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SmackDown RunDown Live (12/20/16): Everyone’s Got No Chill


Alright, I did it, you b*tch. I’m the guy who writes these cheesy SmackDown RunDown Live columns. I am a nothing. I hide behind poorly written paragraphs and corny jokes just to hide the fact that I’m uninteresting in real life. Natalya’s cat has more charisma than me. Yeah, b*tch. I scratch my butt off. So yeah, how’s your day? Let’s get started?

The Lone Wolf finally enters the title picture


Well, it’s about damn time. Baron Corbin finally stepped up and claimed his spot at the top of the SmackDown Live food chain. Don’t get me wrong, I want to see AJ Styles and Dolph Ziggler square off, but it won’t be a Wild Card Finals without the wild card, and Baron Corbin should be a nice addition to the title picture. We actually cared to watch a Corbin vs Ziggler match. Remember their pre-show rivalry earlier this year? I sure didn’t. I hope they tweak the storyline a little bit, though. The Ziggler-is-a-loser angle has to be played out at this point. They should work hard in keeping the angle fresh.

It’s safe to assume James Ellsworth is done


…at least with the WWE World Championship. That’s a nice way to cap it off, don’t you think? The idiot who thought he had the champion’s number just got brutalized yet again. Dean Ambrose wasn’t there to help him out, either. It was a quick match, I just thought it would have been better if Styles finished him off with a Styles Clash. But that’s just me. Having him lose after a strike combo emphasized the fact that Ellsworth is a weak jabroni, so yeah, that works for me too. Carmella helping Ellsworth out sure raises some eyebrows, but let’s just savor the moment. Goodbye, Ellsworth, and good riddance.

Damn, Miz, at it again with them reality promos


The Miz should be the Superstar of the Year. We can technically say the guy is a fighting champion since he’s forced to defend his Intercontinental Championship to anyone D-Bry chooses on an almost weekly basis. It’s a weird yet beautiful dynamic, the face GM is ordering the heel wrestler, but that’s a can of worms for another day. This week was Apollo Crews’ turn and while it was nice to see him compete after weeks of absence, The Miz still prevailed, surprisingly without his wife. Mike then became the first man to address the Dean-Renee true-to-life romance in a deliciously dickish manner on live TV. The Miz really knows how to add fuel to the fire, but I just hope they don’t involve Renee Young too much in the Ambrose-Miz rivalry. Don’t overdo it, I say.

Some Blue Brand Vibes and Blues—Live!

Vibe: SmackDown Live’s newest female star had an impressive debut this week as La Luchadora scored a submission win over SmackDown Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss. All kidding aside, this was a fun segment and it proved why Becky Lynch is better off chasing something. She becomes exciting to watch when she pulls off stunts like this week’s purple-headed luchador. More stuff like this, please.

Vibe: Dean Ambrose scored a win over Luke Harper with a la magistral (I just love saying that) and while I have no problem with the entire match, I just can’t help but nitpick. Creative should really try building up Luke Harper. They could’ve just given Harper the cheap win if the goal was to weaken Ambrose up for a Skull-Crushing Finale. Harper gets a victory, the Wyatts can still have their moment, and the Miz puts the cherry on top. Everybody wins, except maybe for Ambrose. That said, this segment is still a Vibe.

Blue: Well, Natalya finally confessed to Nikki about attacking her. The greatest of shockers, I know. At least they made the reveal a little interesting. Natalya was spitting b-words all over the place and she ended her tirade with another John Cena wedding joke. I guess Natalya will take over Carmella’s motivations and that doesn’t really excite me one bit. Do you think they will actually involve Cena in this mess of an angle next week?

Vibe: Mojo Rawley went solo as he soundly defeated Curt Hawkins and it was fine, I guess. Zack Ryder is still injured so we’ll see more of Mojo facing his battles alone. I think the Hype Man should take this opportunity to shine as a singles act because, and I’ve said this quite a lot in my previous columns, he will be a huge star someday.

SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: Another solid episode of SmackDown RunDown this way comes! This week’s show definitely felt fresh, mainly because we got to see new rivalries unfold and new match-ups to explore. Next week’s SmackDown Live is shaping up to be a huge one (albeit the weird title, why is it called Finals again?) and there’s enough reason to get hyped. For now, I’ll have to maintain the Blue Brand’s A grade.

Did you enjoy this week’s SmackDown Live? Did you enjoy Rhyno’s creepy Santa impression? Send me your presents down at the comments.

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Ricky Jay Publico (@HarambeMustLive) 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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