WWE Smackdown LIVE 900 Review & Survivor Series Thoughts

No pointless intro today. Let's get to WWE Smackdown LIVE 900 from Tuesday night...

- Enjoyed the fun opening. Nice blast from the past looking at all the memorable moments from Smackdown history. You know, the show used to actually be very relevant, feature sold out crowds, have big matches, and contain weekly segments worth a darn. I have long thought about when WWE threw in the towel on making Smackdown on level playing field with Raw. My guess is somewhere around 2002 after the initial brand split. Any thoughts? Feels like the writing was definitely on the wall by 2004.

- Good IC Championship match to kick off the show between The Miz and Dolph Ziggler. I was actually able to avoid spoilers 100%, so when I got around to watching the show on Wednesday, this was a total shock. Didn't even imagine The Miz would get back the belt, this close to Survivor Series. Figured Dolph Ziggler vs. Sami Zayn in an exciting face/face match in Toronto was set in stone. Using hindsight, two things come to mind.

1. Dolph Ziggler winning the IC Title back at No Mercy was pretty much the endgame. The peak of their feud. You couldn't really top that, so once the good guy already got his moment...what then? Nothing else was on the horizon, so I suppose going to The Miz (again) made some sense. He and Maryse are so good in their roles. Having a championship in the act makes them even more relevant than hanging around the Spirit Squad for no real reason.

2. The other reason is Sami Zayn. Would WWE really move the IC Title to RAW with the United States Title already there? I doubt it, but then again, what if that means the entire cruiserweight division moves to the blue brand? Kind of a fair trade - another mid-card feud or two for a bunch of high flyers? We will see Sunday. Interestingly enough, Stephanie McMahon and Daniel Bryan have teased roster trades after thatay-per-view, should their guys lose. Sami Zayn may be a prime candidate to be 'punished' and sent packing. Lots of ways to shake up the brands before the Road to WrestleMania begins.

- Kalisto defeats Oney Lorcan in a quick bout. Unfortunate slip from Kalisto in the match. I continue to have high hops for him and am happy he is back. Simple stuff that let the commentators discuss the cruiserweight division possibly heading to Smackdown. If Kalisto can beat Raw's THE Brian Kendrick. Originally, I wanted to pick Kendrick to retain due to Baron Corbin interfering. Now though? With 205 Live already taping on Tuesday nights, why not flip the script? Not sure why Oney was the opponent. Anybody have a clue?

- Awesome cameo from Booker T. His King of the Ring victory and World Championship run from 2006 on Smackdown often gets forgotten. For those of you who missed it, go back and watch The Great American Bash main event from that year. Heck, even the Survivor Series main event against Batista. He was totally into the act and belonged at the top of the card. He closed/headlined many shows during that time period and was a lot of fun. The reaction to him winning the belt over Rey Mysterio is still one of the clips I go back and watch on Youtube.

- Carmella vs. Nikki Bella was fine. I would have saved it for next month's TLC event. Oh well! We did not get a satisfying ending because the RAW women invaded to create a giant brawl between the two brands. Good way to build up their showdown this Sunday. Still, on the whole, I am not too thrilled with the manufactured Raw vs. Smackdown junk. Let's just get back to feuds please...REAL feuds?

- Big cluster of a tag team match happened. I didn't even notice The Headbangers were there until the camera panned out. Shame. They were an interesting duo back in the Attitude Era and could have been used a little better here. I know they had two previous one-offs recently, but come on! Even if they are just there to take the pinfall loss, that was disappointing for an anniversary show. American Alpha are studs and should be in a more prominent position.

- Just a quick note: The Rock took time out of his ridiculous schedule to give props to WWE and the 900th episode of Smackdown on social media. Little known fact: Rocky has a special magazine out right now on news stands from WWE. Not sure why I have not seen it promoted on television or online. The company just released it to mark 20 Years of The Rock, and it is a solid magazine. With April 2017's WrestleMania 33 event coming up, expect some sort of announcement regarding The Great One soon. Match or not, he will be involved.

- Final segment of the evening was the Cutting Edge. Always nice to have the Rated R SUUUUUperstar back on television. Edge looked great, and it was a welcome surprise that WWE had Tony Chimel give him his proper introduction. Basically, Team Smackdown hyped up why they will be victorious on Sunday night despite all the in-fighting and problems with all of them not getting along. Specifically WWE World Champion AJ Styles and #1 contender Dean Ambrose. Remember they are already set to battle for the title in two weeks at TLC.

- Big cluster of a tag team match happened. I didn't even notice The Headbangers were there until the camera panned out. Shame. They were an interesting duo back in the Attitude Era and could have been used a little better here. I know they had two previous one-offs recently, but come on! Even if they are just there to take the pinfall loss, that was disappointing for an anniversary show. American Alpha are studs and should be in a more prominent position.

- Just a quick note: The Rock took time out of his ridiculous schedule to give props to WWE and the 900th episode of Smackdown on social media. Little known fact: Rocky has a special magazine out right now on news stands from WWE. Not sure why I have not seen it promoted on television or online. The company just released it to mark 20 Years of The Rock, and it is a solid magazine. With April 2017's WrestleMania 33 event coming up, expect some sort of announcement regarding The Great One soon. Match or not, he will be involved.

- Final segment of the evening was the Cutting Edge. Always nice to have the Rated R SUUUUUperstar back on television. Edge looked great, and it was a welcome surprise that WWE had Tony Chimel give him his proper introduction. Basically, Team Smackdown hyped up why they will be victorious on Sunday night despite all the in-fighting and problems with all of them not getting along. Specifically WWE World Champion AJ Styles and #1 contender Dean Ambrose. Remember they are already set to battle for the title in two weeks at TLC.

- Out came The Undertaker for his advertised return, for the first time since WrestleMania 32! Loved the shout out to Shane McMahon. Glad that was at least addressed right away. From there, we got two major things from The Deadman:

1. First, he made it clear that he was BACK! Like back back or just back tonight? No clue. There have been rumors of a 'retirement tour leading to WM' for a few years now, but it never happens. Maybe this is it? Make sporadic appearances for the blue brand from now to April, all building up the much discussed John Cena match? That is what I would do at least. Either way, interesting that Taker said he was back. Cryptic language.

2. Second was The Undertaker made it known that he was Team Smackdown all the way and threatened every member of the brand that they BETTER win on Sunday. Uh oh. Appears to be a hint of a future story line perhaps. Do not anger Taker. They must win now after that little pep talk. Not a major segment by any means but just a little extra buzz before Survivor Series. I liked it.

All in all, the 900th episode of Smackdown LIVE was certainly newsworthy and more fun than your normal show. The ratings jumped a bit, so it seems the tactic worked to grab an audience. Now all eyes shift to Survivor Series. WWE is banking on Brock Lesnar vs. Bill Goldberg to sell the show, while the RAW vs. Smackdown stuff builds drama to future TV story lines moving forward. I will be watching on the WWE Network intently. A November classic awaits...

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