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Good and bad booking from last night's SmackDown (January 9)

The ups and downs from last night's show.


AJ Styles SmackDown
The champ felt secondary last night.

The second edition of the blue brand for 2018 was a solid show that served to steadily heat up the important players prior to the Royal Rumble. There wasn't anything too exciting, nor was there anything atrocious. There were problems, though. In addition to an uncreative rematch that went nowhere, there was a puzzling decision that conjures up bad memories of WWE's poor creative trends over the past decade.


Good booking: Heating Becky up

After announcing her entry into the women's Royal Rumble match, Becky Lynch returned to singles competition against Ruby Riott. Although the match was formulaic (strong babyface start, heel controlling the middle through boring rest holds, babyface comeback), she won.

The match wasn't anything to brag about, but it at least put some wind in Becky's sails heading into Philadelphia. The Riott Squad is dead anyway and only exists as a zombie now, so it was the right call.

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