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    Thursday, September 20, 2018

    SmackDown RunDown Live (9/18/18): *Looks Around* I Called Her "Biiiitch!"

    When I first heard the news about WWE confiscating #IBooTheWoo signs at Hell in a Cell, I was pissed. Like really, how freaking desperate can WWE get that they would stoop that low just to accommodate the shitty vision they want? Those people paid for their expensive tickets so they can support whoever the fuck they want.

    And it’s not like they brought the signs to disrespect the performers. They brought them to support the Superstar they most likely relate with. They didn’t bring beach balls, asshats. They spent time and resources to make signs for your performers when they didn’t have to. They were supporting one of your biggest female stars. What’s wrong about that?

    I remember two years ago when the MOA Arena management confiscated fan signs during the WWE in Manila event because apparently, they are considered “safety hazards.” Yes, a fan sign made mostly of paper and cardboard can be used as a devastating weapon capable of harming the entire arena. They paid for the uber-expensive tickets, give them their fucking signs.

    Then I actually read the article and found out the signs were confiscated because they’re ruining the shot. That’s reasonable, I guess. I don’t know, I’m just pissed that we paid PhP 200 for five cans of Vienna sausage.

    "Look at Me. I’m the Queen Now, Bitch!"

    If there’s one thing I loved about this week’s show, it’s that I got to witness the peak of Becky Lynch’s recent transformation. It’s like seeing Walter White become Heisenberg for the first time. Her coronation segment rightfully closed the show because it’s the only title on SmackDown Live that truly matters now. She’s the brand’s top champion at this point. Sorry, AJ Styles. Who knew we needed a female Jesse Pinkman as champion?

    The main segment was all Becky Lynch without question. Her swagger was just all over the place and I’m glad they finally got it right by making her this badass character who doesn't care, but also isn’t antagonistic. In fact, the violence was initiated by Charlotte Flair, the supposed babyface of the storyline, even after promising she wasn’t there to fight. I’m glad Charlotte stepped out of the typical babyface behavior for once and let her emotions take control over her.

    And this is why I love this storyline. Being heel or being babyface doesn’t matter anymore. It’s just two women at the top of their game looking to destroy each other for the coveted title. This rivalry proves what Cody Rhodes tweeted two days ago. 
    Context is indeed everything, and I hope this will be the catalyst for developing better characters in the future. So what I’m saying is let’s make this match main event Super Show-Down, please.

    Nitpicking the Aftermath of Hell in a Cell

    It’s time to assess the damage caused by Hell in a Cell, starting with Aiden English finally turning on Rusev. My initial question was whether we should care or not because, uh, why? It’s not like we’ve seen the duo through good times and bad times. Are you emotionally invested in these two? I’m not. As far as I’m concerned, Aiden English is just the guy who sings for Rusev and that’s it. They pulled the trigger way too early with this one. They’re not even that successful as a team, so again, why care that they’ve split?

    Don’t get me wrong, the storyline makes sense. Rusev barely won any accolades since he adopted Aiden English into his family. But the storyline could’ve been ten times better if their partnership had something to show for it. They gave Rusev a bunch of chances to be champion but to no avail, and now we’re supposed to believe Aiden was the reason behind everything? They planted the seeds alright, but they cut the stem way before the rose grew.

    If that’s the case, then Aiden is the babyface of the story. He’s now breaking free from an ungrateful couple, who blame him for his shortcomings when he evidently tried his best. Good on you, Aiden. Go make yourself your own holiday. And hey, Shinsuke Nakamura was there, too. Hey Shinsuke, how’s your United States of Nakamerica going for ya?

    My embargo against the AJ Styles/Samoa Joe storyline has been lifted after their head scratcher of a finish at Hell in a Cell. Finally, we can now move on from the “Oh, Wendy” segments and just focus on these two destroying each other. That’s all we need! And AJ Styles nabbed Match of the Night as he finally beat Andrade “Cien” Almas. That gorgeous Styles Clash to end the match was just lovely and the entire match further elevates both men, especially Almas, as SmackDown Live’s best workers.

    But why can’t AJ Styles land a finish like that on a PPV, though? His reign is less impressive when you check how many DQ wins and count-outs this guy has. It took him four PPVs to finish off Shinsuke Nakamura? Urgh. It’s not like Samoa Joe will win anyway. I’m pretty sure they’re slowly setting up AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan. That will finally give the WWE Championship the spotlight it deserves. It’s not just a dream match—it’s a dream rivalry. It’ll be the modern day Rock vs. Stone Cold, I guarantee it.

    And as for Miz and Daniel Bryan, their storyline is still on course and I currently have no qualms about it. They opened the show with a MizTV segment announcing the departure of Maryse from SmackDown Live. I just think it would be a better send-off for Maryse if they were able to pull off the fake injury scheme, for old time’s sake. Now that the wives are out and a title shot is on the line, it’s time to dial up the heat between Miz and Bryan. Maybe this one should be a stipulation match, too?

    SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: We crowned a new queen of the hill. That’s basically the episode in a nutshell. It deserves a high grade just for that, but thankfully, the show featured great matches and some interesting segments to show for it, too. And hey, AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe dropped the Wendy angle, so that’s nice. Despite my usual nitpicks (you know me, get used to it), this week’s show is still a solid episode from the get-go. Let’s give it another strong B.

    Some Blue Brand Thoughts That Didn’t Make It

    • Are you tired of hearing about The New Day elevating everyone else around them? You shouldn’t be, because it’s the damn truth! The New Day and The Bar had a neat verbal back-and-forth this week, with Big E pulling off a hilarious IIconics-approved Australian accent. The Bar got the last laugh, though, picking up the win against Kofi Kingston. I miss Cesaro as a solo act.

    • Asuka scored a quick victory against Billie Kay this week. What, am I supposed to care? 

    • Am I the only one who made a joke about Randy Orton whipping out his dick while he was harassing that production guy? Just me? Okay, I guess.
    Photos from WWE.com

    Ricky Jay Publico (@NitPickRick) is a wrestling fan who enjoys watching high flyers and brawlers battle it out in the ring. A frequent 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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