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Chris King shares some of the biggest story developments that emerged from Manchester, England from this week's episode of Friday Night SmackDown.

Chris King shares some of the biggest story developments that emerged from Manchester, England from this week’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown.

There was a very different vibe on this week’s Friday Night SmackDown, there was a full roster, a raucous crowd, and a lot of uncertainty on whether or not NXT superstars would TakeOver again?

1. The TakeOver Continues! 

During this week’s episode of SmackDown, ahead of a tag team match Heavy Machinery was viciously attacked by IMPERIUM. Marcel Barthel, Fabian Aichner, Alexander Wolfe, and the NXT UK Champion WALTER came out of nowhere and immediately drew the battle lines in their home country.

The onslaught was short-lived as a flood of SmackDown superstars left the quartet scurrying into the WWE Universe.

During the “The Boss” Sasha Banks defeated Scotland’s Nikki Cross’s match, “WWE’s Twisted Sister” hit a suicide dive right into the SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley who was at the commentary table. After her best-friend Banks defeated her rival, Bayley blindsided Cross and proceeded to beat the crap out of her. Out of nowhere, the NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler attacked Bayley for the second time in a week.

2. The Boss May Outshine The Champ!

Everyone knows the story by now, that “The Boss” Sasha Banks and Bayley are inseparable they’ve main-evented TakeOvers together, they’ve had wars over the NXT Women’s Championship, and now they’re wreaking havoc all over the blue brand as heels.

Bayley has donned a new self-delusional personality with some badass new music, short hair, and a more aggressive attitude than we’ve seen before. On this week’s episode of SmackDown, Banks came out with a new entrance song as well it was still the same lyrics as before but with a brand-new bass tempo. Also, the lighting turned from purple to blue why, because Blue is her color!

Bayley watched from the announce table while her best-friend stole all the spotlight for herself. Some may say this is The Boss of old back in NXT, I say this is soooo much better! Banks had a hell of a match with Cross tonight and she quite frankly deserved the spotlight. She is killing it right now, yet her best friend is the SmackDown Women’s Champion not her.

I have a feeling that WWE is setting up where they should have taken their incredible storied rivalry after Banks kicked Bayley off one of the pods in the first-ever women’s Elimination Chamber Match.

The WWE Universe was fired up and had been clamoring for these two incredible women to reignite their feud from NXT. Unfortunately, things didn’t go that way. Could we possibly see Banks vs. Bayley for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 36?

3.  Shorty G and Ali Make A Great Team!

It’s a shame that WWE booked to have The New Day’s Kofi Kingston and Big E to dethrone one of the greatest tag teams on this planet The Revival on this week’s episode of SmackDown. If they hadn’t have done that, Gable and Ali would be the perfect babyface tag team to challenge for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships. Both our incredible superstars that can produce a terrific match in their sleep.

Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder can always win the titles back before Survivor Series it’s not like there haven’t been any title changes on the Go-Home-Show for the pay-per-view before. With The Revival’s ground and pound technical wrestling skills and Gable and Ali’s high-octane offense, the match would be insane. I can picture it being reminiscent of The Revival vs. American Alpha or DIY.

Right now it feels like WWE is playing rinse and repeat with matches carrying over from the Team Hogan vs. Team Flair five-on-five match. There are not many good heels for both Gable and Ali to mix it up with currently at the moment. We’ve already seen Gable and King Corbin way more times than we needed. Ali vs. Corbin could be a viable option but he’s not Randy Orton. It appeared that Ali and Orton were about to start a program with each other until he was drafted to Raw.  Since both Gable and Ali have no feuds having them becoming a tag team might be a great short term fix.

4. “The Fiend” vs. Daniel Bryan Is A Brilliant Solution

On this week’s episode of SmackDown, while Bryan was being coerced by Sami Zayn into joining him and the Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura the lights flickered for a moment. They carried on with their conversation until the lights turned red and The Fiend viciously attacked Bryan.

It’s sad to say this but The Fiend Bray Wyatt was on a sinking ship after his horrendous feud with the former Universal Champion Seth Rollins. WWE had swiftly and abruptly killed his momentum and even the aura around his character. Then Crown Jewel happened, and Wyatt rose from an explosion and stripped Rollins of the Universal Title.

I had been listening to several different podcasts talking who should The Fiend face next? Names like Roman Reigns, The Undertaker, and Gable were brought up as potential challengers for Wyatt. One final name was mentioned and it just stuck like glue: Daniel Bryan. Most of you may not remember, but Bryan and Wyatt have a brief past rivalry stemming from 2014. On the last episode of 2013 Raw, Bryan sacrificed himself and pledged allegiance to The Wyatt Family.

A few weeks later after a tag team match, Bryan was listening to the WWE Universe who was cheering for him while his so-called mentor and leader Wyatt was telling him to strike him. Bryan beat the holy hell out of Wyatt ripped off his Wyatt Family attire and chose to be “The Yes Man!” The two rivals then competed in a match at the 2014 Royal Rumble where Wyatt was victorious.

WWE may have found a brilliant solution to The Fiend’s unexpected current predicament in choosing Bryan as his next foe. Bryan has always portrayed the ultimate underdog and he will convince the WWE Universe that Wyatt is as dangerous as ever. Which is what The Fiend desperately needs at the moment.


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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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