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SmackDown RunDown Live (10/10/17): Why, Sami, Why?!


Hey, I like Fashion Files too! It’s your boy #NitPickRick and after a hellacious PPV, SmackDown Live looks to keep the momentum going. But let’s face it, we all just want to know if Sami Zayn really turned heel, right? This week’s episode did a great job piecing everything together, so let’s get down to it.


Sami Zayn is SmackDown Live’s newest villain


The headline above is not deceiving you. Sami Zayn has indeed turned heel and in a very elaborate promo, he expressed his frustrations that sounded too close to home. My initial reaction: I freakin’ loved it! Sami is such a passionate talker and his promo this week was no exception. Whether you agree with this move or not, it’s obvious that he can be an effective heel, and in a way, he has already proven it. He already got negative reactions from the crowd during his promo and fans online are moaning about how WWE violated the fact that he’s the only true babyface in WWE. I suggest you people just relax and let the story develop.




Do I agree that Sami should turn heel? Not completely, but everything he said was so on point and Creative really did a great job planting the seeds that you just can’t help but agree with his sentiments. Sadly, we can’t keep him a “pure babyface” because that’s exactly why his career wasn’t going anywhere in the past few months. Creative has no idea how to handle him as such so Sami being a heel should help him get noticed more. So let’s be realistic, get your heads out of your asses, and just enjoy Sami Zayn’s heel work. He’s as delusional as his “brother” and now he’s hugging the guy who almost ended his career a few weeks ago. Boo him!


The pros and cons of Baron Corbin retaining his title


Pro: Let’s be glad AJ Styles is now free to go back to the main event scene! His efforts to elevate the United States Championship will always be appreciated, but he needs to go back to his role as the top babyface of SmackDown Live. He can either start chasing the WWE Championship (because who wants to see Orton become challenger again?) or captain Team Shane at next month’s Survivor Series, because this whole Owens/Shane rivalry better lead to a fantastic 5-on-5 showdown.


Con: It’s a shame we didn’t see Styles’ vision for the United States Championship come to fruition. He wanted the title to be contested in quality matches and as good as Corbin is, I don’t think he can deliver these types of matches like Styles can. I wanted Styles to produce great matches with the underrated stars of the Blue Brand and make the championship a low-key X-Division title. I still want my goddamn Styles vs. Gable rematch.


Pro: Baron Corbin is (alllegedly) finally out of the doghouse! There’s no two ways about it. His shocking win at Hell in a Cell and his decisive (and vicious) win over Styles this week should be evidence enough that somehow, Corbin made his way back to WWE’s good graces. I’m curious now where he goes from here. He better give Tye Dillinger one more shot at his title.




Con: Corbin could’ve been carrying the WWE Championship right about now instead of a midcard title if he didn’t screw up in the first place. Not really a con, I just had to end this part with a gag, but it’s still true. Corbin done goofed.

The Usos offered the New Day respect and it was awesome


A personal favorite of mine, the Usos/New Day truce was a thing of beauty. I don’t know why, but segments where rivals show respect for each other always get me. I’m pretty sure this wasn’t a face turn for the Usos since they still possess some heel swagger but if ever they want to, I’m pretty sure they have enough charisma now to pull off another face run. Having them turn heel brought out their true personality and allowed them to go over with the fans. If only they can apply the same formula with their cousin. Oh wait, they paired him up with his old buddies. That should do it, right?




Anyway, the interruption of the colorful tag team division and the way the Usos brushed these teams off (except Breezango—they cool, they cool) simply showed how convincing the Usos really are as the top tag team on SmackDown Live. I really wanted Breezango to win out of sheer indulgence but I guess Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin are the logical choice, despite my gripes on Gable being part of another team (they even have matching gear now!). Meanwhile, I don’t know where New Day will go from here, but please, don’t break them up. As colorful as the tag team division is, we still need their star power. They can help bring more laughter to the Fashion Files or help the *sigh* Bludgeon Brothers to get over or something.


For real though, if you think about it, what else is left for the New Day to do?


Some Blue Brand Vibes and Blues—Live!


Vibe: Props on giving Becky Lynch a decisive win over Carmella. I’m surprised the two women didn’t feud after the whole MITB fiasco. Both in the first ladder match and in the rematch, Becky was always the one who was so close, only for James Ellsworth and Carmella, respectively, to grab the briefcase for themselves. It would’ve been a great storyline to give Becky and Carmella something to do instead of floating around the women’s division, being lackeys for the ones feuding for the title. Meanwhile, Charlotte and Natalya brawled backstage. It was what it was.


Blue: Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura teamed up once again to face Rusev and Aiden English and while the match was fine, I can’t help but be bored with this lazy booking. Does anyone really care about Nakamura at this point? He produced two great matches to earn the right and the “honor” to face Jinder Mahal twice and he ended up empty-handed. Great job choosing to keep the improving champion strong over the already popular challenger. And at this point, I’m pretty sure Rusev just loves taking a spike RKO than to care about winning an actual match. So much for actually giving a shit about their little rivalry.


Blue: It didn’t matter how lackluster the promo between Bobby Roode and Dolph Ziggler was. It didn’t matter that Roode somehow forgot his lines. It didn’t matter how they unnecessarily dragged this segment out and how the crowd wasn’t really into it. Just face it, we were all distracted by Ziggler’s flowing, silky-smooth, straight, blonde hair. For a minute, I thought it was another tacky Sunsilk commercial and Sarah Geronimo would suddenly pop out with rose petals and all that jazz.


Blue: Bludgeon Brothers. Really? I can’t… you know what, good for them. I’ll just leave it at that. I hope they do good with whatever this is.


SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: Overall, this was a decent follow-up to Hell in a Cell. Motives were explained, loose ends were neatly tied, and a respectful truce was formed. Setting up new storylines was clearly the goal of the show and they pretty much nailed everything. I wasn’t really expecting an action-packed episode since the guys just came back from hell, but the main event still delivered a great match while the four-way tag match was a fun opener. And hey, the Bludgeon Brothers appeared… so that’s something. Another B grade is in order for the Blue Brand.


How much did you enjoy this week’s SmackDown Live given that Jinder Mahal was absent? Wasn’t it awesome? The show looked legit, right? I don’t even have a clever ender right now. It was just a breath of fresh air not having the WWE Champion around.

*****

Ricky Jay Publico (@NitPickRick) 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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