Good evening everyone! It’s the first SmackDown of Dean Ambrose’ Intercontinental Tour (if we want to look at it like Miz would). Surely we will get some follow up to that event which sent last week’s show off air. We have Corbin and Cena. Follow up to Ziggler’s apparent heel turn, and without a doubt, more names for the Rumble match itself. It’s going to be a busy two hours, so let’s get this party started!
Best Match of the night:
I suppose if only by default, Cena and Corbin lands here. It was good, but I think these two could have done much more. Perhaps WWE is saving that for a bigger PPV.
Alpha and the Wyatts was not bad either. Though a lot of the intrigue there is with the Orton/Harper dynamic. It amazes me that, thus far, Orton has remained steadfast in his new heel persona, yet the fans still love him.
Worst match of the night:
Not trying to pick on the jobber, but Carmella versus CJ Lunde was pretty bad. What made the match was how hysterical JBL was during it, as he was just dropping puns like crazy. The match itself, I wish I never saw.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
No! No! No!
Let them fight
Let’s go jobber
Let’s go Cena/Cena sucks
Star of the Night
I really don’t think anyone on this show deserved it. There wasn’t any really stellar performance.
Spot of the Night:
Like the star of the night being lacking, there was no shining, outstanding spot either. It was, I felt, a very average show.
Jobber of the Night:
Tonight, this one has to go to CJ Lunde, without a doubt. She came in rather interesting ring attire that made it look like she just stepped off a time machine, and JBL just went crazy about her.
Upset of the Night:
Kalisto over Ziggler. But not so much so that it was an actual upset but more because…well….man oh man was Dolph upset after losing, going into full blown temper tantrum mode, attacking Kalisto after the match, chair and all. So, fine it’s not the definition of upset that I usually use here. But I am tonight.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
I could go with the women brawling tonight. Natty and Nikki had a pretty impassioned tussle, much more physical and personal than we typically get from women, and especially the SmackDown women. So, good on them. It was pretty hard hitting, all things considered.
Botch of the night:
Nothing really stood out.
Commentary of the night:
Look, it’s Jack Gallagher’s sister, Susan Boyle.
Ellsworth should be with that Aunt, not Carmella
I think that’s Mae Young’s step-grand daughter
All we need is the bearded lady
LOL Moment of the night:
Now, maybe it’s just me, but when all the officials came out to separate Natalya and Nikki, I thought it was funny as hell that Charles Robinson, Lil’ Naitch himself, seemed to be copping a feel on Nikki. Everyone else was going upper body/arms. Robinson damn near grabbed her ass.
JBL’s reaction to CJ Lunde was pretty comical too.
For another night, there is in-fighting with the New Wyatt Family, as Orton and Harper seem to be jealous and bitter brothers. This time, their pettiness cost them their tag team title re-match. Even more notable, as Bray was playing peacemaker and Orton was trying to get at Harper, Luke drilled Bray with a superkick meant for Randy. It’s only a matter of time before this arrangement blows up.
A lot of the show, honestly. Maybe not so much that it was a lowlight, but I think underwhelming is a proper term for it. Either my expectations have become unreasonably high (I don’t think so), or this was just an off night. They are allowed to have off nights, it happens. Any way you slice it, a show like tonight doesn’t win any real or made up ratings race.
One of the few items that should get you excited from this evening’s show, was the announcement that next week, Alexa Bliss has to defend her title against Becky Lynch, inside a steel cage. Now, the big surprise to me is that they didn’t try to how
After the final bell:
I don’t know what it was about tonight’s show, but I think there’s a weird sense of “blah” hanging over the rosters this week. Last night, RAW was a clunker outside of the special appearances, and some of that could have been better. Tonight on SmackDown, we got a lot of re-hashing of what we’ve had the last couple weeks. That isn’t entirely a complaint, but it seems like what we got was stalled. Not necessarily progressing anything. Like, Dean and Miz is decent, but outside of vignettes and the announce team mentioning the fine Maryse got, there was no involvement from Renee, which I thought was a bit surprising.
Dolph is still apparently somewhat conflicted about going full heel, but not so conflicted he couldn’t inflict maximum damage via chair to Kalisto and Apollo Crews. He was given a chance to explain himself, but said…nothing.
Natalya and Nikki continue. Natty’s cat might be more interesting than this feud, though I think someone should probably nudge Nikki and advise she might want some more coverage from her attire. Guess it’s a good problem to have.