How is everyone doing tonight?! Happy Tuesday! I don’t know about you, but this is a pretty exciting Tuesday night to be a wrestling fan, don’t you think? We have a loaded Sin City SmackDown, with not one, but three title matches tonight on SmackDown alone. And, for those of us with the WWE Network, do not sleep on the Mae Young Classic, with those finals immediately following SmackDown Live tonight. And, as if those things weren’t enough….the Chairman of WWE, Vince McMahon is in the house tonight! Like I said, it’s a big night. How big? Vegas all-you-can-eat buffet big, I would say. Let’s dive right in!
Best Match of the night:
Pickings were kind of slim, I’d say. Give me the tag match, as it had a good mix of action and violence and entertainment. It was satisfying and it worked for me.
Worst match of the night:
Maybe I am too harsh, but the women’s championship match largely underwhelmed me. I wanted more out of it, I expected more out of it, and it did not do much for me. About the only thing I can say, is that I believe it means Natalya gets someone new now.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Yes! Yes! Yes!
Holy [email protected]
Star of the Night
I give out two awards tonight. First to New Day for regaining the tag titles.
Second to Kevin Owens for his vile heel performance.
Spot of the Night:
Kofi did his backwards fall off the top rope, but the Usos caught him and flung him into the barrier. Pretty neat looking, except for the ending. More on that later.
Kofi, recovering and shoving Jey Uso off the top rope and through the table.
And how could you not like New Day with their Midnight Hour
Jobber of the Night:
I can’t say that there was one tonight. I mean, didn’t really feel like one. Two hours of SmackDown was kind of light on matches though.
If I was really pressed, I’d say the ref whom Owens tossed out in the final segment would be enough.
Upset of the Night:
Not a thing tonight really.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Vince McMahon making the most of his first appearance in four years, unloading on Kevin Owens. And siding with Shane.
And he makes a match. Shane versus Kevin. Hell In A Cell.
Owens then asked Vince for his word that he could beat a McMahon senseless, which Vince gave. Knew what was coming next. Owens drilled him with a nasty headbutt that busted Vince open the hard way quickly, and then he continued to attack Vince. I guess McMahon really wants Owens over?
Botch of the night:
That Kofi spot with the barrier? Sure looked like he was supposed to hit the top of it, and/or go over it. Instead, looked like someone lost control of him and he went awkwardly or haphazardly into the front of it instead.
Commentary of the night:
There really wasn’t a single line that stood out to me tonight. If you disagree, please chime in with a comment.
LOL Moment of the night:
Honestly, this makes me laugh, but also question what someone is thinking. During the women’s title match, Elsworth and Carmella were at ringside. And Elsworth was basically tethered to Carmella via a dog collar. If you ask me, they’ve jumped the shark.
New Day, new champions. I guess the rumors that WWE wants to not only give them the longest reign, but the most, has some creedence.
Are we seeing a turn from Ryder? After the tag match he had with Mojo against Gable and Benjamin, everyone shook hands except Ryder. Interesting.
What is going on with Dolph Ziggler is just…mind-boggling? Bad? Sad? Depressing? Like, first he comes out as Shane. Then later he actually tries out…Bayley’s entrance?!? And after that, he did a horrendously ridiculous impression of the Warrior (keeping in mind that his widow is in the arena tonight). Like, fine, he’s having some sort of in-ring breakdown, I get it…
SmackDown may have been the land of opportunity, but why are they screwing up guys like Ziggler and Zayn? Is it issues with the letter Z? Or are they both less talented than we all thought?
Dillinger finally had a decent opponent and a decent enough match, even though he lost.
Gable and Benjamin look quite good.
The tag team match was excellent, or at least really good.
Vince was back, and that’s usually a plus. Not totally a fan of the angle that took place, but that’s a different story for the next segment.
After the final bell:
Kevin Owens is what, more than half Vince McMahon’s age? Did they really have no one else for Kevin to attack and dominate, outside of the Chairman?
Yes, it was a violent and extremely heelish move by Owens, and I presume that everyone was on board with it, but I question the logic behind it. I doubt the blood was planned, because that was bleeding the hard way.
It just makes me wonder what they are thinking with that…and more specifically, why can’t they, with a supposedly deeper roster, find an actual active wrestler for this? I mean, they have newly called up guys like Bobby Roode. Underutilized guys like Sami Zayn. Plenty of others. So why did they have to go with McMahons? I gather they (WWE suits, Vince, etc) feel that they want to put Kevin Owens into another stratosphere of heel status…that’s all I could think of.