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    Sunday, April 24, 2016

    SmackDown RunDown (4/21/16): What's Up, London?

    Because I can! Welcome to another steaming hot episode of SmackDown RunDown written by the guy who does a crappy impression of Duterte. This week, the Blue Brand invades London, one of the smarkiest crowds in the world. You’d think Creative will be inspired to put up a good show for the UK crowd. Let’s see if they actually did.

    The WWE Title Picture Just Got More Interesting

    The Bullet Club reunion tease continues as AJ Styles continues to deny his connections with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson on MizTV. The Miz played the role of interrogator as he drilled his questions to the Phenomenal One, exercising his acting chops with a Jack Nicholson impression. It was a decent opener to say the least. This led to this week’s co-main event as AJ Styles got the chance to shut The Miz up in a non-title match. Miz tried to leave near the end of the match but Gallows and Anderson blocked his path, giving Styles the opportunity to hit the Phenomenal Forearm for the win.

    The involvement of the Bullet Club to the Reigns and Styles rivalry made things interesting. From just a straight-up one-on-one “who’s the better guy” story, the storyline evolved into a more sinister and complicated plot. Is AJ Styles really in cahoots with Bullet Club? With Finn Balor recently dropping the title to Samoa Joe, there’s a huge possibility that Finn might be moving up to the main roster. What version of Bullet Club will we see on Payback? I’m excited.

    And Shane O’ Mac is in London! After losing to AJ Styles, the Miz whined about the Bullet Club’s appearance and asked for an investigation. Shane entered to a huge London pop. He may have had the loudest cheers tonight. After Miz did his great heel work, Shane put him on his place as he planted the Miz with a crazy fun-looking elbow. Shane’s still got it, indeed.

    Some Blue Brand Blues

    • As much as I love Team Canada and Team SamBrose, this week’s main event didn’t really offer anything special. The match was good enough, but the anti-climactic finish didn’t really give the match justice. Owens got the easy pin for his team after Jericho shoved Ambrose from the top rope. That was it. No finisher showcase, no convoluted shenanigans, no heated post-match beatdown, nothing. Thanks, Road Dogg. At least we saw the manliest man hug ever.

    • Is anyone even bothering to build up Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens? I mean, this rivalry was supposed to be the rivalry of the year. We should be having more epic and heated segments from both men week after week. Their upcoming match at Payback feels like a run-of-the-mill rubber match, when in fact it should be a bloody and emotional confrontation over 10 years in the making. Just sayin’.

    • Baron Corbin continues his impressive monster streak in the WWE after he ate Dolph Ziggler whole with a devastating End of Days outside the ring. That awkward moment when the red-hot newcomer has a better catchphrase than the company’s golden boy…

    • The Realest Guys in the Room cut a promo against The Vaudevillains. I didn’t expect the Vaudevillains to actually speak. They were supposed to be French strongmen, not Damien Sandow clones. I guess that made this exchange of words a little awkward. Both teams will definitely tear the house down come Payback and I'm all for it.

    • Ryback defeated #Kalisto2016 in a match two weeks too late. But hey, the rivalry moved so I guess I could let that slide. Where was Ryback two weeks ago, anyway?

    • Natalya and Paige were victorious against Team BAD this week. Natalya is looking strong for her Women’s Championship match at Payback. It’s also a good thing Paige is getting some momentum as she shared airtime with the number one contender. Good for her. I’ve always liked her style. Any chance she’ll be back in the title hunt in the future?

    • R-Truth defeated Fandango in a match to seduce guess referee Goldust. I guess they brought out Fandango to see if he can still go over with the London crowd. Just make Golden Truth happen already.

    SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: Creative failed to give the London crowd a good showing. Except for the AJ Styles vs Miz segments, almost nothing important happened. After two consecutive good episodes from the Blue Brand, they decided to take a break and produce a mediocre one IN LONDON. Goddamnit, Road Dogg. I’ll have to give this episode a B.

    Did you enjoy this week’s SmackDown? Do you miss the New Day on Thursday Nights? Air your violent reactions down the comments.

    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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    Item Reviewed: SmackDown RunDown (4/21/16): What's Up, London? Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Ricky Jay Publico
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