Well here we are! After a near six long weeks since a WWE pay per view, we did it! We have finally reached Money in the Bank! Well not quite. Tonight we just wrapped up the go home episode of Smackdown Live and here are the hits and misses.
HIT: Jeff Hardy Meets Shinsuke Nakamura
Smackdown Live didn’t mess around with dream matches and tonight we got one between the United States Champion Jeff Hardy and Shinsuke Nakamura. It was a surprise to me that Jeff Hardy wrestled since there are those that are saying he’s injured. He sure didn’t appear to be hurt, but then again maybe he hid it well? Either or the match didn’t get a definite ending because Nakamura took the cheap way out and hit Hardy with the low blow giving Hardy a DQ win. Nakamura of course polished off Hardy after the match to let the world know he’s ready for AJ Styles at Money in the Bank.
MISS: Smackdown Championships Get Disrespected
Since we’re on the subject of Jeff Hardy, surprises me we’re not having a United States Championship match. Kind of hard to build prestige to a title when you’re leaving it off a pay per view, but meaningless and terrible matches such as Bobby Lashley vs Sami Zayn are getting booked? There are how many superstars Hardy could feud with. And if Hardy is hurt, then have him drop the title! Hell, he could’ve dropped it tonight to someone opposed to wrestling Nakamura. Andrade “Cien” Almas is collecting dust since being called up and he’s not the only one I would consider giving the US title to if Hardy is in fact unable to defend. The Smackdown Live Tag Team Championship match between The Bludgeon Brothers vs The Club was booked for the preshow so that just shows you have far this once excellent tag team division has fallen. What boggles my mind is they built the Bludgeon Brothers up for how many months to become a threat and now since they won the belts, they’re barely used and I don’t care about them.
HIT: Daniel Bryan and Shelton Benjamin Was Excellent
We haven’t seen Shelton Benjamin in awhile, but tonight he got the call to face Daniel Bryan. Bryan as we all know is stuck in a dead end feud with Big Cass so it’s a joy to see Bryan face off against someone worthy such as Shelton Benjamin. These guys got decent time and there was some definite mat action going and submissions. Bryan got the victory however with the latest move added to his arsenal, the Heel Hook. Hopefully Bryan can move onto something better after Money in the Bank and Cass goes back to appearing once a month like the Tye Dillinger’s of the world.
MISS: Andrade “Cien” Almas Denied
Almas was supposed to wrestle Sin Cara tonight, but a tweet from WWE before the show stated that Sin Cara was “injured” and unable to compete. Personally I call bull and I think Smackdown had too much content lined up for their two hour window so they decided to cut the match by making up an injury. Even if Sin Cara was injured, you’d think they would’ve let Zelina Vega and Almas cut a brief promo backstage or something, but not even that… Not like many of us would notice Sin Cara’s absence being he only gets used on rare occasions. It’s definitely frustrating seeing one of the top call ups from this NXT class completely left on the sidelines because creative is absolutely terrible. Speaking of which is Sanity still a thing?
HIT: Smackdown Definitely Should Win the Men’s Money in the Bank Briefcase
Whether it be The Miz, Samoa Joe, Rusev, or New Day Member A, B, or C, I’d be okay if the briefcase went home this Sunday with either of these superstars. I could argue why for each of them, but I will give the ultimate argument in one sentence. Smackdown Live has a full time champion that can be cashed in on and Raw doesn’t. Seriously! What’s the fun in Money in the Bank if it ends up on Raw? Oh cool, I have a title shot, but I can’t cash in because Brock Lazier is never here….. While we didn’t get a fatal four way like Raw did, it was fun seeing Rusev vs Samoa Joe tonight with The Miz acting as the referee. Miz of course gets accidently bumped by Joe and it all went downhill for Joe there. Rusev steals the match and gains momentum before the big match this Sunday.
MISS: Ten Women Tag
Raw gave us two fantastic women matches last night. Smackdown Live took the entire women’s roster and threw them into a chaotic main event. Does anyone really think a team of Carmella, Peyton Royce, Billie Kay, Mandy Rose, and Sonya Deville have a chance against Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Asuka, Naomi, and Lana??? Basically they took the Women’s Champion who took advantage of Money in the Bank and four failures at qualifying against three former champions, the greatest women’s wrestler in NXT, and Lana??? WWE killed all the momentum for the Iiconics, Sonya, and Mandy by leaving them off Sunday’s card. I’m not saying all four should be going, but at least two should’ve along with Becky and Charlotte. Asuka of course made Carmella tap out. Poor decision in my opinion making the champion of the entire division tap out in this kind of match, but it’s WWE for you. Honestly though I can’t see Carmella’s title reign continuing. Asuka needs the title to restore respect to this division because the Carmella experiment in my opinion has failed.
Well that does it for me! Follow me on twitter @ChairmanSV and see the latest tweets and thanks for reading.