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Smack Talk review of Smack Down, Lawler & MITB

Ok, where do I start?

I could recap the events of Smack Down, preview tonight’s Money In The Bank, or give my take on the situation involving Smack Down commentator, Jerry Lawler.

Yep, let’s start right there.

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On Thursday night, following the airing of Smack Down, police responded to a 911 hangup call at Lawler’s house in East Memphis.  Lawler was having an intense argument with his longtime girlfriend, Lauryn McBride.  The details don’t sound very good, based on this WREG report in Memphis:

According to the affidavit, the two were involved in a violent confrontation at Lawler’s home on St. Nick Dr. in East Memphis.

McBride claimed Lawler struck her in the head and pushed her against a stove.  She also alleged that he got an unloaded pistol, put it on the kitchen counter and told her to kill herself.  However, Lawler told police he confronted McBride for lying about where she had been and was drunk. He went on to say McBride scratched him in the face, threw a candle at him and kicked him in the groin.  Lawler claimed McBride is the one who brought the pistol into the kitchen.

The 66-year-old Lawler and the 27-year-old McBride were both booked into the Shelby County Jail around 1 a.m. Friday.”

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Lawler has been suspended indefinitely by WWE, as per their domestic violence policy.  WWE released a statement, as they did with Adam Rose recently, saying:

WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, and per our policy, Jerry Lawler has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest.  WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. Upon arrest for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately suspended. Upon conviction for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately terminated.”

Lawler and McBride were both booked for domestic assault causing bodily harm & both will be due in court on June 20.

Lawler has had a few other controversial incidents throughout the years, but this one will be his undoing from WWE.  There is no scenario where WWE will bring him back to his commentator role & he will be replaced. This is an unfortunate way to end his illustrious career with WWE & I will personally miss his contributions to the Smack Down broadcast. Ironically, the timing for this departure was near perfect.  The brand split between Raw & Smack Down is approaching.  Smack Down will try to form it’s own identity & Lawler has been in a commentating role for 23 years.  It was time for a change, but this was a terrible way for it to happen.

 

Smack Down Recap & Money In The Bank preview

Smack Down started with a mildly entertaining return of the “Highlight Reel” that involved all 6 members of tonight’s Money In The Bank ladder match:  Dean Ambrose, Cesaro, Chris Jericho, Sami Zayn, Alberto Del Rio, & Kevin Owens.  These 6 competitors have been cast in every possible situation together over the last 3 weeks & at this point, I don’t know if I am more excited for the ladder match or for these segments to finally end.

Jericho’s line about the ring’s set carpet was pretty funny.  He claimed the carpet was “100% Serengeti Yak’s hair” & it cost him “$20,000”.  Sure it did, Chris.  All of the ladder match contestants were involved in a (surprise) 6 man tag match later.

My thoughts going into tonight’s Money In The Bank are that we are going to see a fantastic ladder match tonight.

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Jericho & Del Rio are fantastic performers to help these other 4 wrestlers steal the show tonight.  I have been sold on the idea of Kevin Owens winning tonight, but the added wrinkle of Seth Rollins’ return has brought me to thinking that maybe Ambrose wins this.  Ambrose lurking around a Roman Reigns/Seth Rollins feud is an enticing idea.  I’ll stick with Kevin Owens, but my confidence level is not where it once was.

Smack Down also featured a Fatal 4-way match with Cass, Kofi, Aiden English, & Luke Gallows.

Tonight, all 4 tag teams will be involved in the same stipulation, a Fatal 4-way match.  The tag teams titles are on the line, in what should be a entertaining match.

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I honestly have no feel for who will win this match, but my gut tells me that the New Day retains….somehow.

 

After a video package from Monday night’s contract signing, A.J. Styles had a backstage interview with Renee Young.  This interview was interrupted very quickly by the New Day.  In a matter of 2 minutes, we had a Xavier Woods/A.J. Styles match in progress.  Wow!   Woods held his own throughout the match, even had some highflying moves, but Styles was in control the entire match.  Styles targeted the thigh area of Woods early & would eventually win by submission via his Calf Crusher maneuver.  That brings us to tonight, A.J. Styles v John Cena.

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I don’t see this being a one & done match.  These 2 could take this all the way to Summer Slam, so I’ll guess that Cena wins tonight & A.J. gets him the next time around with help from “The Club”.

 

Here’s the rest of tonight’s matches & my thoughts:

Charlotte & Dana Brooke v Natalya & Becky Lynch

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Charlotte has dominated the win column for months over both Natalya & Becky Lynch, even before the arrival of Dana Brooke.  The only scenario I can see for a Charlotte loss here is by a Sasha Banks return.  Since that sounds like a plausible outcome, I’ll go with Nattie & Becky Lynch for the win.

Baron Corbin v Dolph Ziggler

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Corbin wins.

Apollo Crews v Sheamus

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Crews wins.

Titus O’Neil v Rusev – U.S. Championship

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Rusev wins.

I can hardly contain my enthusiasm for those last 3 matches.

Roman Reigns v Seth Rollins – WWE Championship 

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I wish I could say Rollins regains his WWE Championship tonight.  Fresh off making his return to WWE last month, Seth has instantly catapulted himself into the title match tonight.  As WWE continues to prove that Reigns is a worth champion, the recurring theme of this match is that Rollins had to vacate his title due to injury & never would have lost it.  Rollins has also stated that Reigns has never beat him when he was champion.  And right there is an opportunity for WWE to prove Reigns can overcome all challenges & challengers, so I will be shocked (also pleasantly surprised) if Rollins wins tonight.  However, my prediction is that your winner & still champion, is Roman Reigns.

Thanks for reading & enjoy Money In The Bank!

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