It was a rather dull week on SmackDown (10/11/2016). We have a quick analysis of everything on the blue brand right here!
SmackDown vs. Raw at Survivor Series
For the first time in years, it seems as though Survivor Series will actually have some purpose behind traditional Survivor Series matches. SmackDown is set to face-off against Raw in 3 traditional Survivor Series matches (if Raw “accepts”). There will be a top stars match, a women’s match, and a tag-team match. I think this was a good way to differentiate Survivor Series from the rest of the PPV events.
The one thing that I’m skeptical about with this development is how SmackDown will stack up against Raw. Raw has a lot more talent than SmackDown and it might not be believable that SmackDown’s tops stars can beat Raw’s. I feel like SmackDown can use a bit more star power. John Cena and Dean Ambrose are rumoured to be taking time off and that doesn’t leave much for the main event picture.
I’m happy that this feud is continuing. These two women have a great, personal feud going and it’s been fun to see them go at it week in and week out. Carmella once again attacked Nikki backstage, but Nikki ended up chasing her away after she cost her her match against Naomi. I hope that this match results in a special match type to end the feud. I think putting these two in a steel cage could be a great way to end it at the next SmackDown exclusive PPV.
The Miz/Dolph Ziggler
The Miz mentioned that he brought the prestige back to the Intercontinental Championship. I happen to agree with that statement. The Miz has never been better than he has been since he won that title. This feud has gotten a lot better after starting off a bit flat. Dolph finally won the championship at No Mercy, but will he actually get to keep it? I guess we’ll see how things go on that. I feel like having The Spirit Squad continuing to be around isn’t necessary, though. For a one-off it worked, now it’s just strange. After their great match on Sunday, I’m certainly interested in what they can do in a rematch.
Alexa got two minutes of TV time on SmackDown and she really made it work. Alexa has the best facial expressions in WWE. It’s very weird that they decided to make it difficult to have her singles title shot though. She’ll face Naomi on next week’s SmackDown and I can assume that if she loses, Naomi will be added to the Women’s Championship match in Glasgow on November 8th. I’m slightly annoyed at how she’s been made to look weak when she was obviously the #1 Contender. It doesn’t surprise me, but it’s disappointing, to say the least.
American Alpha/The Usos
The Usos continue to one-up American Alpha at every turn. It’s been hard to watch Jordan and Gable have such a hard time every week after having such hype. I feel like WWE purposely tries to knock people down a peg when they join the main roster to test them. The Usos, on the other hand, have been such a different teams since their turn. I’ve been really impressed with how much of a killer instinct they’ve had and how they’ve used dirty tactics to their advantage.
I would like to see a bit more competition between the teams. Having these short matches every week isn’t getting me that intrigued to see what happens.
What’s not to love about AJ Styles? He’s been the most entertaining guy on SmackDown week in and week out. He makes you believe in everything that he does by convincing everyone that he’s great. AJ is amazing in the ring, but he hasn’t won that way lately so it’s a moot point. His loss to James Ellsworth was comical to say the least. Dean Ambrose and AJ really knew how to get the crowd riled up. Every time AJ had the victory, Dean would be distracted by something until Ambrose DDT’d Styles twice to give Ellsworth the win.
James Ellsworth will get a World Championship match next week on SmackDown. I can only hope they don’t make another David Arquette moment and somehow award him the title.
The Wyatt Family has been a force, plain and simple. It’s been hard to argue that they’ve been one of the most entertaining things on SmackDown each week. This week, Orton enlisted the help of The Big Red Machine, Kane. Well, he did until Kane disappeared. For the second time this week, Randy was left lying after Sister Abigail.
The biggest thing to come out of this is the possible retirement of Kane. I would think that his disappearance may just be to lift The Wyatts up and make them more supernatural. Either that or Kane returns next year to face The Wyatt Family with The Undertaker at Wrestlemania. Neither may be true, but they’re fun things to think about.
I really struggled with this week’s SmackDown. I felt like I had already seen this show. Everything seemed similar to the past few weeks and there weren’t many notable things to latch on to. I think a lot of the feuds are going on too long and things are getting very stale. I’m looking for something to change really soon to breathe some life into the show.