Tuesday's edition of SmackDown Live was all about Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. They kicked off and ended the show and much of the story in between was focused on their new partnership and plan to run the blue brand as best friends.
Meanwhile, WWE Champion Jinder Mahal was set to reveal some very interesting news and issue a challenge that was rumored but few might have expected considering his tenure with the title to date. But, AJ Styles wasn't about to let the news slide without expressing his opinion.
Did Bobby Roode, Dolph Ziggler, and Breezango have a better fate than last week when they were all deemed losers?
Here are your five Winners and Five Losers From SmackDown Live October 17, 2017.
5. Loser - Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan wasn't a loser because of anything he did, but he must have felt like a loser after Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens took turns taking shots at him that rang awfully close to home. Calling Bryan a housewife, old news, irrelevant, and other names that Bryan doesn't want to be known for and wouldn't be if he was cleared to wrestle, he simply stood there and took it.
Bryan did exact a little revenge later in the show, but even that didn't work out and he had to threaten that Shane McMahon would deal with the new BFFs. He got a huge crowd reaction being in his hometown, but it was a tough night for the SmackDown Live general manager.
5. Winner - Sami Zayn
He's playing the heel role well after one week. It's extremely refreshing. To see him take advantage of Bryan in his first real promo since turning was also smart because it's easy to make the relationship and comparisons plus, there's not a more loved individual than Daniel Bryan for Zayn to get heat off of. It worked.
Zayn went old school saying he didn't care what the WWE Universe thought and he's able to dance around and smile because he's not just comfortable with what he did, but he's glad he finally made the right move for his own career.
We could have really picked any one of the six women involved in this match and called them a loser on Tuesday simply because WWE once again insisted on mixing a feud that has teeth on its own into a jumbled mess of a tag match. There are so many ways that the company can focus on two women fighting, but they almost always choose to get everyone involved.
Charlotte and Natalya actually have good chemistry, and the story on its own is interesting. There's no need to give the WWE Universe four other competitors in the hopes fans will stay entertained.
4. Winner - Sin Cara
Sin Cara is a winner solely because he must have drawn the lucky straw. Plucked out of nowhere, the WWE Universe hasn't really seen or heard from him in ages, but he comes out, new mask and all and defeats the U.S. Champion Baron Corbin by count-out. It's odd booking and one wonders why Sin Cara, but it happened.
Having him win this way saves Corbin the real loss we suppose, but after defeating AJ Styles last week, it really isn't a way to say thanks to Styles for putting Corbin over. The touch of asking the crowd if Sin Cara deserves a shot at the title only to deny it is a nice touch to Corbin's character though.
3. Loser - Bobby Roode
Well, there you have it, Roode's first loss on the main roster. One would have hoped it was more monumental instead of something people will forget within 24 hours. The match itself with Dolph Ziggler was OK, but nothing special.
I just can't get past how much it stings that Roode isn't gracing our screens with his classic heel promos and egotistical ways. SmackDown Live could have had one of the great heels become must-see tv, now he's just a roster member that fills a slot on the show and his segment gets rushed due to a lack of time. Roode is anything but glorious right now.
3. Winner - Jinder Mahal
It's amazing what Mahal can do when given the right material. Instead of being written a bunch of racist trash, Mahal was told to go out and tell a story about a boy who convinced him that he hadn't defeated anyone of worthwhile since becoming champion and it led him to his decision to challenge Brock Lesnar. Mahal delivered on his promo and this is a match people might actually want to see.
We said it before, and it seems more obvious every day. The WWE is trying to make Mahal so hated that by the time he loses that title it will have become one of the biggest news items of the year. This is a good way to help that cause.
He's become the forgotten potential megastar in WWE. After losing to Jinder Mahal at Hell in a Cell, he was teamed with Randy Orton last week and then again tonight. Only tonight, he was sort of thrown into that match as a final piece and not given any sort of spotlight.
Nakamura would be much better-suited feuding with Orton than teaming with him and that might eventually happen but for now, the King of Strong Style doesn't feel like much more than a pawn on the chess board that is SmackDown Live. He's quickly losing his steam even though the fans are behind him.
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2. Winner - AJ Styles
Styles was indirectly insulted when Sin Cara defeated Baron Corbin after Corbin pinned Styles the week prior but the WWE and "The Phenomenal One" quickly moved on as he interjected himself in Jinder Mahal's promo. He's 100% right too.
Mahal is claiming that he hasn't beaten any real challenges yet but he hasn't faced Styles and it's about time he did. Unfortunately, it means Styles is going to lose since Mahal will need to belt heading into Survivor Series, but at least it puts Styles back in the main title picture where he belongs.
1. Loser - Pulp Fashion Files
This was the most boring segment of a program we've seen in a long time. we normally enjoy Fashion Files and Breezango's comedy, but this was weak. It wasn't funny, it dragged on way too long (at the expense of other action on the show) and it led to nothing.
These segments are all well and good if they take the viewer somewhere and towards a payoff of some kind. Nothing significant is happening here and WWE appears to have decided that because the segments got popular a couple months ago, they were going to milk that popularity until it was gone. It's leaving rapidly.
1. Winner - Kevin Owens
Sami Zayn was the star of the show on Tuesday, but Kevin Owens wasn't far behind. His chemistry with his best friend Zayn is undeniable and they are a duo that isn't just fun to watch but can deliver emotional dialogue and top-notch matches.
The way Owens went after Bryan and mocked him after he and Zayn defeated Orton and Nakamura was classic and his line reaction to the Daniel Bryan on a pole match Zayn suggested was priceless. Owens can make you laugh and hate him all at the same time. It's a unique talent.
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