SmackDown, You’re Next!
Because Goldberg makes his return to respond to The Undertaker’s message from Raw! Plus, a huggable Moment of Bliss with SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley, and Kofi Kingston prepares for Super Showdown!
- The New Day VS Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens; The New Day wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship, Lumberjack Match: R-Truth VS Elias; Elias wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship, Under the Ring Match: Elias VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Carmella VS Alexa Bliss VS Charlotte Flair; Bliss wins and will challenge Bayley for the title at WWE Stomping Grounds.
- Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Apollo Crews; No Contest.
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The New Day opens SmackDown!
Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and a platter of pancakes are in Laredo, Texas to bring the positivity. Kofi himself has returned from his homecoming in Ghana, West Africa, refreshed having seen family and meeting both fans and dignitaries. But now, with mic in hand, Kofi says “If there’s one that I’ve learned over the past three months, is that life is crazy, man.” Life is full of surprises! Kofi thought he’d seen it all and done it all in his 11 years as a WWE superstar. From championships to friendships, and pancakes babyyyy~! But to be honest, it hasn’t all be highs. There were lows, too. But Kofi takes pride in having fought through the lows no matter what! And by doing that, he got the opportunity of a lifetime: winning THE WWE Championship at Wrestlemania! Fans let him know “You Deserve It!”
And as amazing as winning the grandest title on the grandest stage in front of his family was, what is most important is to inspire people to do whatever they want to do! To believe in themselves and that anything is possible! As such, we are treated to a video package to show how Kofi’s homecoming went. 26 years since he’s last been in Ghana, being there again was an experience full of love and admiration. Their WWE Champion makes His Excellency, President Nana Akufo-Addo and the entire country very proud. They support him 30 million strong! Kofi thanks them for being so welcoming.
Back in the present, fans cheer Kofi as he gets a touch emotional. After 26 years, Kofi was finally able to go home, his birthplace, and got to see the look in the people’s eyes. That was so amazing, to tell a child that they can be whatever the want to be, just like he did in his life. Kofi met aunts, uncles and cousins he hadn’t ever seen before, but Dolph Ziggler comes out to interrupt. Fans boo as Ziggler tells Kofi he is an inspiration for sure. If this were Super Showdown, they’d both be in the ring, but Ziggler respects Kofi’s sacrifice and journey too much. But this isn’t about that, this is about why Ziggler ended up this way. Ziggler won’t let fans cheer for Kofi, because it’s about Ziggler.
Now a video package plays for Ziggler’s journey. The great champions he defeated to become champion. His 14 years have been memorable and golden. Ziggler has had title after title, and yet, he has gotten nothing in return. Fans boo as Ziggler says he gave everything to the WWE Universe. He gave his soul to the WWE, and yet it’s Kofi who gets the glory. It’s Kofi who wins the WWE Championship when it should’ve been Ziggler! Ziggler says Kofi is a hero, “but one day, all of you will realize I am the hero” and it should’ve been him!! Kofi says no one is saying Ziggler hasn’t had a great career. Their careers have even been linked! Kofi knows how it is to be passed over, but after all of it, there’s one thing Ziggler left out. And now that footage rolls.
December 19th, 2017. Ziggler was the WWE United States Champion and he said he was unappreciated! Ziggler left the fans with the memory… of him quitting. Fans boo Ziggler again as Kofi brings up that if Ziggler says “It should’ve been me!”, but if that were true, it would’ve been. But whenever things don’t go Ziggler’s way, he quits! Ziggler walks out, turns his back and takes himself out of the game! That’s the difference between them. No matter how hard things got for Kofi, Kofi never quit! Kofi never quits on himself, on his brothers, or on the WWE Universe! Fans cheer Kofi on the agree. Ziggler keeps saying it should’ve been him? At Super Showdown, it won’t be Ziggler. And as long as Kofi has the title, it will NEVER be Ziggler!
Ziggler shows one more clip. When Ziggler attacked Kofi in his return to SmackDown! In the ring, outside of the ring, and with a chair in multiple ways, Ziggler brutalized Kofi all because he wants to be champion. Ziggler says Friday will be his day. But tonight, it’s Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn! The New Day takes on the best frenemies, can they win to keep Kofi strong going into Super Showdown?
The New Day VS Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens!
SmackDown returns as teams sort out. The bell rings as Xavier and Sami start. Sami clubs away on Woods’ back and then stomps him down. Fans boo but Sami backs off to taunt Kofi. Sami goes back to Woods for a headlock. Woods powers out but Sami runs him over with a shoulder. Things speed up and Woods dropkicks Sami down! Cover, TWO! Woods wrenches and brings Sami around, but Sami spins through to wrench back. Woods rolls and spins to wrench Sami back! Sami endures the standing armlock and Kofi tags in. Kofi climbs and drops ax handles on the arm. Kofi wrenches Sami while Ziggler watches backstage. Sami gets away and tags to Kevin.
Kofi welcomes Kevin as Kevin slowly approaches. The two go and Kofi gets a takedown! Kofi throws hands but Kevin shoves him away. Kofi keeps on Kevin with body shots and haymakers, but stops at the ref’s count. Kevni BOOTS Kofi back and then clubs away! Kevin stomps Kofi against the ropes, and shouts “This is MY show!” Fans are mixed as Kevin goes back to Kofi with a knee. Kevin taunts Woods but then Kofi hits back. Kevin whips Kofi corner to corner but Kofi goes up and dropkicks him down! Tag to Sami but Kofi dropkicks him, too! Kofi brings back the Unicorn Stampede! Tag to Woods, stomps, tag to Kofi, and repeat! Kofi whips Woods in for a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Woods keeps on Sami with a whip, but Sami holds ropes and bails out. Sami and Kevin regroup but so do the New Day. Kofi FLIES and wipes out Kevin! Sami protests but he gets wrecked by Woods’ dropkick! Woods keeps on Sami with CHOPS! He puts Sami in the ring but Kevin drags Woods down! Sami kicks Woods while he’s down, and now Kevin tags in. Kevin drags Woods out to throw him hard into barriers! “Who’s got something to say now?!” Fans boo in response, but Kevin goes back to stomp Woods more. Kevin drags Woods up and in and then hits a back senton! Cover, TWO! Kevin keeps his cool while Kofi and the fans cheer Woods on. Kevin drags Woods up but Woods fights back. But Kevin knees and clotheslines Woods down! Another senton, another cover, TWO!
SmackDown goes picture in picture as Kevin drags Woods away from Kofi. Kevin puts Woods in the corner and tags Sami. Sami mugs Woods and then chokes him on ropes. The ref backs Sami off but Kevin gets a cheap shot in! Kofi protests but Sami just taunts him more. Sami drags Woods back up and wrenches to a snapmare. Sami wraps a chinlock on and Woods endures. Fans rally up and Woods reaches for Kofi, but Sami uses the tights to bring Woods back down. The ref reprimands Sami about that, but Sami just squeezes tighter on Woods. Woods starts to fade, but he gets a second wind. Woods gest to his feet and fights out, but Sami pulls him back. They fight back and forth and Sami yanks Woods down!
Tag to Kevin, and Kevin stomps Woods back down. Kevin mocks Woods and crawls to Kofi, who obviously gets pissed. Kevin goes back to Woods and stomps him down again. Woods reels back, clutching his face. Kevin stomps him tot he corner and then drags him from ropes. Kevin blows a kiss to Kofi, but drops a senton onto knees! Sami tags in and goes after Woods, but Woods slips out of the back suplex! Woods hits Sami with the heel kick! Both men are down and fans are fired up! Woods crawls, but so does Sami, hot tags to Kevin, who takes Kofi out! Kevin blows kisses to the fans before he CHOPS Woods to a corner.
SmackDown returns to single picture as Kevin puts Woods on the top rope. Kevin punches Woods as he climbs up to join him. Woods fights back while Ziggler is still watching. Woods knocks Kevin away then drops him with a missile dropkick! Both men are down and crawling, hot tag to Sami and Kofi! Kofi springboard ax handles and then chops Sami down! Kofi dropkicks then hits a leaping lariat! Fans fire up again as Kofi hits the New Day Boom Drop! Kofi takes aim from a corner, but Kevin grabs his foot! Woods hits Kevin, but Sami dodges Kofi. Kofi SUPERKICKS, then Trouble in Paradise! Cover, The New Day wins!
Winners: The New Day, Kofi Kingston pinning
Kofimania is still rolling, but Ziggler SUPERKICKS Kofi!! And he SUPERKICKS Woods! Ziggler sure got out there from the backstage area fast. The Show-Off looms over Kofi, but will he be returning to SmackDown as the WWE Champion?
Shane is backstage on SmackDown.
And he asks the rowdy fans to quiet down a moment. There is a lot of speculation about what Shane did to Roman. Fans believe Shane did it just to soften Roman Reigns up for the coming Super Showdown match. Shane has the footage roll. It was all amazing, but it was actually because Roman said Shane doesn’t stand a chance. Shane obviously showed why he does stand a chance. Anything Roman can do, Shane can do better, because he’s the Best in the World. Shane promises to come out to call Roman out. But which Roman will we see? The Big Dog strutting his stuff? Or a Little Pup with his tail tucked between his legs.
SmackDown has A Moment of Bliss!
The Goddess is a Wild Card, but she’s going to be talking to SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley, after the break.
SmackDown returns and Alexa Bliss has a mic. This is a very special Blue Brand Moment of Bliss. Alexa is honored to be a Wild Card from the more prestigious show, Monday Night Raw. But she introduces her guest, Bayley! Fans cheer for the huggable and Alexa welcomes her as they sit down. Laredo cheers for Bayley while Alexa sips coffee. Oh, bad coffee. Someone take this. A SmackDown staffer swaps it with another mug, and she taste tests it. Okay good, but put this in her favorite mug. The staffer does as ordered, but Bayley kinda wants Alexa to ask her questions, being the champ and all. Right, of course. After her coffee. IT’ll only take a minute, maybe. Seriously? Wow, Bayley, rude. Sorry this is her show, but they’ll go with Bayley’s timing.
Let’s start with Money in the Bank. Well actually it started just before. No, Alexa’s not arguing, but let’s be real. MITB was a good night. Going from Ms. MITB to SmackDown Women’s Champion in one night. But it took years to get to that good night. Yes, Alexa agrees. When she was also Ms. MITB and cashed in the same night, it was spectacular. Alexa had a lot of great SmackDown moments. She is the two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion and defended it in a Steel Cage Match. In a way, when Alexa was champ, that title meant something. Fans boo as Alexa asks Bayley if the title means anything with her. Bayley sees what Alexa is doing, ti’s classic baiting. But things have changed, and despite the past, Bayley is looking towards the future.
Alexa isn’t cutting Bayley off but her coffee is coming. Alexa has her special mug but Bayley slaps it out of her hand! Seriously? Is this the kind of champ she is? Maybe that belt should be on a more deserving waist. It already is. But then here comes Carmella! The inaugural Ms. MITB and former SmackDown Women’s Champion is here to be part of the conversation. Alexa can’t just come from Raw to challenge Bayley. If anyone has a shot, it should be a SmackDown superstar, got it? Yes, of course. But is this a challenge to her? Wait, here comes yet another former SmackDown Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair!
The Queen has Laredo fired up as she says hi. Sorry to interrupt, but she couldn’t help herself. Charlotte talked to her good friend, Shane, and there will be a contender’s match for Stomping Grounds! Isn’t that great? It happens tonight, too! Carmella VS Alexa Bliss VS… Wait for it. Wait for it. Charlotte! WOO~! Of course. But what a big Triple Threat! Who wins to be the new #1 Contender to the SmackDown Women’s Champion?
Carmella hurries backstage to find R-Truth.
But obviously he’s still hiding. The WWE 24/7 Champion is having a rough time. He wants to support Carmella, but he’s having to defend this title, even on holidays! He wants Shane to help him out but Shane’s not responding. Wait, here’s something on Carmella’s phone? Oh oops, he used the wrong phone! Carmella answers for Truth. She hands Shane over to Truth. Hello, who this? OH, is it really Shane? Yes it is. Well Shane, help him! This title is ruining his life! Yes, he knows it’s 24/7 but- Well, Truth apologizes for Shane Appreciation Night. Shane accepts?! Yes, the rules are to blame. But now it’s time for a proper match with normal rules. When? NOW?! Oh no! But against who?! No not him! Aw shoot! Truth hurries off, but just who is it he’s up against?!
Ladies and Gentlemen, Elias is on SmackDown.
And in the ring. The Drifter is Truth’s opponent? We’ll know after the break.
WWE 24/7 Championship, Lumberjack Match: R-Truth VS Elias!
Apparently this is how Shane accepts an apology for someone who ruins his own Appreciation Night. The entire SmackDown roster and even some 205 Live Cruiserweights are here to watch this match very closely. Will the winner of this match even get away with the title with so many prospective contenders just waiting to jump in?
The bell ring sand Elias goes at Turth. Truth rolls Elias, TWO! Elias knees low and CHOPS Truth to then throw him out! The Lumberjacks swarm and attack! They put Truth back in for Elias, and he knees Truth right back down! Roll up, Elias wins!!
Winner: Elias, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
Elias is now a two-time WWE 24/7 Champion! But just as he holds that belt up, the Lumberjacks are ready to swarm HIM! Elias realizes the gap in his evil plan with Shane as they ALL attack! The Lumberjacks throw each other out, but Elias slips out in the chaos! Elias thinks he’s getting away, but Truth finds him! And the fight is on, under the ring?! Is this even possible? The Lumberjacks keep brawling like a battle royal. Maybe these guys will all be in Super Showdown’s historic 50 Man Over the Top?
Wait, is that a three count from under the ring? Truth won the belt back?!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
This is incredible! Truth is now a four-time champion! And in an innovative “Under the Ring” match, too! But the chase is on again as Drake Maverick gives chase! #RunTruthRun!
SmackDown hears from Aleister Black.
“Last week, I offered what is tantamount to an open challenge.” But he’s guessing it’s either cowardice or intelligence that has kept people from knocking on his door. He’s not a hard man, his door has “ALEISTER BLACK” right on it. But funny enough, as he’s saying this out loud, he understands now. Aleister’s track record speaks for itself to what he inflicts. It isn’t your Daddy’s WWE. But until someone, anyone, does come knocking at his door, Aleister will sit right here, waiting impatiently until someone, anyone decides to be a man!! How long will the Embodiment of the End have to wait for a fight?
Shane McMahon heads to the ring!
The Best in the World has The Revival with him, but not as Wild Cards thanks to his authority to make an exception. Shane and the #TopGuys go in to the ring and Shane picks up a mic. Obviously he needs Greg Hamilton’s “proper introduction” as “The BEST, in the WOOOOOOOOOOOORLD~! SHAAANE, McMAAAAHON!” Yes, pretty good stuff. Shane talks to Dash & Dawson as he says last night was great. The Revival decimated the Usos, they were amazing, weren’t they? They were fantastic, even. Shane has them here for emotional support, but to be selfish a bit, Shane fast forwards to the end of last night. They were all there live, of course, but please, we need to see that footage again.
And so, the footage plays of Shane, The Revival and Drew McIntyre giving Roman Reigns a Shatter Machine, a Claymore, and Shane’s own take on the Spear. The Revival love that! Shane says that was just last night. Imagine how it’ll be at Super Showdown! Shane paints a little picture for us: what he did last night was training a dog. You bring the dog home, they’re all rebellious and rowdy, so you have to discipline it. You need to put it in a corner and show it who’s boss. Shane is boss literally, but there’s always that one dog that’s more high-spirited and cocky. Like Roman. And so what do you do to that dog? You take it up a notch and that’s what Shane will do on Friday. Shane is going to NEUTER the Big Dog and make him a Lap Dog!
But here comes Roman! Sore as he is, he will not back down. The Revival rush to intercept, but he SUPERMAN PUNCHES Dawson! Dash throws hands but gets thrown into the LED’s! And gets a SUPERMAN PUNCH, too! Shane realizes he’s all alone, because he forgot to bring McIntyre. Roman heads for the ring and Shane acts like he’s ready to fight. But then a CLAYMORE outta nowhere! McIntyre WAS here! The insurance policy pays off again as the Scottish Terminator says Roman belongs to him! He then puts Roman in the corner for Shane as Shane runs in, to SPEAR him again! Two nights, two Spears and two times Shane mocks the battle cry. But will Shane go three for three when it’s time for Super Showdown?
SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Carmella VS Alexa Bliss VS Charlotte Flair!
The Queen made this match with help from Shane O’Mac, but just because she has another opportunity doesn’t mean she’ll get it. Will #CharlotteNineTimes get her chance at being #CharlotteTenTimes? Will she be knocked aside by the FABULOUS Princess? Or will a The Goddess of Raw be in line for SmackDown’s title?
SmackDown returns with all three women in the ring and the bell!
Alexa, Carmella and Charlotte stare down before slowly approaching. Alexa is wary, as the lone Raw superstar might be in trouble against two SmackDown superstars. But then Charlotte kicks Carmella, so Alexa jumps on Charlotte! Alexa waistlocks but Charlotte elbows out. Charlotte throws Alexa out and goes to Carmella. Charlotte whips but Carmella reverses, only to be put on the apron. Carmella gets a forearm from Charlotte, but avoids the shoulder to kick back. Alexa returns to knee Carmella down, then hop on Charlotte for the Sunset Flip Powerbomb! Cover, but Carmella breaks it in time!
Carmella drags Alexa up to feed her a boot. Carmella then hops up and hits a flying huricanrana! Alexa rolls out but Charlotte trips Carmella to jackknife cover, ONE, into the Code of Silence! Charlotte endures the squeeze and powers her way up, to have Carmella upside-down. Carmella rolls through to cover, TWO! Alexa returns and hits Carmella with that hard right! Alexa and Charlotte stare down, and then speed up. Charlotte scoops but Alexa arm-drags. Alexa runs into a BOOT! Fans “WOO~” for Charlotte, but Carmella returns to mule kick and FABULOUS Kick! Carmella mocks the Woo as Charlotte rolls away. Carmella brushes off her shoulder, but Fire & Desire head out to the ring. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville distract Carmella just on being there, but Carmella still fetches Alexa.
Alexa throws Carmella into barriers! But then Charlotte CHOPS Alexa! And again! Charlotte tells Fire & Desire to kiss this, then she chases little Alexa. She catches up to CHOP her again! Charlotte puts Alexa in but Alexa dropkicks her down! Cover, TWO! Alexa grows frustrated while SmackDown goes picture in picture.
Alexa throws a tantrum while Charlotte catches her breath. Mandy and Sonya watch Carmella while Alexa stomps Charlotte down. Cover, ONE, and Alexa is upset again. Alexa drags Charlotte up by her jaw, but Charlotte grabs her back! Charlotte has Alexa int he choke grip but Carmella flies in with a crossbody! She gets them both but covers Charlotte, TWO! She covers Alexa, TWO! Carmella tries Charlotte again, TWO! So she tries Alexa again, TWO! Charlotte again, TWO! Alexa again, TWO! Charlotte, TWO! Carmella freaks out! Carmella argues with the ref but goes back to Alexa. She throws Alexa right into the post, with a pretty good wedgie. Then Carmella takes a moment to dust herself off before going to Charlotte.
Carmella throws forearms on Charlotte as SmackDown returns to single picture. She puts Charlotte on the top rope, for a FABULOUS- No, Charlotte blocks the Steiner, but Carmella heel kicks. Charlotte brings Carmella up, but still gets the Steiner! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally for “Mella! Mella!” as she stomps a mudhole and moonwalks it dry. Carmella runs back in for the Fabulous Bronco Buster! But then Charlotte clotheslines Carmella down! And brings her around, for the Figure Four! Carmella drags herself but the bridge is in! But Alexa hits Twisted Bliss to break it all! Cover, but Carmella breaks that! But Fire & Desire aren’t amused.
All three women are down but stirring. Carmella crawls after Alexa but Alexa gives her the STO. Alexa hits knees, but misses the rest of Insult2Injury. Charlotte gives Alexa Natural Selection! Cover, but Carmella breaks in! Charlotte is furious and BOOTS Carmella out of the ring. She goes to Alexa but Alexa bumps her on buckles and rolls her up! With tights! TWO!! Charlotte kicks out Alexa’s leg, then puts it in the Figure- FABULOUS KICK! But Fire & Desire strike! They trip her up, but she kicks them away. Alexa has Carmella, Bliss-DT! Cover, Alexa wins!!
Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the SmackDown Women’s Championship
The Goddess of Raw is going on to Stomping Grounds! Will Alexa become a three-time SmackDown Women’s Champion? Or will Bayley show her and everyone that she’s no longer the same girl she was before?
SmackDown returns for an exclusive interview with Lars Sullivan.
The Leviathan’s actions have spoken louder than any words, but he promises to finally speak to the WWE Universe since coming to the main roster. Lars has been on a true rampage since his call-up. But what is it that drives a man like him to do this? Lars grimaces at Laredo as he considers his first words. “Would you ever ask a nightingale why they sing their sweet song? Would you ever ask a lion why they methodically stalk their prey before sinking their teeth into flesh and viciously ripping it apart?! Then why would you ever ask what drives a man like me?” Lars keeps the mic up as he says he’s come to realize that he’s not just a man. For his entire life, Lars has been described by one word. Can you guess that word? Say it, Kayla!
Kayla is too hesitant to speak. But it’s okay. Lars has been called this his entire life, he can take it. So just say it. “Freak?” Lars holds back his emotions, and says that when a lion performs it’s primary function, it’s a lion. When Lars performs his primary function, people do use that word. But Lars’ primary function is to hurt, maim, dissect, vivisect and dehumanize! He is here to show all the fans that the world isn’t rainbows and sunshine, but pain and agony! So is this what Lars is going to teach Lucha House Party at Super Showdown? Lars laughs as fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” Does Kayla like nursery rhymes? Yes? Well here’s one. Three blind mice, watch how they run. Watch how they’re caught, and watch how they’re tails are ripped apart with his bare hands in a beautiful portrait painted in their bodily fluids!
Kayla is outright mortified, but Lars is gleefully amused. Is the horror movie come to life going to make brutalizing three human beings look like child’s play?
Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Apollo Crews!
El Idolo has a Super Showdown with the Demon side of Finn Balor for that WWE Intercontinental Championship. But will he get more than just a warm-up against a superstar looking for an opportunity of his own?
SmackDown returns as Apollo makes an entrance, and Almas attacks him right away! Almas is anything but Tranquilo as he fires off hands and feet on Apollo, then hits La Sombra, the hammerlock DDT! Apollo rolls out, but here comes Finn! Finn runs and fights with Almas just days from their match! Finn double stomps Almas down then throws hands in the corner! Almas fights back but gets a Slingblade! Vega trips Finn up and Almas has his opening! Almas knees away on Finn, then gives Finn una La Sombra! El Idolo leaves the champion down, but that was just Finn the Man. Will Balor the Demon make Almas regret being so aggressive?
Goldberg finally comes to SmackDown!
The living legend has Laredo chanting his name as he makes his classic entrance from the back with security escort. He makes his way on stage and the ovation gets louder as he makes his way to the ring. Goldberg doesn’t want to get emotional again, but the fans still chant his name. He thanks Laredo for the welcome, and moves to business. “I’ve been waiting over 20 years to experience what it would be like, in this ring, one-on-one, with The Undertaker.” And now, Goldberg finally gets the match he’s always wanted. He heard Taker on Raw, and he made an interesting point. Taker said he did not want to share the ring with the “family man.” He wants the icon, the ass-kicker that went 173-0!
Well, Taker, Goldberg appreciates the advice. What that did made a light go off in his head. Because Taker’s right! Goldberg doesn’t want family man against Taker, because family man would lose. So Goldberg left that guy at home. Fans love to hear that! Friday night, as sure as hell as he stands here now, the Goldberg we’ve watching for 20 years, the one Taker’s been wondering how he stacks up against him, that ass-kicker Goldberg, is coming! Friday, Super Showdown, once and for all, we will all see who the better man is. Because Undertaker, you’re next to REST IN PEACE! But wait! Is he here?! The lights go down, and when they come back up, HE IS!! Taker is behind Goldberg!! Goldberg realizes that, turns around, and just laughs in his face.
Laredo is losing their minds for these two legends as they stare down. Goldberg does not back down, but neither does Taker. The lights go down again, and when they turn back on, Taker is gone. A classic move from the Phenom, but again Goldberg laughs it off. “So that’s it?” Friday it is, then. The big man better bring his jockstrap and tighten it up real tight, “because it’s gonna be a ride.” Goldberg heads out, headed straight for Jeddah! Will he come back to the states, an even stronger legend? Or will the ass-kicking machine be the one left for dead?
Well, another go-home just like last night, but this was considerably better. Of course, SmackDown almost always does that. Kofi Kingston gives us a great solo promo, if only Vince saw how great he was sooner. And it was also great to see Kofi’s trip home, this is why he’s such a great champion. Ziggler had a good part in this, but obviously Kofi wins the promos. The tag match was great, and naturally the New Day wins to keep Kofi strong. I’m pretty sure Kofi wins at Super Showdown, too, but this match is still going to be great. Then we go to Stomping Grounds, against who knows. Also, that new boot logo for Stomping Grounds is asinine but completely something Vince would do in this current WWE.
The WWE 24/7 Championship continues to be absolutely incredible. Shane continues to punish Truth by putting him in a Lumberjack match, and while it wasn’t much of a match, the creativity continues with Elias and Truth actually having a cover under the ring. Between things like that and hopefully more “on location” matches, this title really is a lot more fun than it looked to be. Sadly, it’s getting play than the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships, but oh well. The women got better use tonight, but even then, the logic of Alexa Bliss doing something on both shows is confusing. Alexa is technically a Face with Nikki Cross but then technically a Heel against Bayley? The promos were good, the match was great, but why Alexa? Other than by default, since Carmella has Mandy & Sonya to worry about.
But even then, why throw in Alexa? If she and Nikki have a thing with the IIconics, is that just going to fall apart now? Or is Alexa going to be compelled to choose and then not choose Nikki? This is going to be messy and it’s Vince’s fault. The Wild Card Rule is still messy, too, with Roman Reigns showing up again just to get beat down, again. And it was almost obvious. It would’ve been a little better if Shane ran away, no McIntyre, and it makes a point of how Shane needs his bodyguard without using his bodyguard. For that matter, the main-event-by-default match could’ve and should’ve gone differently. Almas beating up Apollo to No Contest that match was fine, but did we really need Finn to get the same? Just let Almas stand tall on his own, and Finn can respond on social media.
Goldberg had a great promo! Loved his response to Taker from Raw, and I loved his response to Taker appearing in person. I just hope that for the great appearances on TV and the promos and how good this is on paper, we actually get something great in actuality.
My Score: 8.2/10
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