WWE Smackdown Live Ratings sky rockets post Superstar Shakeup!

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Last night’s episode of Smackdown Live revolved around the continuation of the “Superstar Shakeup” as 3,105,000 million viewers tuned into Smackdown Live on the USA Network. Last night’s episode was up by eight percent compared to last week’s post-WrestleMania edition of Smackdown Live. 

Last night’s episode of Smackdown Live was the most highest Smackdown episode since last year’s WWE Draft special show which averaged 3,170,000 million viewers.

The following WWE superstars made their way over from Monday Night Raw to Smackdown Live following night two of the “Superstar Shakeup”

  • WWE United States Champion Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Charlotte, The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E, Xavier Woods) Rusev, Lana, Sin Cara, Jinder Mahal, The Shining Stars and Tamina
Also on Smackdown Live we got to see a terrific main event which featured A.J. Styles defeating Sami Zayn and Baron Corbin in a triple-threat match to become the number 1 contender for Kevin Owens United States Championship.
  • Kevin Owens will face Chris Jericho for the WWE United States Championship at WWE Payback and the winner be on Smackdown Live.

We also found out on Smackdown Live that Shinsuke Nakamura’s first WWE main roster program will be against Dolph Ziggler.

  • We also know that Smackdown’s Randy Orton will defend the WWE Championship against Raw’s Bray Wyatt in a ‘House of Horror’ match at WWE Payback.

So this leaves the WWE title picture on Smackdown is in holding pattern for the time being. If Orton wins it will be interesting to see who he defends the WWE championship against with Styles involved in a feud with Owens for the time being. If Wyatt wins this could open the doors to Brock Lesnar bringing the WWE Universal Championship over to Smackdown Live.

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WWE Superstar Shakeup Continues on Smackdown Live!

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Below is my coverage from the continuing coverage of the WWE Superstar Shakeup which took place tonight on Smackdown Live from Boston.

Smackdown Live kicked off with the WWE United States Champion Kevin Owens who announced that he has joined Smackdown Live.

Owens was interrupted by Baron Corbin, and soon after by Sami Zayn who also announced that he has joined Smackdown Live.

Smackdown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan announced that the winner of the WWE United States Championship match between Owens and Chris Jericho at WWE Payback will defend the US title on Smackdown Live.

After the Usos defeated the American Alpa to retain the Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions, The Shining Stars came from the crowd and attacked American Alpha.

Jinder Mahal is now part of Smackdown Live who lost to Mojo Rawley after doing another angle with New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski who was sitting front row. Gronk tossed a beer at Mahal in return as Mahal did the same to Gronk at WrestleMania 33.

Smackdown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon introduced 4X Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair and Tamina during the ‘State of the women’s division’ segment.

WWE also showed a pair of graphics announcing the arrivals of both Rusev and Sin Cara to the Smackdown Live roster.

In the show WWE later aired a “Coming Soon” video for Lana who is also joining the Smackdown Live roster and appears to be getting repackaged?

WWE also aired a video packed for ‘The New Day’ which says ‘Coming Soon’ who are also joining the Smackdown Live roster.

My thoughts on the Superstar Shakeup for Smackdown Live

The addition of Kevin Owens on Smackdown Live is excellent as his first program will be against A.J. Styles who is staying on Smackdown. Their feud and matches will be excellent. Don’t mind Styles being in the US Title program because the WWE championship program is in a holding pattern with Randy Orton facing Bray Wyatt at WWE Payback in a ‘House of Horror’ match.

After the feud with Orton and Wyatt ends it will be interesting to see who Orton faces next for the WWE title or if Brock Lesnar appear on Smackdown Live with the WWE Universal title.

Also really like that Shinsuke Nakamura’s first program is against Dolph Ziggler as Nakamura will get the chance to showcase all his moves and is already completely over with the crowd and treated like a superstar.

Really like the addition of Charlotte as she can elevate the Smackdown Live Women’s Division and have terrific matches with Naomi, Becky Lynch and Natalya. Also like the addition of the New Day as they can freshen up the Smackdown Live tag division. Interested to see what WWE does with both The Shining Stars and Jinder Mahal on Smackdown Live.

Overall:

Really like how Smackdown Live has come out after the Superstar Shakeup as I look forward to continue watching Smackdown every week to see how the storyline progress. Smackdown Live was a thumbs up show.

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WWE TLC Recap: Bray Wyatt finally captures gold and AJ Styles is simply ‘Phenomenal’

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After delivering three terrific shows in Toronto, and coming off one of the biggest pay-per-view of the year in WWE Survivor Series, things shifted back to normal with brand specific shows as the superstars of Smackdown Live brought us WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs. So without wasting anytime let’s take a look at the highs and lows coming out of WWE TLC.

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The Ups

TLC Match: AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Title: Since making his debut at the Royal Rumble last year, Styles has consistently delivered high quality matches. Once again Styles pulled out all the stops by bumping like crazy for Dean Ambrose, and delivered a jaw dropping springboard 450 splash on to Ambrose to the outside. Ambrose did his part in the match by delivering some unique offence and getting the crowd into the match. Ambrose nailed Styles with the “Dirty Deeds” on the steel steps and also set up a ladder on one of the announce tables to drop a flying elbow through Styles. In the end it was James Ellsworth who cost Ambrose the title by pushing him off the ladder as Dean went crashing through two tables on the outside as Styles retained the title. No surprise Styles and Ambrose stole the show and told a great story.

Ladder Match: The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental title:Without question the second best match of the night belonged to the Miz and Ziggler. Not surprisingly Ziggler once again put on a show by bumping like crazy for the Miz from taking a “Skull Crushing Finale” onto the ladder, and got hit with a slingshot powerbomb onto the ladder. Miz also did his part by applying a figure-four by wrapping Ziggler’s leg in the ladder and also mocked Daniel Bryan’s ‘Yes’ chant by delivering running drop kicks into the corner to Ziggler. In the end Miz kicked Ziggler low twice and grabbed the Intercontinental title.

WWE Tag Team Championship Match: Heath Slater and Rhyno vs. Bray Wyatt & Randy Orton. Was quite surprised that the tag team championship match opened the show, guessing because there was no stipulation added on the match. But to give WWE credit, the booking of the match was perfect as Wyatt and Orton just destroyed Slater and Rhyno. An interesting tidbit like Orton took the spear from Roman Reigns at Survivor Series, Harper took to the Gore on the outside to protect Orton. In the end Orton got the blind tag and nailed Rhyno with an RKO and captured the WWE tag team championship. It’s been three-and-a-half years since Wyatt’s debut and this is his first taste of championship gold. It’s about time. Interested to see how long Orton sticks in the Wyatt family, but would like to see the focus on Wyatt which could lead to a huge push and maybe one day WWE championship push?

The Middle:

Tables Match: Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss for the WWE Women’s title.To give credit where it’s due both Lynch and Bliss tried their best, took some rough bumps and worked hard. Unfortunately the match didn’t live up to expectations because the tables stipulation didn’t help matters and hurt the match because the story revolved around setting up a table then having a compelling match. In the end, Bliss powerbombed Lynch from the apron through the table and got the win. To be fair Bliss has been terrific since joining the Smackdown Live roster and is now the WWE Women’s champion.

No Disqualification Match: Nikki Bella vs Carmella: Just like Lynch and Bliss in the tables match, both Nikki and Carmela took some bumps, and tried hard to deliver a good match. But something was missing in the match as the only weapons that were used was a kendo stick and a fire extinguisher. In the after spraying Carmella with a fire extinguisher, Nikki nailed the Rack Attack and got the win. Unfortunately, this match is coming off the Charlotte and Sasha Banks match on Monday Night Raw which was not only the main event but the stole the show. So comparing all three matches, Smackdown has more depth in the Women’s roster, but the roster is pail in talent compared to Raw.

The Low:

Chairs Match: Kalisto vs. Baron Corbin. Not surprisingly, Kalisto bumped liked a true pro for Corbin. Highlights included a springboards off a chair and followed up with a crossbody to the floor and then followed it up with a seated senton. But in the end Corbin nailed the ‘End of Days’ on Kalisto on top of a pile of stacked chairs for the win. Question now is where does Kalisto go from here and now who does Corbin feud with next?

Overall:

Styles and Ambrose stole the show in the TLC match and Miz and Ziggler put on a great ladder match. Just like Backlash and No Mercy in the previous months, WWE and the Smackdown Live roster put on another good show and gets a pass in my books.

Ratings:

WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs: 7 out 10.