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Do you think Brock Lesnar will become WWE Champion on the first episode of Smackdown on Fox? And make sure you vote in the poll above my head to let me know what you thought of the show. Where you can choose from: SmacNificent, SmackTastic, Smack Bang in the Middle, SmackDowner, and a Smack in the Face. This is the 17th of September, 2019 edition of Smackdown Live.
The show opened with a very long six man tag between New Day and #FTRKO, which is really feeling like Legacy at this point with Revival wearing Randy Orton inspired gear while Orton has made no effort to wear Revival stuff. This went through two commercial breaks, and was full of back and forth action to make all six guys look great. The heels worked over Xavier Woods’ injured leg, before Kofi Kingston got the hot tag to brilliantly run wild. The heels tried to hit the Su-su-super RKO, but Woods and Big E stopped them, allowing Kingston to hit the Trouble In Paradise on Scott Dawson for the win. This was a lot of fun, and put a bit of a pin in the Kofi/Orton feud.
Which seemed to be confirmed, as Brock Lesnar shockingly made his WWE return. Brock appearing on Smackdown? It’s almost as if they’re moving to a big network or something. Paul Heyman challenged Kofi Kingston to a WWE Championship match – but not at Hell in a Cell, but for the first episode of Smackdown on Fox in two weeks. Kofi accepted, and Lesnar ended the segment by laying him out with the F5. This of course is being done to pop a rating for the first episode of Smackdown on Fox, but it also helps elevate Kofi’s WWE Championship run. For the first time since he won the belt at WrestleMania, his title reign feels in jeopardy. And if Lesnar wins, and The Fiend beats Rollins at Hell in a Cell, could that set up Brock Lesnar vs. The Fiend at Survivor Series? I never knew I wanted something quite so bad.
Michael Cole had a sitdown interview with Erick Rowan, where – among doing dialogue from Goodfellas – said no one will disrespect him again. Promos have not really been Erick Rowan’s strong suit, but he’s been really great these last few weeks.
Smackdown suddenly remembered that they’d set up a Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Ali feud back in July but never actually paid it off. So they dusted if off and brought it back here. Prince Ali, unlucky he, got beat up. And he got, Kinshasa’d, right in the face.
The recently fired Kevin Owens then appeared in the crowd, taking a seat with a ticket he bought himself. Shane McMahon saw this backstage, with Nicholas’ Dad telling Shane O’Mac that there was someone there to see him.And that someone served him papers. YOU GOT SERVED. He was not pleased about it.
This led to what is probably the least interesting story in WWE currently, Shane McMahon feuding with Kevin Owens over money. It’s uninteresting because it’s based around silly corporate nonsense than only business-business-business people could care about. Kevin Owens is suing Shane McMahon for $25 million. Something Shane called the largest wrongful termination lawsuit in history… zzzzzz. They shouted at each other back and forth, and Owens said if he wins the case he’ll be allowed to fire Shane McMahon on TV, which sounds like something that would never actually hold up in court. This was pretty rubbish to be honest, and a complete waste of Kevin Owens. Remember when he was one of the hottest things in the company? The OmniShane remembers.
Speaking of suing! Charlotte Flair was getting ready for her match when Ric Flair of all people walked into her locker room. He didn’t come out for Charlotte’s match though, where she took on Sasha Banks. This wasn’t on the same level as their very hot series of matches back in 2016, but it wasn’t trying to be – ending with a lame DQ when Bayley jumped in to save Banks in the Figure Four. They beat down Flair for a bit, but rather than CTRL+C/CTRL+V the segment from Raw with Becky Lynch, it was Carmella of all people who ran down to make the save. So they just CTRL+C/CTRL+V’d Charlotte instead. The tall blondes unremarkably stood tall against the non-blondes. Vince has a type.
Baron Corbin’s King of the Ring Coronation Street didn’t get the sort of heat it would have gotten six months ago, but he’s so good he made this very silly gimmick work. He brought out Chad Gable to make some short jokes, but Shorty G destroyed all of the King of the Ring guff – including stamping on the crown. The crowd were super into Gable here, and WWE could have another bonafide babyface on their hands if they book him correctly. Corbin also sold this destruction brilliantly.
Heavy Machinery quickly dispatched of The B-Team, with Otis debuting his new look of the sexiest man in wrestling. He’s sexy and he Doze-it.
And the main event of the show saw Daniel Bryan come out to cut a babyface promo, saying he would never lie to the fans and he never lied about attacking Roman Reigns. Erick Rowan came out, and Bryan added another layer of emotion to this feud by telling him to do his worst to him, because nothing can be worse than their friendship ending. Luke Harper jumped into the ring to assist Rowan in beating up Bryan – and Roman Reigns ran down to make the save. He wasn’t as effective as Carmella, however, as both he and Bryan were laid out – with Bryan being chokeslammed through the announcer’s table. This was a wonderfully chaotic ending to the show, with security being slammed on the concrete, and even Tom Phillips got slammed into the ground harder than… actually I won’t finish that joke. WWE are doing everything they can to make Rowan look like a destructive force, and they are succeeding.
This was a really good episode of SmackDown, with the huge return of Brock Lesnar, the very fun six-man tag and all of the Rowan/Harper stuff being the highlights. Aside from the Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon feud going into sillier and sillier territory, and their Smackdown Women’s Champion being booked weaker and weaker as each week passes, Smackdown has a lot of great stuff going on right now as it heads towards Fox. This week’s SmackDown Live was SmackTastic.
And now over to Pete, with the news.
What a beastly review Luke! Because…Brock Lesnar. Beast.
Anywho, before we get into the news…
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And now the news!
Former number one contender to the WWE Championship, Randy Orton, has a certain reputation on Twitter, where he’s…how do I put this nicely…he’s a dick. But a funny dick. We like him. But in a rare showing of respect, after Lance Storm tweeted out complimenting King Baron Corbin’s in-ring work, Orton responded saying:
“Hate to say it but he’s one of the few who gets the art.”
Wow…you know, it’s nice sometimes to be reminded that no matter how much Orton trolls others on Twitter, deep down, we all know he’s a softie who just cares about-
NEVER MIND, because he then tweeted this follow up a day later.
“I’d like to retract this statement because I had been drinking heavily. I also would like to apologize to my peers.”
He gets us once again. No-one is safe on Twitter. He then did a subsquent tweet saying:
“All hail King Corbin also I retract this statement.”
Stop being so good at Twitter, Randy!
Speaking of not being safe, WCW’s legacy sure isn’t safe from the grasp of WWE, as once again, WWE are bringing back Starrcade, and once again, it will be a one-hour live event on the WWE Network.
Starrcade will be taking place on December 1 from the Infinite Energy Center in Georgia, with confirmed names so far of Becky Lynch, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Kofi Kingston, Bayley, AJ Styles, Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair and Daniel Bryan.
The last two Starrcade events have ended with AJ Styles winning in a Steel Cage match, so it’ll be interesting to see what main events this time. Just kidding, it won’t be interesting at all because this is a house show just using WCW’s version of WrestleMania to drum up some attention and doesn’t actually matter at all. Admittedly, I guess it worked because…here I am talking about it.
Someone who isn’t there talking about it is Vince McMahon. Weak segue, Pete. Following a report that Paul Heyman entirely ran this week’s episode of Raw, with no Vince McMahon, Triple H or Kevin Dunn, the same trio weren’t at SmackDown either.
However with no Paul Heyman running the show this time, who was in charge of SmackDown? Well, the duty fell to four people: Bruce Prichard, Michael P.S Hayes, Head Writer Ed Kosky, and Eric Bischoff.
Eric Bischoff actually had some sort of control over SmackDown? Colour me surprised. Whatever colour that is. I do enjoy the parallel of Paul Heyman running Raw, and no-one believing in Eric Bischoff’s abilities to run SmackDown enough, so they give him three other guys to help him run SmackDown.
It is worth noting however, that Vince McMahon did still go over the plans for the sure as he normally does, he just wasn’t there in person, whereas Paul Heyman was seemingly given the keys to the castle, so to speak.
No reason has been given for Vince’s absences, but speculation is rife that it’s something to do with the XFL. Let’s see if Vince McMahon sticks around once the XFL kicks off in 2020. Do you kickoff in American football? I don’t sports.
But something that will be kicking off SmackDown’s run on Fox, is a WWE Championship match between Kofi Kingston and Brock Lesnar. Brock shockingly returned on last night’s SmackDown, and inserted himself straight into the title picture, because he’s Brock Lesnar.
While this might have seemed like a panic move in order to boost ratings for their Fox debut show, according to John Pollock of POST Wrestling, this was actually a move that has been “in the works for a long time.”
This is of course a huge deal for WWE, with Fox spending a reported $1billion in order to secure SmackDown on their network. Now, with Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar on the blue brand, it seems certain that it will become the A show in due course. Lesnar’s return and, let’s be real, probable title win at the debut show seems to indicate this even further.
Can’t wait for another Brock title reign, only for Roman Reigns to beat him at WrestleMania. Where have I heard that one before? If Brock does win though, and The Fiend wins at Hell in a Cell, and they SmackDown vs Raw at Survivor Series…Fiend vs Lesnar. I’d like that. I’d like that a lot.
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