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Randy Orton at WrestleMania? And make sure you vote in the poll above my head to let
me know what you thought of the show – where you can choose from: SmackDamn, SmackTastic,
Smack Bang in the Middle, SmackDowner and A Smack in the Face. This is the 12th of March
2019 edition of Smackdown Live. Shane McMahon sweated his way out to the ring
to explain why he beat up The Miz and MizDad at Fastlane Baby last Sunday. He even brought
the Best in the World trophy out of storage – so Greg Hamilton could introduce as the
best wrestler in the world. And when he got it wrong, Shane just made him do it again.
Shane explained that people have been trying to leech off him for years – and that he would
beat Miz down again at WrestleMania. This was a serviceable opening segment, and I hope
we get to see more of Shane badgering Greg Hamilton to do his introduction better as
that will be a nice character beat. NXT call-ups Aleister Black and Ricochet teamed
with The Hardy Boyz to take on The League of Nations 2.0 team of The Bar, Rusev and
Shinsuke Nakamura next in a short match. Everyone hit some big moves, but New Day ran down to
cause the DQ and lay out all of the heels. Big E was my personal standout here – showing
a totally serious side and laying waste to bad guys while he was full of piss and vinegar.
This New Day rocks. The Usos then cut a promo in a smokey hallway
looking for new challengers… ..And Randy Orton came out for a promo. Blimey
it must be Mania season. He cut a promo that we’ve heard 1,000 times before, but this
was really great – saying that while AJ Styles was wrestling in bingo halls and tanning with
Dixie Carter he was winning World Championships in WWE, winning Royal Rumbles and headlining
WrestleMania. AJ came out to defend the honour of the indies, saying that Randy only made
it to WWE because of his Dad and only got popular using a knock off Diamond Cutter.
Randy mocked AJ and the Bullet Club for ripping off the Too Sweet hand gesture, and the said
that Smackdown was really the house he built, he’s the landlord, and “the rent is due
you son of a bitch”. Now you know this feud is serious. AJ pointed to the WrestleMania
sign, challenging Orton to take the rent from him. As I said, we’ve trodden this ground
many times before and the Indies vs. WWE gimmick isn’t anything new – but I loved this segment
and thought it was some of the best work Orton has done since his abandoned vicious character
we had last year in his feud with Jeff Hardy. Asuka quickly beat Sonya Deville when Mandy
Rose used the ring apron to trip Deville, continuing the split of Fire & Desire – and
the trend of not giving Asuka a credible challenger to her title. WrestleMania is three weeks
away, and there are no signs of a storyline or feud for The Empress as of right now which
really, really sucks. It’s going to be Lacey Evans. And it won’t be a member of the IIConics
either, as they cut a promo backstage asking why Bayley and Sasha Banks have not been on
Smackdown since winning the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships even though they said
they would defend them on all three brands. You know they have a point guys, you’ve
been on NXT and not Smackdown?! What is the blue brand not good enough for you? IIconics
challenged Boss N Hug to show up on Smackdown . It’s quite sad to see just how much Becky
Lynch has cooled off with this needlessly convoluted feud with Ronda Rousey – which
Lynch made fun of by pointing out just how silly this story has been in her promo. Charlotte
Flair came out to say a lot of the things we’ve heard her say already, and Becky said
that while Flair has been in charge of the women’s division for 4 years, she’s the
one who got them into the main event of WrestleMania. This wasn’t a bad segment by any stretch
of the imagination, but it was a bit lacklustre. Despite advertising Samoa Joe defending his
United States Championship against R-Truth – Card Subject To Change – it was turned into
a tag team match where Truth teamed with Rey Mysterio to take on Joe and his teammate Andrade.
This had a lot of fun spots as we’ve come to expect from these four, and saw Rey roll
up Samoa Joe for a surprise pin – perhaps setting up a Joe vs. Rey match at WrestleMania. The tag match between Daniel Bryan & Rowan
taking on Mustafa Ali & Kevin Owens appeared to have two goals: write Owens and Ali out
of the WWE Championship picture for the time being, and put over that Rowan is an unstoppable
beast with a devastating Claw Slam which has now been renamed The Iron Claw. Which is not
as a good as your suggestions from last week. And Rowan being pushed as an unbeatable monster
played into the main event segment, where New Day argued with Vince McMahon why Kofi
Kingston deservers and has earned a title shot at Daniel Bryan. Big E and Xavier Woods
were great here, speaking for Kofi first by saying that he has been a loyal soldier for
WWE and yet he’s still treated like garbage, but Vince shut them both down by saying he
wished Kofi did deserve a shot – he just isn’t main event calibur – even saying that he had
a chat with Daniel Bryan who told him that he thinks Kofi is nothing more than a B+ player.
Echoing the same words that Triple H and Stephanie McMahon said of Bryan during the build for
WrestleMania XXX. Kofi finally spoke up and cut a fabulous promo, saying he never complained
when he was taken away from his family, and he’s not going to start now – he just wanted
to know what he needed to do to get the shot so he can do it. And Vince revealed what he
has to do: telling him next week he’ll run the gauntlet against Randy Orton, Samoa Joe,
The Bar and Rowan. Perhaps I’m fantasy booking myself into a corner, but I would love to
see that match take up the whole two hours next week. I really enjoyed this week’s Smackdown Live,
and I’m really digging this Kofi Kingston storyline. While I could have done without
the evil McMahon authority figure – because that’s been done to death – Kofi having
to defy the odds once again is a lot of fun. I also really liked the AJ Styles and Randy
Orton segment but that could just be because of the TNA references, and I’m all for the
IIconics challenging Boss N Hug to finally show up on Smackdown. It’s still such a
shame that Asuka is rudderless at the moment, though. This week’s Smackdown Live is SmackTastic. And now over to Oli Daivs with news about
Roman Reigns being pulled from Raw… Great SmackDown review, Luke. Hopefully Kofi
will go onto beat Randy Orton in next week’s gauntlet match, win the WWE Championship from
Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania, and then go onto have an all-time classic feud with rapper
Eminem. Wait, what? Eminem, aka, Slim Shady, aka, Marshall Mathers
III, aka Jimmy ‘B-Rabbit’ Smith, aka the guy my mum wouldn’t let me buy the album
for when I was 13 because of all the swearwords has reportedly reached a deal to appear on
SmackDown when it moves to Fox this October. According to Fightful, Eminem will contribute
to the soundtrack of WWE 2K20 this year, similar to how P. Diddy aka Puff Daddy aka Puff aka
Puffy aka Diddy aka Sean Combs aka Brother Love curated the soundtrack for 2K17.
But Eminem’s involvement won’t stop there, as Fightful claim there’s also an agreement
for the rapper to feature on TV later this year “in part to promote the launch of WWE
Smackdown Live on the Fox Network. WWE is also planning on having a championship belt
produced for Eminem.” After Daniel Bryan had his custom Vegan title belt, maybe Eminem’s
should be made of Marshall Leathers… Rappers are nothing new to WWE programming,
with Snoop Dogg being the Playboy BunnyMania Lumberjack match’s MC at WrestleMania 24
– yay, women’s revolution! – and John Cena releasing seminal rap album You Can’t See
Me in 2005. Rappers also often have many different gimmicks,
can cut really good promos, and don’t stay retired. Rap and wrestling are pretty much
the same. For what it’s worth, though, Eminem’s
spokesperson has denied Fightful’s report to Pro Wrestling Sheet, claiming: “There
was a very brief, exploratory conversation that involved a third party and 2K Sports,
not Eminem’s team. It has not gone beyond preliminary discussions, and any reports to
the contrary are false. Right now there are no plans to further pursue it.”
Fightful, however, are sticking by their report, adding “We’ve been subsequently told that
Eminem’s team and management weren’t happy about the news leaking on Tuesday afternoon.
Whether or not that means that the for the deal itself is speculation.”
A belt I presume he’ll win in some kind of rap battle contest against The Bar. Ice,
ice, baby. Because who knows if The Usos are going to still be with the company? Not even their real-life Use Roman Reigns,
who has spoken to TalkSport.com about the current SmackDown tag team champions potentially
leaving WWE when their contracts expire next month along with his not-real-life brother
Dean Ambrose: “The Usos… obviously they are my family.
But Dean is the same way. That’s the hardest part for me. These situations where the business
comes up and I’m always for giving advice, giving my perspective and what I might do
in that situation, but when it comes down to it this is business
and these men are businessmen and they’re going to have to take care of themselves and
get the numbers and the years on the contracts that they want.
Because at the end of the day, only we know what we want as an individual, as a person.
“But yeah, for me, I can only give them the advice that I would want and that is to
be happy and that’s what I’ll tell them. “Whatever that entails, do what you have
to do to make you and your family happy… That’s the most important thing for me,
that we all achieve that happiness and we get that closure we need to move on.” Reigns was brutally taken out by a Drew McIntyre
Claymore on Monday’s episode of Raw, with WWE playing up a concussion injury angle backstage.
It appears this will carry onto next Monday’s show in Chicago’s Allstate Arena, as Roman
is no longer being advertised for the TV taping on WWE’s website. The venue’s listing
has also removed Reigns from the line up, instead advertising a match between Seth Rollins
& Dean Ambrose taking on Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin. WHY ARE YOU A TEAM?
This suggests that Ambrose hasn’t been written off TV by McIntyre’s beatdown on Monday’s
episode for him to leave the company. Hopefully Roman no longer being advertised
for Monday’s Raw is just for kayfabe injury purposes, which is supported by WWE announcing
yesterday that Reigns will be feature on WWE’s overseas tour of the UK in May. Most likely
still facing Baron Corbin as that feud will never end.
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