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SmackDown RunDown (4/28/16): One vs Bullet Club


SAAAWWWFFTTT! It’s time for another weekly edition of SmackDown RunDown! With you as always is your homeboy Ricky and this week, we saw the final attempts of WWE to make us care about the upcoming Payback pay-per-view. Were they enough, though? Let’s find out.

The Guy Dodged a Hollywood Bullet



Our favorite guy Roman Reigns opened the show this week to call out AJ Styles, but The Miz answered the call and told the world champ he was right about Styles all along and introduced Maryse to the guy. We have to hand it to The Miz. He has been a consistent heel character for weeks now. Having his wife beside him really brought out the best in him. Anyway, The Miz was sent packing by a right hand from Reigns and the main event was set: a champion vs champion match.




AJ Styles was at ringside during the main event as The Miz held himself up with Reigns in a decent match. Roman Reigns speared Mike in half to get the victory. Things quickly descended into chaos as Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows came down to the ring and beat Reigns up with Styles looking on. The Usos came to even the odds but ended up getting Styles into the brawl. The whole thing looked like a 6-man tag match. In the end, Roman Reigns escaped from the Styles Clash and was able to fend off AJ Styles and the Bullet Club to close the show.



I predict that Payback will be an important show because of one thing: the debut of the Bullet Club. Having AJ Styles win the title and declare himself the leader of the Bullet Club is a welcome scenario, but it will also be interesting to see if Finn Balor debuts on Payback and wreck havoc on the main event with the Balor Club. Either scenario is ideal for me. I just hope no one at Creative will try to screw this one up somehow.



Some Blue Brand Blues


  • The funniest segment of the night was the disbanding of the League of Nations. Earlier that night, the foreign trio challenged any three guys to face them in a 6-man tag match. Cesaro, Sami Zayn, and #Kalisto2016 answered the call. During the match, the League of Nations slowly got into arguments until all of them walked out one by one, ending the match via count-out. The fall of the League was made official by a backstage segment that you usually see in kid’s playgrounds. It’s a shame they disbanded though, I thought their Wrestlemania Star victory would send this band of foreigners to the moon. What a wasted victory. *cough* Undertaker *cough* Zack Ryder *cough*


  • Ambrose Asylum made a return this week to host the final altercation between the Women’s Champion Charlotte and the number one contender Natalya. Before the segment started, Ambrose came out to air out his plans to defeat Chris Jericho and yadda, yadda, yadda. The women then came out to trade verbal blows that included a classic Naitch response from the man himself. In an interesting note, this segment didn’t end in violence. Still don’t care though.


  • The New Day made their glorious return to Thursday Nights and wasted no time taking over commentary this week during the Enzo & Cass vs Social Outcasts match. The realest guys in the ring did quick work to the team of Axe-man and Bo Dallas. I think it’s safe to say Enzo and Cass will win the Booty O’s Tag Team Tournament finals. Without the Vaudevillains getting in the way, we can finally get the entertaining, smash-mouth, tag team rivalry we’ve been craving for weeks.


  • Baron Corbin DOMINATED Damien Sandow this week. Sandow did literally nothing to fight back. Literally. Good for Corbin, his monster streak continues, but man, it sucks to see Sandow treated this way. Just release the guy already.


  • Titus O’Neil made his return this week to renew his rivalry against Cody Stardust. The match went as you would expect, although Titus was more agile today. He upgraded his finisher into a spinning powerbo...wait, I’m sorry, that’s Apollo Crews. Yup, sorry about that. It was Apollo Crews. Titus, still gone. Sorry, folks. Honest mistake.


  • The Golden Truth story just became a love quadrangle with the addition of T-Breeze. I didn’t even see this one coming. Well I guess one thing I got from this segment was T-Breeze can work as a face. Let’s see how Creative can stretch this story some more.


SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: The go-home show for Payback felt a little short. Except from the interesting main event situation, no major rivalry progressed this week. No final confrontation between blood rivals Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. The video is cute but it's two months too late. No final confrontation between Ambrose and Jericho, either. Don’t get me wrong, the matches come Payback will definitely tear the house down, but I wish Creative bothered to add more effort in building all storylines. I’ll have to give this episode another firm B.

Did you enjoy this week’s SmackDown? If Dolph Ziggler is The Show-Off, is Kalisto the Kick-Off? React to my terrible puns at 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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