Paige’s New House
After Paige delivered a heartwarming retirement speech last night on RAW, she came to Smackdown Live the very next night to take over the General Manager role from Shane McMahon, and she sure hit the ground running, putting AJ Styles against…DANIEL BRYAN! Replacing a popular figure with another one – we have no problem with this, and so were the fans. The pop when Shane said “Paige” could easily be the loudest pop of the night. Or was it…
The Usos and The New Day redeemed themselves tonight as they put on a clinic in their fight for the #1 Contendership for the Smackdown Live’s Tag Team Championship, unlike their triple threat deflator of a match with The Bludgeon Brothers back at WrestleMania this past Sunday. All the usual elements of what makes the two teams’ showdowns so entertaining to watch were here for Tuesday night: fast-paced, high-flying action, the double superkicks, the uranage-backbreaker combo, the Big E spear, the Big E strap removal (which surely was a treat for Paige to watch), and their tangible chemistry. Those factors contributed towards a match that could make us forgive the atrocity that went down 48 hours ago.
Tonight might have been the last time we saw Naomi vs Natalya for a while. Based on the way Naomi talked to Natalya before the match, it appeared that one of them was heading for the red show. Naomi and Natalya are splendid performers, and Smackdown Live would lose a ring veteran if either moved to RAW. However, there are not many fresh opponents left for them, and we cannot watch Naomi vs Natalya forever, so the Shake-up is a good opportunity for new match-ups. Naomi vs Ember Moon sounds like a show-stealer. Or maybe, just maybe, Asuka could be moved to Smackdown Live and face the new WWE Smackdown Live Women’s Champion, Carmella.