Good evening everyone! Happy Tuesday, happy blue day. Blue, of course, as in SmackDown Live! And you can’t have that without a Nutshell, can you? Well I suppose you could, but since you must be reading this, you surely cannot have one without the other right? In any case, tonight is a big one for sure. There’s the lingering question of “will RAW respond to #UnderSiege”, especially since last night on RAW, SmackDown Superstars New Day sort of, indirectly, assisted in having the RAW tag belts change hands. There are a couple matches of note this evening-Gable and Benjamin battle Jimmy and Jey Uso for the SmackDown titles, and Jinder Mahal puts his WWE title on the line against the Phenomenal AJ Styles. How’s that for a nice card? Are you ready? Well, then let’s crack this shell open, shall we!?
Best Match of the night:
Hands down, this one goes to the main event, and there’s really no debate. The undercard for SmackDown wasn’t all that remarkable, so you could say that there was little to no competition…but all that being said, even if there had been competition, this one was going to win. AJ looked awesome, Jinder looked better than ever, and put those two together and they gave us a good main event match. That AJ Styles left the show as WWE Champion was just the cherry on top.
Worst match of the night:
Benjamin and Gable versus The Usos. This one wasn’t so much “bad” as it was disappointing. Either they knew they had timing issues so the match was intentionally abrupt, or Jey really did get legit injured during the match, which led to the countout victory for Benjamin and Gable.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Shane O Mac
New Day sucks
Becky’s gonna kill you
where’s your chin
you can’t wrestle
Star of the Night
Hands down, this has to be for the new WWE Champion, AJ Styles. One night after we saw the RAW tag titles change hands, we saw an even bigger change which impacts a major match on Survivor Series. Hats off to the new champ.
Spot of the Night:
Honestly, I didn’t feel as though there was even one really awesome spot tonight. Nothing stood out
Jobber of the Night:
Ellsworth. Definitely Ellsworth.
Upset of the Night:
Honestly nothing comes to mind.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
After James Ellsworth lost to Becky Lynch, Lynch and Carmella appeared to have words. But rather than spar with Becky, Carmella attacked James!
Almost as good? After losing his title, Jinder Mahal took his frustration out on the Singh Brothers.
Botch of the night:
Can’t say that there was a botch.
Commentary of the night:
That dropkick would have caved in Ellsworth’s chest, but nature beat her to it
someone should call animal control and scoop him off the canvas
LOL Moment of the night:
Ellsworth and his interaction with Becky. Some wasn’t LOL worthy (a little misogynistic, which for me to say that is saying something). But it was all worth it (I suppose) when James said his piece and Becky exclaimed “that’s pretty ballsy”….”considering you don’t have any”.
Mic drop…I believe she has won that argument!
There’s a lot of chatter about title changes. Each time the champ versus champ matches had been mentioned, in the weeks leading up to this, were constantly reminding us that anything could happen between then and Survivor Series. And between last night and tonight, that is just proof of that. Less than two weeks away from Survivor Series, two matches are being significantly changed, and there is the possibility of more changes coming, with a couple more title matches happening between now and the PPV.
I guess tonight one thing I can complain about is that the show only is two hours.
I also get that New Day can be heels. But in this blue brand versus red brand clash, it’s hard to go there. Like, are some playing heels because someone needs to be the bad guy? This is generally one of the downsides of a brand versus brand Survivor Series, because you have enemies (in theory) lined up next to one another, on the same team.
Put another way, I don’t mind blue versus red, but I would say that the guys on each team (or ladies too) need not pretend to get along with one another. We all know that the minute Survivor Series is over, it’s back to the routine.
The big one here had to be the main event. Even if the title had not changed hands, the match was top notch-Styles has that ability to elevate whomever he is wrestling. That’s not a shot at Jinder Mahal, but the reality is one is a known all-world wrestler, and the other was mid-card jobber to the stars until the brand split. And while I doubt the main event gets into contention for match of the year, it was the best of the show and easily the highlight of the night.
After the final bell:
Well, that was certainly an interesting show. I get the sense that neither team/brand knows whether to embrace the heel or babyface side, which is just awkward at times. Like, weren’t New Day faces not all that long ago? Or does WWE think fans are going to be more allied to one show? Personally, while it’s nice to have some crossover, I couldn’t give a rip about blue versus red in the long term. I just want to see good, traditional Survivor Series matches. Is that too much to ask for ? (yes, I already know that answer, unfortunately).