The question on everyone’s mind heading into Tuesday’s SmackDown Live was would Raw retaliate? After being under siege, the red brand was sure to strike hard on the blue brand and we’d see another melee throughout the arena, this time with Raw coming out on top. Only, that didn’t happen.
Instead, SmackDown Live went on as usual with wrestlers who were teammates the night before going back to being enemies the next night. Daniel Bryan wasn’t pleased with Shane McMahon’s decision, but Shane O-Mac didn’t really care. He made his move and SmackDown Live was bound to feel the pain down the road.
Meanwhile, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens were hoping they could be part of team SmackDown at Survivor Series. The women battled it out to see who’d become team captain and Jinder Mahal told the world he wasn’t to be taken lightly.
Here are your Five Winners and Five Losers From SmackDown Live October 24, 2017.
5. Loser – Shinsuke Nakamura
Let’s start off with the fact that Nakamura helped SmackDown Live invade Raw the night before, but wasn’t used on SmackDown Live at all. Huh? Sure, he’ll be facing Kevin Owens next week for a spot on the Survivor Series team but to know that he was in attendance and simply not used is disappointing.
It feels like Nakamura is going to win or WWE is already teasing a rift between Owens and Zayn. If the first is the case, then Nakamura could have at least been on the show in some capacity. Have him help Orton earn his win when Owens tried to interfere.
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5. Winner – Shane McMahon
Personally, we were not huge fans of the invasion that happened on Raw, but at least Shane McMahon came out to start the show and tried to explain why he did it. On Monday, he looked like a heel character. His promo on Tuesday brought him back to the good side if only a little. It also led to an encounter with Sami Zayn and an explanation as to how SmackDown Live would be selecting its team. That’s a much better idea than simply naming people.
There is a bit of tease going on with Daniel Bryan and that will be interesting to follow. Let’s just hope it doesn’t mean WWE is dropping most of the heat between Zayn, Owens, and McMahon.
4. Loser – New Day
New Day feels like they might be stuck in some kind of “what do we do now” mode. They were on top for so long that them being out of the picture for the tag titles means WWE is going to have to come up with a story for them and losing to Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin in a match that didn’t do much for their credibility is not a good start.
Did Xavier Woods really get pinned by a kick to the back from Benjamin on the apron? Did he really sell it like he’d been shot?
4. Winner – Sami Zayn
How entertaining is Sami Zayn as the rambunctious heel who is just so happy to be finally getting what he thinks he deserves and rubbing it into people’s faces? The WWE Universe was probably wondering how Zayn would pull off being a heel when everyone loved him. The answer was to simply overexaggerate what he was already doing and turn the volume up. It’s naturally grating on the eyes and wonderful all at the same time.
His promo with McMahon was great and his match was excellent as well. Hopefully, the ratings drop that saw Owens and Zayn close last Tuesday’s SmackDown Live is not a pattern. Our hope is WWE doesn’t give up on him as a major player too soon.
3. Loser – Sin Cara
He got demolished on SmackDown Live and that’s supposed to be his job but it’s evident he’ll be dispatched of by as early as next week’s episode and disappear again from WWE programming for a while. Sin Cara’s loss is Baron Corbin’s gain as he looked fierce, determined and mean and that’s the way his character should play all the time.
Long term, this is crappy for Sin Cara. Short term he’s doing his job. Remember when the character was supposed to save WWE with the Latino and Mexican audience? Neither do we anymore.
3. Winner – AJ Styles
WWE found a creative way of getting Styles back in the win column after doing the job to Finn Balor at TLC and losing to Corbin not long ago on SmackDown Live. They may choose to have him run through the other Singh brother next week just to keep that ball rolling.
It’s not like these are difficult matches for the Phenomenal One, but to remind us he’s one of SmackDown Live’s top guys is smart booking. A quick dominant match was the way to go and he’ll need to keep getting pushed.
2. Loser – Sami Zayn
We called Zayn a winner on this list and for 99 out of 100 reasons he still is. But, the fact that he lost to Randy Orton makes us wonder what WWE has in store for him at Survivor Series. He’s on too big a role to be ignored and left off the card but the company has the reputation for doing something that foolish.
Here’s to hoping that Zayn is still pushed the way he’s being pushed all through the next month as the teams for Survivor Series shape up.
2. Winner – Jinder Mahal
This is how the WWE should have been booking Mahal’s promos from the very start. He was convincing, he didn’t waste time mucking around in the mud and he firmly believed he could beat anyone as the best champion in WWE. It might not be true, but that he believes it is what made him a great heel on this particular night.
If he keeps these kinds of promos going some of us in the WWE Universe might actually believe he stands a chance against Brock Lesnar.
1. Loser – Dolph Ziggler and Bobby Roode
Are we really going to be subjected to a Two-out-of-Three Falls match? Really? Is that what this has come to? It was a terrible idea to put these two together in the first place and their lack of chemistry thus far has proved it. WWE’s solution to a bad problem is just to double-down on it.
Thank goodness when they finish wrestling that match, the feud will be done—or so we hope. What a corner WWE has painted themselves into here. Someone is going to come out of this looking very bad.
1. Winner -Women of SmackDown Live
Normally, we’re not fans of cramming all the women on the roster into one segment and a match that has everyone fighting everyone. But in this case, it all made sense and came together nicely.
It’s logical to have a Fatal 5-Way match to see how gets to be captain. It was fun when Daniel Bryan took a little dig at Lana. Natalya’s cameo served a purpose and Becky Lynch won, rectifying an injustice from last year’s Survivor Series when she was the champ but not the team captain. The entire segment was well done and everyone came off looking good.
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