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SmackDown In A Nutshell: Who Wants Some New Belts?

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Tonight, the Mohegan Sun Arena plays host to SmackDown Live, and we’ve got a lot to catch up on. Daniel Bryan tweeted earlier in the day that we’d see not one, but two new belts for the show. We’ve got fallout from what Lesnar did to Orton and Shane McMahon in Brooklyn. And, of course, who will face Dean Ambrose at the SmackDown-only PPV coming at us soon, Backlash? Grab your snacks and drinks folks, because this show is getting started.

Best Match of the night:

This one was a pretty easy call tonight, and I doubt anyone would disagree. The AJ Styles/Dolph Ziggler match was fun to watch, and the writers booked it plenty of time so it wasn’t rushed or forced or anything. These two work well together and it was a really good match. And, I will admit I was surprised that they didn’t put Ziggler over and into a triple threat match, but I would say it was a pleasant surprise. The match between Dean and AJ should be exciting.

Worst match of the night:

Hmm. Nothing horrid, really. I’ll go with the non-match, that being Carmella and Nikki, because it never happened. But what did happen? I do think it was a good move in terms of setting up a feud, so this one might as well be blank.

Crowd Chants of the Night:

USA! USA!

Yes! Yes! Yes!

AJ Styles

Let’s go Ziggler

This is awesome

Star of the Night

Tonight? This was all about AJ, I think. He had what many feel was a major star turning match on Sunday, where both men looked good, but you sensed that he was elevated and is about to be pushed through the roof. And now? Now he’s a few weeks away from a WWE Championship match. One that I think he has a very strong chance of winning.

Spot of the Night:

Nothing jumped out at me. I liked the intensity of the brawling with Ziggler and Styles, but that’s not really one specific spot. If you felt there was one that was head and shoulders better than the rest? Call it out in the comments, by all means.

Jobber of the Night:

This is one I don’t think I can award tonight. I really don’t think there was a true job done, which is saying something considering The Ascension worked a match tonight. They’d really be closest to it, but even in a short, sub-5 minute match, they looked like people in the back actually think they could be useful after all.

Upset of the Night:

Honestly? This was a night that pretty much followed the chalk. No upsets really, and from time to time that’s fine. I actually thought we’d see an upset in the tag ranks, but I have a feeling American Alpha, at the very least, ends up in the finals. Breezango looked competent, though.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

For me? I have to say it was Carmella, set to wrestle Nikki Bella, and realizing this was as good a chance as any for her to make a name for herself. And, as we’ve seen a few times recently, a scheduled match becomes a non-match, but the beating sets up a needed feud for Carmella, and gets Nikki right back into the thick of the show. I call that smart booking.

Botch of the night:

Slater, during the opening segment, looking like he tripped or stumbled, and I can’t tell with how he’s being written, if that was an oops, or an intentional move to make him look aloof. We shall call it a botch, however.

Commentary of the night:

He couldn’t get a bear, but he got a Rhyno! Animal kingdom to the rescue!

They are going at it like a dentist and a carpenter, tooth and nail!

LOL Moment of the night:

Heath Slater interacting with Arn Anderson, as he was begging and pleading for anyone to be his tag partner. And when AA was able to realize that, no, he wasn’t Heath’s first choice? It was just funny stuff. Funniest of the show, I think.

Noteworthy Moment:

Show opens with the tag teams and the women, for the new title announcements. These were kind of obvious once the split was announced, because each roster just has too many good talents to leave a division on a particular show without a championship to battle for. As much as I hate too many belts, I get the need for them on each show-especially as WWE expands to what, 19 PPV a year?

But, check the lowlights for my gripes…

Also, I meant to call it out last night but didn’t, so I will tonight. Up until SummerSlam, each show had a different entrance-stage or flat arena floor. I had assumed that, perhaps, WWE just left the stage up on Monday since they were in the same building, and maybe they were being nice to the ring crew. But apparently, maybe, both shows are going to rock the new stage/ramp/TitanTron look, since SmackDown had it tonight too. Along with the high tech ringposts and such. I like it, since they color the ‘Tron to match the brand, it still gets to feel different without being drastically different. This is one instance where I don’t hate them looking so similar, because the look is new and fresh.

Overall lowlights:

Look. I get it. I get why WWE is keeping the brand-specific belts so sanitary and generic and similar. Only color variations, but otherwise the same exact plates and such. On the one hand,it allows each brand to feel that their guy or gal is on the same level as the peer on the other show. OK, I guess that makes sense.

But, from where I sit? I see it as cheap and lazy. Take your pick. Could be either or both. The Universal title looked dull, as do the SmackDown versions of the Women’s Championship and the tag belts. OK, I guess I kind of like the tag belts-at least, I like the silver better than the bronze, and I am partial to blue, but I still say the best tag belts were the rounded rectangle ones that the WWF rocked in the 80’s and 90’s.

My point here? You have four major titles (each brand’s world and woman’s champion) and they all look the same, minus some color variations. I’m not expecting the Divas butterfly belt again, but letting each show commission more unique belts? It would not have been so bad, I don’t think. But, of the belts? I like the SmackDown women’s one best (I am a sucker for blue).

Overall highlights:

Styles and Ziggler.

Getting belts for the SmackDown women and tag teams. Surprised it took them this long.

After the final bell:

Not a bad show. I think they made efficient use of their time, so that’s a good thing. Styles and Ambrose should be something to watch. So too will be the women’s 6 pack challenge for their new title, plus the finals of the tag team tourney. I think I would have liked to see a tournament for the women, too, but then people might sour on tournaments, since there are two going on right now-three, if you want to include the Sheamus/Cesaro best of seven.

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