It’s the go-home match of SmackDown leading up to the Battleground PPV this Sunday, July 23rd, which means it’s time to put the final touches on all of the rivalries that have been forced.. I mean, building since the last PPV. Smackdown has been the better of the two brands of late, in my opinion, but I’ll be glad to see some of the programs being worked finally end.
The powers that be at WWE rocked the pro wrestling world this past week by having the United States Championship Belt change hands at the untelevised WWE Live event at Madison Square Garden. On this week’s SmackDown they recapped the AJ Styles upset of Kevin Owens in a very creative way, by showing the event unfold through cellphone video to further drive home the point that this happened off-air and was only seen by the lucky “few” that filled Madison Square Garden. I’m not sure what their angle is, other than possibly trying to drum up some interest in their WWE Live events? But if they were going to do that, it would make sense to do it at an event that wouldn’t normally be gangbusters at the box office like any WWE event they hold in NYC.
As the new United States Champion, AJ Styles issued an open challenge for the belt, which I think would play better if it was the anti-American Owens that challenged all comers, but maybe that’s why I’m not writing for WWE, although I’m not sure they could match my Milliron Sports salary. Continue reading