Best Match of the night:
The main event. Not so much because it was a great tactical match-it wasn’t. But because it was entertaining, and it really was. It did a good job in setting the table for Extreme Rules, which is really what the intent was. For that, it was mission accomplished. It never hurts that the fans really are into three of the four wrestlers involved.
Worst match of the night:
Gold-dango versus Gorgeous Truth. This one was barely a match, but it was just awful. Breeze turned on Truth, Fandango turned on Goldust. Breeze won, and then Tyler and Fandango attacked their former partners. Such a bizarre match, and program. I guess they want Golden Truth back?
Crowd Chants of the Night:
New Day rocks
Let’s go Uso’s/Uso’s suck
Star of the Night
Cesaro looked pretty good in the main event loss, but I sadly do not think he will get the win-or the championship-when Extreme Rules comes around.
Spot of the Night:
I was really unsure of what I’d give this to. And then Cesaro went on an uppercut-spree during the main event. So it’s not so much one spot, but every Euro uppercut he threw. There were a lot, and they were fun to watch.
Jobber of the Night:
A couple days after getting an upset victory over Rusev, things worked out a wee bit different tonight, as Sin Cara was put down by the Bulgarian Brute.
Upset of the Night:
Nothing to speak of. It happens.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Jericho, starting the show off by attacking Ambrose in the dark, during what we all thought was his entrance. And, to top that, he brought a new jacket-specifically, a straight jacket, for the Lunatic Fringe. Who was then put in the straight jacket,and assaulted while wearing it. This feud is getting good.
Botch of the night:
Nothing specific, but it looked to me like either timing or communications were off a time or two during the Anderson/Gallows-Usos match. Nothing really bad, just a weird looking exchange or two. Upside is, they masked them well.
Commentary of the night:
I took the night off. I hadn’t spent two straight hours hearing the Smackdown team, so I wanted to take it all in. Been a while since I listened to a heel Lawler, and outside of bits here and there, I had not gotten to appreciate Mauro.
LOL Moment of the night:
New Day, speaking ahead of their singles match, kept on having to “self sensor” Big E. I know he wasn’t going to drop something inappropriate, but the exchanges were just funny.
Also, seeing R-Truth with his own version of a selfie stick…may never get old. He watered it this week.
We got a bit more of the “Make Darren Young Great Again” program, with Young getting scolded for using a smart phone. I think this could be entertaining for all sorts of different reasons. Just the same, I wonder if this was Backlund being desperate, or where this idea came from. Not trashing it yet, I think it could be interesting. But at the same time, the mission is to make Darren great…again. Did I miss it? When was he great the first time?
I think I have to go with the whole program with Fandango/Truth/Breeze/Golddust. Outside of R-Truth and his selfie stick, there’s not a whole lot going on here.
Not a bad show, but a bit more action would have been good. Having watched all three shows this week, I preferred NXT to the others, and not just because it’s direct and under an hour.
The announce team. Another show that I didn’t have to, or want to, tune it out.
Club versus Family, though they need to get something better than “The Club”.
Really liking how the fatal fourway is coming together. Even with Miz involved.
After the final bell:
Well, that was the first Smackdown I saw, from start to finish, in a long time. Yes, I know there are some of you who wonder how someone who blogs about wrestling doesn’t watch all the shows, but 6 hours a week of main programing is a lot. For now? I am willing to see how long I can get this run going, and I think I dig seeing a new show. Makes things a bit fresher. At least, that’s how NXT went, and it’s now my new favorite program each week, for the most part.
As for the show? It worked well. Two hours is probably the sweet spot for how long these shows need to run-I always wish NXT was longer, and rare is the show where I say that I love RAW going to three hours. Two hours? May be just right.
So, we shall see how long this Smackdown experiment can last, but week 1 is in the books, and it wasn’t too bad.