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The Good, Bad and Ugly: WWE SmackDown Live (03/05/19)

Smackdown made history for Samoa Joe, but was it Good, Bad, or Ugly?

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Smackdown made history for Samoa Joe, but  did Bobby see the blue brand’s effort as Good, Bad, or Ugly?

Following a successful Raw onto SmackDown we go.  The SD Live crew always shows up With the big dance coming up very soon, will they continue to stay in overdrive or play it safe in cruise control?  On paper it looks like it will be full steam ahead!  Onto SmackDown Live!

GOOD

Open Challenge United States Championship Match- R-Truth (C) w/ Carmella vs. Samoa Joe vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade w/ Zelina Vega (Fatal 4-Way)

Lacey Evans again cat walked for no reason to open the challenge.  Then things got serious, when Samoa Joe, Rey Mysterio and Andrade did answer the challenge.  R-Truth was priceless.  This was a very brutal, physical contest.  All guys putting it on the line and leaving it all out there.  Samoa Joe was poised and did a ton of damage in and out of the ring.  Andrade and Mysterio put on their usual air show and it made for some amazing sights!  Everything those two have done together has been wonderful and we just cannot see enough of it!  Just as no one seemed like they could finish this off, Samoa Joe took out Mysterio and hit his a disgusting Urinage dropping Andrade and winning the United States Championship!  This was jaw dropping all around.  Samoa Joe with the belt could lead to some red hot matches as well.  This was fantastic and Joe looked as shocked as the audience that he just won.

Ricochet and Aleister Black vs. The Bar

Suffering their first loss on Raw this week, (via DQ).  NXT’s finest wanted to bounce back quickly.  What better way than defeating the well decorated team “The Bar.”  Cesaro and Shamus beat down Ricochet and kept him isolated.  The action looked Good.  In comes a fresh Aleister Black.  Black blew up taking full control until a Cesaro finally broke him down.  Again The Bar took control.  Black countered with a huge “Black Mass” on Cesaro, made the tag to Ricochet, dove onto Shamus on the outside taking him out.  Ricochet hits his “630” for the impressive victory!  Always on, always Good.  Rusev and Nakamura along with The Bar dismantled the NXT upstarts until The Hardy’s made the much needed save.  This was awesome!  Great content, and great story!  Mixing Ricochet with the Hardy’s will be bananas. 

Kevin Owens vs. Rowen w/ WWE Champion Daniel Bryan

As the sole purpose of the match is to hype the Fastlane Main Event, it was no surprise that after jawing from the announce table at K.O. The rivals went at it but with the numbers on the Champs side, Rowan and Daniel Bryan beat Kevin Owens down.  Out of the blue, Mustafa Ali made the save and even though he took a few hits made a huge impact.  Kevin Owen wins by D.Q. and hits a devastating Stunner for redemption.  The match did its job, was quick and looked Good.  The whole thing was a big success and should carry over to Fastlane with a decent amount of heat. 

Charlotte Flair

The Queen is pure evil right now and she cannot and will not let Becky Lynch rest at any moment.  Flair wants her belt and will not stop until that is the result.  She is a pure heel and does her job very well.  This whole triple threat at WrestleMania is a shame though as we all know what match it should be.  Now a triple threat is looking like the reality.  Fastlane will solidify everything.  Charlotte only took the time to torment her rival and the audience further but after some buildup, “The Man” came calling.  Lynch came out at the request of Charlotte for a “discussion.”  Lynch hobbled to the ring much like Monday on Raw.  She can barely stand and always has her trusty crutch.  The one legged girl in the “lass kicking” contest will not be denied.  It was Charlotte who had the edge though, taking advantage of her injured rival.  Charlotte brutally attacked Lynch.  She worked the knee and with the “figure 8” in her back pocket and fresh bruises from getting smashed with a crutch, Lynch is in trouble.  Lynch however tried to rip Charlotte’s arm off screaming until being broken up by the officials.  This will be a Good one at Fastlane and was a Good one on SD Live. 

BAD

Opening Segment

The WWE Heavyweight Champion “The New” Daniel Bryan

Personally I am a fan of “Heel” Daniel Bryan.  He is on top of his game and the crowd is not doing the “Yes” movement as much if at all.  All Good things.  The Champ has transformed well into his role and is quick to turn on the heat with his once beloved audience.  The beginning of the segment of really long recapping everything like this on live tv is a Bad look, and for some reason this seemed pretty long having talent in the ring.  Rowan is just too much.  He could never be taken seriously.  He is just too funny.  He is doing his job though and fulfilling his role well.  This starting getting old and longwinded.  Kevin Owens made his entrance mic in hand.  KO is a promo machine and doesn’t disappoint.  Of course this got physical and number won.  Rowan and Daniel Bryan beat down the upcoming Challenger.

The Miz w/ Shane McMahon vs. Jey Uso w/ Jimmy Uso

Starting things off with the Uso’s talking trash was unnecessary.  What was even more unnecessary was having McMiz also chime in before the match.  Just get to the action please, we already get it!  It was said it was a very physical match but that must have been during the commercial time because it was very slow and awkward most of the time from what was seen.  Jimmy did a really unique move interfering trying to help his brother pin the Miz but Shane got him with a flying clothesline.  After getting even, Miz hits a “skull crushing finale” to finish Jey Uso off and pick up the victory.  Really wasn’t very Good.  With talent as Good as they are, this wasn’t up to par.  Disappointing match.

UGLY

Mandy Rose w/ Sonya Deville vs. Naomi

It is a shame that Mandy Rose and not Sonya Deville is getting the shot at Asuka, but maybe the latter will be the result of this little match at Fastlane.  Deville vs. Asuka at WrestleMania anyone?  The heat from the previous matches and the whole marriage drama angle still was fresh as the Glow was felt in a horrible way.  Like the previous times this wasn’t the best we have seen.  Unfortunately the match was another Ugly shame.  Sonya Deville comes in heavy with the distraction, allowing Mandy Rose to take out Naomi and pick up the quick win.  Asuka decided that she was bored backstage and made short work of her Fastlane opponent and her bestie!  Mandy Rose is looking to get crushed at Fastlane but it is interesting to see what will come next for WrestleMania. 

FINAL

  • Good- 4
  • Bad- 2
  • Ugly- 1

Overall

Good but really struggled.  This one squeaked by on the Good meter and almost joined Raw in the penalty box.  There were some really subpar moments and some really slow Bad content at times but SD Live pulled the nose up and made it all Good.  Barely.

So it’s been kind of a rough week so far but the best is yet to come.  NXT is next and if history repeats itself, we are in for a Good night!  See you on the next Good, Bad and Ugly! 


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Cook’s Top 5: Miz Moments

Cook brings the most must see Top 5 of the week! Is it obvious or a MIZtery?

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This week is all about our new WWE Champion, The Miz!

Let’s be honest, Miz might not hold the Championship for too long. He’s got a big match with Bobby Lashley next week. We wish him luck, and maybe something unlikely will happen resulting in Miz holding on to the title longer than anybody expects. Still, I feel the need to get this particular edition of the Top 5 out there as soon as possible.

Here are the Top 5 Miz Moments!

5. Main Eventing WrestleMania

The match itself…not so great. Miz was obviously the third most important person in the match. He also suffered a concussion. But the guy still main evented WrestleMania and beat John Cena, which is something that not too many other people can say. This will remain Miz’s biggest WrestleMania match unless they get Bad Bunny to wrestle him this year.

4. A Ladder Match with Dolph Ziggler

Miz & Ziggler have quite a bit in common. Both hail from the Cleveland area. Both prefer to think of themselves as being from Hollywood. They’re both egotistical characters that make up for what they might lack in size with ego. They’ve been in WWE forever with limited changes to their character, pretty much on the same level of the card. Naturally, they get along pretty well & have good chemistry.

2016 saw the best incarnation of their on-screen issues, with Miz & Ziggler trading the Intercontinental Championship back & forth. The Ladder Match ending the feud at TLC is considered by most to be Miz’s best match. I don’t have a ton of other options off the top of my head, so we’ll go with that.

3. The First MITB Cash-In

You always remember your first. At this point in time, much like here in 2021, Miz wasn’t seen as the most believable choice to be WWE Champion. However, the man had a briefcase, and, importantly, this was back before the briefcase gimmick was completely run into the ground. So when Miz ran down at the end of Raw to cash in on Randy Orton, it got a tremendous reaction.

People were either really happy or really angry. I was on the angry side of the spectrum, especially since I had a cold and was writing a news column during all of this. Man, I remember when the week or so a year I would a cold was the only time I really felt like crap.

What can I say, Miz has grown on me over the years.

2. Feuding with The King

A lot of old school wrestling fans found it hard to believe that The Miz had become WWE Champion when more deserving wrestlers from their childhood never had been. Heck, Jerry Lawler, a God of Memphis rasslin who piledrove Andy Kaufman into oblivion, had never even gotten a shot at that title, even though he’d worked for WWE for nearly twenty years. Seemed wrong to a lot of people, but nobody expected that wrong to be addressed.

Lawler was celebrating his sixty-first birthday the week after Miz defeated Randy Orton for the WWE Championship. One thing led to another, and Lawler got his very first WWE Championsgip opportunity. In a TLC match! They got the fans believing that Lawler could win the title…until that pesky Michael Cole kept Lawler from climbing further up the ladder.

It was nice to see the King get another important run on WWE television long after we thought it was possible. A large part of the reason it was possible? The Miz. He portrayed himself as just beatable enough that the title change could happen. Also held up his end of the bargin in the promos, which was never easy for Lawler’s opponents.

I know everybody likes a title change, but this was the best work Miz did during his first WWE Championship reign by a wide margin.

Honorable Mention: Marrying Maryse

You knew I had to mention this, right?

1. Talking Smack to Daniel Bryan

I’ve always been a Daniel Bryan guy. Back when he was Miz’s “rookie” on NXT, I thought the idea that Miz would have something to teach him was a bit outrageous. It was an interesting pairing though, and the Miz/Bryan relationship/rivalry has provided plenty of compelling moments over the years.

None moreso than the night where Miz did something that a lot of people didn’t think was possible: make himself seem right & Daniel Bryan seem wrong. The way Miz defended himself in this tirade was pretty much impossible to argue with. Maybe Miz doesn’t wrestle the way that hardcore wrestling fans would like, but he is pretty much the prototypical WWE Superstar of his era. He always works hard, is never hurt, and you don’t have to worry about him embarrassing himself or the company.

This promo raised Miz’s character to another level at the time, and definitely added some fuel to the fire for Bryan’s eventual return. If you want to see one Miz promo that sums up who he is & was, this would be it.


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Bodeen’s Top 5 Moments: WWE Elimination Chamber 2021

Bodeen Green is back with your look at his Top 5 Moments from WWE Elimination Chamber!

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Bodeen Green is back with your look at his Top 5 Moments from WWE Elimination Chamber!

Due to the short build between the Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber, there was a general lack of excitement from fans heading into the Elimination Chamber Pay-Per-View, especially with the lack of established matches on the card. Despite this, the Elimination Chamber was still a solid show to watch, mainly due to both chamber matches being fun to watch, with the last chamber match, having a shocking but awesome twist.  So as we leave the Elimination Chamber and take yet another step forward on the Road to WrestleMania, let us look at the top 5 moments that stood out on this short but solid show.

5. Riddle becomes United States Champion

Heading into this match, it seemed highly unlikely that Riddle would beat the United States Champion, Bobby Lashley. Even though the match was a triple threat match and Riddle did not have to pin Lashley to win the title, fans had seen Riddle lose to Bobby time and time again, making it seem the only real threat to Lashley’s title reign in the match was Keith Lee. However after Lee was taken out and John Morrison won a match on the pre-show earlier in the night, things seemed somewhat possible for Riddle.

All three men looked good in this match, as Lashley dominated the start of the match, helping fans get their breath back from the opening Elimination Chamber. This would force Riddle and John Morrison to team up on Lashley, despite being teamed up on Lashley would fight back and seemed to have things won as he put the hurt lock on John Morrison, only for Riddle to attack Lashley with the crutch belonging to MVP and pin John Morrison to become United States Champion

Yet again, special credit has to be given to MVP as a manager, he serves a purpose and actually looks like he’s being effective in helping Lashley. An example of this was MVP encouraging Lashley to stay outside the ring to recover as Riddle and Morrison treaded blows inside the ring.

4. The Tribal Chief reigns supreme for now

Instead of defending the Universal Championship inside the Elimination Chamber, Roman Reigns would use his power to face the winner of the SmackDown Elimination Chamber match, straight after the match. This was yet another great heel move from Roman as it once again showed how much power he has backstage due to his bloodline and role as a main-event player.

After Daniel Bryan survived a brutal chamber match, Roman Reigns would come out straight after the match, giving Daniel Bryan little time to recover. Roman would go to spear Daniel, only for Daniel to reverse it into the Yes Lock, making the impossible seem possible, only for Roman to counter and punish Daniel, locking in the guillotine for the win.

After holding the Universal Title, Roman would be hit with a spear by Edge, who seemed to copy Roman from earlier on SmackDown as he whispered in Roman’s ear, before pointing to the WrestleMania sign, giving fans his answer on who he’s gonna face at WrestleMania.

3. An Awesome finish

After The Miz won the Money In The Bank briefcase at Hell In A Cell against Otis, it seemed like every Pay-Per-View he would give Drew McIntyre a threat, stating he was going to cash in, however as time went on, it seemed more unlikely he would ever successfully cash in the Money In The Bank briefcase and win the WWE Championship from Drew McIntyre.

Each after he pulled out of the Elimination Chamber match, it still seemed unlikely Miz would cash in successfully, especially with it being so close to WrestleMania. However, after we saw backstage footage of The Miz talking to MVP backstage before the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship, things started to become interesting.

After McIntyre had won the Elimination Chamber match to retain his WWE Championship, Bobby Lashley would come out and dominate Drew, leaving The Miz to cash in on Drew, allowing Miz to win the WWE Championship, putting a massive twist on the Road to WrestleMania.

2. McIntyre survives the Elimination Chamber   

The Elimination Chamber match was filled with heaps of sub feuds, especially with the WWE Champion, Drew Mcintyre who had old rivals in Randy Orton and AJ Styles, as well as a new feud with his former best friend Sheamus, despite this, Drew would keep a level head and dominate everyone in the match, before eventually hitting a claymore on AJ Styles to win the match and retain his title before The Miz would cash in.

Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton would start the match before Drew would come in and dominate both men. Kofi Kingston would come in next and hit Orton with a roll-up to score a shock elimination. Orton would RKO both Hardy and Kofi, allowing Styles to have an advantage as Omos helped destroy his pod, so Styles could enter early in the match. Kofi would be eliminated by Sheamus, as well as Hardy who was eliminated by Drew.

AJ, Sheamus and Drew would trade blows, with Sheamus hitting Drew with a Brogue kick, only for Styles to hit the Phenomenal Forearm on Sheamus to eliminate him. With Drew now battered and broken Styles would attempt a Phenomenal Forearm on Drew, only for Drew to hit a Claymore Kick in mid-air to survive and win a great Elimination Chamber match.

1. Daniel Bryan goes the distance 

Despite the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship being a great match I personally found the opening chamber match earlier in the night much more enjoyable. It felt much more smooth and natural than the later chamber match with all 6 men involved looking strong with Daniel Bryan, being the clear MVP of the match as he entered the chamber first with fellow dark horse Cesaro and went on to win his third Elimination Chamber match.

Cesaro and Daniel would start things off slow as they entered the match first. King Corbin would then come out, followed by an irate Sami Zayn who could not believe we entered forth. Corbin would be the first eliminated after Cesaro put him the Sharpshooter. Kevin Owens and Jey Uso would then come out with Owens eliminating Sami. As Sami exited the ring Jey would trap Kevin’s arm in the Chamber door, superkicking him then eliminating him.

Cesaro would then mount a comeback only for Jey to ruin his momentum as he superkicked Cesaro and hit a splash to eliminate him. Jey would then attempt a splash of a wounded Bryan, only for Bryan to get his knees up and hit Jey with the running knee to win the Elimination Chamber match.

These were my top 5 moments from the Elimination Chamber. What were your top 5 moments and what did you think of both Elimination Chamber matches? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 


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