Making up for a rather disappointing Raw, Smackdown was solid this week. We saw some good matches, and an amazing segment.
WWE needs to get focused though, as we only have one more week of programming before Elimination Chamber. They need to put in an effort to set up more matches for the card.
Until then, I give you my five takeaways from Smackdown this week.
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5. Nakamura/Rusev is An Intriguing Team
I mentioned this last week, but the combination of former U.S. champions, Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura make up an interesting duo. Both are solid in-ring performers with nothing else to do, and could be a nice addition to the tag team division.
The pair defeated The Good Brothers in a solid match. There’s a fair chance that WWE completely wastes them as a tandem, but I’m staying optimistic for the two… for now.
4. Naomi and Carmella Should Be the Final Elimination Chamber Team
Another statement I made a while back, and I’ll give myself a pat on the back for this one. Despite losing a triple threat tag match against Absolution and the Iiconics, Naomi and Carmella looked natural as a team.
I suppose this was never really a “bold” prediction, seeing as how Smackdown only had so many women’s tag teams on the roster. Nevertheless, they will likely be the sixth and final tag team to enter the Elimination Chamber match.
3. The Man Plays The Game
Becky Lynch interrupted Charlotte, who was getting under the skin of most fans in the crowd by saying she was going to replace Lynch at Wrestlemania. Entering through the audience, Lynch went head to head, with Flair, as chaos threatened to break out at any minute.
Triple H then entered to settle things down. He scolded the both of them, and made Charlotte leave the ring. After trying again to get Lynch to see a doctor, the Lass Kicker mocked Triple H with “how’s Stephanie doing?”.
The Game snapped, saying that she is secretly afraid that she would be medically cleared, and is fearful of getting beat by Ronda Rousey. Of course this didn’t sit well with Lynch, as she slapped Triple H across the face and left back through the crowd.
I love this, as it further establishes Becky as the rebel who doesn’t care what anyone thinks. I said this yesterday, but she truly has become the female Stone Cold Steve Austin.
2. Randy Orton vs Mustafa Ali Was Great
In an excellent match with some great spots, Randy Orton picked up a win over one of his future Elimination Chamber opponents, Mustafa Ali. The action was intense, and Ali suffered some great bumps, before Orton put him away with a nice RKO.
After the match, Samoa Joe came out to send a message, as he choked out The Viper with the Coquina Clutch. Joe then vowed to win the WWE title inside the chamber.
A great match followed by an excellent attack and promo, I can find no fault with any of this. I’m very excited for the WWE title match in the chamber.
1. AJ Styles Stands Tall
A good main event saw Jeff Hardy defeat Daniel Bryan by disqualification, when Eric Rowan attacked Hardy following a Swanton Bomb on the WWE champion.
After the match, Mustafa Ali, Randy Orton, and Samoa Joe entered as a huge brawl broke out. AJ Styles then came out and took control, as he finished the show by hitting Hardy with the Phenomenal Forearm. He stared down Bryan as the show came to a close.
Much like the previous point, this match and segment just makes me more pumped for the big six man title match. WWE is doing their job (for Smackdown) when it comes to building anticipation, and I love it.
Those were my takeaways from Smackdown. Are you enjoying the Becky Lynch story? Are you as excited as I am for the WWE title match? Let me know what you think in the comment section. As always, thank you for reading!