Rebooking SmackDown: A face-off to forget

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No Mercy will take place this Sunday, leaving SmackDown with just one last show to sell the audience on the event. With a triple threat match for the WWE World Championship and very good SmackDown Women’s Championship match set for Sunday, it was shaping up to be a good one. Finishing off those feuds, while also focusing on the tag team division and the feud between Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton, was all apart of the menu for this week’s edition of SmackDown.

With that being said, let’s tweak just a little bit of this week’s blue brand. A lot of these are grasping at straws, because SmackDown was really great once again.

American Alpha and The Usos

The slightest of nit-picks, but keeping AA and The Usos away from each other would have been a solid idea. Right now, The Usos are focusing on the tag titles. They disposed of Jason Jordan and Chad Gable in order to get that opportunity. I get it. There is money in AA fighting The Usos when The Usos get the belts. The moment of American Alpha as Tag Team Champions has been building since they made their main roster debuts.

Jimmy and Jey Uso’s focus needs to stay on the champions, and the champions shouldn’t be a side attraction in all of this. Heath Slater and Rhyno needed to be the center of this encounter, because their the champions. A singles match between Jimmy and Health Slater would have done a solid job of building the title match, and giving the two teams a reason to interact on a go-home show. Instead, it felt like they were just added into the angle because they had to be. Gable and Jordan could have gone away for a week or two, waited for The Usos to be champions and then reappear, wanting their revenge.

Continuing to have those two teams interact without the belts, may or may not impact the value of the feud when the belts are added into the mix.

Championship match face-off

So Dean Ambrose, John Cena and AJ Styles are going to war on Sunday in a triple-threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Yet, their face-off last night felt very, very scripted. Not in the sense that they are given lines, no. In kayfabe, just announcing a face-off between these guys is rather weird. Why would they come out and talk to each other unless they had to? If there was a contract signing, there’s a legitimate reason for all three to share the ring. In this case, it’s just a segment that is thrown together and advertised throughout the show. The WWE has been doing this for years.

Couldn’t WWE advertise that Styles was going to address his WWE Universe before No Mercy? Styles comes out and talks about what he was going to do on Sunday, and that gives way for Cena and Ambrose to come out and give their two cents. The way it was done last night, the guys all knew what was going on, but acted surprised and annoyed when the other came out. It doesn’t make any sense.

The words are all good, and they impact the feud and do a good job. Realism is an important thing in the sports entertainment business, and once that starts to erode, it impacts the quality of the matches, the promos, the feuds. Everything gets impacted. It’s a small thing, but over time it can go a long, long way.

Rebooking SmackDown: A face-off to forget

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