Best: A Really Great Video Package
Smackdown opened with an even longer-than-usual video package hyping Money in the Bank, but that’s okay, because it was one of the better video packages WWE has done in a while. As I mentioned last week, I like the fact that the build to the 8-man ladder match has made it feel like WWE has an actual main event scene for the first time in a good long while. It isn’t just Bryan/Cena/Punk, their immediate challenger and the scheming Authority — there are multiple guys actively vying for the title from different angles.
This video package was nothing groundbreaking, it was just eight men looking tough and saying determined things set to uptempo music, but that’s all it had to be. That’s all wrestling is when you boil it down to the essentials.
Worst: Gilding the Lily
They should have left it at the video package. After that rousing start to the show, Triple H, Seth Rollins and Randy Orton came out to add zero of value. There was talk of Orton becoming the Face of the Company again even though, just last week, he claimed he had never stopped being the Face of the Company. Then they teased Orton/Rollins dissention because, I dunno, they thought it would eat up five minutes?
Listen guys, I know having an opening Triple H talky segment makes Smackdown seem more important, and I’m all for Smackdown seeming important, but if you have absolutely nothing to say, just throw the Usos our there or something, m’kay?
Worst: I Watched This Match Through My Fingers
I knew BNB was injured on this show, but I try to avoid spoilers, so I didn’t know when and how it happened exactly. I assumed it must have happened in this match, so I spent my time recoiling whenever Barrett took a basic back bump. I think this match was pretty good, in fact I’m sure it was, but I couldn’t really enjoy it.
But wait, Ambrose just won the match and Barrett’s shoulders and limbs still seem to be in functioning order! Soooo, how he get inj–