WWE SmackDown Review (2/21): Who Won This Week’s MVP?, AJ Styles, Alexa Bliss, Standout Moments
1) Heartbreak City – Much like when Finn Balor (who needed to drop the name after his shoulder damage) Naomi used to be pressured to do the similar remaining night time, because of a knee damage she won at Elimination Chamber. I think love it’s just right for reviewers to let their biases recognized when speaking about those presentations, and within the spirit of that, Naomi is one among my absolute favourite wrestlers within the WWE. Not in line with skill within the ring or anything else function, I simply revel in her as an individual, should you watch Total Divas, you’ll be able to have a just right sense of what I am speaking about.
Anyways, with that during thoughts, it used to be horrible that she needed to relinquish the name, and perhaps her spot at this yr’s Strive againstMania, it is advisable inform it harm, as a result of she cried extra final night time than when she if truth be told gained the Women’s Championship. She’s been at the brief finish of the stick relating to Strive againstMania appearances (losses, fast appearances, or minimize utterly from the display) and this used to be, perhaps, her giant second. As unlucky it’s for Naomi, Alexa used to be there to take in each and every bit of warmth by way of coming right down to the hoop and doing what she does absolute best, make folks mad. It used to be a bummer of a phase for this super-fan, however bias apart, a great opening to the display, which transitioned proper right into a name fit between Alexa and Becky.
2) Fury Reigns Supreme – Live crowd used to be very a lot into the name fit, Becky and Alexa did their factor, striking on a forged, but unspectacular fit. Not strangely, Alexa were given the name again after slicing Becky within the throat and getting the roll-up win. I am curious to peer how WWE switches gears with the name fit at Strive againstMania, with Nikki Bella tied up in that combined tag fit and the enthusiasts desiring a damage from Becky and Alexa, until WWE makes a decision to separate up Mickie and Alexa. it is imaginable now not a lot will occur.
three) Finisher Her – Things did not final lengthy within the ring as Nikki went for the kendo stick early, taking it to Nattie as the 2 made their method out to the gang. For no matter explanation why, Nikki went for a variety of pin makes an attempt very early within the fit, which gave the impression foolish as there used to be no method this might finish so temporarily. Funny second after Nattie were given kicked close to the gang, the mics picked her up pronouncing “Good process” after which Nikki spoke back “Yeah? Am I doing a just right process?” Commentary did not lend a hand them out in any respect by way of staying utterly silent right through the dialog.
Later, Nikki went for an Alabama Slam at the announce desk, which failed to budge one bit, making the have an effect on glance that a lot nastier. Back within the ring, minor mistake got here when Nikki were given to the ropes all through a submission and Natalya broke the hang, despite the fact that she did not need to. The two made their means behind the curtain one ultimate time and Maryse were given blasted, all over again, however this time, she did not let it pass as she got here out with a lead pipe and beat the hell out of Nikki. Enter Miz, who unusually (for his gimmick) dragged her away, Nattie used to be in a position to take merit, and collected the win to in all probability finish their feud. Overall a really perfect fit that absolutely applied the principles, gave Nattie a pleasant bump, and were given Nikki to her subsequent feud.
four) Rumble, Young Man, Rumble – No giant surprises early on when Mojo (by way of Corbin), Kalisto (via Ziggler), Ziggler (via Crews), and Crews (through Corbin) have been all eradicated first. The not likely winners all were given a tight period of time within the ring despite the fact that prior to the 4 went despatched out in a flurry. Cena then controlled to ship Miz out of the hoop, with Cena eliminating Miz’s name alternatives on two events; the writing is at the wall. Ambrose were given the most productive of Corbin, who went ballistic, and gave the End of Days to Ambrose at the flooring.
While that used to be happening, Miz jumped again in and eradicated Cena from the fit, so now Cena has some forged red meat with Miz. Fast ahead to all 3 last males teetering at the apron, Harper used to be in a position to get rid of Dean with a kick to the intestine, getting us to 2 (Harper and Styles) and smartly, that finishing used to be lovely terrible. I am getting WWE needs to increase issues up to imaginable, however no less than give the general guys a place that may in reality be tricky to inform who hit first. Clearly, Styles hit the ground prior to Luke, storyline or now not, let’s now not insult wrestling enthusiasts’ intelligence. On the plus aspect, we get to peer Styles and Harper pass at it subsequent week in what will have to be an out of this world fit.
The Usos – Some would possibly utterly disagree, however I am serious about their present gimmick, now not best has turning them heel given The Usos a recent vibe, however they have got ‘It’s now not paranoia, it is The Usos!” as their new line. It’s implausible as a result of they may be able to inform such a lot of random tales ahead of losing that line on their fighters. The tag department is extremely vulnerable now, so Jimmy and Jey’s easiest influence of The Briscoes is actually making them stick out from the present crop of groups. I would not thoughts an overly long feud between them and American Alpha till WWE can in point of fact work out the opposite groups.
Dolph Ziggler – You noticed the promo, and you already know precisely why. I am not positive what used to be worse: the silly promo, the silly background, or the superkick that broke the silly background.
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This Week’s MVP
Natalya – Not handiest did she win the Falls Count Anywhere fit, however she took some exhausting bumps alongside the best way. Getting whacked by way of kendo stick a lot of occasions, taking an Alabama slam at the announce desk, after which getting throw face first right into a reflect. I nonetheless is probably not partial to her present gimmick, however she went to paintings remaining night time.
An extraordinary night time the place the finishing left me unenthusiastic and the center portions have been moderately just right. As I discussed ahead of, SmackDown has an extended tactics till Strive againstMania, this night they did an ideal task pushing forward storylines and making each and every fit really feel actually necessary. It’s on the level the place each and every element of the display will have to be watched sparsely, as it in fact issues down the street.
Grade (out of 10): 7.five (Last Week: 6.five)