WrestleMania is simply eight days away and tonight was the second to final SmackDown earlier than the two-night occasion. Tonight’s SmackDown’s reserving was thrown collectively which we’re going to simply find yourself having till after the most important occasion of the yr. So let’s simply get into it.
Let me first begin off by saying this earlier than the rest — If they don’t take the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles off Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax by the top of WrestleMania — then what’s happening in right here on at the present time?
Now that that has been mentioned, tonight’s present was as I mentioned, thrown collectively. What I did admire was Carmella again within the ring however this might have occurred weeks in the past. Her being out of the ring for 2 months made zero sense however I digress. Before we get to her match in opposition to Bianca Belair, let’s discuss concerning the tag group division.
So the primary match we get, if you wish to name it that, lasted about the identical size of time that Paige & Emma vs. The Bella Twins did in 2015 to start out the #GiveDivasAChance motion. Do we want a brand new hashtag? The “match” was Shayna Baszler vs. Natalya.
Natalya defeated WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Shayna Baszler
So I regarded away for 3 seconds to seize my drink and this match was over. Natalya and Baszler commerce just a few backwards and forwards roll up’s which ended up with Baszler’s shoulders on the mat for a 3 rely. As Nattie was attempting to have a good time in got here Jax to run by way of her which prompted Baszler to become involved. Then Tamina jumped in to try to assist out her tag group companion.
This then led to The Riott Squad rising to get in on the struggle. Followed in go well with by RAW’s Mandy Rose/Dana Brooke and Lana/Naomi.
Now, as a lot as I’m okay with the proposed choice of getting a primary contenders match on Night One of Mania and the winners dealing with the champions on Night Two…it’s simply going to be a sizzling mess in these final three exhibits.
None of this made any sense. Now, in the event that they constructed on this all through the night time then that will have been good. Say for example they only had Adam Pearce come out and make these two matches official for WrestleMania weekend. If this began tonight’s present after which each 15 to twenty minutes or so they might present the groups brawling across the backstage space then possibly it could get some hype in for WrestleMania. Or, simply MAYBE in the event that they did this weeks in the past we might be way more invested. But, no…they’ve been placing the tag champs up in opposition to Bianca/Sasha and now Rhea/Asuka which makes zero sense.
Right after the tag group debacle, Billie Kay was backstage seen handing her resume to Carmella who appeared very . Could we really be seeing this pairing coming quickly?
Next, we lastly see Carmella in a hoop for the primary time for the reason that Royal Rumble. She took on Bianca Belair.
Bianca Belair defeated Carmella
Before the bell rang, Carmella went after Bianca and ultimately drove her within the metal steps. Strong begin for Carmella popping out of the gate and never losing any time to assault the EST.
After the break, the match was formally began. Carmella was nonetheless wanting robust all the way in which as much as tying up Bianca on the underside rope by her braid. Once Belair bought herself untied she exploded out of the nook and was in command of the match. After rolling out of the way in which, Carmella capitalized with a kick and bought a close to fall. Carmella getting a bit too cocky and yelling on the Royal Rumble winner didn’t do her justice as she discovered herself a sufferer of the KOD. Belair picked up the pin for the much-needed win with WrestleMania being solely eight days away.
Belair couldn’t have a good time for lengthy because the SmackDown Women’s Champion got here from behind and maybe was trying to ship a backstabber. Bianca backed away and pointed on the WrestleMania signal saying that this received’t occur now however will at WrestleMania. Banks nodded in settlement and left the ring elevating her title excessive.
Again in the event that they began the construct up between Belair and Banks extra than simply two week’s in the past and did extra than simply pointing to the signal, individuals could be extra invested. I simply know the way good the precise match will probably be and that’s that on that.
Let’s get into the Winners & Losers of the week:
WINNER: Bianca Belair
She wanted this win, if she loses anymore main as much as WrestleMania
WINNERS: Natalya & Tamina
I suppose they have been the winners out of that melee of randomness? They appear to be a transparent push in direction of the titles over the previous variety of weeks. The solely different group I might see possibly getting the titles are Naomi & Lana. Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke I don’t suppose are even near getting them proper now and The Riott Squad haven’t been seen since February.
LOSER: Shayna Baszler
Just why. This is why she must drop the tag titles. She has taken means too many losses as a champion and has been taking the pins far more than Nia. Her character has completely been watered down and it isn’t nice. She wants to return to being a singles competitor instantly.
SmackDown definitely wasn’t significantly better this week. It’s nonetheless in all places and that ridiculous brief match was definitely disconcerting. The fundamental roster wants to essentially begin understanding what NXT does. NXT does a swell job at highlighting plenty of their roster and giving two to 3 ladies’s matches every week. I’m not positive why I’m holding out hope however after WrestleMania possibly issues will get higher (as I mentioned after the previous two pay-per-views).
We don’t have time for greater than a 30-second match for the ladies however let’s take time for Logan Paul…..
What did you consider this week’s SmackDown? Who have been your Winners & Losers? Leave your ideas beneath!!
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