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The Show Must Go On…Smackdown 17/10/2017

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17/10/17

Arguably the better of the two major WWE shows, after a rather poor show last week, tonight’s show exceeded expectations. Great segments, in which every segment told a story, and segments which built towards furthering those storylines.

The Good

Sami Zayn

Sami Zayn turning heel was a brilliant move from creative. There’s no doubt he is grabbing the opportunity with both hands. Especially based on Tuesday nights show. Zayn’s witty comedy at the start of the show (referring to Daniel Bryan as a Sellout and a Housewife) combined with dirty tactics in the main event, leaves me wanting to see more of his heelish persona.

AJ Styles

Losing the US title to Corbin at Hell in a Cell could possibly be one of the best things to happen to AJ styles right now. It feels like he is back where he belongs. In contention for the WWE Championship, AJ has it all. He carries himself like a champion, shoots great promo work, and has phenomenal in-ring ability.

The Crowd

If you have seen the pictures doing the rounds on the internet of this week’s Smackdown live show then you’ll know exactly why this was a high point. Recent weeks (at weekly shows and PPVs) have seen real low (crowd) numbers. So it was great to see a full house this week in Seattle. It was evident from the off that the WWE Universe was in full flight when hometown hero Daniel Bryan opened the show. The Yes chants echoed around the arena throughout the show with the crowd engaging at every opportunity.

The Bad

Bobby Roode and Dolph Ziggler

This rivalry is as stale as they come. The sooner this finishes the better. Both superstars are gifted athletes and can hold there own with a mic in their hand. Yet this feud is doing nothing for them, other than making both fall further down the pecking order. The fued itself hasn’t been the best, with both superstars not been able to showcase exactly what they can do inside the squared circle. The sooner WWE creative realize that Roode’s ‘Glorious’ gimmick is money, the better. Roode is champion material and proved that down in NXT. Here’s hoping this will be the last time we see both of these superstars square off for a while.

Baron Corbin

Not the best week for Corbin. Even after beating Styles at Hell in the Cell two weeks ago to become the US Champ. WWE has dropped the ball with Corbin, in my opinion, he should have a similar aura to Braun Strowman on Raw. Corbin should be booked as a monster running over the competition. Instead, he took a loss this week against a man a lot of people have forgotten about (Sin Cara) in what some may say was a squash match.

Woman’s Division

1 step forward, 2 steps back. This is a great expression in describing what I think of the Smackdown Womans Division as of late. So much potential there with the likes of Naomi, Flair, and Becky just to name a few. Yet we are treated to 6 woman tag after 6 woman tag match with any form of storyline. It’s evident there’s no faith in the division from creative. Such a fall from grace when you consider this time last year Flair and Banks were main eventing Hell in a Cell.

As for the rest of the show…well, what do you think? and do you have any comments on the points I have raised? if so, let me know in the comments below, or follow me on Twitter here. And I’ll catch you all on Thursday.

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