The first Smackdown Live since SummerSlam kicked off with Kevin Owens. After loud Kevin Owens chants, KO says that he has been in the ring some of the best, and Shane McMahon is not one of them. Owens also says he is happy his family was ringside to watch him defeat Shane. KO says he will remember hitting Shane with the Stunner for the rest of his life.
Shane McMahon interrupts Owens saying he will be in the King of the Ring Tournament and shows pictures of KO low-blowing him. After some “you deserve it” chants, McMahon asks KO if that’s what it takes to be a man? McMahon called Owens a “cheater” and then makes a match for later on in the show against Samoa Joe. McMahon then fines Owens 100,000 US dollars. Owens sells it well and sounds upset.
This was not a very good opening segment. Shane McMahon was not good (shocker), but Owens made this at least bearable. I hope this is not a sign of things to come because this was not very good. It did nothing for either competitor and did not get you interested in the rest of the show.
Did the show improve? Find out as I rank the show below, starting with my favorite segment.
Daniel Bryan accuses and promises:
Daniel Bryan comes out to the ring and says Buddy Murphy is lying. Bryan says he doesn’t blame Murphy because he was “forced to give an answer,” but Murphy gave the wrong answer. Bryan then promises to prove his innocence.
This was just fantastic. Daniel Bryan was unbelievable on the mic He proved beyond the shadow of a doubt, that he is one of the best on the mic, in the WWE. Bryan was passionate and did a great job of feeding off the crowd and their chants. Well-done Bryan.
NOT DONE YET!!
A little bit later, Rowan and Bryan do the exact same thing Roman did a week ago. Threw everyone out of the locker room and forced Buddy Murphy up against the wall. Bryan and Rowan force Murphy to say he lied and did not see Rowan do it.
To close the show, Bryan and Roman go face-to-face, and Bryan demands an apology. Roman never says a word. Bryan then says he and Rowan have been conducting their own investigation and will reveal the culprit next week.
Ohhhhh the suspense.
Roman Gets Tested:
What a fantastic match. “The best-kept secret” is now out. Buddy Murphy can wrestle. The match had everything. There were several kick-outs at 2.5. Buddy took Roman to the limit and proved he belongs on the main roster. The match ended with a vicious spear from Roman Reigns to pick up the win.
This is WWE wrestling. Well done, Buddy and Roman. I would absolutely watch again, at a pay-per-view later down the road.
Flair Eclipses Moon:
Fresh off her title loss on Sunday, Ember Moon squares off against Charlotte Flair. Moon looked terrific. This was a fantastic TV match. Moon got in a lot of great moves, including an off the top rope outside the ring. Flair did an excellent job of selling Moon’s moves and making her look good. And Moon did likewise, doing an excellent job of selling a knee injury.
I sincerely hope this is not the end of Moon because she has looked terrific in the ring over the last 48 hours. After a very slow open, this picked things up very nicely.
Randy Orton Interrupts the New Day:
We were all set to get The New Day vs. The Revival but Randy Orton show up instead. Orton asks Kofi Kingston how he can be “a cheerleader” after what happened on Sunday.
Randy wrongly accuses Kofi of running away and then proposes a 6-team tag team match, which is going to happen.
Orton and The Revival RKO The New Day:
This match took a while to get going, but the ending was good. Orton and The Revival worked over Xavier Woods for a long while. Then, The New Day built some momentum. However, The Revival hit Woods with a Shatter Machine to pick up the win.
Orton hits Kingston an RKO from out of nowhere and then for good measure hits Woods, Big E and then again Kingston with an RKO for each one of them.
Samoa’s 2-0 week:
Last night, Roman Reigns defeated Sami Zayn. Tonight, he defeated Zayn’s tag team partner, Kevin Owens. Earlier on in the show, Shane McMahon said Elias had the night off. In the words of Maury Povich, “that was a lie.” Elias showed up as an “enforcer.” As expected, Elias interfered, giving Joe the win. Elias pulled the referee out of the ring and then gave a quick count, which gave Joe the win.
This was by far the worst of the three television matches. Joe looked incredible on RAW last night and now loses that because of a roll-up victory. The loss hurts KO and his momentum as well.
Everything in this match, especially the finish felt rushed. These two can do much better. Hopefully, that will be the case next time these two square off.
After a slow start, this show picked up very well. The in-ring action was fantastic. Both Roman and Flair’s matches were excellent to watch. Bryan was great all evening long on the microphone. I can’t wait to see what he does next week. This does not get as good of a grade as the last two weeks because of the opening segment and the Joe-KO match. But it was still an above-average show.
I give this week’s show a 3.5 out of 5.