The Lunatic finally gets put in a straightjacket. The Bulgarian Brute brings destruction. Dana Brooke leaves her mark on the main roster and the tag team division comes to life. Let’s talk SmackDown!
Ambrose cut a god promo last night. This grittier version of Ambrose is what the fans expect to see. His descriptions make images pop in your head and that makes him a great storyteller.
Ambrose, being put in a straightjacket, is no surprise. In fact, what surprises me is that it hadn’t been done yet, having in mind the Lunatic and Asylum parts of Dean’s gimmick.
What I didn’t like is that Jericho’s beating looked terribly fake and it the segment lost some steam over that. The fans in the front that we could see from the front camera shot all looked extremely bored, simply waiting for the segment to end.
Rusev def. Sin Cara
Finally, something was done right. Another loss to Sin Cara would have been a huge hit at Rusev’s reborn character.
Lana, causing the distraction that led to victory, made sense. One could argue that not Kalisto, but Lana cost Rusev’s match on RAW, so she had to prove her usefulness. However, I don’t think that it should be a reoccurring theme. We have one heel constantly saved by his woman in the Miz. We don’t need another one.
Dana Brooke def. Becky Lynch
Dana fits right in on the main roster. She had to cheat to pull off the victory but that’s alright. The WWE hasn’t had a convincing mean girl double team since LayCool but Emma and Dana could change that.
The commentators used the term “injured eye” again, so I have ot repeat this one more time – whether the eye has been hurt previously or not doesn’t affect the usefulness of an eye poke, so that description is purposeless.
New Day/ The Vaudevillains
The New Day were complaining about the Vaudevillains and Big E was as inappropriate, as usual. However, I was more interested in what English and Gotch had to say.
English’s singing is back and Gotch’s beautiful line about the new day coming to a dawn and the night, belonging to the villains was amazing. I do hope the main roster crowd has the taste to appreciate the fine details in the Vaudevillains’gimmick.
It seems to be the norm but it still amazes me that the WWE always books the intelligent classy guys to be the villains. What message does this send out to the younger viewers?
Aiden English def. Kofi Kingston
The match wasn’t as exciting as the promo exchange but we at least were shown that Aiden English has a mean streak. Kofi Kingston sold his offence tremendously.
English had to cheat to win. That goes against the entire real men/ gentleman gimmick of the Vaudevillains. I don’t think it was the right booking decision.
The Usos def. Gallows & Anderson /via DQ/
No AJ Styles and no Roman Reigns here. Having in mind that we saw AJ Styles backstage we could either assume that they just didn’t want to bother Roman with being on SmackDown, or that the AJ Styles injury rumours are actually plausible.
The WWE are not booking Gallows and Anderson well. They could have been big but their debut got so tangled into the Styles/Reigns story that now I can’t watch their matches without expecting Reigns to fly in from somewhere and lay out everybody.
Also, I don’t know if the WWE realize that but the Usos are not nearly as popular as they used to be 2-3 years ago. They seriously need some new spice in their characters to get over again.
Gorgeous Truth def. Goldango
The Hollywood-like cheesy drama was strong with this one. Tyler and Fandango turned on their respective partners and Fandango offered the victory to Tyler as a present, while Goldust heroically protected R-Truth with his body.
The follow-up of this will be that we’ll finally get the Golden Truth. Fandango and Breeze will also team up but they’ll last only as long as necessary for Truth and Goldust to squash them a couple of times. In general, neither Fandango, nor Tyler Breeze will getting anything from this whole ordeal, which is a shame.
Kevin Owens & The Miz def. Sami Zayn & Cesaro
The faces in this feud have much weaker personalities than the heels. Miz and Maryse took most of the attention in the match, as Maryse was all up in Sami Zayn’s face again. Kevin Owens, as brilliant, as usual, found the time to interact with the announce team, as he normally does and that was the highlight of the match.
The Miz closed the show as the last man standing. For once, he looked like a winner with his title in hand. However, I doubt it will end like that at Extreme Rules. I’d root for Kevin Owens to win because he has charisma in abundance.
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