WWE SmackDown recap & reactions (Oct. 8, 2021): Pride before the fall – Cageside Seats

The best part? Its should have. Which is the crucial to all of this. Going to the depths of your own darkness to exact vengeance on a man over a title is losing yourself. A title, as much as it may suggest competitively speaking, is still just a physical representation of an achievement.

Pride comes prior to the fall.

But household? Household is everything. Going to the depths of your own darkness to safeguard your family is righteous. In terms of storytelling, Rollins going after Edges family essentially provides the latter carte blanche to do as he pleases, in regards to audience approval. Its why they had Iosef eliminate John Wicks canine, the very same pet dog his better half left for him to help him grieve– and proceed from– her death. Iosef talking shit, getting into Wicks house, and even taking Wicks car he refused to sell wouldnt have actually been enough to validate a vengeance tour through Iosefs whole household. However eliminating the pet? Pursuing family like that?

Rollins, of course, wanted more. He desired not simply the painfully apparent physical admission of defeat but the verbal equivalent. The defeat itself was not enough, he required to revel in his challengers death.

When Edge didnt bite, a minimum of not at first, Rollins did what he was always going to do, what hes always done in the past– he took it too far. He involved the Copeland family, breaking into Edges home and making snide remarks about his wife and children. At the time, I didnt like that story beat, primarily due to how difficult it is to perform in the right method on a professional fumbling show, but its improved with the benefit of hindsight.

It wasnt.

Acknowledge me

Brilliant.

Hell in a Cell.

This weeks episode of Friday Night SmackDown originated from San Jose. Get a total take a look at the program with the live blog right here.

Remember approximately one month back when Seth Rollins and Edge fought at Madison Square Garden and completion result of it was Rollins putting Edge away with the Curb Stomp? My read on that at the time was that it was an effectively carried out match with a fish story that culminated in Edge, having actually come to terms with simply how far from his original goals he had gone, and simply how much he d lost in doing so, having to accept his fate.

And we get to cheer all of it.

I questioned where they might possibly go from there, and it ends up they had the best concept with this story all along. Rollins ought to have let it go there, due to the fact that of course he need to have, since he won. In war, victory is all that matters. History is composed by the winners and all that.

And he did that. He accepted it, understanding it may extremely well be completion.

Rollins action to this made clear what all of this was about. He was surprised, yes, however he likewise looked frightened. The smug confidence that had him acting these methods, and stating these things, was changed by worry; of what he unleashed, of what was bearing down on him, at his inability to get away from it.

Now you get not the boogeyman, but the guy you send to eliminate the boogeyman. And there will be no leaving it. Due to the fact that he can do absolutely nothing, Edge will come for Rollins and he will do nothing.

Rollins was back this week to continue rubbing it in and demanding Edge come back around. He used up whatever terms Edge desired, continued running him down at the cost of his family, all of it. The male himself revealed up, rushed the ring, released a vicious attack with all the markings of the evil Edge we d known before, the one who goes to that dark place, and then he made clear what terms he desired.

We got a take a look at what a babyface Roman Reigns could look like with this character bent and you know what?

Bingo!

It might could work.

Theyve done a damn excellent job of creating intrigue in this match centered entirely around the loyalty of a supervisor.

It felt electrical. Thats a pro wrestler being damn proficient at his job, developing something the fans so terribly wish to participate, even when stated wrestler is a heel because hes remarkable.

Here, we got “its a contract finalizing but nobody actually signs an agreement” on top of “the furnishings is utilized as a weapon and/or damaged” to accompany “everyone cuts a discount on everyone else before a brawl breaks out.”

The agreement signing is a section WWE utilizes often for title matches, considering its a basic and efficient tool to build to stated title match. Theres a bingo card game to be played each time, as there are a variety of bits you can search for within these sectors.

The bit they did at the start of his sector showed that. He strolled out, taken in the roar of the crowd responding to his simple presence prior to screaming out the name of the city, San Jose, and requiring “acknowledge me.” They responded with a thunderous pop while The Usos flanked him holding up their fingers, The Ones, and the audience did the very same in action.

Hell, even if they do not make him babyface again with this, its still just a cool thing for fans and live audiences. Even if other crowds respond with boos, it still works. I like it. Its a perfect pro wrestling bit.

Meanwhile, in story Reigns provided Paul Heyman the opportunity to describe himself and he did a lot of groveling before doing exactly as Roman asked him to, informing Brock Lesnar what hes got concerning him at Crown Jewel. Then he rather actually bowed at the Universal champs feet while the rest of us were delegated question how genuine he was being.

The important things to remember is that they can make as numerous bingos as possible as long as its amusing and Becky Lynch, Bianca Belair, and Sasha Banks made sure to make it entertaining.

Thats one of the fantastic things about Heyman, both the guy and the character– hes widely called an inveterate liar. This might very well be the setup to a swerve, the something that might take Reigns down and end his, ahem, reign as champion.

Particularly how it ended:

Belair continues to be incredible, both within this program and overall.

Likewise, props to them, they really troubled to have a backstage section where we saw Lynch complaining to Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville but ultimately selecting to sign the agreement to make the match authorities.

King of the Ring, Queens Crown

On the maless side, the Mysterio family drama continued, allowing Sami Zayn to score a win over Rey Mysterio. This was an excellent way to use a meaningful match to continue driving a wedge between Rey and Dominik. Finn Balor returned from his failure as The Demon at Extreme Rules with a strong triumph over Cesaro. As far as reestablishing somebody goes, this had to do with as good as you might ask for.

On the femaless side, its a bit more confusing.

Seems odd!

It was likewise a surprise when Carmella beat Liv Morgan an instant later on, as WWE continues to tease a Morgan babyface push prior to beating her in matches like this. That triumph set up a Vega vs. Carmella match for next week, a heel vs. heel encounter that offers us nobody to cheer for.

It likewise sets up a matchup that makes sense in the semifinals.

It also ensures that a heel from this side of the bracket will remain in the final, which might either indicate a heel vs. heel final when Shayna Baszler comes out of that side of the bracket (which is what I expected as quickly as I saw the total bracket), or Doudrop is in fact getting a legitimate push all the method to the final here. Neither option looks particularly attracting me, but your mileage may differ.

Toni Storm was propped up by way of an intro to her new character, someone who styles herself a “kid of the 80s,” as they put it. Im uncertain how this makes good sense, considering she wasnt even born until 1995, but in either case, it looked like an obvious set up to provide her a win and showcase this brand-new character more. It was a surprise, then, when she got beat in fairly brief order.

All the rest

Grade: B+.

Your turn.

We got our very first look at how Hit Row will be presented on the primary lineup with a stylish vignette that revealed them in the studio. One of my most significant problems with WWE in recent memory is the truth that no one on the lineup is cool.
Am I the only one who keeps hearing “Madcat” each time they state “Madcap” Mosss name on this show? I cant be the only one, can I? Anyhow, this thing where he tells shitty father jokes that everybody but Baron Corbin hates is the kind of silliness I can get behind in my professional fumbling. After all, who is a bigger heel than your papa after he excitedly tells you his latest knee slapper?
I wondered briefly why Naomi wasnt in the Queens Crown competition and felt badly about it till she appeared on TV and advised me shes in this awesomely odd story with Sonya Deville, who is now obviously doing what she said she would not and getting back in the ring to battle Naomi herself. We still do not know why she hates her a lot, beyond the corporate nonsense she claimed a couple weeks back, but this is a really amazing match to look forward to. Im all but certain its not actually going to take place, but still care enough to wish to tune in to see the next action in the story.
Whoever will take on MACE who will ANNIHILATE with his DISPOSITION TO DOMINATE?!?

After a predictably bad episode due to the draft last week, the blue brand solved back on the ideal track.

We got our first look at how Hit Row will be presented on the primary lineup with a stylish vignette that showed them in the studio. Anyway, this thing where he informs shitty daddy jokes that everyone however Baron Corbin dislikes is the kind of silliness I can get behind in my pro fumbling. I questioned briefly why Naomi wasnt in the Queens Crown tournament and felt terribly about it up until she showed up on TV and reminded me shes in this awesomely strange story with Sonya Deville, who is now apparently doing what she stated she would not and getting back in the ring to wrestle Naomi herself.

Now you get not the boogeyman, but the male you send out to kill the boogeyman. It was a surprise, then, when she got beat in relatively short order.

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