SmackDown has been facing stiff competition from RAW over the last couple of weeks. Let’s see how this week’s edition fared.
A high quality match to start the show
Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair ended in a double count-out: This was probably how this match should have gone on at the Super Show-Down. It was a good old-fashioned wrestling match where two wrestlers took each other to the limit.
The only down side is that we have no clue if WWE is persisting with the idea of Becky Lynch as a heel. It just isn’t working and no matter what heinous act Lynch commits, people are still cheering her. She is the antithesis of Roman Reigns now and it is no longer funny.
Having said that, it would be a travesty to overlook the quality of the match these two put up. It was a great way to start the show but still leaves the big picture with plenty of question marks. It was awesome though to see two women tear the place up and the crowd was going nuts throughout the match
Rating: Thumbs Up
Jeff Hardy qualifies for the World Cup
Jeff Hardy def. Samoa Joe: This was one of the most disappointing parts of the night. This had nothing to do with the match as it was pretty good but this means that Samoa Joe is probably out of the title picture which is a major injustice. What was the point of having such an emotional feud only for it to end in no payoff for either men.
The routine followed here was that Jeff kept attacking the knees of Samoa Joe until he could no longer stand making Jeff the winner. Joe not only came across as weak, but also the most pathetic version of a heel.
While we are excited for the Bryan and AJ Styles matchup, it would have made a lot more sense if Bryan was facing Samoa Joe. It would be very difficult for Joe to come back from this as he has quite literally been driven into the ground.
Rating: Thumbs Down
Another must see edition of Miz TV
The build up for the Bryan and AJ Styles began ironically on the talk show hosted by the very man Daniel Bryan beat to get the title shot.
It had all the usual shenanigans from the Miz and the two challengers played it respectfully. It still bums us out that two faces are going to be fighting it out. Miz actually referenced this by calling AJ Styles a Daniel Bryan with a southern accent.
Things did get a bit heated up and hopefully Bryan can begin an extended reign as the champion. That would lead to a host of interesting scenarios. This might not have been the perfect way to start this title feud but it was close and kudos to the Miz for once again being a dastardly good heel.
Rating: Thumbs Up