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    Thursday, September 1, 2016

    SmackDown RunDown Live (8/30/16): The Chicken and The Eggs

    I am the predator now! It’s another fantastic edition of SmackDown RunDown Live and this week, the tournament for the piso tag titles continues, the Serpent got a mean sermon, and a milkman was stripped, seriously. Sounds like a pretty crazy episode to me. Let’s get down to it.

    The Kingpin Leaves The Phenomenal One Hanging

    It’s a good week to be a Baron Corbin fan as the Lone Wolf faced WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose in the main event with AJ Styles scouting at commentary. The match was rather slow for my taste but it was decent overall. Finally, at least for tonight, Creative is actually using Baron Corbin as this huge threat rather than having him beat up luchadors week after week. Corbin should be involved in more meaningful storylines, I say. He should continue beating up Kalisto, too.

    The bout spilled to the outside the ring and Styles got in Corbin’s face which  was kinda cool. This led to Styles accidentally kicking Corbin’s head, giving the big guy the DQ win. AJ Styles attempted to hit Ambrose with a Phenomenal Forearm but Ambrose quickly blocked it and sent Styles’ crotch hanging on the top rope. Ambrose made things a little worse by being the dickish champion that he is, shaking the ropes, and patting his rival on the back. I actually enjoy Ambrose’s immature take on what a world champion should be. It separates him from the more honorable guys like Cena and Reigns.

    AJ Styles was clearly the star of the night. He had a good match with Apollo Crews earlier in the episode and he got his balls cracked in the main event. Meanwhile, Ambrose only appeared once and ended up technically losing the match. Ambrose needs more time to shine since his rival has been stealing the show for the second week in a row. Ambrose has been outshined this week by The Miz and Kevin Owens; and hell, even Heath Slater got more airtime. Step up, lunatic.

    The Kernel-Chicken Rivalry Just Got Real

    The Miz opened the show this week with a fiery promo complementing last week’s work-or-shoot confrontation with Daniel Bryan. Man, I was excited to witness another pipebomb and I was convinced he was about to drop one. He kinda did–it was obviously rooted from his own experiences–and it was almost perfect until Dolph Ziggler interrupted the proceedings and tried to expose The Miz’ true intentions.

    Nitpicking time: first, why is Dolph Ziggler out there? It felt random to me. The segment could’ve just ended with a mic drop or something. Second, why is Ziggler screaming his lines out? Sure, his passionate promos made sense during his rivalry with Ambrose, but his passion was misplaced in this segment. What the hell did Miz ever do to you? Calm down, man. And suddenly, we got Miz vs Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship at Backlash because Daniel Bryan obviously can’t wrestle. Right.

    Some Blue Brand Vibes and Blues—Live!

    It’s another round of our favorite Tuesday night habit: Vibes and Blues! As always, Vibe is a yey and Blue is a boo. That’s a little rhyme for ya. I got me some flow in my words. Let’s begin!

    Vibe: Before he was scouting in the main event, the face that runs the place made an example out of Apollo Crews by defeating the Spelling Superstar with his patented flying forearm. It was a good match that made both men look good and it was almost ruined by the stupid commentary from David Otunga. “AJ Styles grew up watching John Cena?” Are you fucking kidding me? Why is this guy still in my wrestling?

    Blue: The first round of the SmackDown Tag Team Championship tournament closed this week with two underwhelming tag matches. The Hype Bros defeated the Vaudevillains in a short yet stiff match while the oddball duo of Heath Slater and Rhyno qualified by beating the returning Headbangers. We were told to be excited about their return but the crowd and I didn’t feel it. I really hope the semi-finals will feature longer matches to make the tournament more legit. At least we now have a bracket graphic.

    Vibe: Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton had another great exchange of words this week as the Eater of Worlds declared himself the predator and challenged the Viper to a match at Backlash. It was another piece of solid mic work from Bray, while Orton held his own against the madman. I really hope they put Bray over. Please let Bray win.

    Blue: I feel like we’re back in the Divas age as the women of SmackDown Live got relegated this week to another tag match. Becky Lynch and Naomi faced Natalya and Alexa Bliss with Nikki Bella on commentary. Carmella then attacked Nikki, causing a distraction to Becky, allowing Alexa to score another pinfall from her rival. We should really start explaining the Carmella attacks and giving the Becky-Alexa and Natalya-Naomi rivalries their respective builds.

    Blue: Before the main event began, some random guy got in the ring, introduced himself as a milkman, and challenged anyone to a fight before stripping to his tighty-whities. Kane answered the call and proceeded to decimate the milkman. So yeah, there’s that. On other news, Parts Unknown is located in Knoxville all these years. Who knew?

    Backstage Segment of the Night: AJ Styles on Talking Smack

    No backstage segment really stood out this week. The Heath Slater interview wasn’t really that funny, although the sad cracker did get me a little. I’ll just go ahead and get to Talking Smack. D-Bry’s apology was just, meh, while the Beauty and the Man-Beast was a fun one, but segment of the night goes to AJ Styles’ fun interview with Daniel and Renee. Styles was charming as usual that you’d think he wasn’t playing heel. In fact, he even broke character a little bit by saying he would love to do what John Cena does best, dealing with kids. His interaction with Daniel was also cute, it’s like seeing two brothers hang out. No crazy Talking Smack segment, sadly.

    SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: This week was a decent offering for the Blue Brand. They didn’t have an impactful main event like RAW but they did try to stir more controversy by allowing Miz to speak his mind. The show also had a decent main event, a cool AJ Styles match, the piso tag title tournament going on, and Heath Slater. That’s good enough, I guess? I’ll have to give this episode a measly B.

    Did you enjoy this week’s SmackDown Live? Did you care for the Headbangers? Even a little? Let me know your thoughts down at 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 Live (8/30/16): The Chicken and The Eggs Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Ricky Jay Publico
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