Ah, this joker. It sows chaos. After SmackDown's main event, Raw, did you know that Raw had to return the favor, right? AJ Styles opened the show, but was quickly interrupted by Sami Zayn, who wanted to feel his urge from last night before Braun Strowman interrupted him.
Styles resisted Zayn's more affluent attitude by letting nose and nose hold up complaining of Zayn's stench. We have a decent "showering!" – Singing, which is a credit to how angry Zayn has been lately.
The two Raw guys were then interrupted by WWE champion Kofi Kingston, who confronted them both with his show. It was a continuation of Kofis' newfound confidence and he had some decent lines while he was there. In addition, Kofi was glad to accept both challengers with a threefold threat to his WWE championship.
This decision raises some obvious questions. If someone won a Wild Card Rules title, would they change the brand? Is it even important, bearing in mind that they might show up in their original show under the same wildcard rule?
… Except he was not. In the heat of the main event, Owens ran down to attack Xavier Woods and distract Sami Zayn to almost take the win against Kofi. The champion persisted, however, and prevailed in the end.
The thing that interested me most was … what the hell did Owens want to achieve? Did he try to actively cost Kofi the title, or should he just send a message? I assume that the latter does not make much sense for me. Kofi has been confident since winning WrestleMania. I do not think a small enema should overthrow him from his game.
A lot of it was outlandish to me, but hey, a good game. I can not complain too much.
Shane McMahon has a big role in this show, and I thought his parts were hit or miss. He started talking about the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships and how he went down the list to find the right duo prize for the championships. At first it seemed like the answer would be B-Team for me; With what other tag teams does Shane even have to do?
But no, the team he thought about were Daniel Bryan and Erick Rowan, who were outfitted with Amon Amarth's new T-shirt. They wanted to have the tag titles, of course, but our third / fourth Wild Card participants chose this moment to make their presence known: The Usos.
I liked their use here. The usos have long been synonymous with the SDL tag titles, so it makes sense that they are appalled at how Shane simply wanted to hand them over to a team. They were determined to win over Bryan and Rowan, and that's what they did.
The match was mainly used to establish Rowan as a fearsome big guy. He had several big buddies against what the Usos did at the end of the game, as if they had stopped them out in a double dive. In fact, Rowan has done everything to earn the title for his team. No big complaints here.
After that came the problem I had with Shane's stuff. He stayed on the ring all the time, and another commercial break, to try to get through the ranked games, and The Miz seemed to attack him. Well … that's strange to me for a variety of reasons.
First, I seriously doubt that the McMahons have allowed Miz to attack one of their own. Will he be punished? Two: Why did he wait so long? Shane had been on the ring for almost 30 minutes. Three: NOW, B-Team joins Shane again. If Shane does not get tag titles from it, what does Shane do for them? Fourth, should not Elias be in Shane's small group as well? Is he only reserved for Reigns?
Needless to say, I did not really sell this Shane / Miz stuff. I liked the creative camera work for their fight on Raw, but that just did not feel right.
Ali def. Andrade via DQ – This was a decent little sale for the Men's Ranking game. Alias video promos are super cool and unique. I'm glad they let him get creative and start explaining what this "light" stuff is about. The match was good before Orton intervened, and I also liked that Ali stood by Orton when he got the chance.
But with these words … RKOs for everyone.
Video Promo by Roman Reigns – You made the story pretty tough here, but I liked the general theme. It was basically a way to showcase Roman as this guy who has made massive profits over the course of his career and how great it was that he kicked cancer in the ass. Both things are true.
… But when they showed that people were cheering for their original Rumble win, I shook my head and giggled. Yes, that's what happened.
Finns in Ireland – Laaaaame. I mean, it makes sense for him to go home early in the overseas tour, but it would have been nice if he had had something more in this ladder match than a possible feud with Andrade. I imagine he'll be with Raw next week to make amends.
Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville def. Carmella and Ember Moon – This was similar to Raw's Lucha House party match in that I do not remember anything suspicious. Considering that this was the woman's only match for the night, that's unacceptable. Paige came out to tell Rose and Deville to face Asuka and Kairi Sane next week, but that also came to an end here, it really annoyed me. Matt Hardy was so careful to add Lars & nicknames before he said his name. It just sounded stupid to me; Nobody talks like that. Everything that "I've never seen anyone like him before" is as much a cliché as hell. In any case, Lars attacked them both backstage.
Aleister Black Promo – Aleisters promos are slowly losing the excitement for me, but they are still interesting. He uses unusual words and discusses complex topics before summing them up with a disturbing look and a menacing one-liners. During his promos, it feels like I miss something that will not be known until he actually starts fighting again. Or maybe not. We will see.
This wild card stuff is weird and it will take some getting used to. And despite some raw talents, I was still not thrilled with this trip from SmackDown. There were some decent moments, but I do not think anyone missed a lot at home by skipping the episode.
Grade: C +
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