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Re: 7/9 SmackDown Live Thread
Strong episode in my book.
I never agree with having champions pinned in one-on-one matches on TV, nor am I a fan of giving away feature matches for free, but it was about making Nakamura strong again and reminding people how good and vicious he can be, so I was fine with him beating Finn. Good outing for Shinsuke, he looked like a fucking pit bull out there.
Kevin Owens as the new Stone Cold against Shane feels like a rehash of Austin/McMahon, but if the endgame is getting Shane off TV and pushing Owens up the card as the star that he should be, then I'm cool with it. Great promo from KO at the start and the Stunner at the end even got the nod from Austin himself on Twitter. Will they make reference to their 2017 feud that culminated in a Cell match, or are we supposed to forget it?
Nikki Cross continues to be more likable than Bayley, who feels like a nothing champion. I hope Alexa takes the gold Sunday or else Charlotte returns from her apparent exile to save us from this bland Bayley run.
Loved Joe's promo, he continues to show that he's probably the best on the mic in WWE. I know there's little to no hope that he wins the title on Sunday, but if he and Kofi are given some solid time in the ring, maybe he can use the platform to wake up management and show he deserves to be kept in the main event scene. The guy is just too fucking good to let him squander in the mid card. Best foot forward, you know?
Looks like those reports of Cesaro being Black's opponent were true. Should be a great match that I expect Black to win because he's the debuting superstar, or rather RE-debuting in a sense because he's been out of the ring on TV since Mania. I know some expected it to be Randy Orton, but honestly, Orton should not lose whatever his next PPV match is because he's coming off a big, clean win in a great match against HHH in Saudi Arabia, which should be capitalized on. If Kofi survives Joe on Sunday, I wouldn't be surprised to see Orton return and go up against him at Summerslam.
That double suplex from Otis on Bryan and Woods was a gem of a spot, even if it didn't look amazing to the naked eye. Typically, a double suplex is just a straight somersault over to the mat with no delayed vertical theatrics, simply because the risk of something going wrong is so high. Big props to Otis for pulling it off and making it look good while keeping his co-workers safe!
Only real downer of the show was no Taker to make the final sell for the tag match on Sunday, and Reigns has never done a lengthy promo with his thoughts on he and Taker teaming up. Shane and Drew have done almost all the talking in this build, which is BS.