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SmackDown In A Nutshell: Building To Battleground

Xavier Woods
The march toward the next live SmackDown era continues, as we are now less than a month away from the first live SmackDown on Tuesdays, as well as the draft and brand extension. That being said, let’s dive right in, shall we?

Best Match of the night:

Have to go with the main event here. Crowd was really into this match, pretty much more than any other from the evening’s efforts. We had multiple, loud and strong changes, for each man. Rollins and Zayn worked well together in what was billed as their first meeting, but sure did not look like it.

Worst match of the night:

I am inclined to say Dana Brooke and Becky here, if for no other reason than it seemed wickedly short. But, the match was saved by the post-match happenings, I suppose. But seriously, Brooke doesn’t do much to excite interest in women’s matches for me at the moment.

Crowd Chants of the Night:


Let’s go Rollins

Sami Zayn

This is awesome

Star of the Night

Rollins? Ambrose? Zayn? Each one did something notable on the evening, so I will give them each one of three stars for the night. None stood above the rest, no one guy made me say “hey, I want to single him out”. But I think each of the three did enough to deserve some accolades.

Spot of the Night:

Honestly, nothing boldly stood out for me, for the most part. Usually I grab a finisher or two, but there was only one spot tonight that really stood out for me. It was Sami’s tornado DDT, although it wound up being in a losing effort. Just looked pretty sweet, and sometimes I feel the need to call it out.

Jobber of the Night:

Seems like once again, the Vaudevillains had no chance against New Day, and were relegated to the jobber role for the show. This one somewhat puzzles me, as I thought initially that this was a team that could impress when introduced to the main roster. But now? Ever since they earned/were given the chance to be number one contenders, it’s been all downhill from there. I get it, no team can win them all, but I don’t like seeing these guys on the losing side so much. I mean, come on, Konnor is almost off suspension, right? Can’t we get back to having Ascension job for all the tag teams?

Upset of the Night:

Dana Brooke knocking off Becky, and quickly. Poor Becky, I don’t really know what she’s going through. It’s been a rough couple weeks for her. Heck, a rough first half of the year, really

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

I would go with the Rollins attempted assault on Ambrose. What started as a tug of war over Dean’s belt, lead to Rollins pretending to walk away, only to turn around and unload on Dean. But Seth didn’t get the job done, as Dean recovered, popped back up and retaliated.

Honestly, I think these two are going to work so well together from now till Battleground, fans will boo when Reigns returns because he will bog down the match. Of course, it’s Reigns, and they were going to boo anyways.

Botch of the night:

I don’t really know if this was a botch or not, but the way the Gotch took the New Day finisher just looked awkward to me. Maybe the spot was blown, maybe it was just a bad bump, or maybe I have nothing else to pick on tonight, and this is the closest thing I noticed to being a botch. Take your pick. I can’t crucify anyone for it, because if it was a botch, it was hardly the most egregious botch ever.

Commentary of the night:

I got nothing out of the actual commentators. The best lines from the table tonight were from Ambrose.

“Watch the new plates, son. They ain’t held on by Gorilla Glue”

I am pretty sure he had a few other good ones, but that one was my favorite.

LOL Moment of the night:

The whole Darren Young/Bob Backlund series. Gets me every time. I am beginning to wonder, though…will Darren Young actually wrestle again? Or are they trying to actually make him great at something other than wrestling? Like, best vignette performer? Best Backlund stooge? I have no idea, but they will need to move things into the ring soon, or I think the whole thing loses any point it had.

Noteworthy Moment:

New Day quickly dispatched The Vaudevillains, and we got Bray interrupting things after the match. And once again, poor Xavier Woods looks like he’s heading into a trance. Becoming a zombie. Or a xombie, even. How long before he finally does follow the buzzards? Will that be the SummerSlam match stipulation? Winner gets control of Woods and the trombone?

Overall lowlights:

The Usos were back in action. I couldn’t remember the last time I saw them. And I was OK with that. Now with their cousin suspended, it’s 3 on 2 for them, unless WWE decides to push Cena together with them, and I don’t think anyone ever wished for that.

Overall highlights:

For me, the Ambrose/Zayn match was worthwhile. But the payoff for the whole night was Rollins and Ambrose. I think if those two keep it up, and the fans keep responding, it’s going to be brutal bringing Reigns back into the triple threat match. I don’t know how else to put it, but here’s hoping someone realizes that maybe they need to find a way to completely pull Reigns out of that match. In this case, 2 is better than 3.

After the final bell:

A pretty solid show, but the final hour or so is what did it for me. A match like Cesaro and Del Rio deserved to go off later, and really those two could be feuding over a belt and it would be, I think, a great program. Get the US title or the IC title and let them have at it, as I think either would be a better champion than those who currently hold the straps.

Love having Sasha back, and I hope it means Charlotte’s days really are numbered.

Rollins and Ambrose, the two guys everyone really was crazy about from The Shield, are outclassing the one from The Shield who was adored by top brass. Keep reminding the bosses that we don’t always need a massive guy to be the champion.

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