On Tuesday, SmackDown Live delivered a ton of action, including some major news as the blue brand heads towards the Super Showdown on October 6th.
Between one of The Miz and Daniel Bryan getting a shot at the WWE Championship, Maryse taking some time off, Rusev Day splitting up and Becky Lynch and Charlotte furthering their feud, there was plenty to digest. Suffice to say, the show was much better than Monday's broadcast of Raw.
With that in mind, here are your winners and losers from SmackDown Live, September 18, 2018.
Winner/Loser: The Miz
The Miz was tonight's first winner, but also tonight's first loser. He started by announcing that he'll be facing Daniel Bryan at Super Showdown on October 6th and whoever wins that match will move on to face the WWE Champion. This is a big stipulation for the match and puts Bryan either back in the title picture or gives the Miz a much-deserved push.
The bad news was that The Miz will be losing his wife and manager Maryse. She announced that Tuesday was her final night on SmackDown Live. She'll be off of television for the foreseeable future as she does the "mom" thing. It might not seem like a huge deal, but this is a massive loss for The Miz who has been leaps and bounds better with Maryse by his side.
Loser: Rusev Day Splits
It was inevitable, but that doesn't make it any less sad that one of the most popular duos in WWE is no more. Perhaps the fact WWE was never going to give them the push they deserved makes this a positive, but this is a case of what might have been.
English is likely the star who is going to disappear into the night and Rusev should go on to be a bigger star but maybe both will benefit from the change. As for the actual split, it was somewhat anticlimactic.
Winner: Andrade "Cien" Almas
Can we just call Almas a star already and get on with his massive push? Every match between Styles and Almas, and for that matter, Almas and anyone has been tremendous. Tuesday was no exception.
WWE needs to find him an opponent he can really get into a battle with and come out on the winning end of things. That will get him rolling in terms of cementing him a spot as one of the blue brand's hottest heels.
Well, Asuka is back. She almost shouldn't be if WWE is going to stick her in programs with Billie Kay and Peyton Royce. It's not that the Iiconics are bad, (they're actually quite entertaining) but a feud with Asuka doesn't make much sense and it just yells WWE not having anything better for the Empress of Tomorrow to do.
Asuka has fallen so far from where she was when she tore through the Women's Division upon her debut. A little drop was bound to happen the moment her undefeated streak came to end, but this is pretty sad.
Winner: Becky Lynch
With confidence, it's easy to say that Becky Lynch might be the best thing going on in WWE. That's on both Raw and SmackDown Live. She's found her groove as a heel and her beatdown of Charlotte to close the show just further proves that.
Lynch is so natural in the role that she's actually getting fans back to where they should be. At first, the WWE Universe wanted to cheer her and boo Charlotte. Now, Lynch is turning people against her which is her job. The fans still like her and maybe they are booing out of respect, but whatever she's doing is working.