EXTREME Guidelines is simply days away, so it was as much as the superstars of SmackDown LIVE to crank up the joy forward of the massive present.
Did the blue model get excessive? Or simply extraordinarily boring? Listed here are 5 issues we learnt from final evening’s SmackDown.
Crew Hell No and The New Day rocks collectively
Issues began with The Miz interviewing Daniel Bryan and Kane – one other probability for Miz and Bryan to squabble and add extra gasoline to the fireplace of their impending feud.
However it was reduce quick when The Bludgeon Bros and nutty trio SAnitY arrived for a beat-down – prompting The New Day to expire for enjoyable 5-on-5 brawl.
As is normal, the groups joined forces later within the evening for a 10-man tag staff match.
Bryan hit Eric Younger with a operating knee for the win.
(Amusingly, Younger was Impression Wrestling’s discount basket model of Bryan when the rival promotion ripped off the Bryan v Authority storyline in 2014.)
SAnitY are beginning to appear like the Riott Squad of the lads’s division – on jobber responsibility after just some quick weeks on the principle roster.
Rusev has a scored a win over AJ Types
OK, so it was in a tag staff match. And Rusev didn’t pin or faucet AJ.
However it was nonetheless a win and offers the Bulgarian Brute some momentum heading into Excessive Guidelines.
It began with one more singles match between AJ Types and Shinsuke Nakamura, with Rusev on commentary (he surprisingly sharp).
Rusev obtained concerned within the match, turning it right into a 2-on-2 beat-down, so Nak’s Excessive Guidelines opponent Jeff Hardy ran all the way down to make the save.
Paige then arrived to make an impromptu tag match, with Rusev getting the win when he nailed Hardy with the Machka Kick.
Can he do it to Types this Sunday? If the leaked plans for SummerSlam are something to go by (reportedly Types v Samoa Joe), then in all probability not.
James Ellsworth can be locked in a cage at Excessive Guidelines
Ellsworth proved as soon as once more that he ISN’T prepared for Asuka after they confronted off final evening in a Lumberjack Match.
Asuka pummeled Ellsworth and when he tried to scarper (once more), lumberjacks Becky Lynch and Naomi tossed poor Ellsworth again to the ring – so Asuka took out Ellsworth and all of the Lumberjacks with a high rope dive.
‘The Empress’ then obtained the win with the Asuka Lock, however Ellsworth sprayed her eyes with a thriller canister post-match – giving Carmella the possibility to super-kick Asuka.
Backstage, Paige introduced that Ellsworth can be locked in a cage and hoisted above the ring to cease him from interfering within the Carmella v Asuka match this Sunday.
However a tenner says he nonetheless manages to assist Carmella win – and does the outdated ‘fearful of heights’ shtick that’s normal for these cage above the ring matches.
Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas is again
After a robust fundamental roster debut just a few weeks in the past, Almas lastly returned to TV and confronted off in opposition to Sin Cara.
WWE has a behavior of pairing Latino wrestlers collectively for first-time feuds, however this labored – it was an modern, fast-paced matchup between the 2 Luchador-style grapplers.
(Sin Cara did the very best suicide dive seen on TV in ages – which is saying one thing, contemplating it occurs about 20 occasions each Monday evening on Uncooked.)
Almas scored a victory when he hit Sin Cara operating double knees within the nook.
He’s obtained such big potential in opposition to the likes of AJ Types and Daniel Bryan.
SmackDown must shake issues up once more
The post-WrestleMania celebrity shake-up was a coup for SmackDown, with some brightest
and finest expertise heading to the blue model.
Certainly, SmackDown had potential to change into the superior model as soon as once more, but it surely’s fallen again into WWE’s drained reserving system.
It’s the identical outdated stuff: the opening interview that turns right into a brawl, that turns right into a tag staff match later within the present.
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The guest commentary spot that inevitably leads to outside interference.
The challenger getting a win ahead of a PPV to make it look like they have the momentum.
The general manager coming out to make an impromptu tag team bout (“RIGHT NOW!”).
WWE repeats this cycle of predictable beats on a monthly, if not weekly basis.
Come on, SmackDown – your roster of superstars is too good to rely of this lazy, formulaic booking. We’ve seen it all before.