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    Saturday, July 9, 2016

    SmackDown RunDown (7/7/16): Welcome Back, Lawler!

    Where’s my scarf? Welcome to another satirical edition of SmackDown RunDown with your homeboy Ricky leading the helm. After a busy week in pro wrestling that involved deletions, food fights, and spectacles, SmackDown is looking to put this week in the history books by bringing back Jerry Lawler on commentary. All hail the King! Back on topic, was the Blue Brand successful? Let’s find out.

    Scumbag Seth Runs Over Brother Jey

    This week’s episode opened with a bunch of promos, with the most prominent being Jey Uso challenging “The Man” Seth Rollins to a one-on-one match later in the show. I like these cold opens the Blue Brand has been dishing out to open the show. Speaking of opening the show, WWE Champion Dean Ambrose came out to start SmackDown and fulfill his life-long dream of becoming a WWE ring announcer. He introduced both Jey and Seth, sparing no expense in introducing the latter.

    The Asylum Champion continued his announcer duties during the match by distracting Seth with announcements and directing the flow of the show. Seth fell for it every time but despite Jey’s efforts to capitalize, Rollins still came out on top with a vicious Pedigree for the win.

    After the match, Ambrose attempted to raise the winner’s hand but Seth had none of it and bailed out. Ambrose instead raised the WWE title and declared himself the winner on Battleground. Again, I have to commend Ambrose’s simple booking as a fighting dude champ. Let the Ambrose Asylum run wild for a while.

    Some Blue Brand Blues

    • Chris Jericho vs. Sami Zayn headlined this week’s episode and as fun as it was, it didn’t really offer anything new. We can always rely on Y2J and Zayn to deliver a good match; and with Kevin Owens on commentary, it was going to be a fun night. But somehow, the segment fell flat and while nothing was wrong with it, it just feels like I’ve seen this a million times. Jericho’s search for his scarf and his exchange with Owens backstage was funny, though.

    • AJ Styles defeated Enzo Amore this week in a match that made me cringe more than it excited me. Earlier in the match, Amore botched a suicide dive and fell short on the floor, probably getting caught on the top rope. Man, Enzo has a bitter relationship with ropes. I’m glad the match went on after the botch and Enzo took a Styles Clash safely for his efforts. Styles is looking strong heading into Battleground and his catchy hashtag made me want to beat up John Cena myself. Good stuff.

    • Zack Ryder got another redeeming moment this week with a win over Sheamus via the El-Bro Drop. Looks like he’s also gunning for the United States Championship. Why not the Intercontinental title since, you know, he was the IC Champion a couple of months ago? Anyway, good for the Broski. I’m not saying he’ll have any chance against the Brute, but hey, he won a freaking ladder match at Wrestlemania. Fingers crossed.

    • The Miz quickly disposed of Kalisto this week with a Skull Crushing Finale as payback for ruining his suit during last Monday’s 4th of July food fight. I like how they are feeding jobbers to The Miz to build him back to the top of the midcard. How do you like being squashed, Kalisto?

    • Natalya attacked Becky with the good hair this week before their match even started. I guess no matter how much I care or not about this rivalry, I have to commend Creative for building Becky into a sympathetic character. When this rivalry blows up at Battleground, it will be a satisfying moment to finally see Becky win something.

    SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: After two consecutive good programs from the Blue Brand, Creative decided to slow things down with a decent offering. Rollins and Ambrose were the highlights of the show and the three Canadians tried to deliver a good main event, but this episode didn’t really impress me like the previous two did. I’ll have to give this episode a B since they still tried.

    Did you enjoy this week’s SmackDown? Are you glad Otunga is finally thrown away from the commentary table? Express your feelings down at the comments section.


    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 (7/7/16): Welcome Back, Lawler! Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Ricky Jay Publico
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