Miz vs. Daniel gets video packages! Sanity lose again! And Samoa Joe reads a letter!
Smackdown Women Standing In A Row
This week’s show opened with THREE SMACKDOWN WOMEN STANDING IN A ROW. Carmella lied about being a good champion, Becky said she didn’t want Charlotte in the match because she’s really good, and Flair told Mella that she wasn’t on the same level as anyone else in the division. So yeah, even Charlotte doesn’t get the Carmella character. She then had a money line where she told Carmella she was, “a Diva in a Women’s Era.” That was such a good line! Why hasn’t that been Mella’s character all along? It actually makes sense! Paige Here announced that we’re going to get a tag match next…
Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair def. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville
…which saw Becky and Flair beat Abso-two-ion rather easily. This wasn’t much of a match, but the finish was awesome. Instead of tagging Flair, Lynch instead dispatched of Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville one-on-two – tapping out Rose with the Disarmer. It showed that Lynch could win in a triple threat situation, and can stand on her own without Flair. This was a clever and subtle end to the match. Backstage, Flair and Lynch awkwardly wished each other the best this coming Sunday. There weren’t as many teases for Lynch turning heel this week, but even less for Flair. So we can probably expect to see Flair turn heel on Sunday.
Bludgeon Brothers def. The Triple Threat
After announcing that Miz And Mrs had been renewed for a second season- oh joy – Bludgeon Brothers beat up three competitors calling themselves Triple Threat. Although announced as one, this wasn’t a match and just a decimation. It was awesome.
Miz Vs. Daniel Bryan: Episode I – The NXT Menace
We then got the first of three video packages that highlighted the eight-year feud between Miz and Daniel Bryan. These were so much better in building their Summerslam match than throwing babies or babies crying on screens or pretending to be on the Miz And Mrs set. The first video recapped Bryan’s beginnings in NXT with Miz as his pro, pointing out that Bryan lost all 10 of his NXT matches and only won when he was eliminated and faced Miz on Raw. Bryan didn’t need Miz, but Miz needed Bryan. This was great.
New Day def. Sanity
Killian Dain debuted his new Sanity gear and then got pinned by New Day in a six-man tag. Despite being mostly ad break and Summerslam promo, this ended up being a really decent match – and was easily the best Sanity have looked on the main roster. They did however come out to no reaction though, so good job WWE.
Miz Vs. Daniel Bryan: Episode II – Revenge Of The Smack
The second Miz and Daniel Bryan video focused on that Talking Smack promo and also brought up some real-life issues Bryan has had with WWE. He said in the video that he wanted to quit and wrestle elsewhere, but he made a promise to Vince McMahon to see out his contract. That added an amazing level of realism to this feud, which has really missing from the last few weeks, which more felt like plugs for Miz And Mrs.
Andrade “Cien” Almas def. Aiden English
Aiden English sang an apology song to Lana and Rusev, and then lost quickly to Andrade “Cien” Almas . Almas and Vega cut promos afterwards to hype their Kick Off show mixed-tag match, and Rusev and Lana came out to say they will win this Sunday. It’s amazing how this feud feels like it’s had more build than Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles for the WWE Championship.
Miz Vs. Daniel Bryan: Episode III: Revenge Of The Bryan
The final Miz and Daniel Bryan hype package focused on Bryan’s return to the ring and how Miz has stolen all of his moves. These videos were really effective in building the match, and I just wish they’d split these across various Smackdowns and done more of them as there is so much more to this story than these three moments.
Jeff Hardy def. Shelton Benjamin
Like the six-man earlier in the night, Jeff Hardy vs. Shelton Benjamin was mostly ad break and Summerslam promo but got really good by the end. Hardy won, and then Nakamura came out to attack him. Although he got distracted by Benjamin, Hardy laid out Nakamura with the Twist of Fate and Swanton Bomb – which Randy Orton watched from afar behind a curtain.. It’s weird that WWE has put more stock in building the Hardy vs. Orton match which is rumoured for September’s PPV, rather than Jeff vs. Nakamura which is actually happening this Sunday.
Samoa Joe Reads A Letter
And the main event of the show saw AJ Styles come out to talk about Summerslam. He said that since Joe’s attack and promo about his family, he’s been losing his cool. Has he? Earlier in the night Paige asked Joe not to come out for AJ’s promo as she wants to protect the Summerslam match, but Joe told her he’s dangerous and does whatever he damn well pleases. Which is why he came out on this show to… read a letter. A letter that said AJ Styles never wanted a wife and children, which Joe says came from AJ’s wife. AJ responded by keeping his cool and standing there. And that was your go home angle for Summerslam. Don’t get me wrong Joe is an amazing promo, but I’m getting major Claire Lynch vibes from all of this. This is AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe at Summerslam for the WWE Championship, and the build to it has been three promos and Joe reading a made-up letter. This was frankly rubbish.
But aside from that I really enjoyed this week’s show. The wrestling was hampered by ad breaks and Summerslam promos, but the Miz and Daniel Bryan videos were awesome, and the finish to Becky’s tag team match was really creative.
Maybe I’m being too generous here, but I thought this’s week’s show was SmackTastic.