By: Troy Boesen
The very first WWE SmackDown Live ONLY special event is here! WWE Inside Job...errr...Back L ash is here, and I’m bringing you the preview and my predictions. Here we go:
The Buildup: AJ Styles #beatupjohncena, and Ambrose laid waste to Dolph Ziggler. The two have been circling each other with different people popping in and out of this feud, including Apollo C-R-E-W-S, Dolph Ziggler, and Baron Corbin. Finally, these two meet. We got Styles crotched on the rope for 20 minutes, and the next week Styles stood tall by kicking Dean in his nuts. This entire feud is now ball centric.
My Pick: AJ Styles. For the love of god, make it be AJ Styles. Ambrose needs a reset as he has become a comedy champion. Styles has been great since the brand split and the two should have a really good match. With that being said, normal logic would dictate that since Styles stood tall on the go home show, Ambrose will retain.
The Buildup: We started with six women, then one got suspended, and we got another one in her place. Nikki Bella returned a heel and then had a face turn the next Tuesday. Carmella turned heel, which is what her character is anyways.
My Pick: Nikki Bella. Allowing John Cena to jizz in you has its rewards. Instead of going with a young talent, I feel like WWE will go with Bella to try to “legitimize” the belt. Thing is, they don’t need to.
The Buildup: The Usos turned heel and attacked American Alpha after a quick loss. Chad Gable will be out of action for 2 weeks, and our tournament means nothing now.
My Pick: The Usos.
The Buildup: A Tag Team Tournament took place to crown the first champion. Slyno beat The Headbangers and then The Hype Bros (who had beaten The Vaudevillians) while American Alpha beat Breezango and The Usos (who beat The Ascension). Following the Usos getting eliminated in quick fashion, they injured Chad Gable and caused the entire tournament to mean nothing. Slyno came together so that Heath Slater could get a contract (don’t worry, I have a red background for Slater just in case).
My Pick: The Usos. My original pick was for Slyno to win the belts with The Usos turning heel at Back L Ash. Since we got the heel turn on Smackdown, I think The Usos will be the first champions. They will either cheat to win, or beat Rhyno so that Heath Slater can still get another chance at a contract. Maybe by winning the IC belt.
The Build Up: The Miz cut a nasty promo on Daniel Bryan. Since Daniel Bryan can’t remember if you put your underwear on before or after your pants, Dolph Ziggler stepped in to continue their KFC-branded feud. Miz has made the belt seem more important, but then forgot the belt on the ramp while running from Ziggles.
My Pick: Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler will be rewarded for the work he did to make Dean’s first SmackDown Live feud feel more important.
The Buildup: Orton got his head crushed in. Bray Wyatt decided that Randy was “Sick” and needed some help. Bray also talked about how he was going to murder people on September 11th. The two of them warped into another dimension and fought for a while, but this time they will be fighting in our dimension so was can see them. On the go home show Randy Orton told a story straight out of The Undertaker and Big Show biker days. Bray did a promo as well.
My Pick: Bray Wyatt. Many people think that Orton will win here so he doesn’t lose two PPV’s in a row, but I think that Bray needed to start building steam here.
The rest of the card is TBA. Six matches for a three hour special event seems low, and there are no preshow matches announced. Expect to see Baron Corbin, Kalisto, Breezango, The Vaudevillians, The Ascension and Apollo Crews fill out the card.
What are your thoughts? Post your predictions in the comments section below!
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