Previously on the Best and Worst of WWE Smackdown: Nothing! The show aired on Thanksgiving night, which meant we were off and missed it. If you didn’t watch — and according to the ratings, not many of you did — you missed Heath Slater revealing that he has a signature dish, Dean Ambrose becoming #1 contender to the Intercontinental Championship, and Xavier Woods dressed up as the Gobbledy Gooker. Eh, maybe I should’ve worked on Thanksgiving.
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And now, the Best and Worst of WWE Smackdown for December 3, 2015.
Best: Making Fun Of Roman Reigns’ Revolving Door Of T-Shirt Slogans
Okay, so this episode of Smackdown is maybe the most Smackdown thing you’ve ever seen: it opens with a heel faction teaming with a different heel faction to announce that a THIRD heel faction has put them in a series of matches aimed at stacking the odds against one dude. That’s Roman Reigns, if you hadn’t guessed. If Dean Ambrose and The Usos can defeat The New Day in a 6-man tag team match, they’ll be Roman’s partners in the main event. If not, Roman will have to go it alone against the entire League of Nations, which, if you’ll recall, features both the WWE World Heavyweight and United States Champions.
I could complain about this set up again — How do these situations make anyone seem like a threat? Why is Roman going up against and beating four guys including two champions in a new, top heel stable a day after they formed? — but you’re sick of reading that, aren’t you? It’s Smackdown. At some point I have to accept that this version of the show is like a Half Raw. Right now even Raw is struggling with developing characters, maintaining consistent storylines and making new stars, so Smackdown’s like … half of that. It’s the work Raw’s done, sent through another cycle. It’s just “extra wrestling.” If you start thinking of it like a really long episode of Main Event, it’s a little better. Don’t go into it expecting story progression or something you’ll be excited to tell your friends about.
That said, I enjoyed The New Day (surprise) making fun of Roman being “one versus all,” because that guy legit has 1-3 new t-shirts out every week. He’s the Juggernaut! He’s the Big Dog! He’s the Epitome of Power! He’s the Powerhouse of the Shield! He’s mitochondria! He hits hard, hits often! He’s one versus all! He’s in the Roman Empire! He spares no one and spears everyone! He brings the fight! Believe that! If WWE put as much effort into writing as they do into Roman Reigns t-shirt production, they’d be Breaking Bad. Roman Reigns: BREAKING BAD. Somebody print that!