Hey, Blue Team.
Pretty entertaining SmackDown this week. As usual nothing really happened, but it kept me engaged. The most interesting thing to watch is SmackDown‘s continuing development of a voice. Over the last month, SmackDown has made small steps toward distinguishing itself from RAW with its own unique tone. I appreciate the direction that SmackDown seems to be going in and I’m very excited to find out who’s going to be on its roster after the split. If the changes they’re making continue to evolve in the right direction and there is a proper roster to go with it, SmackDown could turn into a very interesting show.
And now without further ado, here is The Best and Worst of SmackDown for July 7, 2016.
Worst: Main Event Wrestlers, Undercard Behavior
This week’s SmackDown opens up with more of the same sort of pre-show vignettes that they did last week. It’s definitely a fun concept, and this week’s are a little better than last. The Club’s hanging out, Jericho’s looking for his scarf, Seth Rollins is arriving to the building and runs into an Uso … it’s a good concept that I can see becoming great with a little more work. We then go out to the ring and out comes Dean Ambrose for an unscheduled appearance. He’s decided that he’s going to be the ring announcer for the first match, Jey Uso vs. Seth Rollins. This could have been Seth Rollins vs. anybody, because the match doesn’t matter at all. It exists solely so we can have wacky interactions between Ambrose and Rollins.
Ambrose stays ringside for the match and is constantly interrupting with announcements. He plugs merchandise, gives updates on the time of the match, and at one point even throws it to commercial. And of course even though he’s a world class athlete, a former WWE Champion, and a professional, Seth Rollins is somehow distracted by this. I don’t like it, but I’ll begrudgingly admit that it works. It just doesn’t feel like the kind of interaction that the two men at the top of the card should be having. It’s a little too cute for a WWE Championship feud.
I still find it hard to believe that after everything he’s been through and after how hard he’s worked, Dean Ambrose wouldn’t take being the champ more seriously. If this same segment had been done with people like R-Truth or the Social Outcasts, this would be a best. I’d buy it, I’d be into it. But I don’t want this much levity in a blood feud between brothers who’ve turned on each other for World Championship gold. I like the fun stuff, but it just doesn’t fit for me here.
Rollins of course beats Uso and Ambrose gets back on the mic to call him a bunch of goofy names as he announces him the winner. Join us next week on SmackDown when Dean Ambrose makes fart noises while Seth Rollins wrestles the other Uso.