Smackdown Live Review 4/18/17

Robbie Radford

Robbie Radford

Robbie covers NJPW, Lucha Underground and a few other promotions as well as various other articles. He is also a co-host of the PuroLads podcast. Robbie lives in Leeds, England.
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Prior to tonight’s show, WWE remembered Matthew Anao’i, who sadly passed away today at the age of 47. Matthew was well known for being a part of 3 Minute Warning, Teaming with The Hurricane and much more.


Number One Contendership Six Pack Challenge: Jinder Mahal (I know) defeated Sami Zayn, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, Dolph Ziggler and Mojo Rawley.

Charlotte Flair defeated Naomi.

Shining Stars defeated American Alpha.


Charlotte Flair kicked off tonight’s edition of Smackdown Live, enraged at not being granted a Smackdown Women’s title match yet. The Smackdown Live women’s Champion Naomi then emerged. Ever since her gimmick change, Naomi has proven very popular with the Smackdown Live crowds on a weekly basis. Naomi offered to brawl right then and there, before sneak attacking Charlotte and a brawl ensued. Shane McMahon quickly intervened, before setting a match for later this evening. If Charlotte Flair can defeat Naomi, she becomes number one contender.

Natalya and Carmella were backstage, bickering about becoming number one contender, before Tamina joined them in ranting to Shane McMahon. Natalya then insisted she had a plan, before the trio sauntered off.

Number One Contender for the WWE Championship Six Pack Challenge: Erick Rowan vs Dolph Ziggler vs Jinder Mahal vs Sami Zayn vs Mojo Rawley vs Luke Harper
Every superstar had some decent sequences in the opening stages, everybody looked like a legitimate contender as we headed into the first ad break, Mojo and Jinder continued their bizarre rivalry on the outside. Zayn was the clear crowd favourite here with Harper slightly behind. Smackdown Live have a history of producing really good multi-man matches and this was another to add to the list, a really action packed 6 pack challenge being the first match of the show really set the tone. Zayn looked especially strong in the closing stretch, although just as he went for the Helluva Kick, The Bollywood Boyz interfered which allowed Jinder Mahal to capitalise on the distraction and win the six pack challenge.

Baron Corbin vs AJ Styles was set for tonight after some trash talk to each other following last week’s US Title number one contenders match.

Charlotte Flair vs Naomi
Charlotte looked fantastic here, so much so that for long stretches of the match, the crowd were well in her corner as she dominated proceedings. The match was a really solid back & forth affair, which came to a quick conclusion when Charlotte reversed Naomi’s Rear View, landing a Natural Selection for the victory.

Shining Stars vs American Alpha
This wasn’t a bad match, in true Smackdown form, both teams got good amounts of offence in and the match took a big swerve when Shining Stars picked up the victory via rollup.

Face of America Open Challenge: Kevin Owens vs Gary Gandy
Squash match. Really straight forward for Kevin Owens who picked up the win with a Pop Up Powerbomb.

After the match, Kevin Owens stuck around for the main event.

Baron Corbin vs AJ Styles
A solid main event. Corbin utilised his far superior power and height advantage to totally control the opening stages, his pure aggression had Styles struggling to mount any offence in for the first few minutes. Eventually, Styles got back into it but Corbin did his very best to keep Styles grounded at every opportunity. After soaking up some offence, Corbin landed a beautiful Deep Six that only amounted to a two count. Styles went for a Styles Clash on the outside but Corbin countered by launching Styles into Kevin Owens at ringside. Styles eventually reversed a flurry of offence, sending Corbin over the ring barrier, winning the match via countout. A big victory for Styles but it’s important to note how incredible Corbin continues to look on a weekly basis.

Final Word: Pretty dull show this week, nothing much of note happened. It’s good to see Charlotte challenging for the championship although it feels a little too soon in terms of winning the actual championship.

ShowGrade: C+

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Robbie covers NJPW, Lucha Underground and a few other promotions as well as various other articles. He is also a co-host of the PuroLads podcast. Robbie lives in Leeds, England.

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