Well, we have talked a whole lot about Monday Night RAW in the recent times. But to say the truth, Tuesday Night SmackDown Live deserves a lot more discussion and appreciation. The WWE Universe was always made to believe that RAW is the superior brand. But if we see the recent results, SmackDown has established itself as a real competitor of RAW. Where RAW is facing crisis regarding viewership and attendance, SmackDown has continued to impress people to the level best as it always did. Both the superstars and officials of SmackDown Live have been doing a great job to make the brand valued.
Vince has been doing and trying a lot of things to make RAW seem better, but all are in vain after the shows SmackDown has been putting. Leave aside this topic, let us look at what all happened in the SmackDown Live roster on 25th December 2018 on the eve of Christmas. As always, I will not go deep into the matches (links will be provided for each match on the list) and will just discuss and review about the matches.
Here they are –
– SmackDown live kicked off with R-Truth and Carmella – dressed as Truthy Claus and CarmElfa – coming out to spread some cheers among the WWE Universe. But soon they were interrupted by WWE Champion Daniel Bryan. He came into the ring and talked trash about Christmas and Santa Claus ruining the Earth and that the North Pole would not exist after 20 years.
He mocked Truth by saying that his career has been nothing less than a joke and that he could not even count till 30 regarding his Royal Rumble spot. And soon after he attacked Truth and justified his heel character.
Note – Daniel Bryan has taken up his heel turn very well. He has dug deep into the character, and is a big reason for the increasing popularity of SmackDown. But targeting R-Truth was not that good, as I feel!
Mustafa Ali vs Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas
Mustafa Ali picked up the second consecutive and perhaps one of the biggest wins of his career (after the match against Daniel Bryan) when he defeated Almas. The match was pretty fast-faced and full of action. And was full of action as well. There was no moment in the match when one would feel bored.
Though Almas had the upper hand in the first part of the match, but overall the whole match was evenly poised. Almas kept Ali down and finally prepared him for his finish after he kept stomping the former 205 Live star. Almas finally went for the Double Knees to finish things off but Ali side stepped him and hit him with a DDT. Next on the line was his signature move 054 which sealed the deal. One could see that Almas’ advocate Zelina Vega felt the defeat more than Almas himself did. Why? No idea.
Winner – Mustafa Ali
The Usos and Anderson& Gallows vs SAnitY and TheBar (8ManTag Team Match)
Guess who were the guests and commentators for the match? The New Day! Particularly there was no story or build up for this match except the well known feud of The Usos and The Bar. But what the best point of the match was that the lesser known tag teams were the highlights of the match. But looking at the match up, it can be said that it was basically the face team versus the heel team.
Gallows, Anderson and The SAnitY were particularly impressive more than The Usos and The Bar. A tough competition was seen in the ring between the 8 men present in the ring. Even there was a moment where we saw all the eight men breaking down each other. The match became somewhat a chaos, but the final moment saw the face team pick up a win after Gallows and Anderson hit Cesaro with a Magic Killer for the pin.
Winner – The Usos and Anderson& Gallows
Miz TV with Special guest of the night Shane McMahon
The Miz can really start up his own show Miz TV in the WWE when he decides to retire because he is very good in the mic skills. And, the dream he had been seeing since last November finally was fulfilled after Shane O’Mac agreed to team up with him.
The special guest on Miz TV this week was Shane McMahon. Shane said that changes were coming to SmackDown. He added that the WWE would listen to fans and bring new Superstars into the main roster while delivering new match ups.
The Miz then narrated a story about his father. He started by saying that his father never told him “well done” after he did well in any match or even after winning any Championship belt. He added by saying that his father however was impressed after he saw Shane winning the World Cup in place of Miz and felt that they could make up a great tag team together. Finally Shane reluctantly agreed to team up with him, thus somewhat giving way to the baby face turn off the Miz.
Jeff Hardy vs Samoa Joe
One hell of a fantastic match, which finally ended with no one winning. This rivalry started somewhat when Hardy was out in the ring to celebrate his 20 years in WWE. And, Hardy had now a chance to shut Joe up. Hardy went off to a strong start when he hit an early dropkick to Joe before continuing to dominate match into the break. We came back to see Joe taking back control with an Enzeguiri in the corner.
Joe continued pounding Hardy until the latter hit a Whisper in the Wind. He followed it up with a Twist of Fate and looked for a Swanton Bomb but Joe rolled out of the ring. Hardy again followed Joe to the outside and continued hitting him without caring about his disqualification. But after the match ended, Joe out of nowhere locked Hardy in a Coquina Clutch which left him unmoved for long.
Winner – Samoa Joe by Disqualification
Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs Rusev (US Championship)
Rusev started off with some massive strikes. The US Champion tried to counter by locking in a triangle hold but Rusev powers out and rolls out of the ring. Rusev replied with a series of suplexes but ended up eating a kick to the sternum for his troubles. The two men kept going back and forth until Nakamura found a big opening. He hit a knee to the back of Rusev’s head from the top rope. Nakamura looked to finish it off with the Kinshasa but Rusev replied with a Super kick.
He tried to lock in the Accolade but Nakamura went for the Triangle again forcing the Brute to back off. Rusev dodged a Kinshasa and replied with a Machka Kick for the win. Rusev won the United States Championship once again.
Winner – Rusev
The ending moment of SmackDown Live saw The Chairman of WWE Vince McMahon confront AJ Styles backstage. Vince told Styles he was letting Daniel Bryan run the show and encouraged Styles to show his dark side. In order to bring it out, he slapped AJ across the back of the head and Styles replied with a right hand to the chairman of the board. Was he successful in bringing the animal out of Styles? Let’s see.
Gospel singer Kelly Price was reported missing by her family after she was discharged from a Cobb County, Georgia hospital following a battle with Covid-19.
Shortly after the news broke that Kelly was missing on Friday, her Atlanta attorney, Monica Ewing, confirmed she is safe and recovering from Covid in an “undisclosed location.”
However, Kelly’s sister insists she hasn’t seen or heard from Kelly in months.
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Kelly, 48, was admitted to a hospital suffering from Covid-19 symptoms in early August. On July 29, the singer posted a video on Instagram, explaining that she is “quarantined” and “feeling really drained.”
“Splitting headache but I’m not in the hospital,” she wrote in the caption. “I’m grateful and expecting to have a quick recovery.”
It is unclear if Kelly was fully vaccinated.
Her family said she was admitted to the hospital a week later and transferred to the ICU when her condition worsened.
Kelly’s sister called into the Larry Reid Live YouTube livestream on Friday to say her sister is still missing.
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In the comments section of the livestream, an alleged employee of a longterm care facility commented that Kelly was admitted to the facility for longterm care because she is ventilator-dependent.
The employee claimed Kelly couldn’t speak and that she didn’t want her family to see her in that condition.
Meanwhile, the family is upset that Kelly’s live-in boyfriend is allegedly cohabiting with his side piece in Kelly’s home. Kelly and her boyfriend, who is more than a decade younger than her, are pictured during happier times.
Cobb County police conducted a welfare check at Kelly’s home, but her boyfriend was allegedly uncooperative.
Kelly, pictured with singer Faith Evans in 2014, is best known for her single “Friend of Mine”, for which she won a Soul Train Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist trophy.
Kelly has two adult children. In 2020 Kelly lost her mother, Claudia, to inflammatory breast cancer, and her grandfather to Covid-19.
Police are searching for gospel singer Kelly Price who went missing in Georgia, shortly after she was released from the hospital.
According to officials in Cobb County, Kelly was hospitalized with Covid-19, and went missing after she was discharged from the hospital.
TMZ reports the singer has been listed as a missing person following a welfare check conducted at her home last Saturday.
Authorities found no evidence of foul play and spoke with Kelly’s boyfriend at the residence. She’s now listed as missing with the National Crime Information Center, according to TMZ.
Kelly posted a video on July 29 revealing she had Covid-19 and was struggling with symptoms. According to Kelly’s family, she was admitted to the hospital about a week later and was transferred to the ICU with shortness of breath.
Her family tells TMZ, they were in touch with Kelly while she was in the hospital in early August, but lost contact after she was discharged.
Three weeks after she was admitted, TMZ learned her children got a call that she was discharged without their knowledge.
The family says Kelly has not been heard from since, and they told police her boyfriend is allegedly keeping friends and family members from visiting her home.
Rapper 21 Savage is back behind bars following his arrest last night on new gun and drugs charges.
According to TMZ‘s sources at the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Savage is facing possession of a schedule II controlled substance and a gun.
He was caught tossing a bottle of liquid with codeine out of his car before police pulled him over. A handgun was found inside the vehicle.
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The rapper turned himself in to federal authorities on Thursday, September 23.
His lawyer, Charles Kuck, tells TMZ:
“Last night’s manufactured charges are yet another example of how our justice system, from ICE down to the local level, unjustly targets young black men who seek to exercise their rights. There is no legitimate basis for these charges nor for ICE’s continued antics, and we will fight until Mr. Joseph is justly vindicated.”
At the time of last night’s arrest, Savage was out on bond while awaiting a deportation hearing in connection with his 2019 immigration battle.
The “Bank Account” rapper, born Sheyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was previously arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers in Atlanta, Georgia in 2019 after the feds discovered his visa had expired and he was in America illegally.
Savage is best known for dating socialite Amber Rose, right.
A hearing on his immigration status has been set for November. 21 Savage is still in police custody.
On Thursday, September 23, STARZ hosted a star-studded Red Carpet World Premiere Screening and Concert event in celebration of the new original series “BMF” at the Cellairis Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Georgia.
BMF was produced in Atlanta and Detroit, where the real-life Black Mafia Family that inspired the series based their operation from the 1980-2000s.
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Attendees wore all-black attire to the outdoor event. The evening began with guests viewing the first episode of the series, which will premiere on STARZ on Sunday, September 26.
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Following the premiere screening, series Executive Producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (pictured), BMF recurring star Snoop Dogg and others performed. Guests enjoyed live performances of the BMF main title song “Wish Me Luck” performed by 50 Cent, Moneybagg Yo and Snoop Dogg.
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In addition to the musical performers, attendees included BMF Executive Producer and Writer Randy Huggins and cast members Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory Jr. (Pictured), Da’Vinchi, Russell Hornsby, Michole Briana White, Ajiona Alexus, Eric Kofi-Abrefa, Myles Truitt, Steve Harris, La La Anthony and Arkeisha “Kash Doll” Knight.
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Special guests at the premiere screening and concert included Tip “T.I.” Harris (pictured), 2 Chainz, Young Thug, Gunna, Monica, Kandi Burress, Killa Mike, Jacob Latimore, South Side, Reginae Carter, Toya Johnson, Jamira “Cuban Link” Haines, G Herbo, Mimi Faust, Ari Fletcher, Pee, Ty Young, Lecrae, Anthony Hamilton, Angie Stone, Clifton Powell, DC Young Fly, Charles Oakley, Angela Simmons, Blue “Pretty Ricky”, David Banner, Jacquees, Flo Rida and STARZ, President and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch.
A Black reporter confronted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] official who called for shooting vaccine-filled blow darts at Black people who refused to get vaccinated.
Project Veritas released the second video of its undercover Covid-19 vaccine investigative series on Wednesday.
In the video, FDA economist, Taylor Lee, said U.S. Government policy should be similar to Nazi Germany when it comes to forcing people to take the vaccine.
“I think that a lot of the time — so there’s also this issue of — I remember reading about how with Covid trials, they were having an issue recruiting African American people. It was because of a different medication the government tried to do that was specifically designed to kill African Americans.”
He added: “Again, blow darts. It is the perfect answer.”
In a follow-up video, Lee was confronted by R.C. Maxwell, a Black reporter with Project Veritas, who asked Lee to comment on his remarks about shooting blow darts at Black people.
“Taylor Lee? Would you mind giving me a comment on these statements you’ve made? If I was unvaccinated would you, you know, hypothetically want to shoot me with a blow dart?”
Joyner Lucas dropped a music video for his single “Your Heart”, featuring rapper J. Cole, on Friday.
In the music video, which Joyner Lucas directed, the cheating rapper stands idly by while his vindictive ex-girlfriend breaks up all the expensive things he bought her.
The video opens with the ex-girlfriend cutting up his sneaker collection and pouring bleach on his clothes. Then she moves to the living room where she pours wine on his luxurious sofa, knifes the cushions, smashes his dining room table, and swings a bat at his computer monitor.
Through the destruction, Joyner raps:
“I broke your heart, huh?” You knew I was a f–k nigga from the start, huh? You should’ve listened when they said I was a dog, huh? You should’ve listened to your head when you had thoughts, huh?”
In another scene, Joyner and J. Cole watch as the vengeful ex romps in the sack with another man.
J. Cole scolds Joyner:
“You run your b-tch through the mud, you deserve that So you can feel it for yourself where it hurt at What goes around comes around, I know you heard that While you was creepin’, tell me, did it not occur that There’s niggas slidin’ in the DMs every AM, every PM Used to be like automatic, she would curve that.”