Best Match of the night:
This one was tough for me. There were two matches that I think were the standouts of the night; those being Orton versus Del Rio, and Ambrose/Ziggler versus the re-formed portion of The Wyatt Family. Neither was especially awesome, per se. But yes, I have them both here, because they were the best of the show, in my opinion. It wasn’t as good a show this week as last, but it was OK.
Worst match of the night:
Alexa versus Becky. But not for the usual reasons of too short or boring. OK, maybe short-but the American Alpha match was shorter.
This one lands here because it was Alexa’s debut match on the brand, and she wasn’t even given a fully televised match. I get that commercials have to happen, but it’s a scripted match on a pre-planned show. So things can be worked out to avoid that.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Yes! Yes! Yes!
Honestly, either my audio was bad tonight, or the crowds just didn’t get chants going much.
Star of the Night
This one was a tough call for me, but I am actually going to go with Heath Slater. I thought his match with Rhyno was solid, and I did briefly think about putting it in for match of the night. But he lands here because, I agree with the assessment Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon offered up-that he showed no quit and a lot of heart. He might need to tighten his delivery up a bit, but when you don’t get to work as much on the mic, that happens. But I actually do think if he’s given an extended look, he could finally emerge.
Spot of the Night:
Nothing too crazy. Liked Bray taking Dean out of Sister Abigail in order to take Dolph’s superkick, but there weren’t any crazy moves, from my seat.
Jobber of the Night:
Mikey O’Shea and Mike Vega. When you lose to American Alpha in just over a minute? Yeah, that pretty much instantly qualifies you for this award, quicker than getting one of those Rocket mortgages
Upset of the Night:
Carmella, getting her revenge and beating Natalya in her debut match on SmackDown Live. And if getting the win wasn’t big enough, she did it by making Natty, herself a submission specialist, tap out.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Slater, showing personality and having an epic meltdown post-match, going off on the GM and the big boss, without realizing that, in their hands, was a contract he’d earned.
Botch of the night:
Nothing struck me as worthy of this spot. If you felt there was one,call it out in the comments.
Commentary of the night:
He’s the hottest free agent since Kevin Durant! The Golden State Warriors almost signed Heath Slater!
Forget about the elephant, the Republican Party is represented by a Rhyno
LOL Moment of the night:
Slater, trying to convince Rhyno to take a dive for him, first said he had two kids. Then four. And a really nice above ground pool.
I was somewhat impressed that Rhyno acknowledged his political aspirations in the backstage segment. Curious if they will play off of that more moving forward.
We got debuts from two of the new women, the former NXT ladies Alexa Bliss and Carmella.
Eva Marie still finds excuses to get out of matches. I have no idea where that’s going.
The show, as a whole, felt lacking to me. Maybe it’s the competition against the Olympics, though I didn’t think RAW suffered as badly last night.
The Scooby Do tie in is tiring, though having the dog lock Miz in the van was OK.
Eva Marie. No one wants to see her wrestle, not even WWE Creative. So, what on earth are they doing with this angle or gimmick? Will anyone care?
Dean and Dolph. And Bray.
Orton and Del Rio. Del Rio is almost criminally overlooked at times.
After the final bell:
Not the best SmackDown they had. Last week I thought they hit their stride, and now after tonight it feels like a few steps backwards. If I were running things, I might be mildly concerned seeing as SummerSlam is less than two weeks away. Is there time to fix things? Absolutely. But really, it is only two hours. Next week’s show has to be crisp and spot on and well orchestrated. Will it be? Can it be? That is the big question, of course.
This is, I think, where some might miss the taped version of SmackDown, because they could have seen what they had to work with, and perhaps beefed up some things, or just tightened some of it up. But it is what it is, and now it’s all eyes on next Tuesday. The upshot here is that Ambrose versus Ziggler is going to be, I think, an excellent match, and Orton versus Lesnar is building up better than expected. But beyond that, it’s unknown.