The January 8th episode of WWE SmackDown aired live from the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL. Here are 5 takeaways from the show:
5Daniel Bryan Ran Away From AJ Styles
WWE Champion Daniel Bryan kicked off this week’s episode of SmackDown. Bryan was standing next to a concession stand and claimed that the people eating this garbage were filling a void in their lives.
Bryan grabbed a hot dog out of a man’s hand and threw it in his face. Bryan then launched a large soda into another fan’s face. Bryan went to the merchandise stand and pointed out that there were no more Yes Movement shirts available.
Daniel called AJ’s merch trash before stepping into the crowd. Bryan claimed that he was out here changing the world and making the world a better place. Daniel called everyone in the crowd weak, submissive, and impotent.
Bryan ripped away a sign for AJ Styles and ripped it apart. Bryan vowed to fill this world with something that all of these children can be proud of. R-Truth then attacked Bryan before their match. Bryan wound up winning the match in quick fashion with a running knee to R-Truth’s face.
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After the match, AJ Styles attacked Bryan on the entrance ramp. WWE officials quickly broke it up but AJ escaped and launched Bryan into the stage. AJ grabbed a steel chair but Bryan ran away before Styles could hit him.
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Bryan’s promo to start off SmackDown was hilarious. I’m so much more interested in this feud compared to Strowman and Lesnar. I’d already be looking forward to a match between Styles and Bryan, but both of their characters are interesting as well. Styles is becoming more aggressive after Vince McMahon challenged him and Daniel Bryan’s work as a heel has been awesome so far.