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WWE News: SmackDown Live featured New Jersey Street Fight as dark match this week

Gary Cassidy
SENIOR ANALYST
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3.68K   //    20 Dec 2017, 06:29 IST

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What’s the story?

The dark match after SmackDown Live this week featured a New Jersey Street Fight between Baron Corbin and Bobby Roode. The Glorious One picked up a win over the former United States Champion to send the crowd home happy after a great night of sports entertainment.

In case you didn’t know

Both men competed in a Triple Threat match for the United States Championship at Clash Of Champions where Dolph Ziggler picked up a surprising victory to take the US Title from Corbin.

Neither Corbin or Roode appeared on SmackDown Live this week, but with Ziggler seemingly relinquishing the United States Championship both of these men could be in line to hold the championship next.

The heart of the matter...

Fans always love stipulation matches, particularly when weapons are brought into play. The New Jersey fans were treated to a spectacle and that's just talking about Bobby Roode's entrance. Getting back to the Street Fight, the match saw Roode pick up the win after a plethora of kendo sticks, tables, and other weapons were used.


The real shame is this match didn't go down on television, but we can hope WWE is saving that for the not too distant future.

What’s next?

Baron Corbin is owed a title rematch after losing his United States Championship to Ziggler. Roode has a good shot at a title shot too as he was originally meant to face Corbin one-on-one and didn't get pinned in the Triple Threat match.

If Ziggler is no longer champ, the two obvious routes would either be a multi-man tournament or to have these two fight it out for the title.

We'll most likely need to wait until next week to find out what happens with that.

Author’s take

We've already seen what Baron Corbin can do with the United States Championship. He won it after an uncertain spell where he went on a bit of a losing streak after unsuccessfully cashing in the Money In The Bank briefcase, but the United States Title seemed to suit him well. The US Title really made The Lone Wolf more credible and, likewise, he made the title feel important as well.

However, I think the obvious choice is to put the title on Roode next. His entrance garners one of the biggest crowd reactions in WWE right now and he's a tested performer with years of experience and a great reputation for being sound in the ring.The crowd would go crazy if he won, and as we know from NXT, the man looks even more Glorious with gold around his waist.

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Gary Cassidy
SENIOR ANALYST
Gary Cassidy is a freelance journalist from Glasgow, Scotland, specialising in professional wrestling with Sportskeeda. Gary has ten years' writing experience and a 2:1 Honours degree, and is also a subtitler working on both live and prerecorded broadcast for television channels across the UK, USA and Australia.
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