It’s the first SmackDown Live on a Tuesday following WrestleMania, and things are fixing to get interesting. RAW saw all of one NXT call up, so the guess here is we get more tonight. There’s still plenty to follow up on following Sunday’s thrill ride. So without any further delay, let’s dive into the last show in Orlando following the year’s biggest show. Perhaps tonight we will even hear more about this impending Superstar Shakeup.
Best Match of the night:
This one was tough, if only because nothing was really like, awesome. If I had to pick one, I’d say the street fight was good enough for the nod…though it raises a couple questions. First, why didn’t we get this on WrestleMania? And second, why wasn’t this for the title? Liked seeing Corbin get the win, but really thought they’d give him the belt by now.
Worst match of the night:
Is it wrong of me to say the main event was an abject disappointment? Like, I could say Hawkins/Dillinger was bad because it was short, but it was good because Dillinger. So I come back to the main event. I don’t know if it’s some funky chemistry, or the weird mind games, but something was off. I’ll be honest, the mind games could wind up paying off long term, but right now it just felt odd. Even the announcers said Wyatt is scheming toward something bigger (namely the House of Horrors match he challenged Orton to), but without the payoff, it just wasn’t a great main event.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Yes! Yes! Yes!
No more Cena
Star of the Night
Well, I have two.
The debuting Tye Dillinger absolutely deserves a nod. I hope his hot streak from NXT will translate into some solid success on the bigger show, but time will tell. For now, fans loved him.
And then we have Shinsuke Nakamura. Did not have much to do, but did it well, and got easily the biggest and most thunderous pop of the evening. If things work out as well as they did for him in NXT, then SmackDown could be looking at their newest and brightest Superstar.
Spot of the Night:
I loved seeing the Tye Breaker on the big show, but it wasn’t really a spot of the night kind of spot. Nothing tonight really was. It was a rather standard show in that respect.
Jobber of the Night:
Curt Hawkins. Without a doubt, hands down, no question about it. If this spot wasn’t here for Curt, he might not win much of anything. So, there’s that.
Upset of the Night:
Not a single one. Pretty much a paint by numbers show, outside of a couple nice surprises.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
What an awesome way to debut Shinsuke Nakamura. As Mike The Miz was ditching the ring, the camera panned up the ramp and there was a lone violin player. Anyone who recalls Nakmura’s TakeOver: Brooklyn entrance instantly knew who this was for, and the crowd roared. He came out, he did his gyrations, vibrations and other signature pre-match moves. He said nothing. He did not interact with Miz. But he had the crowd absolutely insane and happy. Awesome debut. Perhaps the only change I would have made is if there was some brief interaction, even just a stare down, with Miz. But I think think Nakamura is meant for bigger and better.
Botch of the night:
Maybe it isn’t fair to call it a botch, but you see it more and more lately. Guys are starting to sell a spot, or work a spot, before the spot actually happens. The two worst offenders? Leaping cross-bodies and clotheslines. And tonight it was a clothesline. Specifically, Baron Corbin. When Dean Ambrose went to send him over the top rope with a clothesline, Corbin was already going over the top rope backwards, before Dean ever actually made contact. Just not good to be sloppy (and, there wasn’t another botch I noticed).
Commentary of the night:
Would you look at the size of that rock on her finger!?
I think it’s a Ring Pop
Hey, just because your wife bought her own…
LOL Moment of the night:
Nothing much, honestly. The Miz as Cena thing should have died a couple weeks ago. It was funny…once. Now it’s just…overdone.
Erick Rowan has finally returned to the Wyatt Family. Which, until he returned, was no longer a family.
Finally, The Perfect Ten has arrived, full time! He made his triumphant debut tonight on the blue brand, making quick work of Jobber to the Superstars, Curt Hawkins. Hawkins had started to issue an open challenge and was going to count down from ten. He made it to….ten.
Something about the Wyatt/Orton dynamic bugs me. I wasn’t really interested in the main event. I think I’d like to just see Wyatt get his strap back, and move on. Maybe that would do it? But even then, I am not sure.
The Shane/Styles segment was, I thought, nice. Many already think it was a way of Styles to say farewell, in the event WWE smartens up and puts one of it’s biggest stars on the flagship brand.
Dillinger is done with NXT. It will be very interesting to see how he fares.
Shinsuke Nakamura, with what an incredible debut. Hard not to love that one, I think.
After the final bell:
The show was a pretty decent one. Something that bugs me now, but didn’t bug me yesterday (call it me having had time to think about it)…why call it a Superstar shakeup and do it a week after the big show? Why not just plan to have a draft on the RAW after ‘Mania or something, and announce it ahead of time? I mean, odds are all the ones who just debuted aren’t moving…and maybe it’s just a Reigns/Styles trade…but it makes me wonder how that thought process came to be. But in the end, if it comes together and works well, it will be fine.