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SmackDown RunDown (5/14/16): AWESOME!


You wanna be crazy? Welcome back to another edition of SmackDown RunDown! I’m your sporadic Thursday night reviewer Ricky reporting for duty. What about this elections, huh? While the national polls are heating up, things are also heating up in the WWE. Did SmackDown catch the heat, though? Let’s get this thing started.

The Miz is Ready for Extreme Rules

This week’s episode pitted the ball of energy named Cesaro and lovable underdog Sami Zayn against Hollywood Miz and Kevin Owens in the obligatory SmackDown main event. The match was fun from start to finish. Everyone got a chance to shine but KO Mania’s scary five-star frog splash packed the match to a close. Seeing Owens fly always scares me, not for him, but for the guy receiving his landing. Owens gets the pinfall for his team but in the end, The Miz stood tall over his Extreme Rules opponents by blindsiding his partner with a Skull Crushing Finale. Hey, I miss that move. The match was fun, it is what it is.


The interesting part of this is that they gave The Miz the chance to close out the show. You never see Miz standing tall that often. Mike is unstoppable right now. I won’t argue if he kept his IC title at Extreme Rules because it’s clearly working for him. On the other hand, I won’t mind if Cesaro wins either. I’m still a bit bitter Owens and Zayn didn’t have the bloodbath of a rivalry, but I’m still hoping these two men will continue where they left off. Come Extreme Rules, these four men will tear the house down. I can’t wait.



Some Blue Brand Blues

  • Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson continue their dominating streak as they once again eviscerated the Usos in a tag team match that ended in DQ. I don’t know about you guys, but The Usos look really weak to me. It’s like easy prey for the twin towers of “The Club”. Speaking of which, what’s up with “The Club”? I know it’s unofficial and they’re basically reserving it for Finn Balor’s arrival, but still, a cool name won’t hurt a bit. How about the AJ Club? Or not calling them anything for the meantime?

  • Chris Jericho and Dean Ambrose’s fun game of ‘an eye for an eye’ continues as Jericho befittingly placed Ambrose in a straightjacket and hit him with two devastating Codebreakers for good measure. This now places Jericho in the lead. I wonder how Ambrose will top this one next week? By the way, Jericho’s jacket looks good on Ambrose. Dean should start wearing a jacket...a straightjacket. Holy shit that would look cool.

  • The New Day are stuck in a losing streak as Kofi Kingston ate another loss from Aiden English, one-half of the Vaudevillains by day, crappy Sheamus impersonator by night. Tough week for our favorite unicorns, which is weird. The New Day has to look strong come Extreme Rules. It will be stupid to see two guys dominate three very capable guys in a wrestling storyline. If the New Day can handle four main event-calibre guys, looking strong against the Vaudevillains shouldn’t be this hard.

  • Rusev is the first man from the now-defunct League of Nations to actually move forward and continue his solo career. Now back in the arms of Lana, Rusev is looking to return to his Bulgarian Brute roots by gunning for the United States Championship. I say let him have it. Kalisto as the champ clearly isn’t working. I want the monster Rusev back on my TV screen. Oh, and Rusev broke Sin Cara in half this week. Almost forgot about that.

  • Emma’s bestie Dana Brooke made her SmackDown debut against the Lasskicker Becky Lynch. I won’t call it impressive, but it’s definitely a good start for the blondes. With Team BAD on the shelf, it’s time we add to the depth of the women’s division by bringing up more NXT talents. I wonder when they will send Bayley to the main roster?

  • It’s been a long time coming. Forget Golden Truth, we should be cheering for the Ballroom Brawlers. Fandango and Tyler Breeze make a good team and I can’t wait to see them in the tag team division. Maybe this will save both men from the dreaded spring cleaning.

SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: All in all, this show was just the typical B-show we’ve seen the SmackDown team churn out from last year. The main event was fun and the Club’s dominance is something to look forward, but other than that nothing special actually happened. Just when I thought the Blue Brand’s getting better at this. We’ll just have to see next week if SmackDown can step their game up before Extreme Rules. I’ll have to give this episode a weak C.

Did you enjoy this week’s SmackDown? Are you still wondering how Sin Cara breathe? Let me know down the comments.
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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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