Sean Ross Sappdown Live (8/22): Match Ratings, Analysis, more

Opening segment

  • AJ Styles is bringing back the United States Championship open challenge.
  • Kevin Owens answers it. I never thought I'd be disappointed to say that.
  • Owens says a McMahon screwed another legendary Canadian. Well played.
  • Shane is making the match for tonight, but Owens demands he picks the ref. Ah boy.

Backstage crappenings

  • Daniel Bryan isn't happy with Jinder Mahal. Tonight the Singh Bros. face Nakamura. Sweet!
  • Kevin Owens wants Sami Zayn to be the special ref. He drops a funny line saying he knows Sami isn't busy tonight. Zayn later turns him down. Breezango offers their services, and Owens goes off. Baron Corbin wants it, but wants a title shot if Owens wins.
  • Backstage, Chad Gable is talking to Daniel Bryan. Bryan reveals that in exchange for sending Jason Jordan to Raw, Angle helped him sign Shelton Benjamin. Great continuity.
  • Dolph Ziggler is back and cuts a promo about all the gimmicks on Smackdown Live.
  • Lana is trying to motivate Tamina and it's hilariously bad.

Bobby Roode defeated Aiden English
5/10

  • Bobby Roode as a babyface, and it's going to work very, very well by the looks of it.
  • I'm all for this. The way that Roode was working before was a crowd killer after the entrance. This isn't.
  • Glorious DDT! I'm a fan of anyone using the Impaler.
  • Very optimistic about Roode as a babyface.

Usos defeated Hype Bros
4.5/10

  • Hey, Hype Bros are alive.
  • Paint by numbers outside of the teams working out of opposite face/heel corners.
  • Mojo Rawley runs through an Uso, but Zack gets superkicked and pinned.
  • Usos cut a nice promo on the tag division.
  • Was told there were three beach balls during the tag team match.

Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Singh Bros. (w/ Jinder Mahal)

  • I never would have thought one year ago I'd be a fan of the Bollywood Boyz. Give the bros some gear though.
  • They get their asses kicked REAL PROPER.
  • Jinder tries to attack and eats a knee to the grill.

Becky Lynch & Naomi defeated Carmella & Natalya (w/ James Ellsworth)
4.75/10

  • Natalya cuts a really bad promo, and even drops "glow" twice.
  • Carmella's gear. Carmella's ring gear is the biggest news story of Smackdown.
  • This isn't bad. Carmella teases not wanting to tag in, and hopes Natalya gets beat up.
  • Naomi transitions from a sunset flip into her submission. She ends up getting Carmella with a split legged moonsault.
  • I like the heel-on-heel action.

Special guest referee Baron Corbin
United States Championship
AJ Styles (c) defeated Kevin Owens
5.5/10

  • AJ Styles' sliding forearm is a nice move.
  • Baron Corbin is a pretty good ref.
  • He stops a Calf Crusher because Owens had the ropes.
  • Corbin points at his WWE logo a lot.
  • Shane McMahon stops a Baron Corbin count, and Corbin hands over the ref shirt.
  • Styles gets the win. Great crowd reaction

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