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Smackdown Report 12-19-17

Smackdown Live came to us from Newark, NJ this week, Here is the breakdown of the show. 

Main Storylines

  • Shane McMahon vs. Daniel Bryant with the careers of Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens in flux. 
    • This storyline is starting to play with ideas from the past, 'best for business', The Authority, the Occupy WWE movement...this is working. I really, really like it...as long as Saxton stops playing company lapdog and forgets all reason.
    • Also, this took 15 minutes of a 2 hour show...that's not a good sign.
  • Women's Royal Rumble
    • Charlotte wants some. So does Naomi. But if Charlotte is already Smackdown Women's champion, what is she fighting for? If she wins does she face Alexa and unify the belts? Surely not. We actually don't know what the winner of the Women's Rumble gets, other than a spot in history of course.
  • Rusev Claus.
    • Yes, Yes, a million times yes.
  • Dolph Ziggler as US Champion
    • He celebrated by leaving the title in the ring...that's odd.


Match of the Night

The New Day vs. Rusev and Aiden English

This match should not have been match of the night. It was the holiday gimmick match meant purely to be silly and fill up time. It was silly and it did fill up time but the rest of the matches on the card were just average and/or predictable. Not the best Smackdown of the year by any stretch but this match was at least entertaining and brought the best out of the crowd and at points the announce team. 
 

Surprises

  • Dolph Ziggler leaving the US Title in the ring and walking out. Weird for sure but at least I'm curious about where they are going with him, which is a change from how I've felt about his booking recently.