Happy Tuesday everyone! SummerSlam is just two weeks away, and there is plenty for us to tackle before the action heads to Brooklyn. We’ve got follow up coming from AJ Styles, as he responds to how #1 contender Samoa Joe has been dominating physically and on the mic in recent weeks. There’s more of the clash between Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton and United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura. We also get to see what comes next for Becky and Charlotte, friends who will both be chasing the women’s title in a couple weeks. And to cap off the whole show, we have the finals of the SmackDown tag team tournament, with New Day taking on The Bar, with the winners facing The Bludgeon Brothers in Brooklyn. Things are simmering toward SummerSlam, so without further delay, let’s crack open this Nutshell!
Best Match of the night:
Even if the fans hadn’t chanted, even if the volume was off, this was an easy call-for a couple reasons. First, the match was exceptional. Second, the rest of the show’s matches were anything but.
In case you were wondering, the best of the night was the tag team final between New Day and The Bar. Let’s be honest…go back over any of their matches, these five work well off of one another. Chemistry is important, and they have it in spades. The match stole the show.
Worst match of the night:
I wasn’t a fan of Lana and Zelina. It was way too short to really be much more than a vehicle to move forward the rift with English, Rusev and Lana.
I wasn’t much a fan of Shinsuke and R-Truth either.
Or the squash for Bludgeon Brothers either.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
We want pancakes
New Day rocks
this is awesome
Star of the Night
Well, this has to go to the teams in the main event. But specifically, this has to go to the new number one contender, New Day. Both teams deserve a ton of credit, they did an awesome job. I was kind of skeptical about New Day getting another title shot, but the match tonight reminded me just how good they are capable of being.
Spot of the Night:
Two of my favorites:
Kofi reverses the attack by Sheamus on the outside, leaping off the barrier into a DDT.
Big E escapes the Sharpshooter, then a crossface. He turns the crossface into Midnight Hour, and New Day is going to Brooklyn.
Jobber of the Night:
I could have had a few options here. Then The Bludgeon Brothers came in and slaughtered a team called 3SK, and folks, we have a runaway winner.
Honorable mention to The Miz’s security guys.
Upset of the Night:
Nothing happening here
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Really not much to see here. I guess the continuation of the English/Lana/Rusev issues might, though it’s a reach. I am more wondering what the payoff here is.
Oh, and then Daniel Bryan attacking The Miz during Miz’s interview. That works too.
Botch of the night:
There’s no way this couldn’t be a botch to some extent. Aiden English comes down, charges at Almas…and then Lana falls off the ropes and it costs her the match. The idea in and of itself? Totally fine, we’ve seen similar things happen before. Except in this case, it looks like it was not executed so well, because one event didn’t look cleanly tied to the other.
Commentary of the night:
Sometimes the absence of fear would be called stupidity.
LOL Moment of the night:
Either this made you laugh or cringe, but how about Kofi putting on a wig and becoming Kramer King for a backstage segment
Also…R-Truth. Still goofy.
No real shock here, but The Miz and Daniel Bryan became officially official for SummerSlam. As far as non-title matches go, this one could very well steal the show when we get to Brooklyn.
As has been said a few times already, New Day became the number one contenders. The match was awesome, and I can only hope that the title match in Brooklyn against the Bludgeon Brothers approaches the same quality.
Am I the only one who isn’t loving what’s going on with Aiden English and Rusev and Lana? Feels like…just weird. Rusev is over and fans love him, and Aiden doesn’t seem like he’s worth a heel turn…so I really don’t know how this goes, where it doesn’t make Rusev a clear heel again…but will fans even let them do it?
Not overly thrilled with where things are with Orton, Hardy and Nakamura either. That program just feels like it’s stuck in neutral.
The main event tag match.
Orton’s opening promo, vintage Orton.
AJ Styles with a very good one as well.
Happy that Miz and Bryan is official.
After the final bell:
This show felt a bit disjointed. We got a couple very good promos (Orton, Styles), but they were paired with a few weird segments (Truth, New Day), and things were really only balanced out by a single really good match. The upside is the match was exceptional and should lead to a very good one at the PPV.
With just two weeks between now and SummerSlam, the card really is coming into focus, but there’s still work to be done.