“July 11, 2017” · WWE SmackDown! · TV Assessment SmackDown Reside is the AJ Kinds present, now and without end · TV Membership · The A.V. Membership

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  • Outcomes: AJ Kinds (c) vs. John Cena within the inaugural AJ Kinds U.S. Open Problem Match thrown out after large interference; Jinder Mahal defeats Tye Dillinger; Xavier Woods defeats Jey Uso; Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin thrown out after a brawl broke out; Natalya and Tamina defeat Becky Lynch and Charlotte; AJ Kinds and John Cena defeat Kevin Owens and Rusev
  • For these simply becoming a member of us, AJ Kinds defeated Kevin Owens for america Championship this previous weekend at a stay present at Madison Sq. Backyard. It’s a little bit of an odd choice from a storytelling perspective, as the entire level of final week’s present was Kinds—who was very a lot the main focus of the episode—combating his manner by means of lengthy odds to regain the primary contendership heading into Battleground. The recap video does what it could actually to elide that change in plans, and the clips basically recommend a serious motivation for the title change is for WWE to show that something actually can occur at a home present. Nothing is made official right here, however Tom Phillips’ line on the finish implies Kinds and Owens will rematch for the title on the pay-per-view… assuming Kinds doesn’t lose the title subsequent week to John Cena. Or to Owens at a home present within the interim. See, something is feasible now!
  • Hopefully, although, the plan is for Kinds to carry onto the title lengthy sufficient to see by means of his plan to revive the U.S. Open Problem. Kinds’ post-WrestleMania face flip has typically been superb, with the one actual critique that he hasn’t all the time felt like he’s the star of SmackDown Reside, which might not be an particularly truthful criticism—I imply, a wrestling present is at its greatest when there’s selection, and it’s good to rotate which guys are getting absolutely the most shine. (You may definitely argue whether or not it made sense to deemphasize Kinds in favor of the finally failed Wyatt-Orton feud, and that goes quintuple for the daring outsider artwork that’s the Mahal-Orton feud, however the logic is sound.) However the factor is that Kinds’ face flip was rooted in him emphatically—defiantly even, given all of the rumors he was headed to Uncooked—embracing his position as the guts and soul of SmackDown Reside, as the person who constructed the blue model into must-watch tv. So Kinds is his truest self on this incarnation when he is ready to signify SmackDown week-in, week-out, and bringing again the U.S. Open Problem is the proper method to accomplish that. It’s additionally the perfect use for the most effective in-ring expertise within the firm, letting him placed on nice matches often whereas additionally exhibiting hard-earned respect to underdog faces and taking part in the fiery hero towards heels.
  • There’s a protracted listing of men who’re able to profit from taking up Kinds within the Open Problem: Tye Dillinger, Luke Harper, and Zack Ryder are some I’d like to see off the highest of my head, and after his nice exhibiting in final week’s battle royal I believed there was a critical chance the Good 10 could possibly be the person to reply the decision. However having it’s John Cena is even higher. Kevin Owens will get real warmth for stopping the match and claiming no one needs to see it once more. John Cena will get to go the torch from one open problem period to a different, assuming Kinds prevails. The interactions between the 2 tonight assist additional outline Kinds’ character, with him making it clear he’ll always remember dropping the title to Cena on the Royal Rumble and the way decided he’s to hold onto his new championship. We’ve already seen from his match final week with Chad Gable that Kinds is able to recognizing worthy opponents, so there’s extra nuance to be gained from having him play off the person with whom he has traded his highest-profile victory and defeat.
  • As for Dillinger, he’s the newest man to attempt to pull a compelling match out of Jinder Mahal. There are moments the place it appears like Dillinger’s overmatched underdog could possibly be the perfect match for Mahal’s methodical powerhouse, however the match doesn’t go lengthy sufficient for Tye to inform a lot of a narrative. Based mostly on commentary, the true function of the match is to show that Mahal can get it executed with out exterior assist towards no less than one individual on the roster, and a strong midcarder like Tye is pretty much as good a selection as any for that. All I’ll actually say is take heed to how the gang pops when Dillinger will get in any offense. SmackDown hasn’t executed a lot with him on TV since his callup—I’m assuming he’s no less than getting extra time at home exhibits—however the dude is loopy over relative to his prominence on the present, and hopefully WWE will do one thing with that. Critically, a Kinds-Dillinger open problem match might be fireplace.
  • The ladies’s Cash within the Financial institution is one thing that I’m keen to wager might be rather a lot higher in future iterations than it’s on this one. The upcoming Mae Younger Traditional figures to deliver an enormous infusion of feminine expertise to WWE, with the SmackDown, Uncooked, and NXT ladies’s divisions all increasing. As soon as that occurs, it’s going to be much less bizarre to have a tiny division the place Carmella is successfully sidelined from the title image till she elects to money in. SmackDown isn’t serving to itself right here by insisting on massive multi-woman matches, which concurrently spotlights loads of ladies within the division and remind you the way skinny the division is. Perhaps I’m not possible to please, as I’ve additionally criticized Uncooked for consolidating an excessive amount of round three opponents on the expense of everybody else (translation: I’m an aggrieved Emma mark), however SmackDown would do nicely to no less than set up a bit extra of a hierarchy within the division past Lana clearly being on the backside. And when she’s nonetheless gifted a spot within the primary contender’s match at Battleground, it’s arduous to name her even that. Selecting one girl to give attention to—Naomi, Becky, or Charlotte, with Carmella lurking with the briefcase—can be a very good begin.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura and Baron Corbin are set for a match at Battleground. I’m curious to see whether or not Corbin proves a greater dance associate for Nakamura and powerful type than Dolph Ziggler did. If this match works, it’s simple to see WWE reviving this feud down the highway because the car for the cash-in. Nothing would earn the Lone Wolf nuclear warmth fairly like cashing in on Nakamura moments after he wins his first WWE championship. Whether or not both is powerful sufficient on the mic to hold that off is the key query, however no less than tonight’s brawl had loads of fireplace.
  • Sami Zayn and Mike Kanellis—who I referred to as Mike Bennett final week like a complete smark, sorry about that—additionally appears prefer it’s taking place at Battleground. That is largely taking part in as a comedy feud to date, which has proved efficient for bringing out Sami’s overeager weirdo character, however Zayn made a rattling good level tonight when he requested if Mike even plans on wrestling in some unspecified time in the future. I really feel like we’ll have a greater sense of what to do with this, and the Kanellises basically, as soon as we see Mike and Maria in motion.
  • The Vogue Police’s investigation feels prefer it’s flagging a bit, however the segments themselves stay humorous sufficient that that is solely an issue from a plotting perspective. Moreover, Breezango’s antics are an effective way to additional different storylines, with Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley stepping into it a bit bit after the latter eradicated his parter within the battle royal this week. Even simply seeing how Mojo responded so curtly to the Vogue Police felt like a little bit of character growth.
  • It stays hilarious how a lot the U.S. Championship is the true essential occasion belt of SmackDown lately. There have been a pair weeks there round Cash In The Financial institution the place it perhaps felt just like the WWE Championship was the primary prize, however, nah, take a look at who opens and closes the present, and look which belt all the true essential eventers congregate round. Jinder Mahal would possible look weak subsequent to most potential U.S. title holders. In opposition to the Phenomenal AJ Kinds?
  • In all probability, that is my time writing about wrestling for The A.V. Membership, as I’m off to a brand new gig at Inverse. It was rattling good of WWE to account for this by spotlighting my beloved AJ Kinds and Tye Dillinger a lot over the previous two weeks. And because of you all for making me welcome right here, even when I’m very clearly the Spike Dudley to LaToya and Kyle’s Bubba Ray and D-Von.

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