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Greetings everyone! It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for SmackDown Live. Not just ANY SmackDown Live, but the SmackDown Live following Hell In A Cell, which means we get to hear all about the fallout from the shocking conclusion to the main event from Sunday’s PPV. There’s that, and then there is plenty more of course. So let’s not waste too much time on idle chit chat, and instead crack open this nutshell!

Best Match of the night:

I am torn here. The Nakamura/Orton tag was pretty entertaining, but the main event was…well, it was the main event and it had AJ Styles. Flip a coin, I would not argue with either.

But, for me, I will go with Styles and Corbin. Maybe could have gone without the post-match interview, which just seemed weirdly placed and an odd way to fade to black…but the match was good enough.

Worst match of the night:

There were not that many matches, but this one seemed fairly obvious to me. I am going to go with Carmella and Becky Lynch on this one. Three minutes, give or take. Even if it was the best three minutes in history, it was too short, a bad plan for the women in general, and just not memorable.

Crowd Chants of the Night:

Yes! Yes! Yes!

AJ Styles

I heard some other chanting, but I wasn’t able to make a lot of it out.

Star of the Night

Well, in honor of the winner of Sunday’s main event, we shall make three stars. Two go to Kevin Owens and, as Owens put it, his own guardian angel, Sami Zayn. And the third? Well, he did have himself a successful, one on one title defense. That would of course mean this is all for Baron Corbin.

Spot of the Night:

Yes, we see baseball slides all the time anymore. But take a look at Styles’ baseball slide on Corbin. It was done as Corbin was in the midst of his trademark move of sliding under the bottom rope, around the post and back in. Except as he was coming back in, he ate AJ’s baseball slide, which the Lone Wolf then sold like a champ.

Jobber of the Night:

Considering how short the match was, I dare say Carmella was the jobber of the night. But it is a wee bit of a stretch. Like, not a Brooklyn Brawler-esque jobber. More like she just did the job she was asked to do.

Upset of the Night:

Can’t say that there was one tonight.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Nothing tremendously earth shattering here. I wanted more of a holy sh%$ moment from Sami Zayn’s explanation, but I didn’t really get it out of that segment. Beyond that, there wasn’t much.

Botch of the night:

If there was one, I missed it.

Commentary of the night:

Based on Dolph Ziggler’s logic, the Atlanta Falcons won the Super Bowl too, because they led most of the game.

Corbin’s like Michael Myers or something. He just keeps coming forward.

LOL Moment of the night:

OK, this gets mentioned twice…but seriously…how funny and awesome was it that in the opening tag team segment, Jimmy and Jey said they were Fashion Files fans. Not sure that that’s really what Breeze and Fandango want to be most known for…but it’s something.

Noteworthy Moment:

Stop the presses. Jimmy and Jey Uso like The Fashion Files

Looks like we have a bit of respect between The Usos and New Day, and like that, the program ends, and now the new tag champions turn their attention to freshly minted number one contenders, Gable and Benjamin.

So, WWE really is turning Sami Zayn heel. His explanation is that he came over to SmackDown and was told he had been mis-used by RAW, but wound up not much better on the blue brand, and he realized that he could get further ahead quicker if he was more like Kevin Owens. He played Mr. Nice Guy and has no titles, but KO does what KO does, and he’s held multiple titles. So, Zayn and Owens are buds again. For now.

And…Harper and Rowan are back, in some rather interesting outfits…just in time for Halloween too. The Bludgeon Brothers? Interesting, I think.

Overall lowlights:

I will reserve judgement on Sami Zayn’s heel turn for a bit…but I will say this. Isn’t this a bit too similar to Ziggler’s attitude? Maybe not the schtick, I mean Sami is not coming out to everyone’s entrance music now (yet). But the whole woe is me, I was underutilized card? We hear it a bit, I think. I guess it works, I just think I was looking for a better explanation.

Overall highlights:

While it was an odd use of Nakamura (near the mid-card), he and Orton (and Rusev and Aiden English) delivered a solid and entertaining tag match.

After the final bell:

I don’t think I’ve said this much lately, but RAW absolutely trumped SmackDown this week. I might have even said that without a Shield reunion, to be quite honest.

It was not a completely bad SmackDown, don’t get me wrong. The Sami Zayn/Kevin Owens bit was good, but I think it still could have been better. Sami didn’t come off completely heelish. Maybe that’s because he still has his usual mannerisms and cheery music…but that can change.

All in all, it’s OK to have a bit of a low key evening, considering that they just had a strong PPV, and now don’t have one coming up in a few weeks.

 

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