It’s here folks. What is it, you ask? Why, it’s the go-home show as SmackDown rumbles toward Backlash. It’s one last chance for WWE to change their mind about Jinder Mahal or Breezango as number one contenders (sadly, they won’t). It’s final hype time for the whole card, and at last glance of that card, it was a little light…so here’s hoping we find out a few more matches to take in when we tune in Sunday for the big show in Chicago. But, for now, it’s just time for the blue brand’s s weekly two hours of fun, so let’s get things started!

Best Match of the night:

Jinder Mahal and AJ Styles. It was a good length, it told a good story, and the heel got the win in a very typically heel manner. Perhaps it was a bit formulaic, but it had a job to do, and it did it well.

Worst match of the night:

Now, while they made the #1 contender for the world title look good, the #1 contenders for the tag titles? They looked OK, but not fabulous. And the match, all two minutes of it, wasn’t the best way to send them into Sunday, in my opinion. I mean, they won….but there would be better ways.

Crowd Chants of the Night:

Honestly….I didn’t catch any. I watched the show, and either I was distracted by my surroundings, or there weren’t all that many good chants. In my defense, it was a nice day and I did have the windows open….and of late, I swear WWE TV production is mic’ing things up differently, so that we don’t get to hear crowd noise as well.

Star of the Night

I have to say, Jinder Mahal looked acceptably good on this go-home show. The smart move was to build up your main event players, and he, being one of those for the first time in his WWE career, acquitted himself fairly well. He had help, as WWE propped him up with AJ Styles and Kevin Owens, among others, but Mahal looked good too. If he can carry himself that way on Sunday, the main event should be OK.

Honorable mention to AJ Styles, but he gets his own award too. More on that later.

Spot of the Night:

Nothing really jumps out at me.

Jobber of the Night:

Here’s a unique twist on it, but I give this to AJ Styles. Why? Because the man, even in a loss, proves just how amazing he is. If he can have epic matches with Jinder Mahal and James Ellsworth, he damn near deserves to have his spot in the Hall of Fame booked and done right now. Not every job has to be done by a Brooklyn Brawler type…

Upset of the Night:

I would have to go with two, tonight. Sort of. I mean, in the grand scheme, minor upsets.

One, Carmella pinning Naomi clean, though she took advantage of a distraction. Upset because, well, Naomi is your champion, and Carmella really has not impressed (at least, not me). So, a bit surprising.

The other? While it makes sense, because WWE needs people to think Jinder Mahal is actually a threat to win Orton’s title on Sunday (gee…perhaps they should have worried about that BEFORE putting him in the number one spot?)

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

I’d probably go with Baron Corbin and his attack on Sami Zayn. That’s about as close as we got. But, all that said, when I see Corbin, I think…I wonder…what was WWE thinking when they put Jinder over and into the title match, when Corbin has been poised for it for months. At least Baron Corbin has had other title shots in the last year…

Botch of the night:

If there was one, I am drawing a blank on it.

Commentary of the night:

Well, that was blunt

The whole world would be in trouble if Breezango find a way to win the tag team titles.

Oh, I don’t know, they are kind of like a modern day APA…

Why would you say that?

LOL Moment of the night:

Renee Young asked Randy about his feelings on Jinder Mahal and what he had to say. Orton finally said what many might be thinking. People don’t dislike Jinder because of looks or language. It’s because he’s an ass.

The fact that he said it, and how he delivered it? Made me LOL.

Noteworthy Moment:

Rusev was supposed to appear on the show, was he not? That’s what they said last week. And yet, this week came and went, and he wasn’t seen….or did I blink and miss him?

Daniel Bryan was off, due to the birth of Birdie. Congrats to the family.

Overall lowlights:

I really can’t complain a whole lot about the show. I think the big effort was to prop up Jinder, and that’s fine. It was a solid, if unspectacular show. Not the best go-home show, but easily not even close to the worst.

Overall highlights:

WWE is doing the right thing, putting Jinder in the right spots. Honestly if they wanted to, I think WWE has built him enough that they could put the belt on him. It would be interesting, that’s for sure.

After the final bell:

OK, here’s a sort of random thought for the evening…but with Naomi all about the glow in the dark stuff? I think WWE missed a chance to have like, a glow in the dark strap or accents to the belt. I mean, if at one point we can have a flippin’ spinner belt, why not?

At this point, it’s all eyes to Sunday (though I’ll be watching Saturday too. It’s what I do.)


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