We didn’t have to wait long to find out what lay ahead on this week’s SmackDown Live, as the ultimate WWE insider (its Twitter account) revealed some major matches booked for the show.
Included in this revelatory piece of investigative tweet-alism was news that not only would Bayley, Becky, Charlotte and Lacey Evans be facing off in the ring, but also that Kofi Kingston would be taking on Sami Zayn. Oh, and Roman Reigns would be appearing on the blue brand. Hold on, isn’t he a Raw star?
But it’s those first two points in particular that separate SmackDown from its Monday night counterpart, to the point that it’s hard to believe that they’re crafted by the same minds. Whereas Raw seems content to throw all of its women onto talk shows hosted by Alexa Bliss – and then just as quickly toss them into forgettable six-person tag bouts – SmackDown has larger plans at work. It’s as if it was all leading somewhere. Like a storyline of some sort.
Still not convinced? Look no further than the different personas of one Samuel J. Zayn. On Raw, he gets deposited in the trash. On SmackDown he’s placed in the main event. Monday nights see him transform into Braun Strowman’s personal jobber. Tuesday nights have him compete for the brand’s top belt. It’s a regular Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde… from Braun in most cases.
And I’ve almost forgotten the best part of last night’s SmackDown. The blue brand may not have a Beast in the Bank, but it did receive a big, delicious helping of Big Delicious E. And, on that note, let’s get to the review.