Talkin’ Smack (Aug. 23, 2016)

After a pretty bad Monday Night RAW, WWE comes back to us once again with SmackDown (and hopefully another great Talking Smack on the WWE Network) and that means it’s time for Smark City’s exclusive feature – Talkin’ Smack! Tonight in the Mohegan Sun Arena in CT, AJ Styles is set to address SummerSlam and a bit of breaking news: 2 new titles are to be introduced! Let’s get into what WWE wants us to focus on. 


How will SmackDown Live rebound from Brock Lesnar’s SummerSlam onslaught?

At SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar not only executed a hellacious assault on Randy Orton, the crown jewel of SmackDown Live, but he also hit the F-5 on Commissioner Shane McMahon.

Now, Shane-O-Mac and The Viper are pretty tough and there is little doubt that they will be back. Nevertheless, have the actions of The Beast Incarnate caused a shockwave that could dismantle Team Blue’s momentum in their friendly competition against Raw? For that matter, will Shane still perceive that competition as friendly after suffering such a painful attack? His Tweet on Monday indicates a definitive no, as he stated in no uncertain terms that Brock had crossed the line. And though his sister and Raw counterpart Stephanie McMahon agreed and said there will be repercussions, it only seems logical that the damage may have already been done and an ultra-competitive guy like Shane may be ready to turn things up a notch.

So the real question is: what will Team Blue do to regain its edge en route to its first solo pay-per-view, Backlash, set for Sept.  11?

Already there’s hinting to a Brock/Shane match in the future. While the match wouldn’t necessarily be bad, having Shane go over Brock WOULD be. It would be VERY bad. We still have yet to see what Brock’s punishment would be, and I’m thinking it’s something to the effect of a “suspension.” Shane will likely address this, I would imagine Randy Orton will not be in attendance to sell the injuries  but maybe they have him come out to cut a promo with bandages on his head. This storyline continues to promote a RAW/SmackDown cross feud which I didn’t think we would get so soon into the brand split, literally right when the brand split began, and if their end game is to keep getting people to watch both shows with this, after next week RAW may very well become YouTube viewing for me.

Who is coming after Dean Ambrose’s WWE World Title?

In an all-out explosive showdown, WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose successfully defended WWE’s most coveted title against a very game Dolph Ziggler at SummerSlam. So, this Tuesday, just who will be gunning for that target on the back of The Lunatic Fringe?

You can’t count out Ziggler just yet. After all, The Showoff truly brought his game to a whole new level and he could definitely return for more after coming so close. Then again, his defeat might allow other hungry Superstars to step up to the plate (as Seth Rollins discovered on Raw). Perhaps we’ll see SummerSlam victors, such as AJ Styles or Intercontinental Champion The Miz?

Could a desperate Heath Slater come out of left field and try to goad the detached titleholder into a match to try and finally secure him a contract? That notion is almost as scary as Bray Wyatt, who has attempted to drop a shroud of darkness over both Ambrose and The Showoff in recent weeks. Or will The New Face of Fear be focused on internal matters, after he dropped Erick Rowan’s mask when his disciple was defeated by the WWE World Champion one week ago?

In a not too surprising outcome, Dolph Ziggler once again lost the big one and isn’t champion. What may make SmackDown in the brand split different however, is how Dolph is booked in the fallout of losing a big match. Now that he can’t get lost amongst a sea of Superstars, we can hopefully see a different edge in his character. The SummerSlam go home show was Dolph’s best work in years and that must be capitalized on. As for who’s coming for Dean Ambrose? My choice is AJ Styles. It fits exactly what is happening with him as he slayed the face that runs the place at SummerSlam.

AJ Styles addresses WWE Universe as fans wonder whether Cena has given up

As stunning as John Cena’s loss to AJ Styles was at SummerSlam, it was what happened moments after that which has social media going absolutely crazy. After pondering a moment in the center of the ring, The Leader of the Cenation left his “Never Give Up” wristband on the canvas and walked away.

Not to add to the Twitter hysteria, but we kind of want to know, too. What could this all mean? Could it just be self-acknowledgement that Cena came up short against The Phenomenal One in a contest that both competitors agreed would determine the true “Face that Runs the Place”? Or might it be something much more? Could Cena have somehow made a decision in that moment to give it all up? Has SmackDown Live lost its favorite 15-time World Champion?

Perhaps we will have our answer tonight  when AJ Styles, the very same Superstar who overcame Cena at SummerSlam, will addresses the WWE Universe at 8/7 C on USA Network!

I love how the previews guy for the company is supposedly writing as if the company doesn’t know what’s happening with Cena. Cute. I don’t like fantasy booking things because I end up really disappointed when I don’t get what I want, but what I will say here is that there are a lot of opportunities when it comes to John Cena. Sadly, the one I’m mostly interested in (yes a heel turn and yes I know) seems the least likely in the brand split. I’m really excited to hear what Styles has to say though. I expect a really good promo here.

Will Nikki Bella take over?

Perhaps one of the biggest surprises of SummerSlam was when Nikki Bella returned from her longstanding neck injury to win the 6-Women Tag Team Match and join the SmackDown Live roster!

Later in a Exclusive video, the former champion made it clear that she has big plans for Team Blue. Her victory at The Biggest Event of the Summer has already provided a reminder of just how dangerous she can and will be to have on Tuesday nights. But with her brother-in-law Daniel Bryan already teasing the creation of new SmackDown championships and her fellow competitors calling for the creation of a SmackDown Women’s Title, you can bet the Tuesday night’s newest Superstar will only add fuel to that fire.

With the addition of 2 new titles being introduced tonight, I’m absolutely certain one of them is a SmackDown Women’s Title. And I am absolutely certain the Nikki should be a top contender for it. With the announcement, I’m imagining there will be a tournament of some sort to get to 2 women facing each other at the Backlash PPV in 2 weeks. I’ll take Nikki vs Becky, Nikki vs … um, Nikki vs … Alex, Nikki vs … uh Nikki vs …

The Usos just put American Alpha and the Tag Team division on notice

With everything that happened at SummerSlam, one must not overlook the controversial ending during Kickoff’s 12-Man Tag Team Match. After weeks of up-and-coming American Alpha seizing the SmackDown Live spotlight, Jey Uso tagged himself into the SummerSlam melee and effectively stole the victory from teammates Chad Gable & Jason Jordan.

Evidentially, it was time for the two-time WWE Tag Team Champions and the longest-tenured tag team on Tuesday nights to remind their fellow competitors what “Uso Crazy” is all about … and American Alpha was clearly not happy about it.

With all the fireworks, how much longer can GM Daniel Bryan continue to tease a possible SmackDown Tag Team Championship before the entire field of tantrums burns the whole place down? It all begins with SmackDown Live Pre-Show, tonight at 7:30, across all digital platforms.

We seem to finally be getting a new side of The Usos after their victory at SummerSlam. Hopefully that means the end of “Uso Crazy” and not JBL constantly reminding us why we would rather mute him. And of course, there’s the announcement of new titles coming and naturally that means the other titles will be SmackDown Tag Team titles! I’ll take American Alpha vs The Usos, American Alpha vs … uh, American Alpha vs … Breezango, American Alpha vs … um, American Alpha vs …

Join us at 8 p.m. LIVE… on Twitter @TheSmarkCity as we live tweet what will hopefully be a good SmackDown LIVE. Hopefully.