Happy New Year everyone and welcome to another edition of Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE. Today's edition is your SmackDown recap from last night's show. SmackDown took place in Norfolk, Virginia. Edge and Christian, who served as RAW General Manager's on Monday, returned as the SmackDown General Managers. Seth Rollins and Big Show used Edge as bait to get John Cena to reinstate The Authority this past RAW. What will happen now that The Authority is in charge again?
- In Ring Bray Wyatt Promo: Bray asks Dean Ambrose if he's willing to do what he just did to someone he loves, like Bray just did to Rowan. Bray says its been fun but all good things must come to end. And it'll end when Ambrose is in an ambulance. Follow The Buzzards.
- Backstage, Mercury and Noble make fun of Edge and Christian's "5 Second Pose" shtick.
- Backstage, Edge pranks Noble by making him walk into the ladies room and getting screamed at.
- In Ring Dean Ambrose Promo: Ambrose says he'll smash the ambulance windshield with Bray's face, run over Bray's body, throw Bray in the back of the ambulance and drive them both into a happy new year hell.
- Tag team action as The Ascension made their Smackdown debut against two local jobbers: Quick Ascension squash match. Finished the jobbers off with their "Fall of Man" finisher for the pinfall.
Backstage, Mercury and Noble tell Edge and Christian their time running Smackdown is over and to leave. Edge and Christian draw all over Triple H and Stephanie McMahon's Muscle and Fitness posters before the segment ends.
*** My Thoughts ***
- Edge and Christian with their usual pranks. Honestly I'm not liking the retired E&C. I think their routine just reeks now instead of reeking of awesomeness.
- The Authority is back and they send Mercury and Noble to represent them on SmackDown?
- Found it weird how they just threw a Wyatt vs. Rowan match together and basically treated it like it didn't matter. They were 2/3rds of The Wyatt Family and they made it a short pointless match.
- Plus side, I'm looking forward to the "Ambulance Match" between Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose on this week's RAW.
- Cesaro and Kidd together is awesome!
- Honestly I don't care about the Rose/Truth feud and giving The Rhodes Brothers another storyline with The Usos I think is just a filler until The Usos get fed to The Ascension.
- Not sure about WWE comparing The Ascension to two of the best tag teams in wrestling, The Legion of Doom and Demolition. See how that works out.
- Poor Curtis Axel was just a prop this week.
- Rusev vs. Reigns and Ryback vs. Show I actually enjoyed.
And that's this week's Smackdown. Have a great weekend, till next time, tap or snap.