SmackDown In A Nutshell: From Miami To The Rumble

It's a simple point to this SmackDown In A Nutshell...we will go from Miami to the Rumble, and it is time for final hype.

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It’s a simple point to this SmackDown In A Nutshell…we will go from Miami to the Rumble, and it is time for final hype.

We have a women’s tag title match, for starters.

That men’s fatal fourway has three Superstars who are chomping at the bit to take a bit out of the Tribal Chief.

We also have plenty of space left in both the men’s and women’s Royal Rumble matches tomorrow night, so perhaps we get some new insight there.

There will also be no Kevin Patrick, thanks to his release this week.

And, his release wasn’t even the most stunning news of the week, but more on that later.

So, with basically 24 hours until we find out who punched their tickets to a WrestleMania title match?

It’s time for…

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SmackDown In A Nutshell: From Miami To The Rumble

It’s time to crack open this Nutshell and get into those results

Best Match of the night:

The women’s tag title match deserves this one. It was absolutely the best match.

What we got in the main event was good, but it was more about setting up the final hype for the fatal fourway title match.

In that sense, it was mission accomplished.

Worst match of the night:

I have nothing to gripe about.

Crowd Chants of the Night:

Overall hot crowd, but one chant…

Whoop That Trick

For anyone who says some mainstream fans “only” follow the main roster…the way 18,000 in Miami chanted for Trick Williams tells me otherwise.

And…I mean Carmelo has been HIM for a bit now, but Trick had a major pop.

Star of the Night

The Kabuki Warriors have to get a mention, winning the women’s tag titles.

I feel sorry for Kayden and Katana, they deserved better (I think), but the odds were against them tonight.

Whoever hit the music here, they even impressed Orton.

Spot of the Night:

This was quite the sequence.

Also, this package was superb. Not a spot, but it deserves the love…

Making a face like she did? Makes me think she drew #1.

Not a bad shot to end the show either. Orton riding high and then…bam…blunt force trauma.

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Jobber of the Night:

It probably has not happened before…but…Lashley and the Street Profits did a job tonight.

Man, did they put over the Final Testament.

Kross got heat. The group has a nicely remixed intro.

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You love to see it.

Upset of the Night:

Nothing comes to mind.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Has nothing to do with SmackDown, but the news broke during the show that Vince had resigned from all his remaining roles within WWE and TKO.

Botch of the night:

I felt like a spot or two got a tad sloppy between Knight and Sikoa, but nothing crazy.

Commentary of the night:

R-Truth is a national treasure. He just’ doesn’t know what nation.

LOL Moment of the night:

Truth was great drawing his Rumble number. First was like, does this mean I am in quarantine.

Then when Aldis explained it, Truth called the SmackDown GM Adam Pearce and complimented his hair.

Good stuff

Noteworthy Moment:

I am surprised it took this long to see it happen, but Elektra Lopez has shown up on the main roster and reunited with Legado.

Of course, when last she ran with Legado, a few faces weren’t there yet…and two of the LWO were.

Speaking of other new faces on SmackDown…Ava Raine goes from becoming the youngest NXT GM ever, to grabbing a cameo with Nick Aldis.

Busy week for her and her dad.

Heck of a showing for Trick, too.

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Overall lowlights:

For a go-home show, the only complaint I have is the lawsuit overshadowing, or throwing any shade at all, over the major weekend.

That said, things needed to come to light, and it’s really just one of those things where there would never been a “good” time. It had to happen, and hopefully all involved are handled as needed.

Overall highlights:

The entire show was just a rush.

Seriously had a blink-and-you-missed-it feel to it. Lots of good action, with a few surprises on the night before the Rumble.

Where we will hopefully get a few more surprises.

After the final bell:

The final hype has been delivered. It’s time for the roster to pack up their stuff and head from Miami to the Rumble in Tampa.

From there, who punches what tickets to Philadelphia? We don’t have long to wait now…

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