By: Frank Hyden
This was the final Smackdown before the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view and it had some good segments but also some nonsense. Let’s get to the rundown.
GOOD- Kevin Owens, Daniel Bryan, and The Street Profits beat Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode, and Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura
This was your standard 8-man tag fare. It was good but it’s hard to tell much a story when you have so many people involved. It provided a little excitement, though, and ended with Montez Ford’s skyhigh Frog Splash for the pin.
GOOD- Bianca Belair beat Zelina Vega
Belair showed off her power, deadlifted Vega before hitting her finisher and getting the win. The thing with Belair, though, is that we’ve heard more about how great she is rather than seen it. I like her liveliness and she has an infectious smile but I wonder how hard they’ll push her. I like Vega but beating her isn’t presented as being all that hard so it’s not really doing much for Belair. And I don’t know who she could feud with next, most of the women are on RAW or NXT. We’ll see, though, hopefully WWE has plans for her.
GOOD- Lars Sullivan beat Shorty G, Chad Gable drops that name
The match was fine for what it was, it was all about making Sullivan look like a monster. I’d like to see more from Sullivan than just yelling and screaming but I’ll give him some time to develop. The real reason I went GOOD with this is that after Gable got beat, he said he quit and then backstage he clarified to Adam Pearce that he quits the stupid Shorty G crap and is just Chad Gable now. He said some heelish things about how he’s tired of telling people they can do anything if they put their mind to it because they can’t, only he can. He talked up his credentials. Gable is absolutely a guy WWE should push. I know he’s short but he’s a good wrestler. He should at least be in the secondary title picture, going for either the Intercontinental or United States Titles.
GOOD- Sasha Banks makes Bayley sign the contract
This was your typical wrestling stuff in terms of logic. Banks got a chair wrapped around Bayley and put her in The Bank Statement and forced her to sign the contract. However, I imagine pretty much everyone knows that forcing someone to sign a contract renders that contract void. But again, wrestling logic. I would have preferred to have Adam Pearce come out and tell Bayley she has to sign or vacate the belt. Then, Bayley could throw a little tantrum while Banks gloats and we could avoid anymore physical contact until their match. Not a huge deal, though, I just think that would have worked a little better.
BAD- Law & Otis
This wasn’t the worst thing of the week, that would be the Chris Jericho and MJF musical number, but it wasn’t any good. The best I could say about it is that it wasn’t as stupid as I was afraid of. Asuka was kind of funny as she ranted in Japanese on the witness stand, Rey Mysterio on the witness stand was fine. JBL as judge, Ron Simmons as baliff, Teddy Long as the stenographer, they were all fine as well. What jokes there were fell flat and we ended with JBL being bribed by Miz to have a match where Otis faces Miz with the winner getting the contract so it was all meh. I didn’t like this segment but at least it wasn’t aggressively terrible.
GOOD- Seth Rollins beat Murphy
This was a pretty good match, with Murphy getting in some nice offense. They teased Murphy winning but WWE would save that for a PPV if it were to happen at all. Rollins finally hit The Stomp for the win and pulled out a kendo stick. Aliyah Mysterio ran out to try to stop Rollins but he taunted her. That brought out Dominik Mysterio, who got attacked by Rollins from behind. Rey made the save as Aliyah got close with Murphy. The match was long but good, the after match stuff was meh.
GOOD- Roman Reigns and Jey/Jimmy Uso promo
The Usos used some twin magic on Reigns as Jey attacked him from behind. They separated and Roman said the stipulation for their match is that if Jey quits, his entire family is cut out of the family. So that means his wife and kids, their kids, etc. The same for Jimmy since he helped in the attack. We all kind of assumed this is what the stip would be. It adds some element of intrigue, I guess, but not really. Why do any of us care if the Usos leech off of whatever money Reigns makes? Does that stop them from making a living? I don’t think this stipulation is all that big a deal but maybe I’m in the minority there? I still really want to see their match this Sunday, though.
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