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    Thursday, August 15, 2019

    SmackDown RunDown Live (8/13/19): Roman Reigns’ Scooby Doo Mystery

    At the risk of sounding like a broken parrot, let's continue beating the dead horse that is the mystery of Roman Reigns’ attacker. For some reason, WWE wants everyone to act like it’s a big deal. But they pretty much forgot one factor that makes a murder mystery compelling: the supposed victim is alive and well. It’s like the writers didn’t watch Tagalized episodes of Detective Conan when they were young or something. 

    In fact, all they had to do was refer to a fairly recent whodunit storyline that actually makes sense and made everyone care about it. Before Aleister Black begged everyone to pick a fight with him on SmackDown Live, he was laying flat on his back in a parking lot, supposedly after a vicious attack. Black was written off NXT TV for weeks as William Regal took his sweet time searching for the attacker. Everyone was invested, if not bored by Regal’s slow brand of justice.

    Everyone who’s anyone got blamed for it: Tommaso Ciampa, Velveteen Dream, Adam Cole, even Nikki Cross even got a small push thanks to this whodunit. Everyone involved got nice exposure out of it and no one had to get punked to progress the storyline. When it was revealed that Johnny Gargano was the attacker, everyone was shocked and satisfied at the same time: a great ending to what was supposedly just an excuse to let Aleister Black recover. 

    Now back to Roman Reigns. It’s really hard to care who attacked the guy when he’s out there beating up a former Cruiserweight Champion. Can we even say he was attacked when he has no scars to show for it? It’s just pathetic, really. Why not kayfabe-injure him, write him off for a month, and let someone, let’s say Samoa Joe, carry out the investigation? WWE is so obsessed with making Reigns look good at the risk of destroying everyone else, apparently.   

    But I guess it's not all bad. After all, this storyline finally pushed Buddy Murphy out of hiding. And Murphy basically shot his shot by taking on the Big Dog himself. For a second there, I thought I was watching a TakeOver match because it was that good. Both men worked hard to deliver a good match, especially Murphy, who brought all the knee strikes he had. Too bad they had to ruin it by having him get punked again by Daniel Bryan and Rowan.

    And what do we have here? Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton in the main event? And they took the Revival with them? Now this is a six-man tag I can get behind. Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder definitely deserved the rub, especially after they seemingly formed a bond with Orton on Twitter. Have you seen the clip of them taunting a toddler at ringside? These three should totally be a stable. Let’s call them Legacy, That name’s probably not taken yet, right?

    And of course, it ended with a bunch of RKOs to all the New Day members. They weren’t outshtsdjgsdnwers like I always want it, but good enough, I guess. I always get a kick out of seeing Randy Orton coil up before and after delivering a hard-hitting RKO. So pumped to see them continuing this great storyline, this time with Kofi Kingston’s family involved. I don’t want this to be a Samoa Joe type of deal. All in moderation with the family stuff, people.   

    SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: This was probably the most action-packed episode under Eric Bischoff's belt, and for good reason. Who knew we could get three RKOs, a hoss fight, and an NXT-calibre match all in one show? If you can ignore the ridiculous Roman Reigns whodunit storyline, you'll have a great time re-watching the show. I'm expecting more action since King of the Ring is back. Keep it up, Uncle Eric!

    Show Grade: B

    RunDown CutDown

    • Charlotte Flair is on a roll, putting up a classic with Trish Stratus at SummerSlam, then making Ember Moon look good in defeat this week on SmackDown Live. I told you Charlotte vs. Trish was going to be a banger of a match. Who ever doubted Trish prior to that match is a fool. 
    • Anyone else already sick of Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon at this point? I’m sure Shane will screw over Owens at King of the Ring next week. I’m not saying their storyline is bad, I just don’t care about it. Just give me Chad Gable vs. Cesaro in the KOTR finals, thank you.
    • Also, can we get more of Samoa Joe looking strong as hell? I know I said I’ve given up on him, but I’m always looking out for my man, Joe. Please make him world champion, thank you.

    Photos from WWE.com


    Ricky Publico (@Peepomania) is Smark Henry's resident SmackDown Live reviewer... for better or worse. He also nitpicks PWR shows when no one's available to do so. A known lover of wrestling tournaments, he's a sucker for well-executed promos and fast-paced matches. He has yet to learn how to operate a microwave. Don't judge him.

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    Item Reviewed: SmackDown RunDown Live (8/13/19): Roman Reigns’ Scooby Doo Mystery Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Ricky Jay Publico
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