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SmackDown Rundown (10/1/15): When I See You Smile

Get ready for a huge rundown on Smark Henry! Welcome to SmackDown Rundown, where we review and critique WWE’s famous Blue Brand. I’m your host, Ricky Jay Publico, and I’ll be the voice of reason on Thursday nights.

As a heads up, this column will be filled with opinions, insights, jokes, some innuendos here and there, funny monikers, and lots of wrestling craziness. So let’s cut the chit-chat and get this show on the road!

Another Tag Team Main Event, But I Ain’t Complainin’

Having a tag team main event where they cram rivalries into two teams has been a SmackDown tradition, and over the years they have been average at best. But any tag team match involving the New Day and Team 3D is bound to be a fun one.

WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth “He’s The Man” Rollins teamed up with the fabulous twerkers (and Tag Team Champions) the New Day to face the table enthusiasts in Team 3D and the Demon Kane, with Corporate Kane obligated to be at ringside. When it was announced at the beginning of the show by suit and tie Kane, it made my right eyebrow raise. But I gave them the benefit of the doubt that they’ll add some twist to this stipulation.

The main event came, and it was alright. The match itself was fun and entertaining. The New Day introduced Bubba Ray Dudley to Stomp City, with Seth providing some stomps of his own. Seth continued to taunt Kane at ringside, but when Kane got in the way of Seth’s suicide dive, I immediately knew they’d pull a scene from last week’s RAW.

Seth tried to make them return the injured demon, but Kane gave him an evil smile. I was almost disappointed that they did a repeat, but that smile was too funny not to be replicated. Demon Kane then came out and wreaked havoc in the ring. The carnage Demon Kane left in the end was the icing on top of this week’s SmackDown cake. Who the hell said Kane is getting old and slow?

Sasha Banks Is Ready for Takeover: Respect

Here’s another surprising phrase: a fun Divas tag team match! Team B.A.D. faced Team Bella in a 6-woman tag match. I guess the revolution of diva triads is still going on, but who cares when Sasha Banks is on SmackDown? The match opened with a somewhat unnecessary promo, but once the match started, everyone just wanted to see one woman.

They went on to deliver a fun Divas tag match, with fun spots all over and actual action taking place. The Boss set the place on fire once she was tagged in, and she ended the match with a Bank Statement to Lady Cena. TakeOver: Respect is gonna be fun, you guys.

Owens Threw Another Match Away

Canada’s own Kevin Owens in action got me excited. When I saw the marquee, as much as I dislike this rivalry, I was still excited to see Owens in action. But I had this feeling that since this is SmackDown and Owens’ prizefighter gimmick has had a crappy run, this match would end in a DQ or a screwy finish. And boy, was I right. The guy with too many armbands called Ryback faced Owens in a physical match that was warming up to be a good match.

Both men got equally good offenses in and Owens’ trash talking makes it a fun match to watch, until both men clotheslined each other outside the ring. Ryback got back in the ring in time, but Owens decided to just walk away. I know Steen is good. No one is questioning that. But I don’t understand why he has to be that kind of a heel. If there is someone who can make the IC title mean something, it’s Kevin Owens. This better be part of his plan.

Reigns Stared Down The Eater of Worlds

This should’ve been the focus of this rivalry all along. Last week on RAW, the crazy fan magnet, Roman Reigns, brawled it out with the family man, Bray Wyatt, and it was awesome. Those kinds of matches and this week’s kind of promos should’ve been the vehicles for this rivalry to move forward. I didn’t understand why Dean Ambrose and Randy Orton were involved. They even caught Chris Jericho in this mix-up.

This week’s promo was effective enough. Bray Wyatt came with his family to the ring and cut an okay promo, I would’ve been fine if he just came out and stared at everyone. Reigns then came out and stepped into the ring to look Wyatt in the eyes and declare his intentions to finish this inside Hell in a Cell. That’s the Reigns that I want. Less words, more awesomeness.

2015: The Year of Freebirds

I may sound like a conspiracy theorist, but is WWE developing stables of freebirds? This year, the New Day raised to prominence and made the Freebird rule mainstream. Are they trying to make more freebirds? Is this what the Diva revolution is all about? I’m excited, really.

Anyway, this week featured two soon-to-be announced triads as Khaleesi Neville and his Lucha Dragons faced the team of Cody Stardust and the Road Warrio…err…Ascension in a 6-man-tag match. No awesome spots this week, but it was still a decent offering. These kinds of tag team matches get a SmackDown stamp of approval because of its exciting and fast-paced action. Rey Myster…I mean…Kalisto connected with a Salida del Sol to grab the victory.

More dragons, please.

SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: Overall, this was a good episode of SmackDown. I think they’re trying to bring back that fun SmackDown vibe they had back in the mid-2000's. If they continue featuring fun tag matches and actually using the show to advance storylines, I’m sure they’ll be able to make SmackDown great again.

Express Thoughts:

  • Can we please have the good old Booker T back on commentary? I hate hearing this version of Book. He sounds sober and bored. Give me some of them shucky-ducky-quack-quacks.
  • Charlotte is still the champion, right? Just checkin’.
  • Is the New Day the most entertaining act in WWE today? EYUP!
  • Brie is using Bryan’s moveset. That’s cute.
  • I’m still waiting for a Kofi Kingston vs Miley Cyrus twerk-off.
  • Bray Wyatt still has the best entrance in WWE today.

Did I do well with my debut review? What did you think of this week’s Smackdown? Where is Dean Ambrose? Let us know in the comments below. I’ll see you guys next week.


Ricky Jay Publico is a wrestling fan who enjoys watching high flyers and brawlers battle it out in the ring. A known Botchamania binge-watcher, he claims to have memorized the chronological order of Royal Rumble winners, but fails to remember who won in 2004. He writes stories about life and nonsense.

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