The 4/4/2017 SmackDown Rebound will focus on a couple of huge debuts, rematches, and the continuing feud between Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton!

Orton & Harper Get The Win

Randy Orton & Luke Harper vs. Bray Wyatt & Erick Rowan: SmackDown LIVE, April 4, 2017

Randy Orton came out to celebrate his big win at WrestleMania. He told Bray that he would never forget his name. Bray appeared and said their feud wasn’t over and that his rematch is coming and he has something special in store for Randy. He wants to face him in a House of Horrors Match. So, is this match going to be one where different graphics are shown on the ring apron? That didn’t go over that well at Mania. Seriously though, as intriguing as this is, I really hope they pull it off properly when it actually happens. These gimmick matches have a habit of being duds.

Orton and Luke Harper would beat Bray Wyatt and the returning Erick Rowan in a tag team match. I’m consistently impressed by Harper and Rowan. The two big men are incredibly agile and can really put on some great matches. I enjoyed this match for what it was, but I feel like there was little point to it on this night.

Naomi Retains The SmackDown Women’s Championship

Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss — SmackDown Women's Championship Match: SmackDown LIVE, April 4, 2017

Alexa Bliss got her one on one rematch for the SmackDown Women’s Championship on SmackDown. I really felt like it was a pretty one-sided match with Alexa taking out Naomi’s knee multiple different ways only to get caught in a quick submission for the victory. In all fairness, I guess Naomi did control the first part of the match. I feel like that’s the formula for most women’s matches in general, maybe even all matches in general. I get sick of seeing that, though. These two girls could do a lot more than they did and this was done to just get the rematch over with, nothing more. 

This Debut Was A Perfect 10

Tye Dillinger debuts against Curt Hawkins: SmackDown LIVE, April 4, 2017

Curt Hawkins sent out and open challenge and gave that person 10 seconds to answer the challenge. The familiar theme of Tye Dillinger rang out through the arena and the Perfect 10 made his debut on SmackDown Live. After that, it was pretty much all Dillinger who decimated Hawkins on route to a victory with the Tye Breaker.

I’m really happy that Tye is finally getting his opportunity on SmackDown. I think he’ll have more of an opportunity on the blue brand than he would on Raw. Of course, the Superstar Shake-Up could change that next week. The crowd really appreciated seeing Tye and I really think everyone respects how hard he has worked to finally make it. Not many people have been in NXT as long as Tye without being called up or released. I’m sure being in the Royal Rumble only made it even harder for Tye not to be called up. Whatever the case may be, Dillinger has arrived!

Mojo Talks Mania

Mojo Rawley did a backstage interview talking about how winning the André The Giant Memorial Battle Royal was his WrestleMania moment. He seemed to be really taken aback at being the one to win that match and almost got emotional about it. It’s those moments that make you realize how much this means to the Superstars themselves. In typical Mojo fashion, he said he partied with Gronk and that he hasn’t been to sleep since. He also said that big things are on the way. I really hope this is his turning point. Mojo has an infectious personality and if he can put everything together, he’ll be a huge star for years to come.

Seeing Doubles

"John Cena" and "Nikki Bella" give themselves an A-List sendoff: SmackDown LIVE, April 4, 2017

The Miz and Maryse came out to impersonate John Cena and Nikki Bella. They talked about the proposal only happening to make John more relatable. They also talked about Cena and Nikki doing what they said they would never do, leave WWE. As they were about to leave, none other than Shinsuke Nakamura debuted! That was it. He came in the ring, looked out at the crowd and his music played him out. I expected a little bit more than that out of his debut, but the crowd loved it enough as is. I can’t wait to see Nakamura vs. Styles in WWE! For what it’s worth, Nakamura did face Dolph Ziggler in a dark match. I guess they just didn’t have enough TV time.

Street Fight Between The Lone Wolf And The Lunatic

Dean Ambrose vs. Baron Corbin — Street Fight: SmackDown LIVE, April 4, 2017

It’s amazing how backward they managed to get the matches between these two. This Street Fight should have easily been the match they had at WrestleMania while the other match could have easily been a SmackDown match. These two used chairs, tables, and belts against each other in a pretty decent match as far as Street Fights go. Corbin did get the victory after a chair shot and End of Days. 

I’ll hand it to WWE, they’ve done a great job making Dean Ambrose feel like a big star and maybe it was the right idea to leave the Intercontinental Championship on him at WrestleMania. I have other theories on that as well, though. I think we may end up seeing Ambrose get traded to Raw in the Superstar Shake-Up. I think I’d like to see him stay put and continue this feud with Corbin. We haven’t quite gotten everything out of these two yet. I really want to see them go at it again on a PPV.

Styles Shows Sportsmanship

Shane McMahon & AJ Styles shake hands before the "Superstar shake-up": SmackDown LIVE, April 4, 2017

AJ Styles met Shane in the ring and told him that he doesn’t want to leave SmackDown and that it’s the house the AJ Styles built. He then said that that wasn’t the reason he was here. He then shook Shane’s hand. As he left the ring, he teased punching Shane and then smiled. I think this could be a face turn for AJ and it might be at the right time. Even if it isn’t, AJ is so good that he could be a heel forever and be completely fine.

The Final Word

It was a weird episode of SmackDown. It felt like they were trying to fit in all the rematches so there were no loose ends in the storylines before this Shake-Up next week. It was an alright show, but the lack of the tag teams is starting to get alarming even though The Usos addressed it on Talking Smack. I think we’ll see a much different SmackDown Live come next week.


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