Best and Worst of SmackDown Live - 13 Feb, 2018
A pretty eventful show, with huge Fastlane implications.
RAW was, overall, a solid show. How did SmackDown Live fare, twenty-four hours later? Well, it had its shares of ups and downs. One thing that cannot be denied is that it was an eventful WWE show.
This is a summary of the action that went down at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, CA. We've grouped the events either into the 'Best' or 'Worst' category in this list. Let us know your thoughts, in the comments below.
Bear in mind that there's only one SmackDown Live exclusive pay-per-view on the road to WrestleMania 34 now. This one is the Fastlane pay-per-view, scheduled for 11th March from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
Let's dive straight into the heart of the action, by commenting on the opening segment.
#1 Best: A power-packed opening segment
For weeks on end, we've seen either Shane McMahon or Daniel Bryan kickstart the proceedings on SmackDown Live. It was a nice departure to see the chaotic opening segment, this week. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn attacked Baron Corbin, in the back, ahead of his big match with the returning Dolph Ziggler. And then, they attacked Ziggler.
This was a great way to capture our attention straight away. It was also a nice departure from the Shane-Bryan saga that seems to be going nowhere at all. The attack would set the tone for the rest of the episode.
In some ways, we were glad that Ziggler-Corbin did not happen yet again. We've seen that match far too many times already.
It also established Owens and Zayn as really nasty heels.