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Worst and Best of Throwback SmackDown

Worst and Best of Throwback SmackDown
SmackDown's Throwback special episode has little special to offer in terms of programming. There were a few moments that brought back memories, but the set and presentation were mostly different.

The SmackDown fist reappeared, but only in the form of a graphic. Meanwhile, the set was a throwback to the 1990s. In any case, SmackDown did a lot in terms of plot growth. The show's overall pace was better than anything RAW has done lately, despite a few mixed moments.

So far, SmackDown has done a great job building up to WrestleMania Backlash, and there's just one more episode before the first post-WrestleMania PPV. This week's SmackDown highlights and lowlights are mentioned below.

Getting SmackDown Women's division to another level

Ruby Riott and Carmella competed in an unofficial title eliminator match. Carmella challenged Sasha Banks for the SmackDown Women's Title late last year and early this year, but she was unable to win it, despite having Reginald by her side.

Commentators praised Ruby Riott, claiming that she possesses all of the necessary skills to become a potential Women's Champion. Although we have no doubts about that, her performance will take time.

For the time being, WWE would need more proven superstars, which is why Carmella was chosen. After winning a clean match against Ruby Riott, the former SmackDown Women's Champion may be the next challenger to Bianca Belair after WrestleMania Backlash.

A few rivalries like this with top heel challengers are just what WWE needs to offer Bianca Belair a long Championship reign. SmackDown is focusing on long-term feuds, while RAW's Women's Division is now based around three superstars (Asuka, Rhea Ripley, and Charlotte Flair). That's why it's more dependable.

Tamina had a bad on WWE SmackDown

Worst and Best of Throwback SmackDown
Since there will be a Women's Tag Team Title match on SmackDown next week, WWE chose the match that made the most sense: Reginald vs. Tamina.

We're not sure where that idea came from, but if Reginald were up against a Title challenger, wouldn't Tamina squash him? Instead, the Champions triumphed thanks to a DQ finish.

Although this might point to a title change on SmackDown next week, it wasn't the best way to deal with a Title challenger.

WWE has been building Tamina as a credible threat to Nia Jax for a long time, well before WrestleMania. They even gave her the spotlight on Talking Smack recently. However, this match ruined the flow of an otherwise fantastic SmackDown buildup.

Next week's Tag Team Title match will be exciting to watch, as it will determine if Tamina finally gets her big Title win.

Seeing Bayley on SmackDown

Bayley has been one of the best and most reliable facets of the show, despite taking a backseat on SmackDown on the road to WrestleMania 37. She also served as an unofficial host at WrestleMania, outperforming the official hosts, Titus O'Neil and Hulk Hogan.

In the build-up to her SmackDown Women's Title match at WrestleMania Backlash, she cut a promo. She was flawless in everything she did. Bayley is still growing as a performer and improving in all areas of her game.

Bayley was the one who laid her out and stood tall when Bianca Belair came out.

It was fascinating to hear Bayley's defense of why Bianca Belair and other former WWE superstars aren't on her stage. Bayley is a legend in the WWE, having won the SmackDown Women's Championship for 380 days.

One of the most endearing aspects of Bayley's character on SmackDown is her willingness to back up everything she says.

Teen superstars on SmackDown wasted

Worst and Best of Throwback SmackDown
Teddy Long, a SmackDown legend, told Sami Zayn that he will be in a 10-man tag team match. Teddy Long seemed to be relying on Sonya Deville to help him recall names, which was perplexing. We're not sure which parts were improvised and which were written in the script.

In any case, he set up SmackDown's final match of the night, a 10-Man Tag Team Match. To take on Kevin Owens, Shinsuke Nakamura, Big E, and The Street Profits, Sami Zayn teamed up with Alpha Academy, Apollo Crews, and King Corbin.

King Corbin finished Shinsuke Nakamura with The End of Days. This match was underwhelming, and it seemed that WWE was simply trying to fill the show with superstars. There are more effective ways to do this.

The Intercontinental Championship image involving Apollo Crews, Big E, Sami Zayn, and Kevin Owens, did not advance. What was King Corbin's motivation for pinning Shinsuke Nakamura? It served no purpose and was a complete waste of a match.

SmackDown A fantastic main-event storyline

On SmackDown, a lot happened in the main plot! Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro in a WrestleMania rematch was the advertised match. After a year away from SmackDown, Jimmy Uso has returned, and his relationship with Roman Reigns has completely changed.

After a ringside brawl, Jimmy Uso super kicked Seth Rollins, ending the match and establishing Cesaro as the Universal Champion's number one challenger. WrestleMania Backlash's main event is set, but the match's aftermath was awesome.

For one thing, we got to see Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins interact for the first time. Second, Jimmy Uso declined to take second place to Roman Reigns, who seemed more concerned with enlisting the help of his other cousin than with Cesaro.

Jimmy Uso didn't see it the same way Jey Uso did, and Roman Reigns asked if he was on his side or against him in the final chapter.

Cesaro surprised everyone by standing tall after attacking all three guys. He looked fantastic, and there's no denying that he is deserving of his role. It will be his first time competing for a WWE World Title in a singles match.

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