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WWE SmackDown five Things They Told Us Subtly

WWE SmackDown five Things They Told Us Subtly
This week's installment of stuff WWE indirectly told us on SmackDown is here. This week's episode was solid, despite the fact that it didn't have many storylines. The show had a small cast of characters, but the main event between Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan was the main attraction.

On free television, we got a PPV main event-worthy match-up, and since that was the most critical aspect of SmackDown, let's start there.

The incredible SmackDown run of Daniel Bryan concludes

Daniel Bryan has been a part of SmackDown for nearly five years, beginning with his stint as General Manager after his retirement. He stayed in that role for a long time, but when he was ready to return to the ring in 2018, he resigned.

His comeback has been amazing, with his height coming as the Planet's (WWE) Champion in 2018-2019. To think that a celebrity like Daniel Bryan might turn heel and then return to being a famous babyface is incredible, but he did.

At some point, his run on SmackDown had to come to an end. All of the hype began after he stated openly in a recent interview that he wants to be a part-time celebrity. Despite becoming the main event at WrestleMania 37 this year, the Leader Of The Yes Movement said he felt disconnected.

He also discussed his contract situation, and not long after that, an official match was set up in which if he lost, he would be forced to leave SmackDown for good. In this week's main event, Roman Reigns easily defeated Daniel Bryan. Of course, the aim was to put heat on Roman Reigns and present Cesaro as SmackDown's next Universal Title contender.

It's likely that he'll take a long break, but we expect him to return to RAW for a brief appearance before his contract expires.

Daniel Bryan will almost certainly become a celebrity on the red brand, and if he does not, he will take a break and return as a part-time legend.

SmackDown has a new direction for the Intercontinental Championship

WWE SmackDown five Things They Told Us Subtly
Big E faced Apollo Crews in a WrestleMania rematch to win the Intercontinental Championship on SmackDown in the first of two title matches. Commander Azeez, who played a key role in the end, seemed to be the biggest roadblock.

Big E was about to finish Crews with the "Big Ending" when Azeez grabbed him from the ring and hit him, resulting in a SmackDown DQ. Kevin Owens, who had a grudge against Azeez for an incident a week before, came out to save the day.

On SmackDown, the two men were outmatched, and Sami Zayn added insult to injury by hitting Owens with the Helluva Kick.

Following that, there was some friction between Sami Zayn and Apollo Crews when the former refused to relinquish his word (at first). Zayn eventually ate the Nigerian Nail from Azeez, which was a rebranded version of the late, great Umaga's Samoan Spike.

With Sami Zayn, Big E, and Kevin Owens now on board, a Fatal Four-Way match for WrestleMania Backlash appears to be a foregone conclusion. It's a fantastic idea, particularly because WWE excels at these types of matches almost every time.

It's a nice nod to the aftermath of WrestleMania 2016, when The Miz, Kevin Owens, Cesaro, and Sami Zayn fought for the Intercontinental Championship in one of the best matches of the year. It's possible that this would hit a similar amount.

The title pictures heat up of the SmackDown Women's & Tag Team

Bianca Belair, the SmackDown Women's Champion, will host this week's broadcast. The episode began with a brawl, followed by the first match, which was a six-person tag team match.

Bayley joined up with Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler, the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, to take on Bianca Belair and The Street Profits. As you might know, the rule in such matches is that the men face the men and the women face the women.

Bianca Belair was created to appear as the match's most powerful competitor. She not only manhandled Bayley, the longest-reigning SmackDown Women's Champion, but she also lifted Dolph Ziggler and had a direct effect on Robert Roode's pinning.

Although it's customary to shield a babyface champion, few are as well-made as Bianca Belair. It's a strong indication that WWE believes she can be one of their next big stars, regardless of gender.

Bianca Belair seems to have the highest ceiling of any woman in WWE at the moment.

On SmackDown the champions get pinned

WWE SmackDown five Things They Told Us Subtly
The Women's Tag Team Champions Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax were assaulted backstage on SmackDown by Natalya and Tamina. The two challengers are meant to be babyfaces, but you wouldn't expect that from the actors playing them.

Their match was nothing special, as it always is. We got a WrestleMania rematch between the two this week on SmackDown, but the title wasn't on the line. Normally, this is a way for the Champions to avoid losing their gold by being pinned.

And that's exactly what happened when Natalya assisted Tamina in securing the victory for their squad following a Super Fly Splash on Shayna Baszler. Naomi and Lana have been gaining the upper hand on RAW.

It's not a particularly compelling plotline, but it does indicate that Tamina and Natalya will have another shot at the title on SmackDown or at WrestleMania Backlash.

For the next PPV, an Interbrand Triple Threat match could be the way to go. It's possible that the Tag Team Champions have no brand limits.

WWE tries to put The Shield On SmackDown

The latest theme song for Roman Reigns was a hot topic on SmackDown. Reigns have a new entrance for the first time in almost seven years. It's the first time in 8.5 years, according to others. That's because Roman Reigns adapted a slight version of The Shield's theme song and has been using it since then.

Jon Moxley and Dean Ambrose have moved on, and Seth Rollins' theme song has changed as well. Roman Reigns received the same treatment, though many would say that it should have happened on SmackDown a few months ago.

It's only natural to alter Roman Reigns' theme song now that he's a heel. Though the song's debut on SmackDown has elicited mixed responses, fans will inevitably warm up to it.

What it seemed to be, though, was WWE's attempt to fully abandon The Shield. For more than two years now, the Shield has really been done for good.