The Best And Worst Of WWE Smackdown Live 5/16/17: No Diving

Hey Blue Team,

Not a bad show this week, but completely uneventful. This pay per view cycle didn’t just feel long, it was long. Smackdown Live had a lot of time to fill between WrestleMania and Backlash and that has lead to a lot of time killers on these shows. Outside of Kevin Owens’ performance in the first five minutes of the show and Breezango’s fantastic Fashion Files nothing really stuck out. Nothing was exceptionally bad either. It’s just one of those episodes that come next week I’ll have a hard time remembering.

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And now without further ado, here is The Best and Worst of Smackdown Live for May 16th, 2017.

Best: A Good Way To Do The Same Thing

This week’s Smackdown Live started the same way most WWE TV shows start, with a long in-ring talking segment where multiple wrestlers show up one after another. The difference this time is it was framed as being the Highlight Reel. But not with Chris Jericho. Kevin Owens has hijacked the Highlight Reel and made it his own now that he has sent the Fozzy lead singer packing. It starts with Kevin alone in the ring with the Highlight Reel set. He cuts a great promo about putting Jericho out, then transitions into talking about his opponent at this Sunday’s Backlash, AJ Styles. That of course bring out AJ and after he says a few things out comes Jinder Mahal, who AJ is facing later in the night.

Once Styles and Mahal get out there, the segment becomes pretty paint-by-numbers, feeling like any other opening talking segment. They make sure to mention the pay per view a lot and say things like “we don’t have to wait until Sunday, we can do it right now”, you know how these segments go. But the fist few minutes before the circus came to town was awesome. The way Kevin performed this was serial-killeresque. He hosted the Highlight Reel like he had murdered Jericho and was wearing his skin. I would have loved to have seen a full Kevin Owens Highlight Reel without the interruption from Styles.