You thought that Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt couldn’t get any creepier? You thought the Spirit Squash was a distant memory? You thought that John Cena was invincible? Well, try again! SmackDown Live gave us all that and much more! Let’s talk SmackDown!
Kane def. Bray Wyatt
I keep being pleasantly surprised by Kane’s new role. He’s presented as a threat, detached from reality and all other feuds. It’s a fitting position.
I like the Orton/Wyatt feud because for the first time, someone is actually playing Bray Wyatt. Until now, everyone was only played by and tried to survive The Eater of Worlds.
The countout victory for Kane saved Kane the need to get pinned and allowed Bray to seem in control of his own situation in the circumstances, created by the Viper.
Alexa Bliss vs. Nikki Bella
This match was bound to end badly with Carmella on commentary. This girl works hard for her heel gimmick and it works. It comes naturally to her and it makes the story more interesting.
Alexa Bliss & Carmella def. Nikki Bella & Becky Lynch
Interesting choice, having the heels prevail. Not only that, but to have Becky pinned. It makes one wonder how long the reign of the Lass Kicker will be. She still fails to look dominant, even though she is the champ. You can’t be a champ and the constantly losing underdog at the same time.
However, I am impressed with the way the Women’s Division is handled on SmackDown. The female talent is being booked equally to the male and that’s extremely satisfactory.
The Hype Bros def. The Vaudevillains
The one team that’s not doing well on SmackDown is the Vaudevillains. I had forgotten they were there and nothing they did last night left a lasting impression on me.
The Ascension, on the other hand, are getting rebuilt and this push is well overdue. I hope that the Vaudevillains will be next in line for a character boost. After all, you can’t have everything at the same time.
The Hype Bros are still not growing on me and I don’t think they ever will. The act seems forced. Mojo seems to be fully in it while Zack wants nothing to do with it.
That was one surreal episode of Miz TV. The video package mocking Dolph’s career was so ridiculous it actually was funny. Miz’s remarks, on the other hand, were so harsh, it was awkward to listen to them.
What made the segment so bizarre was the Spirit Squad’s appearance. In this day and age, they look even more out of place. Seeing the Spirit Squad attack Dolph Ziggler felt beyond strange, even though it was to be expected. Ziggler beating up the Spirit Squad felt like an elaborate metaphor of Dolph, dealing with his past.
This feud is so successful, only because it’s so real. Everything, being said is the truth, the real life truth and that makes every promo sound strong.
Jason Jordan def. Jey Uso
The match itself was disappointing. It was over so fast I almost missed it. Also, having Jason Jordan pull off a fluke roll up was did him no justice. It made him look weak.
The attack on American Alpha and the intervention from Slater & Rhyno were both spot on. I feel pleased to see that on SmackDown, a misfit team, such as Rhyno and Slater is actually considered credible and looks strong.
Bray Wyatt/Randy Orton
The mind games between Orton and Wyatt were turned up a notch. The Viper caught Bray Wyatt in a trap and there was Sister Abigail and a lot of mystique.
I wonder if this feud will actually bring Abigail on TV. I hope not. She can’t be human. She should stay wrapped in mystery.
Jack Swagger def. Baron Corbin
The backstage segment between these two in the beginning of the show made me care about the mach. The clash between them felt important.
Swagger and Corbin have good chemistry in the ring. The crowd responded to the action, as well. That’s an improvement for both men.
Baron Corbin did not tap. I don’t see how the ref saw a tap there but the plot must thicken. The Lone Wolf will grow so furious that Jack Swagger will definitely end up paying for it.
AJ Styles/ Dean Ambrose/ John Cena
Interesting segment. Throughout the whole thing, Cena seemed to have two in opposition, making Ambrose look more like a heel, although he’s actually perfectly right, therefore – a face.
We were starting to forget AJ Styles with the whole Ambrose/Cena feud but the champ reminded us of his presence. Being the third wheel is not a bad thing though. It could very well protect his championship.
At the end, I was discouraged, thinking that Cena would reign supreme over two opponents without breaking a sweat. That would have killed the rivalry but before the brand split, that’s exactly what would have happened. The fact that all three men had their moment, turned up the heat on the Triple Threat.
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