Match Ratings For Smackdown Live 11/7/17, Mahal vs. Styles From Sean Ross Sapp

Opening segment

  • Shane McMahon breathes into that mic HEAVILY.
  • Do people really say "YOU SEE" that much in casual conversation, or am I that antisocial these days?
  • New Day say that they didn't intend for the Shield to lose their titles.
  • Shane dances with New Day. KO and Sami Zayn make fun of Shane for it. New Day clown Sami's dancing. Not cool.
  • Zayn and Owens ask if they need to dance like New Day to be treated fairly.
  • Shane books a match after a promo that felt way too long. There was a really stupid manicure line.
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Kofi Kingston (w/ New Day) defeated Sami Zayn (w/ Kevin Owens)
5.75/10

  • Am I supposed to like Kofi Kingston right now?
  • He dropkicks Sami Zayn real hard, and gets a receipt with a clothesline.
  • Kofi later hits an awesome divey non-dive that I've never seen before. Zayn responds with one of the damndest Blue Thunder Bombs I've ever seen.
  • Kofi gets the win with a cross body, and Owens attacks. Really wonder what these two are doing at Survivor Series.

Randy Orton defeated Rusev (w/ Aiden English)
Survivor Series Qualifier
4.75/10

  • Rusev got a couple of good kicks. 
  • RKO. Pin. Oh.
  • Roode, Nakamura and Shane are shown watching the match.

Becky Lynch defeated James Ellsworth
4.25/10

  • James Ellsworth cut a pretty hilariously dumb promo on Becky being a woman. 
  • Very surprised they don't have him work live events more. Easy heat.
  • This was a little too choreographed. No heat for this. Too cutesy, even for this. 
  • Becky wins with Disarmher after the roster makes Ellsworth go back to the ring. This was a time filler.
  • Carmella superkicks Ellsworth after the match

Smackdown Tag Team Championships
Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable defeated The Usos (c) via countout

  • I love the injury angle. Usos have been babyfaces and this is something for Cesaro & Sheamus to work over and Usos to overcome
  • This is a way to set up a rematch in the future, and give Cesaro and Sheamus something to work over at Survivor Series.

WWE Championship
AJ Styles defeated Jinder Mahal (c) (w/ Singh Bros.) to become WWE Champion 
6.5/10

  • "You can't wrestle" chants at Jinder Mahal. 
  • There's a toss over the top rope that would look good, but production zoomed it in and messed it up.
  • By God Mahal broke Styles' ass on the announce table.
  • I'm always impressed when Styles hits an Ushigoroshi on someone Mahal's size. Good to see they're allowed to call the move again.
  • Sweet roll in to the Calf Crusher. 
  • Hilarious spot where Jinder runs 2 MPH into the ropes for an outside bump. 
  • Inside out forearm, 450 splash hit, but the Singh Bros. save Mahal. They get their asses kicked by AJ.
  • AJ Styles gets his foot on the ropes after Khallas!
  • Mahal goes for one on the top rope, but gets dropped across the ropes.
  • Phenomenal Forearm! Styles wins. Pretty good match, too.

 

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