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7 hours ago, The Cutting Edge said:

Ideally have Reigns as champ from tomorrow til Mania going on a heel spree, by start of the year we should have Uso's, Kofi and Woods back.

E wins the rumble, few months of Reigns/Usos/Heyman heel unit vs New Day all heading to E winning at Mania, hell I'd even stick on Usos vs Kofi Woods in TLC if that feud can kick off properly

Someone on here in 2013 or 2014 made the prediction indirectly that Wrestlemania would eventually have a Reigns/ Big E main event. Can't remember who but that's always stuck with me.

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Don't forget: the clocks changed last week so if you want to record Smackdown you probably need some professional help.

What a Mark. 

Rob Gronkowski's ring entrance in an empty arena was the most embarrassing and cringy thing I may have ever seen as a wrestling fan. And thats coming from somebody whose parents were in the room when

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In regards to new gear and music for Reigns, surely this is the worst time to do that? Imagine if the fans come back in how ever many months time and he's still got the Shield gear and music, no one's cheering that, if he has a new look and music plus Heyman they'll probably cheer him like mad

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8 hours ago, Pogue said:

In regards to new gear and music for Reigns, surely this is the worst time to do that? Imagine if the fans come back in how ever many months time and he's still got the Shield gear and music, no one's cheering that, if he has a new look and music plus Heyman they'll probably cheer him like mad

I’m going to go out on a limb and say fans cheering Roman Reigns isn’t going to be too bothersome to Vince McMahon.

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Heel Roman is the best. I’ll never get over them wasting years not doing this in front of fans. He’d have already peaked as a heel and been turned back babyface by the fans by this point. He oozes a superstar aura like almost no-one else in that company.

I can only assume Sasha is injured and needs an extended period of time off? Otherwise I can’t fathom them teasing the break up of Sasha and Bayley for years and then finally pulling the trigger with Sasha as the babyface and Bayley as the heel. Goes directly against their natural strengths.

Really disappointed in the fans at the Thunderdome. When Jay Uso was thrown over the screens surely someone should’ve realised how funny it would’ve been to look up or backwards as if they were actually sitting there? Shame.

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Wasn't it pretty obvious that Sasha was going to turn face? They have been playing on it for months now. Bayley is so much better as a heel at the minute. She's literally gone from an afterthought to one of the top guys in the company. 

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Absolutely agree - there was no way they were going through this split with Bayley turning face. Her heel work is what has won Vince over and it's the best work she's done on the main roster. You'd have to be fucking mad to take that away.

Sasha's got the cool factor going for her. She can easily tone down the arrogance and be the face here. She was great as the baby in peril in that match where Shayna was destroying her.

A couple of years ago I'd agree and think anyone would be mad for suggesting a heel Bayley vs face Sasha match but it's absolutely the way they should go right now.

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I guess it shows how little attention I’ve been paying to them - especially during the Performance Centre era. I hadn’t noticed any hints that Sasha would be the face!  I guess we’ll see. Not that anything like that really matters anymore though - they’ll just pump in whatever reaction they want.

It’s been teased for so long I’ve genuinely lost track. Is this the first time they’ve properly split up and will likely have a PPV match?

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6 hours ago, Supremo said:

Otherwise I can’t fathom them teasing the break up of Sasha and Bayley for years and then finally pulling the trigger with Sasha as the babyface and Bayley as the heel. Goes directly against their natural strengths.

On top of what others have said about Bayley doing well as a heel, I imagine another round of face Bayley vs heel Banks would have wound up compared unfavourably to their first feud in NXT, which was executed perfectly. To be honest, Sashas fake turn in that Elimination Chamber they were both in (won by Alexa) was superb and better executed than anything they’d do today anyway, even if it didn’t last and didn’t even blow off in a match at Mania, with them having their little spat at the conclusion of the pre show battle royal won by, errrr, Naomi.

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I was worried that Heyman was just going to do Brocks spiel for Reigns, glad he changed it up. Reigns looks like an absolute beast. He definitely does not suit that music or Roman Empire graphics now. 

I thought the Bayley/Sasha beat down went on way too long, with a real crowd I would be intrigued with the heel and face roles reversed. With no fans will Sasha really be a face anyway? Lets say Sasha returns at HIAC or Survivor Series and costs Bayley her match if its inter-brand again. That would get a big pop but with the virtual crowd and the weird crowd audio that I still don't really understand then its just flat. 

I've been saying to anyone who will listen for a few years now that Jey Uso could be the breakout of The Usos, he has an intensity that Jimmy doesn't have. Im definitely intrigued by the match and im happy to see where the story goes. If it doesn't go on last at Clash then I imagine Roman just 'wrecks Jey and leaves' 

Roman dropping 'My Yard for 'My Island' got me thinking something family related was coming up. When is Jimmy due back? I can't remember what injury he was out with. 

 

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Really enjoyed Smackdown, the time flew by this week. It helps that the focus is on a few different people now. Outside of the Miz / Morrison antics (you wouldn't believe Morrison is an actual actor), I don't think there was much bad on the show.

I don't know if I'm reading too much into things, but Corbin's promo at the beginning about nepotism and power seemed like a dig at AEW.

Bayley and Reigns are the two best heels in the company, if not wrestling right now. Reigns has some brilliant little subtleties to his act now, such as slowly sauntering to the ring or looking at Jey like a piece of shit when he touched him.

Such good shit. Still doesn't top Dynamite from this week, but to see them focusing on the right people such as Big E etc, just makes you wonder how they didn't see Miro's potential as soon as the evil Russian / Bulgarian gimmick wore thin.

 

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Smackdown is a very fun watch right now, and Reigns is knocking it out of the park. I’m starting to wonder, however, if the person who takes the Universal title from Reigns is going to be Drew McIntyre and not Big E. 

I could see him moving over in the draft after losing to Orton, with Big E going to Raw giving us ‘Mania title matches of Orton vs Big E and Reigns vs McIntyre.

I’m stupidly invested in the prospect of Reigns/Big E, but I can’t really argue against that other potential route.

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Someone with better knowledge might be able to help here.

If we proceed on the basis that the creative structure is has been reported, why can’t the same writers get a tune out of RAW but can, by and large, out of Smackdown.

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