WWE SmackDown – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 22/11/2016

Team SmackDown focused on the Superstars’ victory at Survivor Series and took actions to solve the inner issues that threatened the team. Aaand James Ellsworth got a WWE World Championship opportunity. How did it all happen? Let’s talk SmackDown!

Shane/Ambrose/Ellsworth/Styles

Shane reprimanded Ambrose for briefly joining the Shield but it was more of a slap on the wrist, rather than a serious punishment. That’s the problem when you’re a “nice guy” type of a boss – people don’t listen.

AJ Styles decided to pick on James Ellsworth again. However, in all honesty, AJ made sense. Many guys who train their whole lives never get even close to the WWE and there’s Ellsworth, who miraculously lands a contract out of the blue.

Ellsworth asking for a championship shot is a bit over the top. It was a long way coming but still, it’s pushing the boundaries a bit. I’m sure there are guys who can actually wrestle who could benefit from that opportunity.

Miz def. Kalisto

Ever since he returned, Kalisto has been so impressive every time he enters the ring. He deserves a title and a good run. Unlike last time he was given the gold, he needs to get promo time and actually wrestle.

Corbin ruined it for Kalisto again. I thought it would have been a nice storyline shift if the Kalisto/Corbin rivalry got mixed up with the IC title and the gold was carried by one of them. However, Ziggler made his presence felt and broke my sand castle.

Miz/Ziggler has been good till now. I have no complaints. However, dragging it out for too long will make it boring, regardless of what the guys do in the ring or on the mic.

Tag Team Turmoil

Most of the matches were short and quick. The two teams, who actually had a wrestling match were The Usos and American Alpha, which is no surprise, since they are the two top teams in the division.

The eliminations went as follows:

  1. The Hype Bros def. The Ascension
  2. Breezango def. The Hype Bros
  3. American Alpha def. Breezango
  4. American Alpha def. The Vaudevillains
  5. American Alpha def. The Usos

My problem with this tournament was that we’ve seen all these matches before with the exact same outcome. Hype Bros will always go over Ascension. Breezango have the crowd but still no vote of confidence from the Creative. The Vaudevillains only come out to lose. And the Usos are badass but always come up short in the end.

I love American Alpha. However, faced with the Wyatt Family they stand no chance. The Wyatts are above the tag team level and by the looks of it Randy is still on the “I’m devoted to Bray” act. I’d be astonished if Gable and Jordan came on top next week.

On a side note, did anyone else notice Rhyno’s new facial hair? Rusev is becoming a trend-setter in male fashion in the WWE and that’s a sentence I never thought I’d say.

Becky Lynch def. Natalya

This actually was a good, technical match. It wasn’t flashy but as pure wrestling, timing and fluidity of movement, it was nice to see.

Unfortunately, the match lacked atmosphere. I like Becky. She’s great in the ring but I don’t feel her as a champion. Her character should be out there but it’s very mild in reality. Her reign has been fairly bland.

Alexa Bliss, on the other hand, is a fire cracker. She has so much personality, it’s impressive. I think she should have the championship.

Baron Corbin vs. Kane

This was a punishment match for Corbin. Again, not a very effective punishment from the SmackDown leaders.

I’m very pleased with how Kane is treated by the Blue Brand. He looks intimidating without taking centre stage.

Kalisto flew in out of nowhere. Good work from the cameramen, the angle made Kalisto’s attack that much more exciting.

This feud is going great. Not only did Kalisto attack fiercely, but even when a chair was involved, Baron Corbin was still willing to get back in the ring. Both won’t back down and it makes for a suspenseful rivalry.

James Ellsworth def. AJ Styles

After being chased out of the building, Ambrose had more TV time than when he’s meant to be on the show. It was hilarious watching him play on Shane’s nerves until Shane himself left. There was no way this wouldn’t culminate with an appearance from the Lunatic Fringe in the main event.

Despite losing to Ellsworth AGAIN, Styles isn’t portrayed as week. There actually is moral to the story. He could have won easily but he wanted to bully Ellsworth and took his time to taunt him. Essentially, being a jerk cost him the match.

Also, Ellsworth was booked to look better than he should. He could have taken the open lane to the top, Ambrose provided but he lingered on and got rid of AJ on his own. That was so unbelievable, it got the crowd cheering.

Ellsworth vs. Styles for the title will be yet another joke of a match. Ellsworth cannot win. Imagine this guy’s name in the list of WWE champions, even if AJ’s to invoke a rematch close and get the belt back 15 sec later.

 

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

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WWE RAW – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 21/11/2016

With two title matches on the show and a big announcement from Goldberg, RAW followed Survivor Series on a high note. What else happened last night? Let’s talk RAW!

Goldberg

Goldberg’s shocking victory at Survivor Series left everyone wondering what to expect because there’s no way Lesnar was sacrificed for a one off appearance. The answer we got is Royal Rumble.

The problem is with Godlberg in the Rumble, I don’t see how anyone else would win. The only thing that could mess up his chances is Lesnar, entering as a surprise and costing both of them the title opportunity.

New Day def. Sheamus & Cesaro

It was a good match and the New Day won it thanks to Xavier Woods and Francesca. However, it seems to me more and more like the New Day are slowly turning into the heels of this feud.

The fans actually like Cesaro and Sheamus, so the New Day’s dirty tricks might not go unnoticed this time. Yet, the New Day will hold on to the championships for a little longer. That record has to be beaten.

I wonder why the New Day’s early elimination at survivor Series didn’t get attention. I thought it would have been a good talking point.

Cedric Alexander def. Daivari

Finally, Cedric’s back on TV, winning matches. It was short but it was sweet. This guy has a lot of charisma and he’ll easily be over the moment he gets some spotlight.

Daivari at least made an attempt to get some heel heat. A short promo before a match, even if it’s only to diss the crowd a little bit is better than nothing.

The Highlight Reel

It seemed like KO and Jericho were about to argue but knowing these two, I was expecting them to turn it all against Rollins somehow. Their pairing is so funny, I’m not even mad at all their cheating.

It was strange to see Reings get booed even when he was coming to Rollins’aid. Usually, mentioning the Shield gets the fans to hold back the boos.

Reigns and Jericho are banned from ringside but if watching WWE taught me anything ,it’s that a ban like that rarely works.

Rusev def. Enzo

The premises for this match were ridiculous. Enzo was walking around naked for some reason, bumped into Lana and Rusev got pissed off. Why was Enzo strolling butt-naked in the first place? I know Cass hid his clothes but Enzo was more than happy to wave his junk around instead of sitting somewhere quietly, or looking for something to cover up with. Sometimes the WWE logic defeats all other.

I don’t know about you, guys, but I personally thought Rusev was the face here. Enzo was disrespectful to his wife and deserved the beat-down. It was satisfactory to see Rusev punish Enzo.

Then again, why Rusev is starting a feud with a tag team is another question. It never works out well when one guy picks on two.

Gallows & Anderson def. The Golden Truth

The Golden Truth had more time in the ring and looked far better than Breezango, the Shining Stars and the Hype Bros at Survivor Series put together.

Even so, they lost. And yet an occasional victory for Gallows and Anderson here and there doesn’t make their situation look any better.

Braun Strowman def. Sami Zayn

This was quite unfair. Sami Zayn got punished for losing to the Miz, although the Miz cheated. Stephanie coming up with this would have been normal, but Mick Foley agreeing to it is what surprised me.

I don’t know what Sami could gain from being fed to Strowman. It will lead to a feud, that much is clear but would the WWE allow Sami to go over Strowman when they’ve just built him up to look unbeatable? I doubt it.

Sasha Banks & Bayley def. Charlotte & Nia Jax

Nia wasn’t as impressive as at Survivor Series. The truth is that Bayley alone has beaten Nia Jax, one-on-one and this already makes Nia look less intimidating.

Another Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks match. This is why the fans complain about RAW. It’s repetitive and the same top superstars fight for the same things over and over again.

Rich Swann def. Noam Dar & TJ Perkins

This match was too short for my liking. It was so great that I wanted to see more and more of it. The cruiserweights might be better off having their own show because just being squeezed in between the rest of the RAW card isn’t doing them justice.

The WWE has been prepping Swann to be the #1 contender for weeks now. I personally find his over the top character annoying but at least he has a character, so I don’t mind seeing that feud.

Kevin Owens def. Seth Rollins

This was one good title match. It had everything you could ask for in a no DQ fight. The high spot from the seating area got me worried. The fence looked wobbly; I had horrible visions of what could happen if it didn’t hold out.

Jericho got involved and he was at ringside. Where was the referee? The victory should have gone to Rollins straight away. This would have led to a Jericho/Owens feud.  Jericho would have compared the situation to the Survivor Series List situation and it would have infuriated KO even more.

Still, Jericho’s involvement will open the door for another Owens/Rollins fight at a PPV.

 

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

WWE SmackDown – Review, Highlights &Analysis From 15/11/2016

RAW seemed to have done a great job at preparing us for Survivor Series but then came #SDLive900 and totally stole the show! Not only did we get to see a good deal of the different SD teams in action but also got a blockbuster announcement from the Undertaker himself. SmackDown truly brought it. Here’s my review!

Miz def. Dolph Ziggler

I was just thinking that this was a nice match, another one in the brilliant series between Ziggler and the Miz. I wasn’t expecting anything exceptional to happen, knowing that the title is defended this Sunday at Survivor Series. Needless to say, I was surprised to see the A-lister win.

This is a bold move, which shows that SmackDown is unpredictable. It also opens up possibilities for future storylines. If Sami Zayn wins, there will be two SD superstars, asking for rematches, possibly going to a Triple Threat at TLC. Things just got even more exciting.

Kalisto def. ???

Kalisto’s on a roll. He’s made to look like a beast; not a midget underdog, who struggles to survive, no – a dangerous, brutal fighter. He’s being prepped to take out Brian Kendrick on Sunday.

The only thing that could prevent Kalisto from brining the cruiserweights to SmackDown is Baron Corbin. I’m afraid the Lone Wolf might make an appearance at Survivor Series after all and take his revenge on Kalisto.

Carmella vs. Nikki Bella

It was a good match in a good feud and I enjoyed watching but bringing the women’s teams in took the segment to a different level.

Nia Jax took herself out but if she doesn’t do anything stupid on Sunday, she’ll be a threat. Naomi impressed me. Her balance on the ropes was brilliantly dangerous.

I do hope that the women of SmackDown will win but it seems more plausible that Team RAW will prevail.

Tag Team SD def. The Vaudevillains, The Ascension, Spirit Squad & The Headbangers  

This is something we didn’t see on RAW. The actual Tag Team Blue assembled to face off the rest of the division and it actually worked out well.

The team spirit was strong. The entire team stood up for Ryder when he was in a pinch with the Ascension and after the match, the Usos, despite being heel were celebrating with the rest. Team Blue seem to be on the same page and that could bring them victory.

Also, props to SD for keeping the rest of the teams in a good position. Team SD could have easily squashed their opponents but actually, The Ascension and the Vaudevillains, in particular, stood out and looked strong in defeat.

Cutting Edge

Team SmackDown is so amusing to watch. All the inner feuds are entertaining and I can’t wait to see them evolve at TLC.

However, the true blockbuster came with the Undertaker. Most had already heard he was going to be on #SDLive900 but no one expected him to announce that he was coming back full time. That was a shocker!

The one thing that could have made this segment even more shocking would have be to have Taker ask for Shane’s spot on the team. That, however, would have left Team Raw with zero chances of success, so it might have been smart to keep things as they are.

 

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

WWE RAW – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 14/11/2016

This was the best RAW in a long time and it was partially because the SmackDown roster took part in it. The show did a great job of hyping Survivor Series and delivered the quality we want to see every week. Let’s talk RAW!

Owens & Reigns def. Cesaro & Sheamus

It’s no surprise that the teams were put down in favour of the singles competitors. This was a persistent, reoccurring trend throughout the night. The goal was to make the main Team RAW look more credible because SD already is the fan favourite.

Reigns was made out to look the strongest. That also was a reoccurring theme last night. The fans didn’t appreciate it that much.

Sami Zayn def. Bo Dallas

Well, I guess that’s it for the pseudo push of Bo Dallas. He got squashed by Sami so quickly I almost missed the match.

I don’t know if this helped Zayn as much as it was intended. Bo never had any credibility, so beating him easily is not the most valuable accomplishment to put under your belt. Then again it shows that the WWE wants to make some sort of an effort to make Sami look like he has a chance.

On that note, Sami should win if in exchange Kalisto beats Kendrick.

Jericho, Rollins & Strowman def. The New Day

Jericho made the formation of this trio incredibly funny in a backstage segment. In the ring, he was also the one to tell the story. Y2J is a legend!

Strowman was made to look like a beast. He’s never been that dominant in his entire career. However, it might have been a bit of an overkill. After all, the New Day ARE the champions and the team captains of the Tag Team RAW. What does this say about the team?

The only silver lining for the tag teams is that at least both the champs and the number one contenders looked bad. At least, the balance is still there…I guess.

Brian Kendrick def. Sin Cara

There was no way the champ was losing to Sin Cara. Kendrick lost too many matches and his victories were too dubious to allow for another.

The entire division is against Kendrick. They actually seem to want him to lose at Survivor Series and the WWE Universe agrees. SmackDown will make things better for the cruiserweights, I have no doubt about it.

Goldberg/Lesnar

The segment was disappointing because it didn’t end with a fight but realistically, it was a smart move. The WWE could not afford to blow the first physical exchange between Lesnar and Godlberg so close to the PPV.

As much as the fans root for Goldberg, he most probably will lose. Lesnar is viewed as the main money-bringer and this match seems to be one big marketing move for the WWE’s latest game.

Sasha Banks & Charlotte def. Nia Jax & Alicia Fox

Nia Jax fails to make the same effort as Braun Strowman. I keep making parallels between the two because they have the same role in their respective divisions. There’s something she’s lacking although she gets the same treatment as him and I can’t put my finger on it.

Sasha and Charlotte worked well together and that’s not that surprising. They used to be in a stable once. Really, even as things stand right now, their team might be more functional than the SD Women’s Team.

Gallows, Anderson, Enzo & Cass def. The Golden Truth & The Shining Stars

Why did Primo trick his way into the ring if it was only to get squashed in seconds? It was ridiculous.

Then, Gallows and Anderson teased Ezno and it was meant to make them look more annoying and hateable. However, I have the feeling that by this point, no one cares about Enzo and Cass or the Club anymore, so it all flopped.

Looking at this, I can’t picture the tag teams of RAW going over SD’s teams.

Team RAW/Team SmackDown

This segment made the whole show worth watching. Although on the WWE’s YouTube channel, the full segment isn’t featured, all the promos were fun to listen to.

With all the other commotion, I had completely missed how cool the clash between Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman can be. It adds more flair to the match, for certain. Also, Randy Orton suddenly made Strowman look less big and less intimidating. The Viper has some superpowers.

The Shield combo at the end was designed to deflect the boos that Roman Reigns was getting for looking indestructible again. The WWE knows that the fans will always cheer for the Shield.

Team SD left with their tale between their legs but it all happened on RAW, so it’s understandable. Yet, I still think Team SD should win at Survivor Series.

 

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

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!

WWE RAW – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 07/11/2016

RAW seems to be picking up steam, as the Red Bran delivers another promising episode. The RAW Survivor Series Teams assemble in front of the very vocal Scottish crowd. This and much more! Let’s talk RAW!

Team RAW Male Superstars

There was a lot of Shield talk in this segment. The obvious separation was between the extremely vocal heel team of Chris and Kevin vs. the not-so-willing-to-team-but-still-not-actively-refusing-to Rollins and Reigns. It was a good choice to keep Strowman neutral.

This segment did more for Braun Strowman than anything he’s ever done in the WWE. Unlike when he was in the Wyatt Family, Strowman had a mind of his own and that made him a force to be reckoned with. That and his size obviously.

There will be some sort of a face collaboration on the side between Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins, despite being on different teams, I’d imagine. Braun Strowman will be the biggest issue for SD but he’ll fall to the numbers game.

Rich Swann & Sin Cara def. Brian Kendrick & Noam Dar

This was probably the best cruiserweight match since the division debuted on RAW. The crowd helped a lot. Also, there was no better time and place to debut Noam Dar.

Rich Swann is getting a solid push. I didn’t expect him to get thrown into the title picture before Cedric Alexander but I guess the WWE is supporting their own before anyone else.

At first, I wondered why Noam Dar is a heel when he could be a great face opposition to Kendrick. The post match segment sorted that out.

The cruiserweights might finally be getting some character development. I hope this new serge of energy only grows, instead of dying out.

Tag Team RAW

The tag teams had the most entertaining segment. The New Day and their Braveheart costumes were killing it. Sheamus singlehandedly handled the heel side of this conversation with a few minor throw-ins from the Club. The Celtic Warrior did a brilliant job, it has to be said.

Gallows and Anderson were the only ones to hold on to their heel position and I loved the way they honestly told everyone in the face that they’d betray them at the first possible chance.

Gallows & Anderson def. The New Day

I almost died laughing, looking at Xavier Woods in the background, desperately trying and miserably failing to make the bagpipe produce some noise.

I also wondered how Kofi managed to pull off his usual agile in-ring work, dressing in this heavy, long attire.

Gallows and Anderson won but it really does very little to increase their credibility. Everyone knows that they lose 90% of the time and especially when it matters, so this was a wasted effort, but good thought nonetheless.

The Shining Stars def. The Golden Truth

Truth traded their spot in Survivor Series for one of the Shining Stars’ scam holidays. In this keyfabe world Truth seems to be the only person Primo and Epico make any profit of.

Adding the Shining Stars into the mix makes no difference. They do add another heel team to the group but they are not in conflict with anybody, so whether it’s them or the Golden Truth is just the same.

Team RAW Women

People had probably even forgotten about the short feud between Nia and Foxy, so I was amazed to see Alicia as a RAW Team Member, instead of Dana Brooke, who’s been much more active lately. It would have made more sense to have Foxy on the side, as an opposition to Natlaya on SD.

Nia Jax obviously is the Braun Strowman of this team but she doesn’t give off the same menacing vibe. The WWE needs to work more on her mean streak. She’s too easily persuaded to aid the heels in a team effort.

Bayley, Sasha Banks & Alicia Fox def. Charlotte, Nia Jax & Dana Brooke

It was a mediocre match, clumsy at times. It all led to the main feud in the division – Bayley vs. Charlotte. It seems like RAW is building the Hugger to be the next champ soon.

I just wonder why Charlotte had to replace Sasha once again. Why didn’t the Boss get a decent reign? There’s something WWE’s logic that I’m missing.

Sami Zayn def. Rusev

This was one refreshing match. This is a combo we’re not used to seeing in the ring, so it was interesting to explore the opportunities. Regardless of the outcome at Survivor Series, Rusev would still have valid reasons to start a rivalry with Zayn after that.

Dolph vs. Sami will be a great match. Far better than Ziggler vs. Rusev. It’s also a great opportunity for Sami to finally do something in the WWE. He’s been terribly neglected in the company.

It’s a bit unfair that Ziggler is putting the IC title on the line and the US title is protected because Roman’s on the main team. It would have been more interesting if both titles were to be defended, even if it meant Reigns pulling a double duty.

Kevin Owens def. Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho & Braun Strowman

It was a god main event. The relationships between the 5 members of Team RAW made the in-ring storytelling quite interesting.

It was worth noting that Reigns and Rollins actively avoided clashing with each other. Yet, it was their combined effort that put the victory in KO’s hands.

It might look like Reigns and Rollins screwed up by gifting Jericho to Owens but it actually gives Seth another card to play in his attempts to drive a wedge between Kevin and Chris.

This main event made Team RAW look much more exciting than it was last week. Great work!

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

WWE SmackDown – Review, Highlights & Results from 01/11/2016

SmackDown has truly become the most entertaining wrestling show on TV today. With some old-school storytelling and great character development – it was yet another great episode of SDLive. Let’s talk SmackDown!

Ellsworth/Ambrose/Styles

James Ellsworth opened the show. Let that sink in. It was fun, it shows that on SmackDown anyone could get a chance and it left me with a happy feeling.

You have to give it to Ellsworth, the guy’s actually good on the mic and in his acting. The chemistry between Ambrose, Ellsworth and Styles is unbelievable. The fans were on board throughout the segment.

This storyline is such a fun throwback. Hats off to the SmackDown creative for making it happen.

Randy Orton def. Kane

It’s strange to see Randy Orton and the Wyatt Family work together but it makes for an intriguing storyline. The Viper could turn at any moment and it makes the group that much more interesting.

Also, I have to say, the SmackDown writers are doing Kane justice. At some point, he was manhandling all three men at the same time. This is far better than any booking he’s had in the last few years.

The backstage segment of Orton, joining the Wyatts had a pinch of supernatural but it wasn’t over the top, which made it acceptable and exciting.

It’s not a question of “if” but of “when” and “how” Orton will turn on the Wyatts. Nevertheless, I can’t wait to find out!

Alexa Bliss & Carmella def. Nikki Bella & Becky Lynch

This was a good little tag team match with brilliant heel work. The piece was energetic, explosive and it fit great in the overall story.

The promos were on point too. I’d much rather listen to the overconfident heels on SmackDown than to Nikki Bella’s sobby return story.

I wish the SD ladies would win at Survivor Series but I find it hard to imagine with the powerhouses on team RAW.

American Alpha def. The Spirit Squad

There was no doubt as to who was going win, having in mind that it was qualifying match for Survivor Series. However, it shows that the Spirit Squad can exist away from Miz and Ziggler, which is good news for both sides.

Miz TV

Miz did a great job, with the exception of that one slip about team RAW. He puts so much effort and care into playing a douche that it’s admirable.

DB is still incredibly valuable to the WWE. He had the crowd in the palm of his hand, as always.

In all fairness, both Team RAW and Team SmackDown seem very dysfunctional, knowing that the guys on the teams can’t stand each other, but that’s the beauty of Survivor Series.

Dolph Ziggler def. Curt Hawkins

Hawkins’ entrance is by far the most annoying thing on SmackDown. Also, he somehow got himself the only existing jobber position on SmackDown. Even James Ellsworth does better than Curt Hawkins. Fact.

Dolph’s open challenge to RAW is a bold idea. I thought nothing could make Survivor Series bigger but this just did. Well, played!

The Usos def. The Headbangers

This was another qualifying match that didn’t matter. There was no suspense but it was a  good way of putting some legends back on TV for a bit.

The Usos will get the titles and one point and they’ll do an amazing job. They are the only true heels in the SD Tag Team Division.

Dean Ambrose def. AJ Styles

Ambrose and Styles always make great matches. I think I can watch them mainevent SmackDown forever without getting bored.

Ellsworth was hilarious. He could have cost anyone the match really, so he was lucky to have things turn out the way he would have wanted them to. The guy is a legend!

This storyline is refreshing and it’s a great example of having light-hearted fun without hurting anyone’s credibility. Learn, RAW!

 

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