Becky Lynch Crashes SmackDown Live
Becky Lynch continued her fiery approach to getting back to action. This week’s SmackDown Live started with Charlotte Flair calling Lynch a liability. Lynch came out through the crowd (emulating The Shield’s entrance) to confront but was stopped by Triple H.
Lynch got into an argument with Triple H and end up punching him. This was awesome – punched Stephanie McMahon on RAW last night for which she was suspended, and now Triple H.
Our Take From It: This was super awesome. First of all, kudos to Triple H for being open to putting over a lady wrestler in such a way. Lynch is still going super hot.
The segment did not clear whether Charlotte will be involved in the match or not, however, this was a great start to the show. WWE has struck gold with Becky Lynch and so far they have been managing it well.
Nakamura and Rusev Are A Team Again
The Good Brothers vs. Nakamura & Rusev: The match started with typical tag action. The tag team rapport between Nakamura and Rusev was reluctant at first but soon with some help from Lana the team was able to work together and Rusev was able to hit the Machka kick for the win.
Winners: Nakamura & Rusev [by pinfall]
Our Take From It: Rusev and Nakamura being a team seems to be the last resort as both men have not been able to live up to their individual reputations.
The Good Brothers are good as gone from WWE and this was reflected in the match. It was lackluster and lacked any depth. None of the extra things that happened felt engaging. Nothing much to write home about this one
Orton and Ali Put On A Great Show
Randy Orton vs. Mustafa Ali: This was a great match up. Ali and Orton put on a typical Orton style match. Ali tried to rally and pick up pace while Orton slowed him down and broke his pace and tempo and went on with his methodical attack. Orton prevailed by reversing a couple of fast moves and hitting another terrific RKO for the books.
Winner: Randy Orton [by pinfall]
Our Take From It: This match somehow worked and clicked on some level. Mustafa Ali has been growing by leaps and bounds and was able to work really well with the more gradual paced Randy Orton. Whether this works in the long term is something that needs to seen. The post match attack by Samoa Joe was also done well.
Daniel Bryan Is An Awesome Heel
This segment was a continuation of what happened last week. Daniel Bryan was able to rile up the crowd to the point where he would not be able to speak anymore. The gist was that he kept claiming that he is the planet’s best champion.
Jeff Hardy came out and challenged him and while AJ Styles too tried to put his name in the hat, ultimately Hardy ended up setting up the main event with Bryan.
Our Take From It: Nothing much different happened from last week but it is still significant how Bryan has transformed from one of the most loved superstars to one of the most hated superstars right now. The Elimination Chamber match should be interesting.
A Lackluster Women’s Tag Match
The IIconics vs. Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose vs. Naomi & Carmella: There was nothing much to takeaway from this match. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville picked up the win after just a couple of hot tags.
Winner: Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose [by pinfall]
Our Take From It: There was a time when WWE would put on a lukewarm match before the main event not that long ago. They seem to have returned to that norm and this match was pointless in every sense. Suddenly Naomi and Carmella are a tag it seems. Whatever it is, this is an utter waste of time that no one asked for.
An Awesome Main Event
Jeff Hardy vs. Daniel Bryan: The main event between Hardy and Bryan was awesome to watch. Rowan showed his utility as a team player for Bryan. After quite a few reversals and back and forth it seemed like Hardy was about to win with a Swanton Bomb but Rowan caused the disqualification and Hardy ended up getting beat up by the heels.
Winner: Jeff Hardy [by disqualification]
Our Take From It: Instead of putting up some silly melee involving all the men in the Elimination Chamber, WWE went with the more intelligent option of putting on a one on one show. This was a great show and no one expects WWE to put the title on Jeff Hardy at this point. Overall, a great way to build up the Elimination Chamber match.
Overall Review: SmackDown Live this week was a good show that had its moments. The Nakamura and Rusev storyline that has been put on in haste is already on its last legs. The women’s tag division is already gasping for air.
The good thing though is that the rest of the show is clicking along in a nice way. The SmackDown side of things for Elimination Chamber is also heating up nicely. Overall, a pretty satisfactory show.
Moment of the Night: Becky Lynch punching Triple H
Overall Rating: 4.2/5