This is the Chairman and here are my three hits and misses for the final Smackdown Live in February.
HIT: AJ Styles vs John Cena
John Cena’s path to Wrestlemania isn’t clear yet and when he didn’t win Raw’s Elimination Chamber, he decided to see what Smackdown Live could offer him. All Cena had to do was defeat WWE Champion AJ Styles to earn a spot in the WWE Championship match at Fast Lane. It’s no secret Styles and Cena have put on great matches with each other in the past and we got ourselves another here tonight. Whether you’re a Cena fan or not, he has huge star power, and Smackdown Live needs a huge star more than ever right now with the rut they’re in. The match was solid, but it was almost predictable that Cena was going to win.
MISS: Why Didn’t Anyone Cost Cena the Match?
You’d think Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, and Baron Corbin wouldn’t want another man added to their already crowded championship match. I’m shocked nobody came out during the main event. I personally would’ve ended the match with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn attacking AJ Styles causing a disqualification. Styles would’ve won via dq leaving Cena out of the match. This would’ve gave us a reason to tune in next week to see what Cena would do next. Should this scenario happen, Shane McMahon would’ve of course gave Cena another chance in a match against either Owens or Zayn. Instead we got the post match brawl between all the superstars and you all know the six man tag match is coming next week.
HIT: Usos and New Day Promo
Usos and New Day as many know were one of the biggest tag team feuds in 2017 and it looks like it’s happening again in 2018. Tonight the New Day were up to their comic shenanigans and the Usos put them in their place. Usos talked about all the changes they’ve made in the last year and their frustration with never being on the main Wrestlemania card. Big E countered with all of New Day’s accomplishments such as hosting Wrestlemania while the Usos were in catering and didn’t need daddy’s help making it to WWE. The fire was lit until the Bludgeon Brothers made their appearance ending the promo.
MISS: Rusev Day and Nakamura Still Not Booked for Fast Lane
Rusev Day may very well be the most popular thing in WWE right now and the creative team has completely missed the boat here. Why wasn’t Rusev considered for the WWE Championship match? Fast Lane is less than two weeks away and Rusev doesn’t even have a match for the pay per view. Tonight he just escorted Aiden English to a loss to Shinsuke Nakamura. I personally could see them booking Rusev against Shinsuke Nakamura which I’d be okay with. The E though may sway away from that though because there’s probably fear Rusev Day might get more cheers than Nakamura? It was pretty split tonight from what I heard (internet issues occurred during this match so I missed it) They should make the match though and make it interesting. If Rusev wins, he gets Nakamura’s spot at Wrestlemania. We all know Nakamura wouldn’t lose a match at Fast Lane if he got booked in one, but it’d still be a fun little storyline to work around compared to what they’re doing which is nothing.
HIT: Ziggler Superkicking Owens
During the opening match between Sami Zayn and Baron Corbin, Kevin Owens was doing commentary. Owens was surprised though when Ziggler hopped over a barricade and superkicked Owens right in the head. That was one of the craziest superkicks I’ve seen in quite some time. This of course lead to Corbin getting the better of Zayn in their match. I’m not sure what’s going on, but it seems like they’re really trying to build Ziggler back up again. In all honesty, I don’t mind the singles matches between all the competitors in the upcoming WWE Championship match. Sure beats the uncreative tag matches.
MISS: Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan
Once again, these two are getting more involved than they need to be. A good portion of the Zayn vs Corbin match we were stuck watching them backstage discuss their issues and Shane being more obnoxious eating popcorn. Bryan then randomly leaves in the middle of the show leaving Shane in complete control? I just want to know now if they’re actually clearing Daniel Bryan to wrestle Shane McMahon otherwise this is literally all for nothing.
All in all, not a terrible episode. Definitely better than the last few weeks. Hopefully they keep the momentum going in the go home episode before Fast Lane next week. Thanks for reading!