The Superstars of SmackDown Live battle in Hell In A Cell this Sunday, and except for maybe one and a half matches, there really isn’t that much to sink our teeth into. With a major focus on the blue brand this week, Raw still managed to be the more exciting show.
Here are five things WWE got right this week and five they got wrong.
5. WRONG – Shinsuke Nakamura
Shinsuke Nakamura is amazing, fantastic, and all things wonderful, but why does WWE keep placing him in these awkward promos? English obviously isn’t his first language, and hearing the disrespectful crowd chant “WHAT!” is sort of embarrassing. The guy doesn’t need to talk. Just have him kick ass and that’s it.
5. RIGHT – Enzo Amore
Sure, every time Enzo Amore talks you want to punch him in the face, but every time he talks we’re glued to the screen. It was smart to have Raw end with another Amore promo, and now that he’s gone full bad boy, his promos are resonating even more.
4. WRONG – Kalisto?
Great. Kalisto is Finally in the Cruiserweight Division where he belongs. But if WWE thought people were going to pop hard for Kalisto being Amore’s next challenger, they were wrong. You could almost hear crickets for his return, and we hope WWE can make him more interesting than just a “Lucha!” catchphrase in the coming weeks.
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4. RIGHT – Roman Reigns vs. The Miz
The Intercontinental Championship match on Raw felt big. Reigns taking out the Miztourage before the start of the match was brilliant (though why did The Miz just stand there and watch it happen?). We thought for sure Reigns was going to win but, of course, a questionable distraction from Cesaro and Sheamus put a halt to those hopes and dreams.
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3. WRONG – Forced Shield Reunion
We’re all for a Shield Reunion, but is this the best the writers could come up with? Why would Cesaro and Sheamus, who have beef with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, suddenly decide to attack Roman Reigns for no reason, therefore forcing Rollins and Ambrose to help so that we get an uber forced Shield Reunion at the TLC Pay-Per-View next month?
3. RIGHT – Mickie James
Although we get the argument as to why the latest storyline with Mickie James is pretty classless, especially considering the infamous Piggie James storyline from way back, we think it works. In the past couple weeks, the crowd has been reacting hard to James, and she’s proving that a 37-year-old woman can hang with the “young” ones just the same. We put “young” in quotes because Nia Jax is 33, and she too has been making fun of James for her age, even though there is only a four-year gap. We hope at least after this story is all said and done, WWE doesn’t do another story about women being “too old” to wrestle.
Fun fact: Shinsuke Nakamura is also 37.
2. WRONG – No The Fashion Files
The return of The Fashion Files was supposed to be on this week’s SmackDown, but plans changed, and it’s now been delayed until this Sunday. What’s the holdup? WWE has gold with Fandango and Tyler Breeze, so the fact they’re featured so little on TV is concerning.
2. RIGHT – Starting Raw Off With A Match
It’s so refreshing when Raw starts with a match rather than a long-winded promo. Braun Strowman defeated the other half of the Tag Team Champions this week in Seth Rollins in the opening contest of the night, marking the second former WWE Champion Strwoman has defeated in a row. If his loss to Lesnar made him look weak last Sunday, at least he’s back on track.
1. WRONG – SmackDown Didn’t Have One Good Match
A Women’s Tag Team match that was nothing short of filler, Mike Kanellis losing to Bobby Roode in under a minute, Aiden English losing to Randy Orton in just over a minute, and a so-so match between Ty Dillinger and Baron Corbin didn’t leave the fans in attendance satisfied. They really had no reason to be thrilled, and the fans watching at home really have no reason to want to subscribe to the WWE Network for this Sunday’s pay-per-view.
1. RIGHT – Owens and Shane McMahon
A face-to-face meeting between Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens wound up being fist-to-face with the two of them tearing into each other just days before their Hell In A Cell match this Sunday. There’s nothing better than a match fuelled by hatred, and this is the best example. Expect to see these two kill each other in a few days.
Until next week!
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