I love it when events unexpectedly over deliver. The Miz’s Intercontinental title reign. Neville’s brilliant heel turn. Dana Brooke’s referee top on Raw the other week.
So I can only imagine Twitter user Tommy Magelssen’s sister’s delight when she opened her presents at Christmas:
“My sister asked for Pixar’s “Inside Out” for Christmas. My mother, in her haste, got her this presumably much better film:”
With a photo of Triple H’s 2011 movie of the same name, which currently holds a 25% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Something else that has been over delivering recently is most definitely Smackdown Live.
After beating Raw in the TV ratings last week, the show went onto have another stellar episode last night – not just with consistently engaging segments throughout, but also with big character moments.
Firstly we have Dolph Ziggler turning heel for the first time since 2013. Yeah, it’s been over three years since Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio had their World Heavyweight Championship double turn.
After Baron Corbin threatened to beat down Ziggler after winning their match – bringing back unwelcome memories of their neverending feud from last year – Kalisto came down to defend Dolph. But he didn’t need any help. In fact, according to his screams, he doesn’t need anyone. Ziggler superkicked Kalisto, turning heel to a resounding ‘Yes’ chant from the crowd. Well, all apart from a bored looking girl the camera unfortunately cut to immediately after the big spot.
Apollo Crews confronted Ziggler backstage later on, where the two got in a scuffle. A reinvigorated heel Dolph against a babyface Apollo Crews is a very promising feud.
And in the main event – a very commendable placement for a title match, considering they had a contract signing between AJ Styles and John Cena on the same show – Dean Ambrose beat The Miz to become the new Intercontinental Champion, after a heated blood feud between the A-List couple and The Lunatic Fringe and his real-life girlfriend Renee Young. Daniel Bryan announced later on Talking Smack that Maryse would be fined $5,000 for “physically attacking a non in-ring talent” when she slapped Young earlier that night. Everything has stakes on Smackdown and it’s bloody brilliant.
Bryan, as usual, also had something else to say:
“I had this issue when I was a full-time wrestler, and I still kind of have this issue today…who’s main eventing 99% of those live events? Dean Ambrose. But every year, around Wrestlemania time, all these people who are ‘part-timers’ come in and they take the best spots at Wrestlemania.”
Also last night, sandwiched between Smackdown Live and Talking Smack, ex-WWE star Tajiri made his return on 205 Live after competing in last year’s Cruiserweight Classic. He defeated Sean Maluta, and then did his trademark green mist spot on Brian Kendrick – so expect a feud between the two.
What did you think of Smackdown Live last night? Tell me how title matches should always main event shows in the comments below.