Sean Ross Sappdown 9/5: Smackdown Live Match Ratings, Results, Analysis

Opening weirdness

  • We get the corny Smackdown exclusive Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura promos. They're really bad, but I do like that they're unique to this brand.
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Kevin Owens and Shane SHOOTIN'

  • Owens is trying to ref the Carmella vs. Natalya match, but Shane McMahon isn't letting it happen.
  • Shit gets real. KO asks if he's always in the spotlight because Vince didn't give him enough attention. 
  • KO then says everyone in his family would have been better off if Shane didn't survive his helicopter crash.
  • Shane goes wild at KO bringing up his kids and beats his ass.
  • Daniel Bryan comes out and is disappointed in Shane for losing his cool. Great segment.
  • Backstage, Bryan apologizes, but KO says he's suing the WWE, McMahon family and pressing charges.

Natalya defeated Carmella (w/ James Ellsworth)
4/10

  • This is a really basic match, and most of the match takes place during a commercial.
  • Some of the spots looked kind of slow, but it accomplished what it needed to.
  • Ellsworth tries to cash in for Carmella, and it backfires, causing a loss.
  • Carmella goes off on Ellsworth and calls him a charity case and insinuates that his mom should have put him up for adoption.
  • Carmella was great on the mic. I felt terrible for Ellsworth by the end of this. 
  • Later, Ellsworth apologizes and begs for forgiveness. Carmella says they're doing things her way. She kisses Ellsworth, then slaps him. Oh.

Dolph Ziggler

  • Ziggler guilts the crowd about wanting gimmicks. He comes out as John Cena, Randy Savage and Naomi to troll the crowd.
  • Jimmy Uso should be out there beating that ass right now.

Aiden English defeated Sami Zayn

  • This was super quick, and then Zayn runs off English. Well.

Backstage crappenings

  • The Usos reveal that they'll face New Day in a Las Vegas street fight next week.
  • Daniel Bryan gets a phone call from someone instructing him to do something. 

Bryan and Shane

  • In a good spot of continuity, DB reminds Shane McMahon that he was the one who prevented Bryan from attacking The Miz.
  • Bryan regretfully informs Shane McMahon that Vince demanded that Shane be suspended.
  • This has developed into a super fun storyline.
  • The crowd is thanking Shane. Later, Daniel Bryan says Vince is coming to address the situation next week.
  • They're loading up on the Las Vegas Smackdown!

Baron Corbin defeated Tye Dillinger
5/10

  • AJ Styles is on commentary, and puts over that his elbow pad will be auctioned off for hurricane relief.
  • Dillinger gets a nice reaction and is really aggressive out of the gate.
  • Tye Dillinger impressively lifts up Corbin, but can't get his finish. He eats an End of Days. 
  • Backstage, AJ Styles offers Dillinger a title match next week in Vegas. That show is loaded.

Top Contender Match 
Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Randy Orton
6/10

  • Nakamura whiffs on a kick and Orton whiffs on an RKO immediately.
  • Orton teases hitting a really uneven draping DDT to the outside, and it would have looked awesome and sick and gross and cool.
  • Nakamura's enziguris are sad.
  • Orton seems motivated tonight. The quality of the match reflects that.
  • Nakamura has one of the great RKO counters ever into an armbar. Orton counters a triangle into a powerbomb.
  • Nakamura hits the Kinshasa for the win. Good stuff.
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