From start to finish, this week’s episode of Smackdown proved to be action packed. The wrestling was entertaining, and the story should have most fans wanting more next week.
Dolph Ziggler’s promo was rather corny, but it worked for the first bit. He jumped the shark once he told Michael Jackson’s life story. One comparison would’ve been fine, but using Jackson as a base for the entire promo just felt awkward.
Aside from that, it was great to see this feud as the opening segment. I believe this means the company is willing to put Nakamura in prominent spots of the show.
AJ Styles vs Baron Corbin
Since the two wrestled last week, they really didn’t need a rematch. Even though their bout from last week ended in a count out, the writers are only making this match up stale. I can’t say I really cared to watch this in its entirety.
With all that being said, it’s still worth noting that these two have excellent chemistry. Having Baron gain in ring experience with a vet like AJ will only make him look stronger.
If AJ was going to get attacked by KO, why not just end this is a DQ? I don’t believe Baron needed the clean loss, because that doesn’t do him any favours.
The Colons vs American Alpha
Smackdown has a lot of work to do before they fully rehabilitate this tag division. The division went through a lull, but I believe it’s on the rise.
For the first time in a while, I was actually interested in seeing a Colons/Shinning Stars match. This simple repackaging is the best thing to ever happen to them. Sometimes wrestlers don’t need over the top gimmicks.
The match itself wasn’t too flashy, but it worked for both teams. The Colons wrestled a dominant style, which allowed for them to look like threats. Of course, that pacing only made AA’s win more exciting.
Randy Orton vs Eric Rowan
In comparison to Styles vs Corbin, this was a more tired match up. I for one thought it was pointless. At least the fans in attendance enjoyed it.
Truth be told, I actually liked Jinder’s post match promo. I’ve been critical of him in the past, but he’s coming into his own.
So with Jinder stealing the title from Randy, does that mean the house of horrors match isn’t for the title? Also, the match graphics from Raw and Smackdown didn’t mention the title. If that is he case, I’m utterly shocked that the WWE is willing to create such a massive plot hole in their programming.
Breezango vs The Ascension
Since both of these teams are normally jobbing, it was exciting to see how this match would turn out. Thankfully, us fans were given a favourable outcome, as Breezango was finally given a bit moment.
Charlotte vs Naomi
Tom Phillips was 100% right, this did in fact have a big match feel. While the two did wrestle last week, this didn’t feel stale. The two aren’t well acquainted with each other, so seeing them together still feels special.
In terms of styles, these two fit together perfectly. Charlotte knew exactly how to work with Naomi’s acrobatic move set. That’s not something many other women have done that well. Also, this may have been the first time Charlotte squared up with an opponent of equal size.
I was enjoying this match a lot, and it was sad to see it end. However, the finish was pretty neat. Instead of seeing another one on one program, this direction they’re taking with Natalya, Tamina, and Carmella sounds more fun. This also means Charlotte won’t be winning the title so soon, which is a good thing because it keeps her fresh.
I honestly can’t say this show had many dull moments. It appears the shake up is translating better on Smackdown than Raw. Apart from Orton-Wyatt, the rest of the show is running quite smoothly.
The low point of the show was Orton vs Rowan while the high point was the main event. Overall, I give this edition of Smackdown a 7.5/10.