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Best and worst of SmackDown Live: 29th August, 2017 

Riju Dasgupta
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Shinsuke Nakamura partnered with Randy Orton to face Jinder Mahal and Rusev in tag team action
Shinsuke Nakamura partnered with Randy Orton to face Jinder Mahal and Rusev in tag team action

We don't know if Raw is just more star studded or if the Superstars on the flagship WWE show are being booked stronger, but SmackDown Live came across as the B-show this week, in more ways than one.

After what was a pretty interesting episode, last week, this week's episode disappointed us with a lack of storylines and any visible direction. We hope it is just the lull before the storm, and that SmackDown Live picks up the pace in the weeks that follow.

For now, we bring you our 'Best and Worst' countdown.

#1 Worst: The Singh Brothers on the microphone

Unfortunately, this was no John Cena-Roman Reigns segment
Unfortunately, this was not SmackDown Live's John Cena-Roman Reigns segment

The whole world has been buzzing about the John Cena and Roman Reigns promo battle from Raw, where the two participants broke the fourth wall, and stole the show, in the process. This week's opening segment featuring the Singh Brothers and Jinder Mahal failed to capture our imagination in the same way, really.

It showed the vast gulf of inexperience that exists between the top tier stars on Raw and SmackDown Live. The Singh Brothers came off as hokey, artificial and certainly, very green.

We were glad when Shinsuke Nakamura interrupted this segment and saved the show, somewhat.

Let's be honest, guys. The anti-America diatribe that Mahal spews on a weekly basis is getting very old and dated, very fast. Mahal has come a long way and he deserves a good storyline, so that he can evolve as a performer. This current plotline is as disappointing for fans as it is for a promising performer like him.

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Riju Dasgupta
Riju Dasgupta is the bassist of heavy metal bands Albatross and Primitiv. He's also a former guest columnist for Rolling Stone India. His primary passion remains watching and reviewing the art of professional wrestling for Sportskeeda. In the world of heavy metal, he goes by the moniker- Dr. Hex.
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