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    Saturday, April 10, 2021

    The SmackDown BreakDown (4/9/21): Hold On, We're Going Home

    Edge on WWE SmackDown

    Just when you thought last week's episode of SmackDown was supposed to be the go-home show to WrestleMania, SmackDown takes us home the right way like it was prom night. I'm Ro, and I'm taking over today for Ricky for the WrestleMania SmackDown BreakDown.

    You may have heard that this week's episode of SmackDown was really going to be the kickoff preshow for WrestleMania weekend. While that is true, they also went above and beyond, giving us one last beautiful salvo from each of the Universal Championship contenders. Where RAW was meandering, confusing, and frustrating this week, SmackDown was laser-focused on making sure their side of the card was worth waiting for.

    Where the WWE Championship story is a total mess, the Universal Championship triple threat is simple and strong. Daniel Bryan rallied the fans once again to his underdog cause, fully embracing the fact that he has underdogged his way into a title shot where he wasn't welcome. Edge put the finishing touches on his heel turn, completely filling in the logic of his frustrations by saying that he wasn't back to be some part-timer—he really was looking to hog the spotlight. Roman Reigns reinforced his spot as the head of the table, and even promised that WrestleMania was just the real beginning for the Tribal Chief.

    All three promos are absolutely must-watch. I still don't want to pick a winner for this.

    That's right, I posted all three. You don't have an excuse to miss these words.

    For the other important SmackDown matches at WrestleMania, the Blue Brand doesn't mess up the formula. We get strong promos from Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks, and my only nitpick is that they should've done those in the ring. We have a solid vignette from Big E, who reconnects with his roots in his hometown of Tampa and draws strength from them. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens get one last kerfuffle in. SmackDown knows what to do with their limited two hours much more than RAW does with their three.

    The SmackDown Tag Team Championships don't change hands in a super solid TV four-way, while the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal actually seems more prestigious this year because putting it on SmackDown means you can't really skip it, making Jey Uso's win a little more meaningful. (Though it should have been Shinsuke Nakamura.)

    FINAL BREAKDOWN: I'm now all in with the concept of the last SmackDown before WrestleMania being the official kickoff show if they can be this good. I wasn't super hyped for the two-night PPV, but after this episode? I'm so ready. In the immortal words of Brock Lesnar, LET'S DO THIS?

    Show Grade: A-

    BreakDown Thoughts That Are Going Home

    • All that was missing, really, was a Cesaro promo, but after last week's segment, I'm okay with the fake Seth Rollins commercial to take us home.
    • Rumors are saying that the Nigerian Drum Fight is still not fleshed out backstage. Let's hope they have something figured out.
    • I'm fully convinced that Becky Lynch and Charlotte are going to be surprise entrants for the Tag Team Turmoil match.
    • Also, actual storytelling in the Andre Battle Royal? Who would have thought? Unleash T-BAR and Mace on the RAW tag team division already.
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    Item Reviewed: The SmackDown BreakDown (4/9/21): Hold On, We're Going Home Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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