Smackdown Results and Reaction
The Valentine's special edition of Smackdown consisted of Otis and Mandy Rose's date. Carmella and Bayley compete in a title match and The Miz, John Morrison compete against Roman Reigns and an unknown superstar for the main event. Here is the recap of Smackdown:
Bayley defeated Carmella
Carmella took a bad break in this match as Bayley cheated her way to victory. Bayley escaped maneuvers and signature moves from Carmella. In the end, Bayley stacked Carmella in a pin position, propped her feet on the ropes without the referee noticing it. Bayley retained her title. Carmella was in shock with the outcome but Bayley attacked her from behind by applying her own signature move. This prompted Naomi to rush out from backstage and confront Bayley. Naomi kicked Bayley and so did Carmella.
Now, Carmella and Naomi will square off for the number one contender spot, next week, on Smackdown. The winner will compete for the Smackdown Women's Championship versus Bayley at Super Showdown.
Sheamus defeated Shorty G and Apollo Crews (Handicap match)
Fast forward to the end of the match, Sheamus Brogue kicked Shorty G when missing the hit on Apollo Crews. Afterward, Sheamus Brogue kicked Crews for the win. Sheamus is far superior to Apollo Crews and Shorty G and should move on and compete with another Superstar. With WrestleMania around the corner, it is time for Sheamus to be involved in a storyline that has more meaning. A Sheamus versus Intercontinental Champion (IC) Braun Strowman storyline will be a success for WrestleMania.
Hulk Hogan's message for The Fiend
For the second week in a row, Michael Cole conducted an interview via satellite with "The Immortal" Hulk Hogan. Hogan will be inducted for the second time, along with Kevin Nash and Razor Ramon, as the New World Order (NWO).
Hogan embraced the recognition and talked about Goldberg's upcoming match with The Fiend. Bray Wyatt interrupted as he did last week with Goldberg with the Funhouse segment. Wyatt started his segment with Hogan's theme music and using the Universal title as a guitar. Later, Wyatt told Hogan he does not need luck against Goldberg because he has The Fiend. Hogan left stating he will see Wyatt in Tampa.
The prediction from many wrestling sources on social media and websites are confirming that The Fiend and Roman Reigns is scheduled for WrestleMania. It is not clear how the match would be created as the time is near for WrestleMania. Super Showdown is in two weeks and a week later is the Elimination Chamber. Goldberg is challenging The Fiend at Super Showdown and Hogan's comment to see Wyatt in Tampa has left a little confusion on who will be The Fiend's opponent for WrestleMania.
It is normally known that the Elimination Chamber is usually about a title match. Daniel Bryan placed his title on the line and won in 2019. Roman Reigns won in 2018 and was the number one contender for the WWE Universal title. Bray Wyatt won the WWE Championship in 2017. What will happen in 2020? Will the winner be the number one contender for the Universal Title?
WWE does stand for Walk With Elias
Sami Zayn and Cesaro conducted a protest concert because of constant interruptions from Elias. Elias interrupts his counter-protest on the show and the fans in Vancouver sang for Elias. Cesaro and Zayn attacked Elias which signaled Braun Strowman to come for the rescue.
I would not be surprised if WWE schedules a match next week that would have Shinsuke Nakamura, Cesaro with Zayn as manager versus Elias and IC Braun Strowman in a tag team match.
*Note* Shinsuke Nakamura and The Revival were not in Smackdown.
Valentine's Date gone wrong
Otis and Many Rose were supposed to have a date. However, Dolph Ziggler cockblocked Otis as he surprised Mandy with his presence. Ziggler sat down to talk to Mandy while Otis showed up with roses. Otis, who was so happy and nervous for the date, left the restaurant in sadness.
This storyline is a "Grade A' soap opera that will soon escalate for battle. How many men have been in a situation similar to Otis? People can relate to this type of scenario and what better to have Otis and Ziggler be apart of all this.
Ziggler and Otis should bump next week. WIth Ziggler sarcasm and vain act, he would instigate and more than likely downplay Otis on his chances with Mandy. Tucker will step in and Robert Roode would join Ziggler. The chaos will result in a tag team match between Heavy Machinery and Ziggler/Roode with Mandy in the middle. Where does this leave with Sonya Deville? Stay tuned on upcoming episodes on the podcast.
Reigns and Bryan defeated Morrison and Miz
The Miz had plenty to say on social media about the Usos. Usos did not show up at Smackdown due to legal issues. I do not know if that part is true but ever since the DUI incident, Usos were not allowed to leave the continental United States. Miz and Morrison used it and stated that they are always performing every week. Therefore, they had to fight against Reigns and another superstar. The superstar is that of Daniel Bryan. Reigns and Bryan successfully won their match. However, King Corbin bought a ticket and was watching the match front row. After Reigns pinned Miz, Corbin hit Reigns from behind with a scepter. Supposedly, Corbin was not allowed to compete and fined for an undisclosed amount of money for his unethical actions.
The Miz and Morrison will face The New Day for the Tag Team titles. Reigns and Corbin have a steel cage match at Super Showdown. There is no word on Daniel Bryan's future. Rumor is that he is one of six superstars to enter the Elimination Chamber.