Smackdown Wins The Superstar Shake-up

Smackdown to RAW:
Jinder Mahal, Singh Brothers, Ruby Riott – Liv Morgan – Sarah Logan (Riott Squad), Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Tyler Breeze & Fandango (Breezango), Natalya, Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin, Zack Ryder, Mojo Rawley, Mike Kanellis, Chad Gable, Bobby Roode, Konnor & Viktor (The Ascension)

RAW to Smackdown:
The Miz, Jeff Hardy, Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose, Samoa Joe, Big Cass, Asuka, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, Sheamus, Cesaro, R-Truth

NXT to RAW:
Drew McIntyre

NXT to Smackdown:
Eric Young – Alexander Wolfe – Killian Dain (Sanity), Andrade “Cien” Almas (with Zelina Vega)

The RAW and Smackdown after Wrestlemania brought us another Superstar Shake-up and it looks like Smackdown came out on top. RAW got some good talent, and they’ll be fine, but Smackdown set up some great feuds/matches. The most exciting (my opinion) move is The Miz to Smackdown. This reunites him a newly cleared to wrestle, Daniel Bryan. We never did get that resolution to their verbal feud that started on Talking Smack. This should be fun. I just hope WWE doesn’t hot-shot it, but gives us a nice, slow burn. Damn, bring back Talking Smack while we’re at it. The Miz and Daniel Bryan should not touch each other for months. This should last until SummerSlam or, if we’re lucky and it’s done right, it should culminate at next year’s Wrestlemania. Please WWE, don’t mess this up. It could be something very special.

Samoa Joe joining Smackdown is huge. Along with The Miz, Joe elevates Smackdown’s promo game. He’s as good as anyone on the mic right now. Think of the possible feuds between Joe and Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Rusev, Cesaro, Almas, or Jeff Hardy. Not to mention a match or two with Shelton Benjamin. Hell, think of the possible combination of matches between any of those guys. There should not be a Smackdown going forward where two of those guys aren’t in the ring together. The show should practically write itself.

Asuka going over to Smackdown makes the Women’s Division look pretty solid. Asuka could team up with with Charlotte for a while to keep The Iconic Duo and Absolution at bay before squaring off again. Charlotte eventually needs to be a heel because she’s such a natural at it. Asuka, Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Naomi should be able to have some great matches.

On the tag team side, The Bludgeon Brothers, The Bar, The Usos, Sanity, The Club, and New Day also have the potential for some decent feuds. Sanity, specifically Killian Dane and Alexander Wolfe against The Bludgeon Brothers would be a lot of fun. Luke Harper and Killian Dane face-to-face? Yes, please.

It all looks good on paper. Now WWE needs to do the things that made Smackdown a must see show before last year’s Superstar Shake-up. Smackdown is set up to be the wrestling-centric show with RAW having more characters. There’s nothing wrong with that because RAW is three hours (one hour too long), so they need to build up characters and storylines deeper. Smackdown just needs to let the talent do what they do best, wrestle. I hope we don’t get bogged down with too many talking segments. It would be a shame to take away from so much wrestling potential.

Team Blue all the way!!!!

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Welcome Back Daniel Bryan

Smackdown 3-20-2018

In February 2016, Daniel Bryan went on RAW and told us what we didn’t want to hear. Years and years of concussions had taken a toll on him and doctors told him that he shouldn’t and couldn’t wrestle anymore. It was a huge blow for wrestling as a whole. Who didn’t like Daniel Bryan?

Daniel Bryan was a wrestler, a real wrestler. It was his life and it was hard for him to be around the business but not in the ring giving us everything he had. You could see that he appreciated having a job in WWE, but he didn’t look like he was totally into it. Eight months later on an episode of Total Bellas, we saw Daniel Bryan break down in tears at the realization that he wouldn’t be allowed to wrestle ever again. There were stories of him being understandably depressed and now it was confirmed.

Fast forward to 2017 and there were signs that Daniel Bryan might actually be cleared to wrestle. The verbal feud between Bryan and The Miz on Smackdown and Talking Smack was gold. The Miz got real with Daniel Bryan and said things that hit close to home. It seemed as though a match was the only way this could end. At the same time, Daniel Bryan was talking about going to specialists and getting good news. Could this be true? Unexpectedly, The Miz was shipped over to RAW and the whole angle was dropped.

Three weeks before Wrestlemania, WWE and Daniel Bryan announced that he has been cleared to wrestle. Yes! Yes! Yes! Just when it looked like he would go elsewhere when his WWE deal expired, he’s back. The wrestling world lost their minds. What’s next? His first order of business was to fire Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn only to get beat down by them. They didn’t take it easy on him. He took some nice shots and even a powerbomb on the edge of the ring. Way to get thrown right back into the fire. This is gonna be fun. I expect Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon to take on Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens at Wrestlemania. A tag team match allows Bryan to not be the focal point and allows him to work his way back into ring shape. Knowing Daniel Bryan, he probably wants to go all out in that match. Stay healthy Daniel Bryan, wrestling needs you in it.

Sami Zayn + Kevin Owens = Gold

Smackdown 1-23-2018

I sure hope the rumors are true and Shinsuke Nakamura wins the Royal Rumble because Smackdown could use some excitement. Smackdown isn’t a bad show. They have great talent and interesting storylines, but there’s something missing.

This episode was way better than last week’s and did what it was supposed to do as a go home show, advance storylines and make me want to get the PPV. To be honest, I was gonna watch the Royal Rumble anyway. Too bad RAW had to pack in so much nostalgia instead of actually working on getting people excited about the PPV.

Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens are the best thing on WWE TV right now. Snarky Sami Zayn is the best Sami Zayn. I love AJ Styles, but the idea of WWE co-champions KO and Sami sounds like pure gold. How would that even work? That’s what’s great about it, not to mention the eventual turn and match between these two. Go back and watch their feud on the WWE Network; it’s fantastic.

AJ takes the bait from Sami and KO and accepted their challenge to fight them both in one night. Daniel Bryan continues to give the illusion that he’s stacking the deck against AJ. I somehow think this storyline ends with a big swerve. There’s no way the fans want to boo Daniel Bryan. I see Shane McMahon somehow joining KO and Sami. A heel Shane is easy to boo, especially if he starts to morph into a milder version of Mr. McMahon. If Daniel Bryan does get cleared to wrestle, a Shane O Mac – Daniel Bryan feud could be interesting.

AJ beats Owens, but loses to Sami Zayn. Both matches delivered, and Shane tried to even the odds by trying to make sure AJ only had to worry about one competitor at at time. Great stuff and two storylines advanced at the same time. What a concept! Who knew WWE had it in them? There’s no way RAW and Smackdown have the same writers.

Chad Gable and Jey Uso had a great back and forth match. Gable can do so many things in the ring. I wonder if he’ll get a chance as a singles competitor because he deserves to do more than just be part of a tag team. Gable wins. I wonder if WWE would put the titles on Gable and Benjamin at the Royal Rumble? The Usos are probably the best tag team on the planet right now, but Jey Uso getting a DUI recently might give them a reason to switch the titles.

The rest of the show also delivered. Shinsuke Nakamura beat Baron Corbin by DQ when Randy Orton decided to show up and RKO everyone. Good, physical match prior to that. Earlier, Nakamura gave a backstage interview without his mouthpiece in. Finally! His English isn’t the greatest and that mouthpiece wasn’t helping. It made a huge difference.

Naomi beat Liv Morgan in a singles match that ended with all the Smackdown women in the ring after the match. Liv Morgan had some nice moves and looks to be improving in the ring. She certainly has life after the Riott Squad. Nice tension at the end of this segment when Becky Lynch went after Naomi and tried to put her over the top rope. Every woman for themself.

Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston, and Bobby Roode vs Rudev Day and Jinder Mahal. Pretty good match. Everyone had a chance to look strong, especially Bobby Roode. Woods pins English, and the crowd is happy. Rusev did his thing here, but they need to do more with him. The fans love Rusev Day and this could go far if WWE let it. Rusev should be going for the US Title next. Jinder is done. Let Rusev chase, it’ll be a lot of fun.

Match of the night: AJ Styles vs Sami Zayn
Pop of the night: AJ Styles. The guy is money.
No reaction of the night: Naomi. Yes she glows in the dark, but I don’t feel any excitement when she comes out. Fans aren’t really feeling the glow.

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