Sami Zayn explains his heel turn, Luke Harper & Erick Rowan repackaged and more in this WWE Smackdown, Oct. 10, 2017 review... Subscribe to WrestleTalk ...
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Sami Zayn explains himself!
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan are still with
And Bobby Roode’s promo is not glorious.
I’m Oli Davis and this is the 10th October,
2017 edition of Smackdown Live...in about
American Beta beat The Ascension, Breezeango
& Hype Bros
The Usos and New Day opened Smackdown with
a show of respect - an Use Truce - really
putting over how brutal their Hell in a Cell
match was (even though Kofi Kingston was jumping
around clapping despite losing the championships
two nights before).
The Usos said, in comparison, all other Smackdown
tag teams suck.
This brought out the rest of the division
- don’t worry, I forgot Smackdown had other
teams too - like The Hype Bros (back of the
line!), The Ascension (back of the line!),
Breezeango (back of the-actually they’re
cool), and American Beta (back of the line!).
A very angry Daniel Bryan, wonderfully selling
the main event fallout from Hell in a Cell,
booked a number one contenders match between
the four teams, which American Beta won.
It was a very fun match, which juggled multiple
stories - The Ascension saving fan-favourites
Breezeango and the Hype Bros’ continued
Smackdown’s tag division is actually really
Hopefully we’ll get to see more of it now
the New Day and Usos’ fantastic feud is
Becky Lynch beat Carmella
Referencing their all-time great Welcoming
Committee faction, Natalya gloated backstage
to Tamina and Carmella about beating Charlotte
at Hell in a Cell.
But uh oh, look who’s behind you - it’s
only the person you were just insulting behind
Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Naomi scuffled
with the Welcoming Committee, and then Becky
made Carmella tap in the following match.
‘VICTORIOUS’ Kevin Owens gloated about
beating Shane McMahon next, but then confessed,
at one point in their match, he nearly died
- his soul separating from his body to stand
in line at the Pearly Gates - which, of course
being a heel, he cut his way to the front
But St Peter said Smackdown needs him, and
gave him a Guardian Angel in Sami Zayn.
It was a terrific promo, riffing on KO’s
delusional Heaven and Hell theme he’s had
throughout the Shane feud.
But we were all waiting for the explanation
of someone else.
Cue the still happy entrance music for the
freshly heel Zayn, where he said after doing
the right thing for all his career, he finally
saw the light several weeks ago - he’s gotta
be bad to get ahead.
For me, that’s where the promo should’ve
But then he continued onto Shane, and how
McMahon wanted to end Kevin’s career at
Hell in a Cell.
Shane is a psychopath, so that’s why Sami
made him lose.
The crowd were getting quieter and quieter,
the promo slightly overstaying its welcome.
In my opinion, they should’ve saved the
Shane stuff for a future episode.
Or, even better, don’t have Sami explain
himself at all, and just have Zayn and KO
beat up everyone in following tag match.
Shinsuke Nakamura & Randy Orton beat Rusev
& Aiden English
Because otherwise Shinsuke Nakamura & Randy
Orton beating Rusev & Aiden English was a
complete throwaway, presumably only booked
to give Shinsuke a win after losing to Jinder
Mahal two nights prior.
The Bludgeon Brothers
Then we finally found out where Luke Harper
and Erick Rowan have been for the last three
months - they’ve been bludgeoning!
Move aside realistic, violent rednecks, because
the props department just made two giant hammers.
Hopefully there’s more to their act, because
on first impressions, The Bludgeon Brothers
- the actual name they’re going by, not
me making up a silly one - is early 90s WWF
levels of goofy.
Also, the Bludgeon Brothers - B, B. 2B.
Perhaps at one point in time, Harper and Rowan
really were meant to redebut as Breezeango’s
Bobby Roode & Dolph Ziggler
Bobby Roode came out to say his debut pay-per-view
match was absolutely...pretty mediocre and
Because Bobby cheated to win on Sunday, though,
Dolph Ziggler demanded a rematch.
Unfortunately, Roode appeared to forget his
lines, and the segment was absolutely...painfully
Baron Corbin beat AJ Styles
AJ Styles lost his United States title rematch
clean against Baron Corbin in the main event,
hopefully meaning Styles is now finished with
the mid-card and he can move up to the WWE
Championship picture again - which is a title
so lacklustre right now, Jinder Mahal was
not missed at all on this show.
So that was this week’s Smackdown Live in
about 4 minutes, here’s the usual ratings
recap from top to bottom: SmackDamn, Smacktastic,
Smack Bang In The Middle, Ellsworthy and WHERE
WAS THE FASHION FILES AGAIN?
I’ll reveal my score very shortly, but first,
vote in the poll above my head to give it
your own rating.
I’ll announce the results in tomorrow’s
Smackdown had a lot of momentum coming out
of Sunday’s Hell in a Cell, and the fantastic
opening tag team segment seemed like this
episode was going to continue it.
But every segment afterwards ranked from average
to poor, and the most exciting storyline - Sami
Zayn’s heel turn - was explained away in
the least dramatic way possible.
Oh yeah, and no Pulp Fashion like advertised.
This week’s Smackdown is Ellsworthy.
What 4 better teams should WWE have booked
for the Shield reunion?
And Roman Reigns shoots on the Bullet Club!
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