We’re far from shallow now.
Previously on the Best and Worst of WWE Smackdown Live: The same thing as last week’s Monday Night Raw, but better.
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And now, here’s the Best and Worst of WWE Smackdown Live for February 26, 2019.
Best: When The Cancellation Of Kofimania Sets Up Kofi At Mania
I read a lot of angry, visceral reactions to Vince McMahon randomly wandering out and replacing Kofi Kingston with Kevin Owens in the WWE Championship match at Fastlane, but that’s good; because I also read a lot of reactions that mirrored my own. By replacing Kofi in the match at Fastlane, you’re allowing Kofi — a guy who should logically get a title shot before April — to hold off a little and get his big match, and presumably his big win, at the biggest and most important show of the year. By cancelling Kofimania, you’re ensured Kofi at Mania. And that is so much better.
Not only that, but it gives Kingston an actual problem to rage against for the next couple of months to build his story. I don’t love “blank has pinned the WWE Champion” as a story (more on that in a bit, sadly) and I like general manager meddling even less, and while I loved what Kingston and Bryan were able to do at Elimination Chamber and on the past two Smackdowns, I can also realize that it happened by accident. It was lucky. This was supposed to be Mustafa Ali’s spot, and WWE got handed a big sack of gold it wasn’t expecting. A lot of it was being carried by our hypothetical idea of how exciting a rivalry like this would be, and by putting it on pause for the placeholder midseason B-show we can elevate it to the moment both of these guys truly deserve. I mean, even if it ends up opening the show because of the Smackdown Women’s Championship match and Triple H and Batista and Brock Lesnar or whatever.
Plus, how great would it be if Sami Zayn showed up to join Daniel Bryan and Erick Rowan as a Social Justice Warrior and cost Owens the match at Fastlane? Then we’d head into WrestleMania with Bryan vs. Kingston and Owens vs. Zayn with their alignments flipped. That hypothetical WrestleMania card is popping.