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

When Edge didnt bite, at least not initially, Rollins did what he was constantly going to do, what hes constantly done previously– he took it too far. He involved the Copeland household, getting into Edges home and making snide remarks about his wife and children. At the time, I didnt like that story beat, mainly due to how impossible it is to carry out in the proper way on a professional wrestling program, but its improved with the benefit of hindsight.

And we get to cheer everything.

Going to the depths of your own darkness to precise revenge on a male over a title is losing yourself. A title, as much as it may imply competitively speaking, is still simply a physical representation of an achievement.

This weeks episode of Friday Night SmackDown originated from San Jose. Get a total appearance at the show with the live blog site right here.

Keep in mind roughly one month back when Seth Rollins and Edge went to war at Madison Square Garden and the end outcome of it was Rollins putting Edge away with the Curb Stomp? My checked out on that at the time was that it was an extremely well carried out match with an incredible story that culminated in Edge, having actually come to terms with just how far away from his initial objectives he had actually gone, and simply how much he d lost in doing so, needing to accept his fate.

Rollins response to this made clear what all of this was about. He was shocked, yes, however he also looked afraid. The smug self-confidence that had him acting these methods, and stating these things, was replaced by fear; of what he released, of what was bearing down on him, at his inability to leave from it.

Pride comes before the fall.

It wasnt.

Hell in a Cell.

Rollins, of course, wanted more. He desired not simply the painfully apparent physical admission of defeat however the spoken equivalent. The defeat itself was not enough, he needed to revel in his opponents demise.

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

I questioned where they might possibly go from there, and it ends up they had the ideal idea with this story the whole time. Rollins ought to have let it go there, due to the fact that of course he need to have, since he won. In war, success is all that matters. History is written by the winners and all that.

Rollins was back this week to continue rubbing it in and demanding Edge return around. He provided whatever specification Edge desired, continued running him down at the expenditure of his family, all of it. Then, the guy himself revealed up, rushed the ring, released a vicious assault with all the markings of the wicked Edge we d understood prior to, the one who goes to that dark location, and then he explained what specification he desired.


Going to the depths of your own darkness to safeguard your household is righteous. In terms of storytelling, Rollins going after Edges household essentially provides the latter carte blanche to do as he pleases, in terms of audience approval. Going after household like that?

Acknowledge me

Now you get not the boogeyman, but the man you send out to kill the boogeyman. And there will be no escaping it. Edge will come for Rollins and he will do nothing due to the fact that he can do absolutely nothing.

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

Meanwhile, in story Reigns provided Paul Heyman the opportunity to explain himself and he did a lot of groveling before doing exactly as Roman asked him to, informing Brock Lesnar what hes got coming to him at Crown Jewel. Then he quite actually bowed at the Universal champions feet while the rest people were left to question how sincere he was being.

It may could work.

Theyve done a damn excellent task of producing intrigue in this match focused solely around the commitment of a manager.

It felt electric. Thats a pro wrestler being damn proficient at his task, creating something the fans so terribly wish to participate, even when stated wrestler is a heel due to the fact that hes amazing.

Hell, even if they dont make him babyface once again with this, its still just a cool thing for fans and live audiences. Even if other crowds react with boos, it still works. I enjoy it. Its a perfect professional fumbling bit.

The important things to bear in mind is that they can make as many bingos as possible as long as its amusing and Becky Lynch, Bianca Belair, and Sasha Banks ensured to make it amusing.

Here, we got “its an agreement finalizing however no one in fact signs an agreement” on top of “the furnishings is used as a weapon and/or damaged” to accompany “everyone cuts a promotion on everyone else prior to a brawl breaks out.”

The bit they did at the start of his sector showed that. He went out, soaked in the roar of the crowd responding to his simple presence before yelling 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 exact same in reaction.

The agreement finalizing is a section WWE utilizes often for title matches, considering its a simple and reliable tool to construct to said championship. Theres a bingo card video game to be played each time, as there are a number of bits you can try to find within these sections.


Thats one of the great things about Heyman, both the character and the male– hes commonly called an inveterate phony. This might very well be the setup to a swerve, the something that might take Reigns down and end his, ahem, reign as champ.

Specifically how it ended:

Props to them, they really bothered to have a backstage segment where we saw Lynch complaining to Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville but ultimately picking to sign the agreement to make the match official.

Belair continues to be unbelievable, both within this program and general.

King of the Ring, Queens Crown

Toni Storm was propped up by method of an introduction to her brand-new character, somebody who fashions herself a “child of the 80s,” as they put it. Im unsure how this makes sense, considering she wasnt even born up until 1995, but either way, it seemed like an obvious established to provide her a win and showcase this new character more. It was a surprise, then, when she got beat in reasonably short order.

It also establishes a match that makes sense in the semifinals.

It also makes sure that a heel from this side of the bracket will be in the last, which could either indicate a heel vs. heel final when Shayna Baszler comes out of that side of the bracket (which is what I anticipated as quickly as I saw the total bracket), or Doudrop is actually getting a genuine push all the way to the final here. Neither option looks especially appealing to me, however your mileage might vary.

Appears unusual!

On the maless side, the Mysterio household drama continued, enabling Sami Zayn to score a win over Rey Mysterio. This was a good method to utilize a significant match to continue driving a wedge in between Rey and Dominik. Finn Balor returned from his failure as The Demon at Extreme Rules with a strong victory over Cesaro. As far as reestablishing somebody goes, this was about as good as you might request.

On the womens side, its a bit more complicated.

It was likewise a surprise when Carmella beat Liv Morgan a short while later on, as WWE continues to tease a Morgan babyface push before beating her in matches like this. That victory established a Vega vs. Carmella match for next week, a heel vs. heel encounter that offers us nobody to cheer for.

All the rest

We got our very first appearance at how Hit Row will be presented on the primary lineup with a trendy vignette that revealed them in the studio. One of my greatest problems with WWE in recent memory is the fact that no one on the lineup is cool.
Am I the only one who keeps hearing “Madcat” every time they state “Madcap” Mosss name on this program? Anyhow, this thing where he tells shitty dad jokes that everybody but Baron Corbin hates is the kind of silliness I can get behind in my professional wrestling.
I questioned briefly why Naomi wasnt in the Queens Crown tournament and felt severely about it till she revealed up on TV and reminded me shes in this awesomely unusual story with Sonya Deville, who is now apparently doing what she said she wouldnt and getting back in the ring to battle Naomi herself. We still dont know why she hates her so much, beyond the business rubbish she declared a couple weeks earlier, but this is a truly interesting match to eagerly anticipate. Im all but particular its not really going to happen, however still care enough to desire to tune in to see the next step in the story.
Whoever will compete with MACE who will ANNIHILATE with his DISPOSITION TO DOMINATE?!?

Grade: B+.

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

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

Your turn.

We got our first appearance at how Hit Row will be presented on the main lineup with a stylish vignette that revealed them in the studio. Anyhow, this thing where he tells shitty father jokes that everyone but Baron Corbin hates is the kind of silliness I can get behind in my pro fumbling. I wondered briefly why Naomi wasnt in the Queens Crown tournament and felt severely about it until she showed up on TV and reminded me shes in this awesomely weird 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.

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