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Buddy Murphy finally has a match on TV and
some think it was a match of the year candidate!
Roman Reigns’ attacker will be revealed
next week! And Kevin Owens is fined MONEY.
And can we all breathe a sigh of relief that
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edition of Smackdown Live.
The show was opened by Kevin Owens who came
out to a thunderous superstar reaction. He
said that he was putting Shane in his rear
mirror so he could focus on the King of the
Ring tournament which has been won by such
WWE legends as Steve Austin, Bret Hart, Brock
Lesnar and… um, Billy Gunn. This of course
brought out Shane O Mac who said that Owens
cheated at Summerslam and their feud must
continue – and for attacking Elias who was
a WWE official in their Summerslam match,
Shane fined Owens $100,000. Which got zero
reaction from this Toronto crowd. And they
didn’t react any more when Owens attacked
Shane’s TV with a chair backstage. Monetary
fines don’t hold the weight WWE writers
or Vince McMahon think they do, and it opens
up Kayfabe questions like why didn’t Shane
just suspend him or take him out of the King
of the Ring tournament?
But never mind that, we’ve got some really
good women’s action coming up as Ember Moon
took on Charlotte Flair. To the surprise of
no one – seen as though all she’s done for
the last few weeks is get beat up and lose
– the crowd didn’t buy into Ember Moon at
all at the start of the match, but she’s
so good and Flair gave her so much, that the
two turned the crowd round by the finish.
Moon sold her leg throughout the match – what
a dork, right Seth? – and Flair was superb
in getting Moon over; winning with a Big Boot
and Figure Eight. I just hope this doesn’t
set up Flair to be the next contender to Bayley
but really, who else could it possibly be?
After a recap of the Roman Reigns attacker
storyline, Daniel Bryan and Rowan came out
to call Buddy Murphy a liar and say they will
expose the truth later tonight. Rowan was
wearing a Hatebreed t-shirt, which is cool,
but I’ve always been more of a fan of Hatebeak.
Aleister Black is back in his cupboard cutting
promos, and then came what some are calling
the best WWE match of 2019 in Roman Reigns
vs. Buddy Murphy. Now I do want to clarify
that with all the great wrestling we’ve
had in 2019 – particularly with the stunning
G1 coming to a close on Monday – this is the
best WWE match of 2019. And while I don’t
personally agree, I do think this was an excellent
match. The crowd were so hot for Murphy and
wanted to see him do well, and Roman gave
him every opportunity to do so. And being
the incredible wrestler he is, Murphy took
all his shots – getting several 2-counts on
Roman following wicked knee shots and an amazing
nearfall off a Brainbuster that the crowd
totally bought into. Roman eventually hit
the Superman Punch and Spear for the win,
but the night belonged to Murphy. It may have
taken WWE four months to find him something
to do, but one has to hope this is the beginning
of a big push for Buddy Murphy,
Kayla Braxton interviewed The Revival who
called the 24/7 title and New Day a joke,
and New Day themselves who said they would
beat them in their match tonight. Kofi Kingston
was seemingly given AJ Style’s post-Summerslam
script from last year, as he said that Randy
went too far when he got his family involved.
Do WWE writers only have a few templates to
Family Man Kevin Owens took on Samoa Joe next,
with Elias as the guest ring enforcer even
though Shane had said earlier in the night
he wasn’t there and the 24/7 rule was suspended.
This was more angle than match, with Elias
pulling the ref out the ring following a Pop
Up Powerbomb, and fast-counting Owens after
Joe rolled him up.
And the main event was set to be New Day vs.
Revival, but Randy Orton came out to call
Kofi Kingston a coward and say that he ran
away from their fight – challenging New Day
to a six-man tag instead. The match was mostly
the heels working over Xavier Woods, but it
built to a fun and chaotic final few minutes
with Kofi kitting a huge dive onto Orton,
and Revival picking up the win with a Shatter
Machine – which one would assume puts them
in line for a Smackdown Tag Title shot down
at Clash of Champions? Orton then laid New
Day out after the match with various and thunderous
RKOs. This angle was so much better than all
the build for Summerslam, and has added some
serious and much needed heat to their eventual
rematch at the next PPV.
Earlier in the night, Rowan and Bryan beat
up Murphy backstage and told him to admit
that he was lying, which he did, and then
told Roman Reigns after the main event they’ve
been doing their own investigating and next
week, they’ll reveal the culprit.
This was a really fun edition of Smackdown
Live. It didn’t have the big news story
like Sasha Banks on Raw but it didn’t need
to, it instead added more intrigue to the
Roman Reigns and Owens/Shane storylines, and
had great in-ring TV action to boot. That’s
a really good episode of Raw and a terrific
episode of Smackdown. Canada really is bizarro
land! This week’s Smackdown Live is a high
And now, over to Pete with the news.
Top notch review Luke! And a top notch SmackDown
With all these wrestlers coming out of the
woodwork and being featured now, with Buddy
Murphy finally wrestling, Aleister Black on
the rise, The Fiend shocking everyone at SummerSlam,
it’s about time for a return for my boy
Rusev isn’t it?
Rusev hasn’t been seen on WWE TV since Super
Showdown, where he participated in the 51-man
battle royal, yes it was 51, not 50, because
WWE can’t count.
Prior to that, he was on the Superstar Shakeup
in April, and he’s essentially been on hiatus
ever since. This was reportedly due to creative
frustrations over his position in the company,
and Rusev himself has done nothing to quell
He’s now posted a sort-of update. Responding
to a tweet claiming that he and wife Lana
weren’t sure what their next step was to
be, he said:
“Oh I know what my next step is”
Rusev to AEW confirmed!
Someone else that hasn’t been seen on WWE
TV in quite some time, unless she’s being
called a pioneer, a trailblazer, and/or a
legend of the women’s division, is Alicia
Fox. Unfortunately for Fox, it seems she’s
gotten herself into a bit of trouble once
It’s being reported by Casey Michael of
Squared Circle Sirens that Fox was sent home
from SummerSlam by WWE, because she showed
up drunk, and got into a verbal altercation
with a fan attending the event.
Fox’s issues with alcohol are well documented,
and they reportedly led to Arn Anderson being
fired after he let her wrestle after turning
up drunk to a show.
I hope that Alicia gets the help she needs
to overcome this problem.
But in much more positive news, WWE’s been
pretty good lately hasn’t it? This has been
reflected with a huge bump in ratings following
a very well-received SummerSlam.
Raw drew an average of 2.729 million viewers,
up massively from the previous week’s 2.321
million. Interestingly, there was actually
an increase in ratings moving from hour one
to hour two, showing that it wasn’t necessarily
a fluke for the first hour.
Hopefully this means WWE pay attention to
what they’ve been doing and do more of it!
Like giving Paul Heyman more control.
Speaking of not abandoning what’s working,
and yesterday I spoke about concerns that
WWE may be trying to soften Bray Wyatt’s
Fiend character and/or get rid of his severed
head lantern, after his entrance at SummerSlam
was heavily edited on their YouTube channel.
However, Bryan Alvarez on Wrestling Observer
Live noted that he reached out to several
sources within WWE, and none of them had heard
anything about the severed head lantern being
dropped or anything of the sort.
In fact it’s quite the opposite, as the
lantern will supposedly be part of the marketing
of his Mattel action figure, I’m sure that’ll
go well with parents after all the controversy
surrounding Al Snow’s Head, plus more lanterns
are being created for merchandise for them
to sell. AND on top this, they’ve now uploaded
his theme song to YouTube too, so if they
were trying to keep him tucked away, they’re
doing a poor job of it.
So he’s not being neutered! Everybody celebrate
because we still get the creative genius of
Bray Wyatt himself. Alright, relax, breathe,
breathe. I was worried for a while there.
What didn’t quite materialise in the way
we expected though, was Samoa Joe turning
babyface. After showing concern for Roman
Reigns last Tuesday from his car accident,
fans saw the seeds being planted of a babyface
turn for Joe.
Then he saw heel Sami Zayn talking trash about
him backstage, and had a match with him that
he won in 30 seconds. Great babyface stuff!
Then he…ragged on the crowd and told them
he would never forgive them…sigh.
The reason for this frankly bizarre tease
of a babyface turn, only to switch back to
being heel again has now been revealed and
it…well it’s most certainly something.
Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio noted
that the reason Samoa Joe was booked like
a babyface was because Vince McMahon was worried
Sami Zayn would get a large pop in Toronto,
because he’s Canadian. So to counter this,
they made Joe a babyface to neuter Zayn’s
reaction, because fans would pop for a Joe
babyface turn and wouldn’t boo him on his
first night as a babyface, but then turned
him back because they don’t *actually* want
him as a babyface. Makes perfect sense.
So all of this trouble and hassle was done,
just to make sure Sami Zayn didn’t get a
pop. I’m sure it was worth it.
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