0 out of 4
Friday Smackdown is the last show in front of men and women from WWE try to climb the corporate ladder in Money on the Bank on Sunday.
The last show before PPV is usually chaotic and shows almost every dispute we can see on the card. That’s not how this week’s show went down.
Pay per view MITB will be interesting because it will feature two games at WWE Headquarters, but before we discuss it, let’s look at the big events of SmackDown.
1 out of 4
Rose and Deville kicked off the Friday event with a single fight. The Goddess of Gold had the upper hand but the former MMA fighter finally left with a win.
This is not a decisive victory and it does not solve their problems. If anything, Rose goes even further than Deville did.
Because Superstar is not booked for MITB PPV, it would not be surprising to see WWE ordering a rematch for the Sunday event, especially if the event ends short.
There are only six matches set for PPV, so it will be easy for management to add another battle, but it is also possible that WWE wants to extend this dispute for another month or two. If that’s the case, there’s no need to hurry to put them back in the ring.
Rose and Deville need time between meetings so their anger can boil longer.
2 out of 4
Hardy returned on Friday on SmackDown for an interview with Renee Young. He talked about defeating his demons and waiting for the next phase of his career.
The Celtic Warrior did not care about the story of his redemption and immediately pursued a Charismatic Enigma. It did not end well for the Irishman.
This is an interesting feud because for WWE to leave now because Sheamus has just returned from a long absence due to injury in January. He had a brief feud with Chad Gable and Apollo Crews but did not do much else.
These two men are former world champions and world class players. They might end up bringing the best from each other when they finally meet for their first match of this storyline.
3 out of 4
While Dolph Ziggler has shown that he still has feelings for Rose since their separation, it looks like WWE might have made Otis move to a new dispute.
This week saw King Corbin targeting Otis with insulting promos. This caused Daniel Bryan and Drew Gulak to recruit them as their partners for a six-person battle against Corbin, Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura.
The Dozer looked more dangerous than before when he helped Gulak and Bryan, but Corbin finally got the win and ended the show by sitting on the steps holding Money in a Bank suitcase.
Everything WWE does on Friday feels like making Otis and The King ready to face the dispute after PPV. If Tucker cannot rejoin his tag teammates in the near future, it is smart for WWE to keep Otis involved in the storyline.
In this way, when the Heavy Machines finally get back together, WWE Universe will likely hope to see them win the title at some point. Otis’s popularity is good for the team and wise for management to keep him on television with Rose for now.
4 out of 4
To be the last show before PPV, SmackDown on Friday feels more like a business affair than usual. MITB is a priority but does not get the level of attention you expect.
Cards for PPV on Sunday only have six games in total, which will be considered low even for standard Raw episodes. Here goes the last card:
- Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt (Universal Championship)
- Drew McIntyre vs Seth Rollins (WWE Championship)
- Bayley vs Tamina (Smackdown Women’s Championship)
- New Day vs. Forgotten Songs vs. Lucha House Party vs. The Miz and John Morrison (SmackDown Tag Team Championship)
- Dana Brooke vs Carmella vs Nia Jax vs Lacey Evans vs. Shayna Baszler vs Asuka (Money in the Bank)
- Baron Corbin vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Otis vs. Aleister Black vs. Rey Mysterio vs. AJ Styles (Money in the Bank)
Two people will go through WWE Headquarters and take the titular bag. WWE has built a hype for someone potentially thrown off the roof of WWE HQ, which might only attract the attention of a number of apostate fans to see the show.
Like WrestleMania, this will be a unique experience without the presence of fans. The MITB battle has been filmed so hopefully, WWE edits it together in an entertaining way.