It’s the go-home show for SmackDown on this fine Tuesday evening. That means it is time for the last bits of hype, the last buildup for each of the major matches from the blue brand coming to us on Sunday at the Hell In A Cell PPV. We have Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton, set to square off in Jeff’s first Cell match. We will get a SmackDown tag title match, with the challenger decided tonight when Rusev Day and The Bar duke it out. The Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair, will face Sonya DeVille, with challenger Becky Lynch no doubt lurking nearby. We get to see how much more personal Samoa Joe and AJ Styles can make their feud, and we cap it off with Brie Bella and Maryse in our main event, a prelude to Yes Mode going to Hell on Sunday to take on WWE’s “It” couple. Let’s see how things turn out as we crack open this Nutshell!
Best Match of the night:
For me, it was the finals of the tag team tournament. I thought both teams put forth a good bit of effort. The match saw some nice spots and told a good story, and it just worked out well. I like the call for Rusev and English to win here, because fans still like them a lot and the Rusev Day gimmick is sticking around. The challenge or question is, you’d think both Rusev Day and New Day are babyface teams, so someone won’t be so face come Sunday.
Worst match of the night:
There are a few choices.
Honestly, the main event didn’t do much for me. The pay off part of it was the post-match action, understandable considering it’s the go home show and all. But the match itself was not very exciting. Kind of to be expected when you put two women in the ring who have not been incredibly active in a good bit
The R-Truth/Andrade “Cien” Almas match was too brief. I’d call this a teaser, and obviously that’s what it was there to do-to pique interest in the next season of Mixed Match Challenge. I think I was not bummed about the quality, but more the briefness of the match.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Star of the Night
I am going to go ahead and give this to one on air person or team, and one off air.
The on air? That would be Rusev Day. Congrats for winning tonight and becoming the new #1 contenders for the tag titles.
Off air? The folks that worked up the Samoa Joe “story book” segment. I am sure someone will come out and tell me how it’s a “simple filter in some video editing software”, and it may very well be. But either way, I felt the segment was well done.
Spot of the Night:
Nothing spectacular. Certainly nothing like someone going through the stage like last night.
For me, I liked the move where Rusev essentially gave a back body drop to English, launching him to the outside. Was something I feel we’ve seen before, but I still liked it.
Jobber of the Night:
Not much. I figure R-Truth was about as close to one as there was tonight, and I really don’t feel he was.
Upset of the Night:
I suppose it’s a mild upset when a newer team like Rusev Day goes over a multi-time tag team championship team like The Bar. Very minor though.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Has to be either Orton’s attack on Hardy-and Hardy’s answers back with the steel chair.
Or, Becky Lynch, dressed in disguise at ringside, pummeling Charlotte after Flair defeated Sonya DeVille.
Take your pick.
Botch of the night:
I do believe I’ve pointed this out before, but Rusev’s spinning heel kick. Looks nice and all, but too often, we see where he’s at most, grazing the fingers of the hands they have in front of their face. Tonight looked like a complete whiff.
Commentary of the night:
Nothing of note tonight
LOL Moment of the night:
The goofy clip backstage of I missed his name, reporting about The Bar. Was weird but funny.
Naomi and Asuka, working through their language barriers.
I guess Rusev Day becoming #1 contenders for the tag belts is good enough for here.
Not much to complain about. Was a fairly decent go home show. Not special, but decent.
I liked the Hardy/Nakamura match. Part of me thought they might, on 9/11, have Shinsuke drop the belt to Hardy, but it was still a good match.
Liked the promos by both AJ and Joe. Still intense, but without needing an altercation.
It’s nice to see R-Truth working something more meaningful, or at least possibly more meaningful. I would have never thought to pair those two up, but there’s something about Carmella and Truth that just seems to work. Granted, it’s only been a couple weeks.
The main event match? It was bad. The post-match action? Made up for it.
After the final bell:
Overall, a solid go home show. They hit on all of their major matches, and were very efficient about it. I think a few of these matches could impress come Sunday.