If you thought last night’s Smackdown Live! was just as good as Monday Night Raw, you’re not alone. Grant it, they didn’t debut a new Championship belt, nor did any title changes hands, but Smackdown Live! does have an incredible Women’s roster, two of the hottest free agents signed to their brand, and undeniably the best #1 Contender for the WWE Championship WWE has seen in a long, long time.
The show kicked off just like Raw, with a new video compliation of their roster accompanied by new music. After it ended, Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon were standing in the center of the ring, surrounded by their roster on the apron. Daniel announced that they would hold a 6 Pack Challenge as their main event where six members of the roster will compete to become the #1 Contender for the WWE Championship. The #1 Contender will then face Dean Ambrose at SummerSlam. Daniel and Bryan announced five of these six men would be John Cena, Bray Wyatt, Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin and AJ Styles. The sixth man would be determined by whoever wins the Battle Royal which was the first match to kick off the show.
The final four of this Battle Royal were Kalisto, Kane, Zack Ryder and Apollo Crews. Kane eliminated Kalisto first, followed by Zack Ryder, which left him and Apollo Crews as the final two. Apollo Crews somehow channeled the strength to throw The Demon over the top rope and advanced to the 6 Pack Challenge. The 6 Pack Challenge was an exciting main event and everyone did a fantastic job, but ultimately, it was Dolph Ziggler who Superkicked The Phenomenal AJ Styles in the face followed by the pin to solidify his spot as the #1 Contender. Of course Dean Ambrose came out and had a stare down moment with Dolph but the interaction between these two men was cordial and both Bryan and McMahon came out to celebrate this exciting matchup.
The Womens roster on Smackdown Live! is incredibly diverse, and we were reintroduced to them last night. After Becky Lynch was discussing her win against Natalya, she was interrupted by Alexa Bliss, a former NXT Superstar. Alexa was then interrupted by Naomi, making her return after being out of action due to injury and filming Marine 5. Naomi was the interrupted by another NXT Superstar Carmella who was interrupted by the final member of the Womens roster, “All Red Everything” Eva Marie. I was so excited to see the Women’s roster of Smackdown Live! together in one room. Every woman is so unique and so talented in her own way and I am so excited to see what lies ahead of them in Smackdown Live!
One person who doesn’t know what lies ahead is Heath Slater. He interrupted the show demanding a spot in the 6 Pack Challenge, making it a 7 Pack Challenge (which makes no sense) and a spot on the roster. Insulted when Shane McMahon informed him he needed to send in a resume, Heath Slater erupted in a rant, stating he was the hottest free agent in the industry. He was incorrect, as one of the hottest free agents, who also happened to be signed to Smackdown Live, was just waiting for the opportunity to hit Slater with his signature move. The wait was finally over, and Slater’s rant was ended with a GORE! GORE! GORE! Yes ladies and gentlemen, Rhyno has been signed to Smackdown Live! Rhyno will be accompanied by another hot free agent who will be returning to Smackdown Live! soon: “The Gold Standard” Shelton Benjamin! I practically died at this announcement because I have always been a big fan of his. To hear he’s coming back to WWE, to Smackdown Live! made me just as excited as Dlph Ziggler becoming our #1 Contender.
I thought the first night of Smackdown Live! was just as exciting and as entertaining as Monday Night Raw. I felt a more warming, unified feeling while watching Smackdown Live! than I did watching Raw, but it may just have been because yesterday was my two year anniversary with my boyfriend HAHA. Still, I loved it and once again feel like “The New Era” has truly begun within WWE.
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