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    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    SmackDown RunDown Live (4/18/17): Lupain ng Pagkakataon

    Ako ang bagong mukha ng Amerika! Sorry, I’m still not over the WWE-TV5 tagalized jokes. Why are we here again? Oh, right. SmackDown RunDown Live, of course. So yeah, another week has passed. Let’s get down to it.

    You’ll never guess who became the new number one contender for the WWE Championship

    Jinder Mahal is the new number one contender for the WWE Championship.

    Wait, guys, don’t leave yet. I’m serious.

    He won in the most randomly-booked Six-Pack Challenge match in the history of SmackDown Live by pinning crowd favorite Sami Zayn. Let that sink in.

    Jinder Mahal, RAW’s former bumbling jobber is now set for a major push as the Blue Brand’s main villain to WWE Champion Randy Orton. It feels weird, doesn’t it? I honestly don’t know what to feel about this one. He won with the help of the Bollywood Boyz so I guess he’ll also receive a faction of his own. Jeez, this guy just hit a jackpot.

    Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying Jinder doesn’t deserve it or anything. He made some improvements to his ring work and physique since his return to the WWE last year, so hey, kudos to the guy. If the WWE wants to give him the nod, I have no problem with that. What’s weird is that they pushed him way too high up the card. Maybe give him a couple of wins first? I mean, you spent months jobbing the guy out only to send him up to the world title picture without any transition whatsoever. In the eyes of many, he’s still a jabroni. Him being the number one contender made the WWE Championship look like a secondary title compared to the rejuvenated U.S. Championship. I think there was a mix-up between the two title pictures.

    But in the end, I guess SmackDown Live is just staying true to their mantra. Tuesday Night is indeed the land of opportunity. Hell, they’re giving the Colons another chance to become a legitimate tag team in the WWE. This move gave SmackDown Live an anything-goes vibe. It made the show a paradise for wrestlers who weren’t given opportunities to shine before. I’ve said this before, SmackDown Live lacks star power so they have to make do with what they got, and now they’re actually trying to make one from scratch. So don’t hate on SmackDown Live. This is the true meaning of opportunity, if you think about it. I hope they handle Jinder’s push well and I hope Jinder will capitalize and ride this huge wave of momentum he has right now.

    Charlotte Flair just changed the landscape of the SmackDown Live Women’s Division

    Last week, we witnessed the arrival of Charlotte to SmackDown Live. This week, we witnessed what it truly means to have Charlotte on the SmackDown Live division. In one of the best women’s openers I’ve seen, Charlotte was able to validate her presence as our almighty Queen. And man, that was just the opener. The match between Charlotte and Naomi was fantastic. Charlotte toyed with the champ and made it clear to everyone that she’s here to dominate. I’m loving every bit of it. Off topic: Can someone in the back make the SmackDown Women's Championship glow? It's driving me crazy.

    A bit of a negative, though, is the supposed formation of an anti-Charlotte alliance. Didn’t we learn from the whole Divas Revolution debacle that triads of women won’t work? I really hope this will be temporary because we didn’t get Tamina on SmackDown Live just to be a third wheel again. Jeez, give this woman a chance. It’s also interesting to note that they are after Charlotte, who is supposed to be a heel. I can’t say it makes sense, but I will say it’s an intriguing storyline. Let’s see how this one turns out.

    Some Blue Brand Vibes and Blues–Live!

    Vibe: AJ Styles took on Baron Corbin in a solid main event with Styles’ U.S. title shot on the line. I really don’t have much to say about the match. It’s just a good match and I think you should watch it for yourself. I’m really glad they are going all in with Styles as the top babyface of the brand. It’s a little silly that they are all chasing the U.S. Title considering they could be feuding for a world title right about now, but hey, at least Styles and Owens are getting the main event treatment and they are legitimizing the title along the way. Oh, before the main event, Kevin Owens had a silly open challenge with a local guy. Man, that guy was nervous af.

    Vibe: The Alphas and the Colons had a sweet little tag match and I’m surprised Primo and Epico picked up the win. They are really giving these guys a chance to restore their former glory at the expense of the former tag champs. Welcome to the land of opportunity, everybody. The more the merrier, I say. So I guess we’ll be seeing an Uso vs. New Day storyline once the latter finally arrives on SmackDown Live.

    Blue: Tye Dillinger and Shinsuke Nakamura had to settle for video packages to remind us that they are still there. As cool as Nakamura’s video package was, I would prefer if he made an appearance or something, but that’s just me. As for Tye, he was actually there, so why not give him a match or a promo with someone, you know? Introducing your own video package seemed like a little obnoxious to me.

    SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: The Blue Brand is really going out of its way to push this idea into our mind. Anyone can have a chance at the limelight, especially if you’re a jacked-up jobber. Whether that’s a good or bad thing is completely up to you, but we can all agree that Jinder Mahal winning a world title shot shocked the bejeezus out of us. It didn’t really take away anything from the overall quality of the show, either. Charlotte’s display of domination and an ample main event were enough to keep this show a solid one. I believe an A is a fair and appropriate grade for this week’s attempt to change the landscape of SmackDown Live.

    Did you enjoy this week’s SmackDown Live? Why is JBL still in my wrestling? Send me your 2x2 ID picture at the comments below.


    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 (4/18/17): Lupain ng Pagkakataon Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Ricky Jay Publico
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