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SmackDown Rundown (10/29/15): No Tricks, Just Halloween Mayhem


The spirit of Halloween invades this week’s edition of SmackDown! Welcome to another edition of SmackDown Rundown. I’m Ricky, your Thursday night frightening commentator. If you don’t mind, let’s get this thriller of a show to begin!


The Home of Tag Team Wrestling: SmackDown!


Any WWE show has tag matches, sure, but SmackDown knows how to make them fun and entertaining. It just feels so right when the Blue Brand features a tag team main event, with this week being no exception. Bray Wyatt opens the show with a challenge to anyone in the locker room to face his little monsters in a 6-man tag match. It was clear from that moment that this will be a Wyatt Family Show.


Who’s ready for some Halloween jitters?


So who were brave enough to face the challenge? Why, Team No Storyline, of course! Dean Ambrose was first to answer the challenge. He spent the whole show looking for two partners. Fortunately, Cesaro was just hanging around and Ryback was pulling weights somewhere in the back. Pretty convenient, right? But together, they make a formidable team.


The main event was just your regular all-hell-breaks-loose kind of SmackDown match we have seen the past few weeks. The Wyatt Trio were still scary strong as they were built to be. We always forget that Luke Harper has the stiffest clothesline in the roster today. Team No Storyline didn’t disappoint either. Man, that Cesaro. Push that guy in the big leagues already. With the help of Father Bray, the Wyatts got the win. This is the Halloween episode after all. The scary guys have to win.


Just look at the boring guy dominate.


Speaking of tag matches, this week featured a chaotic fatal four way tag team match to determine the number one contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championship (say that five times) and it was fun. The Lucha Dragons overcame Team 3D, Ascension/Cosmic Wasteland, two-thirds of the Eurotrash Lads, and the loudmouthed New Day on commentary to get a chance to fight for the gold. I say it’s about damn time. 2016 will be the year of the Lucha Dragons you guys.


I still can't believe that's not Rey Mysterio.
Is Reigns Finally Getting Over?


The second promo of the night came from Roman Reigns, fresh from his victory on RAW. I think Creative now knows how to handle Reigns’ character. He was given enough time to speak, no harm done. He even stood his ground with Kevin Owens, who came out to spoil Reigns’ fun. The match that followed was also good. It was a very physical brawl that ended with Owens walking out like always. It made sense to end it that way to keep them looking strong. I hope they continue to improve on Reigns’ character since they are setting him up to take Cena’s top babyface slot, while giving Owens more time to wrestle before walking out made him a more credible coward. Everybody wins, right?


Is it me or does Reigns talk a little bit like Snoop Dogg? Kevin Owens will probably agree.

Prince Pretty Continues to Haunt the Show-Off


Dolph Ziggler faced Le Miz in the gimmick match of the night, a Trick or Treat Street Fight. First off, welcome back, Miz! I almost forgot you wrestled for a living. Anyway, this match could’ve been that one match where the guy hits the other guy with a holiday ornament (see Orton vs Otunga from 2011), but this one escalated quickly into an aggressive attack on Ziggler’s knee. Ziggy still got the pin though, but he wasn’t safe from Tyler Breeze’s post-match beat down. This rivalry is heating up and I hope to see this one culminate in an awesome one-on-one match at Survivor Series.


It must be hard getting beaten up by your doppelganger.


The Boss and a Mex-American Made Their Presence Known


Since Paige will be feuding with the Divas champ Charlotte soon, they had to close things up between her and Natalya. I didn’t expect this would result in a Sasha Banks interference, but hey, the Boss is on SmackDown, so no complaints here. I guess they are setting up a rivalry between Banks and Natty. Does this mean Natalya will be getting her own entourage, too?


I was wondering when Beth Phoenix would come out and save her bestie…


Also, the United Sta…I mean, the Mex-American champion Alberto del Rio graced the SmackDown ring by doing quick work on R-Truth. I really don’t dig this new angle ADR is in. If the WWE is planning to make El Patron the Mexican hero they have been craving for, why are they packaging him as a heel with a former racist for a manager? I really hope they don’t screw up ADR’s second coming. I don’t want to see him as a Mexican Jack Swagger.


So no more US Open Challenges then? Okay.


SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: Holiday episodes usually rely on cheap jokes and childish gimmicks to get over. There are still some in this one, but this episode focused more on delivering a solid wrestling show. SmackDown is in a roll and I believe they are setting a new kind of standard for the next episodes to come. This Halloween special deserves a spooky A.


Express Thoughts:


  • I need me some dose of the Stardust Section.
  • Don’t ever scare Mark Henry. Just don’t you guys.
  • Cesaro is the new face of the crossface. I love it.


Did you enjoy this week’s SmackDown? Did Boo Dallas scare the living lights out of you? Where is the Stardust Section? Let me know in the comments below.

Photos from WWE.com

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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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