It’s been a couple of week’s since we last spoke but damn is it good to be back! Especially when my former Raw Review rival, Elliot Dyson, is exactly just that: FORMER. He’s decided that enough is enough and has accepted my superiority as the greatest ever VultureHound and SteelChair WWE Reviewer of all time. I have won the battle but I certainly haven’t won the war on smarkism. Welcome to the most must-see Vulture Hound weekly review in history; welcome to… The SmackDown Review

This episode of SmackDown continued to put the spotlight on Kevin Owens after he viciously attacked Vince McMahon only two weeks ago. Owens came down to the ring and threatened Shane McMahon who wasn’t even there. The Canadian was then interrupted by kayfabe former best friend (but best friend IRL), Sami Zayn. The Underdog from the Underground told Owens he is “losing it” and knows Owens personally that no one can stop him once he has snapped. Owens reminded Zayn of all of his title wins in WWE, and Zayn told Owens that at least when he looks in the mirror, he doesn’t see a giant piece of trash looking back at him. Daniel Bryan then came out and made a match between the two. Yes, we’ve seen these two fight many times before but each time it’s in an entirely new context which usually arises from Owen’s erratic behaviour. It never gets old!
During the show, there was a backstage segment where Daniel Bryan told Sami Zayn that Shane was on his way to the arena and that he was coming for Owens. Zayn told Bryan to make sure Shane did not interfere. Wishful thinking…

All Filler, No Killer:

– Baron Corbin defeated Tye Dillinger via count out after he threw Dillinger into Styles who was sat in on commentary. BCorbin then challenged Styles to a US Championship match at Hell In A Cell, who accepted. In the frequent world of ever changing theme songs, Corbin’s intro now has words. So it’s still shit.

– Jinder Mahal crawled back on himself for his recent racist remarks (alliteration) towards Shinsuke Nakamura but he did, however, continue with his mocking of Nakamura’s face in different pictures. It really is getting old now and has less effect than your mums perfume on your dad. The third photo of Nakamura turned out to be a live feed where the King of Strong Style said he was coming for Jinder. He made his way to the ring, cleared off the Singh Brothers, and smashed Jinder with a Kin-bloody-shasa for good measure.

– The Usos defeated the Hype Bros to further set up the imminent Zack Ryder heel turn. After the match, the New Day challenged the Usos to a match inside Hell In A Cell.

– Rusev hosted a Pride of Bulgaria ceremony where Aiden English introduced the mayor of Plovdiv, Rusev’s hometown, then sang the Bulgarian national anthem as Rusev made his way to the ring. It was beautiful but was then expectedly ruined as English then sang Orton’s theme song with new lyrics, repeating “It’s Rusev Day!”. This brought out the Viper who hit English and Rusev with an RKO outta somewhere. Orton later challenged Rusev to a match at Hell In A Cell. The PPV, not inside the cell. This could get confusing.

– Charlotte Flair defeated Carmella with a big ol’ boot. Natalya came out after the match and called Charlotte overrated, and said she would fail at Hell In A Cell. Again, not in the actual cell. Just at the PPV, guys!

– Dolph Ziggler continued with his new gimmick of copying other gimmicks. This time, he fooled all the little kids (and idiots) in the crowd who thought he was the Undertaker. Dolph then cut the usual promo insulting the crowd but was interrupted by Bobby Roode. Rightly so, Roode called Ziggles a hypocrite, then challenged him to a match not inside the Hell In A Cell but at the Hell in a Cell PPV ffs. Ziggler said Roode is everything that is wrong with WWE before accepting the match.

Remember when I said “wishful thinking”? Shane went a bloody interfered didn’t he! During the main event Kevin Owens defeated Sami Zayn after KO hit Zayn with a Powerbomb on the apron, which resulted in referee calling for the bell. Not sure why because I’m sure we’ve seen Sami suffer much worse and continue? Yay wrestling! As paramedics carried Zayn away, Owens attacked the defenceless Zayn again with a steel chair. This led to Shane McMahon running down but Owens fled through the crowd, then waved goodbye and blew a kiss in some sort of weird homage to CM Punk when he won the WWE Championship at SummerSlam in 2011.

By Bradley Tiernan

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