WWE Smackdown Review

WWE Smackdown Review 8/9/16
WWE Smackdown Review
August 9, 2016
By: Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com

With an upcoming tour of New Zealand and Australia this week, Smackdown was left without appearances by John Cena or AJ Styles in what could only be described as an average to lackluster episode where little to nothing of importance took place.

While Smackdown tonight may not have been a “chore to get through” as Mike Tedesco described in his review of last night’s RAW, if you happened to take a pass you made the right choice this week and literally didn’t miss anything.

Bray Wyatt plays the victim

A callback for a majority of the episode on Tuesday involved Bray Wyatt and calling on his brother in arms, Erick Rowan, for help against the two men that will face off at SummerSlam for the WWE World Championship in current champion Dean Ambrose and challenger Dolph Ziggler. I wrote a few weeks ago that Bray Wyatt as a solo act had a lot of potential and tonight felt like a step backwards for his character having Rowan involved. I’d really like to see WWE give Wyatt a genuine run as a solo act and potentially with the WWE World Championship once things wrap up at SummerSlam involving Ziggler.

I’m of course speaking as if I’m assuming Ziggler has no shot of walking away as champion. Stranger things have happened and despite some interesting comments during the “Stone Cold Podcast” on Monday night, it would appear WWE is sticking with Ambrose as the champion for the foreseeable future. The tag team main event was your usual WWE tag main event presentation and nothing was really that wrong with it. I actually enjoyed the ending sequence and the post-match attack by Ambrose on Ziggler. Yet, I’m reminded how Wyatt continues to take a back seat once again on WWE programming.

We are still doing this with Wyatt, WWE?

Randy Orton prepares for SummerSlam

WWE has done a very good job in building up the Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton showdown in two weeks at SummerSlam and tonight was no different putting added emphasis on the dangerous nature of the “RKO out of no where.” We’ve definitely see Orton and Del Rio before, but the two put together a decent match and Del Rio trying to mess up the arm/shoulder of Orton before SummerSlam was a nice touch.

Heath Slater wants a contract, BAYBAY!

I have to give it to WWE on this idea with Heath Slater post-WWE Draft. It’s remained interesting and tonight was another good example. The tease of Slater possibly getting involved with the now WWE-friendly EVOLVE promotion shows a lot of promise after another loss on Tuesday night. Slater completely ignoring an olive branch from Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan was another fun element. More of this please, WWE.

Quick Thoughts

* American Alpha looked great and the tag division shows promise on Smackdown.

* As I noted on Twitter, this Eva Marie act gets better every week.

* Alexa Bliss had a nice in-ring debut against Becky Lynch.

* Not a fan of Carmella’s entrance, but she had a good match with Natalya.

Overall Impression

While it may not have been WWE’s fault with talent like Cena and Styles being absent due to the upcoming overseas tour starting tomorrow, it definitely was a weak episode of Smackdown this week and nothing overtly stood out from the pack. Dean Ambrose might be one of the most underwhelming WWE World Champions to date and I’m still not really sure why we should care about Dolph Ziggler as a challenger just yet. WWE has some work to do with that build with two weeks left. It’s pretty clear SummerSlam is another roadblock both brands need to get through to really kick things into gear for this brand split.

Agree? Disagree? Let me know what you thought of Smackdown in the comments below.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Vey lackluster and what we now know is Bray Wyatt is midcard and the current champ cannot carry a show

  2. Both shows were poor this week. Wonder how long this split is really going to last or maybe have them do some switches.

    I did enjoy more of tweener Dean although I’m done with Wyatt in the title scene where he really isn’t needed, but it also looks like WWE just can’t get the live crowds to care enough about Ziggler’s #1 contendership chance. The last crowd cheered for Bray instead and tonight’s crowd cheered Dean for dropping him again.

    I don’t think there’s a storyline in the works for Wyatt in the Championship picture even after Summerslam because WWE is already promoting Dean vs AJ after the PPV. Unless Vince changes his mind again.

  3. Your title says it was a lacklustre episode, then proceed to say good things about everything in the show besides Bray. Huh?

  4. Its a shame really because if the Draft was handled properly it would be a great thing but with Raw having 3 hours and Smackdown has 2 it isnt a fair game. Have Raw drop a hour or Smackdown gain a hour. It should be a level playing field. Keep the shows seperate having Orton appear on Raw and Lesnar appear on Smackdown a week after the split makes the whole split pointless. Im not the biggest Wyatt fan, but its clear the Smackdown writers are having issues with hes character

  5. This is what I was worried about with the brand split. The same thing happened last time, and has happened anytime in the past 15 years when we have gotten a “groundbreaking” change in WWE programming. The first few shows are fun and nostalgic, then creative falls back into their old tricks and it gets boring again. Eventually, they’ll end up mixing it up in the RAW vs SD Survivor Series game, and the split won’t matter again.

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