What was your favourite moment from SmackDown Live?
R-Truth. Everything R-Truth did on this show was absolute gold. From suggesting he grew up idolizing John Cena (despite being older than him), to defeating Andrade and Rey Mysterio in the same match, the current US Champion was incredible last night.
In fact, since joining forces with Carmella in late-2018, Truth has been a consistent highlight of WWE programming, despite being in the twilight of his career. He’s funnier than he’s ever been, and wrestling with all of the athleticism of a man half his age. And last night was no different.
Despite my criticisms of how we got there, I was still glad to see Kevin Owens and his new tattoos – and new finisher – back in a WWE ring. Since being written off TV following a brutal beating by Bobby Lashley in October last year (which in reality allowed Owens to undergo double knee surgery), I must admit that I’ve missed the pompous Canadian.
But now he’s back, in the title picture for Fastlane and has made the jump to the blue brand. As if SmackDown needed another star to bolster its ranks.
What an excellent show from start to finish. We had great wrestling, storyline progression, and unexpected but welcome twists. Having Kingston replaced with Owens was perfect because it gives us the WrestleMania match we’ve been wanting and gives Bryan someone to face at Fastlane in the meantime. It’s unfortunate it had to be Owens, as the fans may struggle to accept him since he’s being treated as a babyface. But it’s nevertheless great to have him back.
The highlight of the show was definitely the triple threat match between R-Truth, Mysterio and Andrade. What a fast-paced and action-packed match with great spots. Hopefully we can see this match again on a grander stage – perhaps at Fastlane. The tag match between Ricochet & Black and Nakamura & Rusev was also good and made me realise I’d like to see Nakamura feud with Black sometime in the future.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) February 27, 2019
The Kofi reaction at the opening of the show. The crowd was hot for Kofi. New Day wasn’t over-the-top cheesy, but played the line of goofy and enjoyable perfectly. He also cut an awesome promo. Seems like maybe Kofi is in line to get his title shot at WrestleMania instead of Fastlane. I think that’s a good thing. I’m still guessing he winds up in a multi-man match. Either way, Kofi is making the most of his chances.