REWIND-A-SMACKDOWN 1/2/18: AJ Styles vs Sami Zayn, The Usos vs Gable & Benjamin, Becky Lynch returns

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John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWE SMACKDOWN 1/2/18 featuring:

AJ Styles suffers another loss due to Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan’s bickering, The Usos defend the tag titles against Gable & Benjamin in a stellar match, The Riott Squad are chased away yet again by a returning Becky Lynch and friends, and the US title tournament continues.

Plus, Café feedback to the show from The POST Wrestling Forum.



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Very happy about the turn around on this. I rely on you to recap shows and hated having to wait due to travelling and keeping up with every podcast. So again, thank you.

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Regarding the handicap championship match…

I’m pretty sure that whoever pins Styles will become the WWE champion. There’s no way that Owens or Zayn will allow the other to score the pinfall.

Bryan may appear to be showing favoritism, but he’s really just trolling Owens and Zayn. His master plan is to prove that those two are really just selfish jerks who are using each other for their own benefit.

Any truth to the rumour I’m starting that Daniel Bryan is purposely growing out his hair and heard because he’s cleared now. :smiling_imp:

Kevin Owens competed in a previous 2-on-1 handicap match for a singles title, the United States Championship. He partnered with Chris Jericho and Jericho got the pin against Roman Reigns to become the US Champion.

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Given how this has played out, I see AJ getting the pin at RR. The Champ just suffered two pins due to circumstances. No way he is taking a loss at the Rumble. AJ going into WM as Champ is best for buy rates/biz etc. WWE can easily build a credible feud for him. Odd makers say Nakamura wins Rumble for a rebooted dream match between the 2. Especially since the Raw main event seems locked up for WM.

I’ve always found complaining about spoilers to be completely stupid. A show is good regardless of you knowing the results beforehand. I knew the plot to all the three latest Star Wars movies. Still greatly enjoyed all of them despite knowing big swerves.