1. Jinder Mahal Vs Jeff Hardy United States Championship
Winner: Jeff Hardy
It was an underwhelming debut of Jinder. I’m just plain tired of Jinder. The Jinder who along with Randy Orton and Smackdown Live Creative, almost killed the blue brand. Jeff needs the strap, as his absence has depleted his momentum, but honestly anything is better than Jinder. Even Nicholas is better than Jinder. It was an average match and Jinder’s botch of his own finish made me want to cry salty tears, but thankfully it ended rather quickly and so the trauma of seeing Jinder on the red brand was lessened.
2. Bayley Vs Sasha Banks
Winner: DQ Riot Squad debuts and attacks both
Im not a mark for the Riot Squad but I do appreciate them, as they will inject some life into the Raw Women’s division…well, at least Ruby Riot will.
The match itself didn’t do anything for me until the gals started Hockey fighting and then I was enraptured. We need a whole lot more of that in this fued.
3. Ryhno and Heath Slater vs The Authors of Pain
Winner: Authors of Pain (Squash Match)
I felt it was blah and far beneath AOP. I just don’t know what it is about many an NXT call up which leads to terminal cancer to those who make it to the main roster.
4. Miz TV (Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens debut)
*Miz to SDLive Mizterouge stays, 5 man tag announced.
I was very happy to see Kammi back in the mix, but the true gem here was the knowledge that we shall soon see Daniel Bryan exact his vengeance on the mighty Miz. That promo The Miz cut on Daniel was fire and as savage as Randy Poffo. The fans are about to get a treat with that fued.
5. Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy Vs The Revival
Winner: Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy (the burial of The Revival continues)
Why, why, why, why, why call up The Revival only to be fed to performers who don’t need the meal. The Revival are an amazing duo with limitless talent and even more epic timing with their maneuvers. They have the capacity to create symphonies in the ring, so why, why, why, why, why waste them as a snack to the morbidly obese. Don’t get me wrong, Im #Woken as fuck but The Revival are getting the Rusev treatment and its a complete waste of everybody’s time.
*Dual Brand PayPerviews (and the Death of the Midcard.)
JDfromNY206 of youtube fame (https://www.youtube.com/user/JDfromNY206) said it best. Dual branding payperviews will kill the Midcard. Only the top talent will make that card. All others will be lost in the shuffle and those lost in the shuffle are the talent who needs the exposure the most. Mark my words, this is a bad idea.
*Breezango debut (Comedy Bullshit) The guys can go. Let them go for christ’s sake. First and foremost these men are ProWrestlers and should not be squandered in a 2 bit comedy act.
* Ronda Rousey segment (Nattie Debuts) Not a fan of the gratuitous serial killer like sadism of the drawn out arm breaking sequence with Stephanie McMahon.
6. Ember Moon Vs Mickie James
Winner: Ember Moon (Great sell on the eclipse by Mickie James. Do I sense a Heel turn coming for Ember?)
It was a decent match but the diamond here was that sell of the eclipse by Mickie James. It was shades of The Rock taking a stunner from Stone Cold. Little birdies are chirping to me that we might see a heel Ember Moon soon. I am titilated at that prospect.
*Dolph Ziggler debuts and is interupted by Titus Worldwide.
Drew Mcintyre debuts and stomps a mudhole into Titus and friends and they walk it dry into the sunset. I am excited to see this grouping, but it won’t last. Drew is best as a face and a fued with Ziggler is what this universe needs.
* Roman Reigns speaks to next to no pop at all. Then he gets abused by the crowd and is cheered by the lonely women of the audience. Its clear the WWE Universe is sick of this shit.
Thank God Samoa Joe comes out and of course the crowd loves him. I feel bad for Roman at the legit hatred and apathy the WWE universe has for him. Not enough for me ever to cheer for him though. Please turn him heel before his career goes up in flames.
7. Mandy Rose Vs Natalya
Winner: Natalya (Absolution attacks and Ronda Rousey saves, Ronda very stiff attack)
This was all pretty meaningless and boring until Ronda potatoed the shit out of the make pretend MMA fighter chick. Ronda better be careful not to hurt her colleagues. We don’t need another Sid Viscious running around.
*Baron Corbin and his Hairline debuts with a video package. (Not even an in ring appearance?)
8. Breezango Vs The Bar
Winner: Breezango (Thank God because they needed this one.)
It was nice to see Breezango given a chance to shine. However, be very wary if they manage to get over on their own steam. We all know how that can be the death of someone’s career. If it happened to Rusev it can happen to anybody. You are only allowed to be cheered unless you are annointed by his holy highness Mr. MEEKMAHON.
*Elias Segment (Heeling it up in Hartford and furthering the fued with Bobby Lashley.)
9. Lashley, Rollins, Strowman, Balor and Bobby Roode Vs Axel, Dallas, Miz, Owens and Zayn
*Corey Graves – The Bullet Club is for everyone.
God bless Mr. Graves.
Winner: Lashley, Rollins, Strowman, Balor and Bobby Roode.
Strowman is over. Why he is not holding the Universal title escapes me. The match didn’t do much for me other than make me want to see Balor and club on Smackdown Live. It also wet my appetite to know the fued between The Miz and Daniel Bryan is a sure thing.
The show as a whole lacked that certain special something. I really didn’t pop much for any of the aquisitions. It just seemed like they crammed way too much in the show and once again I am left wishing there was more wrestling and less talking on the red brand. I totally understand now why so many want RAW to go back to a two hour format.
It’ll at least be nice to see Seth Rollins on SD live. The potential Dream matches we could see on the Blue Brand is a WONDERFUL delight.
Here’s hoping Smackdown gets it right where RAW did not.