Last night’s episode of SmackDown was one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen from the WWE in a very long time. I’m going to state that I’m worried and will continue to be worried about Bryan’s health, but I still cringe when Angle takes a bump. I honestly believe it’s the mother in me because I wasn’t like this before I had kids.
I want to mention that Mitch wrote the final segment of this episode of the Flush. His segment is in purple. I was going to write about the segment myself but Mitch did such an eloquent job it so I’m leaving it as it stands and I’ll be shocked if you don’t agree with what he has to say.
You Are Cleared
There is no way I could give this segment anything less than a five. We all knew that it was hurting Bryan to be away from the ring, but we never really know what goes on behind closed doors. Many of us give the Bellas the short end of the stick, but that’s their public personas, it’s obvious that when the cameras are not on that they have a beautiful, caring, loving, trusting relationship. Honestly, I’d watch a show that really gave us who Brie and Bryan are, without all the nonsense.
Watching Bryan in that ring, pouring out his heart, gave even the toughest of us serious feels. It’s not the norm for superstars to cry in the ring but when it’s someone like Bryan, crying for joy, the way he was, I couldn’t help but cry along with him and I know I wasn’t the only one.
Or, sadly, it wasn’t Rusev’s night, but facing Nakamura, he had to lose this match. It’s just the way it is. I’m hoping that after WrestleMania, Rusev will get the push he deserves. I’m just hoping it’s not too late. It’s starting to feel as though Rusev is getting the Dolph treatment!
What serious crap work in this match! A lot of people blamed the screamingly obvious botch in this match on Tye, but to me it looked like both of them. Tye started it, and when things didn’t happen the way they were supposed, Corbin seemed to fall apart. Part of being a great superstar is rolling with the punches but neither of them were able to do that in this match. It was all so much ick! I’m sure McMahon let them have it when they got backstage.
Cash, Or Not?
Charlotte and Nattie in the ring together always gives us greatness but throwing Carmella in was a lovely question mark! Whenever anyone holds a MITB case, especially for as long as Carmella has, it’s good to tease us this way. It was short, sweet, to the point, and cost Charlotte a match in a way that didn’t at all hurt her standings going into WrestleMania.
Bludgeoning The Best
This was a much better match than I expected. We’ve seen so little of Harper in the ring that I forgot how technically sound he really is. It’s a shame that it’s been so long since we’ve seen him in the ring, and that he’s not getting a singles push. Harper could absolutely take over SD the way Braun did on Raw. As much as I love Rowan, and I truly do, Harper is more established than him and has been better in the ring. So much greatness in Harper, and the booking of him in this match was exceptional. He could have gone out there and squashed Jimmy but they had a solid and viable match, which is wonderful for all involved.
I love Orton like this, even though I know most people don’t. For me, the issues come from Mahal being such a waste in the WWE and Roode needing to be heel because that’s where he’s best. The way Roode was looking at Orton after Mahal was removed from the ring was just great. He had a low-fighting stance and the way he stared at Orton, ready for anything, was very cool and something I’ve seen him do in TNA when he was a heel. I hope he turns at, or before, WrestleMania, because Roode really needs it.
Dang, Ruby throwing one of the members of her Squad back into the ring to finish the match was harsh but so totally her style! Further, I know a lot of people are annoyed that we keep getting this match, or variations of it, but Liv and Sarah need to work in front of the fans to scrape that green off them and Becky and Naomi are great women to help them. Personally, I hope they shake things up, move a number of superstars around after WrestleMania, because both rosters need to be shaken up.
I can’t imagine how good it must have felt for Bryan to take bumps in the ring again while the crowd went absolutely nuts. Well, I’m sure it felt good up until the apron bomb! Seriously though, he was cleared literally Monday morning (or so we’ve been told) and even though he’s obviously still kept himself in shape it takes a while for someone to get used to bumping again. Bryan taking the apron bomb isn’t exactly easing yourself back into it. On the other hand, it will probably help quell any concerns people still have about his health, if he is able to take risky moves like that and be fine. Now, while some may see a tag match with Shane as a lame first match back for the ‘Yes’ man, I personally couldn’t imagine two better opponents for him in KO and Sami. Both are ring generals who will look after Bryan in the ring and help cover any ring rust he’ll have. The old school heel work by KO and Sami was also brilliant by the way, and they played their roles in this segment to perfection. All in all, I don’t have a single bad thing to say about the closing moments of this week’s Smackdown and I am now fully on board the Daniel Bryan is cleared party.
Absolutely the best SmackDown we’ve seen in a very long time. I cried…a lot.