The Smackdown Breakdown - Next Stop, Levi Stadium!

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Finally, Wrestlemania is just around the corner! This weekend is my favourite of the year, with plenty of wrestling action due to take place. Tonight and tomorrow night, I will be watching the live internet stream of the King of Indies tournament, due to take place at the Santa Clara Fairgrounds, which is the tournament that was won but a certain Daniel Bryan back in 2001. For more information on the show check out my interview with Kevin Gill, who goes in depth about the show, music, wrestling, and life, and also check out the latest news on the tournament, before ordering the show from wwnlive.com live, or on demand if you are reading this after Friday.

Saturday night sees not only night 2 of the King of Indies, but also sees one of my favourite nights of the year as the Hall of Fame ceremony takes place, live on the WWE Network. This years class is another fantastic line up, but the star attraction is without doubt Macho Man Randy Savage, who finally takes his rightful place alongside some of the greatest names in pro wrestling. And if that isn't enough, Sunday sees the big daddy event of the, all take place as Wrestlemania goes down live from San Francisco. The card this year is another good looking show, with probably one of the most anticipated matches in history as Triple H takes on Sting, which hopefully leads to a dream match next year for Sting and Undertaker. Meanwhile, I believe Rusev could finally taste a proper defeat as he goes up against John Cena, while Roman Reigns looks to live his dream and become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, as he takes on Brock Lesnar. I'm expecting big things from the Intercontinental Championship ladder match too, but I don't want to give away any predictions right now, as those will be released on WNW within the next 24 hours so keep your eye out for those.

With that being said, lets head on down into this weeks Smackdown Breakdown and see what I thought of the final Smackdown headed into Wrestlemania. Because the show only contains a total of two matches this week I will only be grading each match and not give an overall show rating.

Jimmy Uso vs. Big E vs. Fernando vs. Cesaro - 4 Stars

The disappointing news this week for me was the announcement that the tag team title match had been dropped to the Wrestlemania pre-show. The match contains two talented teams in the Usos and Tyson Kidd and Cesaro, and it is a shame they don't get the opportunity to face off on the main show itself. However, the good thing is these teams will get to face off at Wrestlemania, whether it's on the main show or not. There were some good sots during this one, but I think all four of these men are saving their top games for Sunday night. Cesaro, Jimmy Uso, and Big E all looked good, and that triple suplex move on Fernando into the ring looked awesome. Cesaro was the standout for me, hitting some excellent moves throughout the match. Jimmy Uso picks up the all important win headed into Sunday, but does that mean the Usos are going to win on Sunday? That will remain to be seen. All I know is that match has the potential to really set the tone for the main show.

AJ Lee, Paige, and the Bella Twins Segment - 4 Stars

The tag match between AJ and Paige and the Bella Twins is going to be a great match, hopefully one of the best Divas matches in some time. Paige and Nikki had an awesome match on Monday night on Raw, which saw Paige and AJ at logger heads by the end of the match. The most annoying thing about this was as the two brawled, the fans were chanting for CM Punk! Seriously? Are we not over that yet? Punk has moved on, his wife wants to continue her job in WWE, lets leave it at that. You could feel there was still some tension between AJ and Paige, which is great to see as it leaves you wondering what the story and fallout will be after Wrestlemania. Nikki's subtle shot at the amount of time AJ worked this year was quite amusing, and we heard some great microphone work from Paige and AJ, before Nikki had the last work. I'm looking forward to seeing this match, and hope the #GiveDivasAChance movement only continues to gain momentum following this Sunday.

Roman Reigns, Mark Henry, John Cena, and Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt, Big Show, Kane, and Seth Rollins - 4 Stars

We are going to see some big matches headed into Sunday, and five of the eight men involved in this main event are certainly involved in some of the biggest matches of their careers. There still appeared to be some jeers for Roman Reigns, but that seems to be expected nowadays as fans have more of a voice and an option to cheer or boo who they want. Reigns and Rollins kicked this one off, which is something we could potentially see at the end of the main event Sunday night should Rollins elect to cash in the briefcase. I'm looking forward to seeing what Bray Wyatt and Undertaker can put on in terms of a match, as well as the Cena and Rusev match. Can Daniel Bryan walk out of Wrestlemania with the one championship he has never won? I certainly hope so, as it may make things easier for the fans who are disappointed he isn't in the main event.

This match was what it was just a simple tease and warm up for the big one this Sunday. It wasn't anything special, but it wasn't a bad match either. In fact, that's more how this one needed to be. I hate eight man tags without any meaning at the best of times, but while this one fell into the pointless category, it gave each man a final chance to flex their muscles headed into the biggest night of the wrestling calendar. The match was well worked, with the typical tag team match formula of a hot tag at the end to Bryan being the moment that changed the momentum of this one to a fast paced ending that saw a melee of finishers. The crowd went crazy for Bryan, and it's clear that while WWE doesn't see him as the guy to be in the main event, the fans are still behind him and want to see him succeed.

The Final Word

Smackdown this week saw some strong segments headed into the biggest show of the year. I'm looking forward to this Sunday, and the events that unfold over the whole weekend as this is a great time of year for the wrestling community. There are so many great matches headed into the weekend that I can't wait to see, and I look forward to you reading my thoughts on some of the matches when the WNW predicts are released later.

Thanks for reading this weeks edition of the Smackdown Breakdown. Sadly I am away next week but in my place will be the excellent CJ Blaze, who will bring you his take on the post-Wrestlemania edition of WWE Smackdown. Until next time, so long everybody.

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