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    Saturday, October 23, 2021

    SmackDown BreakDown (10/22/21): Eat S***, Adam Pearce

    Man, I can't remember the last time I was thoroughly satisfied by SmackDown's opening segment. It sucks more because I know for sure that I won't get the same satisfaction next week. I'm Ricky Publico, and this is the SmackDown BreakDown.

    It's that time of the year again to write Brock Lesnar off TV for months before the next big show, but I'm glad SmackDown made it extra special—at least for me. How did they guess that I've always wanted to see Adam Pearce get his incompetent ass handed to him by Brock? I can't believe I once said Pearce was the best authority figure ever. Did SmackDown read my secret diary? Regardless of how they saw my innermost thoughts, they successfully kicked things off this week with an explosive segment.

    It's lame how they wrote Brock off by suspending him; but on second thought, it's not like they have a lot of choices. They can't beat him to a pulp because who in kayfabe world would be able to incapacitate Brock for months? Not even The Bloodline can restrain him when he's 100% fresh and healthy. SmackDown doesn't have monster villains lying around in their new roster, so yeah, I guess that's that. Farmer Tan Brock Lesnar really is the best version of him, and I miss him already.

    The glimmer of hope I have is that Brock will probably just ignore it and show up wherever and whenever he wants anyway. Adam Pearce is not authoritative enough, and after he got yeeted to the moon and back, I really hope they write him off as well. If they're out here trying to convince us that this is a new era of SmackDown, shouldn't they spice things up in middle management, too? Someone like Sonya Deville, Teddy Long, or anyone can take his place. Please, SmackDown, I know you can hear me.

    I also love how no one came to stop Brock Lesnar from brutalizing Adam Pearce when the entire backstage flooded the scene just to protect Roman Reigns. That's just hilarious to me. During the Drew McIntyre backstage interview minutes after Adam got whooped, you can clearly see that the rest of the locker room was still there talking about what happened. They could've called a couple of referees to stop the beating, but nah, they stayed back and watched their boss get mangled. Hilarious stuff.

    On to other things, we have the coronation of Xavier Woods as the 2021 King of the Ring, and it's just amazing. I really thought they'd give it to Finn Bálor as a consolation for letting God interfere in his match at Extreme Rules. Unlike Finn, there weren't any rumors about Woods getting a singles push. It would make sense to give the kingship to Finn and kickstart his supposed mega-push on RAW. But forget all that noise—WWE actually gave everyone what they wanted, and I couldn't be any happier for Xavier.

    The coronation segment didn't even lead to an interruption of some sort. I was fully expecting a tag team to just barge in and ruin the ceremony, but no, it just ran without a hitch. The amount of love and respect the New Day is getting from WWE is just astounding, and I love every bit of it. If Xavier asked for a WWE Championship run in the future, Vince would probably grant it, no question. But for now, let's just all be glad for our newly-minted king for fulfilling a childhood dream. You love to see it.

    Now can we please, please, get a coronation segment like this for Zelina Vega on RAW? Because holy shit, man, the Queen's Crown should at least mean something. And now that she's on RAW, finding time for her won't be a problem at all. The Queen's Crown should launch her to the stratosphere at this point. Maybe she can get a title shot as well?  If they can make a heel vs. heel rivalry like Charlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks work, they can make Becky Lynch vs. Zelina Vega work as well.

    Can I give a quick shoutout to Drew McIntyre? I don't know if this will be a permanent character change, but Drew looks like a proper conquering babyface now! It also helped that he didn't ramble for minutes and just issued an open challenge! Love it! Plus, he didn't fall for the basic heel tactics of Sami Zayn. Who is this man?! Can we keep this version of Drew McIntyre, please? Where were you the entire time, man? He's still carrying that stupid sword, though. Baby steps, I guess.

    FINAL BREAKDOWN: SmackDown pretty much borrowed from AEW's playbook and positioned the best segment to start the show, and I don't know about you, but it totally worked for me. I may be just really giddy about Adam Pearce getting F5-ed, but I actually enjoyed this week's show. It introduced the new faces we should expecting in the coming weeks, it gave us fun matches—and if not for Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Happy Corbin, this week's card would've been the freshest one they've booked all year. Now that Brock Lesnar is presumably gone, they better find a way to make the next episodes fun.

    Show Grade: B

    BreakDown Thoughts That Also Faced Happy Corbin for the 234235th Time

    • So Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch really just swapped titles, and the internet somehow didn't like it. I mean, I'm not saying I liked it, but I honestly didn't find it that infuriating. These are branded belts, after all, and they carry the same value in kayfabe. If anything, the women's division should finally get proper championships that don't have any brands attached to them. How about RAW gets the World Women's Championship while SmackDown gets the WWE Women's Championship? Something like that. But oh well, a man can dream.
    • Hey, local talents are back! Hooray! We can finally give Superstars easy wins without ruining the momentum of others! I also love that Hit Row got to squash some randos. Top Dolla looked like a million bucks as always. There's even a rumor that he'll be the solo act while Isaiah "Swerve" Scott and Ashante "Thee" Adonis will be the tag team of the faction. That makes sense to me. Top Dolla is far more interesting on the mic and inside the ring. So yes, let's get Top Dolla to the top.
    • Can I just say how I absolutely love the Mansoor vs. Mustafa Ali storyline? It's such a fun twist to the mentor-protege stories we've seen a hundred times. I love how the student is getting the upper hand at every turn, and the mentor is the one eating dust. It also helps that Ali has never achieved anything in the WWE himself, so how can he even consider himself better than Mansoor? Plus, they just work together well, so we're guaranteed a fun match every time they're on a card.

    Header image taken from WWE.com


    Ricky Publico (@nyamnyamgarbage) is Smark Henry's seasoned veteran and resident SmackDown 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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