WWE SmackDown Live
Air Date: September 27, 2016
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Smackdown has been taken out of the spotlight recently. In fact, WWE has been taken out of the spotlight recently. With the Presidential debates, NFL starting back up and WWE RAW having a PPV recently, we haven’t heard much from team blue. But tonight the show must go on despite possibly getting a flat rating. Smackdown has lots planned for tonight, whether it’s a celebration for a champion, a champion defending his title or a Viper stalking his prey, we got lot’s to cover. So let’s head down to the ring and hear what Randy Orton has to say to kick off the show this week.
This week starts off with the usual video opening, but quickly after that Randy Orton comes out to the ring to cut a promo. Of course he cuts his promo about who he is currently in a feud with, Bray Wyatt. Near the end of his speech, he calls out Bray Wyatt and tells Wyatt to “face his fears”. As most Wyatt segments, he does not come out to the ring, but he cuts a promo on the titantron. After the Wyatt video on the bigscreen is done, Orton walks out and that’s the segment.
It might just be me, but that was a terrible way to start off the show. It is a good idea that is also unique of Smackdown to have many various rivalries start off the show, but this one was a complete flop. Nothing got promoted for later on in the show, and literally nothing came of this segment. Orton’s promo was pretty good, but Wyatt’s was not entertaining at all. Wyatt puts me to sleep. It’s a long list of terrible opening Smackdown segments post-brand split, and this one gets added to that list. If they thought that this would hype up the crowd, they were dead wrong. The crowd had no reaction at all after the segment.
Match 1: American Alpha and Health Slater & Rhyno vs The Ascension and The Usos
We come back from the break with two teams in the ring. It’s time for an 8-man tag match to showcase the tag division. Even though two teams are in the ring, the ring is not full. The recently heel turned Usos make their way to the ring with new music, continuing the revamp of the duo. They are wearing “streetwear” again in this match which is good because it fits their characters.
This match had great continuity from American Alpha and The Usos by continuing to target Chad Gable’s leg. A lot of this match was shown over the break, but The Usos and AA are the obvious spotlight in this matchup. You would ask why they aren’t getting a 2 versus 2 matchup yet, and I think it’s because they plan for AA to face The Usos at a PPV in the future.
After the break, we come back to the last part of the match which boils down to Heath Slater getting double teamed by The Usos. The Usos target the leg of Heath too, which means that they might make targeting the leg a signature move.
Match 2: Natalya and Carmella vs Naomi and Nikki Bella
I hope that the first match didn’t get you tired of tag matches, because Carmella and Natalya team up to face Naomi and Nikki Bella on the second match of the night. This match was given lots of time which was a big mistake. I did not enjoy this match, and it ended with the uncreative finish of a roll-up pin by Carmella. Roll-up pins are a easy way to get heat on Natalya and Carmella, but it’s also lazy.
The Miz Title Celebration
As part of The Miz’s new contract, he gets a celebration tonight! This celebration was very cheesy and comedic. There was big photos of The Miz in the ring, and there was a 3-4 minute long tribute played during his speech. Ringside are The Miz’s parents, and so are Dolph Ziggler’s parents! Miz dissed Ziggler’s parents and that made Ziggler himself come out to the ring. Ziggler cuts a very great promo and challenges The Miz for one last title match. But if Ziggler loses, he retires. The Miz of course accepts this and sets the match for the PPV in two weeks.
This whole segment was pretty stretched out, but I do not have any hate towards what Ziggler said. He was very self aware over the fact that he has always been losing matches over the coarse of the last few years.
Match 3: Becky Lynch vs Alexa Bliss
After the break it was planned for Becky Lynch to face Alexa Bliss, but it was cut short because of an attack on the ramp by Alexa Bliss on Becky. That ended the segment which was good because it was super short but sweet, which is needed on such a short show like Smackdown. Even if the rivalry does not progress too much, you get a reminder that the rivalry is there.
Match 4: Dean Ambrose vs AJ Styles (WWE Championship Match)
It’s time for our main event, and I would like to point out that we have not seen any Authority figures tonight. That is a good thing. In the past few weeks, we have seen the authoritative groups be the main spotlight of the show. The wrestlers have been the only spotlight on the show so far. But putting that aside, it’s main event time!
Ringside for this main event is John Cena on commentary. The main event of the night is Dean Ambrose facing AJ Styles, for the WWE World Championship! This match was made because of the low blow that AJ Styles did to Dean Ambrose last week.
Now this match was given a whole quarter of the show, and it was a great match except for the finish. The finish of the match was Ambrose trying for a roll-up pin, but the ref was distracted. Once the ref comes back, Styles gets a roll-up pin to retain. Now there are some plus sides to this finish, two of them being that Ambrose does not look any weaker because of this match finish, and Styles needs so much more heat, so this cheap title retain is a great way to do that.
On the other side, I have always believed that roll-ups are cheap. But besides the finish to the match, this match was great and it deserved the amount of time it took up on the show. This final match puts another episode of Smackdown in the books.
We saw lots of great segments this week, but in my opinion we did not see enough matches. Not counting the match that was cancelled, we had 3 matches tonight. We did not get a boring show this week though! This week showed lots of creativity, and I hope they can keep it going as we edge closer to the next Smackdown PPV. Smackdown continues next week, but until then, I’ll see you later!