Who was the biggest winner from Smackdown’s Tables, Ladders and Chairs?
There’s only one PPV left before the WWE marches into the new year. Who still holds the top spots and who is positioned to make a major statement before WrestleMania season begins?
1) Smackdown’s Tables, Ladders, and Chairs Pay Per View was this past Sunday. What were your thoughts?
Corey: There were quite a few surprises Sunday night. I was completely blind-sided by Alexa Bliss defeating Becky Lynch for the Women’s title. Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton becoming the new tag team champions doesn’t surprise me at all and on top of the the Heath Slater/Rhyno team had run its course for me. Nikki vs Carmella was a bore for me, but that may be because I have zero interest in Nikki as well as the fact that Carmella is still finding her way. The Miz and Dolph Ziggler added another chapter of great matches that they’ve had together, but I was genuinely surprised that Dolph didn’t win again here. Baron Corbin and Kalisto had a great outing as well with a lot of brutal spots so kudos to those men. But the absolute show stealer was Dean Ambrose vs AJ Styles for the World Heavyweight Title. The heel turn by James Ellsworth was a nice touch but my favorite moment was when Styles did the springboard 450 splash on Ambrose through the table. Absolutely Amazing! Overall a good show for the blue brand.
Josh: Really good show. I think the biggest shocker of the night was putting the tag titles on Orton and Wyatt. It’s a smart move and gives whomever eventually takes the titles off them (American Alpha) a huge rub. But perhaps the single best storyline moment happened after TLC on the Talking Smack post-show in which James Ellsworth explained his actions in a moment completely grounded in logic. He screwed Ambrose specifically because he had a title opportunity and he had already ‘defeated’ AJ Styles on three separate occassions. That kind of storytelling is what WWE has sorely missed. Can’t wait to see where this eventually goes.
2) The Miz has been doing some of the best work of his career this year and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Do you see a main event run coming for him anytime soon?
Corey: Personally I would LOVE to see another main event run for The Miz, but as long as AJ Styles is supposed to be a heel on Smackdown I just don’t see Miz being world champ just yet. But I will say that his feud with Daniel Bryan is the best feud on the blue brand right now and could be called this generation’s Austin vs McMahon but just on a smaller scale.
Josh: I’ve clamored for another Miz main event run for months now because I feel he’s the best pure heel in the business. Will he get another run at the top with the World Heavyweight Championship? Probably not, but don’t be surprised if he is holding that title this time next year.
3) The next match in the Charlotte/Sasha Banks feud is going to be a 30-minute Iron Man Match. What are your thoughts and do you think this will be the final chapter for these two?
Corey: For one I think these two will steal the show with this match. And personally I think these two should be in the conversation for feud of the year. As far as this being the final match I actually hope so. These two have had an amazing feud, but I can say that I’m actually ready for these two to move on to the next thing in their careers.
Josh: Great way to blow off this feud. They can’t write another chapter after this match for at least several months. It’ll be great, of that I have no doubt.
4) NXT has announced a series of matches that will determine who the next No. 1 contender for the NXT Championship will be. Who is your pick and why?
Corey: I would love to see Bobby Roode become the next No. 1 contender. That guy has it all and to see him as NXT Champion would only make sense. As well as the fact that for him to become NXT champion he would need to have a match with Shinsuke Nakamura and that match would be EPIC.
Josh: Bobby Roode is probably the most likely winner of the tournament. WWE is clearly invested in Bobby Roode and the faster they can get him to the main event scene in NXT then builds for his debut on the main roster.
5) Speaking of NXT with the new list of No. 1 contenders already being out you may notice that Samoa Joe is nowhere to be found. Do you think this could mean a call up to the main roster?
Corey: I definitely see that coming but I don’t see how yet. He may make his debut at the Royal Rumble in January or he may make his debut after Wrestlemania, but at this moment it’s pretty clear he’s getting a call up pretty soon because I just can’t see him floating around NXT after his feud with Nakamura is over.
Josh: It’s a distinct possibility. I previously made a case for Samoa Joe debuting at the Royal Rumble, but I’d like to revise my date of debut. Joe should show up one week before the Royal Rumble and lay out a main event player on one of the two brands, whichever he is getting signed to, announce his entrance and walk out like he owns the place.
– I really hope Dolph Ziggler does some character tweaking once his feud with The Miz is over. He’s one of my favorites but I don’t want him to get stale.
– Naomi is making a little noise about being omitted from the graphic on total Divas, but I’m more upset over her not getting more ring time because she’s got plenty of talent.
– Charlotte beating down Flair and Sasha at the end of Raw was amazing. I loved seeing that kind of passion in Charlotte and it only intensifies their rivalry.
– No idea how they pulled it off, but Kalisto and Baron Corbin pulled off the only good chairs match in WWE history.
– The impending triple threat match for the Cruiserweight Championship between Rich Swann, The Brian Kendrick and TJ Perkins is going to be great. This may be the match that finally cements the Cruiserweight division on the main roster.