In case Smackdown is the only wrestling show you’ve watched for the last twelve years, Brock Lesnar is an MMA fighter like The Undertaker, he’s a former IWGP Champion, which is the same belt AJ Styles once wore, and he wears a T-shirt with his favorite sandwich shop on it. The last time Brock Lesnar appeared on Smackdown was March 11, 2004, on Smackdown Episode 238. Tonight’s episode is 861. Has any character in the history of television gone more than 400 episodes without appearing? The last time Brock was on Smackdown, Eddie Guerrero was the World Champion, Ronald Reagan was still alive, and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton hadn’t been released in theaters yet. That’s so long ago that you don’t even know what Win a Date with Tad Hamilton is. Tonight’s probably not going to end with him brawling with Steve Austin like his last Smackdown appearance did.
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And now without further ado, here is The Best and Worst of Smackdown for February 18, 2016.
Best: Commentate Owens Commentate
This week’s Smackdown opens with the newly crowned Intercontinental Champion, Kevin Owens, coming down to ringside to join the team on commentary. Speaking of the commentary team, Mauro Ranallo is out sick this week and filling in for him is Michael Cole. Nothing makes me appreciate Ranallo more than the sound of Michael Cole asking me to join the conversation on social media. There was no need for Cole with Owens out there. Kevin should have just stayed out there all night. The first match is a six man tag between the three healthiest members of The League of Nations, Alberto Del Rio, Rusev, and Sheamus vs. The Lucha Dragons and Dolph Ziggler, because you can’t have a six or eight man tag on Smackdown without Dolph Ziggler. If you don’t have a partner for your six man match, Ziggler is issued to you, presumably by Smackdown Commissioner Chris Jericho.
The League of Nations is not looking good. On the scale of WWE Factions, they’ve gone from Camp Cornette to Los Boricuas. It’s pretty unbelievable to think that just two months ago one of these guys was the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Now only one of them has even made it onto the Fastlane card, and that match is on the preshow. We’ve seen some great six man tag team matches on Smackdown this year, but this one falls a little short of those. It’s not bad, but nowhere near as fun as a New Day trios or any of Ziggler’s other recent Smackdown tag matches. You can always count on Alberto Del Rio to be the opposite of fun. With the Lucha Dragons down on the outside, Dolph Ziggler is left alone to take out all three members of The League of Nations, which he seems to handle with the ease of Roman Reigns. That is, until Kevin Owens gets up from behind the commentary desk and distracts Ziggler by jumping up on the ring apron, allowing Sheamus to hit the Brogue Kick on a distracted Ziggler. Sheamus gets the three count and The League of Nations gets the win in their Fastlane Kickoff Show Go Home match. Kevin Owens’ distraction helps The League win and his commentary helps me get through this segment. We all thank you.