WWE SmackDown – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 08/11/2016

Team SmackDown made some major changes last night and the stakes got even higher. Also, the CW division might be coming to the Blue Brand. What else happened last night? Let’s talk SmackDown!

Team SmackDown

Team SmackDown assembled and the atmosphere was more light-hearted than the one on RAW. There still are feuds on the team itself but the tone of the show is more on the side of fun, so the segment followed.

There was a lot of focus on Corbin. He stood out because he bowed to no one. He’s what Braun Strowman is to the RAW  team. It was good to see Corbin show character before being taken off the team.

Having Ellsworth at Survivor Series is yet another proof that SmackDown is the show of opportunities and the fans loved it.

Breezango def. The Vaudevillains

Finally! Finally the day has come when the fashion police duo made it to the SmackDown live broadcast!

The match was short and it left the feeling that the teams could have given more time, instead of being rushed. However, on the bright side, Breezango finally got the spotlight they deserve and will have a spot at Survivor Series.

It seemed like Breezango were tweeners last night. Although they still act heel, they got jumped by the Vaudevillains and got cheered by the crowd for winning. They have so much potential.

Naomi def. Natalya

I’m not sure where this is leading. Natalya is so devoted to her role as a coach that she let it get in the way of her victory. Where could this go? Natalya getting frustrated and causing her team to lose at Survivor Series, maybe?

I think the pin was an overkill. Natalya should have lost by countout and it would have had the same effect.

Baron Corbin vs. Kalisto

Interesting segment. Corbin got taken out of Survivor Series but this actually made things better for him because it would have been one PPV performance followed by nothing. Now, Corbin has a rivalry on his hands and that will keep him in the spotlight for longer. At the same time, Kalisto got a push upon his return. Double win.

As for Kalisto, I sure hope he brings the Cruiserweight Division to SmackDown. The Blue Brand’s Creative team will do a much better job than RAW’s.

Becky Lynch def. Alexa Bliss

Another unorthodox booking on Smackdown. The villain was the better performer and got cheated out of the victory. Way to mix things up! This feud is getting more and more interesting.

Alexa Bliss is a brilliant heel. It makes one wonder how so much aggression can fit in such a small person.

Curt Hawkins def. Apollo Crews

I had forgotten Apollo Crews was on the roster. This guy’s in-ring work is out of this world but his character is so bland, it’s perfectly forgettable.

And Hawkins actually won a match. I thought that might never happen. Then again, he’s officially hit jobber status and no one cares about his matches now. Sorry.

The Wyatt Family def. Kane, Ambrose & Ellsworth

The main event this week wasn’t as entertaining as the main events of the past few weeks, although it still featured Ellsworth.

There was no real team work on the face side, so the match felt a bit disjointed. It was a case of the face superstars taking a beating one after the other, setting up for an Ellsworth failure.

Shane McMahon as an active member of Team SmackDown is a bold move. Populistic, even. If you weren’t certain that Team Blue is what you are meant to support, this confirmed it.


What are your impressions from SmackDown? Share your thoughts in the comment section, on FB or Twitter!


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