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SmackDown RunDown Live (6/11/19): It's a Booking Joke


I have to agree with what one guy on Twitter said: the New Day are the only ones having fun with their gimmicks in WWE. And now that Big E's back in the fold, SmackDown Live got a wee bit more entertaining. 

I mean, how can you be mad with where you are when you can take a stab at Creative's shortcomings and get away with it? Big E's Charlotte Flair joke isn't his best quip, but it's a breath of fresh air compared to the run-of-the-mill scripted promos we get on a regular basis. So yes, I hope they keep making booking jokes and gaming references.


The main event wasn't that bad, either. It's as standard as you can get for a six-man tag team match, but it's still enjoyable at the very least. And just like last week, I also enjoyed this week’s Firefly Funhouse segment courtesy of Bray Wyatt. He smashed Rambling Rabbit and turned him into jam. Goddamn, Bray, have some chill. 

Before the smashing, Rabbit even sneaked a subtle jab on Jon Moxley’s recent exposé on WWE’s creative process. Firefly Funhouse is the gift that keeps on giving. Why can’t we have this kind of creativity on other storylines?


What I loved—and by love, I mean abhorred—about the opening segment was that no one got over, except maybe for Shane McMahon. Elias lost quickly, adding to the number of embarrassing losses he's had since joining SmackDown Live. The Miz lost twice in a row, and he's supposed to be the bonafide babyface. Come to think of it, he never won a match against Shane McMahon, so the poor fella never got his heat back. Miz should be one of the biggest babyface right now but nope, he's also stuck in this limbo for underutilized Superstars.


And while Drew McIntyre picked up the win this week, I'd still count that as not getting over. How many times have we seen him be a lackey for someone? From the day he returned to the main roster, he has always been the muscle to someone. Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin, and now Shane McMahon. Sure, a push is a push, but can we really call it a push when he’s always being saddled to whoever’s the biggest asshole? The only one benefitting from all of these is Shane McMahon, the best heel WWE can offer right now, apparently. Well, good luck with that.

The Wild Card RunDown


Of course I’m going to talk about the elevator segment. What else is there? R-Truth, Carmella, and the rest of the 24/7 gang were at it again making fun segments every week. This time, EC3 and Drake Maverick stole the show with their wedding day drama. Carmella’s therapeutic hat also helped, I guess. And let’s just say R-Truth really had a rough week with enclosed spaces. I’m really baffled why they’re putting all their creative efforts to make the supposedly meaningless 7/11 Television European Championship work. Your guess is as good as mine.

SMACKDOWN RUNDOWN: Same old, same old. Don't get your hopes up, nothing spectacular happened this week. The same high points from last week are the same high points of this week's show. I was actually tempted to just rewrite my column last week, but I guess I still have that thing called a conscience. It doesn't help that I'm actually sick writing this review, so I'mma give this one three Bioflu tablets out of five. Pray for my weak, unhealthy body.

The RunDown CutDown


  • Wait, SmackDown Live has a tag team division? And it has its own tag champions? Man, that's hella dope. Excited to see what they have in store for this flourishing division. I heard they just crowned new Yolo County champions. Nice.
  • Speaking of tag teams, has anyone seen Asuka and Kairi Sane? Asking for a friend.
  • I'm just glad Lars Sullivan wasn't there to deliver another of his famous Shakespearean spiels.
  • I almost forgot about Bayley beating Nikki Cross in a match. Good for her. At least she's still being featured as the top dog.

*****


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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