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    Thursday, November 17, 2016

    SmackDown RunDown Live (11/15/16): The Fantasy Warfare We'll Never Get

    Rest in peace! It’s the 900th episode of SmackDown Live and the Blue Brand made sure to hammer that point home by bringing back two iconic SmackDown Superstars. Was it any good, though? You know what, I’ll save you the trouble. This show sucked. Let’s get down to it.

    The Undertaker returns… to give a pep talk?

    I’m just gonna say it: The Undertaker should’ve been the fifth member.

    When I first heard the news about the Deadman appearing on the 900th episode of SmackDown Live, I thought he’d volunteer to be part of Team SmackDown Live. It makes perfect sense since he doesn’t have any business with anyone on the roster. Besides, they were willing to include Shane McMahon, an aging non-wrestler, as the team’s x-factor. Why not have an aging legend as the ultimate x-factor? Plus, it will be a multi-man match so he’s not required to move that much. It will make the entire “fantasy warfare” concept even more exciting. All they had to do was make it official in this week’s episode.

    Sadly, we never got that. The Undertaker returned to WWE TV and, fine, it was definitely exciting to see him enter the ring again. He grabbed the mic and declared his admiration for Shane-O and his SmackDown pride, before warning the team that there will be consequences if they failed to beat Team RAW. And that’s about it. Oh, Edge was there too. He got to shake Ellsworth’s hand, dissed AJ Styles, and asked about Randy Orton’s motives. Sure, that was okay. It’s just fun to hear Edge’s theme and see his awesome beard once again.

    Shane is still part of the team and there’s no stopping it now. Although I’m okay with it, I think they missed an opportunity by not including the Undertaker. Think about how his presence could change the dynamics of the entire match. Imagine the Deadman teaming up with AJ Styles and Bray Wyatt. Imagine him putting over Kevin Owens or Seth Rollins! It would be a better Survivor Series send-off compared to his last appearance there. Oh well. This is all just wishful thinking anyway. The moment’s gone.

    Some Blue Brand Vibes and Blues—Live!

    Man, I really hate this week’s Vibes and Blues game. You’d think we’ll never get to this point but alas, here we are. Don’t expect any Vibes in here. You ready? I hope not.

    Blue: It was a good move to open the show with an exciting Intercontinental Championship match. What made this stupid was the outcome of the match. Dolph Ziggler placed his career on the line just to win the goddamn title. Are they seriously crapping all over Ziggler’s great storyline? Hey, don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind The Miz being the champ, I just feel like it was way too soon, especially since we’re still establishing that Ziggler is a guy who can win it. Besides, I wanted to see Ziggler vs Zayn at Survivor Series. What the hell is he gonna do on Sunday now? Just add him to Team SmackDown Live already.

    Blue: I appreciate the valiant effort of the women’s division to hype up their elimination match on Sunday, but it was so poorly executed. First off, the sloppy match between Nikki Bella and Carmella dragged on for far too long. Charlotte could’ve just entered at an earlier point in the match to keep the crowd interested. Second, what the hell was Nia Jax doing? She’s supposed to be the monster heel of the team, right? She awkwardly entered the ring and the next thing you know, she’s laid out outside the ring. She didn’t even look like she was ready for a brawl. On the plus side, I really like how cohesive both teams were.

    Blue: Honestly, are you really excited about the 10-tag team elimination match on Sunday? Sure, it’s a good way to showcase the tag team division, but think about it. 21 men will populate the ring and it won’t be a battle royal of some sort. This week’s 16-man tag gave as a sneak preview of how messy the match can be. I’m not really hyped about it.

    Vibe: Hey, look at that. They gave Kalisto a squash match. I guess #Kalisto2016 isn’t dead after all. Bring the Cruiserweight division to Tuesday nights, little man!

    Blue: We still have four people on commentary. Are they seriously thinking this is a good idea? What the hell is a “host” supposed to do, anyway? If you’re not planning to use Tom Phillips as a replacement for that damn Otunga guy, just send him back to RAW as a backstage interviewer or the host of RAW Talk or something.

    SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: The 900th episode of SmackDown Live should have been special. They even bothered showing vignettes of the Blue Brand’s most memorable moments. It’s just ironic how this episode will go down as one of the worst, despite Edge and The Undertaker being there. SmackDown Live sure could’ve chosen a better time to screw things up. Believe me, this one’s going to hurt, but I have to give this week’s SmackDown Live a very underwhelming C.

    Did you enjoy this week’s SmackDown Live? Are you serious? Go review your life choices at the comment section below.

    Photos from WWE.com


    Ricky Jay Publico (@HarambeMustLive) 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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