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WWE SMACKDOWN PRIMER 2/5: Usos on McMiz TV, Gauntlet Match for Elimination Chamber advantage, Andrade and the legend of Rey, Charlotte and her WrestleMania bombshell


FEBRUARY 12, 2019

Announcers: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton

Area and Gadgets Advertised by WWE

WWE Smackdown returns to the Huntington Middle in Toledo, Ohio after appearing in June of final yr.  The world celebrates its 10-year anniversary this coming October.  It has hosted many Raw and Smackdown occasions and even some of the early versions of NXT.

Here’s what’s marketed by for tonight:

  • High-stakes Gauntlet Match to take place to determine who enters last in WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match
  • The Co-Besties host The Usos on “McMiz TV”
  • Will Andrade begin to finish the legend of Rey Mysterio?
  • What does Charlotte Aptitude’s WrestleMania shocker mean for Group Blue?

Gauntlet Match to Determine Remaining Entry into WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match

Final week, we constructed in the direction of the upcoming Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship in lots of ways.  Mustafa Ali took on multiple-time Champion Randy Orton and came up brief, falling sufferer to the RKO as he was trying his signature 054.  After the match, Samoa Joe arrived and gave Randy Orton a Coquina Clutch followed by kicking Ali out of the ring.  Later on, Joe proclaimed he shall be the one holding up the WWE Championship.

WWE Champion Daniel Bryan talked to his hometown Washington state crowd with Rowan by his aspect.  He talked about what he’s been speaking about these days which includes individuals stuffing their faces with “deep fried animal carcasses,” killing the planet, how his belt is a logo of change, and how he is the planet’s champion. Rowan spoke of how individuals worry them because of their concepts.  Bryan stated the ignorant plenty need him as WWE Champion.

Jeff Hardy was being interviewed about his upcoming match with Bryan, when A.J. Types interrupted.  He questioned whether or not Hardy was the proper man to characterize the title given current history.  Hardy responded by saying with with A.J.’s current history, he can’t beat the new Bryan.

Later on, Bryan took on Jeff Hardy in a non-title match.  It ended with Hardy profitable by way of DQ when Rowan interfered.  After the match Joe confirmed up and attacked Rowan.  Orton got here out and attacked Joe.  Ali came out and drop kicked both Orton and Joe.  A.J. Types got here out and went after Orton, followed by Joe, and then Hardy.  Bryan and Rowan retreated to the back.

The show closed out with Bryan and Rowan interviewed in Gorilla by Kayla Braxton.  He doubled down on his being champion is what the planet wants.  When she questioned why he needed Rowan, Bryan angrily stated he’s the biggest and gained the match himself.

Tonight, we get a gauntlet match involving Hardy, A.J., Ali, Orton, Joe, and Bryan to determine who enters the chamber last.  WWE isn’t clear as to which wrestlers will start the match.

There are quite a few stories out that Ali might miss Elimination Chamber on account of a concussion, but nothing is 100 % confirmed. nonetheless exhibits him in the gauntlet match tonight and the Elimination Chamber match Sunday.  Here’s a photograph he tweeted out displaying an eye fixed damage.

Just making an attempt to catch your eye. #SDLive

— Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@MustafaAliWWE) February 6, 2019

Frank’s Analysis:  While there’s no expectation for Ali to win the title, it might be a shame to see him miss the match.  If he’s written out look for Orton to be the cause, establishing one thing down the line for them.  

It was odd to see how the present ended final week, given that you would anticipate what they did to occur on the go-home present for Elimination Chamber.  Nonetheless the gauntlet match is a intelligent solution to mix issues up before the PPV, and have stakes fairly than a pedestrian six-man tag or one thing to that nature.  The issue is how are the first two members determined and aren’t they at an obstacle?  If one of the two wrestlers that begin the gauntlet are to win the last spot going into the chamber they may have needed to of gained five matches.  The final entry into the gauntlet match is at a transparent benefit.  It’s exhausting to know a great way of determining the order of the individuals, however there ought to be some logic utilized.  

McMiz TV with Visitors The Usos

At the upcoming Elimination Chamber PPV, “The Besties” Miz & Shane McMahon defend the Smackdown Tag Group Championships towards former champs the Usos.

Final week, the Usos talked backstage as they’ve incessantly completed in the past and talked about struggling collectively and being scorching and chilly collectively.  They stated that MizTV is about to get “locked down,” and then they did their signature “Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary.”

Tonight, Miz and Shane host their first episode of McMiz TV with the Usos as their visitors.

Frank’s Analysis:  Putting apart that Shane McMahon doesn’t have to be in this spot occupying a championship and having to face arguably the greatest tag group of the past six years, the story with the Miz is oddly entertaining.  They seem to have a chemistry and genuinely wish to be a tag workforce.  The Usos simply flat out know the way to minimize a promo, and thus their working with Miz & Shane must be fascinating to observe.  It’s unlucky that if Miz and Shane are to retain the titles at Elimination Chamber, the Usos can be doing the job until they shield them through the use of a countout or DQ.  

Andrade and the Legend of Rey Mysterio

Now that seems like a movie.  Last week, following every week the place he attacked Rey Mysterio previous to his match, Andrade and his enterprise manager Zelina Vega proclaimed the beginning of his legend begins with the finish of Rey Mysterio’s.  Mysterio and Andrade have traded wins on Smackdown in current months and fought to a no-contest in a two-out-of-three falls match a number of weeks ago (nicely actually a DQ in fall three however, ya know, WWE’s on-the-fly rules).  Here’s the YouTube clip of last week’s promo with Andrade and Zelina:

Tonight, WWE indicates there may be follow-up on this feud from Mysterio or Andrade & Zelina.

Frank’s Analysis:  Regardless of being on TV, this feud has been very well-handled.  All indications point to a much bigger match perhaps this Sunday at Elimination Chamber or down the line.  Let’s hope we get more construct and anticipation if that’s the case.  Depending on what happens in the WWE Championship chamber match, Rey and Andrade could possibly be in the mix to determine the #1 contender for the title at WrestleMania.  Rey vs. Bryan has definitely been discussed as a risk and can be worthy of a spot on the “grandest stage of ‘em all.”

Charlotte Flair Tabbed to Face Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania and the Implications for Smackdown

Final night time, WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon flipped the script for WrestleMania when he suspended Becky Lynch for 60 days.  This prompted her to be removed from her match with Ronda Rousey for the Uncooked Ladies’s Championship at ‘Mania due to her suspension running through that time period (Titus O’Neill 2016 yet again).  The suspension was resulting from Vince not being prepared to simply accept Becky’s apology to Triple H & Stephanie McMahon for her current actions, in addition to her “bad attitude” and considering she’s greater than WWE.  He additionally stated the similar goes for Ronda, who wasn’t suspended although, however we gained’t get into that.  Yes we’ll later.  (Perhaps Vince realized he couldn’t suspend someone with a nasty angle if they already have a Dangerous Fame… ;o)

Vince went on to say WWE needs someone who “knows their lane and stays in it,” and tabbed Charlotte Aptitude to face Ronda at WrestleMania.  She came out a lot to the dismay of the crowd and Becky.  He proceeded to boost Charlotte’s hand endorsing that she can be victorious.

In two weeks on Raw, we have fun Charlotte’s father & WWE Hall of Farmer Ric Flair’s 70th birthday.  That WWE has been advertising that forward of time is undoubtedly going to be sewed into the storyline.  As for tonight, we’ll study the implications of this choice as it relates to Smackdown.

Right here we go on Twitter already.  At the very least Charlotte’s forged in the right position as a heel:

Wow, I didn’t understand that so many of you didn’t want me in the match. Taking that under consideration, I’ll be asking administration to take away me successfully immediately.


I couldn’t probably care much less what you assume ?

— Charlotte Flair (@MsCharlotteWWE) February 12, 2019

Complete and utter bullshit.

— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) February 12, 2019

Frank’s Evaluation:  I understand the unique plan was Charlotte vs. Ronda.  I perceive it was possible going to be a triple menace after the whole lot that’s occurred lately with Becky.  It’s far from the point.  Vince between you, your daughter, your son-in-law, and even your son with the Miz nonsense (not related to this example however half of a much bigger drawback) all of you’ll be able to’t help yourselves however become involved in storylines through which you don’t must be an element.  You even have a match that folks clearly need to see in Becky vs. Ronda, and what do you do?  You do the similar thing you did to CM Punk in 2011 and Daniel Bryan in 2013-early ’14.  You do all the things attainable to squash somebody who acquired over in an organic means with the followers.  When you needed Charlotte in the entire time, you must have simply had her win the Rumble and not waste the fans time.  Have Becky get screwed one way or the other in the Rumble and then discover her approach into the match at ‘Mania.  You have effectively pulled a bait and switch.  I understand we have two months until WrestleMania, but come on.  Does anybody think they’ll return to Becky vs. Ronda one-on-one?

Additionally Vince, if Ronda has the similar dangerous angle as you identified to the individuals in the Van Andel Area and the probably two million watching at residence, why wasn’t she suspended?  It’s one other inconsistent and irritating half of the story.

How you individuals acquired all that cash from FOX and NBC Common is superb, so what do I do know.  All I do know is after 15 years of sticking individuals like John Cena, Roman Reigns down our throats in methods we don’t genuinely take pleasure in, it doesn’t shock me that the scores continue to decline.  Ultimately this has to work towards them.

General, we in all probability shouldn’t be too upset as a result of we knew Charlotte can be in the match anyway and we still have two months until ‘Mania.  It is just irritating that we get messed with as fans once we dedicate our time and money to this company.

Gadgets to Anticipate Tonight:

• Rusev and Nakamura defeated the Good Brothers (Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson). Rusev sneered at Nakamura whereas elevating his hand in victory.  Look for them to proceed to work as a tag workforce and probably weave their approach into the Smackdown Tag Group Championship image.

• We discovered that Naomi & Carmella can be the ultimate workforce in the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Ladies’s Tag Group Championship.  They’re calling themselves Fabulous Glow.  Naomi stated that Mandy Rose’s sob story she talked about from Robust Sufficient was ridiculous.  In an interview with Kayla Braxton, Mandy pointed out that Naomi has never pinned her.  Later on we had a triple menace tag group match between Hearth & Want (Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose), the IIConics (Billy Kay & Peyton Royce), and the newly shaped Fabulous Glow.  Mandy pinned Naomi to earn a win for her staff.  Look for continuation of this feud tonight maybe in the type of a tag group match with Fab Glow vs. Hearth & Want.

• None of the NXT callups (Heavy Equipment, Nikki Cross, Lacey Evans, EC3, and Lars Sullivan) appeared on Smackdown final week.  Nikki lost to Ruby Riott on Uncooked last night time whereas EC3 lost to Dean Ambrose.  There’s no change in Lars Sullivan’s standing.  It’s unknown if any of them will appear tonight and their permanent exhibits haven’t been decided.

Start Time & Matches Marketed on the Area Web site

The Huntington Middle’s web site is promoting a start time of 7:45 p.m. local time.  They don’t promote any matches.  They present Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, The Miz, A.J. Types, Becky Lynch (whom they nonetheless have pay attention as Smackdown Ladies’s Champion), and Daniel Bryan showing, topic to vary of course.

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