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SmackDown In A Nutshell: Ambrose Runs Wild

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In just a few more weeks, this Nutshell moves to Tuesdays and is live. For tonight? It’s coming at us on Thursday, from Miami, where the weather is hot and the action is fixing to be hotter. We get things kicked off in impressive fashion, with a fatal fourway to determine who will challenge Rusev for his US title later on in the evening. Buckle up fans, this one’s going to be an exciting ride!

Best Match of the night:

For my money? The night practically could have ended after the fatal fourway. It was the opening match, yes, but it was also the best one. It’s almost like they are going back to the RAW formula from not all that long ago, where whether on purpose or just dumb luck (and with Creative it’s hard to tell), the best matches were regularly the opening bouts. Not a complaint, really, but between Cesaro and Del Rio in particular, and even Crews and Sheamus, the match was a very good way to open-or close-a show.

Worst match of the night:

I couldn’t decide. Dana Brooke does not really get me excited for her matches, and while Billie Kay made things interesting, it wasn’t interesting enough.

Rusev is in a similar boat, and not even having him go against Cesaro could do much to make me.

And then we had Rown and Strowman. It was a squash, it was over wicked quick, which might be the only thing keeping it from being worst of the night.

Crowd Chants of the Night:


Rusev sucks

Honestly, maybe it was me, but I wasn’t hearing a ton of them. Probably just me.

Star of the Night

I will give a half share to one wrestler, and a half share to another.

First, to Cesaro, for a really strong showing, both in the fatal fourway, and immediately after in his US title bout with Rusev.

And second to Ambrose, for his unique appearance on MizTV, and his victorious performance in the main event.

Spot of the Night:

Going for a non-wrestling spot, but I give it to Ambrose, cleaning himself up after eating, by using Miz’s jacket. I found it quite entertaining, and there just were any other moves, moments or spots that were otherwise burned into my memory.

Jobber of the Night:

Those two jobbers that Strowman and Rowan dispatched? Yes, they actually win something tonight! I love it when WWE actually uses true jobbers. Local talent. Enhancement talent. Whatever you would prefer they be called, I am fine with it. It just makes this section infinitely easier to write, when an actual jobber (or, in this case, jobbers) comes in and works a match. I think their names were Aaron Hale and Mike Duwati? But it matters little.

I will give an honorable mention to Billie Kay, who did the job to Dana Brooke. She gave her a good run, but she did end up losing her debut.

Upset of the Night:

Nothing to speak of tonight. It happens.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

For me, it was Alberto Del Rio, after his loss in the fatal fourway, brutally attacking Cesaro, who just moments before had made Del Rio tap out. It was only topped by US Champion Rusev, aiming to be opportunistic, coming down immediately after the onslaught, to make the title match happen while the beating was still fresh.

And, while Rusev was victorious tonight, he gets to put his US title on the line again on Monday, this time once again facing Titus O’Neill.

Botch of the night:

Can I give it to the replays? I don’t think I ever have, but it’s the angle and speed of the replays that sometimes makes spots look much worse (in a bad way). In this instance? It would be the angle chosen for the replay of Del Rio launching Cesaro into the steps. Because on the replay? Well, it shows Cesaro landing before the steps and doing most of the hitting the steps all by himself.

Commentary of the night:

Tonight was one of those nights I just wasn’t listening to the announcers. Nothing jumped out beyond the normal calling action.

LOL Moment of the night:

I suppose I could say I laugh when Rusev tries to pawn himself off as an American hero, but it wasn’t all that funny. Nights like these, you miss someone like Santino.

But then there is Ambrose, coming down to MizTV…eating a sandwich and giving Miz a hard time whenever he was allowed to do so. Including using Miz’s jacket as a napkin.

And still, New Day impersonating the Wyatts, down to the entrance? It’s funny.

Noteworthy Moment:

O’Neill being given another crack at Rusev, on July 4th, is worth mentioning.

Ambrose and Miz comparing talk shows, with the crowd clearly preferring the Asylum to MizTV, and ultimately it broke down into a brawl, leading to a match later on in the show.

Overall lowlights:

It’s not so much the show, but some champions. I don’t know what it is, but neither Miz nor Rusev are really getting it done as heel champions, for me. I miss the days of Del Rio as a heel champion, as I think he just carried himself, and the belt, much better.

Overall highlights:

The fatal fourway. I know I’ve said it a few times already, but it deserves all the accolades it gets. It was a bright spot.

Ambrose beating Miz, just because I really don’t care for the Miz, as a champion or even as a general mid-carder.

After the final bell:

Not a bad show, but WWE knows (I hope they know…they have to know, right?) that they need to amp it up in a couple weeks, when things go live. They just have to. If this is the kind of fare


– Cesaro defeated Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus and Apollo Crews to earn a United States title shot tonight.

– Rusev defeated Cesaro to remain United States Champion

– Dana Brooke defeated Billie Kay.

– MizTV is up with special guest WWE Champion Dean Ambrose. They brawl and a match is made for the main event.

– Braun Strowman and Erick Rowan defeated two jobbers

– Sasha Banks defeated Summer Rae.

– Dean Ambrose defeated The Miz.

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  • Mean Dean

    Actually a pretty descent show sofar, considering I’m watching any wwe show for the first time in like 2 months, smackdown doesn’t air till Friday’s here in Germany

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