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SmackDown In A Nutshell: Ready For Backlash

Greetings, fans! Tonight is the final show before the first of the New Era’s SmackDown-only PPV, Backlash. So, naturally tonight is all about finishing up the build toward the big show. We have the semifinals for the tag team tournament, a six woman tag match serving as a preview of the Six Pack Challenge match on Sunday-which will crown the first ever SmackDown Women’s Championship. And so much more. So let’s dive right in!

Best Match of the night:

Wow. I guess my choices are Crews/Miz or Hype Bros/Rhyno and Slater.


OK, maybe the women’s tag match lands here too.

Of the three? I can’t pick one. I just can’t. For me, none deserve best of the night. In terms of what I enjoyed most, I would rank it as follows:

Tag team semifinal #2

Women’s tag


Take that for what it’s worth.

Worst match of the night:

Usos/Alpha, because it was so short. The payoff here was absolutely the post-match action.

Crowd Chants of the Night:

Yes! Yes!

Becky! Becky!


Go Big Red

Let’s go Slater

We want Rhyno

Soccer mom

Star of the Night

I actually want to give it to Slater and Rhyno, because man the crowd was behind them.

AJ did a pretty good job as the heel, but at the same time, the main event segment to close the show left me wanting.

Spot of the Night:

Honestly folks, I have nothing. Nothing tonight that I haven’t seen before…nothing tonight that made me say wow, that was awesome I need that in Spot of the Night. It happens…

Jobber of the Night:

Fandango, for not even wrestling, just eating a big chokeslam from Kane.

The Usos, themselves former tag team champions, for losing in under a minute to American Alpha.

Upset of the Night:

Not so much because it was an upset-because Alpha over Usos isn’t stunning. It lands here too, because it was in under a minute. Thank God for Jimmy and Jey turning heel after, because otherwise, The Usos would have been useless.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

I admit I was torn where to put this one, and as I write things down, it’s entirely possible it ends up with more than one appearance. But I am undecided which was the bigger shock-that American Alpha took out The Usos in under a minute. Or, post match, when it appeared we might get a passing of the torch, Jimmy and Jey opted to go full heel on Alpha, leaving Jordan and Gable decimated in the middle of the ring. Why do I sense that this one is going to lead to Alpha being ruled out of the tournament, and of course set up an Usos/Alpha feud…

Botch of the night:

Kind of reaching for a few here…but Shane, during a backstage segment, seemed to have issues with his lines.

During the women’s tag match, no specific spot, but Carmella did not look like things were flowing well. I hope she’s not tabbed for the win on Sunday, as she got the win tonight for her team.

Commentary of the night:

I really didn’t hear any stunningly good lines tonight, folks. If you think you did? Call it out in the comments.

LOL Moment of the night:

The Slater “family” at ringside. Seriously?

Noteworthy Moment:

Curt Hawkins debuts/returns next week. Finally.

Kane got some love, getting the cheap pop by destroying Fandango.

Overall lowlights:

Honestly, a lot of the show was a disappointment. I mean, I have things to be excited about for Backlash, but the buildup fell short for me. I mean, closing segment, all we end up with is a verbal sparring match and a kick to the crotch? Sure, on one hand,¬† you save the physicalities for the PPV…but considering how many other segments end in a brawl, I expected one here, too.

Overall highlights:

Few and far between. It’s clear that Backlash is going to be driven by four matches-Miz and Ziggler for the IC belt, American Alpha (maybe) versus Rhyno and Slater for the tag belts, the women battling for the first ever SmackDown women’s title, and Ambrose and Styles for the big belt.

Other than that? Who knows. Those four got the focus, which was done decently enough. Could it have been better? Yes. Were some well done? Yes. Out of all the action tonight, I think the two matches I am most eager for are the tag tournament finals, and the 6 pack challenge–just based on tonight’s hype.

After the final bell:

For a go-home show, this one kind of feels like a dud, if I can be totally honest. I expected better. I needed better. I know it was somewhat a quick turnaround, and unlike the unified shows, now this one can only be built up via SmackDown. So there’s less time to do it. But I think the overall card could have been fleshed out and hyped a bit more, and honestly for the world title match, for that final segment? Give me a legit brawl. Get the locker rooms clearing to separate them. Make the animosity palpable. Don’t give me a kick to the crotch and a smashed, meaningless trophy. I felt the work up toward the KO/Rollins match from last night on RAW was a lot better executed than tonight’s segment.

Will I still watch Backlash? Of course. I just wished things were a bit more in tune heading into the show.

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