The “fresh start” for SmackDown Live was a fun episode with Asuka putting her title on the line against Naomi, Gallows and Anderson attempting to make a statement, and Mustafa Ali joining AJ Styles to take on Daniel Bryan and Andrade Almas in the main event.
New Day defends the SmackDown Tag Titles against Rusev Day in a very good match prior to Hell in a Cell 2018.
WWE RAW Episode 1306 #RAW Original Air Date: June 4, 2018 Event Date: June 4, 2018 (aired live) City: Houston, TX Venue: Toyota Center Commentary: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, David Otunga Ring Announcer: Jojo Ring Area Elias is in the ring. After playing his guitar, Elias claims to be WWE’s most valuable asset. He …
Bayley takes on Ruby Riott without the assistance of Sasha Banks in a good kickoff for this year’s Backlash.
Two fun battle royals and a great Cruiserweight Title match make this a nice warm-up for Wrestlemania 34!
Sasha Banks takes on Alicia Fox in a rematch from RAW on a Kickoff show that has some big announcements for TLC!
Tye Dillinger attempts to silence Aiden English in a surprsingly good warmup match on a decent pre-show for this year’s Battleground PPV.
Akira Tozawa challenges Neville for the Cruiserweight Title in a surprisingly good kickoff show.
Kalisto faces Apollo Crews in a decent Kickoff for this year’s Extreme Rules.
The first SmackDown Live after a Wrestlemania was good. It might not have felt quite as energetic as RAW, but it had quite possibly the best moment of the past few days with the extremely exciting debut of Shinsuke Nakamura!
This is a very long show, and with any show of this length, there are good and not so good parts. Overall, this is probably a middle-of-the-road Wrestlemania, but there is definitely some fun to be had here. Watching it all in one sitting might leave you a bit exhausted though.
With a lot of talking and three matches of varying quality, this was a pretty average kickoff show. Though the good parts were quite entertaining, there weren’t a ton of them considering the two-hour running time of the show.
Lots more talking on this episode of SmackDown, but the main event match worked to make this a show definitely worth watching.
Last week, no one was set to face Bray Wyatt at Wrestlemania, but with this week’s SmackDown two people have a claim to a title match. Also, John Cena makes the best of a less than ideal situation (for everyone involved), Becky Lynch and Mickie James manage to squeeze three tiny matches into one normal match, Apollo Crews and Dolph Ziggler get really angry with each other, and more on this okay, but less than ideal episode of SmackDown.
This was a SmackDown with potential, but unfortunately the execution wasn’t there.
Bray Wyatt is forced to give both AJ Styles and John Cena a title match in an episode of SmackDown that was entertaining more for the few good matches than the rather forgettable talking segments.
A pretty good show that god better towards the end. A few matches felt like they were looking past this show and towards Wrestlemania, but the last few matches of the night made up for that.
This was an okay way to start the night, complete with a Main Event quality match featuring Mojo Rawley versus Curt Hawkins.
While the results make this show feel like more of the same from WWE, the show itself was entertaining. It wasn’t the best Royal Rumble in history, but the Rumble match itself was fine, and Styles versus Cena stole the show.
Though it felt long at two hours, the three matches helped make this a pretty good way to kick off the 2017 Royal Rumble.