Hey, Blue Team!
This week we celebrate the 900th episode of Smackdown, and as far as milestone shows go, WWE did a great job giving us just enough nostalgia without letting the past take up too much of the show. Some good matches, some questionable storytelling, and even The Goddamned Undertaker. It was a fun show, but don’t worry, that won’t stop me from dwelling on the negative and spending the rest of this column complaining.
Speaking of complaining, did you guys catch The State of the WWE Universe on the network Monday night? If you didn’t, it was basically a half hour of Daniel Bryan and Mick Foley yelling at each other about nothing and for no apparent reason. It made me feel kind of uncomfortable and a little sad. Why are these guys yelling at each other? In fact, why does anyone from Smackdown dislike anyone from Raw, and vice versa? None of it makes any sense, yet it’s the core thrust leading us to The Survivor Series.
I like the classic Survivor Series matches. It’ll be fun to see everyone from the two brands in the same ring on Sunday. And it would be totally fine to have these matches as exhibitions with no stakes other than bragging rights. But if you’re going to turn it into some big Raw vs. Smackdown storyline, then there actually has to be a storyline instead of them all being mad at each other for no apparent reason.
The Survivor Series is this Sunday, so we’re only a week away from everyone on Smackdown hating each other for no reason again, instead of hating everyone on Raw for no reason.
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And now without further ado, here is The Best and Worst of Smackdown Live for November 15th, 2016.