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    Saturday, March 19, 2016

    SmackDown RunDown (3/17/16): On Garbage, Powerbombs, and Education

    BOOTY! Are you ready for another edition of SmackDown RunDown? I’m your host Ricky and this week, we got an interesting main event match-up, a street fight lesson from our favorite lunatic, and three guys kicking trash bags around. Let’s get down to business.

    The Road to KO Mania Had a Phenomenal Pit Stop

    We only have two weeks until KO-Mania and the Intercontinental Champion still doesn’t have a match on the card. It could be one against Zayn or a multi-man match, regardless, I know it will definitely steal the show. We got a glimpse of just how good KO-Mania will be when he faced the dream match generator himself, AJ Styles.

    Seeing these two fight makes you question if you're really watching a WWE program.
    In their first encounter in a WWE ring, AJ Styles and Kevin Owens delivered a solid match that was understandably cut short by a screwy finish. Both men dished out their innovative offense complimented with good commentary courtesy of Mauro Ranallo. This match could’ve kept going for 20 more minutes and it would have become a classic.

    Chris Jericho came out to distract AJ Styles and the latter ended up planted on the mat by a vicious Pop-Up Powerbomb for the loss. After the match, Y2J hit AJ with a codebreaker and chanted his name in his own creepy evil-Jericho-is-evil way. A decent main event to cap off the show.

    Welcome back, 2008 Chris Jericho!
    Some nitpicking though: AJ Styles may have forgotten the fact that this bear of a man eliminated him at this year’s Rumble match. They could’ve made this main event a little personal, but I guess they are saving that storyline for a future program. If Zayn fails to capture Owens’ prize, I don’t see anything wrong with Styles being next in line.

    KO’s gimmick of hating the neutral commentator must be a gimmick because I can’t see any reason why you should hate good ol’ MR. That man will be the future voice of WWE. Treat this man right. Go hate on Cole instead. Or Byron. That guy sucks.

    The New Day Kicking Some Booty Ass Garbage

    The Fabulous Unicorns stole the show with another serious and hilarious booty-kicking as Kofi Kingston faced King Barrett in a showdown of shenanigans between the New Day and the League of Man Hugs. Before the match, the New Day came out and cut a hilarious bit about LoN being hot garbage and proceeded to literally kick four bags of garbage one by one. Props to Kofi for the smooth Spanish impression. Definitely the segment of the night.

    Kicking some garbage bags has never been this fun and entertaining.
    The match itself was full of distractions and screwy commotion, with LoN initially gaining control due to their obvious numbers advantage. Through sheer power of positivity and New Day tactics, Kofi Kingston was able to bounce back and pin the King for the win. I’m still not convinced the New Day has turned face though. In this rivalry, they are just outnumbered, that’s all. If they can retain the New Day’s wacky and colorful personalities in their face transition, I’ll have no complaints. For now, let’s just stick with tweener unicorns.

    Some Blue Brand Blues (formerly known as Express Thoughts)

    • We got some good pre-taped promos from Dean Ambrose this week. He opened up about the tough life in Cincinnati and how they fight for pride and nothing else. The promos culminated in a segment where he whacked the Four Stooges with a kendo stick and challenged Brock Lesnar to meet him next week on SmackDown. Ambrose should’ve brought his newly-acquired Barbie, but I guess Creative didn’t want to murder the Social Outcasts. Barbie will deliver a better message, though. Just sayin’. And hey, Brock Lesnar will be on next week’s SmackDown. Awesome!

    • A short Roman Reigns promo opened the show this week. This guy went from the vicious dog last Monday to the brooding Snoop Dogg on Thursday. Creative got the length of a Roman promo right, so now, it’s time to work on making sure Roman’s character is consistent. This guy will really main event Wrestlemania again? Your brother Ambrose cut a better promo than you. That’s saying something. Make us care about your golden boy. The Wrestlemania clock is tickin’.

    • Can we even say that Dolph Ziggler is on a mini roll this week? He lost to Triple H in an awesome match last Monday, and this week he kicked the Miz good night for the win. Is this the spark Dolph Ziggler is waiting for? Forget Miz; Ziggler’s making a career comeback. I can’t wait.

    • That Diva Face to Face to Face was… awkward, to say the least. Their lines were a bit cheesy and Ric Flair was just standing there, so everything was sloppy. I really don’t want to hate on these three horsewomen and I’m actually excited to see this awesome women’s triple threat; but if this is how they’ll build the match, I doubt people will care enough about the match than they probably should.

    • The Bubba-Goldust match was just stupid. I don’t mind it being short or having the match end via distraction, but at least hit a fucking finisher. Goldust was pinned after that lame punt? Really? Unless it’s some sort of a Jericho-Neville situation, every match should end properly--hit a finisher, use the ropes, grab the tights, distract, sneak a weapon, hell, roll-ups work, too—finish the segment properly. Geez.

    SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: Overall, this episode of SmackDown was a decent offering. Stellar segments made this show fun to watch. From the hilarious New Day segment to the wrestling maneuver showdown of Styles and Owens and some duds in between, this episode deserves a B+.

    Did you enjoy this week’s SmackDown? Does AJ Styles’ hairstyle really look like Renee’s? Kick my booty down in the comments section!

    Photos from WWE.com


    Ricky Jay Publico is a wrestling fan who enjoys watching high flyers and brawlers battle it out in the ring. A known Botchamania binge-watcher, he claims to have memorized the chronological order of Royal Rumble winners, but fails to remember who won in 2004. He writes stories about life and nonsense.
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