WWE Smackdown Live Thoughts – September 27, 2016
This is going to be short and sweet. Besides the WWE Championship match at the end of the show, this was one of the worst Smackdown episodes since the brand split.
We didn’t need another larger 8 man tag team match. Yeah, it sets up the Usos (with new music) as a threat to Slater and Rhyno, but they could have done this in a more entertaining way.
We got another ladies tag match just to have Carmella get the best of Nikki Bella again. Whatever.
The whole thing with Randy Orton searching for Bray Wyatt backstage at the arena goes down as one of the most stupid things I’ve seen in a long time. You’re telling me that we’re to believe all this darkness is happening in an arena? I laughed when I saw the red paint on the doors, too. I thought, “I wonder who has to clean that up after the show ends?”
The part that really finalized the disconnect was when Orton opened a door a peeked inside and we had the camera man on the other side, filming him, and showing Eric Rowan was on the other side of the door. Holy shit was that bad. Imagine…opening a door and there’s….there’s…A CAMERA MAN on the other side! Ohhhh…!!! What horrible, horrible TV. Thank goodness the Blue Jays game was on so I could switch constantly.
The Miz’s “homecoming celebration” was a bore-fest which eventually brought out Dolph Ziggler who was almost crying while giving the same speech we’ve heard before. He went on to announce he’d put his career on the line if The Miz put his belt up at the next PPV, which The Miz agreed to. At least we’ll get one more stellar PPV outing from these two.
There was barely any screen time for Becky Lynch as she got attack by Alexa Bliss. Bliss yelled at her and that was that.
To end the show, we got a decent match between AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose for the WWE Championship. As soon as it was announced that John Cena was going to be on commentary, you knew somehow he’d be a part of the finish.
The match wasn’t as good as the last time these two met, but it had enough action and spots for a compelling match. It was actually nice to see Ambrose sell a bit more, too.
The match ended when Styles sucker-punched Cena in the commentary chair, causing Cena to get pissed off and climb up on to the ring apron. That caused Cena to distract the ref as the ref was yelling at Cena and because of that, there was a late count on Ambrose when he covered Styles. Ambrose then got pissed off and hit Cena which caused enough distraction for Styles to roll-up Ambrose for the win, with extra leverage by pulling Ambrose’s pants.
As the show went off the air, both Styles and Ambrose got laid out by Cena courtesy of his Attitude Adjustment.
There we go: we got a boring show, with a laughable side story featuring Orton and Wyatt, and two people who were in the main event being overshadowed by Cena at the end. If it wasn’t for the action IN the main event match, it would have been can-miss TV.