WWE SmackDown Live Results & Review: December 11, 2018

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Daniel Bryan Gets A Different Opponent

Daniel Bryan just keeps proving that he is one of the best wrestlers of all time, even though he didn’t need to.

When we first heard of him turning heel we were skeptical of it all. We never could see someone so well loved being hated by the WWE universe but boy has Bryan made it work. You could feel the bile for Bryan that emanated from the crowd today.

WWE had given something new to open RAW and they carried that forward to SmackDown. Instead of having a segment involving AJ Styles, it was 205’s Mustafa Ali that faced Bryan in the opening match.

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The pre-match banter was quite fun and you felt sorry for Mustafa and pure hatred for Bryan through it all which showshow well he is doing his job as the heel. The match was rather short but did what it was supposed to do – paint Bryan as the most heelish character around.

We have been shouting for some change and Bryan has been giving it to us in truckloads and we love it. A great start to the show.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

Rating: Thumbs Up

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God Awful Rap Battle

Remember how promos used to be the biggest weapon in a wrestler’s arsenal? It is what separated guys like the Rock, Stone Cold, John Cena, and Chris Jericho from the rest of the world and yet, we are now in an era where it is a cheap knockoff of what it used to be.

Rap battles have their place in wrestling when done right. We weren’t overtly joyous the first time The Usos and The New Day had a rap battle. Throw in the Bar and you have the perfect recipe for disaster. The Bar are not good at rapping. Why did WWE have to shame them like this? The Bar’s rapping also felt phony.

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Just having these guys talking smack to each other would have been good enough to build up their match on Sunday but this was as shitty as it can get. The Bar had the last laugh but by that point no one seemed to care.

This feud already felt like something that was hastily put together and all of this did not help. Would be excited with a title change? No! Would we want the Bar to retain? No! That is how pathetic this whole angle has become.

Rating: Thumbs Down