SmackDown recap & reactions (Dec. 30, 2022): Cena, aptitude, hi there, oh my! - Cageside Seats

Early on throughout this week's episode of Friday nighttime SmackDown, they starting laying the groundwork for Roman Reigns being sad about Sami Zayn shining a bit too vibrant while in the ring with him, referencing the Honorary Uce getting loud chants ultimate week.

It's just dangerous optics, as Paul Heyman put it.

Reigns performed it off to Zayn like it wasn't a problem but it surely completely felt like some thing to be mindful of for down the line, if there could be a down the road. after all, there changed into a suit later with the two teaming in opposition t Kevin Owens and the returning legend himself, John Cena.

That suit had a feel to it, man. It surely felt like whatever thing essential, with a good environment from the reside crowd in Tampa, the variety of feeling we don't get ample of in seasoned wrestling anymore.

They put collectively a enjoyable fit too, doing a great job constructing to the scorching tag to Cena, who the crowd was absolutely begging for. regrettably, they gave the impression rushed for time by then, as you could hear the referee telling them to take it domestic and giving them a countdown as they hurried to the conclude. It didn't get rid of the rest for me, just left me wondering how an awful lot better this might have been in the event that they had greater time to work with.

ultimately Owens — who bought his eye busted open fairly unhealthy — scored the pinfall on Zayn. Gee, i wonder how Reigns goes to react to that subsequent week.

This became incredible. I wish it had more time, but it surely was still incredible, and it install the future well too.

First, let's shout out Raquel Rodriguez right here. She changed into put in somewhat of an unenviable position on this reveal, getting into knowing she wasn't going to be successful the SmackDown ladies's championship after which subsequently, despite the way she turned into covered in her loss, being absolutely overshadowed through a huge return that ended in a title trade right after.

Rodriguez received a gorgeous damn good in shape out of Rousey, all issues considered, and deserves loads of credit score for what she did right here.

Charlotte flair, even though, is inevitable.

flair has been out considering the fact that may additionally, having taken day off so she may get married and go on her honeymoon and usually get pleasure from living a life away from professional wrestling. It turned into only a rely of time before she got here again. It became additionally best a depend of time earlier than she gained the title once again.

I simply didn't predict those two issues to turn up so close together.

flair fairly actually gained the title within minutes of her return, difficult Rousey to a fit correct then and there and rolling her up to take returned the title she lost previous this yr. I guess they did need to make this a large exhibit, huh?

I couldn't be happier aptitude is back. This division essential her.

Is that?

might it be?

He's a pair inches shorter, which tracks.

i can buy that it's his build.

Yep, I'm organized to claim it.

Uncle whats up is Bo Dallas.

Please let Uncle good day be Bo Dallas.

We obtained a different appearance from ol' Unc throughout this display, this time performing after Bray Wyatt and LA Knight agreed to a in shape at Royal Rumble. howdy took his sweet time getting to the ring, staring down each guys, after which, just as it appeared he took Wyatt's side, he hit him with Sister Abigail.

The message appeared evident adequate — Wyatt wasn't giving in to his more violent urges, having provided an apology to the cameraman he assaulted closing week after which ultimate fairly calm while accepting Knight's problem for a match. If he's not going to "experience what you're," as good day has again and again demanded, he's going to pay the cost for it.

As he did right here.

I believe.

Knight became superb all through all of this, taking part in the deeply perplexed man who just wants to be done with all this weirdness. He seems to get further and further at ease as his old self a week and every certainly one of us are at an advantage for it.

but we're additionally getting sincere to goodness move during this story, and it's a welcome sight certainly. business is about to decide on up, and i gotta admit I'm right here for it.

specifically if hiya is Dallas.

Come on!

all the leisure

  • Solo Sikoa defeated Sheamus in a singles fit that featured a whole lot of interference from each The Bloodline and The Brawling Brutes. It become still a enjoyable fit and Sikoa turned into made to seem mighty. He turned into on the verge of taking Sheamus out absolutely when Drew McIntyre made his return after a couple of weeks away and cleared the ring. This didn't consider like a resolution between these two sides and certainly they announced later within the exhibit McIntyre & Sheamus will get the title in shape they ignored out on in opposition t The Usos next week.
  • I somewhat loved the whole locker room making fun of precise Dolla for his inability to hop over the accurate rope a couple weeks ago. I also loved that he replied to this with the aid of getting respectable and pissed off and able to combat individuals over it. howdy, it's some precise personality constructing, something they've done none of with Hit Row due to the fact they came lower back. I'm keen on it.
  • Imperium and Braun Strowman had themselves a disagreement that was in the main simply a short little bit of fisticuffs that saw neither aspect in fact seem to be an awful lot more suitable than the other. When Strowman turned into going to be overwhelmed, Ricochet confirmed up to help him and ran every person off (unluckily nailing GUNTHER with a chair shot to the top in what you may most effective expect turned into an accident). no longer much to this however achieved to installation the announcement of GUNTHER vs. Strowman for the Intercontinental championship in two weeks.
  • This changed into a rattling respectable display.

    Grade: A-

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