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WWE SMACKDOWN PRIMER 3/19:  Kofi to run the gauntlet, Miz responds to Shane, Sasha & Bayley pay a visit, Charlotte-Becky dynamics –

WWE SMACKDOWN PRIMER 3/19:  Kofi to run the gauntlet, Miz responds to Shane, Sasha & Bayley pay a visit, Charlotte-Becky dynamics -
Kofi Kingston (artwork credit Grant Gould (c) PWTorch)

WWE SMACKDOWN PRIMER
MARCH 12, 2019
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. AT THE BANKERS LIFE FIELDHOUSE
AIRS ON USA NETWORK, 8:00 P.M. EST
BY FRANK PETEANI (@FrankPeteani), PWTORCH SPECIALIST

Announcers: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton

Area, and Gadgets Advertised by WWE

WWE Smackdown returns to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IND. after appearing simply 5 months ago.  The world opened for enterprise in 1999 and has hosted many WWE TV and PPV occasions.  One particularly stands out, and that was Survivor Collection in 2012.  That night time saw the debut of Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins as the Defend.  They attacked Ryback and John Cena in the center of their triple menace WWE Championship match towards CM Punk.  The Defend went on to turn into certainly one of the extra dominant factions in the historical past of WWE.

Right here’s what’s advertised by WWE.com for tonight:

  • Kofi Kingston should win a Gauntlet Match to earn WWE Title Match at WrestleMania
  • The Miz to respond to Shane McMahon
  • Sasha Banks & Bayley pay a go to to Workforce Blue
  • What’s subsequent for Becky Lynch and Charlotte Aptitude

Gauntlet Match: Kofi vs. Orton, Joe, Sheamus, Cesaro, and Rowan

Kofi Kingston needs a WWE Championship match at WrestleMania.  He thought he had one at Fastlane, however he was removed in favor of Kevin Owens.  On the night time of Fastlane, he thought he was being added to make it a triple menace match, however as an alternative he wrestled a handicap Texas Tornado tag match towards The Bar (Sheamus & Cesaro).  Mustafa Ali was as an alternative added to the WWE Championship match that evening.

Final week, Vince McMahon introduced a WrestleMania WWE Championship opportunity to Kofi.  Before he provided stated alternative, that they had a conversation as Kofi was flanked by his New Day partners Massive E and Xavier Woods.  They talked about busting their a** and never complaining while being handled like garbage.  Kofi talked about by no means complaining about a “man like him” not getting a WWE Championship opportunity by way of the years.  He cited how he never had been trick-or-treating together with his youngsters and missed his son dropping his first tooth.  He needed to know what he had to do to earn a probability at the championship.  Right here’s the YouTube clip as you need to watch the promo once more to get the full effect:

Vince talked about no one including himself deserving something, and that he created Raw & Smackdown & WrestleMania.  He mentioned he had a conversation with Daniel Bryan, they usually agreed Kofi was a “B+ player” (a callback to Triple H & Stephanie McMahon saying the similar factor about Daniel Bryan in 2013-’14).  Nonetheless he was prepared to give Kofi a championship match, however provided that he gained a gauntlet match.  Tonight, he faces Randy Orton, U.S. Champion Samoa Joe, Sheamus, Cesaro, and Rowan.  Here’s Kofi in a WWE.com exclusive following the announcement of the match.  He’s very actual and pretty correct.  I want all interviews on TV have been like this:

I recommend everybody read PWTorch contributor & podcast co-host Cameron Hawkins’ article relating to Kofi Kingston HERE.

Frank’s Analysis:  For a few years I contemplated the concept of Kofi being in the WWE Championship picture, but those thoughts waned a bit as he spent the final 5 years with New Day performing their antics.  There’s little question that Kofi can go, and he and New Day being more critical last week and lately as a entire with this example has put them in a higher mild.  The reality of the matter is he’s someone that Vince often doesn’t give a chance to maintain the WWE Championship.  That thought course of should change now, as the fans are clearly behind him and for good cause.  Placing obstacles in front of Kofi is ok however they need to watch out how much they achieve this and know when it’s time to stop and provides him his probability.   

The Miz Responds to Shane McMahon

Final week, Shane McMahon defined his actions at Fastlane in regard to his attack on his former tag group companion, the Miz.  To recap, he attacked Miz and his father as they got here up brief in their attempt to regain the Smackdown Tag Group Championship from the Usos.

He claimed he was uninterested in individuals coming to him asking what they will do for them.  He claimed the WWE followers do not know what he does behind the scenes for them (we in all probability don’t however might you do me one favor and keep behind the scenes?).  He talked about being the “Best in the World” not as a result of he gained the trophy, but because he was born that means.  After a number of different points, Shane then introduced that at WrestleMania he and the Miz will go one-on-one.

Miz was not at the show last week as he was residence “recovering.”  He has been quiet on social media in regard to this example, as a result of I’m positive he’s overwhelmed with pleasure that the Browns received Odell Beckham, Jr. (good luck with that as he already needs to rework his contract).  Anyway, tonight Miz responds to Shane.

Frank’s Evaluation:  Shane’s heel promo final week was principally good, nevertheless it was not specific to his challenge with the Miz.  He utilized points with everyone that had been boiling up inside him for a long time relatively than what specifically obtained to him with the Miz.  Maybe we get some of that tonight when Miz responds if Shane interrupts.  In the huge image one thing I worry out of that is that it leads to Shane being a heel authority figure on Smackdown in the time to come, which for heaven’s sake we don’t want in 2019.  The show is shifting to FOX in the fall and the McMahon family struggles might be a major focus, for higher or worse.

Sasha Banks & Bayley Come to Smackdown

WWE Ladies’s Tag Group Champions the Boss ‘n Hug Connection (Sasha Banks & Bayley) introduced on Raw final night time that they might be coming to Smackdown.

The IIconics have expressed frustration with the champs not coming to Smackdown, particularly considering they have been the finalists in the Elimination Chamber match to decide the champions.  They’ve been on Raw and NXT, however not Smackdown.  Here’s Peyton on Twitter and in addition the IIconics together on the Fastlane kickoff show.  Mockingly, Beth Phoenix was at the kickoff show.  She & Natalya challenged the champs at WrestleMania final night time on Raw:

*besides SmackDown Stay* https://t.co/vezcKcX9dF

— Peyton Royce (@PeytonRoyceWWE) March 17, 2019

The IIconics have proven up and demand that THEY are the future of the Ladies’s Division! #WWEFastlane @BillieKayWWE @PeytonRoyceWWE pic.twitter.com/OcxZRrCYXf

— WWE (@WWE) March 10, 2019

Sasha & Bayley are lastly fulfilling their promise of coming to Smackdown.  They’ve already been challenged by Beth & Natalya.  We’ll see if the IIconics throw their hats in the ring for a shot at the champs.

Frank’s Analysis:  I couldn’t assist but discover a bit of heel tendencies in Sasha & Bayley final night time, particularly when Bayley requested Natalya & Beth in the event that they needed more time to prepare.  If they’re actually turning them heel it might strange as there were plenty of higher occasions to achieve this in the previous.  Nonetheless, it’s not out of the realm of risk we get a cross-promotional multi-staff match for the titles involving the IIconics, Nia Jax & Tamina, and Natalya & Beth Phoenix at WrestleMania.  That’s sloppy and even sloppy for me to sort, but WWE likes to get as many individuals on the card as potential.   

Subsequent for Becky Lynch & Charlotte Aptitude

Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch will tackle Raw Ladies’s Champion Ronda Rousey in a triple menace match at WrestleMania for the championship.  The match is rumored to be the essential occasion of the show.

We’ve gone round and round with this story with many layers added since Becky gained the Royal Rumble.  Final week, Becky and Charlotte had a one-on-one verbal trade in the ring.  Becky admitted she goaded Ronda into interfering in the match at Fastlane between her and Charlotte that allowed her to enter the match at WrestleMania (keep in mind, the one she earned by profitable the Royal Rumble and challenging Ronda, however then she acquired suspended and…oh by no means mind we all know the relaxation).  Charlotte touted she hasn’t been scorching for simply six months, however for 4 years and was chosen to get the job executed.  She declared herself Miss WrestleMania (if she stated Mrs. WrestleMania would that mean she’s married to Shawn Michaels, Mr. WrestleMania?).  She stated that WrestleMania is her foremost event, and Becky was taking a lot credit score for doing so little.  Right here’s the back-and-forth which is value watching particularly for Becky calling Charlotte a “plastic-faced dope.”  My Irish spouse definitely received a kick out of that:

Tonight, we’ll proceed to prepare for this huge match.

Frank’s Evaluation:  I can’t take it with this match anymore.  There have been so many twists, turns, and modifications that I simply need to get to it already.  There’s only a lot evaluation one needs to do with a storyline, match, and what have you ever.  WWE had the match they needed when Becky informed Ronda “I choose you” the night time after the Royal Rumble.  We’re the place we anticipated to be now, and thus we flip our consideration in that path.  One thing puzzles me.  They in all probability felt they wanted to add the layers because there was a lot of time between the Rumble and WrestleMania, right?  Additionally they needed to add Charlotte.  Tell me one thing how was WWE in a position to construct a match over a yr’s time in 2011-’12 between John Cena and The Rock with out including ridiculous layers and twists and modifications?  I don’t recall suspensions or loopy to get ready for that match they usually had a yr.

Gadgets to Anticipate Tonight:

  • R-Fact and Rey Mysterio defeated U.S. Champion Samoa Joe & Andrade.  Rey pinned Joe.  Search for the U.S. Title image to start turning into clearer.  Ideally Rey faces Joe one-on-one, but a multi-man match is extra doubtless as WWE has shown a propensity in the direction of these matches for the secondary titles on the massive stage.
  • Rowan & WWE Champion Daniel Bryan defeated Kevin Owens & Mustafa Ali when Rowan pinned Ali after a claw slam.  It’s exhausting to say where we’re with Owens and Ali particularly after they only wrestled for the WWE Championship at Fastlane.  I don’t anticipate them being inserted into that picture, but there doesn’t appear to be a clear course for them.  There’s all the time the Andre the Big Battle Royal for them at WrestleMania.
  • After a great promo last week, Randy Orton vs. A.J. Types was confirmed for WrestleMania.  Orton talked about him actually being the one to build Smackdown, considering he made his debut in 2002, turned the youngest World Champion, and labored the Undertaker at WrestleMania.  A.J. talked about his being proud to work his approach via the indie scene and be right here in WWE with several others that have been on that journey.  Orton couldn’t assist speaking about A.J. working for Dixie Carter and copying the nWo’s “too sweet” (referring to his days in the Bullet Club in New Japan Pro Wrestling).  A.J. talked about the RKO being a rip off of WWE Corridor of Famer Diamond Dallas Page’s Diamond Cutter.  Hopefully they stay aside till WrestleMania, but I worry they could be involved in some tag workforce match on the method.

Begin Time & Matches Marketed on the Area Website

The Banker’s Life Fieldhouse’s website advertises a start time of 7:45 p.m. native.  They present the following matches:

  • Kevin Owens vs. WWE Champion Daniel Bryan
  • A.J. Types vs. Randy Orton

Additionally they show Asuka, Rey Mysterio, and New Day appearing.  Simply in case you didn’t know, the card is topic to change at any time.

205Stay will comply with the essential present.


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