The way forward for SmackDown is shiny.
We’ve got some new champions, we now have a brand new commentary staff, and issues are trying up.
Whereas all of that is good, SmackDown, and WWE as an entire, nonetheless really feel stagnant. Uncooked was Uncooked – usually dangerous, full nonsense with a lot of the feuds, and lazy. Standard stuff.
SmackDpersonal felt higher, though it was nonetheless repetitive. Pat McAfee is now on commentary. I didn’t actually like him, nor did I care about his stint in NXT, however man did I get pleasure from him right here. He feels pure and to be sincere, fairly refreshing. He has an power about him that feels good. I’m pleased with this.
Although this present was good, a few of these choices made have been puzzling. Two feuds persevering with really feel good, and I discuss them in a bit. I believe as soon as WrestleMania Backlash passes us, it’ll get higher.
Let’s get to the principle hits and misses of this present. For a full rundown of SmackDown, try the live blog by Rev. Claire Elizabeth!
We put on gold on this home
The Avenue Earnings got here out for Bianca Belair’s championship celebration.
They mentioned that they’ll clear up the tag staff division later and ship the Soiled Dawgz again to 1986.
After a video bundle of Bianca successful the title, Ford launched her and she or he regarded beautiful.
Belair mentioned she feels blessed, and regardless of setbacks and struggles, she by no means stopped believing it was potential. A yr in the past, she by no means would have imagined somebody saying she’d win the ladies’s title in the principle occasion of WrestleMania. However then she mentioned she most likely would have mentioned it will occur.
You must by no means apologize to anybody in the event you really are the bEST.
She thanked Sasha Banks for her half within the historic important occasion and mentioned she left one thing for Sasha to recollect her. (That might be the gnarly whiplash throughout the abdomen.) Belair then mentioned this was about all of the little ladies watching and noticed themselves once they checked out her.
Sasha Banks was interviewed proper after, and couldn’t even get phrases out as she regarded down at that mark Belair was referring to. This was excellent.
Then Bayley was interviewed and mentioned that Bianca was crying earlier than her match as a result of she thought she couldn’t win, and now she’s being boastful. We don’t need that in a champion, so she’s going to repair it and problem her for the SmackDown ladies’s championship. This was additionally excellent.
All of those promos have been wonderful. Bianca was offered as a real star, and eventually having Montez and Bianca collectively in spite of everything this time was nice. “We solely put on gold on this home” was what she mentioned to Montez earlier than his match. I like her.
It might have been even higher if Sasha and Bianca have been capable of be like this since Bianca’s win on the Royal Rumble however let’s not take into consideration the previous. It’s not about all that. It’s concerning the future.
Bianca will solely get higher and crate much more historical past because the champion. It’s trying nice for the EST proper now.
The outdated and the brand new
Roman Reigns requested Paul Heyman to speak concerning the males he beat at WrestleMania.
Heyman putt each Edge and Daniel Bryan over, and mentioned Reigns did exactloy what he mentioned that he was going to do – smash em’ stack em’ and pin em’. Reigns mentioned he’ll most likely by no means be put in a triple menace once more after he eradicated two Corridor of Famers. Who would need to be humiliated like that?
Cesaro’s music performed, and he walked right down to the ring and acquired in Reigns’ face. Cesaro went to get a microphone and the Reigns clan left the ring.
Heyman was interviewed later about Cesaro’s problem. He mentioned what occurred Sunday wasn’t a rain delay, it was tears from angels as they considered the beating Reigns was going at hand Bryan and Edge. Seth Rollins needed to decrease himself to face a “knuckle dragging, slack jawed, buck tooth, Swiss quibbling Cesaro.” My god.
He known as Cesaro a joke, and he would put an finish to the joke by giving Cesaro what he desires – Cesaro one on one towards… Jey Uso.
WWE actually wished us to know that Cesaro is particular, didn’t they? I don’t assume they notice that we been figuring out that. All they have been doing on this present was proving it to themselves.
In the principle occasion, Uso did his greatest to harm the “neanderthal’s” arms so he wouldn’t have the ability to hit his strikes. He stored draping Cesaro’s arm over the ropes and pulling for optimum tear. However Cesaro did a vertical suplex and that clearly meant Cesaro is healthier than your foolish video games, Jey.
Cesaro did the corkscrew uppercut for a close to fall. Uso fought out of the swing and hit a neckbreaker for a two rely. He slapped Cesaro within the face and that was what sealed his destiny. Cesaro gave him a clothesline after which swung Uso round and Rollins interfered to trigger a disqualification.
Nicely… okay then. I used to be actually stepping into the Cesaro/Reigns stuff, after which oh hey Seth we’re going again to that, huh?
Publish WrestleMania reveals mustn’t make me say “Oh, operating this once more?” However when the subsequent pay-per-view is actually known as “WrestleMania Backlash” it just about says that the majority of this will probably be ran again.
And the way about no Edge or Daniel Bryan on this present? If anybody was going to return out on the finish, I assumed it will be considered one of them! The place have been they? Like I mentioned in my opening remarks, I loved this present, however these choices have been puzzling.
That plus the continuation of all the things (besides one which I discuss beneath) made the general feeling of SmackDown simply okay, not nice.
Sami Zayn mentioned that WrestleMania was imagined to be his crowning achievement.
Logan Paul was imagined to be how the documentary acquired out to the world, however Paul’s thoughts was poisoned by Owens and the WWE Universe.
Zayn pointed to Michael Cole as one other poison, as the company mouthpiece, and McAfee simply agreed and and began pointing at Cole. Hahahahaha.
He mentioned that he acquired distracted within the match by Paul as a result of he was eager about his ideas, and that’s how Kevin Owens gained. Tonight, there’s no Logan Paul or poisonous followers, so his thoughts is obvious. Owens got here out for the WrestleMania rematch.
Owens was despatched to the nook and exploded out of it with a operating senton. Owens gave Zayn a really loud chop, after which a clothesline. Zayn went to the highest rope and did a sundown flip powerbomb for a two rely. McAfee requested what that was, after which mentioned that was the best transfer he’d ever seen. I imply he was actually put in a CANADIAN DESTROYER in his match with Adam Cole, however positive buddy.
Zayn tried to flee however Owens introduced him again in. He went for the pop up powerbomb and Zayn averted it. Zayn averted a stunner, after which poked Owens eye and retreated, and Owens gained by way of rely out.
Owens ran up the ramp and threw Zayn again into ring and did the stunner.
Sami and Kevin are #FightForever territory for me, so WrestleMania Backlash seems like one other wonderful blow off, minus Logan Paul.
I need assistance with this
So when Apollo Crews formally turned heel, it felt superior.
Crews was getting a extremely nice presentation, even when he began with the Nigerian accent. The accent was new, however I used to be stepping into it.
WrestleMania got here alongside, and the Nigerian drum combat was actually only a road combat with drums and gongs.
After which, Crews acquired assist from
Babatunde Dabba Kato… Commander Azeez. On this present, Crews launched him and mentioned that he put Huge E down with the Nigerian Nail.
My downside – I do know who this man is. So introducing him as a brand new particular person when he was actually on Uncooked a couple of months in the past, not as a Nigerian Commander, however as a Uncooked Underground common.
This promo felt off. Assist me out, Cagesiders. Am I the one one?
The Soiled Dawgz defeated The Avenue Earnings
Ziggler had an incredible drop kick to start out, after which Ford tagged in and did his personal drop kick and went for a fast pin. Roode tagged in and Ford ducked him and the Dawgz collided. Roode was tackled and given a corkscrew elbow by Dawkins, however he rotated and did a pleasant spinebuster. Roode tagged Ziggler and Dawkins despatched him into the nook. Ford and Roode tagged and Ford hit a depraved clothesline on Ziggler. A kip up and standing moonsault by Ford virtually acquired the victory. Dawkins tagged in as Ford flew over him to take out the champs. However Ziggler tagged in when Ford wasn’t trying and did the Zig Zag for the win.
Nicely, I used to be a bit disillusioned with this. Ziggler and Roode have been doing nicely, nevertheless it felt just like the interplay with Bianca from earlier than was to arrange a Avenue Earnings win right here. Nonetheless, it does make me assume that the Dawgz will probably be arrange for a feud with The Mysterios and that would be the subsequent babyface tag staff to take them out. Sure, I’m nonetheless on The Mysterios as tag champs and you’ll’t speak me out of it!
Rey Mysterio defeated Otis
Otis began by bulldozing over Rey and dumping him over his head. He slid Rey out of the ring and I virtually thought Rey was going to spike his head on the ground. Rey did a senton and bounced off the ropes proper into Otis’ arms. McAfee known as the 619 and Rey went to the highest rope and pinned Otis in a fast however enjoyable bout. This was Pat McAfee’s first match on commentary and he was excellent. Otis and Rey had some good chemistry, as do Dominik and Gable. This ought to be a enjoyable feud.
Natalya defeated Shayna Baszler
This has to cease.
What have been your ideas, Cagesiders?