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The biggest winners and losers of last night's SmackDown (May 7)

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Ad hoc.
Ad hoc.

WWE's ad-hoc attempt to put band-aids on gunshot wounds continued last night. While the "wild card" rule did deliver a couple of good matches last night, it was at the expense of any semblance of continuity; if this continues, it's going to make it even harder to invest in any characters, because their fortunes could be upended the next week even more easily now.

New tag team champions were crowned and we saw a triple threat WWE Championship match, but was anyone actually made better off last night? Or did the "wild card" rule do what it did on Raw and make everything a huge mess once again?

To begin with, SmackDown did do better than Raw, but that's not unusual. Let's take a look at the fortunes of some of the superstars involved.


Winners: Daniel Bryan and Rowan

SmackDown's tag team division was a shambles, and if there's one thing that this "wild card" rule might help, it's that one.

Case in point, The Usos came back to the blue brand to do battle with Daniel Bryan and Rowan in a fantastic match.

Ultimately, Daniel Bryan and Rowan prevailed, becoming the new tag team champions. While this takes Bryan out of WWE Championship contention for a while, there's no way that it's anything long-term, and if there's someone who can bring credibility to those titles, it's him and his partner.


Loser: The Miz

In another "wild card" rule move, The Miz came out again to attack Shane McMahon, only to again get the worst of the situation. If this continues into Money in the Bank and The Miz doesn't win the cage match decisively, this might well go down as one of the worst feuds of 2018.

The angle was fine until WrestleMania, but why it's continued in the months since is beyond me.

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