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SmackDown RunDown Live (5/16/17): Can't Hinder the Jinder


Im'ma snatch you bald! It's another laid back edition of SmackDown RunDown Live and honestly, do you guys even read the intro? I always assume you just skip to the main paragraph so I just sleaze around as I write this part. Let me know if you want better intros or anything, and I'll see if I'd be willing to actually take your suggestions. Anyway, time to get down to it.

Jinder Mahal is drowning in momentum right now

You might as well call this episode “The Jinder Mahal Show” because hot damn, this guy’s being pushed to the freakin’ moon. He kicked off the night by scoring a big win over AJ Styles in a hard-fought opener. This match was the perfect exercise to test whether Jinder can work a match with a main event player and I have to say, he can definitely hang, but can someone fix his damn voice? It’s stupid how they had to amplify his mic just to make him audible. Dude, just speak up! You’re not sick, are you? You’re being showered with all the momentum in the world and this is how you address the people? Damn it, Jinder.


At this point, I still won’t advise giving the world title to Jinder just yet. We have to develop this guy as a bona fide superstar by working other storylines. Giving him the top prize in WWE weeks after giving him a push won’t really help him out in the long run. That’s kinda amazing, don’t you think? Normally, when WWE tries to push someone, they give these folks midcard titles. I personally don’t like Jinder, but I envy this son of a gun. Imagine besting Randy Orton in the majority of your build as rivals. Even if he lost, Jinder can probably stick around in the WWE Championship picture.


Meanwhile, Orton didn’t look like an ultimate loser this week because he got to hit Baron Corbin with an RKO for the win. At least he looked a bit strong before he was fed to the Maharaja. It’s just puzzling how Orton hasn’t hit Jinder with an RKO yet when he had lots of chances in the past few weeks. Man, I guess Orton is getting soft. Is it time for him to turn heel……………..ageyn? Wait, that felt wrong.

Some Blue Brand Vibes and Blues—Live!

Blue: As much as I want to get excited for Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles, the build-up isn’t that exciting. The Kevin Owens Highlight Reel was supposed to be the ultimate cheap shot against Chris Jericho but, I don’t know. I’m just not feeling it. At least let the guy interview a guest or something. This could’ve been a full-fledged segment where he invites the heel guest then he can mock Jericho and Styles a bit more, just to crap on the show’s format. I’m overthinking this one way too much, aren’t I?

Vibe: I’m just the 6-women tag contract signing wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be. It was actually quite fun. Team NBC destroyed the Welcoming Committee in the mic, even referring to Ellsworth as “her”. That’s savagery if I ever see one. Speaking of Ellsworth, he pretty much stole this segment for being an annoying and pathetic idiot. Carmella picking up the roll-up victory over Naomi was a nice touch, solidifying her claim as the contender for Naomi’s Women's Title. I hope this should create friction between the Committee. Heaven knows how I despise this gimmick.

Vibe: More Fashion Files, please! It’s just a fun sight to watch these skits as Fandango and Tyler Breeze just go all out with the goofball and fashion cop-based humor. Creative did a great job making this duo look good for Backlash but what I enjoyed more this week was the passionate and angst-ridden promo from the Usos. I just love their new heel attitude. The paranoia and goosebumps part always turns me off a bit, but still, the Usos are currently golden on the mic right now. This is exactly what I want Roman Reigns to be if ever they turn him heel.

Vibe: Remember when I crapped on Erick Rowan last week for seemingly winning out of nowhere? Turns out they are really planning something for Rowan and I have to say, I really like it. He gave me the creeps in that Talking Smack segment, and dare I say, he was creepier than Bray Wyatt himself. I’m not thrilled to see another slow Rowan vs. Harper match, but I still want to see what’s going to happen with this sheep-following fellow.

Blue: Am I the only one wondering why Rusev didn’t show up this week? He better be at Backlash.

SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: As much as I enjoyed most of this week's matches, this week's episode didn't feel like a go-home show to me. Maybe it's because most of the storylines were pretty much set for weeks and no advancement of any kind was needed, so they just came out and cut promos and stuff, nothing spectacular to write home about. It’s going to be a fun PPV come Monday (Manila time), I just think the build dragged for too long. And you know what, we’ve seen SmackDown Live deliver great go-home shows, no, great episodes in the past. No more cutting of slacks for these guys. I’m setting the bar higher. So for this week, enjoy a B grade from me.

Did you enjoy this week’s SmackDown Live? How do you snatch someone bald? Let us end the age of Jedi at the comments below.

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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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