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    Friday, September 1, 2017

    SmackDown RunDown Live (8/30/17): Just Another Tuesday Night

    Meow meow! It’s another week of Blue wrestling and I don’t really know how I should feel about this week’s episode. Maybe it’s just me being tired or it’s just a boring episode, you know? Anyway, let’s get this show started because I want to take my vacation now.

    Jinder Mahal and Rusev reunite on SmackDown Live’s main event

    The only cool part of the entire main event came at the very end when Randy Orton took out his tag partner for the night, Shinsuke Nakamura, with an RKO framattanawwer. That’s pretty much it.

    Otherwise, it’s just your regular SmackDown tag team main event where the faces were pitted against the heels. I feel like I’m the only one complaining about this lazy booking since it’s been a standard for years, but what the heck, I’ll complain anyway. They didn’t even mention the fact that Jinder Mahal and Rusev used to have some sort of partnership before they were shipped to SmackDown Live and received different treatment on their own.

    I guess Creative doesn’t really want to acknowledge Jinder’s alliances back when he was a jobber. It’s just a minor nitpick that bugged me. It’s a reunion, you guys. Aren’t you excited? No? Yeah, what the hell was I expecting? 

    Speaking of our beloved WWE Champion, are you all still on the Jinder hype train? The last interesting thing he’s done was when he outsmarted Orton by bringing the Great Khali back to life. I thought they were going to shape him as a master planner type of champion who has a bajillion contingency plans up his sleeve. Now, he’s just the foreigner heel complaining about how Americans continue to boo him week after week. Can’t they freshen his gimmick a little bit? They need to make him interesting again or at least book him in a more meaningful storyline where he an bust his calculated schemes because RAW is beating SmackDown Live's ass in the main event scene. While RAW is killing it with their top tier storylines, the Blue Brand’s sticking with the reliable “look there’s the guy who’s not from here” formula to make “compelling” storylines. Step it up, Road Dogg. 

    Some Blue Brand Vibes and Blues—Live!

    Vibe: Finally, we finally saw an AJ Styles match that doesn’t involve Kevin Owens in any way, shape, or form. As much as I love both men, it’s getting really tiring. So yeah, the US Open Challenge instantly gets a Vibe for that fact alone. Tye Dillinger was just the perfect first taker of the challenge, although he was attacked by Baron Corbin. Anyone want to see a triple threat match next week?

    Vibe: The Glorious One picked up a convincing victory over the guy who took his wife’s last name. Man, Roode is so ready for the main event. He’s ready to take that damn belt away from Jinder and make SmackDown Live a must-watch show again. But I get it, he has to establish himself first and stuff like that. Can’t we just make the clock run faster? Also, I’ll just mention Dolph Ziggler here because I think he’ll be fed to Roode in the coming weeks. Ziggler’s supposed to be the NXT Champion Killer, right? His frustrated promos are really intriguing, though. I still think they should give Ziggler one more shot at greatness.

    Vibe: Guess what, Aiden English picks up a win again! In a great segment that featured Kevin Owens taking over referee duties during the English/Zayn match, Owens made a statement by screwing the guy who refused to referee his match last week. It’s such a nice way of saying “Screw you!” to the boss, something we’ve never seen when AJ Styles was playing the part. Maybe Owens can continue making Shane’s life a living hell before going full mental and smashing Shane’s head into a car window. Wait…

    Blue: The tag team division, on the other hand, had a weak showing for this week. The debut of Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin was underwhelming because the Gold Standard had to shake some ring rust off. They even came out to rather bland entrance music, so yeah, they kinda killed the hype for me. Let’s just see where this partnership goes from here. Meanwhile, the Usos quickly beat the New Day in a match so quick I can’t even tell how it started, I just remembered Jimmy rolling up Kofi for the win. C’mon, guys, you’re better than that. It’s good that the Usos picked up the win, I just hope they gave a little more effort into the match, you know?

    Blue: Tamina is on her way to becoming SmackDown Live’s Nia Jax at the expense of Lana’s in-ring career. I’m not really sure how to feel about that. Lana, despite being green, is an interesting addition to the women’s division. Returning to a managerial role shouldn’t be the route to take in her development as a performer. I’m glad for Tamina, just not thrilled about Lana’s role right now. Who knows, maybe Lana will double-cross Tamina, or the other way around. Let’s just see where this goes, like always.

    Vibe: Breezango’s back at it again and unfortunately, they didn’t do a Breaking Bad parody. That’s a damn shame. Anyway, they’re still silly as always and I think their personalities alone are enough mileage to keep the story going. I just wish they reveal their attackers as soon as possible before they turn this into an “it’s Hornswoggle” type of storyline. I’d be pissed if it’s Hornswoggle and El Torito.

    SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t hate this week’s episode of SmackDown Live. I appreciate how they tried to give the spotlight to more stars as possible. It was just so bland. Nothing of note happened, the opener and the main event fell flat, and the matches were quick—and for a certain one, didn’t even count. The Blue Brand isn’t really living up to its hype right now while RAW is slowly building a better show by making use of their power players. Make us care about the Blue Brand again. For now, this week’s mediocre episode deserves a B.

    Did you enjoy this week’s SmackDown Live? Who do you think are Breezango’s attackers? Let’s exchange pleasantries at the comments below, for a change.


    Ricky Jay Publico (@NitPickRick) 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 (8/30/17): Just Another Tuesday Night Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Ricky Jay Publico
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