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SmackDown RunDown (6/23/16): Man vs Underdog


Run! It’s another sarcastic edition of SmackDown RunDown and this week, the Man and the Underground Underdog squared off at the first-ever Seth Rollins open challenge. Oh, by the way, Dean is the WWE Champion now. Just in case you still don’t know. How is the WWE shaping up under the rule of the Lunatic? Let’s find out.

Sami Zayn Steps Up to Seth Rollins

Seth Rollins opened this week’s SmackDown with an open challenge for anyone in the locker room to step up and face him in the main event. The guy who took him for his word? Sami Zayn.



It only took a matter of minutes to turn this segment into an impromptu Ambrose Asylum as the newly-crowned champion Dean Ambrose interrupted the two. Dean Ambrose looks so at home with his new gold. The title fits him well and hopefully, he will have a more impactful reign compared to his former Shield buddies. A lengthy Ambrose title reign won’t be the worst idea ever, don’t you think?



The main event came and boy, did sparks fly as the one and only Crossfit Kneesus faced the guy who looks like El Generico in an excellent match. Of course, Rollins had to go over and take the W, but still, the match was short and sweet. I enjoyed Seth’s improved version of the Pedigree, adding an out-of-nowhere element to a finisher that is all about the setup. Sami Zayn didn’t really look like a loser either. It was a fun match to close the show. After the match, Rollins and Ambrose got to brawl a little with Ambrose standing tall and Rollins backing away. I think they should just make the Battleground main event a one-on-one match between the two, no? Since Reigns will be out for the chunk of the build-up, let’s save the triple threat for SummerSlam. Just sayin’.



Some Blue Brand Blues

  • AJ Styles defeated Jimmy Uso this week via shenanigans followed by a Phenomenal Forearm. The match itself was fine, although I can’t help but nitpick. Are you trying to tell me Styles can beat out a raging Woods (hehe) by himself but he needs the aid of the Club to defeat one of the Usos? I think beating up midcarders on his own and then using shenanigans to defeat Cena himself projects a better, more coherent image of AJ Styles’ psyche. Again, just sayin’.


  • Cesaro vs Alberto del Rio was the first match of the night and it was awesome. How can you not enjoy two of the best wrestlers in the world battle it out in the name of one-upmanship? The final sequence of this match-up was the ultimate testament: these guys may not be the best talkers, but they do the talking inside the ring. I’m excited how this rivalry will develop. A simple storyline will do for this one. I can’t wait.


  • The New Day quickly took out The Vaudevillains in a tag team match. After the match, Bray and the Straightbeard Society appeared on the titantron and signaled the fall of New Day. This rivalry intrigues me, especially the trembling Woods (hehehe). I do hope this doesn’t lead to Xavier being recruited by the Wyatts. I hope Creative isn’t as stupid as my previous statement.


  • Sheamus vs Apollo Crews was another good match this week. I usually don’t enjoy big men battling it out, but both men were agile enough to quicken the pace a little. Good job on Sheamus dominating the rookie. Finally, Apollo Crews is in a relevant program with someone as credible as the Celtic Warrior. Good for him.


  • Sasha Banks is back! Hooray! And she’s after the Women’s Championship! Hooray! Finally, a refreshing scene in the women’s division. Banks made the save for Becky, who just lost to Dana Brooke via rollup. Man, Becky can’t catch a break. I can’t remember the last time she looked strong. It wouldn’t hurt her sympathetic gimmick to give her a victory once in a while. Hopefully, her rivalry with the blonde bun Natalya will give her the spotlight she deserves. Anyway, the Boss is back! Woooo!


  • What the fuck is David Otunga doing on commentary? No one in Creative knows Corey Graves’ number? You can’t get Booker T? I’ll have my shucky ducky quack quacks over Otunga’s boring delivery of his script any day. I really hope they will look harder for a suitable replacement for Lawler.

SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: Overall, this was actually a good offering from the Blue Brand. The matches were good and the promos were spot on. Even the Darren Young segment was more coherent than the previous ones. SmackDown is preparing itself to match RAW and this episode is the showcase of the Blue Brand’s potential. I’ll have to award this episode a well-deserved A.

Did you enjoy this week’s SmackDown? Are you enjoying Dean Ambrose’s world title reign so far? Don’t be shy and leave your comments below. I will read all of them, I promise.


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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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