Previously on the Best and Worst of Smackdown Live: Ali defeated Buddy Murphy in the King of the Ring Tournament, Chad Gable topped Shelton Benjamin in the same, and Daniel Bryan revealed he hates liars after kidnapping a fake Erick Rowan who will, apparently, never be mentioned again.
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Here’s the Best and Worst of WWE Smackdown Live for September 3, 2019.
Best: Chair To Flair
You know, after the heel turn on Raw I was kinda hoping for a comically evil Bayley with a cigarette and a leather jacket, but I like what (I think) they’re going for. Last fall we initially got mad that they’d turned Becky Lynch’s extremely justified hands-throwing at Charlotte Flair into what felt like a one-dimensional “heel” motivation, but Flair proved so inherently unlikable as a character that it worked itself out. In the long run, even though Becky’s tone and delivery felt like she was a second away from blaming “each and every one” of us, she felt justified.
Here, Bayley’s point of always wanting to do the right thing and feeling that the “right thing” in this situation was supporting her best friend was really well thought-out, even if (or maybe even BECAUSE) Sasha’s rarely ever been a good friend back. At worst, it’s Bayley being emotionally manipulated by the one constant in her life over the past few years, even as live crowd response (like in toronto) starts to turn. At best, it’s Bayley beginning her transition into a female Bo Dallas who believes she’s a beloved hero while being a total jerk to everyone that doesn’t raise her up.
Plus, good luck ever getting a crowd to cheer Charlotte Flair again. It’s gonna be hilarious when Charlotte and Becky end up having to team again to stop these two.