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– by Michael Connally

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Smackdown Live! is in the books for the week. The Blue Brand of the WWE is building up towards the Royal Rumble with their brand specific storylines. We saw the first WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship Cage Match as well as a special edition of The King’s Court with Jerry The King Lawler. How did the show hold up this week?

Finally, the show ended with the first ever Smackdown Women’s Championship Cage Match between Alexa Bliss and Becky Lynch. The match ended when La Luchadora interfered, revealing herself to be none other than WWE legend Mickie James.

The writing was on the wall in regards to Mickie James when she had a phenomenal match against Asuka at NXT Takeover:Toronto. For too long the WWE has had the mindset that once you reach a certain age, generally over 35, you’re of no use to them unless you’re making them a lot of money. And while the wrestling business needs to introduce new talent on a consistent basis to maintain interest in the product, you need the established talent like Mickie James to help make the younger talent stars. To see her help guide someone as young as Alexa Bliss will do nothing but good for both of their careers.

While this wasn’t a must see episode and one that was a little light on action in the ring, what they did they did quite well. If you get a chance to check out the replay on Hulu or the WWE Network, you will definitely enjoy it.