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Grading This Week's Episode of SmackDown Live (2/10/2018)

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Daniel Bryan was in action this week on SmackDown Live
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This week's episode of SmackDown Live included matches between Daniel Bryan & Shelton Benjamin, Asuka & Peyton Royce, Carmella & R-Truth, and Andrade 'Cien' Almas & Zelina Vega, and Tye Dillinger & Randy Orton.

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#1 Andrade 'Cien' Almas & Zelina Vega vs R-Truth & Carmella

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Carmella used her old finishing move

Result: R-Truth & Carmella defeated Andrade 'Cien' Almas & Zelina Vega when Carmella submitted Zelina Vega with the Code of Silence.

Grade: B-

Analysis: This was a fun match. It was nice to see R-Truth & Carmella get a win before the Mixed Match Challenge. They are a very entertaining duo and if you ask me, they deserve go to the finals of the Mixed Match Challenge at TLC.

It would be nice for WWE to figure out what to do with Andrade 'Cien' Almas. WWE do not have a large amount of faces so maybe he can feud with Daniel Bryan after he is (temporarily) done with The Miz.

At the very least, he did not get pinned. It was right for this to be what happened because Carmella needs some momentum after suddenly turning face without Andrade 'Cien' Almas looking bad.

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#2 Randy Orton vs Tye Dillinger

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Tye Dillinger got a chance at revenge.

Result: The match never started as Randy Orton and Tye Dillinger got into a brawl before the match. The brawl ended when Randy Orton used the turnbuckle pad to torture Tye Dillinger by bending his finger through it.

Grade: A-

Analysis: WWE has finally done something right with Tye Dillinger. He looked determined when he first attacked Randy Orton and he took the fight to him throughout the brawl. Tye Dillinger also looked like a sympathetic character for the first time since his days in NXT. That spot with Tye Dillinger's finger looked vicious.

Randy Orton looked like the vicious predator that he is. Randy Orton looked calculated as he did that so Tye Dillinger couldn't make the ten chant. This feud will be beneficial for both superstars and can finally make Tye Dillinger a star on SmackDown Live.

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#3 Daniel Bryan vs Shelton Benjamin

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Shelton Benjamin had his first opportunity in a while

Result: Shelton Benjamin defeated Daniel Bryan via pinfall with Paydirt. The Miz then attacked Daniel Bryan after the match and hit him with the Skull Crushing Finale.

Grade: A-

Analysis: It is nice to see Shelton Benjamin get an opportunity to shine. He dominated this match and looked great against Daniel Bryan.

He hit some impressive moves and showed off his wrestling ability. Daniel Bryan was great (as always) as the resilient face that won't give up. It is interesting that The Miz cost him the victory as it was very helpful for Shelton Benjamin.

That was his biggest victory since defeating Randy Orton (which led to nothing) and can certainly allow him to shine. The Miz's attack on Daniel Bryan also makes it seem less likely that he will get the win on Sunday.

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#4 Asuka (w./Naomi) vs Peyton Royce (w./Billie Kay)

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Asuka & Naomi's feud with the IIconics continued

Result: Asuka defeated Peyton Royce via submission with the Asuka Lock.

Grade: C+

Analysis: Asuka and Peyton Royce did not have a lot of time to get that much going in their matchup.

Their time on NXT shows that they can have a good match if given 10 to 15 minutes. At the very least, Peyton Royce put up a good fight. She was not squashed by Asuka so that it is a positive.

However, Asuka & Naomi continuing to dominate against the IIconics make it seem likely that the IIconics will get the win at Super Showdown.

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Edited by Alan John

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