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Happy Tuesday everyone! It’s time for another blue brand blowout, as SmackDown Live hits the airwaves. We are rapidly approaching the Royal Rumble, with the first of the fabled “Big Four” PPV less than two weeks away. Tonight we should expect to see what happens next between Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon, after what we saw last week. There’s that, and so much more to look forward to, so without delay, let’s crack open this Nutshell!

Best Match of the night:

I’m going to go with the main event, even though it was  sort of clunky from the re-starts. Those re-starts were predictable, and given the circumstances they made total sense. But the match lands here in spite of, not because of, the re-starts. It was a satisfying win for the babyface trio

Worst match of the night:

Bludgeon Brothers versus Ascension. The upside here was that the match was over quick.

Crowd Chants of the Night:

AJ Styles

Daniel Bryan

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Star of the Night

Honestly, hard to pick one tonight. From a wrestling perspective, no one really far and away outpaced another for this award. If I had to give it to anyone, I’d probably go with Shane McMahon, as he had a good showing as the boss, getting some revenge for last weeks transgressions

Spot of the Night:

Honest question, but did anyone see anything that warranted this award tonight? I did not…but if you feel otherwise, by all means let me know. I can be swayed…

Jobber of the Night:

Konnor and Viktor of the Ascension were just no match for the Bludgeon Brothers. So, they get this award tonight. See, all is not lost :)

Upset of the Night:

Really did not sense one here tonight

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

I suppose I could go with Shane answering a handicap match with one of his own

Botch of the night:

There was an exchange between Gable and Benjamin and Daniel Bryan at around the middle potion of the show. The lines felt overly scripted and rehearsed

Commentary of the night:

Here comes the Fashion Police, Byron. Better unplug your suit!

LOL Moment of the night:

For me, this was all about the backstage segment which featured AJ Styles, Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura

At first, it was Styles and Orton, with Styles saying they needed to be on the same page. He asked Orton what the game plan was, if it was as simple as “RKOing anything that moves”. Orton replied basically yes , and then Nakamura came in from behind and was like “not so fast”. It was, I thought, a nice and comedic bit.

Noteworthy Moment:

I would probably go with the making of the best two out of three falls match, putting Gable and Benjamin in the ring, at the Royal Rumble against the Usos.

Overall lowlights:

Maybe it’s me, but the entire show felt overly scripted. I know things are still settling in, but the show tonight was a lot less interesting than RAW. I have not yet managed to come up with a good reason why, but if it makes you feel better, we can just leave it at as “wrestlers still getting back to normal”

Overall highlights:

Maybe I am being mean, but this show just felt like it lacked a lot of a normal flow. Things weren’t able to gain a lot of momentum, and just did not stick together well. But we did get a couple decent matches, so there’s that for the consolation prize.

After the final bell:

Seriously, it was not a great SmackDown. After all the talk, I expected a pretty good show, but I was almost entirely disappointed. This collapse is not without even better news. As down as the show was tonight, next week should be that much better.

With the Rumble rapidly approaching, we got mostly a few smaller changes, but the matches on the card seem to be set.

I will  say this: they better have saved the best for next week. The go home show should be both incredibly packed with non-stop hype, and otherwise incredible to watch as it unfolds.

 

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