Following on from an incredible Hell in a Cell PPV on Sunday, this episode of SmackDown had everyone wanting the answer to the question “why Sami? why?” As well as creating new feuds, last night looked to put to bed one of the best tag team rivalries since that time your dad and uncle went to town on your mum. Welcome to the most must-see Vulture Hound weekly review in history; welcome to… The SmackDown Review
The tag team division opened the show as The Usos gave their respect to New Day for everything they have put themselves through. Due to the constant back and forth between the teams an “Uce truce” was called. This brought out every tag team one by one (or two by two whatever) to claim their spot as number 1 contenders for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship. Daniel Bryan then emerged for his weekly cheap pop and put all four teams into a fatal four-way. Not surprisingly, Gable and Benjamin won with their tandem finisher. What was surprising however was they scored the victory by pinning the Fashion Polices aka Breezango’s Tyler Breeze. With such momentum behind the comedy duo it came as a little disappointing to not see either the Hype Bros or Ascension taking the fall on this one. Either way, I don’t think this will be over with soon.
Your Mum’s Favourite Bits
– Becky Lynch easily defeated Ms. Money in the Bank, Carmella. Lynch won with the Dis-arm-her and continues to make the Princess of Staten Island look weaker than Donald Trump’s ability to condemn racists.
– Bobby Roode and Dolph Ziggler set up a rematch from Hell in a Cell for next week in a slightly awkward promo that included Roode seemingly forgetting his lines. Probably a sign this one should be over with sooner than it started.
– The SmackDown super duo of Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton beat Aiden English and Rusev. Orton hit Rusev with another RKO, and Nakamura laid out English with a Kinshasa to win the match. Did you expect anything less?
– In a backstage segment Natalya once again insulted the Flair family so of course Charlotte twatted her one round the mush.
– Erick Rowan and Luke Harper have been re-branded as the “Bludgeon Brothers”. Everything about this has Vince McMahon’s name over it. Despite what your Auntie Sandra says I really hope you can polish a turd because Harper deserves so much better.
– Corbin managed to defend his United States Championship in the night’s main event against AJ Styles. Corbin hit the End of Days in the ring which is a guarantee to win any match (other than submission or TLC..). After the match, Corbin cut a promo saying the fans could “eat” the championship because it’s his, and it’s not going anywhere. Weird.
Why Sami? Why?
So, of course, what we all watched the show for this week was to gain some understanding as to why Sami Zayn helped Kevin Owens at Hell in a Cell. Owens was in the ring and introduced his “best friend” and “guardian angel”, Zayn, and could not thank him enough for saving his life. Zayn cited Shane McMahon’s carelessness and indifference toward his career, as well as Shane’s apparent attempted murder of Owens as his reasons for turning his back on the honest route to success. Zayn described being fed up of being shunned opportunities of that he, quite rightly, deserves. Owens and Zayn hugged and held up each other’s hands to end the segment.
It appears, at least for the time being, that Zayn has turned heel. This comes as a great shock to the WWE Universe considering he is one of the most wholesome characters within the WWE roster. My hope is that this is some form of reverse rues from Zayn pretending to be a heel in order to earn the favour of Owens who will eventually be bested by Zayn, hopefully, at the main event of WrestleMania for the WWE Championship. Let’s sit back and enjoy where this is going!