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    The Smackdown Speedthrough – 4th December 2018

    04/12/2018

    Hello and welcome to the Smackdown Speedthrough!

    If you’ve got anything to say about the Smackdown Speedthrough feel free to get in touch via our Facebook or Twitter pages!

    On with the show!

    Quick Links

    Segment 1: Contract Signing

    Match 1: Asuka & Charlotte Vs. Rose & Deville

    Match 2: Xavier Woods Vs. Cesaro Vs. Jey Uso

    Segment 2: Rusev & Lana Interviewed

    Segment 3: MizTV with Daniel Bryan

    Match 3: Randy Orton Vs. Jeff Hardy

    Main Event: A.J Styles Vs. The Miz

    The Smackdown Speedthrough

    Segment 1

    Contract Signing

    Welcome to Smackdown everyone!

    We’re kicking off with the Womens Division because… why wouldn’t we?

    Evolution was a complete mess, and it seems like WWE have been trying to make things up to everyone ever since, with the Womens Divisions dominating large propiortions of both Raw and Smackdown of late.

    And before anyone brands me a sexist, I admit the men still get more airtime than the Women, but that’s because their roster is MUCH BIGGER.

    There simply aren’t enough women on the brands to allow for the amount of matches and segments we’re getting lately, but to Smackdown’s credit at least this one is quite an interesting little situation they have going on.

    Paige brought Charlotte, Asuka and Becky Lynch to the ring.

    Becky said she didn’t care whether her opponents had EARNED a shot or been given one, and would do whatever it took to win at TLC, something she couldn’t say for the other two competitors in the ring.

    Charlotte told Becky to change the record instead of harping on about how she supposedly hadn’t earned her shot at Becky’s gold.

    She pointed out Nia Jax had been able to smash Becky’s face open with one punch, and at TLC the same thing will happen again.

    Asuka stepped in and said Charlotte had already lost to Becky… but she hadn’t.

    She told Becky she chose wrong for Survivor Series, because SHE could have beaten Ronda Rousey and at TLC she would take the title.

    Charlotte interjected and said she had beaten Asuka at WrestleMania, the pair bickered until Becky interrupted.

    Becky said the fact was neither of them could beat Ronda Rousey, and neither of them could beat her either.

    Becky signed the contract and walked away.

    Asuka and Charlotte got in each other’s faces for a bit afterwards, until Paige demanded they sign the contract.

    They both did, then Asuka issued a challenge to Charlotte for tonight.

    Before she could answer Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville interrupted.

    Rose said Asuka and Charlotte were undeserving of making history, and suggested the former Absolution members should have been chosen.

    Mandy asked what happened if Asuka and Charlotte couldn’t make it to TLC, but Paige was unimpressed with the idle threats.

    Paige booked Asuka and Charlotte against Mandy and Sonya… right there and then!

    After commercials we joined Shane McMahon in his office just as The Miz entered.

    Miz asked why he was hosting MizTV with Daniel Bryan tonight, when they should be tagging together.

    Shane said they weren’t a team, and Miz should be focused on getting answers out of ‘The New Daniel Bryan’.


    Match 1

    Womens Tag Team Match
    Charlotte & Asuka
    Vs.
    Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville

    Becky headed out to the ring to watch the action unfold part way through the bout.

    Charlotte and Asuka seemed to be trying to one-up each other the whole match.

    Charlotte booted Asuka from the apron (supposedly she thought it was Mandy Rose standing there) then rolled up Sonya Deville.

    Asuka responded though, kneeing her partner in the face just as she was about to get the 3.

    Deville covered Charlotte and scored the big win.

    Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville win by Pinfall.

    Match 2

    Triple Threat Match
    Xavier Woods
    (w/The New Day)
    Vs.
    Cesaro
    (w/Sheamus)
    Vs.
    Jey Uso
    (w/Jimmy Uso)

    There are no DQ’s in a Triple Threat match… so I don’t get why the guys on the outside just stood (or sat at their special commentary table) watching for the most part.

    Although it made no logical sense I’m glad that is what happened though, because these 3 guys had a fantastic match.

    The whole thing could have finished about 10 times, but in the end it was Jey Uso who got the 3 count with a Superkick on Cesaro.

    Jey Uso wins by Pinfall.

    Segment 2

    Rusev & Lana Interviewed

    Backstage Rusev and Lana were interviewed about the attack Shinsuke Nakamura orchestrated last week.

    Rusev suggested Nakamura was intimidated, holding on to his title like a little child.

    Rusev said Nakamura couldn’t avoid him forever and he would feast on the greatest day of them all; Rusev Day!

    Segment 3

    MizTV with Daniel Bryan

    Just as Miz was about to kick off his show R-Truth and Carmella interrupted.

    They hosted an impromptu Dance Break then disappeared backstage again.

    Miz carried on, saying tonight was historic as it was the first appearance for the ‘NEW’ Daniel Bryan.

    Miz said there wasn’t anything ‘New’ about Bryan in his physical appearance, but he could tell there was a change in his attitude and it seemed like what HE had been saying for years had finally dawned on the former G.M.

    Bryan said he had finally realised he didn’t need to pander to the fans, and although he didn’t have any peers clever enough to discuss what he wanted, he could consult books and read what the greats of the past said.

    The fans started to ‘What?’ Bryan, so he called them fickle and said they were sheep repeating something stupid from 20 years ago.

    Bryan quoted Alexander Hamilton ‘Giving power to the mindless masses is dangerous both for the individual and the society.’

    Bryan said what was more dangerous was the theoretical knowledge of the old Daniel Bryan mixed with the practical wisdom and brutality of the new Daniel Bryan.

    Miz said he had been saying the same thing as Hamilton for years, and told Bryan he only had the title because he had done whatever it took to win, something HE told Bryan to do.

    Bryan said he kicked A.J Styles in the groin one time, whereas the fans harmed the environment EVERY SINGLE DAY, so if Miz wanted to count sins he was still way behind them.

    Miz said for 8 years Bryan had painted him as the bad guy, fooling everyone… but not him.

    Miz issued a yes or no question; are you WWE Champion because of what HE had said?

    Bryan said Yes… then No… then Yes… then No and so on.

    Bryan said it didn’t matter, the only thing that mattered was the old Daniel Bryan was dead, the Yes Movement was dead and here was the new WWE Champion; the NEW Daniel Bryan.

    Bryan dumped his title belt faceplates on the canvas as he said the Yes Movement was dead.

    A.J Styles music hit and he headed to the ring.

    A.J hurled Bryan into Miz, which left him in a 2 on 1 situation.

    Miz ended up hitting Styles with a Skull Crushing Finale as Bryan fled the scene.


    Match 3

    Singles Match
    Randy Orton
    Vs.
    Jeff Hardy

    Who asked to see this again?

    Certainly not me, and there was no difference to what we’ve seen 4-5 times already.

    Hardy got literally nothing out of this feud with Orton, I can’t remember him getting an official win and I can only really recall him putting a beating on The Viper once.

    He lost here again to an RKO after Samoa Joe appeared on the titantron to distract him just as he was going for a Swanton through the announce table (that was so far away he was never going to attempt it anyway.)

    After the match Joe continued to talk from behind a stocked bar.

    Joe talked about the dangers of excess, telling fans to know their limits when drinking.

    I mean obviously it was aimed at Hardy’s issues with addiction, but it didn’t really hit that hard compared to some of the things we’ve seen Joe do in the past.

    Randy Orton wins by Pinfall.

    Main Event Match

    Singles Match
    The Miz
    Vs.
    A.J Styles

    Just prior to this match starting Kayla interviewed Daniel Bryan backstage.

    She said it seemed he had fled the arena to avoid A.J Styles, then asked why he was back.

    Bryan said everything he did was done for a purpose, and now he was heading out to join commentary.

    Bryan spent the whole match preaching about saving the planet and such, and said he hoped when his daughter was older she would kick thousands of stupid men in the groin if she had to.

    Bryan distracted A.J by offering a handshake as the fight spilled from the ring, but even though Miz hit a Skull Crushing Finale seconds later, it still didn’t get the 3.

    Styles fought back, but Daniel Bryan pulled him from the ring behind the officials back.

    Miz tried to capitalise again but A.J applied the Calf Crusher for the win.

    As Styles celebrated the win Bryan Chop Blocked him and then wrapped his knee around the ringpost multiple times.

    Bryan dragged A.J to the announce table and bounced his head off it, then tossed him back in the ring where he delivered another brutal Chop Block before applying his heel hook.

    Officials broke the hold, but Bryan then hit a Kick to the face followed by stomps to the head.

    The fans finally seemed to get it, booing him as he grabbed a microphone and asked the fans if they approved.

    He called them fickle (which admittedly they are) and started chanting it, although he said it so many times it started to sound like ‘Figgle’.

    Bryan went after A.J again, re-applying the Heel Hook as the show came to and end.

    A.J Styles wins by Submission.


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