Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt play a maze of minagmes and tricks; Miz pushes Dolph Ziggler to a breaking point and John Cena turns everything upside down in the WWE title picture. What else happened last night? Let’s talk SD Live!
Randy Orton/Bray Wyatt
Randy Orton found Bray Wyatt’s weakness. Fear. Whether Bray is afraid or not is meaningless. What’s important is that The Viper is not afraid. The Wyatt Family operated on causing fear through mind games and Randy Orton isn’t buying it, therefore, we are not buying it either.
This storyline makes Randy Orton look amazing but it might be the end of Bray Wyatt. His whole mystique has been built on his opponents’ willingness to believe. Now his words are more useless than ever.
The Usos & The Ascension def. American Alpha and Rhyno & Heath Slater
This match was a proof that SmackDown is far better than RAW. Everyone gets a chance on the Blue Brand. The Ascension were planted into this top tag team talent match and they didn’t look out of place or feel like jobbers.
Heath Slater actually was the hot tag, instead of Rhyno and the fans went wild. Making Slater look strong was a great idea because it helped build the credibility of the champions but also made the Usos’ victory that much more meaningful.
The Usos made a brilliant heel turn. It was a sweet show of writing talent to have the Usos tell Rhyno they were going to hurt Heath, making him eager to protect his partner and then doing what they promised successfully the week after.
Carmella & Natalya def. Nikki Bella & Naomi
The Women’s Division on SmackDown is also far more balanced than the one on RAW. Neither one of these women is a champion but they all have character and show that they matter in a fight.
The heels were stronger both personality-wise and in wrestling-wise. Nikki is by far the worst performer on the roster and her promos could not sound more fake.
Naomi’s gimmick is weak. Even she doesn’t seem to believe in “the glow” when she talks about it. She’s still struggling with finding her personality in the WWE. Unlike Carmella, who is simply rocking her new heel gimmick.
The Miz/ Dolph Ziggler
Miz has some serious love for dragging his family into feuds. I’ve never seen someone’s parents, being involved in as many segments as Miz’s.
Apart from that, the segment was unbelievable. Dolph’s emotional promo could make you tear up, as well. Somehow, suddenly, everyone cares about the Miz vs. Ziggler in one more match – something that would have been a boring filler before the brand split.
No one actually retires after a match like that but the storyline is really good. It makes people care and that’s the most important.
Becky Lynch/Alexa Bliss
Alexa Bliss ambushed Becky Lynch on the way to the ring. This storyline will make Alexa. She won’t win the title but she’ll build a name as one of the most memorable heels in the division.
Bray Wyatt/ Randy Orton
Randy Orton played Bray’s game and won. It’s a satisfactory feeling to see someone finally beat Bray at his own thing. However, as I said earlier, this feud, so beneficial for Randy Orton, will kill off any remaining credibility Bray Wyatt has.
AJ Styles def. Dean Ambrose
John Cena’s commentary was almost as crucial as the match itself. The segment really felt like an important championship match, which is hard to achieve on a SmackDown.
Styles and Ambrose delivered but it was John Cena who cost Ambrose the match. I think in the end, Ambrose will cost Cena the match at No Mercy, leaving them two to feud and AJ Styles as the champion.
It feels like Styles, despite being the champ, is the third wheel in this rivalry. Not to mention that Ambrose comes across as more important and passionate than when he was the champion himself. Regardless, it’s a good feud and it brought back much better version of John Cena.
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