuster came with the Undertaker. Most had already heard he was going to be on #SDLive900 but no one expected him to announce that he was coming back full time. That was a shocker!

The one thing that could have made this segment even more shocking would have be to have Taker ask for Shane’s spot on the team. That, however, would have left Team Raw with zero chances of success, so it might have been smart to keep things as they are.

 

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