Opening promo by King Corbin
Corbin came out and walked down the ramp to enter the ring and hold a promo. He talked trash about Roman Reigns. He joked about Reigns “Big Dog”-gimmick and as they showed the logo on the screen, Corbin said that it would look like “a little ankle-biter.” Everyone expected Reigns to come out and interrupt him and the King also noted that, but the Big Dog didn’t appear. Corbin finished his promo and typically trash talked about the main event in which he would face Reigns.
Opinion: Usually, Corbin is among the best heels in this business, but this promo was just awful. I’m wondering how scripted it was since we already have seen way better promos of him.
“The Revival” Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder vs. “The New Day” Big E and Kofi Kingston for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships
Before this match took place, we have seen Big E and Kingston in a backstage interview. They dropped some funny sentences as Big E said, for example, how they should ever keep up with Charlotte Flair if they didn’t win the titles in their upcoming match. Besides they talked also about Xavier Woods who is currently injured. Then the two teams made their way to the ring and the match started.
After about eight minutes, Big E held up Wilder what gave Kingston the chance to hit him with the Trouble in Paradise for the win and so we have new champions. Even though the match wasn’t that long we saw several near falls and the match was pretty good.
Opinion: The match was good, but the tag team division is just a whole mess. That was a horrible run for the Revival and I hope there was a certain idea behind that title change.
Backstage segments and “The Imperium“ is here
Then we saw as Reigns arrived in the building in street clothes and he met Shorty G who told him what Corbin has said earlier that night. This also explains why he didn’t interrupt the winner of the King of the Ring tournament earlier that night.
Next, we saw Sami Zayn who approached Daniel Bryan and made Bryan once more the offer to join him and Shinsuke Nakamura. He then told him that he’ll talk with Nakamura and Cesaro and then encouraged him to sit at ringside at this nights tag team match to see how strong they are.
After that, “Heavy Machinery” made their entrance ahead of a match. However, the stable “Imperium” appeared and attacked them from behind. Walter, Alexander Wolfe, Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel hammered away at them until other members of the SamckDown roster came out to save Heavy Machinery and sent the Imperium fleeing who are usually part of the NXT UK brand.
Then, Sasha Banks and Bayley got interviewed in the backstage area. They worked as typical heels and noted that they made the NXT women’s division relevant. Bayley closed the segment by mentioning that she would be the only women in the triple threat match at Survivor Series who has held the women’s championship of every brand.
Opinion: The Reigns segment explained why he hasn’t interrupted Corbin earlier that night, but that was it’s only sense. At this point, I have absolutely no idea where this whole storyline about Bryan, Nakamura and Zayn should go, but we see that because of Zayn, Nakamura is relevant again since the Canadian is an awesome actor and so good with the mic.
The Imperium is just pure class and I’m happy for them to make this appearance while the interview with Banks and Bayley was also well done. Both women continue to perfectly work as heels. However, we saw three backstage segments and that attack of the Imperium after one and another without any normal match what made it a bit boring and monotonous.
Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro (w/Sami Zayn) vs. Ali and Shorty G
The match took not even five minutes and of course, Zayn interfered to help Cesaro and Nakamura get the win. Bryan walked at the beginning of the match onto the stage and watched it with crossed arms. After the end, he just went backstage without any further gesture or word.
Opinion: Three out of these four men who were in this match don’t get the storylines and recognition which they deserve. Cesaro showed in this short match once again that he’s one of the absolute best wrestlers on the roster. The gimmick of Shorty G is horrible, and Ali is not relevant at all. All three men are great, but WWE just wastes their talents. Nakamura is great together with Zayn and it’s still not clear what will happen with Bryan.
Sasha Banks vs. Nikki Cross
Bayley was part of the commentary team for this match and Banks made her entrance to a remix of her usual theme song. During the match, Cross also attacked Bayley at ringside and because of that Bayley attacked her after the match. But before that, Banks forced Cross to tap out to the Bank Statement. After that, Banks left the ring and Bayley attacked cross. However, then Shayna Baszler attacked Bayley once more from behind. However, it took ages until Banks returned into the ring to make the save while Baszler left.
Opinion: Why the hell did Banks leave the ring and just came back as Baszler was already done. This doesn’t make sense at all. Anyways, Baszler continuous to look as dangerous as she does on NXT.
The Fiend strikes
Next, we saw Zayn and Bryan backstage in a locker room. Zayn told Bryan that he could tell that he already made up his mind. Considering this, he should just say that he doesn’t want to go back to the “Yes! Movement” and just wants to move on with him and Nakamura. Suddenly, the lights went out and as it went back on, it was red, and The Fiend stood behind Bryan and Zayn. Zayn ran off while Wyatt applied the Mandible Claw to Bryana and laughed maniacally.
Opinion: Good to see the Fiend once more. I guess this will be his next feud, but it’s quite surprising that the champ comes after a random superstar and not the other way around. Anyways, this rivalry has got some potential sue to Bryans’ short run with the Wyatt family.
Tyson Fury and Braun Strowman as a tag team?
Next, Fury made his entrance and received a good reaction, but not as huge as you would expect from a hometown guy. He talked about his recent boxing fights and also recalled his match against Strowman at Crown Jewel. He added that he wouldn’t like unfinished business and o he called out Strowman.
The Monster Among Men made his entrance and as he stood in front of Fury in the ring he said: “You wanted me, here I am.” Fury offered him a handshake which Strowman accepted and the Gipsy King then said that if they ever fight again, it should be as a tag team. The Monster Among Men liked the idea but questioned if anybody would be stupid enough to fight them.
The B-Team walked out and Curtis Axel said that they would be stupid enough to fight them. Bo Dallas corrected him and said that’s not what Axel meant. He added that the B in B-tam would stay for fearless. In the end, Strowman and Fury worked together to both show their signature moves and destroyed the B-Team.
Opinion: I’m not sure where this all should lead. Fury is clearly not that much over as WWE would want him to be. The segment was quite fun, but since I’m not sure who they should face since the tag team division is a mess at the moment. No team would be a real challenge for them.
Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville vs. Carmella and Dana Brooke for spots in the Smackdown Team at Survivor Series
The winner of this match would join the team captain Banks in the women’s team of SmackDown for the Survivor Series PPV. After not even four minutes, Brooke hit Deville with a Senton from the top rope for the three count.
Opinion: It’s always hard to let a usual tag team lose to two single superstars and it’s even more strange when it’s in such a short match. Rose and Deville continue to be in no-mans-land at the moment.
Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin
The match took about 11minutes and Robert Roode, as well as Dolph Ziggler, got involved several times. In the beginning, the Big Dog was able to get rid of them, but in the end, the distraction led to an End of Days by Corbin. The King was able to pin Reigns for the three count.
Opinion: A typical television match of Reigns. I’m a fan of him, but we always have the same problem: he’s just too strong. In this match, he was almost able to fight off three opponents at the same time. And you have to add, that all three are big names. Besides, why is this match the main event? None of the competitors is a champion and it’s also no spectacular feud.
The highlight of this episode was the first appearance of the Fiend on SmackDown since he won the Universal Champion. However, the remaining parts of the show were disappointing. I’m really looking forward to the upcoming feud between Bryan Wyatt and I’m curious if Zayn and Nakamura will also play a certain part in it.