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Published On: Tue, Oct 16th, 2018

WWE Smackdown Live Results and Review October 16 2018 : Bowen’s Botches and Bodyslams

WWE Smackdown Live is celebrating its one thousandth episode from the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. Tonight features the return of Rey Mysterio in a match against Shinsuke Nakamura. WWE have also announced the return of Evolution (Triple H, Ric Flair, Randy Orton, and Batista) and an appearance by The Undertaker.

 

 

Truth TV

AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan vs. The Usos (Jimmy and Jey)

The Usos win by Pinfall after a Double Superkick on Daniel Bryan.

 

Evolution In Ring

 

WWE World Cup Qualifying Match
The Miz vs Rusev

The Miz wins by Pinfall with a Roll Up after a distraction from Aiden English. After the match Lana kicked English in the groin and Rusev mauled English at ringside.

 

The Cutting Edge

 

Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match
The New Day (c) (Big E and Xavier Woods with Kofi Kingston) vs The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro)

Sheamus scores the Pinfall victory on Big E after a Braugh Kick to make The Bar NEW Tag Team Champions. Big Show had come out and Chokeslammed Kofi Kingston through an announce table which distracted Big E.

 

WWE World Cup Qualifying Match
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rey Mysterio

Rey Mysterio wins by Pinfall after a Springboard Splash.

The Undertaker In Ring

 

Botches

  • I’ve always been a huge Batista fan. His presence is undeniable. He commands attention with his appearance, but loses it when he grabs the mic. His promos were never his strong suit, and ring rust isn’t just physical. Nerves admittedly played a role. But the ending was tense, and myself and other fans were happy to see him.
  • The Miz vs. Rusev was mostly during commercial break. It seemed as though segments were running over, and Evolution’s definitely did. I’m sure that’s why it happened, but when the show came back from commercial the match had started and was coming to an end.
  • Undertaker gave us three minutes and three words. That could have been the plan all along, it could have been shortened to make up time. Not a big deal, but it was a noticeably short segment for as musch promotion as it had.

 

Bodyslams

  • Truth TV featuring the McMahon family dancing with R-Truth and Carmella was a great choice to start off the show. Truth TV was a white hot segment last time, and using it to make a fun opener for a big show was the right choice.
  • AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan vs. The Usos. Four top level performers putting on a a great match. Another good choice for a big show.
  • Rey Mysterio vs. Shinsuke Nakamura. This is a dream match and was a fitting main event for this celebration. Their styles blend together seamlessly, and Mysterio is still innovating the direction of exciting wrestling. That Sliding Splash to the outside was mind blowing. I hope we get these two facing off at a pay per view with close to thirty minutes.

 

Smackdown is certainly the A Show, and this was a worthwhile celebration of their accomplishment of a thousand episodes. Legend appearances, Legend returns to the ring, and some incredible matches. All while progressing current storylines. This show was packed with content and was over too fast. Smackdown is consistently succeeding at leaving me wanting more.

 

About the Author

- Greg Bowen is a writer, musician, DJ, political activist, and wrestling mark who still has Macho Madness to this day.

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