Previously on the Best and Worst of Smackdown Live: Elle Collins filled in for me so I could have strep throat for a week. Thanks, Elle! Go to Hell, whoever sneezed on my food!
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Anyway, here’s the Best and Worst of WWE Smackdown Live for July 23, 2019.
Best, Mostly: Worst Of The World
All right, the Raw Reunion is over, let’s put our heads down and march straight into a show-opening Shane McMahon promo where he can’t get his lines straight and keeps no-selling the crowd response to the point of exhaustion. Maybe that’s why he’s always so winded and sweaty?
One of the most frustrating aspects of Shane (and Stephanie McMahon) as on-screen performers is that they’re trying to be Classic Vince McMahon and are honestly pretty close approximations, but don’t understand how and why Vince let the crowd and other characters “get to him” sometimes. If the crowd chanted “asshole” at Vince in 1998, for example — or Vince today, I’d imagine — he wouldn’t just go “pfft, whatever” and continue with his pre-scripted promo. He’d make a big face, turn his head all dramatically, and call them classless, or whatever. He’d react to them, which made them feel like part of the show.