The first episode of SmackDown on Fox had some fun moments, lots of guests (including The Rock), at least one good match, and a title match that sent a wave of anger through my body.
The WWE Title is defended in a match between two SmackDown superstars as the brand split is fractured by Vince McMahon’s wild card rule.
The second day of the Superstar Shakeup has some interesting SmackDown debuts and Vince McMahon’s “greatest SmackDown acquisition.”
Big E anad Xavier Woods fight for Kofi as they run a tag team gauntlet to send Kofi to Wrestlemania, Asuka has to put her title on the line with no explanation, The Miz wants to add a stipulation to his match with Shane McMahon, and Kurt Angle wants to face AJ Styles during his farewell tour.
Kofi Kingston faces a gauntlet match to try to qualify for Wrestlemania, Sasha Banks and Bayley finally show up on SmackDown to take on The IIconics, The Miz responds to Shane McMahon, and Kevin Owens brings Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair together for a fight in a good episode of SmackDown Live.
Kofi Kingston gets an opportunity from Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon explains his actions, Styles and Orton talk out their issues with each other, and more on an episode of SmackDown Live that featured more setup than action.
The Shield joins together for a (possibly) final time, Becky Lynch fight for her Wrestlemania match, Daniel Bryan and Kevin Owens get thrown another curve ball, Kofi Kingston gets screwed again, and more on an odd final PPV before Wrestlemania.
Kevin Owens returns on a night that was very bad for Kofi Kingston. Also, the Hardy Boyz came back together to face The Bar, Aleister Black and Ricochet faced Rusev and Nakaura, and R-Truth issued a US Title open challenge.
Mysterio and Andrade battle in a 2 out of 3 falls match, Mustafa Ali attempts to overcome Samoa Joe, Miz takes on Cesaro, Mandy Rose and Naomi finally fight in the ring, Styles and Bryan come face to face, and Becky, Charlotte, and Asuka have words on a good episode of SmackDown Live.
Rousey and Natalya team to take on Banks and Bayley, Heavy Machinery debuts in a RAW ring, The Revival get another title shot, Finn Balor takes on a giant, Rollins and McIntyre battle, and more on an okay but underwhelming episode of RAW.
Braun Strowman’s antics cost him, but four men are eager to take advantage of Strowman’s mistake. Also, The IC Title is up for grabs in a triple threat, the women’s tag title belts are revealed, Rousey and Banks try to work together, the Riott Squad picks a fight with a surprise opponent, and more on a mostly good episode of RAW.
John Cena is confronted by The Man, a fatal five way determines who will get a WWE Title shot a Royal Rumble, and Big E in a diaper highlight a good episode of SmackDown Live.
Rusev challenges Shinsuke Nakamura for the US Title on a good episode of SmackDown Live that also featured Samoa Joe versus Jeff Hardy, Mustafa Ali versus Andrade Almas, and a big eight man tag team match.
This Christmas Eve edition of RAW featured some pretty fun moments and two fine title matches, though in the end it felt a little inconsequential.
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.
The promise of a fresh start on RAW has two number one contender matches, another beating of Baron Corbin, an IC Title open challenge, Ziggler and Balor attempting to settle their differences in the ring, and some retribution for Elias.
SmackDown reaches 1,000 episodes with a fun night of appearances, returns, nostalgia, and a few good matches.
While the Greatest Royal Rumble was very long and ultimately didn’t mean much, there were some fun moments and good matches on the show.
With the roster shenanigans over the past couple of weeks, RAW attempts to settle into new feuds while getting ready for the Greatest Royal Rumble in four days.
RAW 25 is a show packed with nostalgia and a ton of familiar faces!