SmackDown Report for 10/16/20

SmackDown on Fox Episode #55 (SmackDown Season Premiere)
SmackDown Episode # 1,104
Orlando, FL – The Thunderdome (Amway Center)

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have to admit that going into this week’s SmackDown report I am a bit down in the dumps as I am deeply saddened that after tonight’s show I will no longer be able to talk about some of my favorite WWE wrestlers for at least the next year (or until they show up randomly on SmackDown for no reason) in my SmackDown report, as many of the men and women I have enjoyed talking about over the past year have been moved over to Raw during the draft. After this past Monday, I had to play some Sarah McLachlan’s “I will remember you”, shed a few tears, and then I poured some sweet tea out (since I don’t drink alcohol thus I don’t have a 40) for all my SmackDown homies that were drafted to Raw. The ones that I will miss the most are Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods, Drew Gulak, Sheamus, Nikki Cross, and of course the gruesome twosome that is The Fiend and Alexa Bliss. I will also say that the people from Raw that were drafted to SmackDown in no shape, form, or fashion match the quality of all of those we lost, outside of Riott Squad, Bianca Belair, Kevin Owens, & Aleister Black I don’t care about most of the people SmackDown acquired from Raw. 

I was so looking forward to covering the Alexa Bliss aligning with The Fiend story as along with the feud between Roman Reigns and Jey Uso it had been one of the things that got me excited to watch SmackDown each week so I will miss talking about how that story develops over time, but at least I have a reason to get excited to watch Raw now. I will probably end up giving my thoughts from time to time on their segment each week because I love both of their characters. I loved what they did with the two on Raw with Alexa doing the Wyatt back bend pose in the corner and then her and The Fiend hitting stereo Sister Abigails on Andrade and Zelina Vega, it would’ve been fun if that had let to a feud between the two duos but unfortunately for Raw and very fortunately for me, Zelina Vega was drafted over to SmackDown. I look forward to what Alexa and The Fiend do next on the red brand. 

Now that I have that out of the way I will move on to the reason why I am here and that is to review this Season Premiere episode of SmackDown. 

We open the show with a new intro video that includes all of the new names that were drafted to SmackDown and then we go into the Thunderdome where the SmackDown roster is standing at the top of the stage, Triple H & Stephanie McMahon are in the ring and they welcome us to the season premiere of SmackDown. Triple H & Stephanie hype up the new stars that are on SmackDown and also run down what we can expect on the show tonight, but when they mention the SmackDown Tag Title match between The Street Profits and Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler we see Ziggler and Roode attack the Street Profits and this leads to a giant brawl between all of the men on the roster that ends up in the ring. Once the ring clears out some we get the appearance of “The Freak” Lars Sullivan who takes out Kalisto, Apollo Crews, & Chad Gable but then Hardy attacks Sullivan from behind and then low bridges him over the top rope and that sends us to commercial. 

This whole segment felt completely unnecessary as it didn’t do anything to help anyone and it really didn’t lead to anywhere except a match which we already knew was going to happen. This was the first of several times where we got both the rundown of matches for the show and some of the talents that were drafted over from Raw mentioned, I don’t know about you but I would rather see those people that were drafted over actually do something rather than be mentioned multiple times on the show. 

We come back and go straight into the first match of the night.

Match #1: Jeff Hardy vs “The Freak” Lars Sullivan
Hardy dropkicks Sullivan in the knee and lands some punches and a mule kick on “The Freak” only for Sullivan to run through Hardy with a clothesline and then hit him with a series of crossface punches, Sullivan throws Hardy across the ring and then hits him with a sliding clothesline but “The Freak” only gets a 2 count. Sullivan goes up top looking for a diving headbutt but Hardy is able to move out of the way and “The Freak” crashes to the mat. Hardy makes a comeback with repeated right hands and then he takes “The Freak” down with a sitout jawbreaker, Hardy looks to send “The Freak” into the ropes but Sullivan blocks it and sends Hardy into the ropes instead which results in Hardy coming back with a running forearm and then he hits Sullivan with an inverted atomic drop. Hardy tries for the double leg takedown but Sulivan blocks it and clubs the back of Hardy. “The Freak” shoves hardy into the corner and charges in but eats an elbow and then is hit with Whisper in the Wind, but that only gets a 1 count as “The Freak” throws Hardy off of him. 

Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate, but Sullivan blocks it and shoves Hardy which sends Hardy through the ropes and to the floor. “The Freak” follows Hardy to the outside and catches Hardy when he attempts a Poetry in Motion and slams him on the apron (which is the hardest part of the ring just in case you didn’t know). “The Freak” rolls Hardy into the ring but Hardy catches Sullivan with a Twist of Fate and then goes up top looking for the Swanton Bomb, but Sullivan gets to his feet and grabs Hardy by the throat and then hits him with the Freak Accident which is enough to keep Hardy down for the count.
Winner: Lars Sullivan via Pinfall    Match Rating: **¼ 

Hey, did you catch how I said “The Freak” a bunch of times during that match well just in case you didn’t allow me to remind you “The Freak”, “The Freak”, “The Freak”, “The Freak”. I just want to make sure I make it clear that Lars Sullivan’s nickname is “The Freak” because Vince was screaming in my ear the entire time I was writing this just like he was the announcers while this match was going on. This was a fine match that allowed Sullivan to show off his power and I’m actually surprised Hardy got in as much offense as he did given how they are doing everything in their power to skyrocket Sullivan to the moon as fast as they can. I can say right now that “The Freak” is one of the people I am least looking forward to writing about each week, but if all of his matches are this short I will be able to tolerate it. 

The announcers hype up the return of Daniel Bryan tonight as we go to commercial. 

We come back to a video hyping up one of SmackDown’s newest stars Bianca Belair. 

New Day come out for their farewell match but before that, we get a promo from the trio where they talk about their last six years as a team, Woods thanks Big E and Kingston for taking a chance on him when he was doing nothing in his career. Kingston talks about some of the moments they have had during their run and says that Woods and Big E started out as his friends but now they have become his brothers. Big E talks about how as great as their in-ring accomplishments are the things he will miss will be those mornings in some random town sitting down at a Waffle House and just talking about their families and then Big E gets a bit sad that he doesn’t yet have a family like the other two, but he is quickly cheered up when Kingston tells him he will have a family one day. Woods finally says that’s enough of the sappy stuff as they are there to get it done one more time and whoop that tale the only way they know how and that’s because New Day Rocks!

New Day’s opponents are interviewed backstage and they say the usual heel stuff about sending New Day packing for good.

The heels make their entrance and then we go to a break before the match starts.

Match #2: The New Day vs Sheamus, Cesaro, & Shinsuke Nakamura (New Day’s Farewell Match)
Nakamura gets Woods in a rear waist lock to start the match but Woods gets control of Nakamura’s arm to break the waist lock and he looks to work over the arm but Nakamura lands a couple of knees to the midsection and some forearms in the corner to regain control of the match. Nakamura sends Woods into the corner but Woods jumps up and over Nakamura and then takes him down with an arm drag and looks to drag Nakamura over to the babyface corner in order to make a tag, but Nakamura stomps on Woods’ foot to prevent that from happening. Nakamura sends Woods into the ropes and he ducks a clothesline and then slides under Nakamura’s legs and then he throws him into Kingston (who had made a blind tag) who hits him with a mushroom stomp to the chest. Nakamura blocks a whip into the ropes with a kick to the midsection and then he takes Kingston down with a spinning wheel kick. Nakamura brings Kingston over to the heel corner and makes a tag to Cesaro.

Cesaro and Nakamura hit Kingston with a double hip toss and then they wishbone his legs. Cesaro gets Kingston in the corner and works him over with some body shots and then he whips him into the opposite corner, but Kingston springs out of the corner with a dropkick that connects on Cesaro. Kingston makes a tag to Big E and then he leapfrogs over Big E to hit Cesaro with a senton and then Big E tags in Woods who lifts Big E on his shoulders and slams him onto Cesaro for a 2 count. Cesaro no-sells a chop and then he levels Woods with an uppercut before tagging in his former Bar teammate Sheamus, they send Woods into the ropes and take him down with a double clothesline and then they remind Woods that they don’t just set the bar they are The Bar. Sheamus works Woods over for a minute but when he lifts Woods over his shoulder Woods slips out from behind and nails Sheamus with a rolling elbow and a sliding knee and this gives Woods the opportunity to make the tag to Big E. Woods runs off the ropes and Big E catches him in a powerbomb position and slams him onto Sheamus and then Kingston (who made a blind tag that was even blind to me as I couldn’t find when he tagged in) comes off the top with a frog splash which gets a 2 count. 

Sheamus sends Kingston into the ropes but ducks his head and gets kicked for it, Kingston looks to run off the ropes but Nakamura low bridges the ropes which sends Kingston to the outside. Sheamus tags in Cesaro who then tags in Nakamura, the heels go out to the floor, and The Bar hold Kingston in position as if they were going to hit a Magic Killer, but instead, they leave an opening for Nakamura to hit a running knee to Kingston’s midsection and then Cesaro takes Kingston down with a vertical suplex. Nakamura rolls Kingston back into the ring and goes for a cover, but only gets a 2 count. Nakamura gets Kingston into the heel corner and hits him with some good vibrations and then The Bar stomp a mudhole into Kingston. Kingston tries to fight back but Cesaro takes him right back down with a slam followed by a leg drop. The heels continue to make frequent tags as they work Kingston over in their corner, Kingston tries to fight out of the corner with everything he has but Cesaro catches him and sets him on the top rope where Sheamus grabs Kingston by his hair and pulls him down which causes Kingston to take a nasty bump to the floor and this sends us to a commercial break. 

We come back to Kingston trying to fight out of a hold, but Sheamus knees him in the gut and then knocks Woods off the apron. Sheamus looks like he wants to go for the Irish Curse, but Kingston catches him with a crucifix pin out of nowhere which gets a 2 count and then he follows that up by hitting Sheamus with an S.O.S. and now both men are down. Kingston slowly crawls over and makes the hot tag to Big E while Sheamus tags in Cesaro on the other side, Big E hits Cesaro with the trifecta of belly to belly suplexes and then hits the big splash. Big E gets in position to hit Cesaro with the Big Ending, but Cesaro blocks it and hits Big E with a gut wrench suplex. Cesaro hits Big E with a running uppercut in the corner, but when he goes for a second one he is met with an elbow, Woods makes a blind tag and then he shoves Cesaro toward Big E who lifts Cesaro up in a uranage but when he goes to slam him down Woods slides under and puts his knees up so that Cesaro hits Woods’ knees back-first, this gets a very close nearfall. 

Woods lands some punches on Cesaro but as they get closer to the heel corner Cesaro shoves Woods away to create distance and when Woods charges in Cesaro backdrops him to the apron, Woods looks to hit the rope-assisted tornado DDT, but Cesaro stops that in its tracks as he hits Woods with an uppercut and then he tags in Nakamura who hits Woods with the sliding German suplex which gets a 2 count. Nakamura kicks Woods in the head a few times and then goes for a strike combo but Woods ducks and then he takes Nakamura down with a drop toe hold into the middle rope and then he slides through the middle rope while making a tag to Kingston at the same time. Cesaro takes Woods down with a clothesline on the outside and then Big E low bridges the top rope which gets Kingston plenty of room to dive out onto their opponents. Sheamus takes Big E down and then he tries to reach out and grab Kingston but gets hit with a kick. Kingston rolls Nakamura back into the ring and then goes up top but when he dives off Nakamura catches him in mid-air with a kick and then he makes a tag to Cesaro. Cesaro puts Kingston in the big swing and Nakamura catches him with the Kinshasa, Cesaro catapults Kingston into Sheamus who hits him with a White Noise which gets a 2 count when Big E makes the save. 

Big E hits Cesaro with the Big Ending and then turns around into a kick from Nakamura and then Nakamura is taken down by a missile dropkick from Woods. Sheamus clotheslines Woods out of the ring and then he goes over to Kingston and starts trash talking him which gives Kingston time to hit Sheamus with a headbutt and then he moves out of the way when Sheamus charges at him in the corner which sends Sheamus shoulder-first into the ring post. Kingston tags in Woods who immediately tags in Big E and they hit Sheamus with the Midnight Hour to pick up their final win as a trio. 
Winners: The New Day via Pinfall   Match Rating: ***½ 

After the match, New Day huddle up, and Big E thanks Kingston and Woods for one last time.

I am so glad they gave New Day time before the match to vocalize how they were feeling as it has clearly been an emotional week for all three of them just as it has been for the fans because New Day going their separate means the end of an era for tag team wrestling in WWE. I don’t think there ever has been or will ever be a team that is equally fun and entertaining before, during, and after matches like New Day has been over the past 6 years. It was clear that every time they were together they were genuinely having fun and that made it even more fun for us to watch. I thought the match was really good and did what it was supposed to which was to let New Day get all their stuff in one last time. I was getting worried after the match that we could get Big E turning on Kingston and Woods as he kept thanking them for the past six years, but thankfully nobody had to turn and the door is still left open for a reunion of the team down the road. All in all, this was a really nice send-off for one of the best teams in the history of the WWE. 

We go to the back where Otis is interviewed about all the bad luck he has been having lately but before he has a chance to respond he is interrupted by Sami Zayn who mocks Otis for losing both his best friend and his girlfriend to Raw and thus he will probably lose the lawsuit against The Miz as well, Otis screams at Zayn and shoves him to the floor. 

Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring as we go to commercial. 

We come back from break and see that Brie Bella and Bryan’s daughter Birdie have taken up one of the audience spots in the Thunderdome, this would happen several times throughout the night with different legends showing up in the audience and we would be shown a grainy up-close shot of them. 

Bryan talks up the Thunderdome and says that as much as he loved being home he couldn’t wait to come back and experience the Thunderdome. Bryan said he came back on a great night as there are so many new faces that he both can’t wait to watch (Bianca Belair & Riott Squad) and also can’t wait to get in the ring with (Aleister Black, Kevin Owens, & Apollo Crews). This would eventually lead to Seth Rollins coming out to the ring.

Rollins is disappointed that Bryan didn’t mention him in the list of names he would like to face, but he will forget about that as he has an important question for Bryan, Rollins asks Bryan which side of history does he want to be on? Rollins says that in the matter of the greater good you are either with him or against him and surely someone as smart as Bryan would want to stand beside him and help mold the future of SmackDown in his vision. Bryan says that while he is all about changing for the good he thinks Rollins’ vision is short-sighted, self-indulgent, and quite frankly it’s just dumb. Rollins instantly becomes furious at Bryan calling his vision dumb and they go back and forth until Rollins hits Bryan, but Bryan makes his comeback really quickly as he hits Rollins with a flying clothesline and then he delivers some Yes Kicks which sends Rollins fleeing from the ring. 

Rollins walks up the ramp and now I bet you all can guess what happened next, that’s right Dominik and Rey Mysterio come out which has Rollins back-peddling back into the ring. Rollins once again tries to get Bryan to join him against Rey and Dominik, but Bryan is like Nah and leaves the ring. The Mysterios stare down Rollins and look to attack him but before they can Murphy runs down to the ring and it looks like he is going to help Rollins, but he turns and starts attacking his former “Messiah” and then he sends Rollins out of the ring with a big knee strike. Murphy extends his hand looking for a sign of mutual respect, but they both refuse to shake his hand and then they leave the ring. 

It is always nice to see Daniel Bryan when he comes back and this time was no different. I had a feeling when Bryan came out that this would lead to Rollins coming out because that is a fresh feud that we haven’t really seen as Bryan and Rollins have been on separate rosters ever since the brand split in 2016. It seems like from this segment they could be transitioning Rollins out of the feud with the Mysterios and putting him into a feud with Bryan while the Mysterios deal with Murphy on his own. I love that due to Rollins screwing with them for the past however many months the Mysterios are now the ones turning into assholes as they won’t even accept a handshake from Murphy after he beat up his former leader so in that way Rollins got what he wanted out of his feud with the Mysterios as now they are just as self-righteous as he is. I enjoyed this segment even though it did involve Rollins, Murphy, and the Mysterios. 

The Street Profits make their way to the ring and we get an inset promo where they talk about defending their titles and that sends us to a commercial. 

Match #3: Street Profits © vs Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode (SmackDown Tag Team Championship)
Ziggler goes for a single leg takedown but Dawkins blocks it and grabs a headlock and then he is shot off into the ropes where he takes Ziggler down with a shoulder block and then moments later he takes him down with a dropkick. Dawkins goes for the spinning splash in the corner, but Ziggler moves out of the way and makes a tag to Roode who stomps a mudhole into Dawkins in the corner, and then he hits him with a vertical suplex for a 2 count. 

Roode knocks Ford off the apron and then hits Dawkins with a front suplex before tagging Ziggler in, Ziggler hits Dawkins with a leapfrog rocker dropper with help from Roode and goes for the cover but only gets a 2 count as Ford makes the save. All four men are in the ring and as they are brawling they are ignoring the referees 5 count and she is forced to call for the bell.
Winners: N/A – Double DQ    Match Rating: *½ 

After the match, Ziggler and Roode throw Ford out of the ring and then they hit Dawkins with a Spinebuster and ZigZag combo, Ford gets back to his feet and climbs up top, and takes both of his opponents down with a big crossbody. 

Not sure why we needed this match on the show especially after Ziggler and Roode lost a tag title match on Monday not sure what warranted them having another title match on the other brand just four days later. I would’ve rather seen this time (although it would be short) go to some more of the women on the show like a Bianca, Carmella (who’s big return they have hyped up for weeks), or if they had to have a tag match in this spot then showcase The Riott Squad in this spot. This segment could’ve involved anyone else except Ziggler and Roode and been much better. 

We get a video package highlighting the entire Sasha vs Bayley feud. Sasha Banks makes her way to the ring looking like a true star and this sends us to a commercial break. 

We come back and Bayley makes her way to the ring with a steel chair in hand. 

Adam Pearce will be overseeing this contract signing.

Sasha signs the contract first and says she has been waiting for this moment for a very long time and Bayley says she has too and she is ready to move on so she can continue her reign as longest-reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion and then Bayley says that she lasted that long as champion all by herself, this lights a spark under Sasha as she dares Bayley to say that she did it all by herself again and this time to her face. Bayley tells Sasha to calm down as that kind of attitude and the look in Sasha’s eyes are the reason why she turned on Sasha as she knew it was only a matter of time before Sasha turned on her so she decided to strike first and that is the main reason as to why Sasha is upset. 

Sasha said that if she wanted to turn on Bayley she would’ve done it years ago, but friends don’t turn on each other. Sasha says she has been by Bayley’s side for her entire career in the WWE as she was the one that made the call to bring her up as a tag partner for that one time match when Bayley was still down in NXT, she was by Bayley’s side when she helped her win her first Raw Women’s Championship, and finally, she was by Bayley’s side when they were the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. Sasha congratulates Bayley on becoming the longest-reigning champion but reminds Bayley that she was by her side the entire time and helped her keep that title for as long as she has had it. Sasha says that Bayley tried to end her career and come Hell in a Cell she will end Bayley because she is Sasha Banks and her name is bigger than the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Sasha says that when she walks out of Hell in a Cell with Bayley’s title that will be the icing on the cake.

Bayley stands up and gets in Sasha’s face and then she backs up and leaves the ring without signing the contract. Sasha tells Bayley to go ahead and run away just like the coward that she is, but when Bayley is locked inside the Hell in a Cell there will be nowhere to run. Sasha says that Bayley will sign that contract one way or another. 

Whew! Sasha was on fire tonight both in terms of her looking like a true star and during her promo, she was scorching hot to the point where Bayley was left speechless. It was clear that Sasha wasn’t going to put up with Bayley’s bull shit on this night as she called Bayley on her shit throughout the entire promo. I love how Sasha becoming the Women’s Champion is just the cherry on top as she doesn’t even really care about the title as she is bigger than the title, but if taking the title means that Bayley will suffer then she will gladly take that title after she beats Bayley’s ass.  I am really looking forward to this match at Hell in a Cell and if the rumor is true that this will be the main event of the show then I have to say it has definitely earned it as this feud has been really great. 

We cut backstage where Braun Strowman is preparing for his big Universal Championship match which is coming up next after the commercial. 

We come back and Ken Jeong, Joel McHale, and several other celebrities congratulate WWE on their season premiere, these would run throughout the night and most of them included people from NFL on Fox. 

Earlier in the day, Goldberg had teased that he would be in the Thunderdome and this caused Twitter to collectively let out a groan, but thankfully his appearance in the Thunderdome was limited to just being in the crowd much like the other legends had throughout the night.

Match #4: Roman Reigns © w/ Paul Heyman vs Braun Strowman (WWE Universal Championship)
We get a lock up as both men jockey for control around the ring and Reigns surprisingly uses Strowman’s momentum to throw him out of the ring. Strowman jumps back up on the apron only to get hit with a big Superman Punch that knocks him back down to the floor. Reigns waits for Strowman to get back to his feet and then he slides outside so he can hit Strowman with the drive-by and then he throws the bigger man back into the ring, Reigns goes for a cover but only gets a 1 count as Strowman powers out. Reigns works Strowman over with some strikes in the corner and then he attempts to whip Strowman into the corner, but Strowman reverses and sends Reigns into the corner, Strowman charges towards Reigns and is met with a big right hand and then he takes Strowman down with a big boot. Reigns goes for a cover, but once again Strowman forcefully kicks out to the point where Reigns rolls out of the ring. 

Reigns gets up on the apron and Strowman charges in but Reigns low bridges the ropes sending Strowman to the outside. Reigns sends Strowman face-first into the steps and the announce table and then Strowman comes back with a knee to the gut which creates some distance between Reigns and himself, Reigns leaps off the steps looking for a Superman Punch but is caught by Strowman and is sent into the ring post and then Strowman throws Reigns across the announce table. Strowman rolls back in the ring but when he sees Reigns getting back to his feet he goes back outside and pounces Reigns over the barricade and that sends us to a commercial break.

We come back to Strowman hitting Reigns with an avalanche in the corner and then he biels him across the ring and he follows that up with a big clubbing blow to the chest which gets a 2 count. Strowman waits for Reigns to get to his feet and looks to hit him with an avalanche in the corner, but Reigns is able to get a boot up and then when Strowman tries to charge in again Reigns moves out of the way sending Strowman shoulder-first into the ring post. Strowman goes for another Superman Punch, but Strowman catches him by the throat and screams at him before hitting him with a knee in the gut and then he drops Reigns with a Yokosuka Cutter. Strowman grabs Reigns by the throat and lifts him up from the mat and drops him back down with a chokeslam in the center of the ring, Strowman goes for a cover but only gets a 2 count and then Strowman starts rolling around on the mat and is holding his groin area and we later find out that Strowman got the same treatment that Jey Uso did at Clash of Champions as Reigns low blowed him at the same time he was kicking out of the pin. 

Reigns gets into position and hits Strowman with a giant Spear, but somehow Strowman is able to kick out at 2. Reigns sets up for another Spear, but as he runs in Strowman scoops him up looking for the powerslam but Reigns slips out from behind and shoves Strowman into the corner. Reigns runs off the ropes and Strowman looks to hit him with a flapjack, but Reigns is able to lock in a guillotine choke and even though Strowman drives Reigns into the corner he won’t let go, and eventually, Strowman collapses to the mat and it isn’t much longer before the referee calls for the bell as Strowman has been choked out.
Winner: Roman Reigns via Submission    Match Rating: ***¼ 

After the match, Jey Uso comes out and Reigns continues to punish Strowman as a way to send a message to Uso. Reigns grabs a chair and this causes Uso to move closer to the ring as Reigns tells him this is how they eat and if he isn’t on top that isn’t possible and he doesn’t want Uso to end up like Strowman is right now. Reigns brutalizes Strowman with the chair repeatedly and this is enough to get Uso to come into the ring. 

Reigns tells Uso that he loves him but the fact that he is trying to take his place makes zero sense and then he gives Uso a chance to prove himself as he turns his back because he wants Uso to hit him with a chair, Uso refuses to hit Reigns and this brings a smile to Reigns’ face and he goes in for a hug but instead he catches a big right hand and a superkick from Uso and then Uso grabs the chair and starts hammering Reigns with it repeatedly while he screams that he loves Reigns too, the referees and agents pull him back and while they have him restrained Reigns gets back to his feet and lays Uso out with a Superman Punch. Reigns says that was Uso’s last chance and now he has to turn his back on Uso. Reigns and Heyman walk up the ramp as Reigns doesn’t look happy about what he is going to have to do to Uso at Hell in a Cell. The show ends with Uso getting checked on in the ring.  

I forgot just how well Strowman and Reigns work together as this was a lot of fun to watch. I’m not sure what Strowman is supposed to be right now as he is supposed to be the heel going into the match against Keith Lee on Monday, but here he was made to look like they sympathetic babyface that kept getting beat down after the match, perhaps he has already reached Big Show status where they feel they can turn him back and forth without any kind of explanation.

After the match, we got another chapter in the awesome Roman Reigns and Jimmy Uso feud. I liked how Reigns got so confident when he thought Uso wasn’t going to hit him with the chair, but come to find out Uso was just treating Reigns the same way he had been treated as he attacked Reigns on his time and not when Reigns told him to and the fact that he was screaming that he loved Reigns while doing it made the moment even better. I can’t wait to see what these two can do inside Hell in a Cell next Sunday. 

This was a pretty good episode of SmackDown although I would’ve liked to see more of the new names that came over from Raw, I’m sure we’ll get them next week since some of the guys that were on this show will now be on Raw so there will be more time for the new guys. I really liked how they handled the New Day being separated as well as the main event match and post-match angle involving Reigns and Uso. 

That’s it for this week I’ll be back next week for more action from the blue brand.