sMACkDown Recap – August 1, 2017

Last night Jefe got the honor of recapping a Monday Night Raw in the worst city in the world.. Tonight I get to recap SmackDown in the city that ties Pittsburgh as the worst city in the world, Cleveland. It’s too bad LeBron was at home watching Jingle All The Way with his kids and crying about how nobody wants to play with him anymore, because the boys put on quite a show.

Yes. Yes. 100 times. Yes.

One thing I’ve always complained about in the current era of the WWE is that it lacks some of my favorite aspects of the Attitude Era. Staying true to SmackDown’s recent efforts to bring back the Attitude Era feel, The United States Championship match at SummerSlam between AJ Styles and Kevin Owens will have a guest referee in Shane McMahon. I love everything about this, and the more gimmick scenarios and stipulations they can build into otherwise overdone and overplayed feuds the better.

My theory may be a little too “out there”, but let’s not forget Triple H basically handed KO the Universal Championship by interfering with his match against Seth Rollins. Could the KO alliance with Triple H (which disappeared into thin air shortly after this happened) and Shane’s building rift with KO lead to a Shane McMahon vs. Triple H match at Wrestlemania 34? I sure hope so. I guess we’ll see.

By the way, we got through a SmackDown event without the US Title changing hands for what seems like the first time in six months. We did get to see KO go all LaVar ball on a referee too, which was comical.

I feel like I say this every week, but Breezango’s Fashion File bits are must watch TV every Tuesday night. It’s time to get these guys a push in the tag team division.

What in the hell are they doing with Sami Zayn? He seemed to have a good thing going in the feud with Mike Kanellis and his maybe-hot wife, Maria. Now he loses to Aiden F*ck!ng English? Cut the bullshit WWE. Give Sami a good feud to build him into a Superstar like he deserves. Sure, Mike and Maria came out to taunt him after his loss, but this match was pointless and did nothing for my boy Sami.

Straight Glowing Fire.  That’s what we had in the women’s tag team match when Naomi and the always stunning Becky Lynch teamed up to take on Natalya and Carmella. I miss the steam/smoke in Becky’s entrance. If Naomi gets to perform a bad Tron remake every time she comes out, why can’t my girl Becky get some smoke? Life isn’t fair sometimes.

Go away, Jinder Mahal. We’re sick of you. If he doesn’t lose the title at SummerSlam, I have no faith in the WWE. I mean, I’ll still watch, but you get my point.

I wonder what weird gimmick match Randy Orton will get stuck in now that he’ll face Rusev at SummerSlam. After beating the now-partnerless (is that a word? fuck it, it’s late) Chad Gable, Rusev was confronted by Randy Orton to set up a match for SummerSlam. Each of these Superstar’s most recent matches were gimmick matches that weren’t received so well, so it will be interesting to see which direction the WWE goes for this one.

DREAM MATCH! OMG DREAM MATCH! Is this match cool? Sure. Does this match pit two of the Superstars with the best entrances against each other? Absofuckinglutely. Does it qualify as a “Dream Match” if they’re doing it on SmackDown rather than saving it for a PPV? Probably not.

This was an incredible match despite having to hear “dream match” no fewer than 17,000 times. With a title shot on the line, both Cena and Nakamura brought everything they had. Shinsuke winning (and nearly breaking Cena’s neck in the process) put me at ease. I’ve been vocal about my fears that Cena would break Ric Flair’s championship record against Jinder Mahal of all people. Now that Shinsuke is the #1 Contender, it looks like that won’t be much of a concern and it will allow the WWE to build up Cena breaking the record at Wrestlemania 33 against a more deserving opponent. Always the classy competitor, Cena stuck around to congratulate Shinsuke and make us realize that it’s not just Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jinder Mahal at SummerSlam. It’s all of us vs. Jinder Mahal on August 20th.

Prediction: Shinsuke wins the title from Jinder Mahal at SummerSlam, and Baron Corbin cashes in his Money in the Bank Contract to steal the title from Nakamura. 

Thanks for checking in for another sMACkDown Live Recap. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @MillironMac so we can talk about how much we hate Jinder Mahal. If you missed Raw this week, Jefe has you covered with his weekly Raw Recap.  Have a great week everyone. See you next Tuesday.

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