SmackDown Review: 'Rebels' Getting Punished By Vickie Is Not 'Best For Business'
AJ vs. Naomi was solid match. Although Natalya should unquestionably be the top contender for the Divas Championship, Naomi proves week in and week out that she has the components (especially look and athleticism) to be the top Diva in the future. Competing in matches like these shows the fans who did not follow her in FCW how good she is, and can rally behind her. Of course, her very babyface demeanor shown on Total Divas helps as well.
Santino vs. Jack Swagger was purposed to continue the "feel-goodness" of Santino returning, and it served its purpose. Santino is most likely going to be labeled as one of the most unique midcard superstars in WWE history. The funny thing is, the crowd suspends reality for Santino, and he receives upper mid-card—and sometimes main-event—level pops. Remember Royal Rumble 2011 and Elimination Chamber 2012? Yeah, the times he became runner-up of the Rumble, and nearly won the World Heavyweight Championship. Those were to two biggest pops he's ever received, which were enormous.
Well, it looks like Ryback vs. Nick Nardowe is a sign of Ryback going back to the "locals" again. We saw where that led him before. One thing that is funny, though, is Ryback cutting promos about him hating bullies, while he does it so effortlessly backstage. It is actually a good play on his character. CM Punk vs. Ryback (again, one year later) is most likely in store. This time, the tables are turned regarding heel vs. face. Ryback seems to be simply a pawn in the Punk/Heyman storyline, but we may be shocked by a Ryback victory against Punk.
Paul Heyman (@HeymanHustle) September 21, 2013
(But what about Curtis Axel? Potential Axel vs. Ryback feud brewing?)
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