WWE Smackdown Live 8.2.16: Five Thoughts w/ Cameron Dougharty

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1. Dean Ambrose and  Dolph Ziggler is a great first feud to headline Smackdown Live.

When the WWE put the WWE World Title on Dean Ambrose I, like many others I would assume, knew his days as champion were numbered as soon as the bell rang at Money in the Bank. We were all wrong and I am for one glad to be wrong.

Ziggler, like Ambrose, has been in the main event spotlight before and their match at Summerslam could steal the show. Let’s all just hope it isn’t a one and done situation. Both men compliment each other not only in the ring but back and forth on the microphone. The WWE’s ‘B’ show has a big fight feel going on right now.

2. Apollo Crews is so much better than Baron Corbin will ever be.

The Miz has been Intercontinental Champion for much longer than anyone could possibly want to stomach. But the end just may be in sight. Apollo Crews and Baron Corbin’s main roster resume only includes matches on ppv pre shows. Oh yeah Baron won the Andre the Giant Battle Royale at WrestleMania 32 but that whole match and trophy is lost in the shuffle.

Apollo not only beat Baron but also Kalisto to earn a shot against The Miz at Summerslam. Miz may be one of the better heels the WWE has had on their roster for the past decade but Apollo can be and should be a great baby face for the Smackdown roster for years to come. Time to pass the grand ol’ torch Miz.

3. American Alpha debuts, the WWE tag team division is stacked.

When is the last time the WWE has had such a deep tag team division? I’ll wait. Jason Jordan and Chad Gable rose up the ranks at NXT faster than they probably imagined. They are over as a high impact tag team. It’s a good thing the WWE is going to bring in a second tag team title because these guys are going to own them for quite a while.

4. AJ Styles and John Cena, twice in a lifetime.

The WWE’s roster is so stacked with main event talent AJ Styles can only wrestle John Cena right now. Two men who stood the top of their respected companies will compete one on one at Summerslam. Just no shenanigans this time guys, ok? Cena’s days are supposedly numbered in the WWE and Styles has been killing it so long in TNA, NJPW and just about everywhere else these two deserve to face each other for the WWE Title before it’s all said and done.

5. Highly motivated Randy Orton may be better than Legend Killer Orton.

After coming into the WWE’s developmental system at the same time over twelve years ago, Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar’s paths finally meet at Summerslam. Orton may be better suited as a heel, but this just could be his best run as a babyface in his entire career.

Heading into Summerslam after nine months on the shelf Orton’s first big match is against a guy who just won a UFC fight, so who needs the win more? Is Lesnar just here for the paycheck? Does he care who he loses too?


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