The most iconic video package of Daniel Bryan's career was added to the Imagine Dragons song Monster . And that word describes him better now than ever before.
We have had countless video data on the Roman Reigns attacks for several weeks now. And after Buddy Murphy blotted out the name of Erick Rowan with Reign's forearm pressed against his neck, Bryan immediately opposed a logical, well-founded argument: Do you really expect a person interrogated by violence to give an honest answer? Bryan was out early in the show to condemn Reigns for his interrogation tactics and the crowd for being accused as fact. Bryan also promised to get to the bottom of these attacks.
Murphy called out Reigns for the assault and the two had a match this week, and I'll get into that below because it was fantastic. But Murphy's night wasn't over; Bryan came to collect answers.
And do you know how he did it? By using exactly the same tactics he condemned.
It was an eerie mirror for Reign's interrogation. Both Reigns and Bryan screamed for the cupboard to spread, and they did. Both of them demanded Murphy stay put, and he did. And Murphy gave them both a smirk before Christmas started.
Both threatened violence … and both delivered.
Of course, Bryan never raised a finger. He lectured Murphy as he was pummeled and thrown around the locker room, and with another forearm to his neck, he said the words his torturer wanted: He was lying.
I love this, man. These are the kind of things I want from the wrestling shows I watch. His self-righteous right to reveal the real culprit next week was wonderful; Hell, he smiled right into Reign's face when he said it.
Bryan's incredible. This is clearly the top story of SmackDown going forward and I am 1
Psst. Want to know something? Buddy Murphy is a good wrestler.
Good does not actually cover it. He is absurd good. He reminds me of PAC, actually; his explosive speed and physicality are eye-catching. And when paired with Reigns, it becomes even clearer.
The story here was that Murphy challenged Reigns to a match after Reigns handled him in the locker room last week, which I quite like. Stand up for yourself, man!
The match was great. It may have been my favorite singles match all weekend, actually. It included some nice counters, nice power moves from both men and Murphy's usual flight excellence.
Go and watch this match if you have it. Murphy saw a legitimate contender for whatever title or award he decides. Thanks to Reigns as well for making him look amazing.
So where Murphy goes from here. He was extremely impressive in his SmackDown debut, but what happens to a midcard heel all by himself? If he will continue to be attacked by the likes of Bryan and Reigns, I would imagine that he wants backup.
Orton is not done
In the worst shocking event, Randy Orton was not done with Kofi Kingston.
He came out ahead of the planned New Day vs. Revival match to torment the WWE champion. He said that Kofi ran from a fight and was a terrible example for his sons, and that the truth is that he ran because he couldn't beat Orton. These two got to the match to make it a 6-man tag.
What was nice, however, was the development against Orton's sadistic tendencies. It was noticed throughout the match and afterwards that he goes further in terms of history. It's the little things like pulling Kofi's hair, pondering another RKO before deciding to hit Kofi's friends with one first. I would still call this the secondary or maybe even tertiary story on SmackDown at the moment, which is obviously not good. But at least we're going in the right direction.
A tough night for Kevin Owens – Hot on the heels of his victory over Shane McMahon at SummerSlam … nothing changed. Shane came out to dock him $ 100,000 for beating a judge and then saddled Owens with Elias as a judge again in his match against Samoa Joe.
And if you thought that Elijah would get physical with an official – without the fine, I'm sure – and quickly count Owens … you'd be right!
Charlotte Flair def. Ember Moon – This is probably the right conversation right now. Moon has not had a chance to really get in touch with the audience; After all, she got that match against Bayley for any reason.
But with that said, this was the only women's match of the night, which again shows the lack of depth that we encounter at the top of the women's division. WWE actually has to work to build Moon in the future.
Aleister Black really likes to receive visitors – I know he doesn't really say much with these campaigns other than to imply that he is waiting for his next challenger, but I dig into the aesthetic. He also really emphasizes the harsh "k" sounds of the word "knock," as if he were imitating the sound of someone knocking. That said, I'm digging it.
I really liked this episode. It was much calmer than your usual WWE show. They did not try to sneak in a lot of extra feuds, which really helped this one to feel different. I really could do without Shane, which will clearly cost Owens in the King of the Ring tournament, but other than that, it was fun.
Rating: B +
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