Ok, lets put it this way, this week’s SmackDown could not be anywhere near as bad as last week’s. With ‘the biggest party of the summer’ done and dusted, and RAW putting on an impressive show, it was down to SmackDown to finish the quadfecta of WWE events held at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn.
All-in-all, SmackDown wasn’t too bad. It saw a debut, a return, a couple of good story moments and a decent match. What more do you want in two hours?
But, as ever we found some good, bad and ugly moments for you guys to chew on.
The debut of Bobby Roode was everything his moniker suggests it would be. Given a *ahem* glorious entrance, to a huge pop, he quickly dispatched of Aiden English before granting a short interview in the ring, where he announced his intentions.
It was a debut fitting of the man and left us with no doubt that the WWE has faith in him. Will he be face or heel? We don’t know, and frankly, at the moment, we don’t care, because Bobby Roode is brilliant and he will lift SmackDown up a notch. With AJ Styles, Bobby Roode, Kevin Owens, Shinsuke Nakamura and Sami Zayn all on the same show, the future looks *ahem* glorious for SmackDown Live.
Not quite equal, but excellent all the same, was the rather subdued return of Shelton Benjamin. Shelton was one of our favourite wrestlers and we were marking out hard for his return. We can’t wait to see the story between him and new tag-team partner, Chad Gable. It could be……no, we won’t do that again.
With the final nailed banged into the coffin of what might have been with AJ Styles and Kevin Owens, we can’t help but feel disappointed. While the promo to start the show was good–which has actually been a staple of this feud–the fact we got another match between these two was silly. More irritating, though, was, in the said final match between these two for the foreseeable future, we still had interference and ref problems.
We get they are hyping the feud between Owens and Shane, and that’s fine, but you have two of the best workers in the company, no, the world, facing off against each other, and we leave the feud feeling they could have done more. We could have had a barn burner of a match between these two, and we never got it. This final match was a realisation of that sad fact.
Ugly is usually reserved for something egregiously bad, annoying or painful, and frankly, SmackDown this week didn’t have any. If I wanted to, I could pick on fans doing a Mexican wave, but I don’t mind that. I could pick on Natalya’s poor promo skills, but I won’t. I’m not going to criticise for the sake of criticism, so this week, SmackDown gets a pass, good job.