Opening segment

  • Vince and Stephanie McMahon welcome everyone to Smackdown
  • Becky Lynch comes out and kicks off the night by thanking the Staples Center and saying she's doing to kick someone's ass.
  • King Corbin comes out next. He trashes Becky Lynch, and she fires back at him.
  • The Rock comes out and cuts a promo about how the term Smackdown changed WWE.
  • He calls Baron Corbin a Burger King employee on crack.
  • Rock says winning King of The Ring doesn't make you a King, like Becky Lynch is "The Man" but doesn't carry around a pair of testicles. She says if she did they'd be bigger than Corbin. He says his testicles are perfectly adequate.
  • Becky hits Baron with the IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK.
  • They call Baron a "super tough dude" and get the crowd to chant "STD."
  • They beat up Corbin. People's Elbow, Rock Bottom.

Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch defeated Boss N' Hug Connection
6/10

  • The entrances look so much better with the updates.
  • Great action early on, Charlotte gets worked over.
  • Becky Lynch is in the ring after the break, and the crowd is hot.
  • This was a great idea for an opening match on Smackdown. All four of these women look like the stars they are.
  • Charlotte moonsaults outside onto Boss N Hug. She taps out Bayley.
  • The crowd pushed this up to rec'd viewing for me.

Backstage Crappenings

  • Erin Andrews interviews New Day. Erin Andrews not reading directly from a script felt so much better.
  • Trish Stratus, Lita, Mick Foley, Kurt Angle, Goldberg, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair. Tyson Fury are at Smackdown.
  • I can't remember the last time I saw an action figure commercial during Raw or SD.
  • Market-specific ROH TV ads running during Smackdown on FOX.

Seth Rollins vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (w/ Sami Zayn)
N/A (Short)

  • Firefly Funhouse happens with Seth in the ring. The Rabbit warns Seth to not face The Fiend, and says he's a big Rollins fan. Mercy the Buzzard kills him.
  • Nakamura grabs a flying armbar.
  • If Seth Rollins has a "patented" suicide dive, he should be suing the whole roster for infringement.
  • Rollins missed a kick by a mile.
  • THE FIEND is here. They HAD to get The Fiend on this Smackdown.
  • I liked that for a number of reasons. Seth and Nakamura on the show, neither lost. It built the Sunday HIAC match, and got The Fiend on Fox. Everyone wins.

WWE 24/7 Title
Marshmello defeated Carmella (c) to become WWE 24/7 Champion
Carmella defeated Marsmello (c) to win the title

  • Marshmello is talking to R-Truth and the Bella Twins.
  • Carmella approaches and throw biscuits or something. Marshmello pins Carmella and wins the title.
  • Another Marshmello pins Marshmello. It's Carmella. She wins the title back.

Loser Leaves WWE
Ladder Match
Kevin Owens defeated Shane McMahon
7.25/10

  • Kevin Owens attacks Shane McMahon up the ramp.
  • Shane does his elbow drop through the announce table.
  • We come back from commercial to see Kevin Owens frog splash Shane McMahon through a bridged ladder!
  • WWE has some rough mic issues with the crowd. The crowd gets completely muted at times.
  • McMahon cracks Owens in the ankle with a chair.
  • Coast to Coast from Shane McMahon!
  • Owens powerbombs Shane into a ladder.
  • Shane McMahon is "fired" from WWE.
  • Kevin Owens fires Shane and hits him with a Stone Cold Stunner.

Braun Strowman, The Miz & Heavy Machinery defeated Dolph Ziggler, Bobby Roode, AJ Styles & Randy Orton
5/10

  • This is a good way to pack in a lot of talent.
  • The heels get their asses kicked pretty heavily.
  • Strowman mows EVERYONE down.
  • Strowman and Tyson Fury face off at ringside, leading to Ziggler jumping on Strowman
  • Strowman hits his finish for the win.
  • Tyson Fury jumps the guard rail and has to be held back!
  • This was AMAZING.

Lumberjack Match
Roman Reigns defeated Erick Rowan
5.75/10

  • The lumberjacks argue among themselves.
  • Daniel Bryan is on commentary.
  • Back from the commercial, this is very much a Greatest Hits of Roman Reigns and Rowan.
  • Harper comes out and Bryan goes right after him.
  • It's mayhem with the lumberjacks. Reigns jumps over the top onto all of them.
  • Rowan powerbombs Ali onto Reigns.
  • Harper and Bryan both run in, an Reigns hits a spear for the win.
  • The crowd was great for this.

WWE Championship
Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman) defeated Kofi Kingston (c)
SQUASH

  • F5. Pin.
  • Rey Mysterio comes out with Cain Velasquez
  • Velasquez attacks Lesnar.
  • I don't know that Brock Lesnar needed the title on him to feud with Cain Velasquez. Quite the opposite.
  • Not a fan of that unless Brock is defending more often. The top prize of a program not being on a show reduces the importance of the program.
  • They advertised a whole bunch of people who weren't on the show, and ended early.

Rating guide

10- Perfect, 9- MOTY Territory, 8- Excellent, 7- Great, 6- Good, 5- Average to above average, 4- Slightly below average, 3 or below: Poor

Each match starts at a 5 and slides up and down based on entertainment, execution, time, environment, reaction and stakes. The ratings are in no way an indication of a "star rating," which is a completely different system. A standard, non-offensive "TV match" lands at a 5. The gap between 5.75-6 is generally the largest, with anything reaching 6 being recommended viewing.
These are opinions, and incredibly inconsistent ones. Don't take them too seriously, and have (and share) your own!

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