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    Sunday, March 28, 2021

    The SmackDown BreakDown (3/26/21): Showing Its Edge

    I hate to say I told you so, but I've been greedy for recognition lately, so I'll just go ahead and say it: I TOLD YOU SO. I was the man who breathed life into this idea five weeks ago and now it's here. Bow down to my greatness! I'm Ricky Publico, and this is the SmackDown BreakDown.

    Now that I've got that out of my chest, you know what beats having an idea of yours unfold right before your eyes? Watching them execute the story flawlessly. Sure, there were some hiccups along the way, but Fastlane pretty much tied everything together with a main event that's a bit overbooked but still got the job done. That excellent match alone gave the Roman Reigns vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan feud stronger legs to stand on and SmackDown smartly took advantage by centering this week's episode around it.

    Suddenly, Edge's rage now makes perfect sense because Daniel Bryan's persistence is affecting his own chances of winning the Universal Championship. Suddenly, D-Bry's entitlement is now justified because he got being screwed out of the title despite making the untappable Roman Reigns tap out. And suddenly, Roman now has two challengers to possibly conquer and cement his place at the top of the Island of Relevancy. With two more episodes to fill before WrestleMania, it would be foolish for SmackDown to let this giant ball drop. 

    With the storyline we have right now, we're getting the best versions of each of them, especially Edge. I don't want the inspirational Edge who made a miraculous comeback to wrestling; I want the hair-pulling, crazy-eyed Edge who's always been desperate for gold. Besides, Edge overcoming retirement won't necessarily become useless because it can easily justify his current state of mind. When someone is trying to spoil your last opportunity to immortalize yourself, it's only natural for you to go ballistic. That makes him a relatable bad guy and who doesn't love relatable bad guys? Thanos, anyone?

    This is why I wasn't initially sold on the idea of Roman Reigns vs. Edge. It never felt right to me how they were framing him as the hero so I'm glad they're now backtracking from that idea. If they ended that segment with a Con-Chair-To, it would've been the perfect reminder of how vicious Edge can be. Again, that's the Edge you want walking in to WrestleMania. With the dominant heel and the plucky underdog completing the trifecta, this main event just became a dream match for the ages. I love it, Maggle!

    I also love how the entire show revolved around the triple threat announcement. Aside from tying the episode neatly from top to bottom, it also asserted Adam Pearce's credibility as an authority figure. He didn't fold under the pressure of three huge egos and he was able to make the best decision without someone dictating it to him. Now compare that to Adam Pearce last week on RAW when Drew McIntyre had to book a stipulation for his handicap match. Get your shit together, RAW Adam Pearce!

    Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn at WrestleMania 37. That's it, I'm sold. I was already sold last week when Sami fired the first shot. They really didn't have to convince me further with an excellent promo but hey, it's not like I'm going to stop them. They're already pulling all the stops with two episodes still on the docket. And they're adding Logan Paul to the mix next week? Bravo, what a great heel move by Sami Zayn. I would definitely pay to see Logan receive a Stunner or two; I'm just glad I don't have to.

    But let's talk about the promo itself. What's not to love about two wrestlers and best friends with great chemistry telling the story of a delusional man getting some sense beaten into him by an equally frustrated man. And while I'm a bit disappointed that Sami Zayn's documentary won't be an actual thing, at least it gives us another dream match at WrestleMania. Even if you aren't familiar with their indie roots, you can still appreciate how Sami's conspiracy storyline found a fitting ending through Kevin Owens.

    FINAL BREAKDOWN: Man, this week's episode was almost flawless, mainly because of how they managed to pull off the more exciting WrestleMania main event despite the setbacks from past weeks. Of course, the same attention to detail also went to their B-storylines and I'm loving every bit of it. Plus, we got a bunch of exciting matchups and even a Fastlane rematch on free TV. How cool is that? This is how you hype everyone up for the biggest show of the year. Now let's see if RAW can keep up next week.

    Show Grade: A+

    BreakDown Thoughts That Also Don't Want to be Swung

    • Isn't it crazy how we got a very physical Dolph Ziggler vs. Rey Mysterio match this week like it's nothing? It's even crazier when you realize these two are currently adding more credibility to SmackDown's tag team division. Now I'm excited to see all the SmackDown teams in a multi-team match at WrestleMania. Maybe it's time for Alpha Academy to finally win some gold.
    • And speaking of Alpha Academy, they competed in a lovely six-man tag this week that saw Apollo Crews casually picking up the pinfall over the Intercontinental Champion Big E. I love how short and sweet this match was and how everyone got their stuff in before the big finish. I honestly don't mind seeing Big E lose at WrestleMania if it means Apollo finally gets his reward for turning heel.
    • While most people would probably focus on Bianca Belair's GIF-able slap, I actually commend her and Natalya instead for stealing the show. They did a great job showcasing Natalya while giving Bianca a much-needed wind after weeks of losses. I also loved how Bianca slapped the crap out of Sasha and went straight to closing the deal with Natalya. Now that's more like a boss move than a rookie move.
    • I just realized the genius of focusing a rivalry over how someone was traumatized by a finishing move. For years, we've been saying how the Cesaro Swing is one of the most unique finishers in history. It's almost considered an attraction because of how impressive it is. So what better way to give Cesaro the biggest push of his career by making his unique finisher the foundation of his breakout storyline? Genius!

    Header image taken from WWE.com


    Ricky Publico (@nyamnyamgarbage) is Smark Henry's seasoned veteran and resident main roster reviewer. He's a sucker for well-written promos and fast-paced matches. While he enjoys nitpicking shows, he now prefers enjoying wrestling for what it is instead of stressing himself over things he can't control. He's anxious about the future, now more than ever. His potential haunts him.   

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    Item Reviewed: The SmackDown BreakDown (3/26/21): Showing Its Edge Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Ricky Jay Publico
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