What?! The SmackDown Lowdown is back?!
It is for this week, anyway. Since I attended SmackDown in Indianapolis, I figured that I should write something about it and share my experience. You’re welcome.
Let’s get started.
Heath Slater/Rhyno and American Alpha defeat Breezango and the Ascension.
There was a dark match that started the night off that pitted Heath Slater/Rhyno and American Alpha against Breezango and the Ascension. (Yes, the Ascension is still around.) Heath Slater and Rhyno got a huge pop for the match and Rhyno continued to get chants from the crowd throughout the match. The match itself was nothing too special as it was filled with botches from the heel side of things, but it was a good way to get the crowd going as we were going to need as much energy as we could get because the show lagged a ton at times.
The biggest takeaway from the opening dark match had to be that American Alpha was not on the show. They are the Tag Team Champions and they aren’t even on the main show when WrestleMania is less than a month away. I get that SmackDown is only two hours, but that is a bit frustrating.
Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan promo.
Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan kicked off the show and discussed the Randy Orton/AJ Styles situation. They showed videos clips of Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt over the last few weeks during their promo, however, we had already seen those videos a mere 4 minutes before, so it was pretty darn annoying for the live crowd to sit through. It didn’t matter, though. Daniel Bryan is so over with the crowd that he can do whatever he wants in a promo and we would still cheer for him.
The segment was literally pointless as the only thing it did was remind everyone of the main event for the evening, even though we knew what it was for the past few days or so.
John Cena and Nikki Bella defeat James Ellsworth and Carmella.
Ellsworth got a jobber entrance before his match on SmackDown. Thing is, this jobber entrance was in the middle of the commercial break on TV, so he was just standing in the ring for a good two minutes while another crappy, year-old commercial played in the arena. This was the theme throughout the entire night and it didn’t go over well.
James Ellsworth got raided down with a ton of boos once the show got back on air. He introduced Carmella and she then came out. I’ll admit that I did sing her theme song as she made her entrance, but that’s it.
Cena came out before Nikki to a huge ovation of cheers and boos. Nikki then made her entrance and the match was on until the Miz and Maryse showed up! Don’t we just love them in Indy?!
Miz and Maryse went to do commentary as the others battled it out in the ring. Carmella took on Nikki for the most part and the crowd was mainly in the match to cheer and boo John Cena (who is a lot more ripped in person). Nikki botched the finish, but it was all good because no one really cared. Yeah, they’ve got some stuff to work on before their pending WrestleMania match against the Miz and Maryse.
Curt Hawkins, Dean Ambrose, Baron Corbin, and whatnot.
Curt Hawkins is an underrated performer in my mind. Fight me if you want.
Dean Ambrose is over with most moms of the world.
Baron Corbin doesn’t have a license to operate heavy machinery.
Alexa Bliss did get a jobber entrance with Mickie James. During the wait, I had this one guy sitting behind me that was drunk and on some drug. He kept chanting, “Yeah, Mickie James! That’s that Richmond, Virginia right there. RVA with your fine looking ass!” I’d just like to point out that he was sitting next to his girlfriend while he was yelling that out.
When the show got back from commercial, Alexa began running her mouth about Becky Lynch and whatnot. That was, until Becky came out and was followed by Natalya. The best line from this segment was Alexa telling Natalya that she was, “The worst there was, the worst there is, and the worst there ever will be.” Of course, this is a take on Natalya’s uncle, Bret Hart, and the catchphrase that he uses.
The segment was a bit flustered and when Daniel Bryan came out to announce a tag team match between the four, we all went nuts. Why? Because he gave Teddy Long reference. Holla holla holla playa!
Alexa Bliss and Mickie James defeat Becky Lynch and Natalya.
The match was slow and featured WAY too many Becky Lynch chants. The post-match altercations did receive nice pops from the crowd and that’s all I’ve got to say about that.
Randy Orton defeats AJ Styles to become the #1 Contender for Bray Wyatt’s WWE Title at WrestleMania.
AJ Styles is the freaking man! I’m not sure how it came across on TV, but we popped so loud for him and chanted his name throughout the match. Randy Orton’s entrance was well received as many moms and kids think he is the greatest thing in the world. Speaking of the greatest thing in the world, the drunk behind us thought he was “all that” as he had all of Randy’s gear and began chanting about representing St. Louis. If the guy could pick a place and stick to it, that would be great.
The Indy crowd was hot for this match the entire time and I’m glad too because we deserved a good main event after a lackluster show. AJ Styles was brilliant throughout and Randy winning was the right move, although I would’ve liked to see it the other way.
205 Live highlights?
What can I say? Indy loves Austin Aries and that pyro was loud as hell.
Overall, this show wasn’t the greatest. The main event sort of made up for it, but didn’t at the same time. In case you didn’t notice, there were PLENTY of seats still available and if Indy cannot sell out a SmackDown at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, then there is no way we would sell out Lucas Oil Stadium for a possible WrestleMania down the road. It is depressing.
That’ll do it for the SmackDown Lowdown for this week. What did you think of the show? What were some of your highlights of the night? Be sure to tell me all about it and more in the comment section below. Also, be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter: @PowerRank_More, and follow us on our Instagram page for all of the latest information from Power Rankings and More.
Published on 3/9/17 at 10:20 AM EST. Photo credit: Power Rankings and More.Share this post on:
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