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    Thursday, September 6, 2018

    SmackDown RunDown Live (9/4/18): #GiveTruthMoreChances

    I’m starting to sound like Dolph Ziggler’s annoying record scratch entrance; but I’ll say it anyway because it’s true and it makes me feel good—I’m so thankful Smark Henry gave me a platform to review, nitpick, and discuss SmackDown Live.

    If you’re scratching your head after watching the clown show that was RAW, SmackDown Live is here to cleanse your palate. Seriously, they’re that desperate to get Roman Reigns cheered that they employed all heels in the locker room to destroy The Shield. What did The Shield ever do to the Cruiserweights?

    And most shocking of all, the man who can supposedly lift trucks and shit with his bare hands needed help dismantling three guys he’s beaten before. Pathetic, absolutely pathetic. It’s the Roman Reigns Show and I’m already over it. These days, I just pretend they’re not part of the WWE canon.

    We don’t have that kind of problem here on SmackDown Live. You can literally focus on a particular storyline from any division, place it in the main event, and still get an entertaining two-hour wrestling show. And this week, we got R-Fucking-Truth headlining the show.

    They Actually Gave R-Truth a Chance

    Yeah, I didn’t just mistype that. R-Truth received a main event match against The Miz, and he actually won! 2018 is a crazy year. How did that happen, you ask? Let’s just say Tye Dillinger’s mind got blown by the craftiness of the former United States Champion. Not only did Truth get a huge win this week, but he also convinced former SmackDown Women’s Champion and his “rival” Carmella to accompany him to the ring. Genius.

    From a classic R-Truth-is-cray-cray throwaway joke, Creative pumped new life to R-Truth’s already dim existence by simply running with it. The gag was silly at best, but did you even expect the twist that he’s bamboozling his way to the spotlight all this time? He even got a spot at this year’s Mixed Match Challenge, so now he’s the one helping Carmella get over after exiting the championship scene. Again, genius.

    R-Truth may have stolen the show this week, but it was still all about the Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz storyline. So of course the Bryans ambushed the Mizanins after the match and gave them a taste of their own medicine. Despite another run-in by Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega, Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella stood tall by giving Miz and Maryse a sneak peek of their fates at Hell in a Cell. I absolutely adored that sequence.

    A main event that seamlessly wove three storylines into a chaotic, but sensible post-match segment? What’s not to love? It managed to elevate eight superstars equally throughout the show without leaving the audience confused about each individual’s involvement. At this point, SmackDown Live’s just showing off their creative prowess like it’s a walk in a park.

    The Blue Brand doesn’t give a shit about elevating just one man—they elevate everyone as much as they can. And most importantly, they care about giving the people a great show.

    “Heel” Becky Lynch Continues to Shine

    “Heel” Becky Lynch is a gift that keeps on giving. Her attempts at getting booed just makes her more endearing to the crowd a la Stone Cold. Even after calling Charlotte Flair a bitch, support for Becky didn’t even wither. This week, Becky once again made their split-screen segment better by being the laid back badass who stopped giving two shits about being the honorable warrior she once was.

    In other words, she was straight fire. And I liked how they emphasized more on winning the SmackDown Women’s Champion, rather than focusing on Becky’s heel turn. They’re dialing Becky’s heel tendencies down to make room for a possible double turn at Hell in a Cell.

    That would be a great move, but I would still suggest making this a layered babyface rivalry, with Becky adopting a more aggressive nature and Charlotte showing some character growth by admitting she stole Becky’s thunder. That would make one compelling storyline if you ask me, possibly the best female rivalry in years.

    SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: What else can I say other than it’s another great show like always. I love how they’re trying to make each episode as fresh as possible by trying their best to give everyone not part of a major storyline some TV time. In the first place, isn’t this one of the reasons why weekly shows exist—to try and give everyone exposure? SmackDown Live is definitely killing it week after week so here’s another effortless A for the Blue Brand.

    Some Blue Brand Blues That Didn’t Make It

    • I’m surprised Rusev Day got the win tonight over The Usos and SAnitY. I ain’t even mad, man. Good for Rusev and Aiden English. Aren’t they better together and not quarreling like children? This week’s triple threat tag match just proved once again how deep SmackDown Live’s tag team division really is. Now if only we can give The Usos something to do...
    • The team-up of Naomi and Asuka isn’t that bad, I guess. Looks like Asuka’s first taste of gold on the main roster will be a Women’s Tag Team Championship. The IIconics are still my top pick, but reasserting Asuka’s dominance is more important right now. She has fallen way down since coming to SmackDown Live
    • I’m still on a “don’t like it, don’t watch it” mood about AJ Styles and Samoa Joe. I’m sure their brawl this week was great. On the bright side, my girlfriend can do a hilarious Samoa Joe impression of “Oh, Wendy!” She hates that man with a vengeance. 
    • What’s up with Maryse and Carmella loitering around random parts of the arena?
    • If there’s one thing the Bellas are good at, it’s executing their partner’s submission moves better than them. 
    • Wouldn’t it be funny if they accidentally revealed Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch were just a few feet from one another?

    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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