There’s been phrase going round that one other COVID-19 outbreak inside WWE has led to the absence of a number of wrestlers since WrestleMania 37. That might very effectively be why the corporate appeared to make use of so few throughout this week’s episode of Friday Evening SmackDown.
That will have truly been a very good factor, too! It gave us extra targeted storylines and a larger emphasis on stated storylines. Humorous how that works, huh?
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WWE did an attention-grabbing factor the place Cesaro was given a singles victory over Seth Rollins at WrestleMania 37 and that was used as a catalyst to kick off a fundamental occasion run. They didn’t actually construct as much as this in any respect, with it seemingly popping out of nowhere, nevertheless it’s nonetheless pushed by years and years of followers having lobbied for him to be pushed past the mid-card he’s been caught in for what looks like eternally.
Of late, we’ve heard tales that Daniel Bryan, one other man who struggled to get to the primary occasion title image, earlier than an enormous breakthrough in 2014, has been doing his personal lobbying for Cesaro behind-the-scenes. Right here, Bryan took that lobbying to tv, doing his finest Paul Heyman going full advocate for the Swiss Superman.
Bryan put over how Cesaro deserves the shot, how Reigns is afraid of dropping to Cesaro, and the way he is aware of he can’t win towards him. He did this after they labored a tag workforce match towards Seth Rollins and Jey Uso, one they have been victorious in, and Cesaro handled Uso like a rag doll to be tossed round and the wrong way up.
It constructed to a fundamental occasion section that noticed Cesaro demand a solution from Reigns and instantly get put in his place. He was shouted down, dismissed, and immediately placed on the again burner in favor of Reigns difficult Bryan to a match for the title subsequent week, with Bryan’s SmackDown residency on the road.
It’s equal elements compelling and hilarious, compelling as a result of there’s definitely intrigue in how they’ll deal with Bryan from right here and hilarious as a result of it’s indicative of the broader therapy of Cesaro. Reigns dismissed him to such a level I discovered it arduous to take him as significantly as Bryan was demanding we should always. Then Cesaro was encouraging Bryan to just accept the problem!
Positive, this might merely be delaying Cesaro’s fundamental occasion run however WWE would do higher to make up its thoughts on giving him the push and committing to it. Don’t have Bryan inform me how nice and worthy he’s after which within the tag match they’re in collectively, have Bryan be the man scoring the pin. Don’t have him push for Cesaro to get the title shot your entire night time simply to then take it himself. It doesn’t matter in the event you inform me he’s worthy, if I see each motion betray these phrases, I’m going to imagine he’s the second-rate wrestler you proceed to current him as.
However, hey, there’s in all probability one other good PPV match towards Rollins coming. So a minimum of there’s that.
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Intercontinental title scene: I favored that WWE gave Kevin Owens an impromptu title shot on this present over Huge E. Positive, he didn’t win and his points with Sami Zayn have been continued whereas Apollo Crews was attacked by Huge E to maintain their feud going, however there was a quick interplay between Owens and Huge E backstage that created some electrical energy and it deepened the pool of contenders for the title. That’s 4 tremendous proficient wrestlers all in the identical neighborhood with plenty of good matches available amongst them.
Reginald returns: It took precisely zero reveals for Reginald to be a distraction that brought on difficulty for the ladies’s tag workforce champions and value them yet one more singles victory. This time it was Nia Jax dropping to Tamina Snuka. There’s no shot this isn’t resulting in a breakup and it’s lengthy overdue. Natalya and Tamina will just do fantastic as transitional champions.
Prime contender Bayley: Sasha Banks wasn’t on this present, and it’s unusual simply how little observe up there’s been to that historic match with Bianca Belair at WrestleMania 37. Actually, Bayley is stepping proper in and getting the subsequent crack on the SmackDown girls’s championship. They didn’t even give them a section within the ring on this present, as an alternative enlisting Montez Ford to snitch on Bayley speaking trash and Belair exhibiting up confront her over it. Babyface Bayley briefly returned to say a bunch of good issues however SWERVE, she didn’t truly imply it hahahahahaha. I say “hahahahahaha” as a result of that’s what Bayley did to finish the section. This isn’t good to this point.
The brand new Aleister Black: He instructed a narrative about slaying a dragon and the way we’re all a bunch of liars who suck and ought to be scorched from the Earth. I don’t actually get what the thought is right here, however I don’t assume I’m supposed to simply but. I’ll anticipate Chapter 2, and three, and perhaps even 4 earlier than making any judgments right here.
The Mysterios: Rey and Dominik are literally a fairly enjoyable tag workforce! I wouldn’t thoughts watching the 2 of them proceed to have these enjoyable matches en path to a run with the titles. It’s a simple, really feel good story that WWE actually can’t mess up.
This present was largely about establishing a man who ended up not getting the factor he was speculated to be getting established for. A bizarre one.