WWE Smackdown Live 1.17.17: Three Thoughts w/Justin C

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1. The Seeds Are Planted For AJ Styles vs Shane McMahon at Wrestlemania

-I was reall hoping that this rumor wasn’t going to be true. But it looks like the rumor of a possible AJ Styles/Shane McMahon match at Wrestlemania are coming to fruition. AJ came out during Shane McMahon’s opening promo tonight and confronted him about the Elimination Chamber match taking place in February. That leads me to believe that AJ will retain at the Rumble and lose the WWE Title inside the Chamber. Then AJ will blame Shane and say that Shane has had it out for AJ etc. And that is how they will set up AJ vs Shane. It is a slap in the face to AJ, who should have a bigger match than this at Mania. AJ is the best performer on the roster and gets stuck having to sell Shane’s ultra weak punches. AJ/Cena should have been saved for Mania.

2. Dolph Ziggler Took A Step Back Tonight

-Ziggler has done pretty well for himself since he turned heel a few weeks ago. But I thought he took a step back in this week’s King’s Court segment. I had no problems with him bringing up almost killing Jerry Lawler in the ring. I wanted him to use that. But the way Dolph delivered everything just came off as awful. He didn’t come off as a serious threat at all. He sounded really corny. The segment didn’t do anything for Dolph in my opinion.

3. Alexa Bliss vs Becky Lynch Fell Flat

-But of course, the problem is that these two weren’t given enough time to have an actual match. There was a commercial break before the match, then one about five minutes into it. They should have had the last half hour of the show but that didn’t happen. Then La Luchadora’s interference took away from it. Of course, I am glad that Mickie James came back. And I think her and Alexa Bliss will be a great duo on top of Smackdown. Maybe Becky can recruit Asuka to join her? But as I said, the match over all fell flat.

Quick Hits

-Sending Nikki Bella into a wrestling crowd is a bold move.

-Bray Wyatt playing dad between Randy and Luke Harper is kind of funny.

-Hey what happened to the Ellsworth/Carmella makeover???


The Miz vs AJ Styles ended in a Double DQ I think

Dean Ambrose defeated Randy Orton

Alexa Bliss defeated Becky Lynch to retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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