Hello WR people. As you have probably guessed this is not Queen KB bringing you the Royal Flush this week. But fear not, Queen will be back covering Smackdown Live next week.
So for this one time only, please enjoy my more critical but fair take on this week’s Smackdown Live.
Opening Promo: New Day, Vince McMahon & Daniel Bryan
Given all the hype New Day had built up online regarding possible reasons why people like them don’t receive the same opportunities as others, their promo felt…kind of tame. Yes, the passion was there and it was palpable…but I honestly thought they’d go a little harder than they did. But, this is PG, and I guess they couldn’t go full Nation Of Domination on Vince and Bryan (although you could argue such a gimmick may be needed today all things considered)
While Vince and Bryan played their roles to perfection here, this segment was all about Kofi and New Day. All of whom shined very brightly in this one.
Smackdown Women’s Title: Asuka (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
Look, you’ll never hear me complain about the quality of match these two had (they are incapable of having a bad match with anyone let alone each other), but I will never for the life of me understand why Vince and his yes men could have possibly thought this title change was a good idea.
It’s bad enough Charlotte was added to the main event of Mania and thus becoming an unseeded third wheel in the hottest feud going right now with Ronda and Becky. But to put the Smackdown Women’s Title on her and thus burying Asuka once again on the main roster out of the blue for no reason other to keep another one of his beloved blondes looking strong is beyond stupid.
It’s just like WWE to take the hottest thing going in the industry and overbook it to death and bury everyone else in proximity to it.
AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle
I was looking forward to this one. I know Kurt is hurting badly, but AJ knows him so well after their many classic matches in TNA and could have helped Kurt put on a ten-minute match that would have been memorable. Instead, the match was cut short and used to further the AJ/Orton feud. I understand the thinking on this one…but I think it was the wrong call in the end.
Miz & Shane McMahon Segment
I’m sorry, but I still just can’t get into this program. It has nothing to do with either Shane or Miz who are both doing great work both in the ring and the mic ever since Crown Jewel. But even with all the effort, both are putting into it and all the twists and turns this storyline has taken…I’m still not invested!
New Day Run The Gauntlet
There is a lot to unpack with this, so I’m going to run through them in bullet points.
1. It’s looking likely that Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson may be on their way out of WWE after that squash as the first part of the Gauntlet
2. Rusev and Nakamura are currently directionless
3. Same goes with Cesaro and Sheamus
4. The story of all the wrestlers watching the match backstage cheering on Woods and E was just as effective as it was the week prior and is something WWE should do more of
5. The Usos forfeiting and paying tribute the brotherhood New Day has was a truly heartwarming moment and something WWE should also do more of
6. While I will NEVER like the New Day’s gimmick and their stupid DDT Pro style antics, I will ALWAYS love each individual member’s in-ring work as they are real pro’s and are all supremely talented
It’s truly amazing how the oldest angle in pro wrestling (evil promoter holding babyface down) that’s been retold so many different ways so many times can still elicit such investment and strong reactions from fans. This is the kind of stuff WWE does better than anyone else all things considered. I just wish I didn’t have to put up with all the other nonsense to get to the good stuff like this!