SmackDown Live further cements its superiority post-brand split by giving an unlikely candidate a shot at the WWE world title, further developing the AJ Styles-Dean Ambrose feud. - From ESPN.com
There had to be one moment where the inevitable outcome was momentarily doubted, and the crowd exploded as Ellsworth pulled Styles off the top rope, causing him to hit his face on the top turnbuckle, and followed it up with a superkick for a two-count that lasted just long enough to make you wonder.
After the video package and a locker room segment with Ellsworth and Ambrose, the true opening segment of SmackDown once again centered on Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton's ongoing rivalry.
Naomi dominated pre-commercial, including a springboard cross-body and a number of key strikes like her rapid back-and-forth kicks, but Bliss grabbed control during the break with a vicious forearm.
Not sure if they are going to the well too much with the perpetually delayed debut of Curt Hawkins (and by the way -- where's Eva Marie?) but we got as close as we've gotten to his actual match.
The Hype Bros should be involved in the Survivor Series match, and Ryder's ability to still connect with a crowd should serve them well in the infancy of SmackDown's tag team division.