There’s an atmosphere of excitement on this week’s SmackDown, like we’re on the precipice of something important. Two solid matches grace this show, stories develop, and the existence of Breezango continues to be a joy.
This SmackDown was fresh and original, with the IC match and main event absolutely worth watching– and new NXT faces, to boot. Sami Zayn reminds us why he’s infinitely more interesting when he’s striving.
This is an awkward SmackDown with three matches jammed in the taping before Monday’s RAW: a length of recording that left the crowd so lethargic they were reduced to trash-chanting over a match with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in it.
Any show that opens with a confrontation between Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens is worth watching. A much recommended episode of WWE SmackDown, with a genuine feeling of escalating importance as we hurtle toward WrestleMania.
Some months ago, in another WWE SmackDown review, I talked about the idea of a fictional universe inherently needing a system of checks and balances to keep the powers of its heroes drifting wildly out of control. While WWE continues to lack either checks or balances, the quality of combat on the show continues to improve.
The Jericho/Styles sandwich on this week’s SmackDown betrays a painfully depleted roster and the lurking ghost of “wins and losses don’t matter”: but these things are a lot easier to forgive when the wrestling is actually good.
Sometimes it’s hard to work out whether the key to appreciating and understanding WWE SmackDown is to pay very close attention; absorb and analyse everything– or if the real secret to enjoying it is to pay less attention. I’m increasingly inclined to believe the latter.
The dust has settled after the frantic apple-bobbing and pumpkin superkicking of last week’s Halloween SmackDown; the nights are drawing in, and there’s nothing to look forward to ’til Christmas. The bi-yearly tour of Europe kicked off this week (and has already tragically taken our champ as a casualty), which means SmackDown is left with a reduced roster and not much in the way of star power.
WWE SmackDown, the final event before WWE Battleground 2015, takes place with a main event of Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose vs Sheamus & Big Show. No! Please don’t change the channel! We have Cesaro vs Rusev, too!
If I had to assign a complimentary adjective to this week’s SmackDown, it would be “watchable”. This episode is light on wrestling and heavy on rambling promos, general exposition and filler. The only can’t-miss is the Owens/Cesaro match, but you already knew that.
Skip the opening of this show if you don’t want to end up disheartened about Dean Ambrose, but catch the last half hour for an interesting sequence that might end up being significant on Sunday, and a very fun tag match with lots to enjoy.
We’ve got all of the Elimination Chamber set-up matches you would expect here: in fact, it’s almost the entire Elimination Chamber card on shuffle mode. A small mercy: Kane only looms over one segment on this episode. Highlights include a gift of a Kevin Owens appearance, and a weird twist ending.
This show was a Roman Reigns sandwich with some unexpected bright spots in between, but a sharp drop off in quality in the second half. Interactions between Shield members remain a highlight even almost a year after their dissolution.
Check out the top and tail of this show if you’re a sucker for Shield drama, but the wrestling’s nothing to write home about. While we were promised a winner in the main event, it’s certainly not the viewer.
The main event delivered and is the SmackDown match of 2015 that I’ve given four stars. If you are looking to catch the good stuff from SmackDown this week I would watch the main event and Neville in this tag match.
This was another good episode of Smackdown. The main event would have been better sans Big Show, but it only makes sense with the upcoming Show/Reigns match at Extreme Rules. There was a nice continuation of storylines. Smackdown continues to be a show that can bridge the gap for stories we see on Raw, but not necessary to watch as long as you watch Raw weekly.
This was an excellent episode of Smackdown, a show which has quietly become an entertaining weekly event. It operates how a weekly wrestling TV show should. Smackdown gives you one, maybe two, really solid matches, while the rest of the matches are kept short. Matches are utilized to continue feuds, as are the promos, but all-in-all not too much is given away that it makes you not want to see the PPV being built. The same can’t be said for Raw on a weekly basis.
Smackdown continues to be centered around the Intercontinental Championship which would be great if the division was the WWE’s sad attempt to compete with Comedy Central programming. The road to WrestleMania continues to be paved with terrible booking, bad writing, anti-climactic matches, silly voice overs, burning rocking chairs, guys who shouldn’t be pushed so much, guys who should be pushed more, zombies, aliens, savages, beasts, warlocks, vigilantes, etc. None of which is remotely exciting. What is the cause for WrestleMania’s woes? This awful pattern of part time stars. You can read more about this in my Weekly WWE Soapbox coming next week!
This was a throwaway episode of Smackdown in a lackluster WrestleMania season. I fully expect WWE to step up their game with three more episodes of Raw left. It is disheartening that Cody Rhodes vs. Goldust is apparently being wiped from the WrestleMania card again. It would have been cool to see Dustin Rhodes take on his brother in a Street Fight to ultimately convince his brother to shed the Stardust gimmick.
SmackDown continues to follow the format of an old Saturday morning WWE show of old (Wrestling Challenge, WWF All American Wrestling, etc.) to where few of the matches go long. Most matches are squashes, but the show does a good job of getting programs/feuds over and continues storylines.
Over half the show was taken up by the Tag Team Turmoil match and normally I wouldn’t complain about watching Daniel Bryan wrestle for 45 minutes, but the whole match was silly and contrived. Again, I must ask, why do we care if Bryan and Reigns get along? This show overall was “meh”.
This was the worst Smackdown of the new Thursday era, but it was still a decent watch. It didn’t quite have the pizzazz that you would hope with the magnitude of this being the first live arena show since Royal Rumble.
This was a really fun episode of SmackDown. Probably the best episode of SmackDown through and through since I’ve been reviewing the show for this site. Bryan has stated in interviews in the past week that he wants to become the face of SmackDown and this reviewer welcomes that for sure!
This was a pretty awful episode of Smackdown. It had little substance and zero importance in continuing any storylines. It felt like one of those throwaway holiday episodes of Smackdown that the WWE throws together in a matter of minutes.
This was the best episode of Smackdown in MONTHS. It was so refreshing to see new matches, a great debut (The New Day), a new feud started (The New Day/Gold and Stardust), two really good matches that left us wanting more (Ryback vs Rollins and Ziggler vs Harper) and a hot Indiana crowd.
WWE Smackdown November 7th, 2014 Albany, New York I would like to wish a special birthday to Kazuchika Okada! As he turns 27 today (November 8th). Yours truly, (@LuchaNerd on Twitter) turns 27 on Monday. Okada and I are...
This was an absolute horrendous and awful and embarrassing show from the WWE. I understand the holiday episodes of WWE are probably some of their lowest rated, because families are busy not watch wrestling, but what happened to the days pro wrestling promotions tried to get families to gather round the TV on a given holiday to enjoy some good ol’ wrasslin’?
This episode of Smackdown was better than most recent ones. The Ambrose/Rollins feud gains some heat, but is still hindered by the use of props as a joke and Hell in a Cell could be a better show than anyone expects it to be.
WWE Smackdown October 17th, 2014 Birmingham, Alabama Commentators: Michael Cole, Todd Phillips, and JBL Raw Recap of this past Monday’s episode with the Ambrose/Cena/Rollins/Authority storyline. And we kick off the show with Mr....
This was a decent episode of Smackdown, which I feel like I type every time I watch this show, but ultimate Smackdown is always the show that isn’t bad, isn’t good. It’s just “there”. Smackdown, Main Event, and Superstars are never essential for a WWE fan to watch and that is a problem.
WWE Smackdown September 28th, 2014 Little Rock, Arkansas Commentators: Michael Cole, Tom Phillips, and JBL We kick off Smackdown with a recap of Dean Ambrose’s return to Monday Night Raw. The dynamic of babyface Ambrose and...
This was a really pretty good episode of Smackdown. It had some good matches and some good previews to Night of Champions whether it be through the wrestlers fighting in the ring themselves or the video packages they showed. It certainly got this viewer pumped for NoC.
This was a so-so episode of Smackdown. The stunt doubles match of the Zigglers vs. The Mizes was definitely the entertaining highlight. The main event was a decent WWE styled main event tag team match that added some heat to the Jericho/Orton feud.
This was a really pretty good episode of Smackdown. Especially compared to the last few episodes we have seen. It was heavily filled with in-ring work, but that is a good thing. The matches delivered and at least kept storylines going.
This was another pretty stale episode of Smackdown. Nothing happened of substance. If you never caught a minute of this episode of Smackdown you could watch Monday Night Raw on Monday without even realizing Smackdown airing on Friday. WWE needs to do something to make Smackdown stand out.
This was surprisingly a really good episode of Smackdown. I suppose that if a casual fan caught this episode of Smackdown they would be pleasantly surprised with the in-ring action and might be enticed into ordering Summerslam on the WWE Network or PPV after the recaps of the big matches.
This was a pretty decent episode of Smackdown. It had two important segments if WWE were smart they would recap both of them on Raw. Those being Paige attacking AJ Lee and Jericho eliminating Rowan from ringside during the Bray/Jericho match. The Cesaro/Swagger match was worth watching if you want a good WWE TV match to watch.
Hello! And welcome to the latest Smackdown review from yours truly, Taylor C. Mitchell. We start off with a recap of Cena vs. Rollins this past Monday on Raw. This was a very nice highlight package that had their face to face...
The go home episode of Smackdown heading into Money in the Bank was a decent one. Less quick/squash matches like in recent weeks. A lot of foreshadowing/build up to both Money in the Bank ladder matches in this episode.
Overall this was a very good episode of Smackdown. No Cena, Orton, Batista, or Daniel Bryan gave the newer stars a chance to shine. Some did (Cesaro, Sheamus, Ambrose) others, not-so-much (Fandango, Adam Rose, Alicia Fox), but it is telling of the WWE’s future.
We start off this episode right away with the Shield making their way down the steps and through the crowd. The Shield is easily the best thing the WWE has had going post-WrestleMania. Which isn’t saying a lot, but the Shield...
This was a decent episode of Smackdown. I have certainly seen worse. It definitely had a “Smackdown” Match of the Year candidate with the surprising Ziggler and Batista. If nothing else go back and watch that match.
This was not the best episode of Smackdown. Too many short, pointless squash matches topped off with the focal point of this show was based around Cena and Wyatt, which is a feud similar to Kane and Cena a few years ago. There is a lot of time and money invested into the feud and the payoff/delivery left a lot to be desired.
WWE Smackdown May 9 , 2014 We start off tonight’s episode with a recap of the United States Championship Battle Royal from Monday Night. Sheamus winning the US title could add credibility to the championship if handled properly....
This was a decent episode of Smackdown. No stand out matches, but it wasn’t filled with Raw recaps. It at least had pieces of current feuds sewn through the show. And it was nice to see a mid card title treated as something special by getting a main event slot on TV.