While this week's Monday Night Raw was the best Raw show many WWE fans had seen in weeks, this week's SmackDown was more of the same, and a clear indication as to why WWE is reverting themselves back to the old joint-brand pay-per-view format. Especially after the poor joke AJ Styles made during the opening of the show.
SmackDown this week began with Styles making statements about each of his upcoming opponents in his fatal five-way WWE Championship defense at Fastlane on March 11, with those superstars being Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, and Baron Corbin.
The Phenomenal One said as well how it would feel good to put Owens through the announce table, or slam “ginger face” Zayn into the steel steps, but he also said doing such a move would leave an opening for someone else to pick up the pinfall in the ring and win the WWE title.
He talked about how he could beat Ziggler, Owens, and Zayn, individually, but was interrupted before he could talk about Corbin. The Lone Wolf reminded Styles that the last time they faced, he defeated him to win the United States Championship.
The Prize Fighter then interrupted and said that The Phenomenal One was the one who would end up through a table, while also saying to Corbin that he was handed an opportunity by Shane McMahon even though he doesn’t belong anywhere near the WWE title.
What came next was the part of the segment that many WWE fans will want to forget, as Styles told a joke that was awful, asking if Owens had the boil (Zayn) lanced off his back. The segment was then brought to a close when Shane came out and announced Corbin vs. Styles and Owens vs. Ziggler for the evening's show.
You can listen to the joke yourself in the video above if you skip to the three-minute mark. Many WWE fans simply can't believe that the creative team would come up with such a bad joke, while others stated it was poor improvisation by The Phenomenal One.
Styles will be defending the WWE title in a fatal five-way at Fastlane next month against Owens, Zayn, Ziggler, and Corbin, but WWE really need to work on their writing to get more fans hyped up about this match between now and then. Otherwise, the dual-branded pay-per-views can't come soon enough.