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Best and worst of WWE SmackDown Live (November 07, 2017)

Riju Dasgupta
FEATURED COLUMNIST
Top 5 / Top 10
67.18K   //    08 Nov 2017, 10:11 IST

How did this episode of SmackDown Live measure up?
How did this episode of SmackDown Live measure up?

As is the case with every episode of SmackDown Live that comes to us from the United Kingdom, spoilers were everywhere on the internet as they are all pre-taped episodes. Watching the show without encountering one of them is like tiptoeing through a minefield, slowly and carefully.

Therefore, we understand that as a viewer, you may have had two very different experiences if you caught this episode. You may have already been informed of the results, or you may have managed to escape the minefield unscathed and enjoyed the show for what it was.

Whatever the case may have been, here is our analysis of the show. Let us know in the comments below if you agree or disagree.

Right off the bat, let's begin with the big title change, at the end of the show.


#1 Best: The rightful new WWE champion

Styles ensured that Jinder Mahal wrestled the best match of his life
Styles ensured that Jinder Mahal wrestled the best match of his life

We had complained in our posts, over the past few weeks, that the build for Jinder Mahal vs. Brock Lesnar had been extremely underwhelming indeed. We understood why this week.

Jinder Mahal will not face Brock Lesnar in the clash of the champions at Survivor Series 2017. Instead, it will be SmackDown Live's biggest babyface, the 'Phenomenal' AJ Styles, who will go into the lair of the beast and try his luck against the former UFC Heavyweight Champion.

Jinder Mahal wrestled in perhaps the best match of his career, this week. This is not surprising considering that AJ Styles is a performer who makes his opponent look like pure gold, every time. There was no better man for the job as WWE Champion.

After all, Styles is the only performer in all of WWE who gets an organic and deafening chant in the year 2017. SmackDown Live's glory days last year had him carrying the coveted prize. Let's hope that he holds onto it for a while now.

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Riju Dasgupta
FEATURED COLUMNIST
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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