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SmackDown In A Nutshell: Have Mercy

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Howdy folks! It’s the first SmackDown after Backlash, and we are getting to see things live from the City of Brotherly Love and the birthplace of Extreme, Philadelphia (and, it’s also where I grew up, not that anyone cared).

The obvious items? Follow up between Ambrose and Styles as it pertains to the world championship. And, embracing our new tag team and women’s champions.

Plus, surely we are going to start seeing things set up for the next SmackDown specific PPV, No Mercy. So, let’s have some fun tonight, shall we?

Best Match of the night:

I have to go with the women’s five pack, or whatever they called it tonight. It was a pretty good match.

Arguably, I could have given a nod to the main event, but for me it was too formulaic. Nothing really strong, ending came quick and was just too predictable. The best part of the main event was after, when Ambrose channeled his inner Stone Cold and DDT’d Cena. But even that was predictable.

Worst match of the night:

There are two choices here.

Option one: Usos versus Hype Bros. It was a short match, mostly just intended to re-establish Jimmy and Jey. So in that respect? Mission accomplished. Otherwise? Forgettable.

Option two: Baron Corbin and Apollo Crews. It was basically a non-match, as Corbin obliterated Crews early and the showing was interrupted by a new free agent joining the SmackDown roster, Jack Swagger.

Crowd Chants of the Night:


You deserve it


Let’s go Cena/Cena sucks

AJ Styles

Let’s go Nikki

We the people


Star of the Night

For this one? Why not go off script and give it to Alexa Bliss. If I was predicting the winner of this match, Bliss would not have finished in my top three. So, imagine my surprise when she was exactly who won tonight.  Good for her. Unexpected, but good for her.

Spot of the Night:

No specific spot, but a bunch of good action in the women’s match to determine the number one contender. Lately, the women have really been bringing it.

Jobber of the Night:

James Ellsworth. I mean, come on. How could I not put him here. Because no one in the locker room wanted to team with AJ, he got the assignment of being Styles’ tag team partner.

That is, of course, until he was about halfway down the aisle and Miz obliterated him, declaring he was the main event.

Upset of the Night:

Maybe you don’t consider it an upset, but I do. The first challenger for Becky’s title will be Alexa Bliss. I figured Naomi or Nikki, but never expected Alexa Bliss

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Jack Swagger is on SmackDown. Yes, he was on RAW last night, but per the storyline, his RAW contract expired at midnight and he signed with SmackDown Live as a free agent.

Botch of the night:

JBL, saying that Bella had a good shot and came up short last night. Meant Sunday.Guess he forgot he was on the Tuesday show. He did it again with Carmella’s entrance, but finally did catch himself.

That one double team move Ascension tried to pull off. Looked like they messed up the timing, and the crowd let them have it.

Commentary of the night:

How does that emaciated guy even pass a physical

LOL Moment of the night:

Heath Slater’s informational graphic, as he walked to the ring to sign his contract: “He has 7 kids (that he knows of)”

Noteworthy Moment:

Even though Dean Ambrose is due a one on one rematch for the title, at No Mercy it will be John Cena AND Dean Ambrose facing AJ Styles in a triple threat match.

So, yea. Cena is back.

I thought for a moment that Konnor and Viktor might be relevant, and might dethrone Rhyno and Slater. But then we got the gore, and all was right with the world.

Overall lowlights:

I don’t know what it is, but tonight felt somewhat flat. I mean, it had it’s moments, but when I say flat I mean it lost something over the duration. I am looking for a consistent two hours, and it wasn’t here tonight. But, in fairness, RAW couldn’t do it for three last night either.

For all the vignettes of the returning Curt Hawkins, I have to say I was disappointed that, after we learned last week he’d be on tonight’s show, that all we got tonight was essentially a live vignette backstage from him. I expected more.

I am not sure if this really belongs here, but it feels like it does. Orton calls out Bray. Gets Bray, but you just know eventually the lights will come on and someone will be in the ring with him. They were, in the form of Rowan. Who had Orton dead to rights and looking beat up, just a couple days after Orton wasn’t allowed to wrestle. And as it seemed like the Wyatt Family won the night, Orton RKO’d Rowan. So why is it here? Because it’s kind of a no-sell. Bad enough Orton hobbled out Sunday to RKO Bray, but now he no-sells a Rowan beating. Sometimes, you just have to take the beating and live to see another day.

Overall highlights:

The efforts, week in and week out, put forth by the women. Call me crazy, but they were the major bright spot tonight.

Slater and Rhyno, they do entertain.

OK, I am reaching here. I admit.

After the final bell:

We are marching onward to No Mercy, even though it almost feels like we shouldn’t be.

The women? They are stealing the show on a nightly basis.

I am curious to see if Jack Swagger can get a new lease on life on SmackDown. It would be nice to see, since he could actually be something.

I wonder how long Slater and Rhyno keep the belts, and stay together. I could see things falling apart with Slater eating a gore at some point, if for no other reason than he’s carrying Slater, but it’s the Heath Slater show. So, I guess the demise is predictable…just a question of when, not if.

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