“July four, 2017” · WWE SmackDown! · TV Assessment An Independence Day Battle Royal lets SmackDown Stay bear in mind all its stars · TV Membership · The A.V. Membership

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  • Outcomes: AJ Types defeats Chad Gable; Naomi defeats Lana to retain the SmackDown Ladies’s Championship; the New Day defeat the Usos in a rap battle by way of disqualification; Aiden English defeats Randy Orton by disqualification; AJ Types wins the Independence Day Battle Royal to grow to be primary contender to the USA Championship
  • A two-hour operating time seems to solely be lengthy sufficient for SmackDown to concentrate to 3 of the 4 parts at any given: the primary occasion, the midcard, the ladies’s division, and the tag groups. With Cash within the Financial institution defining the six rivals because the de facto important occasion (plus Randy Orton and Jinder Mahal, I assume) and the pay-per-view placing such deal with the ladies’s division—together with the tag division being so resurgent—the opposite singles rivals have been largely invisible. That adjustments in a giant manner tonight, with the battle royal giving some largely absent rivals an opportunity to signal. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan at the least do sufficient to qualify as “considerably respectable rivals.” Mojo Rawley doesn’t precisely activate Zack Ryder, however he locations some critical pressure on their tag crew when he eliminates his little Hype Bro. A full-on heel flip for Rawley would most likely really feel an excessive amount of like a pale imitation of the red-hot feud between Enzo and Cass, however the battle royal permits for a extra nuanced choice, with Mojo desirous to prioritize his personal skilled future on the expense of his partnership with Ryder. No matter occurs from right here, SmackDown seems to know that Ryder nonetheless has loads of potential as a sympathetic underdog, and this pushes him into that body.
  • However the main midcard star of the battle royal is Tye Dillinger, who certain appeared like he had the gang pulling for him forward of Sami Zayn and AJ Types, which suggests his prolonged absence hasn’t hampered his means to attach with followers. The psychology of the Tye-centric a part of the match made sense: Dillinger is fiery as hell and is aware of he has to drag out massive strikes to face an opportunity in opposition to the likes of Zayn and Types, however he made the error of attempting to do an excessive amount of without delay. The difficulty is I’m unsure who Dillinger may pair off with in a program: Mike Kanellis and Rusev are current arrivals who each may have made sense as guys who finally prevail in opposition to a beloved face, however one appears to be like set for Sami Zayn and the opposite is in a flag match with John Cena. Past that… Erick Rowan, possibly? Oh, that wouldn’t finish properly for the Good Ten, wouldn’t it?
  • Breezango stay as humorous as ever of their little pre-match skit, with Dillinger proving an admirable straight man for Breeze’s Tenee Younger. Once more, there’s a pleasant logic to their characters: Breezango are mainly good guys, however they’re not above going what they assume is undercover to get some intel on their opponents. I nonetheless assume they might use a contact extra credibility than the reserving is permitting them. It was an honest gag to have Rowan instantly throw Breeze out once more after Fandango’s save try, but it surely made them look fairly dumb. And yeah, that’s their character and all, however I’d say Breezango has labored greatest when their common idiocy matches with some stunning in-ring smarts.
  • Daniel Bryan’s resolution to droop James Ellsworth for a month is a curious one, given how nice a warmth magnet Ellsworth has been. On the one hand, an issue with Ellsworth is that his two most pure rivals in the mean time are Bryan, who can’t wrestle, and Becky Lynch, who virtually definitely can’t wrestle him with out WWE risking the ire of company sponsors. Whereas final week’s Cash within the Financial institution rematch did an admirable job of transferring Ellsworth’s warmth to Carmella, it does make some sense to take Ellsworth out of the image for a bit and provides Carmella an opportunity to ascertain herself as a prime heel. If Ellsworth does return, although, it’s arduous to see how that doesn’t finish with him and Carmella ending partnership, assuming any such return would strip her of the briefcase. Since neither Ellsworth nor Carmella feels in line for a face flip, possibly Ellsworth actually goes to be gone for a month.
  • With the extraordinarily needed caveat that I’m not in any respect certified to guage the standard of rap battles: Boy, that was a rattling good rap battle between the Usos and the New Day. The road concerning the R-rated Xavier Woods is the apparent spotlight—and if you happen to didn’t get that, mainly, there was a intercourse tape scandal not too long ago involving Woods—however that wasn’t the one good burn there, because the groups referenced Rikishi, Kofi Kingston’s pretend Jamaican interval, the Usos carrying shirts to cover that they’re low-key fats, the specter of Roman Reigns, and the very fact Jimmy Uso solely acquired the place he’s as a result of Naomi is on Complete Divas. SmackDown Stay may solely be a three-team tag division in the mean time—4, if you happen to really feel compelled to rely American Alpha, and in addition I do truly assume the Colons are primarily high quality for what they’re wanted to be—however the mixed persona of New Day, the Usos, and Breezango is off the charts.
  • Chad Gable and AJ Types had a critically terrific match, with all of the type of technical goodness and submission chains that one would hope for from an Olympian and the Phenomenal One. That is the type of match WWE would do properly to search out more room for: Matches between rivals on totally different tiers of the cardboard that can provide each males a chance to shine. The Miz and Heath Slater’s Intercontinental titl match on final night time’s Uncooked falls into an identical class, as does I suppose a lot of the matches as a part of John Cena’s US Championship open problem.
  • The jingoism WWE traffics in throughout each patriotic vacation isn’t going to be my factor. I guess the Rusev-John Cena stuff labored marginally higher than the Jinder Mahal-Randy Orton stuff, as Rusev is a far more compelling heel promo than Cena, whereas Jinder is an individual of shade who is looking out People for not being tolerant… and is the unhealthy man. I do know Orton went again to his outdated line about Jinder being a jackass, however, yeah, none of those nationalistic tropes are issues I get pleasure from. That’s about probably the most beneficiant factor I can say about it.
  • I’m uncertain what the plan is with Lana, however at the least Naomi appears to be like critically sturdy at this level, and Tamina feels extra vital than she did earlier than. I’m not ever going to argue Tamina is a super-valuable piece, however the girls’s division stays so skinny—particularly if Maria Kanellis is sticking to a supervisor function for husband Mike—that SmackDown may as properly attempt to get no matter worth it may out of all its superstars, and at the least Naomi and Tamina have a little bit of historical past collectively from Crew BAD.
  • As JBL acknowledged, Types actually didn’t have a lot of a narrative within the battle royal, largely surviving till it acquired to the ultimate three rivals. The aim of tonight’s episode between the Gable match, the battle royal, and the post-match enterprise between Types and Owens felt prefer it was finally to reestablish Types as the man on SmackDown. Current weeks have seen Types slip just a little bit—he’s a part of the cavalcade of top-tier guys who’ve tried to tug a superb match out of Jinder, as an example—and that’s a legitimate use of a man who’s as over and has as a lot credibility as Types. However an evening like tonight, the place he places on a terrific match after which guts it out in opposition to a lot of the locker room to win the battle royal, reaffirms that Types is a reduce above virtually everybody else on SmackDown, together with Sami Zayn and presumably Kevin Owens. I’m unsure Types is headed for a U.S. title win, but it surely feels conceivable at this stage.

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