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SmackDown RunDown (11/26/15): We Can Work Things Out

Welcome to SmackDown Rundown! I’m baaaack! In case you’ve already forgotten, I’m Ricky, your resident Thursday night reviewer. We’re back this week after a horrendous Survivor Series. They actually managed to screw up one of my personal favorite PPVs ever, but hey, it’s not like they have never done it before. How will this affect the Blue Brand? Let’s find out!

Ambrose is Back in the IC Hunt
Some of us expected Dean Ambrose to turn heel by the end of Survivor Series. I’m one of those who were glad Ambrose stayed who he is. Give him something to chase and he’ll entertain the hell out of ya. The Intercontinental Championship is a good bone to chase and Kevin Owens is a perfect rival for the exciting lunatic. He got that chance by defeating Dolph Ziggler and Tyler Breeze in this week’s triple threat main event. This is the kind of main event that we need right now. It’s been a down week for the WWE. Have your three most exciting wrestlers in one ring and let them tear each other apart. This is the match of the night, and I hope SmackDown continues to provide entertaining final segments and matches.

Match Rating: 8 out of 10. Sorry Breeze, not tonight.

Another classic rivalry is upon us.
The New Day Thanksgiving Show
WWE fans, fear not. We still have the New Day.
The New Day party kicked off with a ad. I found it interesting. Usually, these roles go to the likes of John Cena and DX. Next was the first-ever New Day Thanksgiving potluck dinner. I have mixed emotions about this one. I like it because it’s simple and silly. Slater’s band-aid salad, Adam Rose killing off the Bunny, and The Ascension not getting the concept of a potluck, all hit the right notes. What I didn’t like was Team BAD just being there, especially Sasha Banks. This woman wrestled her heart out in a historic match months ago, and now she’s random background girl #1. I don’t care if Creative has nothing for her. She deserves better. Why not make her feud with Becky Lynch? Just sayin’.

The obligatory tag team match of the night was also fun to watch. New Day and their turkey mascot faced the Lucha Dragons in a bout that put the faces over because, hey, it’s Thanksgiving. The Usos pulled a fast one on the New Day by infiltrating the turkey mascot, aiding the Dragons to get the pinfall. Triple tag match at TLC, make it happen.

Match Rating: 7 out of 10. Cool twist. I almost thought they were breaking up the New Day.

Remember when Kalisto defeated Ryback to enter the quarterfinals? #Kalisto2016
The Feud that No One Asked For

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever want a Roman-Sheamus feud. But, hey, we’re getting it anyway, might as well give it a chance. Roman and Sheamus opened the show with a decent exchange of words. I’m not sure if my laptop is broken or something, but did they amplify the crowd’s cheers and boos during this segment? Are the people really reacting that hard? This segment was decent at best. I’m surprised Sheamus could handle a lengthy monologue, but still. No canned cheers, please. Thank you.

Ladies and gentlemen, your new declamation champion!
Jack is Getting Back His Swagger

It looks like WWE is giving Jack Swagger’s career one more revitalizing try. The All-American2 faced the Mex-American champion Alberto del Rio in an okay match that ended surprisingly with a disqualification and a couple of chair shots. Jack Swagger may be the first serious challenger for Alberto McBerty’s star-spangled title. Now all we need is to strip ADR of his stupid gimmick and this might actually be a more compelling rivalry—a former protégé going up against the new client.

Match Rating: 7 out of 10. #SwaggerNewChamp

This is an internet meme waiting to happen.
Welcome to Nothingville! Population: Wyatts

So where does a man go after getting his ass kicked by the Undertaker for the second time? Straight back to Limbo, of course. The family now seems to be targeting the poor Dudleyz for no apparent reason. I guess that’s better than doing nothing at all. The Undertaker-Wyatt rivalry was a huge mess, and the Wyatts will be the ones struggling to put the pieces back together. It’s hard to take them seriously now. I wouldn’t even bother mentioning them if not for their tag team match tonight against the table enthusiasts. The black and white sheep made quick work on the half-brothers in this week’s filler match. I actually prefer a Ryback squash match and that’s coming from me. The guy has too many arm bands. What’s up with that? And when he snarls he’s just...urgh. Anyway, the point is, Wyatts—not cool anymore.

Match Rating: 4 out of 10. Search for bigger worlds to eat.

Yeah, yeah, we get it. Eater of worlds, ha-ha.
Paige Stole One from Becky Lynch

This week was not the best time to be Becky Lynch. After wrestling for a measly four minutes in a losing effort last Monday on RAW, Charlotte’s BFF lost again—this time to her former PCB teammate, Paige. At least this match was given more time to develop a story of two former sisters now looking to one up each other. I almost thought we’ll be moving on to the next contender, but I guess Charlotte vs Paige II is fine, too.

Match rating: 6 out of 10. You better be pushing Becky next year.

"This is my house!" sounds like a good house greeting.
SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: I am one of those wrestling fans who lost a little faith in the company after last Sunday’s head-scratching finish. Sure, we have a star-studded injured list and a certain top star on vacation leave, but this week’s episode proved that we still have some stars to watch out for. So hang in there, we’ve seen worse. I’ll give this one a C for effort.

Express Thoughts:
  •  Remember when Kalisto defeated Ryback to get to the quarter finals? #Kalisto2016
  •  I don’t know about you guys, but Dirty Deeds is starting to grow on me. Who knew?
  •  We need more face Divas to balance things out.
What did you think of this week’s SmackDown? Are you missing Cesaro already? And where the hell is the Stardust Section? Air out your complaints on the comments below.

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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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