With SmackDown Live’s next brand-exclusive PPV, TLC, airing this Sunday on December 4th, the blue brand focused all of their energy on finalising the build for each match on the card. Alexa Bliss and Becky Lynch made their intentions known, for Sunday, with a contract signing to open the show.
Carmella and Nikki Bella’s bad blood continued, heading into their No DQ bout. Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton overcame American Alpha for a shot at the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, with Randy Orton and Luke Harper’s tensions evident as a sub-plot.
AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose vowed to decimate each other, with Styles gaining the upper hand by taking out Ambrose and then brutalising James Ellsworth. Ambrose looked for revenge later in the night, and they brawled backstage to close the show.
So, which segments increased anticipation for TLC, and which had fans doubting the blue brand? Let’s find out, as I Analyse and Grade Each Segment from the November 29th edition of Smackdown Live.
Alexa Bliss and Becky Lynch’s Contract Signing:
This was a splendid segment to open the show as Bliss and Lynch both did a tremendous job of increasing anticipation for their bout on Sunday. Bliss is especially great, with her heel work on the mic being top notch.
From facial expressions to voice changes (mocking Becky’s ‘dream world’), Bliss has already mastered the art of the heel promo, despite being a newcomer on the main roster. Lynch showed her babyface fire as well, expressing her rise to the top with emotion when Bliss put it into question.
The brawl that ensued after only added to the bad blood that was accentuated by the dialogue that preceded it and the use of the table was a nice way to introduce the tables stipulation into their match on Sunday.
Expect their matchup to be one of the best at TLC, and this segment did a great job of adding more hype to the women’s match on Sunday. Overall, stellar work from both women to open the show, as they increased the anticipation for their bout on Sunday.