Are you still recovering from the blue brand’s big show this past Sunday? Hopefully not, as Tuesday is once again upon us, and with it comes SmackDown Live. Tonight we should get several follow-ups. For one, it’s the first night in the Bray Wyatt era! How many people didn’t think we’d ever get to see it? Beyond that, we have Cena quickly cashing in his re-match, more on Corbin/Ambrose, the first SmackDown as champion for Naomi, and so much more! Let’s get things going!

Best Match of the night:

Honestly, I don’t think this had much in the way of competition, but the triple threat match for Wyatt’s new title. It had initially been announced just as a one on one bout, but AJ got in on the fun too, and it worked out quite well. Having the three men involved also allowed Luke Harper to linger in the storyline, which kind of begs the question: with Bray holding the title, and Orton due to face him in Orlando, what is Harper’s end game? But, regardless, for tonight, this was the best match of the evening.

Worst match of the night:

I felt most of the other matches tonight were rather lackluster (and there were only two others)  but if I had to put my finger on just one match landing the honor of “worst”, I would have to go with Becky and Mickie. I don’t know why, but this one didn’t feel like it clicked. There were spots that looked like these two were not communicating in the ring. I could have dinged Alpha and The Ascension, too, because numerous spots tonight looked identical to what we got on Sunday.

Crowd Chants of the Night:

Yes! Yes! Yes!

You deserve it

John Cena sucks

one more time

Holy [email protected]

This is awesome

Star of the Night

I have to give this one to Bray Wyatt, because he took a beating before and during the match, but still was booked strong enough to look quite good in his first match as WWE Champion. I didn’t see anything out of it to make me think WWE made a mistake putting the belt on him, though I think he’s still going to be one of those guys who are generally popular regardless of gold.

Spot of the Night:

AJ with a big splash on Wyatt, who was on the announce table. He then followed it up with a leg drop onto Wyatt, still on the table, and finally the table broke. I wonder if they were expecting the table to drop after the first attempt…

Jobber of the Night:

Here’s an odd one for you…but how about Randy Orton? Orton came out, after Bray’s first successful defense of his newly-won WWE Heavyweight Championship, and declared that he has pledged his allegiance to Wyatt, and so long as Wyatt is the champion, Orton will not fight Wyatt at WrestleMania. So, basically, for now, Orton is laying down for Bray. Will it continue? Will Orton put his spot up for grabs? Will someone knock some sense into Randy? Stay tuned.

Upset of the Night:

Ellsworth over Ambrose. OK, OK, it didn’t actually happen. I have nothing else to put here…

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Wyatt made his first entrance to the ring for a match as WWE Champion. The lights turned up, and there was Luke Harper, waiting to unleash Holy Hell

Botch of the night:

Whoever was in charge of the pyro when Ambrose was going to go through the gimmicked boxes on the stage. Because the pyro shot off before Corbin even let go of Ambrose. Ooops.

Commentary of the night:

It’s Valentine’s Day, and we’ve got Beauty and The Mutant in the ring

LOL Moment of the night:

The interaction between Ambrose and Ellsworth backstage. Dean offering him a nickel of advice, and telling Daniel that Ellsworth is dressed like a schmuck. So true….so very true…

Noteworthy Moment:

It looked like we’d get the 2017 Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, featuring James Ellsworth beaten to a pulp by Dean Ambrose. But as Ellsworth was waiting for the hangman, Baron Corbin decimated Dean Ambrose in the backstage area and then dragged Ambrose out to the stage, where he mostly beat him up some more. Anyone thinking Ambrose is losing that Intercontinental Championship come WrestleMania?

Naomi came out and is now sporting a knee brace, apparently injuring herself during her title win. Worth seeing how that plays into things.

Overall lowlights:

Two hours of wrestling. Three matches. Three. Seriously, that bugs me. I can’t even say that the rest of the non-wrestling time was well-spent, either. It baffles me at times that we can get just under an hour of NXT and sometimes come away with four or five good matches, and then you can get a two hour SmackDown show (or even a three hour RAW) and not come away with better than four or five good matches. It’s maddening at times.

Overall highlights:

The triple threat match.

American Alpha is coming into their own, I think. Now if only SmackDown had a compelling heel team to play against them…

Interesting wrinkle developing in the WrestleMania main event between Orton and Wyatt. I can’t say where it might be going, but it should be interesting to watch.

After the final bell:

The first SmackDown of the Wyatt Era has come and gone, and it wasn’t a totally awesome effort overall, but that isn’t on Bray. He, Styles and Cena delivered when they had to. If we keep seeing matches like that while Wyatt is champion, then few should complain about his reign.

Now, let’s see if the rest of the roster can step up.


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