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SmackDown In A Nutshell: A Blue Brand British Invasion

SmackDown is spending this week overseas (again), with the crew in Manchester, UK. We will see more build for Survivor Series, to be certain.

Hello everyone! This week’s SmackDown comes to us from across the pond. That’s right, it’s the first overseas episode since the brand shifted to Fox. With Survivor Series creeping ever closer, it’s worth wondering if we will have a blue brand British invasion tonight, or will things be relatively uneventful for a change (I wouldn’t bet on that!). Leading up to the show, we expect a big clash between Baron Corbin and Roman Reigns, and we’ve also been promised an appearance by Tyson Fury as well. Let’s crack open this Nutshell and see what happens!

Best Match of the night:

I will go with…Kofi Kingston and Big E defeating The Revival to become new SmackDown Tag Team Champions. Kind of a surprising title change, but I suppose WWE should be sure to send some love to the UK fans.

Worst match of the night:

Considering what was at stake, I was not into the Carmella + Dana Brooke versus Fire and Desire. Like, they were battling for spots on Team SmackDown…and just was not into it.

Star of the Night

I’d throw some love in a few spots…

To Kofi and Big E for becoming tag champions yet again.

To Imperium, for crashing the party

Tyson Fury, for a decent night in front of his hometown crowd.

Jobber of the Night:

How about the B-Team? I think they fit the bill tonight

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Well, we all thought Tyson Fury was a one and done kinda guy, didn’t we? Or, maybe we hoped? But now, he wants to team with Brock? Here’s betting it’s already lined up for a future PPV.

Shayna Baszler had another good appearance.

Well done by the four from Imperium, a nice way to keep the NXT invasion bits going.

Noteworthy Moment:

Perhaps it was because it was overseas, but it was a comparatively subdued NXT invasion…but we did have Shayna Baszler again, and she was joined by Imperium…so NXT was represented.

Also, having a title change is a nice touch.

Overall lowlights:

So, apparently we are going with some angle that Reigns was a leader in the locker room, but guys like Corbin and Ziggler and Roode have lost confidence in him? But, beyond that, there’s no explanation as to why Roode and Ziggler would come out in support of Corbin?

Also, compared to last week’s NXT heavy show, well…this one wasn’t all that good.

Overall highlights:

The title change

NXT and NXT UK getting involved.

After the final bell:

Well, this show was not nearly as good as last week. Just goes to show what a bunch of fresh faces in new places can be motivated to do.

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