After Hell in a Cell, all eyes were on SmackDown Live on Tuesday and the big question that needed answering was what was Sami Zayn doing helping Kevin Owens?
While the appearance of Shane McMahon was unknown leading into the show, (unlikely due to injuries cited on the WWE website) Owens and Zayn were sure to be in the building and likely to provide some sort of explanation.
Aside from that, what was next for Natalya and Charlotte after the current SmackDown Live's Women's Champion took the unethical route to keep her title by attacking Charlotte's knee and getting herself disqualified.
Who was the next in line for the Usos? What was the plan for AJ Styles after losing his title and who was new U.S. Champion Baron Corbin going to shaft as a champion who respects noone.
Here are your Five Winners and 5 Losers From SmackDown Live - October 10, 2017.
Their story continues to be unfinished, but it's clear they are headed toward a breakup. Unfortunately, in the midst of a Fatal 4-Way, there wasn't much time to explore the idea of their potential dispute other than a quick argument that led to an early elimination.
It appears the WWE Universe will have to wait another week and that this eventual split might be surrounded by a bunch of other in-ring action. Hopefully, it gets the attention it deserves.
Each team gave props to the other, but the Uso's did most of the talking and it's clear they are the tag team that leads the way on SmackDown Live. They showed respect to the New Day and disrespect to everyone else, which works out great because they'll finally move onto a new challenger.
That challenge will come from Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin and that means the matches should be great since they may be the most polished in-ring workers the Usos go up against.
What a trainwreck this partnership is. It was an odd choice from the start — our intention is to keep hammering home how much we love the Roode character, but despise it played as a babyface—and there is no long-term benefit for either character here. Roode is already losing the crowd as a good guy, no one cares for his new schtick and when the two got talking, it was clear they were lost in their scripted garble.
When the duo's chemistry became more than clearly off the rails, they just settled into yelling at each other in the mic and a waste of television time. End this feud already and let each guy move onto something else.
We're not sure exactly what to make of the reboot for Luke Harper and Erik Rowan, but the Bludgeon Brothers are one way to go. Their outfits are cool, and a slight variance from their time with Bray Wyatt and their Thor hammers are interesting, but much of this screams like someone had no idea what to do with these two and this is where they landed. It almost like a car crash between the Berzerkers and the Powers of Pain.
Either way, it will be nice to have these two back and the tag division on SmackDown Live sorely needs a couple new challengers. Rowan and Harper will immediately move to somewhere near the top of the tag team totem pole and a fitting place to start might be to wipe out The New Day. That would make an impact. Maybe they'll at least have a cool entrance and annoy Dolph Ziggler.
Now what? That's what we have to ask when it comes to plans for Shinsuke Nakamura. He had the potential to come in as one of the blue brands next big stars and make SmackDown Live a legit rival for Raw and instead, he's now working a mid-level mashup tag scenario with Randy Orton?
For heaven's sake, Jinder Mahal wasn't even on the program this week so there was absolutely no reference to the WWE Championship in any respect. It's almost like the WWE was hoping fans would forget that feud ever happened.
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His promo before Sami Zayn came out was some of Kevin Owens' best work yet, and if the WWE Universe is going to buy into Zayn as a heel (that's going to be extremely hard to do for a while), Owens is the guy to team him with and make it believable.
His speech about going to heaven and the pearly gates, only to be sent back because Earth needed him was pure entertainment. His being guided back by his guardian angel (Zayn) made you immediately believe these two were over their beef. Owens can do that. Whatever emotion he wants you to feel, he'll get you there.
It's almost as if WWE is testing Rusev with the continued lack of a push and doormat status they seem to have set for him. In match after match, he looks like anything but a Bulgarian Brute and now he's on the verge of being so irrelevant he'd be better off on WWE Superstars or one of the other B-programs. He didn't eat the pin on Tuesday, but he took an RKO and a loss in a tag match that was basically meant to push Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura as two of the WWE's top babyfaces.
The WWE is clearly over whatever punishment Corbin was serving because he was just given a clean pin over SmackDown Live's top babyface in AJ Styles. The company is going all-in on Corbin as the champion and they'll have to find a suitable opponent since it won't be Styles after how seemingly easily Corbin dispatched of him.
It's amazing how quickly WWE can change their tune on a guy. He can go from the doghouse to the penthouse in a matter of weeks. Corbin has the potential to a successfully hated heel in the WWE. They might be making the most logical bet here.
While Corbin wins based on his sizeable victory, and Styles should be commended for virtually disappearing from the ring on television for weeks, only to come back and lose clean, WWE isn't working hard to make Styles look so great.
WWE's strategy for character building is odd at the best of times. Their treatment of stars like AJ Styles is also confusing. He didn't look like a legit threat tonight, and that's a first for him. It's probably not going to cause any long-term damage but in the meantime, he was used as a stepping stone in the WWE on Tuesday. Odd choice.
Zayn did more in 10 minutes on SmackDown Live on Tuesday than he's done in a year on WWE programming. While he's going to have to work hard to make people not like him as a bad guy, this is a golden opportunity and his reasoning behind the move is logical and clear. It actually made you look at Shane McMahon as somewhat less-than-good (if only for a second).
It's too early to tell if this leads to another eventual match between Owens and Zayn, but for now, Zayn's job is to make the absolute most out of this chance in the spotlight. If he can show character depth and range, he's got a chance to put himself in a great spot moving forward.
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