Smackdown Live Match Ratings, Analysis, Notes For 10-10-17 From Sean Ross Sapp

Opening promo

  • There's an unbelievable promo from the Usos about what the WWE fans don't see.
  • New Day get respect from Usos, but it's a long route to get there. 
  • Why should Hype Bros be anywhere near this segment? The Usos unleash a sick burn on Mojo's NFL days, saying he should sit on the sidelines like he did back then.
  • Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin. BACK OF THE LINE. That's a great catchphrase. Breezango. Ascension. Why Ascension? Tyler Breeze asks if The Ascension will quit following them.
  • Daniel Bryan comes out and books the four teams that haven't feuded all summer and fall together for a top contender match
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Top Contender's Match
Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin defeated Hype Bros, The Ascension and Breezango
5.25/10

  • Viktor has one hell of a flying knee.
  • The Ascension saved Breezango and caused miscommunication with Hype Bros. That was a really good spots that weaved a couple of different stories in. 
  • Suplex City and a big finish from Gable & Shelton Benjamin

Backstage crappenings

  • The heel women are backstage bonding, but Charlotte kicks Natalya's ass for making a joke about Ric.
  • Baron Corbin talks about keyboard warriors and it's pretty funny.
  • Harper and Rowan are the BLUDGEON BROTHERS.
  • No Fashion Files. 

Becky Lynch defeated Carmella (w/ James Ellsworth)
4.25/10

  • As it turns out, Becky still exists.
  • She beats Carmella after some smoke and mirrors to glue the match together.
  • I like Carmella's pink gear. Everyone wears black.

KO and Zayn

  • Kevin Owens calls Sami Zayn his guardian angel.
  • A lot of "all you people references."
  • Sami Zayn cites the fact Shane McMahon brushed his advice off. 
  • A pretty good promo results in Sami Zayn saying they're brothers.
  • Then they take turns sarcastically introducing each other.

Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Rusev & Aiden English
4.75/10

  • This is really slow paced until the hot tag.
  • Orton back suplexed Rusev on an announce table. How is that not a DQ?
  • Hot tag. Nakamura kicks ass. RKO. Win. Cool.

Ziggler and Roode

  • This again. Ziggler shows the world that Roode held his tights.
  • Ziggler wants a rematch. Then leaves....
  • Dolph Ziggler stole Alexa Bliss' hair and then her Raw segment.
  • What a huge waste of time.

United States Championship
Baron Corbin (c) defeated AJ Styles 
6/10

  • We come back from commercial to see a cool Corbin lariat. 
  • EVERYONE has scouted Corbin's Bossman spot on WWE TV.
  • AJ Styles hits the Ushigoroshi, which Graves calls. Until he's told tonight to not call anymore.
  • Corbin gets out of a Calf Crusher, preceded by Phenomenal Forearm. Then he SLINGS AJ STYLES.
  • End of Days. End of Match. I love how protected that finish is. 
  • No Jinder on tonight's show!
  • Baron Trollbin is great, but an awkward end to the show.
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