Previously on the Best and Worst of Smackdown Live: WWE had a Fathead Tables, a Couple of Ladders, and Tons of Chairs pay-per-view that saw Asuka become the new Smackdown Women’s Champion thanks to Ronda Rousey, Daniel Bryan retain the WWE Championship thanks to mother Earth, and The Bar retain the tag titles thanks to their opponents already holding the titles too many times and for way too long.
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Here’s this week’s Best and Worst of WWE Smackdown Live number 1,009 for December 18, 2018.
Worst: Paige Gets Outsourced
Raw introduced the dreaded Council of McMahons as the new posse of cross-brand authority figures, and if you missed it, the “master plan” to save Raw was to have the people we already knew were in charge open the show by telling us they’re in charge. Also, “we, the fans,” are now “the authority,” which is either a huge fucking lie or the first step in a year of Taboo Tuesdays.
The worst part of the announcement (relatively speaking, at least) is that the one authority figure on the WWE main roster who was doing a good job, Paige, got removed from her position. Smackdown opens with Shane thanking her for being a good “formal genera manager” — he was trying to say “former general” — and saying that she’s “sticking around,” and that her “role is changing.” So is she gonna wrestle again, or what? Otherwise you’re just demoting her to Brand Secretary. Hopefully they have something good for her to do, and shit, if you want a reason for the brands to actually hate each other, Smackdown’s suddenly gotta do everything different because Raw sucks so bad. That’s not even kind of fair.
Anyway, the best part of this was Andrade Almas and Zelina Vega-Black being disinterested a-holes.