With the great matches we’ve seen Roman Reigns and Jey Uso have recently, it’s easy to forget that both of these excellent athletes hit the story telling ramp as soon as Paul Heyman entered the picture. We were reminded of that great dynamic again tonight.
The best part of the show was Heyman crashing an interview with Uso and the wonderful Kayla Braxton because Jey didn’t get permission from Roman. That lead to Heyman playing the middle man in this family faction that was just a joy to watch, and when Reigns entered the frame he was just as menacing as ever.
Smackdown ended with a terrific match between Uso and Kevin Owens, once again because the former was told by his brother to take care of that problem. Owens also continued his awesome recent promo work noting on how he’s being targeted by everybody on the roster for random reasons and giving us another strong match to wrap up the show.
Survivor Series is on the way in about two weeks and the brand warfare picked up when The Street Profits tried to pick Big E’s brain about his brothers and their opponents, The New Day. Big E had us wondering what he might do before turning down the Profits in a hilarious manner and Billie Kay rolled up to get us another laugh and finished the spot off nicely.
It was also cool watching Ruby Riott earn a spot on the Smackdown Women’s Survivor Series team with a cleverly crafted triple threat with Natalya and Zelina Vega. I felt good watching her pick up the “W” after the rough road she’s had back from injury.