TJP attempts to get a win back from Gran Metalik, and Goldust finds himself in a match with the Zo Train in a short and uneventful episode of 205 Live.
This episode of SmackDown Live was (almost) all about the United States Title, and even though it didn’t feel as impromptu as it was written to be, it was still a nicely entertaining show.
TJP tries to continue his comeback winning streak when he takes on Gran Metalik, and Tony Nese attempts to get back on the Zo Train by beating down Cedric Alexander in a good episode of 205 Live.
Goldust joins Cedric Alexander in a rematch from RAW against Drew Gulak and Ariya Daivari, and TJP returns to the ring to face Akira Tozawa in a pretty good episode of 205 Live.
New Day takes on Benjamin and Gable, and Styles faces The Singh Brothers in a good, not great, episode of SmackDown Live.
Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens serve as the punching bags for SmackDown’s collective disappointment with the outcome of Survivor Series, and NXT continues to funnel females onto the main roster this week.
Fallout from Hell in a Cell takes precedence on an alright, but no great, episode of SmackDown Live.
Vince McMahon confronts Kevin Owens in a good episode of SmackDown that featured three title matches.
TJP and Rich Swann add Tony Nese and Cedric Alexander to their “friendly competition” in a very good match on an okay episode of Live.
Chris Jericho makes a surprise return to SmackDown and to the US Title picture in a good episode of SmackDown that begins to set the stage for Summer Slam.
Tye Dillinger attempts to silence Aiden English in a surprsingly good warmup match on a decent pre-show for this year’s Battleground PPV.
Drew Gulak and Mustafa Ali attempt to settle their differences in a great 2 out of 3 falls match on an episode of 205 Live that also featured Akira Tozawa attempting to get a win over Ariya Daivari despite his injured shoulder.
AJ Styles battles Chad Gable to determine who will enter an Independence Day battle royal, The Usos face New Day in a surprisingly entertaining rap battle, Lana gets another title shot, and John Cena returns on a good episode of SmackDown Live!
Cedric Alexander faces Ariya Daivari, Drew Gulak takes some risks against Mustafa Ali, and The Brian Kendrick mocks Jack Gallagher in a good episode of 205 Live.
The women’s Money in the Bank contract is put up for grabs once again as they redo the MitB ladder match that was ruined by James Ellsworth at the PPV.
Daniel Bryan makes a decision about the “controversial” women’s Money in the Bank match, Kevin Owens issues and open challenge, Dolph Ziggler takes on Shinsuke Nakamura, and more take place on this pretty good (sometimes very good) episode of SmackDown Live.
Despite some good action, the overall feeling of this year’s Money in the Bank felt a little disappointing on multiple levels.
Zack Ryder returns to the ring as the Hype Bros face The Colons and the Kickoff for this year’s Money in the Bank PPV.
The last stop before Money in the Bank had four good matches and some nice buildup for the show.
TJP finally gets the title shot he’s been waiting for in an episode of 205 Live that also featured an apparently definitive end to the Dar/Alexander/Fox saga.