This edition of Smackdown was held in Ottawa, the home of my beloved Senators. I became teary eyed realizing they wouldn’t be in that arena until September. Regardless of that, WWE had set the bar pretty high for themselves after that amazing Raw from Monday. I think it’s safe to say this show was definitely booked much differently than Raw. I wouldn’t be shocked if they even used a different creative team.
Barrett could have done without the Jerry Lawler introduction, as it was oddly dull. I thought Rene Young would have been a better interviewer for this opening segment. BNB did do a solid down at running down Jerry, and it was a good way to get a negative crowd reaction. This segment was short and sweet, making it an efficient way to start Smackdown.
Dolph Ziggler vs Bad News Barrett/Bad News Barrett & Sheamus vs Adrian Neville & Dolph Ziggler
I thought the two were going to exchange promos, but instead they took part in the most impromptu of matches. As of late these two men have done an amazing job at playing their heel/babyface roles and it was rather evident in their match. When watching them wrestle, I could feel the dislike for one another. Their timing for the commercial break was ridiculous, because they announced the tag team match while they were off the air. Due to the fact this tag team match came out of nowhere it didn’t live up to the one they had on Monday night. I noticed that Barrett and Sheamus continue to build their tag team chemistry with each other, I believe they would have a solid tag team run. The high point of this match was easily watching Neville trying to tag Ziggler. I couldn’t help but think that if they started this off as a tag match it would be a much better start to the show.
Fandango vs Luke Harper
This has been quite the week for Fandango because of the men he has competed against. I was hoping he’d have some better luck last night than he did on Monday night. It was great to watch Fandango start the contest with some heavy offense. I believe this could have gone on slightly longer, as it didn’t get a chance to pick up. Eric Rowan seemed to have made a heel turn after the match, and if he did this was a great way to connect him back with Harper.
Usually I don’t mind Rusev promos because I enjoy watching how he has improved. This promo did not have my interest whatsoever. This was probably because his hateful word against Cena have gotten stale, and I couldn’t care less.
The New Day vs Tyson Kidd & Cesaro & Ryback
Ryback was a pleasant surprise for this 6 man tag match. Kofi Kingston and the big guy actually looked pretty good together. Ryback also did a good job at fitting in with his team. Tyson and Cesaro were immensely over with this crowd and it was tough to not cheer for them. The New Day took their fair share of bumps during the opening portion of this match but they looked very sharp once they began their offense. The spot of this contest was definitely when Big E whipped Kidd into the barricade multiple times. I think Bray Wyatt’s signature video distracted everybody in the match, because the ending fell flat. Cesaro botched a move (I don’t know what he was trying to do), and Kidd got pinned in a very anticlimactic way. I enjoyed the most of this bout, but they could have gone without the odd finish.
Emma vs Naomi
I didn’t know who to think of as the heel, but I figured it was probably Naomi. Most of the match wasn’t very fun to watch. I did enjoy Emma’s multiple pin attempts, but it was obvious that she wouldn’t win. This wasn’t a bad way to build Naomi, but the only that was missing was an evil post-match promo.
The Lucha Dragons vs Los Matadores
I feel like it’s been a while since we’ve seen the Lucha Dragons compete. While I was pumped to see the NXT imports, I can’t say the same for the Matadores. Usually Kalisto is the one to steal the show, but I think Sin Cara might have outshined his partner this time. Sin Cara was great at selling and had some great spots. I was glad to see that he even picked up the win, but I wish he got a chance to hit his finisher.
The formula used for this signing was much different from previous ones, because normally it’s only between 2 people. I thought Ambrose could have used a more creative insult instead of rehashing Orton’s. Rollins on the other hand got Reigns with an awesome insult about forming sentences. It was also very entertaining to watch Rollins slowly make his way into the ring because he was scared of getting anywhere near his Payback opponents. There was no hiding that the WWE Champion was on fire with the mic. I couldn’t stop laughing as Ambrose was moving the chairs and table aside just because we knew how this would end. Having Seth stand tall was the right way to end this segment. Contract signings can feel stale, but this was definitely well done and the best part of the show.
I didn’t know how to feel about this particular episode of Smackdown. There moments I enjoyed, but other moments fell flat. It was a very streaky edition. I was mainly left disappointed just because they on any of the momentum from Raw. Monday was on its own level, and I really thought Smackdown would be able to keep up. Overall I give this show a 6.3/10.