SmackDown In A Nutshell: Closing Out 2019 With A Bang

It's the last blue brand offering for 2019, and the crew seems to want to go out with a bang. So, here's the final Smackdown in a Nutshell of the decade.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is the final SmackDown in a nutshell 2019! The blue brand is poised to be closing out 2019 with a bang. For the last show of the year, we have a triple threat main event. The Miz faces off against Daniel Bryan and King Corbin, with the winner going to The Rumble for a Universal Title bout. That promises to be a strong main event, but there should be plenty more as well. While Corbin has a chance to earn a title shot, he still has to answer to the Big Dog for prior transgressions. How might that all unfold? Lets crack open this Nutshell and find out!

Best Match of the night:

This one was easy. The main event, even though it teased some changes and evolution as the evening progressed. First we had it down to just Miz and Bryan due to the shenanigans from Reigns and Corbin, but in the end, the triple threat we had been promised is mostly what we got.

Worst match of the night:

The first shot at an adjusted #1 contender match, where we got Bryan and Miz one on one earlier in the evening. It was short and obviously re-started later in the show to be what was planned. My gripe here is, fix the depth of the roster. Or, have more faith in the resources you have. It just bothers me to have to have the top guys work segments through most of the two hour show.

On one hand, totally OK getting the big stars a lot of screen time…but there are other guys who can step up. Or, who could benefit from that time.

Star of the Night

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This one has to go to Daniel Bryan. He capped off an interesting 2019 by earning himself a new title shot at The Fiend for January’s Royal Rumble.

Probably won’t have a chance to win the belt, but at least he will get an opportunity to put on a strong match a month from now in Houston.

Jobber of the Night:

None come to mind

Upset of the Night:

Not one to be had

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Maybe I missed one tonight, but this felt like nothing worthy.

Botch of the night:

Were there some? Sure. Have I seen one to report about? Not in tonight’s SmackDown in a Nutshell report.

LOL Moment of the night:

Braun danced with New Day.

I repeat. Not a joke. Strowman busted a move

Noteworthy Moment:

Elias opened the show with a song. Fans seemed to like the idea of this.

Overall lowlights:

Mostly the over-reliance on the few core guys tonight. The show was heavy on Miz, Bryan, Corbin and a few related characters. Seemed like many other options exist, but were not utilized. Would be nice to give the not-so-top Superstars that time to work.

Overall highlights:

Loved seeing Elias open with a song. Can’t wait to see where they take him next.

Otis and Mandy is entertaining. Quirky, but entertaining.

The main event came in hyped, and it did not disappoint.

After the final bell:

As a year (and decade) closing show, it wasn’t bad. Felt a little anti-climactic, but it wasn’t a bust either. So, we say goodbye to with our last WWE SmackDown in a Nutshell.

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