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Daniel Bryan was fantastically hateable on this week's show. Brilliant episode of SmackDown this week. I reckon the new Daniel Bryan Vs Rey Mysterio for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania could be a blinder. I hope that's what they go with. 

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It's remarkable how one bad episode crept in because the "throw the toys out, here's your new direction" came down after Bryan pulled out of Crown Jewel/Becky got hurt so things kind of crashed, but once the writers knew where they were pointed, good episodes of telly to get there started happening again. Fuck Raw.

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Poor Tomasso Ciampa. He was a shoe-in for heel of the year across the board. The last thing anyone would’ve predicted was Daniel Bryan swooping in and stealing it. Unbelievable turn of events.

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Bryan is spectacular. It’s so simple  what he’s doing too. Love that he’s adding new stuff to his arsenal to put the turn an new character over the top. The beat down was savage and Styles selling was fantastic, even the commentary was good. Bryan jumping Styles again as they went off air instead of standing around posing made it feel wild. Great episode of Smackdown again. 

 

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6 hours ago, DavidB6937 said:

I'd happily watch Bryan wrestle random people from the roster every week.

Good god yes the opener was fantastic. THAT’S how you can utilise the 205 guys not the ridiculous stuff raw is pulling every week. A fresh face in Ali is given just enough shine while the New Daniel Bryan gets to show his authority as champ and get his new shit over. It’s win win. It’s a shame the ad breaks gutted the match a bit.

The rap battle was fun. The thing I love about these guys is they can do comedy, they can smash pumpkins on eachothers heads and any other goofy shit they like never lose their credibility. Their matches speak for themselves. I think the Bar has helped Cesaro tremendously with injecting him with character. It would be nice to have some other faces in the tag division soon though. 

As good as Smackdown is those same WWE quirks still bug me. AJ got destroyed last week, why the fuck is he not after Bryan’s blood? They didn’t even need to get physical, just have him run Bryan off instead of letting him give Ali the same post match beating he gave him last week. 

Why the hell has The Man not been on colour commentary? I think they could have done more to roll with Becky since her return, maybe it's the fanboy in me . Credit to Charlotte though, she’s outshined her three weeks running.

It’s great how they’ve built Charlotte and Asuka back up to be fair. Cool image of Asuka standing tall to go home on and Lynch dangling over the table was pretty funny.

Las Vegas crowd were poor all night.

 

 

Edited by Mr Butternut Squash

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Charlotte Flair is a great women's wrestler, can do most styles, strong athletic etc, I would say she works well in most gimmick matches I've seen her in, maybe her dad got her in the door but she's very well rounded, can talk, not to Becky or Alexa levels and wrestle, Banks & Asuka are probably better and I'm glad they are embracing the booes, she's a better heel. I would say she would be a good leader of a faction but Becky doesn't need her and Bailey doesn't suit what should be a heel group.if they want to do that silly 4 horsewomen thing. 

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57 minutes ago, Mr Butternut Squash said:

As good as Smackdown is those same WWE quirks still bug me. AJ got destroyed last week, why the fuck is he not after Bryan’s blood? They didn’t even need to get physical, just have him run Bryan off instead of letting him give Ali the same post match beating he gave him last week. 

 

To be fair, they did address this. They did a backstage interview with AJ where he said he wasn't going after Bryan until TLC because he knew if he got his hands on him, Bryan wouldn't make the TLC PPV. It might not be a brilliant answer, but at least it was one, which is more than what they usually do.

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11 hours ago, Mr Butternut Squash said:

Why the hell has The Man not been on colour commentary? I think they could have done more to roll with Becky since her return, maybe it's the fanboy in me . Credit to Charlotte though, she’s outshined her three weeks running.

 

 

If she still hasn't been cleared from a concussion, they won't feature her on TV at all. Unless their regulations have changed, they generally won't put a wrestler in any performance role until they can pass a certain level of concussion testing. 

Either that, or they want her return to be somewhat impactful, rather than have her there every week.

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On 12/13/2018 at 9:42 AM, BomberPat said:

If she still hasn't been cleared from a concussion, they won't feature her on TV at all. Unless their regulations have changed, they generally won't put a wrestler in any performance role until they can pass a certain level of concussion testing. 

Either that, or they want her return to be somewhat impactful, rather than have her there every week.

She was there, and she was involved in the action, she just didn't get given a headset.  So she's obviously cleared.

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1 hour ago, Shy Dad said:

And thats how you make a new star.

Let's not speak too soon:

Fatality! Bloody hell. Of all the heads to accidentally land that knee on, there's none worse than the current WWE champion, with a long history of concussion issues.

Whilst I'm still not down with, "fresh," and, "new," being code for the McMahon family belittling and emasculating everyone, this was way better than last night's effort. Probably because Smackdown was never really suffering from all the problems Raw had anyway. Smackdown was already a good show and now it's just slightly better.

I'm ALL IN on them fleshing out Rusev's character by showing Total Diva clips. He's absolutely brilliant on that show and he's got the chops to be a fantastic goofy babyface. I'd honestly build towards him eventually winning the WWE Title sometime next year. He's the BEST.

I've no idea where Paige fits in as a non-wrestler if it's not as GM. Hopefully not on commentary because her voice is painful to listen to.

They're going to turn Miz babyface for a Wrestlemania match with Shane, aren't they? I think there's legs in that. It feels time to explore Miz's popularity.

I'm a big fan of 205 Live guys moving in and out. There's no reason why guys can't move up into other divisions similar to the UFC or New Japan. That they gave Ali the win suggests they might actually do it properly rather than just having them get smashed by Scott Steiner or whatever. Good main event. All four guys worked really well together.

Happy to see Sanity back. Always felt like they were a missed opportunity. They had some killer matches in NXT and were a genuinely fun act at one point. Even the Good Brothers, for as much as they're the Tensai of Tag Teams, it was still nice to have some fresh faces in the division.

Nice lineup for next week's show. Far more interesting than what Raw advertised.

Highlight of the whole show though? Big E chomping on some chicken, giving Daniel Bryan the eye. Magic.

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Thumbs up.

 

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Ugh fuck off Vince. Paige on commentary sounds like an awful idea so it'll definitely happen. Shame, she was the best GM they've ever had. She had the bite to be taken seriously, yet she never went out to put herself over or talk down to the roster. The McMahon's fucking drain everyones star power. 

Naomi needs to find another tag partner, she's terrible . I don't know if it was a off night for her or what but she looked like backyarder. SELL THE HOLDS WOMAN.

Show was good though, the 'shake up' wasn't just hot air. I'm not convinced with Sanity yet, they need to find away to make them actually feel chaotic, the wacky camera zoom ain't cutting it. Hopefully they keep Nikki Cross separate cos she's rad and has some upside. 

Love what I've seen of Ali so far. You just know it was Bryan's call to put him over, fair dos to him. He's invincible at this point anyway. Good gosh that looked nasty! Hope he's all good.

Another poor Smackdown crowd though, get that canned heat ready for next week.

 

 

 

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It's probably a bit late to do it this year now that we're transitioning into Wrestlemania season but watchin Ali last night made me hope for an eventual 205 Live invasion angle on Smackdown. Maybe aound May or June of next year. Bring all those ultra-talented guys in for a few months, do loads of fun matches and try and portray them as being on equal pegging.

Daniel Bryan vs. Buddy Murphy, Champion vs. Champion. Fuck yeah.

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