With most of the SmackDown roster stranded in Saudi Arabia, NXT takes over SmackDown.
The 2019 WWE Draft begins on a night of pretty good action set in-between extended sequences of draft coverage including a bunch of football sports guys. And a CG football robot. Also, Bayley debuts a (mostly) new attitude and look!
Though there were some strange occurrences that soured the show, there were a few great matches definitely worth watching.
Every main roster title is defended (minus the two defended on the kickoff show) on a mostly entertaining Clash of Champions.
This year’s SummerSlam was a mostly good show. It featured some fun moments and had a few very entertaining matches, including the main event of Seth Rollins versus Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Title.
Shenanigans were afoot in a Money in the Bank that featured a few great matches and moments as well as more than a few head-scratching segments.
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.
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.
Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Carmella compete in a triple threat match to determine who will face Asuka at the Royal Rumble, The Usos battle The Bar to qualify for a future title shot, Mustafa Ali and Rey Mysterio team up to take on Andrade Almas and Samoa Joe, and more on a very entertaining episode of SmackDown Live.
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.
WWE Evolution #WWEEvolution Original Air Date: October 28, 2018 Event Date: October 28, 2018 aired live on the WWE Network City: Uniondale, NY Venue: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Commentary: Michael Cole, Renee Young, Beth Phoenix Spanish Commentary (ringside): Marcelo Rodriguez, Carlos Cabrera German Commentary (ringside): Calvin Knie, Carsten Schaefer Portuguese Commentary: Marco Alfaro, Roberto Figueroa …
Two men qualify for the WWE World Cup, Becky Lynch and Charlotte attempt to destroy each other in a title rematch, Aiden English is caught in a lie, The Miz tries to get between AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan, and more on a pretty good episode of SmackDown Live.
WWE heads to Australia for a big show with a few important moments hidden among the spectacle.
Hell in a Cell 2018 featured some surprisingly great undercard matches and some not as good (but still pretty enjoyable) main events.
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.
Despite Backlash being an underwhelming show, there were some matches and moments that make it a show worth watching (or at least skipping through).
The SmackDown debuts of Peyton Royce and Billie Kay make a huge impact, and the new GM of SmackDown puts the former GM, Daniel Bryan, in a dream match against AJ Styles!
This was another long WrestleMania with a mostly entertaining mixture of memorable moments, good matches, underwhelming matches, and strange decisions.
Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens serve as the punching bags for SmackDown’s collective disappointment with the outcome of Survivor Series, and NXT continues to funnel females onto the main roster this week.
A night of unsurprising yet fairly entertaining surprises culminated in an expected brawl before Survivor Series.