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SmackDown In A Nutshell: Steady As She Goes

Forgive me folks, for posting this one later than normal. I am watching a DVR feed of the show, as I had to travel to Charlotte this evening for my day job. Yes, I know, no one cares…so let’s get into the Nutshell, shall we? On tap this week, we get a couple bigger matches, as well as seeing the SmackDown crew really start lining up things for their rapidly approaching October PPV. That, my friends, is one thing that is hard to keep up with-I used to say that WWE needed more time between a couple PPV, and while they technically have it, with each roster running on a different schedule…there’s still a major show every 2 to 3 weeks now, which is a pace I will wonder if they can sustain-meaning, can they (WWE) keep the writing fresh and interesting, and the talent healthy and motivated? This remains to be seen, but two months into this latest split, they aren’t stopping things any time soon. So, let’s see what Tuesday brought us this time!

Best Match of the night:

Ziggler and Miz. This one was up there for these guys, with Ziggler over as ever, and Miz (and his wife) playing the textbook heel roles, right down to yet again spraying something in Dolph’s eyes to get the win. Not sure if Ziggler eventually picks up a win AND the Intercontinental title, but I think this is one of the better feuds going today, across either brand, and while I don’t think I ever expected to type it, Miz is quietly turning in one of the better years for anyone on a WWE roster.

Worst match of the night:

Crews and Corbin. But, to be fair, this ultra-short match was more about setting up a feud with Swagger and Corbin than anything else. Which, sucks for us fans, and anyone else that expected or hoped to see bigger things from Apollo Crews by this point. Then again, a lot expected a lot from Corbin, too, following his ‘Mania Andre victory, and that momentum disappeared faster.

I guess I should have set, worst from the men’s side of things. Because the women’s tag match-ending in under a minute-was a total trainwreck.

Crowd Chants of the Night:

Becky! Becky!

Let’s go Cena/Cena sucks

Star of the Night

Hmm….a tough one here, but I am going to go with….Alexa Bliss, for her strong promo at the beginning of the show. Some of the folks in the later portions? Excellent performances, but we’ve honestly come to expect that from them, so I figure why not reward someone else?

Spot of the Night:

Really didn’t feel as though anything stood out enough to be singled out. If you feel differently, call something out in the comments section.

Jobber of the Night:

Well, this one is harder than usual, because unlike so many prior weeks, we lack a true traditional old-fashioned jobber. So, tonight in that role? Honestly, I don’t know. I wanted to go with Crews or Rowan here, since each lost a short match…but even then those don’t quite feel right. I mean, the match was basically all Rowan until the RKO, so that’s not really jobber-esque. So, tonight, I shall leave this one…unawarded.

Upset of the Night:

Again, not much happening here. I would say, possibly, an upset in the main event-but only in the sense that Ambrose went over Cena clean, and they held the outside involvement of AJ Styles until after the clean win by Dean. Could have easily just had Styles run in and ruin things, but this worked out fine.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Nothing super shocking, really. I could say that the opening bit with Becky and Alexa was really strong, but not so much an HS moment.

Styles attacking both Cena and Ambrose? I guess that might be it for the night, with that all leading up to the news that next week, in the presumed main event, we get Dean’s one on one rematch against AJ. So there’s that…

Botch of the night:

If it happened, I missed it.

Commentary of the night:

Leaving this one open to any favorites for the evening. My recording of the show was less than ideal, which basically meant my audio was iffy at best. Sorry folks.

LOL Moment of the night:

It’s hard not to chuckle at how Rhyno and Slater interact. Who doesn’t love the crackers and whiz? Sometimes, these odd couple pairings are so forced and contrived and don’t work. This one couldn’t be working much better than it is, and it’s been a surprisingly fun team to watch.

Noteworthy Moment:

I think one of the weaker areas with a lot of the talent on the roster, is working the mic. Getting a live stick, in front of a live crowd, and really working it? It’s not easy to do, and we’ve all seen it. Many people who fondly remember the Attitude Era can do so, in part, because that era was blessed with a number of individuals who were (and are) incredibly skilled at cutting promos. That cannot be understated. So where am I going with this? Well, as much as people rip the guys, the women are usually worse-through no fault of their own, because until recently, the women weren’t given much of an opportunity. That has all changed, and if we keep getting mic work out of them, like we did from Alexa and Becky tonight, they deserve more.

Also noteworthy? American Alpha made their return from their brief hiatus, albeit in a losing effort to The Usos. The Usos, by way of their victory, become (remain?) number 1 contenders for the tag belts, and will face Rhyno and Slater at No Mercy next month.

Overall lowlights:

It was a solid, if unspectacular show. So I guess that might not seem like a lowlight, but I have it here because I think people want more of a wow factor. Especially now that RAW finally has the cruiserweights flying around, I expected things to get amped up. But it wasn’t going to happen this week…

Overall highlights:

Slowly but surely, I think SmackDown’s women are going to really rival their RAW counterparts.

Dolph and Miz-they should arguably be working that hard for a larger prize.

Cena and Ambrose still do work a good match. Say what you will about not liking Cena-when wrestling historians review his career, the full body of work-not just the titles, but the latter portion of things, I think he’s going down as one of the all-timers.

After the final bell:

Well, it’s one very late Nutshell, and I am exhausted. Not a terrible show, but they best pick it up a notch or two next week, as things creep that much closer to No Mercy.

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