Best Match of the night:
This one is a tough one, honestly. Many were entertaining, for sure, but there’s an issue-some of the entertaining ones weren’t clean endings.
For example, I really enjoyed the opening tag match, but the best parts happened when it devolved into 8 men pummeling one another. 9, really.
Same can be said for the MITB tag team match putting Sami Zayn and Cesaro against Owens and Del Rio. But, this one of course didn’t end without quite a bit of chaos.
So, for me, I’ll go with Ambrose and Jericho. Not quite as strong as their match from Extreme Rules, but it was still quite good.
Worst match of the night:
Hard to pick, as no match was really atrocious, but I wasn’t overly fond of Kalisto and Baron Corbin.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Either the crowd wasn’t chanting much, or it didn’t come through great over television. There were a few, however…
Let’s go Ambrose
One more time
Star of the Night
I could not give this to a single talent tonight, I just could not do it. To me, you have to stand head and shoulders above the roster, or damn close to it, to get a nod for this one, and no one did that tonight. Doesn’t mean it was a bad show (it wasn’t). Just means that no one really rose above.
Spot of the Night:
Tonight was heavy on action, but light on really amazing spots. Seriously, some nights I have a slew of them, tonight there are but only two.
First? That would be Sami Zayn, leaping over a referee and onto Kevin Owens on the outside.
Second? That’s Jericho, slingshotting Ambrose from the top of the announce table, onto the floor.
Jobber of the Night:
Wasn’t all that long ago that this fellow was holding a big gold belt, but tonight, since someone has to earn Jobber of the Night, I give it to Kalisto. Kind of unfair, as there was no true jobber match, but after so long with the US title, he went down pretty quietly.
Upset of the Night:
Hardly really an upset, but I was surprised to see Jericho beat Ambrose clean.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Honestly, no true moments like that tonight. I liked the end of the tag match, breaking out into a brawl, but I don’t think that even qualifies.
Botch of the night:
Sounded like Mauro fumbled bank and back, as Lawler called him out for it, but otherwise, no real botches that I saw.
I will say I think Del Rio looked out of sorts as we was being flung from turnbuckle to turnbuckle. Probably not exactly how that was supposed to go
Commentary of the night:
No specific lines tonight, but I have to say, outside of watching NXT, the most entertaining portion of the commentary came from New Day, sitting ringside to perform guest commentating duties during the opening tag match. They were very witty, knowledgeable and just very entertaining.
LOL Moment of the night:
I love Enzo, in a fanboy kind of way. But he earns this one for two reasons tonight, one good, one not so much. The good? His mic skills, of course. Nice bit between he (and Cass) and the Not-Bullet Club.
The bad? Those tights. They were louder than he can be.
No Rollins, no Reigns, no problem. A bit surprised that neither of the men in the presumed main event would be on the show with just over a week left before Money In The Bank,¬† but no worries.
I thought WWE did good work booking the opening tag match the way they had, as well as the MITB competitors.
I would say the fact that there was no WWE Champion on the show, but it never felt like we missed him…so maybe that doesn’t belong here.
The Ali tribute does not get old. Second time watching it during a WWE show this week, and it just reminds me of how nicely done it was.
After the final bell:
All in all, a pretty good effort for SmackDown. Not amazing, not incredible, but pretty good. Every match wasn’t really “can’t miss”, but every single one was worth watching. If WWE continues to build toward the PPV with shows like this, then they are doing something smart.