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'WWE SmackDown 1000' Was Pure Wrestling Nostalgia

We feel seriously old right now
by Emmanuel Calingacion | Oct 17, 2018
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Today, the WWE celebrates its blue brand’s 1000th episode. That’s right, SmackDown Live (or just SmackDown), which started back in 1999, has been running that long, giving us wrestling fans some of the company’s best rivalries and storylines for nearly two decades.

A bit of trivia, it was actually Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s words that gave the brand its now-infamous name. Although we may all be more familiar with his “Can you smell what The Rock is cookin’?” catchphrase, he also had, “Layeth the smacketh down,” which is where the event eventually derived its name from. 

For the show's 1000th episode, many of the stars are coming home to celebrate the brand’s monumental milestone, returning to some of their more memorable segments, storylines, and alliances.

The McMahon family came to have some fun

That may not have been a very nice sight to see (especially Vince McMahon’s awkward dance moves) but it’s good enough for a laugh and to see that the McMahon’s are not taking themselves too seriously.

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The Rated R superstar returns for an episode of the Cutting Edge

While it still makes us sad that Edge had to retire early because of a career-ending injury, it's great to see fans shower him with love and support on his return. The Edge is back doing his controversial talk show with WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch, and her challenger (and former best friend), Charlotte as guests. And with these types of guests, it’s pretty obvious how it’ll end up.

Evolution reunites (or do they?)

We all thought it was going to be a simple reunion for these four workhorses. But when Batista dropped that pipe bomb about Triple H not yet beating him, it was tense. The crowd felt it, and the people watching at home surely did as well. So what about it, guys? Wrestlemania?

Rey Mysterio never looked better

The biggest little man in the WWE has returned to SmackDown Live after over four years and immediately went after the United States Champion, Shinsuke Nakamura, for a spot at the WWE World Cup. Will Rey Mysterio pull off the upset yet again and win a stacked tournament come WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia? We’re not yet sure, but for now, it’s just really great to see the 619 again.

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The Undertaker’s got three words for ya

REST. IN. PEACE. The Undertaker delivered one of his patented speeches to D-Generation X’s Triple H and Shawn Michaels. Heading into WWE Crown Jewel, it seems The Undertaker (and his brother, Kane) only has one thing in mind: to send DX straight to hell (and retirement).

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