The most iconic video package of Daniel Bryan's career was the song "Imagine Dragons" "Monster" . And that word now describes him better than ever.
We've had countless video footage of the attacks of the Roman government for weeks. And after Buddy Murphy blasted Erick Rowan's name with Reign's forearm at the throat, Bryan countered immediately with a logical, well-argued argument: Do you really expect a person interrogated by violence to give an honest answer? Bryan was early in the show to judge Reigns for his questioning tactics, and the crowd saw the allegations as facts. Bryan has also sworn to get to the bottom of these attacks.
Murphy called Reigns for the attack and they had a match this week. I'll talk about that later because it was fantastic. But Murphy's night was not over yet. Bryan came to collect answers.
And do you know how he did it? With exactly the same tactics he condemned.
It was an eerie mirror for Reign's interrogation. Both Reigns and Bryan shouted that the locker room should disperse, and they did. Both told Murphy to stay there, and he did. And Murphy grinned at them both before the beating started.
Both threatened by force … and both delivered.
Bryan naturally did not move a finger. He gave a lecture to Murphy as he was thrown and thrown through the dressing room, and with another forearm said the words his torturer wanted: he lied.
I love that, man. That's the stuff I want from the wrestling shows I look at. His smug temptation to reveal the true culprit next week was glorious; damn it, he smiled right into Reign's face as he said it.
Bryan is incredible. This is clearly the top story of SmackDown, and I'm 1
Someone knocked on Psst
. Do you want to know something? Buddy Murphy is a good wrestler.
The good does not really cover it. He is absurd good. He actually reminds me of PAC; Its explosive speed and physicality are breathtaking. And when you combine it with Reigns, it gets even more obvious.
The story here was that Murphy challenged Reigns to a match after Reigns mistreated him in the locker room last week, which I like very much. Get up for you, man!
The match was great. It could have been my favorite single match of the whole weekend. It contained some refined marks, sophisticated power moves from both men, and Murphy's usual outstanding performance in the air.
Check this match if you can. Murphy looked in every way as a legitimate contender for the title or award he aspires to. We also thank Reigns for looking great.
So, where Murphy goes from here. He was immensely impressive on his SmackDown debut, but what happens next for a midcard heel all by himself? If he continues to be attacked by people like Bryan and Reigns, I would imagine he wants help.
Orton is not over
In the least shocking turn of events, Randy Orton did not pursue Kofi Kingston.
He came before the planned New Day Vs. Revival Match out to mock the WWE champion. He said that Kofi ran away from a fight and was a horrible example of his sons and that the truth is that he ran because he could not beat Orton. These two were added to the match to make it a 6-man day.
The beauty, however, was the progress towards Orton's sadistic tendencies. It was noticeable during the game and after that, that it continues to go down in history. It's the little things like pulling Kofi's hair, considering another RKO, before deciding to beat Kofi's friends first with one. I would still call that the secondary or maybe even tertiary storyline of SmackDown at the moment, which of course is not great. But at least we are moving in the right direction.
A hard night for Kevin Owens – On the heels of his triumph over Shane McMahon at SummerSlam … nothing has changed. Shane came out to give him $ 100,000 to beat a referee and saddled Owens again with Elias as referee in his match against Samoa Joe.
And if you thought Elias was in physical contact with an official – without the fine, I'm sure – and count Owens quickly … you'd be right!
Charlotte Flair def. Ember Moon – This is probably the right call at the moment. Moon had no chance to really connect with the audience. After all, she got this match against Bayley for arbitrary reasons.
But still, this was the only women's game of the night, again showing the lack of depth with which we are at the top of the women's section. WWE actually has to work to build the moon for the future.
Aleister Black really enjoys receiving visitors – I know he does not really say much about these promotions except that he's waiting for his next challenger, but I appreciate the aesthetics. He also really emphasizes the hard "k" tones of the word "knocking" as if he were imitating the sound of someone knocking. As I said, I dig it.
I really liked this episode a lot. It was much quieter than your usual WWE show. They did not try to sneak into a few extra feuds, which really helped one to feel different. I really, really could do without Shane, who will undoubtedly taste Owens at the King of the Ring tournament, but otherwise it was fun.
Grade: B +
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