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SmackDown In A Nutshell: Orton 1, Lesnar 1

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This week, SmackDown Live is coming at us-live, of course-from Nashville. And right out of the gates, the crowd is hot. You have to love that, as a hot crowd fuels the wrestling, and hopefully it’s a sign of a great show to come. The show kicks off with the leadership reviewing Orton’s big night on RAW, as well as Daniel Bryan making the opening match, a triple threat match to determine who is fighting The Miz at SummerSlam. Should be a good show, so let’s get right into it!

Best Match of the night:

Wyatt and Ziggler. Could have easily gone another 5 to 10 minutes, but these two put on a nice main event match, and I felt it was a strong way to show off Ziggler prior to the SummerSlam title match.

Worst match of the night:

Take your pick, between Eva and Becky or Carmella versus TBD. Both matches were being set up, but neither match happened. Cheap way out? Perhaps, but this is what I’ve picked tonight.

If you want me to be critical of any other actual match? The opening bout was capable of so much more, both in terms of running longer and being better. I chalk it up to two rather new guys to the big show in Corbin and Crews, and someone else-Kalisto-with a very different style than either of his opponents work. Not that they can’t do amazing things in a match, but they didn’t tonight.

Crowd Chants of the Night:


Gable! Gable!

Let’s go Alpha

Suplex City


Let’s go Cena/Cena sucks

Soccer mom hair

Let’s go Wyatt/Let’s go Ziggler

Star of the Night

Dolph Ziggler. He got the main event, a prove-it opportunity against Bray Wyatt. And he absolutely rose to the challenge. Granted, he got destroyed after the match, but he did win and it’s a good feather in his cap, so to speak, as he charges toward his date with SummerSlam destiny.

Spot of the Night:

Not much struck me as deserving. I mean, it was nice seeing Grand Amplitude on the SmackDown stage, but it’s nothing new. Nor is the F5, but it was a thunderous one, just the latest in shots being fired as this SmackDown versus RAW match simmers.

Jobber of the Night:

The Vaudevillains. I am sure they’ve probably won recently,but I can’t remember it. It feels like every time they are working a match on TV, they are losing that match on TV. Either someone in the Creative team hates them, or someone on the Creative team forgets that the duo did challenge for the tag team titles not that long ago.

Upset of the Night:

Not really that big of an upset, but pretty surprising-to me at least-to see Apollo Crews beat Baron Corbin and Kalisto on the way to becoming the #1 contender for Miz’s Intercontinental title, a match up that will take place at SummerSlam.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Natty, with a pretty fierce sneak attack on Carmella, as she was making her way down to the ring for her SmackDown Live debut.

One night after eating an RKO #outtanowhere, the Beast Incarnate was feared to be at SmackDown Live. For Orton’s match against Fandango, management positioned a bunch of extra “security” around the ring, but Brock still showed, and showed that the security needed security, as he came into the ring and drilled Orton with a resounding F5.

Botch of the night:

Daniel Bryan, calling Apollo Crews, Apollo Creed. Ooops.

Looked like there was a nearly missed spot between Orton and Fandango, where Orton was expecting one move from his opponent but had to adjust. It was a quick change and it went fine, but I did notice it.

Commentary of the night:

I have nothing specifically to go here. But, I did like that JBL gave a nod to the early Steiner Brothers days, pointing out how that’s who American Alpha reminds him of. Kind of stating the obvious, but still.

LOL Moment of the night:

OK,so I have a morbid sense of humor. I freely admit that. But the Heath Slater Free Agent 2016 tour took another stop, this time right in the GM’s office. Bryan told Heath that, hey, if you win your match next week, you can have an SD Live contract. And, as Heath asked who is his opponent for next week? The poor sap got gored by a maniacally smiling Rhyno.

And yes, I laughed. Between that, and Daniel’s reaction, it was funny. Maybe not to Heath Slater, but I was amused.

Also funny was the lining of the ring with the “security”, knowing full well that Brock would be there, and that there’d be no way they would even try to stop them. And he did show, and they were useless.

Noteworthy Moment:

Cena, coming down quickly to interrupt AJ Styles, came out to what I felt was a thunderous pop. I wonder how it came off live and in person, but for me sitting on my couch, it sounded like one of the better pops he’s gotten as of late. And, when he went off on his “I love WWE” rant, the crowd, predominantly, bought into it and was into it. It was a strong promo cut by Cena, and the Styles mic work was pretty good too. SummerSlam just added yet another excellent match to it’s strong lineup.

We had a mini Wyatt Family reunion following the main event. Dolph Ziggler, who earlier in the night put up his #1 contender spot in a match against Bray, was victorious. He was screaming at Dean Ambrose from the ring, as Ambrose was on commentary, and Erick Rowan came running into the ring to attack Ziggler. Ambrose ran in to make the save, but Rowan and Wyatt dispatched both men.

Overall lowlights:

Not much to complain about, but really not a fan of two women’s matches not even happening was a bit of a disappointment. Don’t get me wrong, I like the edginess they are letting Natty run with, so her pre-match assault of Carmella makes total sense. But to have that match AND Becky/Eva not happen, it’s a letdown.

Overall highlights:

Like the New Era guys getting plenty of chances to shine.

Wyatt/Ziggler was strong, and curious to see what happens from the mini family reunion.

Orton/Lesnar is being built up well. I wasn’t jazzed about things a couple weeks ago, but now? Now it’s something I am warming toward.

And, I really liked the added graphics. At least, I don’t think they were there last week (if they were, I missed them). But it was pretty cool to see the bios on screen during the entrances.

After the final bell:

All in all, a pretty good show. Some slow spots with the non-matches, but overall, a really good effort. I am curious to see where things go with Wyatt, Rowan, Ambrose and Ziggler. There could be much more there long-term, if WWE so chooses.


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