WWE SmackDown was taped this week from the Manchester Arena in England. In addition to the takeaways below, Imperium tried to attack Heavy Machinery but the SmackDown locker room made the save. Dana Brooke & Carmella also qualified to Team SmackDown at Survivor Series tonight.
Here are takeaways from the show:
6Baron Corbin Cut A Bizarre Promo
King Corbin kicked off the show to a chorus of boos from the crowd. Corbin called NXT’s takeover of SmackDown last week was embarrassing and blamed it on Roman Reigns. Baron complimented Reigns on battling his disease and coming back to the ring in under a year.
Corbin called the audience fickle and claimed that the audience only cares about what has happened recently. He blasted Roman for taking days off and stated that he no longer has the desire to be champion. Corbin claimed that his brothers in the Shield abandoned him and added that the Big Dog’s testicles have shriveled up into tiny marbles.
Continuing with dog analogies, Corbin said that the Big Dog’s bark sounds like a chihuahua and claimed that Roman is no longer man enough to come to the ring and stand face-to-face. Corbin vowed to beat the crap out of Reigns later tonight. Corbin pulled out bags and stated that the audience can have them to scoop up the Big Dog’s poop at the end of the night.
This promo by Corbin reminded me of the “pooper-scooper” line that Jon Moxley (formerly Dean Ambrose in WWE) didn’t want to say and went out of his way to prevent it. Once again, this was a bunch of words that no human would say before a fight. It was scripted nonsense that did nothing to hype up tonight’s main event.