Wrestling Geek’s Smack Talk 4.11.17.

Last night’s Superstar Shakeup seemingly took most of the talent from the Blue Brand to Raw, leaving this show pretty dry for talent, but we aren’t done shaking things up yet, let’s see who goes over tonight.

Smackdown starts out and its now the Kevin Owens show! Great call. So..is this Jericho rematch still happening on the Raw ppv? Or…

Kevin tells the crowd, this show just got a huge upgrade, with his arrival.  He gets some cheap heat talking smack about how better Canada is than the US, and issues an open challenge for anyone to fight him.

Baron Corbin answers his challenge, are we getting a face turn for the Lone Wolf? This could be an interesting feud.

Sami Zayn has also followed KO once more to another show, he’ll do much better over here I’m sure.

AJ Styles comes out next, still here on Smackdown Live thankfully. This title picture got really interesting. I’d love to see an AJ Styles vs Kevin Owens match.

Daniel Bryan comes out to make sense of this mess, pretty sure it’ll be a tag team match later tonight playas.  Well I stand corrected, it’ll be a triple threat match to determine the number one contender for the US Title, whomever that is after the match between Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho at Payback.

Match 1-Erick Rowan vs Randy Orton

While Bray Wyatt is now on Raw, the ghost of the Wyatt Family still haunts Smackdown Live in the form of Erick Rowan.  Orton takes control of this match early on.  Rowan doesn’t take this for long though, and he puts Orton up against the corner.

The fight moves outside, and Randy dodges a charging Erick causing him to crash into the steel steps. Orton has him back in the ring, ready for an RKO, but Bray Wyatt appears on the Titantron to taunt him about their upcoming match.

When the lights come on again, Randy goes to get Rowan who has left the ring, but he’s waiting for him, and tosses the steel steps at Randy’s head, giving Randy the win with a DQ. Orton is rolled back into the ring and slams him down one more time to send the message home.

Match Winner-Randy Orton (DQ)

Match Grade-D

Match 2-Usos vs American Alpha 

Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match 

As much as I like American Alpha, I really think The Usos need to win tonight, they deserve a decent title run.

We get some great double team action from American Alpha as the match starts out. As the match goes on it’s mostly American Alpha’s match, as The Usos can’t really seem to get anything going tonight.

The Usos manage to turn things around , nearly getting a win with a splash , but Chad Gable counters. Some back and forth, then we get the Flying Usos attack, countered into a double suplex, super impressive.  In the end the Usos pull off the win with a super kick in stereo then a Samoan Splash.

After the victory by the Usos, Primo and Epico, the Shining Stars, make their Smackdown debut and attack American Alpha. I have a feeling they’ll still be jobbers over here though, but stranger things have happened.

Match Winner-The Usos

Match Grade-C

Match 3-Mojo Rawley vs Jinder Mahal

Another Superstar Shakeup, Jinder Mahal is now on Smackdown as he sets off to face the man who eliminated him from the Andre the Giant Battle Royal, Mojo Rawley.

Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots, who helped Mojo win actually, is ringside for this match.

Mojo and Jinder are going toe to toe here, pretty even match up. Jinder gets in the face of Gronk again, who gets hit by Mojo, then gets a beer thrown in his face by Gronk for payback from Wrestlemania, then Mojo rolls Jinder to the ring, before hitting him with an epic clothesline, and 1-2-3 Mojo is rising on Smackdown.   Post match Mojo jumps the guardrail to celebrate with Gronkowski.

Match Winner-Mojo Rawley 

Match Grade-C

So far it really seems like Raw won this Shakeup, so far we have two new stars, and a handful of lower midcard talent. Keeping Smackdown the B show that Vince thinks it is it seems.

Shane McMahon is out next to discuss the state of the women’s division on Smackdown Live.  He thanks all the superstars who have helped rebuild Smackdown to what it is, and he invites the women’s roster to come to the ring as he announces the newest acquisitions from Raw.

Shane announces the newest member of the Smackdown women’s roster, Tamina. Not entirely surprised on this one, she was at the house show I was at last month.

He also announces that Charlotte is now on Smackdown. Now this is more like it. She’s fought Bayley and Sasha Banks more than enough.

Also announced are Sin Cara and Rusev joining Smackdown.  Ok, this could be good, for Rusev at least.

Aiden English is in the ring now, solo once more after his tag team partner Simon Gotch was fired from WWE last week, and it seems he’ll be back to his pre Vaudevillians gimmick of “The Drama King ” an overly zealous theater major who thinks he’s better than everyone.

He may be good, but he’s far from a Perfect 10, unlike his opponent, Tye Dillinger.

Match 4-Aiden English vs Tye Dillinger

Fast paced action here as both these NXT veterans know each other quite well.  Dillinger picks up the win, keeping his streak alive of 2 back to back wins.

Match Winner-Tye Dillinger 

Match Grade-A

We get a vignette for Lana’s Smackdown debut, seems like she’ll be doing some kind of dancing thing?

Dolph Ziggler is in the ring now, trying to stay relevant.  He does have the wrestling skills, but he’s always lacked something in my opinion.

Shinsuke Nakamura is out to answer Ziggler’s unspoken challenge. If we get to see him in action tonight this will be a real treat.

Ziggler says he doesn’t know who Nakamura is. The fans do, and that’s what really counts.  Shinsuke asks for the mic, which Ziggler reluctantly gives him.  He tells him he’s Shinsuke Nakamura.

The crowd is loving Nakamura, as have I since his NXT debut a year ago. Ziggler tries to attack him, but is blocked, and leaves the ring in a hurry afterwards.  When you new fans get to see Shinsuke in action, you’ll see why the crowd is going nuts for this guy.

A vignette airs, announcing The New Day will be joining Smackdown Live as well. Smackdown just got less booty. Lol.

Match 5-Sami Zayn vs Baron Corbin vs AJ Styles 

#1 Contenders Match for the United States Championship 

As the match starts out the three men face off, AJ and Sami hit the “2 Sweet” sign as they’re going to try to work together in this match, which they do at first, putting a united front against Baron Corbin.

Eventually it comes to the point where Sami and AJ have to fight each other. I love this organic face turn that AJ had, it works, and he’s still the same man he’s been, but the fans love him for his ability in the ring.

It’s not long before Corbin puts himself back in this fight though.  He’s one of the more dominating forces on Smackdown, I must admit.

Great moment near the end, Sami goes for the Heluva kick on Corbin who’s in the corner stunned, AJ catches him with a move of his own, then AJ is taken out by a charging Corbin.

So many false finishes in this match, all three of these guys are fighting like it’s for the WWE Championship.  That’s what makes a great match.

AJ Styles picks up the win with the Phenomenal Forearm to AJ Styles, great win, and I look forward to seeing this title match post Payback.

Match Winner-AJ Styles

Match Grade-A

Seems that Raw won out overall in the Superstar Shakeup, but Smackdown was still a great show tonight.  Only time will tell the full effect of this Shakeup.

Show Grade-B


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