One last SmackDown Live to break down before the one last pay-per-view of the year, Clash Of Champions. There were plenty of big moments, huge takeaways, and of course talking points coming out of the blue brand’s go home show, but that’s not what we’re here for. The purpose of this list is to pick out five of the biggest and most devastating moves from the night in question. With a main event between the hard-hitting Shinsuke Nakamura and the unforgiving Kevin Owens plus a further outing of The Bludgeon Brothers, you can rest assured that there were plenty to choose from, and here are just five of them.
5. Aiden English Puts An Exclamation Mark On His And Rusev’s Win
— WWE (@WWE) December 13, 2017
The majority of the SmackDown Live Superstars heading into this Sunday’s Clash Of Champions will be battling for one of the blue brand’s many titles. Whether you’re a champion or a challenger, you will want to be riding a wave of momentum going into your title match. Well, no one has gained more momentum over the past two weeks than the mismatched team of Rusev and Aiden English. Last Tuesday they defeated The New Day to earn a place in Sunday’s Tag Team Championship match, and this week they picked up an even more impressive win against The Usos. With Rusev the unofficial leader of the pair, it’s usually him that takes the lead when it comes to finishing off matches. This week, it was Aiden though and we got a glimpse of what we presume is his finisher. Pretty impressive, unique, and clearly effective.
4. Naomi Delivers An Impressive Double Dropkick
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— WWE (@WWE) December 13, 2017
Ruby Riott found herself in a one on one match with Charlotte Flair this week, although she did have the rest of her Riott Squad at ringside in case things went south. Things did go south, fast, but even the three of them couldn’t fend off Charlotte alone this week. Lucky for them, Natalya was at the announce desk and she was the one who managed to take Flair down. Now The Riott Squad had the upper hand they went about dismantling the beaten down Women’s Champion. It looked as if she was about to get the same treatment as Naomi, that was until the leader of the GLOW Movement sprinted to ringside to help out. The extremely athletic Naomi took out both Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan in one swoop with an incredible double dropkick. She certainly seems to have recovered from those injuries.
3. A Couple Of Glorious DDTs
— Bryce (@GIoriousOne) December 13, 2017
Three men will do battle for the United States Championship at Clash Of Champions, Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, and Bobby Roode. The first of those two had a singles match on SmackDown Live this week and while both men have pretty devastating finishing moves worthy of this list, neither of them had the chance to show them off. Instead, it was the third man from this Sunday’s triple threat, who was sitting at ringside, that delivered some damage with his own finisher. The second match in a row ended in disqualification when Roode stepped into the ring and delivered Glorious DDTs to both of his upcoming opponents. Message very much sent.
2. Moves That’ll Make You Scream
— WWE Hot Takes (@prowrestlingHT) December 13, 2017
Despite The Bludgeon Brothers’ latest outing being another incredibly short one, there were a number of big moves from the two very big men. While Breezango will take on Harper and Rowan at Clash of Champions, it was the turn of a couple more enhancement talents on Tuesday night. Which of the big moves to choose though? Erick Rowan’s impressive drop kick? The devastating double finisher that brought the curtain down on the match? Both viable candidates, but ultimately, it has to go to the full nelson turned sit down powerbomb delivered by Luke Harper, simply because it made the poor guy receiving it let out a piercing yelp as he fell through the air. Both hilarious and devastating.
1. Pop Up Powerbomb!
Considering the main event on this week’s SmackDown Live was between the hard-hitting duo of Kevin Owens and Shinsuke Nakamura, you can imagine that this match alone probably could have filled this list. The single leg dropkick from The King Of Strong Style, the blocked top rope senton from Kevin Owens. There were plenty of big and brutal moves in the match. The award goes to KO’s old faithful though, the Pop Up Powerbomb. It’s such a simple move, yet also a very devastating one. Plus, it’s one we haven’t seen enough of recently. It may not have been the brutal version that he delivers to the ring apron but it is a big move worthy of earning a win and closing out a show nonetheless.
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