Previously on the Best and Worst of WWE Smackdown Live: Goldberg and The Undertaker had a face-to-face confrontation to set up what I assume was a really good and universally beloved old man fight. Plus, Dolph Ziggler is still a thing!
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Anyway, here’s the Best and Worst of WWE Smackdown Live for June 11, 2019.
Worst: Another Half Hour Of Shane McMahon
To give you a quick grasp on how fundamentally broken this entire company is right now, Intercontinental Champion Finn Bálor vs. Shinsuke Nakamura was relegated to being a dark match so Smackdown Live could run Raw’s Drew McIntyre vs. Raw’s The Miz as part of a 30 minute segment devoted to putting over Shane McMahon. Read that a few times until it really sinks in.
It’s terribly, violently broken, and nobody seems in much of a hurry to fix it. You’re breaking the hearts and killing the professional drive and artistic ambitions of the best talent of a generation so you can do the year’s 24th 15-minute show-opening promo and regurgitate a somehow worse version of the thing you literally did the night before. Raw had Miz TV get interrupted to set up a match, and a long, pointless segment glorifying Shane McMahon. Smackdown has a Shane McMahon appearance on Miz TV set up a long, pointless match glorifying Shane McMahon. It’s insane. It’s literally insanity. I feel like Tyrion Lannister, wondering why my dense cousin Orson keeps smashing beetles with a rock.