WWE Smackdown Live Hits and Misses 7.30.19 w/ The Chairman
HIT: Champion vs Champion
The main event featured WWE Champion Kofi Kingston vs United States Champion AJ Styles. Of course the Smackdown Live Tag Team Champion New Day and NEW Raw Tag Team Champions The OG were at ringside and getting involved at every possible moment. Kofi’s title run has been one of the few well done things in WWE with him getting to step into the ring against all challengers. I thought Kofi and AJ had a fantastic match for TV and it was either mans match. In the end, Kofi got the surprise pin on AJ Styles. I figured this match would’ve ended via DQ, but this booking decision just makes Kofi look strong and a legit threat every time he gets in the ring and he should be as the WWE Champion. I joked about a potential Raw and Smackdown Live Tag Team Championship unification match on Twitter between New Day and The OG’s at Summerslam, let’s see if that happens or at the very least those two facing each other in the preshow.
MISS: The Intercontinental Squash’
Shinsuke Nakamura and Ali was a match I got excited about when advertised and I enjoyed every second of it. There weren’t many though cause this match was quick. My take is if you’re not going to do the justice of giving two wrestlers an opportunity to tell a story in the ring, then don’t do it. I hate matches that last two minutes, they’re pointless (unless they’re a squash match). Nakamura is a champion and Ali is an up and coming wrestler. These guys could’ve tore the roof off had they been given fifteen minutes. Hopefully the assumed Summerslam match gets more time and becomes an instant classic. I’ll also say it again since I can, but I absolutely hate champions losing non title matches that award the person that beats them a title match. What happened to number one contender matches? You clowns just did one on Raw for the United States title.
HIT: KO and McIntyre Open Smackdown the Right Way
In a night with limited Shane shenanigans, the night started with Kevin Owens and Drew McIntyre. These two put on an amazing match. Could very well be one of the top televised WWE matches of the year. Owens was doing top rope sentons, pop up powerbombing the big man McIntyre, and everything in between. McIntyre showed how physically dominating he can be. It was nice to see Drew on his own and that’s the way Drew should be. Imagine if Drew would’ve won Money in the Bank and cashed in on Rollins instead of the terrible direction Vince opted to go. Owens won the match with the Stunner gaining momentum before his match at Summerslam against the worst in the universe.
MISS: Women’s Division Decisions
While it was nice to see the women’s tag match tonight get more than sixty seconds, I didn’t care for it. Why exactly are Bayley and Ember Moon teaming up? They’re wrestling at Summerslam. I don’t understand the fascination with WWE always pairing up wrestlers in tag team matches that are wrestling at the upcoming pay per view. On top of it, we get Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross again cross jumping shows. Last week didn’t they advertise Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville facing the Iiconics??? Could’ve at least given one of these two teams the spot. Hell should’ve had Peyton Royce and Billie Kay get the win over Bayley and Ember. The Women Tag Team Champions could use all the wins they could get to build any sort of respect. Either or, another mishandled disaster by WWE. On the positive, we’re getting Charlotte Flair vs Trish Stratus at Summerslam.
HIT: Sami Zayn Wants to Pick a Fight
Sami Zayn made a rare appearance on Smackdown Live to address the talk of Aleister Black. Zayn went on a rant about Black and said he would challenge him at Summerslam. If you’re looking for an awesome match, this would be it. Black had the match of the night against Cesaro at Extreme Rules. Black and Zayn could easily share that honor at Summerslam and the Summerslam card for the most part is looking pretty good. Long as these two get proper time, I’m invested.
MISS: Roman Reigns Summerslam Challenge Gone Wrong
Roman was supposed to issue his challenge for Summerslam, but instead scaffolding fell on him backstage. Or so it appeared? The camera angles were terrible and Roman was totally no selling getting hurt backstage. Worst part is we still don’t know who did it? Was it Rikishi? Was it Triple H? Probably not, this isn’t 2000. Of course we’ll have to wait to see giving us a cliffhanger. Some think Samoa Joe. Some think Daniel Bryan. Either or there is no way Roman Reigns is getting left off Summerslam so whoever it is, they’re going to be in premier spot to more than likely do the job.
Overall this episode of Smackdown was good. Some good matches and Shane McMahon free for the most part. That is a winning recipe. Now WWE needs to stick with it. As always follow along with me on Twitter @ChairmanSV and keep it here with us at HTCWrestling. I will continue A Block coverage of the G1 Climax and we got a fun show planned for the HTC Wrestling Podcast dropping later this week so stick with us.