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5 Stars From Last Night’s #Smackdown

Smackdown was live this week from Providence, RI, and whenever the WWE comes to town, you can be sure the Average Nobodies will be in attendance. Tuesday night was no different, and as usual, WWE put on a great live show. We got in there right about the start of Main Event, and even saw Finn Balor and Samoa Joe team up in some high quality NXT action. Let’s get to the 5 stars from last night’s Smackdown!

1. The Wyatt Family

The Wyatt Family opened up Smackdown with a promo, which is par for the course for Smackdown. But if you think I’m not going to give Bray, Luke Harper and their new Donald Gibb lookalike a star then you’re high. Having Wyatt influence people enough to join his family is such a long overdo character trait that it makes me furious it didn’t happen sooner. But it happened now, and although I’m 1000% sure that Braun is going to end up being just another obstacle Roman Reigns overcomes, my optimistic side says that this trio could finally get Bray into the title picture. It’s a goddamn shame that Wyatt has never held a belt in the WWE, especially when the IC belt is toiling away in obscurity with Ryback and Big Show punching each other for 7 minutes at a time. You’re telling me IC champion Wyatt wouldn’t have good to great matches and feuds with the Dean Ambrose/Kevin Owens/Cesaro’s of the WWE? It’d be money, and it would give the mid carders something to chase. Make it happen, WWE. Or just have Wyatt be the best character you’ve had in a decade lose every important match he wrestles.

2. Seth Rollins

Fresh off his US title win at Summerslam and beat down at the hands of Sting on Raw, Seth Rollins unfortunately didn’t wrestle on Smackdown, but he did cut one hell of a fiery promo. While most of his promos are long winded, my favorite part about the Seth Rollins character is that it comes from a very real place. Rollins does have a chip on his shoulder, he does think he’s underrated and he truly believes he’s ‘the man’. When he was in NXT, he felt that he should have been elevated to the main roster. When he was in The Shield, he felt like the spotlight should have been shined solely on him. Now that he’s WWE Champion, he believes people should bow at his feet and thank him for being in their presence. He’s sick of having his title reign questioned, and if he has to beat old man Sting to prove once again that he’s THE MAN, then that’s exactly what he’s going to do. Seth Rollins is at the top of his game right now, and if there’s one guy who can pull a main event match out of Sting at this phase of his career, it’s Seth Rollins.

3. The Dudley Boyz Make Their Smackdown Return

I’m not going to sit here and lie directly to your face and say I didn’t pee myself a little when the Dudleys showed up on RAW and decimated The New Day. It was probably in my top 3 as far as wrestlers returning to the WWE goes (other two that i’m still waiting for are Stone Cold and Mickie James [love me some Mickie]). So when I found out the Dudleys were going to be showing off those sweet camo pants on the Smackdown that I was attending, I got the sharpie out and made a “get the tables sign” (WHICH WAS SEEN ON SMACKDOWN). Was I a little disappointed they fought The Ascension? Yeah, sure I was. Did it matter? Hell no it did not, The Dudleys were going to put one, or both, of them through the table anyway. Bonus pee in my pants for The New Day coming out with hilarious signs protesting the Dudleys reappearance in the WWE. #GiveTablesAChance

4. Sheamus Working the Providence Crowd

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The WWE loves Sheamus. At first I didn’t understand why, but after a few years of matches and character changes I see it clearly, the guy is pretty much the total package. He’s big, he’s got “the look”, he speaks decent on the mic, he makes his opponent look good, has a shit ton of moves in his repertoire and he can deal with a tough crowd. On Smackdown, he had to continually deal with a hostile crowd that were chanting “You look stupid”, and while I agree with the Providence crowd, this can’t be an easy thing to deal with as a backdrop to your match. In-between giving Ambrose the beating of a lifetime, he would often look to the crowd and scream “no i’m not!”, which, if you ask me, is the perfect childish response you want from a heel. Great match by Ambrose and Sheamus.

5. Finn Balor and Samoa Joe

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Samoa Joe and Finn Balor teaming up in a tag team match against the Lucha Dragons was a nice added bonus for our night at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence. The match was great, and Balor and Joe are a formidable team going forward (more on that in a bit). Sin Cara probably isn’t going anywhere past the Lucha Dragons, but if the WWE ever lets Kalisto let loose and become another Rey Mysterio, he’s going to blow people away more than he’s already doing now. The reason I mentioned Joe and Balor going forward, and the reason why this match was especially special (new phrase)  is because this ended up being one of the matches that decided what teams would participate in the Dusty Rhodes Memorial Tag Team Tournament that is going to be dominating NXT TV over the next few months. The tag team division is probably the weakest part of NXT, and that’s not a knock on the tag division, but rather it shows you how strong the rest of their show is. If you want to see the difference between NXT and WWE, just look at this move by Regal, HHH and whoever else had a hand in creating this tournament. WWE’s answer to a subpar tag division is to just run fatal four way after fatal four way tag team matches with the same teams. The only reason people are talking about the division at all is because of the wonderfulness of New Day and the PTP. Instead of doing that, NXT creates this memorial tournament, which gives EVERY NXT wrestler, including their champion Finn Balor, a chance to enter with a teammate and try to win it. Dusty Rhodes was the heart and soul of NXT, so from a real life and storyline standpoint, every wrestler on the roster has motivation to want to win this thing. We’re probably not there yet, but how awesome would it be to have a few women team up and get a couple victories? If you don’t want to see Charlotte tap out Mojo Rawley you might not have a soul.

-The Average Nobodies

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What Does the New Wyatt Family Promo On Raw Last Night Mean For Their Future?

The Wyatt Family first appeared on our TV screens via mysterious yet intriguing promos in May of last year. It was clear from that first promo that Bray Wyatt and his duo of bearded monsters were not your average superstars. In an era when the debuts of characters like Fandango and Adam Rose have perplexed that key 18-34 male demographic, Bray Wyatt immediately had our attention, and more importantly, our support. Wyatt, real name Windham Rotunda (son of Mike Rotunda aka IRS, brother of Bo Dallas) was first introduced to the WWE as part of the Nexus under the ring name Husky Harris. He was underwhelming, and after a brief stint on WWE TV, he was sent back down to what is now known as NXT, and soon after the Bray Wyatt character was born. When Wyatt finally debuted, he seemed like a breath of fresh air. His promos were effortless, and his in ring skills, though not on the level of Daniel Bryan or CM Punk, were very good. He had a decent feud with Kane, and a very good feud with Daniel Bryan. Then the wheels fell off.

For whatever reason, the WWE decided to feud Wyatt with John Cena. Wyatt’s reasoning was something we’ve seen before: he wanted John to embrace the dark side that we all knew was inside of him, and Bray was going to bring this dark side out of John no matter what. Wyatt told the WWE Universe he didn’t care about wins or losses; all he really wanted was for John Cena to become a monster. The only problem with this storyline was that in every match Bray Wyatt wrestled, Harper and Rowan were at ringside, and they either helped him win, or interfered to make sure he didn’t lose. Most fans blame the WWE for this hypocritical booking (and probably rightfully so), but the feud with Cena derailed the momentum Wyatt had going for him. You can’t have a character say he doesn’t care about wins and losses in his promos when his actions in the ring prove otherwise. Wyatt losing at WrestleMania to Cena made zero sense, and hurt his character immensely. He gained a win in a cage match at the next pay per view, but only after Harper, Rowan and a singing child prevented Cena from leaving the cage. He went on to feud with Chris Jericho, who has a history of helping build young stars, but unfortunately did nothing for Wyatt.

Wyatt has been conspicuous by his absence from WWE TV over the last few weeks, and last night’s promo was the first we’ve heard from the eater of worlds in quite some time. What does this promo signify? Is Wyatt unleashing Luke Harper on the WWE Universe to do his dirty work? Will we get an Erik Rowan promo next week? Is the Wyatt Family splitting up? My theory is that they will remain as a group, but Harper and Rowan will not be a tag team any longer. Harper will return to WWE TV to seek vengeance on those that have wronged both Wyatt and himself. What this means for Wyatt’s future is anyone’s guess, but I think he’ll also be back soon, hopefully with a slight tweak to his characters in ring agenda. Whatever the case may be, we’re talking about Bray Wyatt again. That’s always a good thing.

– Ryan

P.S. If this tweet doesn’t get your blood pumping for a potential Wyatt/Sting feud you don’t have a pulse.

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