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    Thursday, November 10, 2016

    SmackDown RunDown Live (11/8/16): Team Blue Invades Scotland

    Don’t tag in! Before we witness the rise in power of our supreme leader Donald Trump, how about we share a moment here at SmackDown RunDown Live? This week, the Blue Brand invaded Glasgow, Scotland with some bliss and some Ellsworth fever. Let’s get down to it.

    Becky Lynch retained the title on questionable terms

    You know what, if SmackDown Live didn’t want to give this match the adoration and recognition it deserved, then I certainly will. Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss should’ve been this week’s main event, pure and simple. I’m not saying this just because it’s a title match. Both women delivered a quality championship match that featured Becky’s never-say-die attitude and Alexa’s cunning and frustration. This match could’ve been an instant classic if both women were given a little more ring time to develop their story. Plus, a main event spot would make the match’s conclusion a lot more significant.

    I really don’t get why this match didn’t close out the show. By placing it in the main event, this single match could kill so many birds with one efficient stone. The prestige of the SmackDown Women’s Championship will experience a boost while elevating not just Becky and Alexa, but the entire women’s division. They could even make history as the first female main event in SmackDown Live history, making their first trip to Scotland a very special one. The Blue Brand needs to give their female counterparts the same treatment RAW is giving to Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks. Just sayin’.

    Some Blue Brand Vibes and Blues—Live!

    This has been a stressful week, to be honest. You know what would cheer you up? A quick round of Vibes and Blues, of course! This week, we got more Survivor Series hype and a returning star. Let’s begin.

    Blue: It’s really a shame we got a standard 6-man tag match as this week’s main event. Sure, it was the first match of the new Wyatt Family, but how did that beat an intense championship match? Plus, the match just dragged for too long. James Ellsworth’s comical spot at the peak of the match was a good touch, though. I just wish the setup wasn’t that long. I must say, Randy Orton is starting to gel with the Wyatt Family. Give him two weeks, then maybe we can fully associate him with the beard club.

    Vibe: The main event wasn’t all that bad, though, as Daniel Bryan added Shane McMahon to the men’s Survivor Series team in Baron Corbin’s place. Hate all you want, I actually like this decision. Team Blue needs at least one more babyface to balance the team dynamics and looking at the roster, who else can give more intrigue to the team other than Shane O’Mac? D-Bry will definitely not add The Miz while Apollo Crews...well, he just sucks. Who knows, maybe the RAW guys will injure Shane and have Kane take over his spot. Still, the SmackDown Live Commissioner is definitely a controversial yet interesting choice.

    Vibe: Natalya may have lost to Naomi this week, but the good news is she actually has a clear and distinguished character at the moment. As the women’s coach for the women’s Survivor Series match, she can fulfill her duties by having the members face each member in singles and tag matches. That’s just a suggestion, though. It’s still a mystery how her role will affect the match, but one thing’s for certain, her presence will definitely be felt.

    Blue: I couldn’t care less who qualifies for the tag teams’ Survivor Series match. Either Breezango or the Vaudevillains could’ve won and I still will hope Heath Slater and Rhyno steal the show. I have to commend Breezango though for finding a gimmick that got them over, even for just a little. JBL receiving a gross ticket from the duo definitely got me chuckling a bit.

    Blue: Kalisto returned to in-ring action this week against the man who kayfabe-injured him two months ago, Baron Corbin. He also got his revenge, too, by exploiting Corbin’s supposed knee injury. I don’t get why they had to do that, though. If they are planning to continue the Corbin-Kalisto storyline, why have Kalisto chase the Cruiserweight Championship that will effectively add the masked luchador to the division? On a side note, props to Baron corbin for performing a very deliberate botch.

    Blue: Apparently, Curt Hawkins is not dead yet. I repeat, Curt Hawkins is still alive. Apollo though...

    Blue: It was stupid to see four men at the announce table, Tom Phillips being the “host” of some sort. As if Mauro didn’t have enough competition on commentary in the form of JBL and the bumbling David Otunga, he has to compete with Tom Phillips, too? But I really hope this was Tom’s audition to replace that Otunga guy. I just want to see that casual-wearing, stupid-question-asking guy out of my wrestling. They also fired that Andrea DeMarco chick from her backstage interview duties and gave the role back to Renee. Good riddance.

    SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: To be fair, the show still did okay. They got the main event wrong and had short matches in between, but every story still made sense. I just think SmackDown Live missed an opportunity to make their trip to Scotland a huge deal. The actual main event tanked, but the segment after that redeemed the show just a little bit. Overall, this week’s show still gets a respectable B for the misplaced yet awesome championship match.

    Did you enjoy this week’s SmackDown Live? Did you also receive a gross ticket from the fashion police? Buy me breakfast down at the comments.

    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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    Item Reviewed: SmackDown RunDown Live (11/8/16): Team Blue Invades Scotland Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Ricky Jay Publico
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