This week on SmackDown (11/8/2016), an unlikely member of the roster is added to Survivor Series while Alexa Bliss gets her shot at gold!
WWE has done a great job using their various social media channels to build up different characters that they might not be able to put on the main shows. This is exactly what they’ve done with Tyle Breeze and Fandango. Both guys needed a change. They weren’t accomplishing much as a team and weren’t getting a push from the creative team. Now, they have a slightly tweaked gimmick of fashion police which fits right in with their characters. These two guys definitely have a lot of personality and the crowd seems to be getting behind them a little bit. I’m curious to see where it goes.
On SmackDown, Breezango defeated The Vaudevillains to advance to Survivor Series. I’m glad that they’re getting the opportunity to be on a big stage. Both Tyler Breeze and Fandango were once popular characters that have fallen by the wayside in recent months/years. This could be the kickstart both men need to become mainstays on the SmackDown brand. I feel like if this revamp doesn’t go well, both men could be on the chopping block when Spring rolls in which would be a shame and a waste of true talent.
Kalisto made his return from injury to face off against Baron Corbin on SmackDown in a match fueled by revenge. I was a little bit confused as to why an injury angle was necessary here. Sure, it was great for Kalisto to make an impact on his return and take out the guy that took him out, but where does that leave Corbin?
We all know the real reason for this injury was to insert Shane McMahon onto the SmackDown team for Survivor Series. SmackDown was lacking star power (mostly because Raw took nearly everyone with name value) and needed a boost for next weekend’s event. I have no problem with putting Shane on the team, but the way Corbin injured his knee made me laugh. No one would slip on the edge of the ring in the way that he did and Kalisto injuring it further just makes Corbin look weak.
I hope Corbin can rebound from this as it really looked like his character was turning a corner with the new vignettes and making short work of Jack Swagger. Hopefully, all of that hasn’t been derailed.
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Alexa Bliss
Becky Lynch and Alexa Bliss had a good back and forth match for the championship on SmackDown. It looked at times as if Alexa would pull off the win until Becky locked in the Dis-Arm-Her and Alexa tapped out. Beck successfully defended her championship…or did she?
Alexa’s foot was clearly on the rope before she tapped out and the referee still called for the bell to end the match. This finish was acknowledged by both the commentary team and the management team of Daniel and Shane. Oddly enough, nobody seemed to care that Alexa got the short end of the stick.
It’s a problem to me that everyone just glossed over the fact that Alexa was screwed. Heel or no heel, shouldn’t the rules be the same for everyone? It would make sense if the GM didn’t acknowledge it, but the fact that they did made it a really weird thing to take. I think Alexa is going to have a lot to say about this over the coming weeks and we certainly haven’t seen the last of this feud.
Curt Hawkins/Apollo Crews
Apollo Crews has really fallen out of favour since the Brand Extension. Crews lost his match with Curt Hawkins after a quick roll-up and it doesn’t look like there’s much going for him. I’m really hopeful that this will develop into a good mid-card feud between both men. Hawkins is definitely underrated and Crews has so much more to offer than he’s been able to show on the main roster.
For the first time in a long time, I actually enjoyed the main event on SmackDown this week. Seeing the new Wyatt Family in action together was a great thing and the dysfunctional team on the other side made it an interesting match. The best part was seeing the build up to James Ellsworth tagging in and then getting dropped with Sister Abigail seconds later. I don’t like having Ellsworth around so much because I feel like he’s taking away spots from more deserving talent, but that segment was entertaining.
As I mentioned earlier, Shane McMahon was added to the team for Survivor Series at the end of SmackDown. I could definitely see something going down between Shane and someone on Raw to set something up for a later date. Adding him creates tons of variables and could end up being very beneficial.
The dysfunction on the women’s team continued on SmackDown. This is the general theme for Survivor Series and while it’s a good concept, having everyone at odds will be chaos.
It was revealed on SmackDown that Kalisto will challenge The Brian Kendrick for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at Survivor Series and if he wins, the entire division will come to SmackDown. I could see Kalisto winning and Zayn winning as crazy as that sounds. Raw has so many stars that they might need the another mid-card title and WWE is crazy enough to do it.
It was a good episode of SmackDown, it kind of seems like the blue brand had too long between events as the last few couple weeks have featured very similar main events and they don’t seem to know what to do. Next week is SmackDown’s 900th episode and it’s sure to be a special night with Undertaker and Edge back for one night. I can’t wait!