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.
This episode of SmackDown Live was light on wrestling, but it still presented some interesting segments and some fun moments in the ring.
The final SmackDown Live before Survivor Series certainly was interesting. It finalized some matches for Sunday while feeling like it changed everything.
The men’s and women’s Survivor Series teams are decided on a very entertaining show that also featured New Day vs The Usos, Almas vs Mysterio, Samoa Joe vs Jeff Hardy, and Becky Lynch vs someone we hadn’t yet seen on the SmackDown roster.
The Miz and Maryse attempt to avoid Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella (while claiming otherwise) on an okay SmackDown that had a good triple threat tag match and an interesting main event.
The final SmackDown before Summer Slam promoted all the matches from the blue side, though it didn’t really advance anything in any significant way.
The Undisputed Era beings a new era of domination, Heavy Machinery issues a challenge that may not be very wise, and Johnny Gargano continues to have things go wrong for him in a very good episode of NXT.
NXT kicks off the “road to immortality” with a great show and a fantastic main event.
The Undisputed Era is scheduled to defend their tag titles against SAnitY, but Cole, O’Reilly, and Fish have different plans on an entertaining episode of NXT.
Pete Dunne puts his title on the line against Johnny Gargano, and Ruby Riot attempts to settle things with Sonya Deville on an episode of NXT that is essentially a Takeover wrap-up (with two very good matches).
NXT provides another great Takeover with a series of fantastic matches leading up to the chaotic and violent return of War Games!
The Street Profits make their NXT TV debut, Andrade Almas looks to get back on track against No Way Jose, and Oney Lorcan gives Danny Burch a rematch in an okay but rather uneventful episode of NXT.
Kassius Ohno tries to overcome his recent setbacks by battling the rising Aleister Black and Ember Moon returns to action against Peyton Royce is a good episode of NXT.
This episode of NXT was rather forgettable, though it did feature No Way Jose’s first match after his return last week and a hard-hitting bout between Hideo Itami and Oney Lorcan.
A few solid matches and a little story development make this an NXT easily worth watching.
NXT bounces back from an average Takeover in April to put on a great show in Chicago!
The final stop before Takeover: Chicago didn’t have much in the way of new developments, but it was an okay show regardless.
Asuka makes a decision during a number one contender battle roayl that will affect her next title defense in a pretty good episode of NXT.
Tye Dillinger says farewell to NXT in a satisfying ending to his feud with Eric Young and SAnitY inside a steel cage.
Though this felt more like a continuation of stroylines rather than a culmination, this year’s Wrestlemania-weekend Takeover had some very good matches and really fantastic moments. It wasn’t all spectacular, but it was very entertaining.