THREE GUYS AND… WWE
series created by Marvin Mercer and Nick Stephenson
“SMACKDOWN LIVE 7/26/16”
written by Dominick Cappello
RAW was pretty good, so what does Smackdown Live, the so-called B-Show have up its sleeve? Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan opened the show. YES! YES! YES! The entire roster surrounded the ring, including America Alpha (Jason Jordan & Chad Gable) even though they didn’t compete on this show. I’m sure that disappointed many, but no reason to put all of your eggs in one basket. Be patient. They’ll have their chance to shine. In the interest of fairness, I must admit that I was distracted by Becky Lynch for the entire segment. She’s so adorable.
I’ve always been a huge Dean Ambrose fan. He was my favorite member of The Shield, so it’s super cool to see him see him as the WWE Champion. A 6-Pack Challenge was announced to determine the #1 contender for SummerSlam. John Cena, Bray Wyatt, AJ Styles, Dolph Ziggler, and Baron Corbin. Baron Corbin? Really? I’m still not impressed by this guy. A battle royal was held for the sixth spot, which was won by Apollo Crews. Randy Orton wasn’t in the mix because he has a date with the never-to-be-suspended Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam.
A promo aired announcing the imminent return of Shelton Benjamin. Becky Lynch defeated Natalya, avenging her loss from Battleground. We then saw Alexa Bliss, Naomi, Carmella, and Eva Marie (sigh) make their presence known. Smackdown Live is currently without a Women’s Champion just as they are without Tag Team Titles. I’m sure that will be rectified in the coming weeks. Remember, Smackdown Live is only two hours whereas RAW is three hours, so not everything can be resolved in one night. Heath Slater has yet to be signed, so he crashed the party only to be gored by the man-beast Rhyno. Gore! Gore! Gore!
Randy Orton was the guest on Miz TV, which lead to him defeating The Miz in a singles match. Sure, The Miz might be the Intercontinental Champion, but he’s a still a reality show reject who can be pinned clean. My money was on Bray Wyatt in the 6-Pack Challenge. I even tweeted my prediction. I was that confident. But, much to my surprise, it was Dolph Ziggler who picked up the win. Funny, people have bitched for years about three hours of RAW being too long and that Dolph Ziggler deserves a push, but now that he’s getting a push on the two hour show, I see the social media trolls already out in full force. Nevertheless, I’m excited to see two of my favorites, who have been underutilized in the past, Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler fight for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam.
– Dr. Rochester
No women’s title? No tag team titles? Dolph Ziggler? No, I am not impressed.
– Dr. Frisbee