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    Sunday, April 25, 2021

    The SmackDown BreakDown (4/23/21): Cesaro Who?


    If you're too busy to watch this episode or even read this review, just know that the only thing you need to see from this week's episode of SmackDown are the alluring and hypnotic dance moves of the one and only Sami Zayn. I'm Ricky Publico and this is the SmackDown BreakDown.

    But for those with a bit of time on their hands, let's gush over this action-packed episode with an amazing main event segment with lots of storyline implications to top everything off. Because that's what SmackDown does: they thrill you with hard-hitting matches and keep you glued to your seats with their overarching and compelling storylines. Suck it, RAW! I will never stop dunking on your sorry ass. Anyway, I digress. Let's check out what Cesaro, Roman Reigns, and the rest of the gang are up to.


    I love how this week's show was still a Cesaro-centric episode—only this time, Cesaro got a massive megaphone in the form of Daniel Bryan. I am relieved that they're really going all in with Cesaro as the next big thing and an endorsement from one of the most beloved babyface in the company today will work wonders for him. Not only will this boost Cesaro's stock, it will also help hide his weakness in the mic. Let's just hope they don't overdo this D-Bry partnership and ruin his momentum as a result.

    But Daniel Bryan is the one getting the title shot next week, you're probably wondering. Doesn't that already ruin Cesaro's momentum? That's the brilliance of this week's main event segment. Where do I even begin? How about the way Roman Reigns declined Cesaro's challenge because after all, Cesaro is nothing in the Tribal Chief's eyes. Let's be real: a significant win at WrestleMania won't automatically earn you a world title shot. Roman isn't being a coward—he's being reasonable and realistic.


    Besides, you really don't want to see Roman Reigns vs. Cesaro now. It's too soon for Roman to drop his title anyway, so there's no need to rush it. They need to take their sweet time building Cesaro up as a credible contender. Give him a string of victories, one or two compelling rivalries, a Royal Rumble win even, if necessary. Creative really needs to make up for the ten years they've wasted Cesaro. By the time WrestleMania 38 rolls up, Cesaro is more than ready to be the face of the company. Believe that.

    Cesaro getting ignored once again actually saves him from being pushed too early. They can definitely use this constant disrespect to fuel Cesaro's drive to earn more credentials and become a worthy opponent for the Tribal Chief. While Cesaro's not busy challenging the champion directly, Roman Reigns can just keep beating other challengers left and right. He can even have a Brock Lesnar-type of schedule and skip PPVs entirely. And as for Daniel Bryan, his future is even brighter than before.


    Next week's title match is the perfect place to set up a possible Edge vs. Daniel Bryan rivalry. After all, it's D-Bry's fault Edge didn't regain the title he never lost. That's just an obvious storyline waiting to happen. I wouldn't be surprised to see Edge spoiling Bryan's title match next week as payback for getting himself pinned at WrestleMania. This could then branch into a proper Roman Reigns vs. Edge rivalry, a unique yet logical heel vs. heel dynamic with enough backstory to be unusually compelling.

    Or if they really want to make it permanent, Daniel Bryan getting banished from SmackDown doesn't sound bad at all. They could put him on NXT and wrestle his last few matches with the likes of Finn Balor, Karion Kross, Adam Cole, and a bunch more hungry competitors. Just imagine the TakeOvers we're going to get. D-Bry can even win the NXT Championship as his last official title in WWE. Isn't that awesome? You better hope Bryan gets banished next week because I want this future now.

    FINAL BREAKDOWN: What else can I say other than it's another great SmackDown episode? If you forget that Nia Jax vs. Tamina happened, all of the matches delivered in one way or another and that's just lovely to watch. And the fact that we have a new protagonist to root for in the coming months just makes SmackDown a must-watch in your weekly wrestling diet. Nothing else to say here. Great job!

    Show Grade: A

    BreakDown Thoughts That Are Also Habitual Line-Jumpers

    • While it was still a solid match, I just hate how Kevin Owens vs. Apollo Crews ended in such a generic way. Good, Commander Azeez saved his commander-in-chief. Great stuff. And here lies the problem with Apollo Crews' new henchman. AJ Styles and Omos works because it's a team composed of an established star and a new face. Apollo isn't established enough to carry someone on his back so he'll easily get overshadowed by the towering Azeez. So much for Apollo's push.
    • I know I should be hyped by the latest Aleister Black promo, but this isn't my first rodeo. Oh sure, we'll get the same promo for months until he debuts in a random squash match. And by the end of the year, Black will once again disappear, never to be seen until the next time they repackage him to another creepy mystic. It's like an abusive cycle and I won't be part of it until I see something substantial from all this cryptic nonsense.
    • I can watch the Alpha Academy and the Mysterios wrestle all day. This week was no different. What a fun match! I don't even care that I've already seen it for like the fourth time this year. And last time I remember, the Mysterios were getting their asses whopped by Otis. And now they're actually fighting back! Sometimes, being that simple is enough.
    • I'm pretty sure Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax are stuck in a time loop where they are meant to lose in singles matches via rollup. An alien life force must be toying around with time and space just to make the Women's Tag Team Champions suffer. Or maybe it's just bad booking. Sorry, I've been watching too many Doctor Who episodes.

    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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