2 Ups & 6 Downs From WWE SmackDown (Apr 3)

Sh*tty circumstances shouldn't mean lazy booking...

WrestleMania 36 kicks off tonight.

No, really. You just wouldn't know that if you watched this week's episode of SmackDown. On Friday, WWE lined up a 'main event' confrontation between John Cena and Bray Wyatt, furthered the Intercontinental Title picture, injected much-needed life into one long-running angle and more.

For every positive there was, the company bungled by serving up two sins. The entire Universal Title scene was crapped on from an almost dizzying height, another throwback showed up what this year's 'Mania will be like, one woman has re-emerged (out of nothingness) to become an unwanted "dominant force" and WWE's writers are still feigning ignorance over several things going on.

This is the weirdest WrestleMania ever, and it hasn't even aired yet. All that good work SmackDown's team has been doing since the turn of the year has been totally ruined since the promotion went behind closed doors. The lack of butts in seats is hardly their fault, obviously, but sh*tty, unimaginative booking and the decision to knowingly dismiss an entire month's worth of storyline build is.

Here are all the 'Ups' and 'Downs' from 'Mania 36's go home show...


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