Fastlane was Good, Raw was Red Hot, now it’s time for SmackDown Live! We have a huge show this week, completely jam packed with potential. Let’s get right to it!
The Hardy Boyz and Aleister Black and Ricochet vs. The Bar and Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev
Legit total speed, and agility vs. raw power. This went about as expected. The heel team beat the hell out of Jeff Hardy. They isolated him with frequent tags. Once Hardy got the tag in, it was chaos. Bodies everywhere and everyone throwing fist. Finally Jeff Hardy got control and was the last man standing, hitting a “swanton” but was broken up. Again all bodies in the ring going at it. Out of no-where New Day who was jumped by The Bar and Nakamura and Rusev came and got them some. Revenge is sweet and although they cost the Hardy Boyz and Black and Ricochet the match, they got some good shots in and got to pick their heads up high. Good match, good story, and Good job all around.
Randy Orton came out to explain his beef with AJ Styles as of late. He takes exception to how AJ says, “the house he built.” Orton straight shot at AJ Styles indy career, his time with TNA and his long time “not” being in the WWE. AJ Styles had enough and decided to shoot back. AJ crapped on Orton saying everything was handed to him and he is a rip off artist. After more back and forth gold, we now have a match at WrestleMania. This promo was fire, and amazing all around. The match should also shine. This was Good as all hell!
Non-Title Match- WWE SD Women’s Champion- Asuka vs. Sonya Deville
If you are a frequent reader of G.B.U on thechairshot.com, and even if you aren’t you know now, I am a huge fan of Sonya Deville and a push for her would be brilliant. This isn’t a Bad start with a fiery match with Asuka. As expected this was a really decent fight between two strikers. We have a hell of a Good match but it was of course somewhat predictable. The story unfortunately revolves around dissension between Deville and Mandy Rose. That is where this road is headed, and it seems after a small “mishap” with the apron cost Deville as she was kicked in the head followed up by an “Asuka Lock.” Asuka Wins! Good Match but a really lame ending. This brings the question, will this lead to Asuka feuding elsewhere? Or will this turn into a 3-Way for the Title? That is worth watching!
“The Man” Becky Lynch
“When the Man comes around” a lot can happen on any given night. Lynch is just on top of the world currently. The hottest person in all of sports entertainment dug her claws into “Ronnie” about her little outburst as of late. Lynch has been dynamite on the mic and this week was no different. Becky is WrestleMania Ready. One person, in fact, the only person that is unhappy about this, is Charlotte Flair. Charlotte took exception to Lynch’s confidence and let her know that she never belonged in the WrestleMania Match to begin with. Lynch bit back however claiming, maybe it was her carrying Charlotte all this time. This was intense. Lynch had a mic drop claiming WWE doesn’t need “The Queen” they need “The Man.”
WWE Champion-Daniel Bryan and Rowan vs. Kevin Owens and Mustafa Ali
K.O. and Ali came out hot not wasting anytime opening up a major can of whoop-ass. However the story here was Rowan. Rowan dominated this match and although was neutralized momentarily kept control over his much smaller opponents. Ultimately Rowan stole the show, got the blind tag, and hit Mustafa Ali with a devastating “Clawslam” for the victory. The match again wasn’t great, it was just okay, but definitely not Bad. This acted as a bit of a push for Rowan and his impressive size and power, and it worked!
Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods)
Everyone knows that when Vince McMahon wants to give you hell, you will get it in bulk, but Kofi Kingston almost completely unprovoked has gotten the “royal” McMahon treatment as of late and came out with his New Day Fam to vent. Unfortunately for them they got Vince McMahons attention even more so. Vince will give him what he wants, “an opportunity” however the cost it seems will be a Gauntlet Match against pretty much everyone McMahon can think of. Randy Orton, Rowan, US Champ-Samoa Joe and The Bar to be exact. If Kofi wins, he gets his title match at WrestleMania. Again, another unfortunate reality hit when his opponents for the match next week came out one by one to beat the living hell out of New Day. What wasn’t expected though, is that New Day took care of business and cleared the ring. Hopefully Kofi will have the same results next time but he has an uphill battle for sure. This was a very powerful promo and got a lot of emotions.
Opening Segment- “The Best in the World” Shane O’ Mac
Shane lost his mind at Fastlane attacking both his tag team partner and Miz’s father. He was very stiff and obviously was making a major impact to the story. Shane came out to explain himself but not before he berated the ring announcer (Greg Hamilton) for his lack of enthusiasm. Shane is demanding the proper respect that he deserves now, explaining he has always, well before getting a trophy for it, has been the “Best in the World.” Nothing has changed. He has no regrets for his actions and in fact issued a challenge to his former tag team partner, The Miz at the big dance WrestleMania for the true title of “Best in the World.” Sorry to say this was Bad all around, the match will be Bad, the Promos will be Bad, the whole deal will be Bad. Right here this promo was, you guessed it Bad.
Rey Mysterio and R-Truth vs. Samoa Joe and Andrade
At Fastlane these four amazing talents tore the house down. Now paired up in makeshift teams they go again. The match was okay nothing spectacular. Of course Andrade and Mysterio were impressive as usual however it was R-Truth stumbling around and Samoa Joe being highly awkward that took a few points away overall. This really wasn’t a very Good match. Rey Mysterio hits a surprise “roll up” for the victory. Samoa Joe then does what he always does, and beat the hell out of everyone in the match. Score a rare one for the Ugly Column.
Good SD Live, we definitely had some a touch of bad and ugly but the energy was high, and the Good was plentiful, if this is the pace WWE is going to go prior to the biggest night in the sport, we are going to have a historic event. SmackDown live continues to kill it!
NXT is next. Then it is only a little more wait until we dance. We cannot wait for WrestleMania as every wrestling fan on Earth (as well as all of AEW) will be watching, glued to the WWE Network. Until NXT, hope you enjoyed this SDLive Good, Bad and Ugly.
Tiffany’s Takes: WWE 205 Live (5/21/19)
Did the 205 Live Crew deliver this week?
Tiffany Takes time to look into this week’s edition of WWE 205 Live. Did the Cruiserweight Division deliver?
After a tough bout at Money in the Bank, where does the Cruiserweight Championship (and all of the WWE 205 Live crew) go now?
Singh Brothers vs Jack Gallagher and Humberto Carrillo: I was a little disappointed that Lucha House Party’s RSVP got lost in the mail, but I’m assuming that they’re selling the beatdown from Lars Sullivan. However, it was nice to see that things are good-ish between Carrillo and Gallagher after last week. However, it sucks that the Singhs still lost! Sure, they look like cut rate male strippers in their ring gear, but they’re really talented should be getting better than being beat every week, didn’t they suffer enough of that working for Jinder Mahal?
Fatal Five Way: Akira Tozawa vs Brian Kendrick vs Mike Kanellis vs Oney Lorcan vs Ariya Daivari: Before I discuss this match and how much I hate multi-man matches that aren’t for a title or a contendership, I want to praise Maria Kanellis for her tribute to the late Ashley Massaro, who passed away over the weekend. During Maria’s first run in WWE way back when, she and Massaro were friends and sometimes on-screen partners and allies, including the storyline of Ashley convincing Maria to pose for Playboy, over the objections of Maria’s onscreen boyfriend, Santino Marella. Yes, THAT Santino Marella. Maria wrote Ashley’s name on the palm of her left hand and showed it as she and Mike Kanellis did their pose. I know Maria has talked about how much Ashley meant to her, but it was nice to see her pay tribute to her former friend, especially since WWE has made no further mention of Massaro outside of a ‘In Memory Of’ at Money in the Bank. Plus, I loved her outfit.
Back to the ACTUAL match. I really hate when WWE does multi-man matches that don’t really have a purpose. This match wasn’t for a #1 Contendership, it was just to put the five top-ish guys in the ring and see what happened. I was actually stunned that Tozawa won since I still think Daivari is going to be going for the championship in Saudi Arabia, but it was interesting to see Tozawa and Kendrick mix it up a little. Kanellis’ bad luck continues to be frustrating, it’s hard to see what, if anything, WWE has planned for him other than just having him lose every week.
Overall Thoughts: So, how was 205 this week? It was a little…lacking. It had two great matches but it felt like there wasn’t a real direction they were heading. The Fatal Five Way was just to see who was the best but that logic was a little dumb because it was more about who was opportunistic than who was better in the ring.
I did enjoy the team of Gallagher and Carrillo, but I can see Carrillo’s gimmick, whatever it is, getting old really quick. Hopefully the teaming with Gallagher will give Carrillo more of an edge, like teaming with Sasha Banks gave Bayley more of an edge.
I still think it’s going to be Nese vs Daivari II at Super Show Down, but we’ll have to wait and see.
That’s it for Tiffany’s 205 Takes! Tune in tomorrow for my takes on the NXTs!
Tiffany’s Takes: WWE SmackDown Live (5/21/19)
Did Smackdown deliver in your eyes?
WWE followed up an eventful edition of Raw with another eventful edition of WWE Smackdown Live, and Tiffany has her Takes on the entire thing!
After the shocking events of Money in the Bank, how will SmackDown move into SummerSlam season?
Money In the Bank: I’m already over this. The yapbox for Mr. Money in the Bank managed to be so obnoxious tonight, it made want to do things with that briefcase that are physically impossible. Hopefully the fact that there hasn’t been a successful men’s Money in the Bank cash-in since Dean Ambrose in 2016 will hold true.
WWE Championship: I felt really bad for Sami Zayn. Here he is, becoming a top heel, but he gets sacrificed after a great match with Kingston, just so Dolph Ziggler, who hasn’t been on TV since January, can walk in and get a title shot. Really? Plus, what was Ziggler’s malfunction? Way he was acting, you’d think Kingston double crossed him or something.
As for Ziggler, I actually rolled my eyes at his explanation. Ziggler got the shit knocked out of him by McIntyre back in January and hasn’t shown his face since. WWE wasn’t denying him a damn thing, so the idea that he was more deserving of Kofi’s spot is nonsense. Sit down, Dolph.
One thing I found interesting was the whole situation with Big E, the real one, not the fake schmuck that came out first. Big E and Ziggler were once business associates when E first debuted on the Main Roster, the fact that E got conveniently taken out, leaving Kingston without his New Day pals raises some serious questions.
WWE 24/7 Championship: There’s a lot of things you can say about Carmella, but she’s a good friend. Not only did she spend most of her evening trying to help R-Truth keep the WWE 24/7 Championship, sacrificing a chance to pummel Mandy Rose in the process,she even tried to help him with his disguise and didn’t take advantage of him to try and grab the belt for herself. That’s friendship.
Women’s Championship: So, Emmie Slattery (Lacey Evans) and India Wilkes (Charlotte Flair) took on Scarlett O’Hara (Becky Lynch) and…I hate to refer to Bayley as Melanie Wilkes, but I’ve painted myself into that corner with the ‘Gone with the Wind’ references. ANYWAY, the two Women’s Champs took on the women they beat on Sunday. Charlotte was clearly still mad about losing her title less than five minutes after she won it, but not only did she and Emmie not win, but CHARLOTTE took the pin. However, don’t be fooled into thinking things are rainbows and unicorns between Scarlett and Melly. Becky and Charlotte are owed rematches and Becky’s coming to collect hers.
Mustafa Ali vs Andrade: God love Mustafa Ali. He took a hell of a beating on Sunday and lost the opportunity, that RUMOR says he was promised, to be the Money in the Bank winner, but then he and his poor back got another pounding at the hands of Andrade. However, unlike what happened at Money in the Bank, Ali refused to let another victory be snatched away and fought through what looked like serious pain to pin Andrade and leave Rhode Island a winner.
Roman Reigns vs Elias: Remember when everyone predicted that Drew McIntyre would be a world champ and the best thing since sliced bread last year? Well, he’s back in the position he always seems to end up in: Lackey to someone with more personality than him. It was revealed on Monday that Shane was using McIntyre as his new muscle and used him to punish Roman Reigns after Reigns defeated Elias yet again. Problem is that Reigns is great at getting guys over, but unless he can manufacture a personality and charisma for McIntyre, this feud is going to be a waste of time because McIntyre is as interesting as beige paint and barely gets a reaction.
Overall Thoughts: So, how was SmackDown? Well, it was actually pretty good. There was a lot of of story progression as WWE gears up for Saudi Arabia, Mudhole Stomping, or whatever the next US PPV is, and SummerSlam season.
I will admit to being hesitant about the 24/7 championship and there are some issues I see with it long term, but right now it’s a hoot to watch and definitely helps break up the show.
I’m ‘bleh’ on Ziggler vs Kingston. They always have great chemistry, but this whole situation is uncomfortable and weird. It feels like whoever WWE actually wanted to put with Kingston in Saudi Arabia is refusing to go and so they’re putting in Ziggler just so the match will be on the card.
Becky and Bayley was a great team up, but it’s clear that Becky isn’t going to be leaving SmackDown anytime soon, RAW Women’s Champion or not. Charlotte taking the pin was odd, but very satisfying to see.
The whole thing with Reigns and Shane is good, but it seems that WWE hasn’t given up on trying to get McIntyre over with the crowd with or without a personality. Vince is a stubborn one.
That’s it for Tiffany’s SmackDown Takes! Up next is 205 Live!