Hey guys, Smackdown Live was hashtag fire emoji last night.
American Alpha won the Smackdown Tag Titles in a 4 way elimination match by beating The Wyatts fighting under Freebird rules when Harper and Orton had some miscommunication. This match was great fun when it got to the final two teams. I love Randy Wyatt, I hope they don't break the team up quite yet. I can't remember the last time I cared about Orton and Bray, but I'm willing to ride this out and see where it goes. This win made American Alpha look like a legit team too. A lot of good things going on here.
What happens when you put Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin and AJ Styles in a three way match for the WWE Title? You get a hell of a match. AJ got the win and Cena, who cut a tremendous return promo, came out to lay down his challenge for the title. This ends with a tension filled handshake and closes out a pretty amazing year for AJ Styles.
The difference between Raw and Smackdown is so vast right now. I was wrong about the brand split. This was a good time.
Originally posted by texasranger9Why are they having tv matches on ppv and ppv matches on t.v.?
The strange thing is that Smackdown has PPV quality matches on Smackdown and yet their PPV matches still seem important and their PPVs are usually better. Raw on the other hand has PPV type matches on Raw that don't matter and then PPVs matches that don't matter. Just goes to show that what you give away or don't give away on free TV doesn't really matter if you're telling a good story.
I am a bit concerned with the Wyatts. It seemed when they won this was going to be a slow burn to the end. Now, they are probably going to give us Orton/Bray six times before Mania. I am ok with the Alphas, but I wish they would have packaged them a bit better. I am curious if Mickie is La Luchador or if we are getting someone new.
A very enjoyable show. Haven't watched Raw for a couple of weeks over Christmas with trips visiting family, but did make the effort to watch this and am glad I did.
Alpha winning the title was good to see and a great reaction for it happening. Not sure what is going to happen with the Wyatts and Orton but should keep our interest with it.
Cena still manages to get a reaction and work with it. The handshake at the end was unexpected and interesting. Hopefully the Rumble match will be very good. Not sure who will win or what will happen from Mania because of it, and that is a very good thing in my mind.
The main event was very good and they made Corbin look a lot better than at any other stage. Ziggler doesn't excite me anymore, but he is one of the best sellers they have so I'm not sure why!
I doubt many of you are watching the Darts tournament that is going on over here at the moment, but Darren Webster has a bit of a look of Ellsworth to him! Without the neck brace of course!
Remember when Corbin first got called up and he had that never-ending feud with Ziggler that very few people enjoyed? Now they are wrestling a great match for the Championship. That shows how well Smackdown is using everyone and also that AJ Styles is great with any opponent.
Originally posted by ekedolphinThat's not the oldest trope in the book, but it's several years old anyway.
To add a bit more detail, Corbin was upset that the week before there was a four-way elimination match to determine a #1 Contender that Ziggler won (over Miz, Ambrose and Harper). Corbin wasn't at Smackdown that week, as he was at an awards gala accepting an award as 2016's Most Metal Athlete. He confronted Ziggler and said that Ziggler only won the #1 Contendership because Corbin wasn't there and demanded a match. Ziggler went to Bryan to ask for the match, Bryan said he didn't need to do it, Ziggler wanted to anyway. So the match happened, with the aforementioned result.
Originally posted by JustinShapiroSMACKDOWN BEATS RAW
The folks over at Raw seem to be overreacting a bit...the January 30 episode of Raw has been relocated to the Alamodome where Goldberg is scheduled to win the Universal title. So desperate and sad.
Originally posted by lotjxI am a bit concerned with the Wyatts. It seemed when they won this was going to be a slow burn to the end. Now, they are probably going to give us Orton/Bray six times before Mania.
Same. It seemed like they got the belts to peak the VIPER BETRAYAL for a Mania match. Now who knows. Smackdown has the Elimination Chamber in February, so I guess it's still paced out for a miscommunication Rumble elimination and then a shocking RKO in the Chamber.