Great Promos from the Women’s Division
All the talk this week around the females in WWE was surrounding Charlotte and Sasha, but the Smackdown women also delivered their fair share of impact this week. Alexa Bliss and Smackdown’s Women’s Champion Becky Lynch opened the show this past Tuesday with a great promo segment.
Bliss really knows how to work the crowd and managed to get them involved personally in the segment. Like all contract signings in WWE the two inevitably ended up scrapping and Bliss sent Lynch flying through a table from the top rope to end it. I loved Lynch wiping her feet as she left the ring, sometimes it’s the little gestures that really add to someone’s character.
Later on in the same night Carmella delivered a great promo to entice Nikki Bella into brawling with her. Carmella, like Lynch, is great at playing the heel and her comments here about John Cena and ‘The Bella Twins’ showed some good mic work.
Setting up TLC
It’s only been two weeks since Survivor Series, meaning that Smackdown has had very little time to establish its matches for this Sunday’s TLC event.
The company have relied on pre-established feuds for the most part and this week they had their final little build for two of the matches with a tag match which saw Dolph Ziggler and Kalisto take on The Miz and Baron Corbin. The match was solid enough, despite being interrupted by a huge ad break in the middle of it but it was a nice way of keeping everything boiling over until Sunday.
AJ gets some Revenge
Last week I complained that Ellsworth picking up a third victory in a row over Styles was a bad decision and it made the champion look weak. This week however AJ got a chance at some redemption and come out to attack Ellsworth and Ambrose during an Ambrose Asylum segment.
The assault by AJ made him look strong again and reminded us that Ellsworth is nothing but a glorified jobber. Ellsworth will likely have some part to play in the outcome at TLC, either turning on Ambrose himself, or costing the challenger the match and turning Ambrose heel with a post match assault.
Great Main Event
I was incredibly critical of the Orton- Wyatt story line when it first began and whilst it is still clearly only going to end with Orton hitting an RKO on Wyatt at some point, the two are working together great as a tag team and adding something new and interesting to the division.
The two put on a great main event match this week against American Alpha, and whilst I don’t like seeing the latter lose it made sense for the newly formed Wyatt Family to pick up the victory here.
American Alpha will no doubt get a chance at revenge against the pair in the future but giving the straps to the two established stars this Sunday just makes more sense to me.
Luke Harper Loses to Kane
Whilst the other two members of The Wyatt Family are off challenging for the tag team championships Luke Harper has been burdened with a pointless feud against Kane.
I’d be okay with this happen were it putting Harper over, however Kane picked up the clean win this week, which is clearly ridiculous. How does Kane, the near 20 year veteran of the WWE stand to benefit from beating Harper at all? Terrible booking, and a mediocre match.
Match of the Week: American Alpha Vs The Wyatt Family
Superstar of the Week: AJ Styles
Show of the Week: Raw, purely because of that main event
Final Verdict: WWE delivered two fairly solid and fun shows this week, and whilst Raw was a little chaotic it featured an awesome main event and began to develop some nice little feuds. Smackdown was a compact and efficient show that built towards TLC, though the fact it only featured 3 wrestling matches was a bit of a downer.
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