SmackDown recap & reactions (Dec. 30, 2022): Cena, Aptitude, Howdy, oh my!

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Earlier on this week’s episode friday night time smackdownthey started laying the groundwork for Roman Reigns, who complained about Sami Zayn shining a little bit too brightly whereas within the ring with him, referring to Honor Uce chanting out loud final week. I bought

As Paul Heyman stated, it is simply dangerous optics.

Reigns performed off to Zayn prefer it did not matter, but it surely undoubtedly felt like one thing to be careful for if there was a downline. Later there was a sport towards two groups towards the legendary John Cena.

I had a really feel for that match. It felt like a very necessary factor, with the nice vibe from the reside crowd in Tampa. Skilled wrestling is now not sufficient.

They put collectively a enjoyable match, too, and did a terrific job constructing a sizzling tag to Cena that the gang was completely begging for. As a result of I might hear them inform them to take it dwelling and provides them a dashing countdown to the end. I puzzled how a lot better this may have been.

Ultimately, Owens, who opened his eyes fairly badly, scored a pinfall on Zayn. Hmm, I ponder how Reigns will react subsequent week.

This was nice. I want it had extra time, but it surely was nonetheless nice and set the longer term properly.

First, let’s shout out Raquel Rodriguez right here. She was positioned in a barely enviable place on this present, studying that she wasn’t going to win the SmackDown Ladies’s Championship, and in the end, regardless of her loss-protected methods, was fully overshadowed by main returns. The title was modified instantly after that.

All issues thought of, Rodriguez bought an excellent match from Rousey and deserves loads of credit score for what she’s achieved right here.

Nonetheless, Charlotte Aptitude is inevitable.

Aptitude has been out since Could, taking break day to get married, go on her honeymoon and usually get pleasure from a life away from skilled wrestling. It was solely a matter of time earlier than she gained the title once more.

I did not anticipate these two issues to occur so shut collectively.

Aptitude gained the title actually minutes after his return, difficult Rousey to a match on the spot and winding as much as regain the title he misplaced earlier this 12 months. I assume they needed this to be an enormous present.

Aptitude is again and I could not be happier. This division wanted her.

Is that so?

Is it attainable?

He is just a few inches shorter and tracks.

I should purchase that is his construct.

Yeah I am able to say it

Uncle Howdy is Bo Dallas.

Let Uncle Howdy be Bo Dallas.

This time, it got here after Bray Wyatt and LA Knight agreed to a match on the Royal Rumble. Howdy stepped into the ring, regarded down on each males, and hit him with Sister Abigail when it appeared as if he had taken Wyatt’s facet.

The message appeared clear sufficient — Wyatt wasn’t giving in to his violent impulses. You’ll have to pay the worth.

like he did right here.

For my part.

Knight has been superb throughout all of this. He appears to be getting increasingly comfy along with his former self every week, and every of us is in good condition for that.

However we’re additionally being trustworthy with this story a couple of transfer for good, and it is a very welcome sight certainly. I’ve to confess that I’m right here for that.

Particularly when Howdy is in Dallas.


all the remaining

  • Solo Cicore defeated Sheamus in a singles match that noticed loads of interference from each The Bloodline and The Brawling Brute. When Drew McIntyre returned after just a few weeks away and cleared the ring, he was on the verge of taking Sheamus out fully. This does not really feel like a settlement between these two sides, and certainly, later within the present, McIntyre and Sheamus introduced they might get a title match towards The Usos, which they missed.
  • We had the entire locker room enjoyable, teasing Prime Dora for not with the ability to soar excessive rope just a few weeks in the past. I additionally loved how he responded to this by getting higher and getting pissed off and on the point of battle individuals over it. I have never achieved something. That is all I do.
  • Imperium and Braun Strowman had a confrontation that was principally a little bit of a brawl, with neither facet truly showing to be a lot stronger than the opposite. , Ricochet confirmed as much as assist him and chased everybody away (sadly nailing Gunther with a chair shot that may solely be thought of an accident). It was achieved to arrange for the announcement of Gunther vs. Strowman for the Intercontinental Championship.

This was an insanely good present.

Class A-

your flip.

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