SmackDown Live is over an hour shorter than Raw, yet almost each and every week, there seems to be more action on Tuesday nights than Mondays. Maybe it's simply because that action is packed into a lot less time or maybe SmackDown Live is simply the better show. Who knows? What we're trying to get at here is that once again there was an awful lot to take away from this week's edition of WWE's blue brand. There was a big announcement from Jinder Mahal, plenty of face time for Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, plus Daniel Bryan being warmly welcomed back to his hometown of Seattle, Washington.
5. The Fashion Files May Never End
Tyler Breeze and Fandango have stumbled on to something that has made them extremely relevant again with the Fashion Files. However, it's also something that is keeping them out of in-ring competition for the most part. What the two of them think of that is unclear, but what is clear is how much a large chunk of the WWE Universe love the weekly segments from the tag team meaning that they can't be nixed by higher-ups. Clearly, their buddies The Ascension seem to think they have solved the mystery of 2B however. Let's hope that Tyler and 'Dango remain oblivious for a little while longer, or that when they do solve it another case lands in their lap so that the Fashion Files continue.
4. More Work Needs To Go Into Booking The Women
The more things change, the more they stay the same. WWE is doing so much right now to advance women's wrestling, yet at the same time, they seem to be trying to stifle it. It's very frustrating. Rather than having individual, meaningful feuds with one another, WWE continues to lump all of the females into one segment together. This week, it came in the form of a six-woman tag team match. While Charlotte and Natalya were the focal points of the bout as they continue to do battle over Nattie's Women's Championship, the other four women felt like they were merely there for the sake of it. Carmella was even present at ringside despite not being in the match, clearly because WWE wanted every single SmackDown Live female out there at the same time for some reason.
3. Sami Zayn Is A Fantastic Heel
Who knew that Sami Zayn would make such an incredible bad guy? We bet even Zayn himself didn't even know he had it in him. The little glimpse of it we got on SmackDown Live last week was great, but the promo he cut on Daniel Bryan this week was absolute gold. It was mean, it had hints of truth to it, and it cut to the core of what Bryan is likely actually feeling right now as he watches The Underdog attempt to strap a rocket to his career. The Owens - Zayn alliance is everything we hoped it would be so far, and heel Zayn could prove to be just as good if not better than heel KO.
2. And He And Owens Make A Fantastic Team
Sami Zayn is a great heel. We've always known that Kevin Owens is a great heel. On Tuesday nigh,t they got the chance to be great heels together in the night's main event. Zayn's comments towards Daniel Bryan earlier in the evening understandably wound up the SmackDown Live GM somewhat, so Bryan booked a match for the new best buddies against Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton. Zayn put his newly discovered heel tendencies to good use once again and won the match following a low blow to The Viper. While the two bragged to Bryan about their win, the SmackDown Live GM revealed that next week it'll be Shane McMahon deciding their fates. That seemed to momentarily wipe the smiles off the best friends' faces.
1. Jinder Signed His Own Death Warrant
Jinder Mahal had a big announcement to make as the first hour of SmackDown Live turned into the second hour. With Shinsuke Nakamura clearly in The Modern Day Maharajah's rearview mirror, the WWE Universe was waiting with baited breath to find out who would be Mahal's next challenger. Well, it turns out Mahal doesn't want another title challenger, and instead laid down the gauntlet for Raw's Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar. What exactly has prompted this bout of bravery from the WWE Champion is beyond us, but the result of him venturing into Suplex City will likely not favor him or his beloved Singh Brothers. Plus, Mahal managed to offend AJ Styles in the process by claiming he has no worthy challengers on SmackDown Live.
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