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SmackDown RunDown Live (9/25/18): That One Night in Milwaukee


It’s a-me, ya boy Ricky, and I’m feeling the wrestling fever, baby! After starting the week right with some fun PWR Live: Homefront action and catching up on the Mae Young Classic, I’m marching through this fun week with an awesome episode of SmackDown Live. Life is still good, I guess. I should probably end the week by watching all the NJPW shows I downloaded eons ago. Yikes.

Look at Becky Lynch, She’s the Champion Now

Becky Lynch is slowly easing in her role as the top dog of the women's division and her antics are just golden. She’s just walking around like she owns the place, attacking her rival even during a casual photoshoot, and picking out opponents (and insulting them in front of their husbands) willy-nilly. I sound like a broken record but I’m loving Becky Lynch as the champion. Please have her retain at Super Show-Down. Let her be the champion for a year, even.



Lana was the champ’s unfortunate victim this week but its not from a lack of trying. The Ravishing Russian actually held her own against Lynch in a pre-main event match, you’ll forget she’s still a rookie at this point. Also, I liked how Lynch didn’t cheat one bit to gain the upper hand. It’s a relief she’s not choosing to fight dirty despite adopting a more badass attitude. That will let me sleep at night knowing they’re not completely tarnishing Becky Lynch’s character.

Oh My God! They Killed TruthTV! You Bastards!

In probably the most entertaining talk show segment in a long time, R-Truth and the newly-dyed (and improved) Carmella hijacked The Miz’ show format and made it ten times better. They also scored a huge star for their pilot—Daniel Bryan in the house! As D-Bry said, TruthTV is infinitely better than MizTV. No disrespect to Miz, but c’mon, TruthTV has dance breaks. But Miz had to ruin it by rightfully taking back his show after beating R-Truth. What a jerk, amirite?



In all seriousness, this is once again SmackDown Live at its finest. They’re not afraid to utilize the untapped potential from Superstars not named Roman Reigns. Only on SmackDown Live can R-Truth’s career be rejuvenated and a babyface Carmella work. It sucks that they lost TruthTV, but I hope they get another one that’s entirely their own format. I also hope these two continue to tag along for a while even after losing in the Mixed Match Challenge. They just look great together. 

What Happens in Milwaukee, Stays in Aiden

Oh, Aiden. You were doing good with your promo explaining the downfall of Rusev Day. I was actually caught off-guard by the fact that you guys had been teaming up for an actual year. Pretty compelling stuff. But did we have to go the “Oh Wendy” route and make this storyline about you and Lana? Granted, we still don’t know what happened in Milwaukee, but it was heavily implied that the two did something Rusev shouldn’t know about. Jeez. I can’t possibly embargo two SmackDown Live storylines, can I? Damnit, Aiden!



But I do have to commend Aiden English as a charismatic character. Sure, he was getting “What” chants while explaining his actions, but he easily won the crowd back by dropping the Milwaukee bombshell. This guy can command people to get behind an idea and make it into a thing. This guy created the Rusev Day craze, for frick’s sake. And if you think about it, Aiden was totally justified. I just don’t think he needed to drag Lana into the mess by implying that she was unfaithful to Rusev. Haven’t we learned from the Dolph Ziggler fiasco?

Randy Orton Just Made Tye Dillinger Relevant Again

If Becky Lynch is my top female SmackDown Live Superstar, I hereby declare Randy Orton as my top male Superstar of SmackDown Live. And now that I think about it, I’m sounding more and more like Corey Graves. Is that a bad thing? Anyway, the Viper came back from nursing his injuries from Hell in a Cell to purge everyone with a kind heart or just anyone who annoys him. That someone turned out to be Tye Dillinger and all I can say is yes!



While Orton said Tye’s not his victim, the important thing is Tye Dillinger finally gets a chance to be involved in a storyline with a former world champion. Isn’t that what we’ve wanted for Tye ever since he got called up? It’s also interesting to note that the Orton attacks always happen when Shinsuke Nakamura is around. It’s like Nakamura is preparing the prey for the kill. I wonder how they’re going to involve Nakamura into the mix. After all, he smashed Tye’s head into the LED screen below the ring with his knee. That was a nasty bump, by the way.

AJ Styles’ Family is Probably Dead By Now

Goddamnit, Samoa Joe! I thought we’re done with targeting the Styles family. I already regret lifting my embargo last week. And kayfabe or not, isn’t it disturbing that Joe is threatening to hurt or forcibly care for a defenseless family? Who cares about the WWE Championship at this point? Call the police already! Also, AJ Styles trying to respond to a pre-recorded video was cringy as heck. His acting was also a bit lacking here. Maybe he should get tips from Mainstream Mahaba.
 

But I’ll be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the chiling way Joe tortured Styles this week. His promo will probably work even when he’s not remote, but the fact that he’s cutting it right in front of Styles’ supposed backyard made it ten times more terrifying. The execution was perfectly subtle as the promo showed no actual violence and the abrupt end added to the intensity. And hey, the WWE Championship scene got main event treatment. Ain’t that sweet? But yeah, Styles’ family is probably still being tortured by Joe as we speak. 

SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: What can I say, SmackDown Live did good again. From the upbeat opening to the abrupt and intense end, the Blue Brand wowed everyone once again with their ability to give everyone relevance and purpose in a blink of an eye. That’s SmackDown Live’s creative prowess for ya. There’s so much for everyone to enjoy and even if you’re not fun of some storylines like I am, the show was still solid overall. Here’s another easy A.

Some Blue Brand Blues That Didn’t Make It


  • Am I the only one not enjoying The New Day vs. The Bar segments? They literally just copied the formula last week with a different set of players. Remember when they were feuding with the Usos and they engaged in straighfire segments week after week? I do appreciate how Sheamus and Cesaro scored singles victories over the champions, but I’m not sure why I should be invested in their match at Super Show-Down story-wise.

  • I would applaud Aiden English if he delivered his promo in song. I’ll throw my embargo right away and enjoy the ride despite my hatred for wife-stealing storylines. 
  • The greatest heel move Naomi pulled off was not letting The IIconics deliver a single word.
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Ricky Jay Publico (@NitPickRick) is a wrestling fan who enjoys watching high flyers and brawlers battle it out in the ring. A frequent 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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