THE WRESTLING REPORT

Smackdown takes a stumble this week

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The week started strong with a great Raw but fell flat as most of the Smackdown stories failed to land this week.

Raw started off a little flat with a weak promo from Sasha Banks, but business picked up fairly quickly with a great match between Ricochet and Drew Mcintyre in the King of the Ring tournament and Baron Corbin cut a great promo after defeating The Miz making King of the Ring exciting as it goes. Bayley and Nikki Cross was only an OK match but I think part of that problem is that Nikki Cross is so unorthodox that the other women seem uncomfortable in the ring with her. The Tag Team Turmoil match took an interesting turn with Heavy Machinery losing to Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode, which was an interesting development as it looked likely that this was supposed to be Heavy Machinery's time. Sasha Banks' return to the ring was impressive but the whole thing is still odd as the rumors had been that she was unhappy and wanting out, maybe they're trying to give her one more run and see if they can make her happy and keep her. The AJ styles finish completes the AJ Styles heel turn; it's one thing to say "I'm a jerk but I'll take any fight" and another thing to fake being hit with a chair to get out of a fight, this solidifies AJ's status as a heel now.

Smackdown came out flat with Kofi Kingston actually giving a pretty weak promo and then Randy Orton going Samoa Joe and bringing up Kofi's family like they're in actual danger. This is that line that I always frown at, when they pretend like these guys are really going to hurt someone for a wrestling match, it's too far. It's disappointing to see Ali get the lift over the red hot Buddy Murphy, Ali has been cutting these awful "I'm a superhero" promos and honestly he just isn't as exciting as the other guys he keeps beating. The Miz and Nakamora is a first at least and this is a good time for Smackdown to introduce a new rivalry and giving Zayn the job of repping for Nakamora gets him off the mic which is his weakest point. Bayley has been showing a great mean streak but the issue with this match is at this point where is Evans supposed to rate if she keeps losing? Randy and Big E put on a decent match and I like this pseudo stable Randy Orton has created with The Revival, these are three guys who need each other and a new direction. I honestly couldn't care less about Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin is simply spiraling to the bottom of the roster. The end of Smackdown fell flat because the entire concept of Roman Reigns apologizing to someone for thinking they tried to kill him is dumb, like anyone thought he would apologize.

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Coming out of Clash of Champions, Raw was epic. Seth Rollins holding onto the title and now setting up a rivalry with The Fiend is going to be a great match, I'm a huge Bray Wyatt fan but this does feel early. Also it's disappointing that Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler are the champs if for no other reason than because they came out to Dolph's music and now one of the most Glorious entrance songs just got buried by bad writing. Also, I thought they were going to do King of the Ring during Clash of the Champions, did I miss something? Now Baron Corbin is going to be even more obnoxious that he is King of the Ring. This paternity storyline is silly, the announcers can't even keep a straight face talking about it. It's great to see Rusev back, lean and sporting an amazing moustache, but not as part of this lame baby storyline. Alexa and Nikki are great champions and a fun tag team, and every week Alexa is looking better and better since she recovered from her long-time injury. Raw finished strong with The Fiend taking out Kane and posing over Seth.

Smackdown started off with the Revival and Randy Orton in a tag match against The New Day. It's a little sad to see the New Day drop their titles to The Revival but we'll see where it goes. Ali is probably my least favorite wrestler getting screen time right now. The Kevin Owens lawsuit bit has been done before between him and Shane, this is literally the second lawsuit between them specifically, but they are great to go at each other on the mic. Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair put on an awesome match and the Carmella run in was a nice surprise, I hope Carmella gets back in the ring soon. The build up to a Kofi and Brock match will be great, these are some of the best mic working people in the WWE right now, The New Day and Paul Heyman. Heavy Machinery is great but I feel for Otis running around the ring, he's exhausted by the time he gets to the ring it looks like.

It's a great week out of Clash of Champions and building up towards Hell in the Cell.

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