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SmackDown RunDown (2/11/16): A Phenomenal Rematch

Tonight, we are trending, baby! Welcome to another grateful edition of SmackDown RunDown! Here as always is your Thursday night man of the hour Ricky and this week, we are in for an awesome treat: a huge rematch between two of the best wrestlers who have ever step foot in a WWE ring. Was AJ vs Y2J 2 as epic as we thought? Let’s get down to it.

This Year’s Best SmackDown Main Event Yet

We may have lost a great wrestler in Daniel Bryan, but this week on SmackDown, we got a reminder that we still have some bright stars to watch out for.” The Phenomenal” AJ Styles faced “the Ayatollah of Rock ‘N Rollah” Chris Jericho in the much-anticipated rematch of a rivalry we didn’t even know we want; but we got it anyway and we love every bit of it.

We almost got a taste of the rematch at the start of the show, but thank heavens for the Social Outcasts’ interference. As a result, the show opened with a tag team match between the odd team of Styles and Jericho against the Housecats.

The match was understandably short but it wasn’t dull either. Both men kept one-upping the other until Styles got the pin via a springboard elbow. After the match, Jericho sent Styles a message in the form of a nasty Codebreaker. That was an awesome tease. 

Match Rating: 7/10. Appetizer for the main course.

Then came the main event. Rarely do we get a main event this good. Plus, it didn’t involve a DQ or any screwy finish. It was a straight-up, action-packed wrestling match that didn’t disappoint one bit. Both men brought out most of their best moves, with the submission showdown being my favorite.

I almost thought Jericho would tap out from Style’s Calf Crusher. I’m glad they went with the more logical conclusion. Jericho got the pin after hitting a hard Codebreaker, sending the show full circle.

With each having owned a victory, it’s interesting to see who will get the upper hand on the scoreboard at Fastlane. Maybe the third encounter will be at Wrestlemania Star. That sounds good, too.

Match Rating: 9/10. Match of the night, main event of the year (so far).

Score one for Jericho!

Express Thoughts:

  • The Beyoncé of the Divas Division, Sasha Banks, made her former Team BAD teammate Naomi tap out this week with Becky Lynch at commentary. This alliance of Sasha and Becky is an interesting segue to a triple threat match for Charlotte’s Divas title. Are you ready for probably the best women’s wrestling match in Wrestlemania history since Trish Stratus vs Mickie James 10 years ago?
  • Khaleesi Neville reunited with his Lucha Dragons to renew their rivalry against Cody Stardust and the Cosmic Wasteland. It also gave way to the return of the comic-themed match. See, if Cody really wants to make the Stardust character work, he should really work around the comic book villain gimmick because he would really stand out. Stardust looks like an awesome comic book villain, and now all he needs is a formidable protagonist. A hooded archer, perhaps?

  • The newly-turned heel Dudleys denounced tables this week. The way they used Daniel Bryan’s retirement to garner more heat seemed desperate, though. Now that they don’t want the tables, will they start using chairs now? Kendo sticks, maybe? I’m not really sure where this heel turn will go, but I’ll give this table-free Dudleys the benefit of the doubt.

  • Oh, the Wyatts were there, too. They delivered a promo about their capability to take down any monster in the roster. I don’t know about you guys, but their speeches aren’t that compelling anymore. I think they are better off letting their actions speak louder than their words. But hey, I still want to see Bray vs Brock. Don’t get me wrong.

SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: Overall, this week’s episode of SmackDown felt special. The rest of the show was okay, especially the Divas match, but the focus of this episode was clearly set on two great men. It’s cool to know that they are giving more importance to the Blue Brand by actually trusting them to have a solid main event with big names on the marquee. And next week, Brock Lesnar will appear on SmackDown! How awesome is that? I’ll give this episode a B.

Did you enjoy this week’s SmackDown? Were you glad Jericho won this week? Where is Tyler Breeze? Let me know down 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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