As we approach WWE Super ShowDown, rivalries get heated.
How will Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler continue their rivalry for the WWE Championship? Will Shane McMahon be able to maintain his momentum against Roman Reigns? Is Charlotte able to prove she is the worthy Queen of the blue brand? Will R-Truth’s luck run out as the 24/7 Champion?
Let’s find out what we learnt from this week’s SmackDown Live.
1. Same Superstars, Different Week
One of the things that has improved over the years in WWE is the women’s division. They’ve gone from Divas who have five minute matches (if they were lucky) to Superstars who compete in the main event. There is a wide range of women that could have faced Bayley on SmackDown, including Carmella, Mickie James or Ember Moon.
Instead they put Lacey Evans, a Raw wrestler. I don’t understand why they introduced the Wild Card rule because it is stopping other women from getting the chance to have a match against Bayley. I for one, would have had a different match-up.
However, the purpose of the match was to have the Queen, Charlotte on commentary to fuel their rivalry. I for one, can’t wait to see Bayley and Charlotte compete against each other because they are both established women who will put on amazing matches.
2. The new 24/7 Champion… R-Truth
After successfully avoiding the entire WWE roster, R-Truth’s eight day reign was looking good. That was until he was beaten for the Championship by Elias. On one hand, this was a good move for the upcoming star because this was his first Championship gold in the company.
However in a turn of events, R-Truth won the Championship back, making him the first two time 24/7 Champion.
What started out as a dislike for the Championship has become one of the most talked about aspects of WWE. It is doing wonders for R-Truth and is putting him in the spotlight.
It’s already had Titus O’Neil, Bobby Roode, R-Truth and now Elias as title holders. The Championship is allowing those who haven’t had a chance of holding much gold in the company to have an opportunity.
I’m telling you, I wouldn’t trust Carmella, as we all know Mella means money.
3. Kevin Owens still wants the WWE Championship
After sources confirmed that Kevin Owens wouldn’t be making the trip to WWE Super ShowDown, it was up in the air who would be challenging Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship. In a turn of events, it turned out that Dolph Ziggler would be challenging him. Everyone, including me thought that would be it for Kevin Owens.
You thought wrong, as he came out on SmackDown Live, and said the beat down that he would give to Kofi Kingston would enable Dolph Ziggler to win.
Could we be seeing a rivalry between Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler or will Kofi retain the WWE Championship?
4. Heavy Machinery Are The Next Challengers To Bryan and Rowan
After being booked on the pre-show for Money in the Bank, it was unknown as to what direction WWE were going to take Daniel Bryan and Erick Rowan.
We have an answer to that, as Otis and Tucker of Heavy Machinery offered the current Champions a match for the gold.
Although they accepted, the match wouldn’t be on that night. All we know is that we have a bright new tag team going for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championships. This could be a good rivalry, if booked well.
5. R-Truth and Roman Reigns Make A Great Tag Team
Yes, believe it or not but R-Truth was paired up with Roman Reigns. This was something that I never thought I would see. However, since the inception of the 24/7 Championship, it has given him a new lease of life.
Since Roman Reigns is feuding with Shane McMahon and R-Truth lost the 24/7 Championship to Elias earlier in the show. It was clear that they had some business to finish off with them both. Therefore, they were put together in a tag team match against Elias and Drew McIntyre. It turned out to be a good match, and it ended with R-Truth getting redemption and winning back his gold.
It also emphasised Roman Reigns as a face, and the comedy element that the 24/7 Championship brings to the table.
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