About Last Night

WWE SmackDown 10/10/17: Touched by an Angel

A heavenly episode after Hell in a Cell

by Owen Douglass | October 11, 2017


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About The Tag Division in Turmoil...

Just doing Gable things

The story in the tag team division all summer has been that it is a two-team division: The Usos and The New Day. This seemed to culminate in their Hell in a Cell match on Sunday, and it was a brutal and amazing bout. The Usos kicked off SmackDown calling out The New Day and having the two teams show new mutual respect and point out the fact they are the only two teams in the division. Unsurprisingly, the four other teams (RIP Colons) came out unhappy about this and wound up in a Fatal 4-Way match to name the next contenders for the belts. Even less surprising is that Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin, the team that won on the Kickoff on Sunday, won this match too.

The crowd (and I) wanted Breezango to pull off the win, but Gable & Benjamin is a fine choice. They need to spend the next few weeks fleshing them out more first outside of "we're good at wrestling" because that's the formula they used on the main roster for American Alpha and they never truly got over because of it. I also want to give Corey Graves credit for putting over The Ascension as a legitimate threat by recalling their time in NXT. If only they got this treatment when they debuted.

About Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn...

FRIENDSHIP

Last week I pointed out how Shane McMahon blew off Sami Zayn on his way to the ring to confront Kevin Owens. On the podcast I elaborated on how shitty this was to treat Zayn like he doesn't matter, and apparently he felt the same way. This whole promo with Owens and Zayn was to explain why he turned heel and is paired up with Owens once again, and it actually made total sense. Kevin Owens was still always his "brother", even when they fought. While he can "sleep at night" knowing he did the right thing, he awakens to a life of mediocrity where he was first overlooked on Raw and then brought to SmackDown only to be forgotten again. Meanwhile Kevin Owens was winning all the championships while being an asshole, and it's about time he joins in.

While it's sad to see the days of innocent good guy Sami Zayn gone, it's going to be good to actually see him be an interesting character that gets to show up on television and get storylines. I'm sure there's a spot for him in Kevin's Heaven, since he is Owens' personal guardian angel.

About Shinsuke Nakamura, or It's Still Rusev Day Somewhere...

Happy Rusev Day?

Jinder Mahal retained his WWE Championship on Sunday, and his presence on SmackDown was one mention of his name on commentary... and that's it. Shinsuke Nakamura was on the show though, teaming up with Randy Orton to take on Rusev and Aiden English in a fun throwaway match. Just coming off a pay-per-view and having over a month until the next one, it made sense to just have a bonus blow-off match that was just fun to watch. Rusev and Aiden English have been a great pairing that has rejuvenated both of their careers, and with someone willing to bump big Orton can have seem entertaining offense. Nakamura got to do his work in the ring without leaning on promos, which is when he's at his best. This whole thing was a recipe for success, and I think everyone benefited from it.

About The Bludgeon Brothers...

STOP! Hammer time.

In the spookiest month of the year, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper have risen from their graves to be repacked... as pretty much what they were with Bray Wyatt, except now they've got hammers. I didn't know I needed a gritty reboot of the Hammer Bros. from Super Mario, but The Bludgeon Brothers are right up my alley. You can watch their reveal promo above, and remember that these two are actually talented in the ring. This could be fun if handled right.

About the United States Championship...

RIP AJ Styles' hip

Baron Corbin finally won some gold in the WWE, but did it in typical fashion for his character by pinning Tye Dillinger in a Triple Threat after AJ Styles had hit the Phenomenal Forearm. Didn't really do much to make Corbin come off as a legitimate champion, but it worked for his character. On SmackDown they fixed that first part by having Styles use his rematch clause to have a singles match with him. Styles did the impossible by making Corbin actually look good with his crazy bumping all over the place, including that sick landing after getting caught jumping off the apron to the floor. Corbin ended up beating Styles clean in the middle of the ring with The End of Days, and while he continues to be a big jerk, doubts about him being a real United States Champion are now gone.

It's a shame AJ Styles' run with the title was a bust for the most part. He was trapped running in circles instead of having weekly matches with underused talent to elevate them. At least it's ending with Baron Corbin, who needed some serious rehab after losing Money in the Bank, getting a really good rub. Hopefully he continues to feud with Tye Dillinger.

What did you think of this week's SmackDown? Let us know in the comments!


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