Previously on the Best and Worst of WWE Smackdown Live: Kofi Kingston was forced to compete in a 5-man gauntlet match to earn a shot at the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. He won, and then Vince McMahon “um actually’d” him, and added a sixth opponent. He’s never going to explain why he’s doing what he’s doing, so just assume the worst.
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And now, here’s the Best and Worst of WWE Smackdown Live for March 26, 2019.
Best/Worst: Avenge The Fallen
Up first, let’s talk about … this.
To start this off with something positive, it’s 17-minutes of Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair for the Smackdown Women’s Championship. I can’t emphasize enough how good these two are together, and how valuable someone like Asuka is in reining in Flair’s less positive quirks and tendencies and focusing her on the narrative of a match. Charlotte’s never better than when she’s in there with Asuka, except maybe when she’s hanging around at ringside making stoic faces while someone she hates beats up someone she really hates.
Charlotte winning here also has its upsides; for example, Charlotte now has something to “bring” to the WrestleMania main event, which Becky Lynch said she didn’t, and the sudden, undeserved title shot a week before WrestleMania that leapfrogs four other women and makes sure no less than five women lose their spot to make a spot Charlotte already had more glittery fits in perfectly with her sense of entitlement.
That doesn’t totally erase the negatives, though. Unless they have Flair “betray her teammates” in that Raw six-woman tag on Monday and randomly pivot to Charlotte vs. Asuka and Ronda vs. Becky as singles matches (thereby removing Charlotte from the main event at the last minute), she just guaranteed Asuka won’t have a spot at WrestleMania. From a fan perspective, that fucking sucks, especially since there was next to no build to Charlotte wanting or needing the Smackdown Women’s Championship, most of the important players from the Smackdown women’s division have been doing all the important shit on Raw, and the belt’s not even going to be on the line at Mania. Consensus seems to be that Charlotte just needs something to hold over her head when they do an NXT Four Horsewomen curtain call at the end of the night. Charlotte as Smackdown champ, Becky as Raw champ, Sasha and Bayley as tag champs.
I don’t know. I liked the match, very much didn’t like the result (as it also complicates an already way, way too complicated and stuffed-full WrestleMania story that had already written itself well enough four months ago), and know with this year’s booking that we’ll have to get through next Monday and next Tuesday before we come to any concrete decision on what this “is” or what it means.