So on Smackdown Live the “creative” team just gave us yet another multi-person contender’s match. This is becoming a trend in WWE. I find it so predictable that I find no interest in it, especially right now when they have so many talent options that they can build storylines with. So this is what WWE REcreative would do:
For this storyline we are going to begin with Smackdown Live airing April 18th and scrapping this awful idea of the 6 Pack Challenge. Instead of this the marketing for that show would have announced as Daniel Bryan naming a #1 Contender for the WWE Championship. This segment opens the show. As Daniel Bryan is discussing the title situation he should begin by telling the audience that he has discussed the WWE Championship match at Payback with RAW GM Kurt Angle. It has been renegotiated that the winner of the title match will be remaining on Smackdown Live with the loser signed to RAW. This creates more mystery of who will actually win at Payback between Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt. This brings us to the #1 Contender for this title after Payback going in to Backlash on May 21st, 2017. Then Baron Corbin’s music hits. He says that he is sick and tired of not getting what he deserves on this show. He has been screwed around every corner. It started with the Elimination Chamber and then the #1 contender battle royal. Corbin goes on saying that he then finished Dean Ambrose in a street fight and still didn’t get the Intercontinental Title he earned. So then he gets into how he wasn’t pinned last week in the triple threat match for a shot at the United States Title. So as far as he is concerned he is the only person on this show that should be considered for this contender spot for the WWE Championship. Daniel Bryan agrees with Corbin so as of this point he is the #1 contender for the WWE Championship. BUT that can change very easily. Baron Corbin is then explained that for the upcoming weeks he will be battling to keep his spot. Each week he will battle a new challenger if he loses to any one of them that winner will hold his contender spot. Corbin loses it and then Bryan says these matches start tonight when he faces Mojo Rawley.
#1 Contender Match – Baron Corbin vs. Mojo Rawley – April 18th
This match would be very physical and it would do good things for both men putting them in a main event on Smackdown. I would have it go back and forth with Rawley gaining the upper hand towards the end. Just then Jinder runs out offering a distraction. The referee sends him to the back and as Rawley turns around to tackle Baron Corbin it is reversed into the End of Days for the 1-2-3 and the victory. Daniel Bryan comes out and congratulates Baron Corbin for his cheap victory but he better be ready because next week he faces Luke Harper.
#1 Contender Match – Baron Corbin vs. Luke Harper – April 25th
This would be an incredible match. Luke Harper has done allot to take his stock to the next level performance wise. This would give him a chance to show more. These are two “big men” with amazing stamina and agility so this match would capture allot of attention. I would have Baron Corbin find a way to keep down Harper after multiple kick-outs. Taking advantage of Corbin’s frustration Luke Harper clear him out of the ring and as he is about to chase after him the lights go out and Erick Rowan appears in the ring, Harper goes to attack Rowan and the lights flash again Rowan is gone and Harper turns around in to an End of Days for the pin and the win. After Corbin leaves the ring and up the ramp after the lights flash one more time and come back on to Rowan attacking a downed Harper to set up a one-on-one match for Backlash. As we go to a camera backstage we see Corbin pass Daniel Bryan in the hallway. Corbin says looks like my competition has some enemies and walks away laughing. Bryan says well next week should be a different story, you face Sami Zayn. Daniel Bryan walks away and Corbin starts destroying items in the hall way.
**Author’s Note: The two contender’s matches ending due to outside interference would lead to other matches bring booked on the Backlash card. As well it adds heat on Corbin getting assisted wins.**
#1 Contender Match – Baron Corbin vs. Sami Zayn – May 2nd
I feel like this has the making of a really exciting match-up. I found this pairing delivered in their times together in NXT. This would be a Smackdown main event to talk about. Randy Orton would return on commentary for this match*. The match-up would have a small amount of back and forth in the beginning and then have Corbin slowly taking control of the match. Sami Zayn would have a point where he goes for something big on the outside and have Baron Corbin reverse it into a big spot through the announcers table. Baron Corbin rolls into the ring at a 5 count and as Zayn is being counted out 7….8….9….ZAYN ROLLS IN. This leads to Zayn kicking out of EVERYTHING. Corbin is getting more and more aggressive and sloppy. Corbin has Sami Zayn in the corner, goes for a running corner attack. Sami moves. Corbin bounces of the turnbuckle and Zayn counters into an Exploder into the turnbuckle. Corbin struggles to his feet. Sami Zayn connects with the Helluva Kick…1…2…3. Sami Zayn becomes #1 Contender for the WWE Championship.
**This post will assume Randy Orton is winning the WWE Championship due to Bray Wyatt moving to RAW. Also he would be kept off TV to sell his injuries from the House of Horrors Match. **
So this brings us to Smackdown Live on May 9th. Daniel Bryan comes out at the beginning of the show and announces for Sami Zayn. Zayn doesn’t come out. He announces him again and Zayn’s music starts but still no Zayn. Show goes to commercial and when it returns Daniel Bryan is shown in the back asking people if they have seen Sami Zayn and no one has. Throughout the night have the commentators announce that they are still trying to track down Zayn. End of the night comes and the Zayn’s music hits to a big pop. Baron Corbin comes out dragging an unconscious Zayn. Throws him in the ring and gets on the microphone. Corbin says that he will continue to dismantle Zayn until he gets the opportunity that was taken from him. Now I know we are in the PG-Era but I would have Zayn get a small cut so Corbin can say “Bryan this man’s blood is on your hands….GIVE ME MY TITLE SHOT.” Daniel Bryan comes out and begs for Corbin to stop. Corbin says Bryan knows what has to happen before he stops. Bryan gives in. Corbin gets his title shot. Corbin kicks Zayn out of the ring after taking a few more unnecessary shots on Zayn. Bryan gets security to accompany medics to retrieve Zayn. Bryan says at Backlash it will Randy Orton* vs. Baron Corbin. Then Randy Orton runs in for an RKO. At this point Orton should be written in as a face in this feud.
“We are now 5 days from Backlash” booms in Todd Phillips and announces a contract signing tonight on Smackdown Live (May 16th) for the WWE Championship match. Main Event segment Daniel Bryan stands in the centre of the ring. Corbin and Orton make their ways down. Bryan starts introducing the match. He is interrupted by Corbin who starts to trash talk Randy Orton and bragging about putting Sami Zayn on the shelf. He grabs the contract and signs. Bryan tries to continue his introduction of the match and Orton interrupts saying that he is not Sami Zayn and continuing “with all due respect Randy Orton will never be and Underdog.” He picks up the contract and signs. Bryan becomes assertive and interrupts the trash talk, “Gentlemen let me finish. As I was saying it will be Randy Orton defending the WWE Championship against Baron Corbin ….and…SAMI ZAYN.” Corbin goes after Daniel Bryan, Randy blocks the way with punches. Sami Zayn’s music hits. Zayn comes out. Zayn gets Bryan out of the ring. Corbin hits a clothesline on Randy Orton sending him out of the ring. Zayn rolls in to the ring. Hit a flurry of attacks sending Corbin outside with Orton. Looks at the audience and picks up the contract and signs. He then turns his attention to both men [Orton and Corbin] with a somersault over the top rope to the outside catching them by surprise. Smackdown ends with a shot of the three men lying on the outside.
This would be a good match to have the veteran sell for the new guys. Orton would take a clean pin on this match finish. I would have Corbin positioning Sami Zayn on the top rope. Randy Orton delivers an RKO on Corbin causing him to roll to the outside. Orton would frame up Zayn for an RKO off his top rope perch. Zayn reverses it but moving back and jumping down to deliver an Exploder into the bottom turnbuckle. As he goes for the Helluva Kick Corbin runs in and launches a running Zayn over the ropes. He drags Orton to the centre of the ring delivers an End of Days for the 1-2-3.
This accomplishes a serious boast in the stocks of both Corbin and Zayn. On top of this after dropping a rematch at Money in the Bank against Corbin it gives the option for Orton to step back for some time at home. Sami Zayn could also win the Money in the Bank. Sami Zayn could make it known he plans on challenging whoever the champion is in a WWE Championship Match at Summerslam. And due to the fact that the next Smackdown pay-per-view after Money in the Bank is Battleground you could have Zayn and Corbin team up challenging the United States Champion and his challenger at the time and for fan’s sake we will say that it is Kevin Owens as champion and his challenger at Summerslam, Shinske Nakamura. A main event forcing opposites to team up would only help build the marquee summer event. Continuing off their [Corbin and Zayn] loss at Battleground it is booked to have Corbin, the heel champion stomping down and taunting the “Underdog from the Underground” into Summerslam. And this will set up for a big one-on-one match at Summerslam with Sami Zayn finally getting his first title win in WWE. He would then go and defeat Corbin in a rubber match at the next Smackdown Live Pay-Per-View. After this feud have Zayn hold the title for most of the year. This would launch two top prospects to the top of a show and having fans really focusing on the stars of the “New ERA”.