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The John Report: WWE Smackdown Live 01/08/19 Review

The John Report: WWE Smackdown Live 01/08/19 Review

Welcome to TJRWrestling for the primary reside WWE Smackdown of the yr. Final week’s present that aired on New Yr’s Day was taped. They’ve introduced an enormous ladies’s triple menace with Charlotte Aptitude dealing with Becky Lynch and Carmella with the winner getting a Smackdown Ladies’s Title shot towards Asuka on the Royal Rumble. Plus, The Usos face The Bar in tag workforce motion and AJ Types goes to confront the WWE Champion Daniel Bryan.

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Daniel Bryan Has Some Recommendation for Us 

The present started with Daniel Bryan sporting his WWE Title round his waist. He was at a concession stand with followers surrounding him. Bryan ripped on the individuals for consuming dangerous meals and consuming issues like beer. A man was consuming a scorching canine, Bryan pulled it from the man and the man was questioning what he was doing as Bryan tossed the recent canine on him. Bryan grabbed an enormous soda from a fan and tossed the drink onto the man. Bryan referred to as the man fickle. Bryan continued the tour on the merchandise stand. Bryan requested for the “Yes Movement” t-shirt and reminded us there are not any extra of these shirts as a result of he killed it. Bryan mocked the AJ Types merchandise that was there to make AJ Types really feel higher. Bryan stated it was plastic, ineffective rubbish. Bryan made his means into the world and walked down the steps to the ring with a microphone in his arms.

Bryan stated that he’s out right here altering the world and making the world a greater place. Bryan stated to create change, he wants us to vary. Bryan stated that each one of those individuals are weak, submissive and impotent. Bryan advised individuals to vary. Bryan grabbed a “House of AJ Styles” signal and stated that’s not what that is. Bryan stated that Types fills a void for about 30 seconds whereas Bryan will tear aside that void and fill it with one thing significant, invaluable and one thing we could be pleased with. Bryan stated that he can fill this world with one thing that these youngsters are pleased with. Bryan made his solution to ringside. Bryan stated that he’s altering the planet for the higher whereas we’re altering it for the more severe.

R-Fact confirmed up at ringside and he attacked Bryan with a clothesline on the ground. Fact tossed Bryan into the barricade as official Mike Chioda informed Fact to get again as a result of they’ve a match after the break.

Evaluation: Superior promo from Bryan like ordinary. He’s so nice at riling up the followers and the gimmick he’s doing now’s working very nicely. R-Fact attacked as a result of Bryan attacked him on the Christmas Uncooked two weeks in the past.

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The match began through the break.

Daniel Bryan vs. R-Fact

This isn’t for Bryan’s WWE Title.

Fact was in management with a leaping aspect kick for a two rely. Bryan got here again with a tough kick to the again. Bryan yelled at Fact telling him that he was the issue as Bryan hit him with a forearm to the chest. Bryan hit two operating nook dropkicks on Fact, however Fact blocked a 3rd try with a operating forearm to the top. Fact picked up Bryan for a suplex right into a jawbreaker like a Stunner for a two rely. Fact missed a nook splash when Bryan moved and Bryan hit the operating knee for the pinfall win after about three minutes.

Winner by pinfall: Daniel Bryan

Evaluation: *1/2 It was entertaining for the time given, nevertheless it was additionally a brief match that had a predictable ending. At the very least the champion Bryan didn’t lose non-title like some champs on this firm are likely to do. Fact confirmed good depth within the match and took it critically with out the “dance break” spot, in order that made it appear to be an necessary match.

After the match was over, Bryan was on the ramp with the WWE Title. AJ Types confirmed up when Bryan was on the prime of the ramp and he decked Bryan with punches. Safety confirmed as much as maintain Types again. Types shoved Bryan into the video display. Types grabbed a chair, however Bryan managed to flee by operating to the again. The followers cheered most of that with Types getting the higher hand.

The announce group of Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves have been proven on digital camera welcoming us to the present.

Rey Mysterio entered for a tag workforce match up subsequent.

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Rey Mysterio and Mustafa Ali vs. Samoa Joe and Andrade “Cien” Almas (w/Zelina Vega)

Joe was in management early with a operating shoulder deal with on Ali. Joe charged at Ali, who moved and Ali hit a dropkick. Mysterio tagged in with a double workforce dropkick by the faces on Joe. Almas tagged in, Mysterio with an arm drag takedown and an unimaginable headscissors assault. Almas did his spinning again elbow spot for a two rely. Joe despatched Mysterio into the turnbuckle. Mysterio took down Almas by tripping him up and sending him face first into the mat. Ali tagged again in with a headscissors takeover. Ali with a kick to the top adopted by an X-Issue face first into the mat for a two rely. Joe made a blind tag, Ali kicked Almas into Joe, which knocked Joe on the ground after which Ali jumped excessive onto Joe, however Joe caught him and tossed Ali onto the announce desk. Ali bumped throughout the desk (it didn’t break) and went crashing into the barricade. That led to a break.

(Business)

The match returned with Almas on the highest rope and Ali introduced him down with a hurricanrana off the highest. Mysterio acquired the recent tag and hit a springboard hurricanrana, a tough kick to the face of Almas and Joe went in with a missed assault towards the turnbuckle. Mysterio with a seated senton off the highest to take out Joe. Mysterio hit a spot that was like Canadian Destroyer right into a piledriver. Piledrivers are banned in WWE, however Mysterio did it. Mysterio hit the 619 on Joe and Ali hit a 450 Splash on Joe. Ali hit a somersault dive excessive to Joe whereas Mysterio went for the 619 on Almas, however Almas caught him. Almas hit a gutbuster on Mysterio and a Hammerlock DDT for the pinfall win after 11 minutes.

Winners by pinfall: Samoa Joe and Andrade “Cien” Almas

Evaluation: ***1/four That was a enjoyable tag workforce match. They put over Almas massive time by having him block the 619 adopted by the pinfall win over Mysterio. Joe was barely an element within the match as a result of I feel they needed the main target to be on Almas. Ali seemed good when he was in there too. I feel a feud between Almas and Mysterio can be unimaginable. Allow them to go for 15-20 minutes. The chemistry is there between the 2 guys that know find out how to work the Mexican type and incorporate it in WWE.

.@WWEGraves: “I could watch this one on loop!”@reymysterio is superb! pic.twitter.com/eg1df4MYFy

— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) January 9, 2019

There was a promo from Carmella speaking about how no one thinks she’s going to win. She famous she was Smackdown Ladies’s Champion for 130 days, she beat Asuka twice and she or he beat Charlotte twice. She stated she’ll show what she says she is as a result of Mella is cash.

Evaluation: When Carmella was champion, the matches have been so dangerous. She tries exhausting, however she’s not on the degree of the others within the ring. As a personality, I like her. It’s only a massive distinction when the bell rings.

The Usos did a promo about how they’re going to beat The Bar they usually welcomed them to the Uso penitentiary.

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Shane McMahon was in his workplace when The Miz confirmed as much as complain about The Usos being a match away from a title match. Miz needed Shane to get the min the title image. Shane stated that they needed to practice, work exhausting, scout and grow to be a fantastic group. Miz talked about sporting white outfits, which Shane wasn’t keen on, so Shane grabbed his telephone from his pocket and left.

Let’s Hear from Rusev

Rusev was within the ring with the US Title round his waist. He was wanting somber within the ring. Rusev stated that final week Lana, his spouse, received harm and whereas she’s at house resting, he stands earlier than us not as america Champion. He stated he stands earlier than us not as a Bulgarian Brute, he’s a husband and followers sang the “Lana is the best” track. Rusev stated that Shinsuke can mess with him all he needs, however when you mess together with his spouse, you crossed a line. Rusev stated that Nakamura crossed a line that you simply can’t come again from. Rusev referred to as him out.

Shinsuke Nakamura was proven on the display within the management room. He stated he didn’t hit Lana and he cued up a replay of what occurred. The replay confirmed that Rusev kicked Nakamura when Lana was on Nakamura’s again. Nakamura stated that Rusev crushed Lana.

Rusev stated that if Nakamura gained’t come to him then Rusev will come to him. Rusev ran up the ramp and went backstage. The announcers talked about what occurred.

When Rusev acquired backstage, Nakamura was there ready for him and shoved an gear case into Rusev. Nakamura kicked Rusev to knock him down. Referees and brokers confirmed as much as break it up. When Rusev received again to his knee, Nakamura returned with a Kinshasa knee to the top.

Evaluation: The angle is okay, however the actuality is that Lana’s bump was just like most bumps wrestlers do within the ring. She’s a educated wrestler that took the bump the best means together with her arms prolonged. The solely distinction was she fell off a man’s again. I feel they might have made it look extra devastating as a result of t was a reasonably tame bump. With that stated, I like that there’s a storyline for the US Title and the final Nakamura/Rusev match was wonderful, so they need to be capable of have an incredible rematch too.

Nonetheless to return: Carmella vs. Carmella vs. Becky Lynch.

Becky Lynch did a pre-taped promo saying that she has to leap by means of hoops to get again the title she by no means misplaced. She stated she made the title essential and on the prime of the world. She stated she’s going to win whereas Asuka is aware of she is on borrowed time till The Man comes round to settle the rating.

The Bar duo of Cesaro and Sheamus, who’re the Smackdown Tag Staff Champions, made their entrance.

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There have been highlights proven from Uncooked concerning the tribute to “Mean” Gene Okerlund with Hulk Hogan speaking about his good friend. They confirmed the video package deal tribute to Okerlund that aired on Uncooked.

Evaluation: I’ve no drawback with WWE spending 4 minutes on this present to honor Okerlund. He was an enormous a part of WWE’s historical past and he deserves that sort of tribute. As I remarked in my Uncooked evaluate, what actually stood out is that Gene had a smile on his face throughout plenty of these clips. He liked what he did and we beloved him for it.

There was a shot of the gang in Jacksonville applauding the top of the video.

The Usos made their entrance for the tag staff match.

The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro) vs. The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso)

This isn’t for the Smackdown Tag Workforce Titles held by The Bar.

Jey and Sheamus began with neither aspect getting the benefit. Cesaro and Jimmy entered the match with Jimmy hitting a headscissors takedown. Sheamus pulled Cesaro out of the ring to stop an assault towards the turnbuckle. Again within the ring, Jey hit a forearm on Cesaro, however Cesaro hit a knee to the ribs and the heels took over. Sheamus tagged in with uppercuts to Jey, Sheamus ran the ropes and Jey decked him with a clothesline. Sheamus drove Jey to the heel nook, Cesaro drove Jey’s neck into the highest rope and Sheamus hit a clothesline because the present went to interrupt.

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The match returned with Jey making an attempt to struggle out of the nook, however Sheamus hit a rolling senton. Cesaro tagged in with an elbow drop off the center ropes. Sheamus labored over Jey with forearms to the chest. Jey got here again with an enziguri kick to the top. Jimmy acquired the recent tag towards Cesaro with Jimmy hitting an enziguri kick and Cesaro did a powerful flip bump after that. Jimmy hit a Samoan Drop on Cesaro. Jimmy charged in with a operating hip assault towards the turnbuckle. Jey despatched Sheamus out of the ring and Jey hit a dive excessive on Sheamus. Jimmy hit a suicide dive on Cesaro to ship him over the barricade and into the gang. Again within the ring, Jimmy went up prime and hit a cross physique block on Cesaro for a two rely. Sheamus tagged in, each Usos hit a kick to the top on him and Jey hit a superkick for a two rely main to a different break.

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Cesaro was answerable for Jey with a Cesaro Swing adopted by a Sharpshooter in the midst of the ring. Jey managed to crawl to the underside rope. Sheamus hit Jey with a knee to the face resulting in Cesaro getting a two rely. Sheamus was yelling that he couldn’t consider it. Jey fought out of the nook with headbutts. Sheamus got here again with a operating knee. Sheamus was on the center rope with Jey, however Jey broke free and hit Sheamus with a superkick. Cesaro made a tag earlier than that, Cesaro jumped off the highest and Jey nailed Cesaro with a superkick. The crowd was fired up as Jimmy needed the recent tag. Mandy Rose’s music hit to trigger the distraction and she or he was in a towel on the prime of the ramp. Mandy requested Jimmy to assist her and she or he questioned if she left her tiny gold shorts and her tiny gold prime in his lodge room. Jimmy was distracted by that, so Sheamus hit Jimmy off the apron. Cesaro hit the Neutralizer on Jey for the pinfall win after 18 minutes.

Winners by pinfall: The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro)

Evaluation: ***1/2 Superior match as standard between these groups. In the event that they didn’t have that end it might have been round 4 stars, however I’ve to take it down a notch. The story is sensible with Mandy displaying as much as taunt Jimmy since she’s feuding with Naomi, however I feel some followers might be mad about it because it occurred throughout a match that went almost 20 minutes. In a shorter match, no one will care, however when it ruins an extended match then individuals will get upset. I don’t thoughts it as a result of it matches the story. Plus, the motion earlier than it was nice.

After the match was over, The Miz confirmed as much as congratulate The Bar on their win. The Miz went into the ring and stated he needed The Bar to face The Miz and Shane McMahon on the Royal Rumble. Cesaro bragged about how nice they have been as a staff after beating everyone on Uncooked and Smackdown, so he didn’t assume Miz and Shane have been worthy of it. Sheamus decked Miz with a Brogue Kick. Cesaro stated that that they settle for and dropped the microphone on Miz.

Evaluation: I feel there’s going to be a title change with Miz and Shane because the champions. They will do the cut up after that adopted by a possible construct to a WrestleMania match with Shane dealing with Miz. That’s simply my guess on the way it will play out.

Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville have been proven strolling backstage with Mandy revealing she had on her gold prime and shorts underneath the towel. Naomi confirmed as much as assault them. Mandy and Sonya obtained the benefit as a result of it was 2 on 1, however then Jimmy Uso confirmed as much as save his spouse, which led to the heels leaving.

Evaluation: They’re doing a very good job of constructing to a Mandy vs. Naomi match. I like that there’s a sluggish construct to it relatively than dashing it.

Charlotte Aptitude did a promo about the primary occasion. Aptitude stated that she’s a 7-time champion, she’s foremost evented Uncooked and Smackdown and a number of PPVs. She stated tonight her focus is on Becky Lynch and Carmella whereas on the Royal Rumble, her focus is on Asuka. She advised the women to get able to get humbled by the Queen.  That match is subsequent.

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Daniel Bryan was interviewed by Kayla Braxton. He complained about AJ Types attacking him from behind. Bryan stated he didn’t care why Types attacked him. Bryan stated that wasn’t vicious and it’s not half as vicious as the brand new Daniel Bryan. The promo continued with Bryan ranting about how Types is just not going to take the WWE Title from him as a result of Bryan’s preventing for a trigger that’s greater than them and the brand new Daniel Bryan might be WWE Champion eternally.

Evaluation: The “new” Daniel Bryan is on hearth throughout these promos. He’s so entertaining on this position. I like it.

The similar video package deal aired that has aired for a number of weeks concerning the NXT stars coming to the primary roster.

The Miz was proven backstage holding his chin. Shane confirmed up, Miz stated Shane’s plan labored, Shane stated what plan and Miz stated they needed to problem rivals. Shane stated that’s not what he meant. Miz stated he’s prepared and he believes on this staff. Miz talked about what this might imply to him and his dad. Shane stated this isn’t how he needed this to go down, however then he requested Miz if he thinks they will win. Shane: “Let’s do it at the Rumble.” It’s on.

Evaluation: I’m predicting a title change there with Shane and Miz leaving because the Smackdown Tag Staff Champions. It sounds humorous, however I feel it’s going to occur.

The entrances passed off for the primary occasion: Becky Lynch was first as she wore her “The Man” shirt for her wrestling gear. Carmella was up subsequent to a reasonably good ovation. Charlotte Aptitude was final. All three ladies are faces, so loads of cheers from the gang. There are about 22 minutes left within the present because the match was set to start.

Becky Lynch vs. Carmella vs. Charlotte Aptitude

The crowd chanted “Becky” as the gang rang, so Aptitude did the “woo” and followers did that too. Lynch and Aptitude went after eachother with forearms. Lynch kicked Carmella out of the ring and she or he kicked Aptitude within the abdomen. Lynch jumped off the apron with a punch for Carmella. Lynch with a operating clothesline on Aptitude on the ground, which led to a break.

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The match returned with Aptitude going up prime and Lynch slammed Aptitude off the highest onto Carmella. Lynch confronted off with Aptitude as Carmella was despatched out of the ring. They exchanged forearms and chops with Aptitude getting the benefit, however Lynch got here again with a Thesz Press resulting in punches. Carmella again within the ring with a kick to Charlotte’s again. Carmella hit a flatliner on Lynch. Carmella slapped on the Code of Silence submission together with her legs round Aptitude’s neck. Aptitude powered out of it, Lynch went up prime and hit a missile dropkick on Carmella. Aptitude hit an overhead suplex on Lynch adopted by a backbreaker to Carmella and a boot to the face. Aptitude arrange each ladies for a moonsault, however Lynch popped up and Aptitude kicked her down. Aptitude jumped off the highest with a moonsault resulting in pin makes an attempt on Lynch and Carmella, however each ladies kicked out at two.

Evaluation: The moonsault by Aptitude is okay, however she lands on her knees and that impacts the best way the transfer seems. When wrestlers do this transfer the place they prolong their legs, it seems much more spectacular. I like Charlotte so much and she or he’s an superior performer that has earned her place. I’m simply saying that spot could possibly be higher.

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There have been about eight minutes left within the present as Aptitude and Lynch battled on the highest rope. Carmella hit Lynch within the again to knock her out of the ring. Carmella hit a hurricanrana off the highest on Aptitude for a two rely. Carmella kicked Lynch down after which adopted up with a suicide dive. Aptitude was on the highest rope and she or he jumped off with a moonsault, however Becky and Carmella moved. Lynch hit a Bexploder suplex on Carmella on the ground. Lynch whipped Carmella into the barricade. Lynch was on the apron, so Aptitude hit a operating kick to the face to knock Lynch down. Aptitude went up prime and hit a Pure Choice on Lynch, however Carmella was there with a superkick on Aptitude. Carmella tried to pin Lynch, however Aptitude broke it up whereas saying “I don’t think so.” All three ladies have been down within the ring. Carmella slapped Aptitude repeatedly, so Aptitude got here again with a more durable slap to the face. Aptitude slapped on a Determine Eight submission on Carmella. Lynch broke that up with a leg drop off the highest onto each ladies. Lynch with a Dis-Arm-Her submission on Aptitude, however Carmella was there with a superkick on Lynch. Carmella dumped Aptitude out of the ring. Aptitude went again within the ring and hit a Spear. Carmella with one other superkick on Aptitude, which led to Aptitude leaving the ring. Lynch slapped on the Dis-Arm-Her on Carmella and Carmella tapped out to provide Lynch the win after 19 minutes.

Winner by submission: Becky Lynch

Evaluation: **** That was a superb fundamental occasion. They actually executed within the remaining jiffy. I feel everyone knows that Becky and Charlotte are two of one of the best in WWE whereas Carmella is just not recognized for nice matches, however to Carmella’s credit score, she proved she belonged right here. The crowd was into the entire match and have been actually loud in the direction of the top of it due to all of the thrilling spots they did to construct as much as that end. Typically triple threats may be repetitive or boring with the nearfalls, however on this match, I used to be very entertained by it. I’m not stunned that Carmella was the one which tapped out as a result of it protects Aptitude by not having her be the one to faucet. They stopped doing automated rematches for former champions, but right here’s Lynch getting that rematch, which is definitely advantageous with me as a result of she is superior.

After the match was over, Lynch was within the ring celebrating the victory. Asuka’s music hit because the Smackdown Ladies’s Champion entered the ring with the title round her waist. Asuka posed with the title. Lynch and Asuka had a staredown within the ring with Asuka holding up the title and Lynch speaking trash to her. Smackdown ended with a staredown between the 2 women.

Evaluation: The match was introduced a couple of weeks in the past, then it turned unofficial days later and now it’s again on. I don’t know what the plan is as a result of I figured Lynch was going to win the Royal Rumble. Now? She might not even be within the Rumble. Maybe they’ll do one thing the place she loses to Asuka, then enters the Rumble anyway and wins it. I don’t know what they plan on doing, however I’m definitely intrigued by what may occur.

 

Three Stars of the Present

1. Becky Lynch

2. Charlotte Aptitude

three. (tie) Rey Mysterio

three. (tie) Andrade “Cien” Almas

 

The Scoreboard

eight out of 10

Final week: 7

2019 Common: 7.5

Final 5 Weeks: 7, 6.5, 7, 7, eight

2019 Excessive: eight (January eight)

2019 Low: 7 (January 1)

 

Remaining Ideas

I give this week’s Smackdown a eight out of 10.

Superior present this week. Three matches over ten minutes and all of them have been above common. The principal occasion was excellent. I favored the 2 tag workforce matches as nicely. It’s not that troublesome to e-book a present the place you give three matches lots of time and let your skills do their factor. It additionally helps when they’re nice performers they usually have loads of these on Smackdown.

There wasn’t loads of speaking, however when there was, it was stored to a minimal. By that I imply they didn’t do any long-winded promos that have been boring. The whole lot served a objective right here. That’s one thing I say about Smackdown actually because they all the time discover a method to benefit from their time.

Once I write about these exhibits each week, typically I get bored by stuff. Not this present. It was enjoyable for the entire two hours and it glided by shortly.

Right here’s the lineup for the Royal Rumble on January 27 from Chase Area in Phoenix.

30 Man Royal Rumble Match (John Cena, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Samoa Joe, Finn Bálor, Drew McIntyre, Kofi Kingston, Huge E, Xavier Woods, Apollo Crews, Baron Corbin, Elias, Jinder Mahal, Jeff Hardy, Bobby Lashley, Andrade “Cien” Almas, Rey Mysterio, Mustafa Ali, R-Fact at #30)

30 Lady Royal Rumble Match (Natalya, Naomi, Bayley, Ember Moon, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, Liv Morgan, Alicia Fox, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Zelina Vega, Carmella at #30)

WWE Common Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman

WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Types

Uncooked Ladies’s Championship: Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Sasha Banks

Smackdown Ladies’s Championship: Asuka (c) vs. Becky Lynch

Smackdown Tag Workforce Championships: The Bar – Sheamus and Cesaro (c) vs. The Miz and Shane McMahon

WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Kalisto vs. fourth competitor TBA

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