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    Saturday, March 12, 2016

    SmackDown RunDown (3/10/16): A Zany Road to KO Mania

    ¡Olé olé olé olé! Welcome to another helluva Thursday night edition of SmackDown RunDown! I’m Ricky and after missing another week of wrestling, I’m back on duty as your trusty Blue Brand reviewer. This week featured the SmackDown debut of the sensational boy band member Sami Zayn and the return of the evil Chris Jericho. Were they any good? Let’s get down to it.

    MizTV feat. the Bingo Hall Main Eventers

    Kevin Owens got 99 problems: one of them is a former WWE champion and has main evented WrestleMania once, another is a former NXT champion and the resident flippy master of today, and the last is a former luchador with one helluva kick. This week’s episode started with probably the most interesting MizTV in weeks featuring Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, and Neville. A lot of interesting stuff happened in just one segment. Zayn is over as hell; Owens is still that asshole we all love to hate; Neville found a new purpose; and Miz is on a roll in his quest for a career renaissance. The segment culminated in a decent tag team match as Zayn and Neville picked up the win against The Miz and the abandoning Owens.

    When can we buy a "Walk Owens Walk" shirt?

    It’s a good and logical move for Creative to have Sami Zayn chase after Kevin Owens. These two have a great history—13 years according to Zayn—and now the WWE gets to stage this rivalry for what should be another awesome run. Kevin Owens’ refusal to face Zayn one-on-one is also a nice touch. This tactic is probably a cliche by now but Kevin Owens makes it good on TV. The ‘Walk Owens Walk’ gimmick fits perfectly well into their story, too. I hope you’re all ready for the rivalry of the year.

    Corkscrew moonsault from Zayn's back. This guy. Bruh.

    The Miz has slowly owned his role as the jerk host who places himself in the middle of a storm and his recent involvement with AJ Styles and Chris Jericho shows how much the Miz has improved in the ring. With the recent rumors of him getting a huge push, Mike might be more inspired to flesh out this character week after week. Neville, on the other hand, has also found a new goal in his seemingly stagnant career. He is a nice addition to the Intercontinental Championship picture since he and Owens also have history. These four guys will steal the show at Wrestlemania, or if they add more Superstars, that’s cool too. Maybe a multi-man ladder match? I miss that.

    Express Thoughts:

    • Chris Jericho is officially back as a heel this week when he burned the Y2AJ shirt in the middle of the ring. His explanation wasn’t that exciting to hear. Great, another jealousy angle. Didn’t he use this one with CM Punk 5 years ago? Don’t get me wrong, I still want to see Y2J vs AJ IV, but I just think them teaming up and winning the bronze titles was a better swerve in their storyline. Then after that, they can just fall apart come Summerslam. I guess AJ Styles has to have a solo Wrestlemania moment.

    • Another uninspired 8-man tag main event. The match was alright on its own, but I just think this should’ve been the opener instead of being in the main event. I get that Dean Ambrose has to look strong, but why did the Wyatts lose again? Aren’t the Dudleys and the Ascension available? Man, the Wyatts can’t get a decent break around here.

    • Speaking of uninspired tag matches, The League of Nations sans ADR defeated our favorite dragons in a match that was just there. I guess this was to prove Ryback’s remark last Monday on RAW that tag teams hold you down, but that’s a bit of a stretch. #Kalisto2016’s run is getting crappier every week.

    • Brie Mode made Summer Rae tap out with the Yes Lock. After the match, Lana attacked Brie with the Bella Buster for the second time this week. I’m just glad Lana is back on WWE TV. If she’s ready, let her fight. If she’s not, what the hell is the point of planting Brie Mode’s face to the mat with a wrestling finisher then?

    • Wouldn’t it be funny if Golden Truth was formed because of toilet paper?

    SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: This week was saved by one good segment at the start of the show. The rest was just ‘meh’. SmackDown should watch out for this decline in quality in recent weeks. I really hope the addition of former NXT head writer Ryan Ward will change the route of the show moving forward, but for now, I’ll have to give this episode a C.

    Did you enjoy this week’s SmackDown? Were you impressed by Lana’s X-Factor? Did you enjoy the Helluva Kick? Rant your objections in the comments below.

    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 (3/10/16): A Zany Road to KO Mania Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Ricky Jay Publico
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