Smackdown was taped in Memphis, Tennessee. I wasn’t going to do a post about Smackdown this week, in honesty I wasn’t planning on watching it. However I heard somethings on the spoiler grapevine that peaked my interest so I watched the highlights on WWE.com. Here are a few of my thoughts on this weeks Smackdown.
Opening and Main Event
Smackdown opens with a match, Roman Reigns Versus Rusev, awesome. It’s nice not to have an opening promo for once, even though WWE have been mixing up those segments a little bit recently.
However, instead of an opening promo that leads into the first match. We get an opening singles match, which ends via disqualification, that leads to a tag team main event. We’ve just swapped one over used trope for another! Surely there is another way to start a wrestling show?!
Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose of course win in the main event by the way. As the League of Nations continue to be useless. They’re as much threat as a wet paper bag at this point!
Kalisto Vs Kevin Owens
Kalisto continues his recent trend of beating people he has no right in beating while Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler continue their nothing feud. There’s an awesome spot in this match in which Kevin Owens powebombs Kalisto into Dolph Ziggler who is on commentary. Unfortunately moments later Kalisto wins with a devasting roll up to end the match. Urgh, roll ups.
A feud between Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler is a huge step downs for Owens. I don’t mean any disrespect for Ziggler, I’m a fan and the truth is it shouldn’t be a step down. However Dolph has been booked atrociously since Survivor Series 2014! He shouldn’t really be considered a threat at this point due to his win loss record, but some how still is.
Ryback defeated Erick Rowan, which isn’t really much to get hyped up about as Rowan loses every match he is in. The talking point from this though is that Ryback has finally embraced his Goldberg ways with a new look. Or rather, Goldbergs old look.
When Ryback first appeared on the scene the crowd hilariously chanted ‘Goldberg, Goldberg, Goldberg’ during all of his matches. Which visually annoyed the big guy. Now WWE has gone full circle and seem to be intentionally making them look similar. How long will it be until he starts using the Jackhammer as his finisher I wonder?
Personally I’m not a fan of this. Now I’m no Ryback fan but I can’t see how it will help anyone by dressing him up like Goldberg. It won’t help him get over with the crowd and it won’t help people take him seriously. Let’s be honest, Goldberg looked like a killing machine and proved it in the ring. Ryback, looks kinda goofy.
The only way this works is if it is somehow leading towards a Ryback/Goldberg feud. Which is surely impossible. Even if that did happen though, Goldberg would win that fight. So how would that help Ryback?!
AJ Styles and Chris Jericho
After defeating The Miz, AJ Style was challenged to a rematch on next weeks Smackdown by Chris Jericho. Styles obviously accepted so next week Smackdown will be very interesting. I’ve got three opinions on this.
Firstly, it does feel like a massive waste of such a big match on Smackdown. Surely this rematch would be better suited at say, Fastlane! It seems foolish to give this away on free TV. I suppose they’ve got a lot of air time to fill though.
Secondly however, I am glad that instead of putting this match on Raw, like we’d expect it to be, that they are saving it for Smackdown. It proves to me that WWE are still trying to increase Smackdown’s importance within the company again by putting on this match. Granted it’s only small step forward, but it’s one I love.
Finally and maybe most importantly is the fact that we’ve seen a far more serious Chris Jericho this past week on WWE television. I’ve criticised his awkward return a lot recently, but this is a step in the right direction. Even if we don’t see a heel turn before Wrestlemania, this version of Jericho is at least tolerable to watch.