The biggest winners and losers of last night's SmackDown (April 30, 2019)
- A review of the best and worst performers on SmackDown's latest episode.
SmackDown wasn't bad last night, but it wasn't that good, either. There were too many of WWE's formulas in place that made it more difficult than it needed to be to watch. No match in particular really stood out. Nevertheless, there was some good to be found in individual performances.
Who got the most and least out of last night's show?
Yes, Bayley has looked more competitive against top names than she has in a long time, and that's an important development for her, but aside from this match being clunky, it felt like she was merely sacrificed on the altar the long past its prime Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair rivalry.
The match ended in a fairly academic fashion, with Bayley tapping clean, despite an attack from Charlotte afterward.
It shows how little WWE has an interest in protecting Bayley, despite such protection being commonplace in the company's formulaic booking.
Bayley is going to be in the Money in the Bank match, where she might be a shock favorite to win, but she's not off to a blistering start on SmackDown, certainly not to the point that it's easy to get heavily invested in her after two years of horrendous booking.
Winners: Asuka and Kairi Sane
This might be a thrown together team, but Asuka and Kairi Sane are just so good that they've made it work from the beginning, getting fans into the action with ease.
The IIconics were on commentary, making the match hard to watch, and WWE continues to build the rivalry between them, but this really shouldn't be an issue. Asuka and Kairi Sane should just win the tag team titles as soon as possible. There is no benefit in keeping them on the IIconics for long.