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SmackDown RunDown Live (6/25/19): Give The Champ Some Rest!


Man, WWE is pulling me back to my old nitpicking ways.

Samoa Joe is the new contender for the WWE Championship. I should be happy, right? I mean, of course, I am. That's my man, Samoa Joe. But at the same time, I can't help but call them out for the uncreative way he got the title shot. See, Joe attacked Kofi Kingston on RAW, right? And that's it. Title shot, just like that. Don't get me wrong: Samoa Joe, or any other Superstar, attacking the champion to put themselves in front of the line is fine. It shouldn't be a surefire ticket to title contendership though. As No Way Jose once pointed out, it shouldn't be that easy.




I get it. Dolph Ziggler pretty much used the same tactic. The difference is that at least they made it clear in the storyline that the attack was a legitimate challenge and that Kofi, being the fighting champion that he is, happily obliged. You shouldn't copy what the last guy just did, even if you're someone with the caliber of Samoa Joe. Where's the creativity? Joe didn't even cut a promo after attacking Kofi to solidify his challenge. That's wasted heat because remember, the guy just lost the United States Championship to Ricochet. Joe needs all the heat he can get.



Samoa Joe getting a title shot in a snap didn't help him generate heat. Kofi referring to him as a formidable opponent didn't help either. We've heard lots of Superstars fear the guy and yet end up beating him in the end. Their words don't mean shit. You know what would've helped? If Samoa Joe defeated Dolph Ziggler in a 2-out-of-3 Falls match with the cleanest of sweeps. It would have made so much sense to have Joe earn it that way. I'm so frustrated they didn't even give this one some thought before sending Samoa Joe to Japan.



It would have helped legitimize Joe as a contender by giving him a decisive win (after months of questionable losses involving mere rollups), close out Ziggler's arc, and build Kofi Kingston as the defiant champion who can still face his challenger with enough zeal, even after that monster just showed him what he's capable of. Plus, it gives the champion a chance to rest because goddamn, he's been wrestling week in and week out. Give your champ a rest, would ya? On the plus side, the promos between the two will be electric. So that's at least something to look forward to.



Don't even get me started on The Miz vs. Elias. Can someone tell me why this had to be a 2-out-of-3 Falls match too? Way to dampen your superior main event. I get that Vince McMahon wants more wrestling on the shows, but giving Shane McMahon 30+ minutes to act like a dick was not what I had in mind. Sonya Deville and Ember Moon wrestled for like a minute because of this shit. And what's worse is The Miz lost again. Last time I checked, that's not how you build a goddamn star. Let me guess, he's going to turn heel again in a few months because he's sick of losing, and the cycle goes on and on and on. Why do I watch this show again?

SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: To be fair, this week's episode wasn't that bad. It had a decent main event and it did have a lot more action than segments. It wasn't as boring as I expected it to be. I had fun reverting back to my old persona. But I expect things to get back to the usual boring ways because this is the world we live in now. For what it's worth, let me grade this week's episode three Otis Caterpillars out of five.

The RunDown CutDown


  • Not gonna lie, the payoff to the seemingly endless Aleister Black promos was actually satisfying. I'm now intrigued as to who dared to knock at Black's door. What if it's Bray Wyatt begging Black to let him in? The two masters of the dark arts facing off? Shut up and take my money!
  • Speaking of Bray Wyatt, the creepy cameos of his Fun House friends are the reason why I'm still watching WWE right now.
  • And speaking of reasons to watch WWE, we have R-Truth and Drake Maverick's continuing saga of friendship, betrayal, crashed weddings, and Carmella being adorable af. I'm starting to think that maybe Truth is not the only one worthy of holding the coveted 4x4 European Championship anymore. All in good time, Hornswoggle. All in good time.

*****


Ricky Publico (@Peepomania) is Smark Henry's resident SmackDown Live reviewer... for better or worse. He also nitpicks PWR shows when no one's available to do so. A known lover of wrestling tournaments, he's a sucker for well-executed promos and fast-paced matches. He has yet to learn how to operate a microwave. Don't judge him.

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