Previously on the Best and Worst of WWE Smackdown Live: We experienced Smackdown 1000, an enjoyable Comic-Con special event featuring an Evolution reunion panel, an appearance from Rey Mysterio, and presumably a bunch of comic books in the middle of the arena nobody looks at.
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Here’s this week’s Best and Worst of WWE Smackdown Live’s 1001st episode for October 23, 2018.
And Now, A Very ‘Oh God What Are We Doing’ Episode Of Smackdown
In case you haven’t been paying attention to … anything, it’s been a very hard PR week for WWE. The United States government and mainstream media are urging them to cancel their upcoming event in Saudi Arabia in response to a horrific human rights violation (and, you know, murder), and then on Monday Roman Reigns opened the show by announcing he’ll have to step away from WWE entirely to deal with resurgence of leukemia. Plus there’s a women’s pay-per-view coming up where they advertised “over FIFTY WOMEN” in the commercials and are loading up a battle royal with everyone who’s ever worked for them to at least approximate it. Meanwhile they’re trying to fix a lot of what’s broken about their shows before they head to FOX next year, Alexa Bliss got a concussion a week before a PPV, NXT UK just launched, and more. If you work for WWE right now, you’re basically Cathy from the comic strip Cathy.