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WWE SmackDown: Burning Questions to Address After April 18 Show

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After a startling WWE SmackDown, fans had to be knee-deep in questions.

Jinder Mahal emerged as the new No. 1 contender for the WWE Championship. The Shining Stars wiped away their names. Kevin Owens faced a foe no one has heard of before.

What does all this mean? How high will WWE push Mahal? What will be the fate of Primo and Epico Colon now that they ditched their shady real estate agent act?

Tuesday’s SmackDown was as much a reboot as the Superstar Shake-up the week before. The brand is clearly going in some unexpected directions. That has created a number of unknowns. 

The following is a look at all of those, trying to make sense of a SmackDown filled with curveballs. 

 

Will The Colons Find Success After Gimmick Change?

The Shining Stars are no more. Primo and Epico are now known as The Colons.

The heel team beat American Alpha on Tuesday night to celebrate the change.

The Shining Stars gimmick was an ill-advised choice from the beginning. It was only a slight improvement over their previous run as Los Matadores. It was impossible to take either incarnation seriously. 

So far, embracing their family history and being more serious suited them. The Colons looked better without campiness holding them down.

Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet wondered why WWE hasn’t ditched the silly gimmicks earlier:

Will this be enough to allow The Colons to be major players in the tag team division? Will the change prove merely cosmetic?

WWE was smart to try and found out. If the Puerto Rican grapplers can’t make it with this shtick, then so be it. At least the company will know it wasn’t because of a cartoon gimmick getting in the way.

The Colons are solid workers and have the skills to make the most of this opportunity, especially within a tag team division in need of depth.

 

Is an Alliance Forming?

Charlotte Flair knocking off Naomi to become the No. 1 contender for the SmackDown Women’s Championship was no surprise. The Queen has reigned everywhere she’s been, winning titles on both NXT and Raw.

Her backstage interactions were actually more newsworthy. 

On the way to the ring, Flair saw a welcoming party waiting for her. Natalya, Tamina, Carmella and James Ellsworth all glared at her. They crossed paths a handful of times throughout the night.

Natalya’s crew had previously expressed frustration over Flair getting a title opportunity so soon after joining SmackDown.

Is this the start of a new stable? Will Natalya lead the way as these overlooked stars fight for their space on the stage?

If so, that’s an excellent move.

The limited Tamina is better off as part of a group. Natalya needs a new direction….

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