Previously on the Best and Worst of WWE Smackdown Live: Charlotte Flair and Golden Age Charlotte Flair had a tea party that ended in betrayal, Shane McMahon Appreciation Night was interrupted by 24/7 tomfoolery, and Heavy Machinery promised to kill and eat Wiggles and Wilbur.
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Anyway, here’s the Best and Worst of WWE Smackdown Live for June 4, 2019.
Best: How’s It Ghana Be?
This week’s Smackdown Live opens with footage of Kofi Kingston’s return to his home country of Ghana with the WWE Championship, and it’s a refreshingly positive couple of minutes on an otherwise pretty pessimistic and meandering show. Between this and Johnny Gargano’s victory lap in Cleveland, WWE’s doing a good job of zeroing in on exactly why we should cheer for its few remaining heroes, and an even better job of connecting them (at least geographically) to the every day men and women who watch the shows. It’s the thing I always wrote about CM Punk’s reactions in Chicago; everyone in your company comes from somewhere, and if you’re truly a global omnipresence, you’re missing out by not leaning into your stars’ relationships with where they’re from and making every locale look important and unique.
Unfortunately for everyone, that leads directly into another Dolph Ziggler, “it shoulda been [voice cracks] ME!!” promo.