The Best And Worst Of WWE Smackdown Live 12/20/16: Wild Card Semi-Finals


Hey, Blue Team!

We’re on the Road to Smackdown Live Wild Card Finals, and this week’s Smackdown Live was the go-home show. For reasons beyond my comprehension, next week’s Smackdown Live has turned into some kind of super show. It has a name and everything. The name doesn’t make any sense, but it has one nonetheless.

I guess the writers have gotten so used to there being a pay-per-view every two weeks that they felt like they had to throw one more Smackdown super-card in before the Royal Rumble. So this week’s episode of Smackdown Live ends up kind of just existing to keep the storylines going until we get to next week, even though it features no less than two championship matches; the Intercontinental and WWE Championships. But in those two matches, the fact that they’re for the belt seems superfluous because we know they’re not going to change hands. After all, this isn’t Wild Card Finals. This is just some episode of Smackdown we have to get passed to get there.

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And now without further ado, here is The Best and Worst of Smackdown Live for December 20th, 2016.

Best: Now That That’s Behind Us

This week’s Smackdown Live opens up with a WWE Championship match. It’s the long-awaited final showdown between AJ Styles and James Ellsworth. The match played out exactly the way it needed to; AJ makes quick work of Ellsworth and rightfully so. He needed to take Ellsworth out like this in order to put this whole thing behind him and prove that he could easily beat Ellsworth when Bugs Bunny’s not dropping anvils on him. We’re days away from WrestleMania season. It’s time for AJ Styles to get serious again.