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.
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.
Breezango faces the SmackDown tag champs and Jack Swagger battles Simon Gotch in an okay episode of Main Event.
American Alpha battles The Vaudevillains and Apollo Crews faces Curt Hawkins in an average episode of Main Event.
The Hype Bros versus The Vaudevillains and Jack Swagger versus Tyler Breeze were both decent matches, making this episode worth watching.
A big eight-man tag match featuring American Alpha, Hype Bros, The Vaudevillains, and The Ascension served as a good warmup for the second SmackDown Live PPV.
On the last stop before No Mercy, this SmackDown was packed with stuff, though it felt a lot like a glorified promo for the PPV. Which I suppose it kind of is.
The matches were kind of short, but I the show was fun. A lot of it has to do with Breezango.
Aiden English versus Dolph Ziggler is a fun matchup, but that and Jack Swagger versus Jinder Mahal don’t make for a particularly memorable Main Event.
A fine show made better by the return of The Headbangers!
Two new titles are revealed, a tag title tournament starts, Carmella makes people notice her, and a new number one contender for the World Title is named is a good episode of SmackDown.
Better than last week’s Main Event, this week features a rather slow moving bout between Erick Rowan and Rhyno and a very energetic and surprisingly good match between The Vaudevillains and The Hype Bros.
Sheamus and Cesaro start their best-of-seven series in a match that highlights a nice warm-up for Summer Slam.
A pretty good show that does well to build (or at least maintain) some interest in Summer Slam, specifically the big matches.
A pretty good show that feels like a minor curve in the road towards Summer Slam.
Ziggler wants to prove himself, American Alpha debuts, and a number one contender is decided for the IC Title in this pretty good edition of SmackDown.
A decent show with a nice main event.
SmackDown Live’s debut didn’t live up to the standard set by RAW, but it was a mostly enjoyable show.
A long and entertaining show highlighted by two good matches featuring long histories. There was some down time in the show, but the good outweighed the not as good.
The big reveal of the Commissioners wasn’t surprising, and it had one of my least favorite segments in recent memory, but this RAW did have some really fun moments.