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    Saturday, May 21, 2016

    SmackDown RunDown (5/19/16): Happy May 19th Everybody!

    Machka, machka, machka! Welcome to another edition of SmackDown RunDown! I’m your stupid idiot of a host Ricky and this week saw WWE hype up the upcoming Extreme Rules PPV. Is everyone ready to run wild on Sunday? Let’s find out how SmackDown’s go-home show played out.

    The Last Chaotic Brawl Before Extreme Rules

    I didn’t really care about the main event, to be honest. I didn’t expect a good match between Roman Reigns and Luke Gallows. The match was slow and I guess it wasn’t their fault. We got so used to fast-paced main events here on Thursday nights, it’s weird to see two big men go at it. What mattered to me was the post-match interactions that will send off the rivalry to Extreme Rules. We didn’t really get a decent conclusion since the show closed in the middle of the brawl itself, which was fine, I guess. Last Monday’s segment was the proper way to send everyone home. I can let this underwhelming main event pass. At least we got the WWE champion on SmackDown. That’s nice.

    Extreme Rules Prediction (because why not?): Roman will retain the WWE Championship against AJ Styles. I really hope they'll debut Balor Club this time. The reveal alone will tear the house down.

    The Intercontinental Title Picture is On Fire

    This week’s episode opened with a fun one-on-one match that saw Kevin Owens steal a roll-up victory from Cesaro. I feel like these should have been the main event instead since the match was given enough time to develop and it didn’t end in the middle of a segment (I can’t let that go, can I?). The Fatal Four-Way match on Sunday is really anybody’s ball game. I really have nothing to say that I have already said on my past reviews. I’ll just sit back and watch these four men battle it out. Isn’t it weird that the tall bald dude will be the main source of crazy spots come Sunday? As my life narrator Mauro Ranallo once said, “Ain’t no party like an uppercut party ‘cause an uppercut party don’t stop.”

    Extreme Rules Prediction: Any of these four men could really win it and I’ll have no issues, but if I really have to pick one, I’ll give it to Kevin Owens so we can get back to Owens-Zayn already.

    Some Blue Brand Blues

    • Chris Jericho got to inspect the special asylum cage and did some math to figure out how many days Ambrose will stay in the hospital after this Sunday. Ambrose revealed himself as one of the stage guys and attacked Jericho with a kendo stick. The reveal was cheesy but it was okay. I can’t help but notice that Barbie wasn’t included in the weapons above the cage but a barbed wire 4x4 is. That’s a little weird.

    Extreme Rules Prediction: Ambrose will beat Jericho because it’s his damn match.

    • The Pre-Show-Off Dolph Ziggler got an impressive victory against Sheamus this week. That was surprising. It was even a good match. Hooray for Ziggy! At least he got some well-deserved spotlight before Baron Corbin murders his ass at Extreme Rules. I say let’s just move Baron Corbin away from this pre-show rivalry before Creative fucks up his already awesome character.

    Extreme Rules Prediction: Baron Corbin will eat Ziggler alive because he doesn’t give a shit.

    • This week’s 8-man tag match was kind of a shoe-in, really. It’s another lazy ass booking that saw New Day and Big Cass team up to face the Vaudevillains and the Dudley twins. The match does have some highlights but the botched finish nailed this match to the ground. This is how you make New Day strong? By having the 7-foot-tall man clean house? Geez, bring back the heel New Day.

    Extreme Rules Prediction: New Day retains against the old time era guys. If Vaudevillains win, that’s fine by me.

    • Dana Brooke continues her streak by pinning Paige this week. That vicious Cradle Shock slam was awesome. I’m not really sure if I want to see Becky vs Brooke, but that’s what we're getting so I’ll just give this one the benefit of the doubt. I just hope they’ll give Becky the win this time. This gal needs to look strong.

    Extreme Rules Prediction: Becky will beat Dana Brooke, although it’s not official. I can see this being either an impromptu or a kick-off match.

    • Kane didn’t show up on this week’s episode. What gives? I know the May 19 storyline was stupid, but the date has been a fun inside joke among fans, it’s worth even mentioning. I miss the big red guy.

    SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: I won’t say this episode was bad, but it’s not that good either. The main event was kind of a dud but the opener was fun. This go-home show pretty much evens itself out. For their efforts, I’ll give this one a B.

    Did you enjoy this week’s SmackDown? What’s your favorite Kane moment? Set out your pyros in the comments below.


    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 (5/19/16): Happy May 19th Everybody! Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Ricky Jay Publico
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