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SmackDown RunDown Live (11/29/16): Phenomenal Justice


What’s your excuse? Fresh off from the short holiday is another edition of SmackDown RunDown Live! Are you ready to read another set of rants and tirades? Well, let’s get down to it!

AJ Styles finally sends James Ellsworth away for good (hopefully)

WWE World Champion AJ Styles finally got his hands on James Ellsworth and it was amazing. The Phenomenal One didn’t hold back and I loved every minute of it. The promo before the beatdown wasn’t really necessary for my taste. It would’ve been better if Styles just took out Ambrose and brutalized Ellsworth, but hey, that’s just nitpicking. I’m happy with what happened this week. As much as I hate Ellsworth, I can’t help but worry if he’s actually alright. Ellsworth did sell the Styles Clash right this time but man, it’s still a brutal sight.


Hopefully, T.L.C. will be the final chapter in the Styles-Ambrose saga. They did a great job adding Ellsworth to cement both men’s characters. Somehow, Creative still screwed up by reverting Ambrose back to the asshole he was when he was still champion and building up Styles as the chump. Sure, both men can wrestle their hearts out, but wouldn’t it be better if you’re cheering for the good guy? Come T.L.C., I’ll cheer for Styles, not because I’m being an asshole or I’m a big AJ Styles fan, but because in the current story, he was the victim. SmackDown Live needs a top face and if they’re not planning a double turn on T.L.C., they better not make Ambrose the flag-bearer of protagonists.

Some Blue Brand Vibes and Blues—Live!

Vibe: This week’s Talking Smack was just fun to watch. It had everything: a loudmouth for a host, fiery promos from the guests, and a confused Renee Young. What’s not to love? Dolph Ziggler and The Miz had another excellent exchange. I just wish they carried this animosity over to the show itself. I want both men to destroy each other. AJ Styles and The Miz ganging up on D-Bry was also fun to watch. Mike Mizanin should definitely host every now and then.

Vibe: The Orton/Wyatt Family closed the show with an exciting tag team match against the American Alpha. I kinda feel bad for the Alphas because they were inches away from getting a shot at the SmackDown Tag Championships again, but I think the Wyatts gunning for gold is a stronger headline. I have a good feeling 2017 will be the year of Wyatt. He’s my pick for next year’s Rumble. Should we start nominating Royal Rumble winners now?

Vibe: SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch and Alexa Bliss opened the show with a contract signing segment (deja vu?) and it was pretty standard stuff until the eventual beatdown. I understand Alexa has to get the upper hand, but I actually wanted to see a top rope Bex-plex through the table. They better do that at T.L.C. or the Tables Match will make no sense… at least for me. Still, a fun way to open the show.

Blue: There was another tag match this week but I didn’t really bother. I know I should care since Dolph Ziggler and The Miz were there, but I just wish they just had another promo to hype up their ladder match at T.L.C. Meanwhile, Baron Corbin hit Kalisto with one chair shot. Just one. Corbin is apparently a generous god. You know, like the meme.

Vibe: Whoever wrote Carmella’s script this week has no chill whatsoever. She played the crowd with the greatest of ease and didn’t hold back with her vicious tirade straight out from an Epic Rap Battles of History video. Just don’t let her feud with Charlotte Flair in the future. Who knows what Carmella’s gonna say.

Blue: Why did Luke Harper lose to Kane? They’ve been treating Harper like the third wheel instead of a formidable family member, now he’s lower than a third wheel—he’s now the weakest link. They better not run with a story where Harper gets jealous of Orton and they soon battle it out for Bray’s affection. That’s some shitty storyline right there. Bottomline: spend some time building up the Family’s third man a little bit more. Building tension from within won’t help them at the moment.

SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: I’ll consider this week’s episode as an apology for last week’s head-scratching episode. SmackDown Live finally got their shit together and returned to crafting stories that make sense. The Blue Brand better keep their quality up because RAW is definitely kicking it up a notch on Monday nights. For now, I’ll reinstate SmackDown Live back to a respectable B.

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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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