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.
TJP faces Gran Metalik in another chapter in their feud, and Noam Dar attempts to prove himself against Tony Nese in a good episode of 205 Live.
Two teams go home and the bottoms of both brackets face each other for a chance to move on into the playoffs.
The new Daniel Bryan explains himself, Randy Orton attempts to destroy Rey Mysterio, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville try to work together against Naomi and Asuka, The Miz wants to team with Shane McMahon, Charlotte makes an example of the IIconics, and New Day and the Bar have a Thanksgiving Feast Fight on a good episode of SmackDown Live.
Rollins hunts for Ambrose, Natalya looks for revenge against Ruby Riott, Rousey wants to fight, Lucha House Party enjoys an unfair advantage, and more in an average episode of RAW.
Buddy Murphy faces Mark Andrews in his first televised match since winning the Cruiserweight Title, TJP teams with Mike Kanellis to take on Lucha House Party, and Lio Rush makes a statement on a good episode of 205 Live.
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.
SmackDown puts its focus on Crown Jewel in an entertaining show that featured a rare WWE Title Match on regular TV.
Mike Kanellis makes his 205 Live in-ring debut against Lince Dorado, and Mustafa Ali faces Hideo Itami in a Falls Count Anywhere Match on a very good 100th episode of 205 Live.
While there was nothing really new on tonight’s SmackDown, it was an okay show.
Tozawa looks for revenge against Gallagher, and Kalisto looks to avenge the treatment of Dorado at the hands of TJP in a good episode of 205 Live.
Though there wasn’t a lot of wrestling or major moments, the last SmackDown live before Super Show-Down was an entertaining show.
Mustafa Ali finally gets his rematch with Hideo Itami, Lio Rush takes on Noam Dar in a fun match, and Brian Kendrick might have set the record for shortest match ever on 205 Live.
Mahalicia face Country Dominance, and returning champs Awe-Ska take on Fabulous Truth in a fun episode of WWE Mixed Match Challenge.
Samoa Joe almost invades Styles’ home, Aiden English accuses Lana of something, Big E faces Sheamus, The Miz and R-Truth battle for a talk show, and more on an okay episode of SmackDown Live.
Hell in a Cell 2018 featured some surprisingly great undercard matches and some not as good (but still pretty enjoyable) main events.
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.
Carmella gets her rematch, Bryan and Almas face each other for the first time, the journey to find a new contender for the tag titles begins, and New Day meets King Booker in a pretty good episode of SmackDown Live.
Cedric Alexander endures a tough match with Jack Gallagher just days before Summer Slam, Akira Tozawa attempts to shut the mouth of Lio Rush, and Hideo Itami demands more respect on a good episode of 205 Live.
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.