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The biggest winners and losers on last night's SmackDown (March 13th)

ANALYST
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AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
It begins

For the first time in a long while, we got a good episode of SmackDown last night. The WrestleMania build finally began in earnest. SmackDown has a killer lineup for the Show of Shows and it did its best to build that lineup.

The first hour was devoted to it and was the strongest SmackDown's had in months.

Also Read: Best & Worst of SmackDown Live: March 13, 2018

The second hour fell off somewhat, but something new finally developed in the Shane/KO/Sami angle.

With a month left for WrestleMania, how good did the show do in building its top stars?


Winners: AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura

Putting a microphone in Nakamura's hand is always a dicey proposition, but fortunately, he didn't go on too long. This isn't a match that needs much selling, since fans are sold on it already, and WWE did a decent job in just letting the "Universe" soak it in that it was happening.

The slight hesitation of Nakamura to help Styles when he was under attack by Rusev and Aiden English also helped, as it left a point of tension to build on later.

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ANALYST
On/off wrestling fan since 1996. A budding copywriter with political experience, I write about persuasion, influence, and masculinity at my blog http://masculineepic.com/ . Uncoincidentally, all of these things are vital in professional wrestling.
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