The Best And Worst Of WWE Smackdown Live 10/2/18: Finger Eleven

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Previously on the Best and Worst of WWE Smackdown Live: Samoa Joe went to a house where the mailbox read “Styles,” so that couldn’t possibly be AJ Styles’ actual home. Also, R-Truth got 30 minutes of TV time and it was great, and Aiden English promised to air a GTV segment of Dawn Marie and Torrie Wilson engaging in HLA, or whatever.

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And now, the Best and Worst of WWE Smackdown Live for October 2, 2018.

Worst: The Styles Network

Am I the only one who heard AJ Styles say he was going to bury Samoa Joe alive and think, “oh, that means the finish of the no disqualification, no count-out match at Super Show-Down is going to involve one of those stunt spots where they’re fighting in the production area and Styles pulls down a beam or a bunch of boxes or something and ‘buries Joe alive?'” I keep trying to think of the wacky, non-wrestling finish they’ve got planned, and I think Styles just tipped his trilby. Or, you know, he’s going to literally bury Joe alive, and Super Show-Down’s going to end with lightning striking the grave and Joe’s hand bursting up from the dirt.

If you missed the segment, Disappointed Mom Paige opened the show by announcing that everyone wanted her to fire Samoa Joe for his attempted home invasion in last week’s hilarious The Purge crossover event, but that AJ Styles dropped the charges so the match could happen. Because the response to someone literally hunting your family and harassing your wife and children for like two months is to fly to Australia and have a wrestling match with them at 7 AM in the middle of a house show. YOU DON’T MESS WITH MAH FAMLY.

Look, detached from the ridiculous booking of his match finishes, AJ Styles is great. Samoa Joe is BEYOND great, to the point that he could turn “oh Wendy” into a popular catchphrase and make a months-long Cape Fear-style haunting entertaining, but I think they’ve completely lost what they were initially going for. A guy deriding your family to get in your head works, sure, but it works less when he’s been doing it for almost an entire quarter, and when everyone’s decided to just straight-up ignore the champion tapping out on video back at Hell in a Cell. That should’ve changed the direction of the feud, but they just kept doing the same thing every week, and now you’ve got to have your authority figure open the show with some “real life consequences” because the only way to escalate the feud is to have Joe actually murder a child.

If Joe doesn’t win in Australia, please move him into a program with Nakamura or something and get him away from Styles.