On Monday night, Raw staged a seven-man gauntlet match that supplied us who watched with a litany of big moments. Enough to fill an article such as this one all by itself in fact. It would probably be fair to say that SmackDown Live has been struggling to follow suit. Aside from basically every move The Bludgeon Brothers perform basically being a big moment, finding enough to fill a whole list can be a little bit of a struggle some weeks. We found five for you this past Tuesday night though as SmackDown Live revs up heading towards Fastlane and you can check them all out below.
Bobby Roode may not want to admit it but clearly, Jinder Mahal is getting to him. This week on SmackDown Live The Modern Day Maharajah showed what he claimed to be the United States Champion's own personal top ten SmackDown Live Superstars and Randy Orton's name was nowhere to be seen. Mahal seems to be trying to pit Orton and Roode against one another but why exactly he wants to do that is still pretty unclear. You can't argue with his results though. All three men wound up in the ring on Tuesday night and a clearly bothered Orton not only failed to connect with an RKO on Roode, but he then received a Glorious DDT, just what Mahal wanted.
We did say in the introduction to this article that the only sure thing for a big moment each time they appear on SmackDown is the Bludgeon Brothers. Well, we might have jumped the gun on that one a little. It seems that any match former Women's Champion Naomi competes in is also good for a big moment. The Leader of the Glow Movement teamed up with Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch to take on The Riott Squad this week and couldn't resist showing off her athleticism. Liv Morgan was struggling somewhat against her in the ring so her Squad mates decided to drag her out. That's when Naomi flung herself over the top rope and sacrificed herself in order to take out Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan and carry on putting the boots to Morgan.
Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler are no strangers to one another, and in Tuesday night's opening match they got the chance to renew pleasantries. Owens bragged that if he had been the one to take on The Showoff in last week's main event instead of his on again, off again friend Sami Zayn then he would have had no issue in getting the job done. Well, Shane McMahon gave Owens the opportunity to prove that. Fair play to The Prizefighter nothing Ziggler threw at him was able to keep him down. He did need an interruption from Zayn to distract Ziggler in order to pick up the win though. While the former World Champion was looking the other way KO hit him in the back of the head with a nasty looking super kick.
Here we are, the reason that we're all here. OK, maybe that's a slight exaggeration, but once again, The Bludgeon Brothers' short match was filled with some massive moments as they successfully decimated a couple more local talents. We saw all the old favorites of course but the series of moves that makes the list this week is something that went on outside the ring. Erick Rowan scoop slammed one of their opponents on to the unforgiving floor at ring side and then scoop slammed the other poor soul right on top of him. The best was yet to come though as Rowan picked up Harper and slammed him on to the both of them.
Baron Corbin actually has a better record against AJ Styles than most in WWE right now. That's probably why The Lone Wolf was so confident heading into his main event match with The Phenomenal One this week on SmackDown Live. Styles managed to take him down a peg or two though and picked up the win over his adversary and one of the men who could take his title away at Fastlane. That wasn't where the night ended for either man though. As soon as the match had finished Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn rushed the ring in order to beat down Styles. They were somewhat successful, that was until Corbin was back on his feet. At that point, both men suffered the devastating End Of Days one after the other. Corbin may have lost the match but he was the last man standing when SmackDown Live went off the air.
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