Hello again everyone! It’s Tuesday, and for those of you that don’t know (and I can’t imagine there are any of you, because….how are you reading this if you don’t?!), it’s time for SmackDown Live. The blue brand is revving up for it’s final major PPV of the year, with Clash of Champions just a couple weeks away. But before blue gets to Boston, there is much left to do, no? Of course there is. While we know full well what the main event will be (at least, we assume it’s the main event), with the WWE title up for grabs between AJ Styles and Jinder Mahal, we don’t know much else about the card. Here’s betting that, by the time the final match concludes, we have a much more defined picture of what the Clash card is going to give us. Will Christmas come early? Let’s crack open this Nutshell and find out!
Best Match of the night:
This was easy. Orton and Zayn was far and away the best of the night, for my money
Worst match of the night:
Tamina and Charlotte. Seriously, why does Tamina still work there?
Crowd Chants of the Night:
This is awesome
Star of the Night
By the end of the night, things belonged to Orton and Nakamura
Honorable mention to Ruby and her Riott Squad. Felt as though they were much improved on the mic tonight.
Spot of the Night:
Perhaps a cop out, but nothing really stood out. I mean…I love seeing the kinshasa, but that’s hardly spot of the night at this point.
Jobber of the Night:
Really did not feel as though there was one.
Upset of the Night:
I suppose one would have to feel as though Rusev and English winning is a bit of an upset.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
At first I was going with the “Owens handcuffed to the ring” bit. Not overly shocking, but nothing on the first one hundred and nineteen minutes of the show was. And then, as Nakamura and Orton posed in ring following Orton’s victory, we transition to Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon watching it all on a monitor. Bryan asked Shane “are you done with them”. Shane answers no. At Clash, Shane is the guest referee, and if Zayn and Owens lose, they are fired from WWE. Well, I guess we know who will win in Boston. Question now becomes…how?
Botch of the night:
Orton asked Nakamura after his music hit, if he would be his partner. I don’t read lips, and it was pretty easy to see. But the entire announce team missed it, and after a couple seconds (no doubt with McMahon yelling in their earpieces), they all began to speculate if the partner could be Nakamura, or how good of a team they’d make (because, of course, we’ve never seen those two tag before…).
Commentary of the night:
Twelve percent of Bulgarian boys born in 2017 have been named Rusev
Of course you like it Byron. You’re a sadist.
I can’t help but think of that scene from Jurassic Park and the goat when it’s T-Rex feeding time.
LOL Moment of the night:
No one thing in particular, but there is something oddly humorous about Aiden English and Rusev and this whole Rusev Day schtick. I dare say it has potential to grow into something not unlike what Breezango have done. If this new pairing could have even a modicum of that success, WWE would probably be pretty satisfied.
Maybe not noteworthy, but I have to say I like the graphics WWE came up with for Clash of Champions. Putting the current title atop a pedestal made up of the prior iterations of those titles. Was pretty cool.
And, speaking of Clash of Champions, the card is much more in focus now, don’t you think? Let’s do a quick run down:
The previously announced WWE title match pitting Jinder Mahal against champion AJ Styles
United States title match-in a triple threat, Baron Corbin defends against Bobby Roode and Dolph Ziggler.
The tag team titles are going to be defended in a fatal fourway, with the usual suspects of New Day and the Usos being joined by Gable and Benjamin and the newest tag team on the SmackDown roster, Rusev and Aiden English.
Not to be left out, the women’s championship is being defended by Charlotte, as she does battle with Natalya in a lumberjack match-which serves as a way to get Riott Squad involved.
And last but not least? Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens versus Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura in a tag match. It was RKO and a partner of his choosing, but after Nakamura made the save in the main event, the choice was clear.
Whatever complaints I could have are really minor
Perhaps a little too true to form, but they did put together a decent show tonight and I think a good card for Clash of Champions. Next week is the go home show, so it will be worth watching next week to see how things go.
After the final bell:
Overall, a rather formulaic show. Not saying that in a bad way, mind you, but it was rather paint by numbers in terms of building the card.
The parting shot by Shane was a bit unexpected. I figured he’d say “cage match” or some other crazy stipulation. He took it to a whole different and unexpected level.