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I reckon Smackers might be the worst written show on mainstream television. More thought goes into those Nigerian shows that are filmed with one camera in someone's back bedroom.

At this point, they've got the marquee in their mind, "everybody knows" on the internet so, fuck it, just point at some signs.

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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.Ā 

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 wereĀ in the room when

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Lazy and predictable.Ā 

I'm sick of the pointing at the sign to make a match. It was novel and memorable when it first started but now it's boring. Give me a decent feud and storyline to build to a climax at mania over the dull sign point.

Smack down really is the pits... Doesn't mean I will stop watching though.

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Although I only watched in clip form so I donā€™t really have a full point of reference to go on, I did like Romanā€™sĀ ā€œIā€™m nextā€Ā line. Simple and clear.Ā 
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Of course, it was utterly spoilt by the commentator shouting HERE COMES THE BIG DOGĀ all over him and immediately ruining the moment following Big BillĀ and Romanā€™sĀ confrontation with their ā€œ Can you imagine if this were to happenā€œ fake hype bullshit.

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The boos for Goldberg, whilst predictable were hilarious! I watched it life so I wonder if they will edit for the replays. But they were loud.Ā 
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I thought Cenaā€™s speech was done well, even though you thought it would be a swerve. The camera filming Cena when the lights came back on was perfect. You couldnā€™t see the Fiend and the reveal was done really well.

Ā The problem then was that completely ruined Cenaā€™s wholeĀ spiel of doing the right thing and notĀ having a match at mania to let the new blood and consistent wrestlersĀ get their place on the card, by then agreeing to a match. Therefore taking someoneā€™s spot on the card.
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Smackdown sucks

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Jesus can't they do a match reveal that's more organic. I rewatched the Rock/Hogan WM18 promo recently and it was electric:

"why don't you headline one more wrestlemania... With THE ROCK!" (cue the crowd going apeshit)Ā 

So brilliant. Yet now it's all sign pointing as though it means something. These guys really can't promo to save their lives it seems. Wyatt could if given the chance but I fear the days of fresh, exciting feuds w promos are long gone.Ā 

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42 minutes ago, Mr Butternut Squash said:

So are Bryan and Drew Gulack having a grapplefuck on the Mania pre- show? Beats Corbin I guess.

Roman's stuffed, always was and will be. Oh well. At least him vs Goldberg will get a passionate Wrestlemania 34 type response instead of closing the show to dead silence.

Not sure what response they are going for though. People are pissed at goldberg and WM is always a smarky crowd. Reigns is Reigns.Ā 

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I know Meltzer gets a lot of flack for the plans change~!Ā thing, but this was one of those shows where itā€™s patently obvious plans had changed.Ā The whole show felt like itā€™d been re-written on the backĀ of a fag packet on the flight back from Saudi Arabia.

The Cena segment was the worst because theĀ majority of it wasĀ actually really decent, but then you could see at exactly what point someone panicked and just scribbled down the first thing that came to mind.

All the stuff about Cena not wanting to steal the spotlight and become one of those part-timeĀ legends was fantastic. Motivation thatā€™s actually consistent with his character, callingĀ back to the promos he used to cut on The Rock. It seemed perfectly set-up for someone to violently attack him and force him to go against his long-standing beliefs and values. But then Bruce Pritchard was on a deadline so he just had Bray Wyatt point at a sign.

Bray Wyatt, of all people! Is there another character in that company thatā€™sĀ less suited to point at the fucking sign? Heā€™s aĀ split-personality psychopath! He either plays elaborate mind games with his opponent as the Kids TV presenter or just flat-out murks them as the killer clown. And heā€™s out there pointing at the sign like an absolute knobhead. And then Cena, having held these anti-part-timer beliefs for nearly a decade, just goes, ā€œyeah, go on then, mate.ā€ Unbelievably bad.Ā 

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Reigns & Goldberg are definitely getting the "you both suck" treatment at Mania, but as said it's better than Roman doing 11 spears on the Fiend to zero reaction.

The ending segment was really well done until Cena changed his mind and agreed to the match within seconds of the challenge.

Surely we could have had a few weeks of Bray trying to goad Cena into the match.

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I watched it and all I could think was ā€˜Boy, VinceĀ reallyĀ wants Roman Reigns to main event Wrestlemania.

I remember a few weeks ago there were reports that Vince was initially lobbying for Reigns vs The Fiend to close out the show over Lesnar vs McIntyre before going with the latter.

I imagine this will come up in reports all over again unless 1) itā€™s generally accepted that Reigns/Goldberg is the ā€˜properā€™ attraction of the 2 matches, and 2) the rest of the show will be relied on for the ā€˜workrateā€™ and they go and smash each other for 5-7 minutes.

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4 hours ago, Supremo said:

I know Meltzer gets a lot of flack for the plans change~!Ā thing, but this was one of those shows where itā€™s patently obvious plans had changed.Ā The whole show felt like itā€™d been re-written on the backĀ of a fag packet on the flight back from Saudi Arabia.

The Cena segment was the worst because theĀ majority of it wasĀ actually really decent, but then you could see at exactly what point someone panicked and just scribbled down the first thing that came to mind.

All the stuff about Cena not wanting to steal the spotlight and become one of those part-timeĀ legends was fantastic. Motivation thatā€™s actually consistent with his character, callingĀ back to the promos he used to cut on The Rock. It seemed perfectly set-up for someone to violently attack him and force him to go against his long-standing beliefs and values. But then Bruce Pritchard was on a deadline so he just had Bray Wyatt point at a sign.

Bray Wyatt, of all people! Is there another character in that company thatā€™sĀ less suited to point at the fucking sign? Heā€™s aĀ split-personality psychopath! He either plays elaborate mind games with his opponent as the Kids TV presenter or just flat-out murks them as the killer clown. And heā€™s out there pointing at the sign like an absolute knobhead. And then Cena, having held these anti-part-timer beliefs for nearly a decade, just goes, ā€œyeah, go on then, mate.ā€ Unbelievably bad.Ā 

Wyatt should have brutalised him whilst he cut the promo. Tried to end his career etc. Properly hammered home that he is an evil prick.Ā 

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6 hours ago, Supremo said:

And then Cena, having held these anti-part-timer beliefs for nearly a decade, just goes, ā€œyeah, go on then, mate.ā€

Because he felt bad for the guy who got BERRIED by a part-timer the day before and decided to give him the rub of a Mania win over Big Match John. It checks out.

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So after all the Backlash, after all the "I'm never watching again", after all the "this is the Final straw"Ā  after all the "watch the ratings tumble"

Smackdown delivers it's best rating of 2020 and looking like being its 3rd best since the move to Fox

Goldberg = RatingsĀ 

Of course the return of Cena helped (though Ratings did drop slightly for the 2nd hour when Cena was due up)Ā butĀ clearly people will still watch regardless of all the hot air that gets spewed after every PPV

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