Smackdown

Black and Blue – “It’s Lit” Edition (Dec.23)

Credit: WWE.com
Credit: WWE.com

Watching Smackdown on a Tuesday night was a treat, and I’d love to see more of these throughout the year. Since it was airing the night after Raw, I felt as if there was more to look forward to. While parts of the show fell flat, there were was enough to keep me hooked.

The New Day vs The Lucha Dragons

I wonder who has the job of wrapping up all those gifts on the entrance stage. It was the only thing I could think of when watching the New Day make their way to the ring.

When was the last time a title was defended on Smackdown? It was a great change of pace, as it was neat to see a match of true importance on this show. They must have some sort of plan for Kalisto, because the commentators put him over more than any other performer in the ring. With the amount of attention he’s currently receiving, I can’t even imagine the pop he’ll receive when he eventually wins the Lucha Dragons the tag titles. The spot of the match was Big E catching Sin Cara to finish the match. It was refreshing for the New Day to win with only some partial cheating. Overall, I was extremely pleased with this contest and it made for a great opener.

The Wyatt Family vs The Dudleys, Ryback, & Kane

After seeing so many variations of the Wyatts vs the dudleys, I can only mentally check out when they square off. Why is the WWE doing this? Can’t they give Bray another television program until the Rumble build begins? Him and his family have already defeated the Dudleys, several times.

Stardust/The Ascension/Neville/Titus Backstage Promo

I personally feel that the WWE always knows how to make a fun Christmas based feud/story for one specific show, and this was a great example. Not only was it festive, it gave some solid context for their eventual match.

League of Nations vs The Usos

How is Sheamus still the leader of the League? Shouldn’t it be Del Rio? He’s the only one in the group that holds any kind of gold at the moment.

Whoever was in charge of booking this show really had an itch for tag team action. I can’t recall the last time we were given three consecutive tag contests. Nitpicking aside, this match had all the purpose of being on this show, and I’m happy to see the writers following up on the ambush from Raw. I was shocked to see how littered this match was with kicks, but then I remembered each competitor uses them a lot. This could have easily ended in a no contest, because it would keep both parties looking strong. Why give the Usos a clean win on Raw, only to slow down their momentum?

Titus O’Neil & Neville vs The Ascension

For some reason, I was heavily invested in this Christmas match. It was a great way of getting Titus and Neville over on this show. Also, Santino’s presence was a bonus for the fans.

Charlotte vs Brie Bella

I think it’s fair to say that Brie has officially entered jobber status on this roster. Why was Charlotte the only one in the match wearing Christmas themed gear? It was off, because Bella didn’t participate. I quite enjoyed Becky Lynch on commentary, as she did a good job at building her innocent and sincere character. When this match had initially started, I wasn’t looking forward to it, but the drama with Team BAD made everything better.

Dean Ambrose vs Dolph Ziggler vs Kevin Owens

Similar to Ziggler vs Owens from last week, the WWE used the entire show to build this triple threat. With the simple use of recaps and backstage interviews, I was eagerly awaiting for this match to start. The spot(s) of the match occurred early, and it was Owens’ use of the Christmas decor as weapons. I especially loved when he whipped the gift wrapped box at Amborse’s face. Why couldn’t they just announce this as a Miracle on (insert number) Street fight? I’m sure by now, most of my readers have become aware of my love for Christmas themed wrestling. Never once did the action die down in this contest, and it was pretty clear that these three wanted to make this show memorable. Owens was the definite stand out here, from work rate to psychology. His ability to showcase his character’s aggression in the ring is incredible. The finish was perfect, and it’s a brilliant way to continue Ambrose-Owens as a TV program.

Conclusion

I’m not sure if anybody else felt the same way, but the flow of this episode was rather odd. It started off strong, went into a lull, and then picked up right in time for the Christmas tag team match. For a live show, I was expecting more from some of the other feuds. The low point of the show was the eight man tag match, while the high point was the main event. With the main event being as good as it was, this show gets a 7/10.

 

 

 

 

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