9/19/21 Smackdown Rundown: Homecoming
Updated: Sep 24, 2021
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6. Boogz Remains Undefeated Apollo Remains Salty
Boogz squashed Roode and showed off his power moves while picking up a victory. However, either Boogz did a fantastic job selling the wounds of battle, or he was injured. He had tape on that right shoulder, and he did not want to lift it after the match, and he had trouble playing the guitar and taking off the guitar, and he looked to be in loads of pain after being thrown into the steps more so than Nakamura who was also attacked by Apollo(with Aziz) who is ready for his rematch.
She still walked away without a match. However, she showed positive character development. I love that Naomi is realizing just who the hell she is. She is not asking anymore. She is demanding, and If Sonya does not figure something out soon, she will be the first match.
4. Bianca‘s Homecoming
I loved the idea of Mayor Kane presenting Bianca with the key to the city. It was such a rise for Bianca, and again Bianca feels more like the champion than Becky. However, Becky ruined the celebration and embarrassed The Est. Once again, using the handshake to get to the Manhandle Slam. As much as I hated it, I had to stop and realize that is the intended effect; it is good heel heat. However, if Bianca is not allowed to get the upper hand here, I hope it is because she is taking that title back.
3. Seth's Promo
Seth was rockin a dope silver suit paying homage to the tin man because he is heartless. However, he cut one of his best promos in years. Seth compared Edge to a cockroach smashed under his boot. He completely flipped the situation on the crowd, blaming them for goating Edge and being hypocrites, and he is not wrong. Seth did use a legal move, and Seth did exactly what he said he would do. What did we expect?
2. Usos beat down Big E
You just know the New Day are going to have something to say about Big E getting jumped, and I am more than here for New Day vs. the Bloodline.
1.Big E and Finn Balor vs. the Usos
I was skeptical of this match because you do not want your tag team champions losing to a non-tag team. Also, you do not want your number one contender and new champ to lose either. However, the match was just too entertaining to ignore. It got the crowd hot with fast-paced back-and-forth action. It ended on an awesome simultaneous Coup De Grace and Big Ending. Also, the Usos are not Just any tag team. They are champions. They are future Hall of Famers they will be fine.
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3. Apollo Crews demands a rematch
Finally, Apollo Crews is showcasing the attitude of his new character. This week, he and Commander Azeez attacked Rick Boogs and Shinsuke Nakamura, demanding a rematch in an entitled manner. This attitude is what got Crews over enough to win the Intercontinental Championship in the first place, so I’m excited to see if more of it can get him relevant again.
2. Seth Rollins Tells all
Seth Rollins is killing these promo segments and fine-tuning his character as a sociopathic killer in-ring. His feud with Edge has exceeded the high expectations set for the first-time confrontation and matches. It has been a reliving everything both men have been through in their careers and a sign of things to come. Now, Rollins has challenged Edge to one more match to see who wins the feud. Will Rollins end Edge? Or does Edge have more left in the tank than he is getting credit for?
1. Big E and Roman Reigns
If these two are slated to still be champions by Survivor Series, they are playing an excellent long-game by hinting at the conflict now. Roman Reigns thinks Big E moved over to Raw to avoid him, and Big E wants Reigns to know he could beat the Universal Champion too. My only hope is that they don’t overexpose this feud, and it burns out too early. SmackDown is doing an excellent job now focusing on multiple feuds for Reigns, and none of the details are being lost.
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2. Toni Storm and Liv Morgan vs. Carmella and Zelina Vega
I struggled with where to place this because I think this was a step in the right direction to promoting women’s feuds besides the championship. Still, we ended up with a way-too-short meaningless tag match, and the feud resulting is from a sort of silly premise. Ultimately, we’ll have to watch moving forward to see if this feud is one step forward or three steps back.
1. Bianca Belair’s Homecoming
I liked the emotion in this angle, but I don’t think it was worthy of being the last thing we saw on the show. Aligning Bianca Belair with Kane was a beyond bizarre choice. Aside from similar hometowns, they had no chemistry. The crowd for Belair wasn’t as loud as I think WWE wanted them to be, so I think that’s why it felt like a flop to me.
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4. Happy Corbin vs. Ko
This segment was not terribly bad. It was just uneventful. Two of the hottest acts in the company, and all they get is a beat-down segment.
3.Liv Morgan & Toni storm vs Zelina & Carmella
Yes, this set up a PPV match for the woman, which is good, but everything else is bad. They played advertisements during the entrances they gave the women maybe 2 minutes for their match. Also, why would Liv care about challenging someone she beat so easily. Also, Carmella did not even have an injury. She was fine; they could have given her a Kayfabe injury. Also, they never explained why Toni and liv were tagging. Also, I feel like Liv has more beef with Zelina than Carmella.
2. Dominik vs. Sami
I am not going to waste much time on this one. Sami and Dominik are stuck in an endless booking loop doing the same thing repeatedly, and it is boring.
The format was off tonight. First, they show what Seth did to Edge last week at the top of the show, only to start with Roman. Then they have Finn and Big E come out like they will step to Roman only to have a tag match with no setup or reasons given for why it is happening. As funny as it was to watch Seth say someone should helped Big E out, it is strange that he would come out to the ring, and then the backstage stuff would happen. Was he just standing there watching with the crowd? Also, having advertisements play over the babyface Storm and Liv Morgan’s segment was not a good look.
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