17 WTF Moments From WWE SmackDown (Jan 21)

The final nail in kayfabe's coffin?

Raw viewers can always rely on something to happen on the go-home show before the Royal Rumble, but does anything of note actually occur on SmackDown? Judging by this week's episode, it actually does. SmackDown may have been a little less kooky than usual - an issue I personally attribute to the lack of a Social Outcasts appearance - it certainly contained enough dramatic moments to give the show a generally "big" feel. Sure, we may have had no shocking, Raw-esque revelations (such as Roman being announced as the number one Rumble entrant), but SmackDown at least reinforced those developments with a few memorable spots and angles of its own. However, rest assured that for all its positive points, SmackDown still contained more than enough 'WTF' moments to keep us ticking over until Sunday.

17. Chris Jericho? Opening SmackDown!?

It was certainly a surprise to see Y2J open SmackDown. Jericho confessed that he hadn't been on WWE's B-show for 14 months, but came out to cut a characteristically cringeworthy opening promo. It's sad to say - considering his former charismatic glory - that Y2J was completely outclassed by New Day on the mic here. When the top three heels in the tag division are coming across as more likeable than a legendary babyface, something's definitely awry. However, I did see an interesting theory on Reddit suggesting that Jericho's whole "washed-up middle-aged dad" thing is very much deliberate, and that this is merely a very convincing gimmick. It wouldn't be too much of a stretch to believe this of Y2J. His heel personas have always been pretty outside of the box, especially in the latter stages of his career.
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