JAE'S SMACKLASH LIVE EVENT REPORT
Before the first match some one handed out print outs of 10's for Tye Dillinger. No one used them because we have 10 fucking fingers. Save a tree.
Aiden English was great at getting heat before the match. He was probably the only legit heel on the show, and this was THE ONLY match in which the crowd was 100% with the face and totally hated the heel. Tye Dillinger isn't that hot beyond the 10 gimmick. Aiden English is one of the few guys that was good Live. Lots of good TV wrestlers I found out weren't that good live. Like most of the roster actually.
I knew as soon as they went with Shinsuke/Ziggler to open, that the night was not going to go well.
Shinsuke's Entrance is SUPER OVER. Shinsuke the wrestler....maybe not as much. Lots of let's go Ziggler, Ziggler sucks.
I embarrassed my son when I yelled KNEE HIM UNTIL HE'S DEAD. I told him to get in the fucking game or go home.
USOS/Fashion Clowns was probably the most fun anyone had all night and the show maybe peaked here. I thought the match was fine because the Breeze would do comedy and then an Uso would kick the fuck out of him. Hated the finish because Fandango hit a dope dive and the Uso's basically no sold it to quickly do the finish.
There were lots of Fire Bradshaw chants before the show, so when that dress hit him the crowd went fucking nuts. May have been Pop of the Night.
There was a 5 year old in front of us who would chant throughout the entire matches. Long after people had stopped he'd keep going and I felt bad for the youg man who's ears were 6 inches in front of this kid. Sometimes the dad would just shove popcorn in the kid's mouth to give us a reprieve. During the Uso's match he'd yell "BREEZANGO GOING TO GIVE YOU YOUR OWN MEDICINE." over and over.
ZAYN/CORBIN was probably the last good match. Probably the best match. Again lots of Let's Go SAmi/Let's go Corbin chants. Like Shinsuke, Zayn's Entrance is more over than he is. This is the first time I've seen Zayn live in a big arena, everything before was in a small building when he was Generico. He's just as good live now as he was then. The back selling was the clear and hinted at early enough for people realize it without being over the top. Corbin rolling out and rolling in for that clothesline was the coolest shit.
Charlotte is more over than most of the guys. Any time her face showed up on the Titan Tron people would flip out. I don't know how it played out on TV but the finish sucked because EVERYONE could clearly see Charlotte just watching the finish, and then conveniently rolling in after the tap out. I hope that's how they played it on TV because I was expecting her to turn on Becky. NAOMI's entrance is fucking HYPE. NAOMI the wrestler is not nearly as good and that made me sad. Some of her stuff just looked plain bad. Natalya running on her back was dope. Becky Lynch is cool fucking beans, and had everyone with her by the end.
AJ STYLES is easily the most loved guy on the roster. So many people would chant "...the house that AJ Styles BUILT" every time they ran a promo with him saying it. So much so that it actually frightened me how easily conditioned wrestling fans are to chanting and repeating shit.
This match had everyone active. I'm not a big AJ fan but he's one of the handful that was really good live. He plays to the back really well. Kevin Owens is more of a first few rows guy. I was shocked how once he got in the ring he kind of shrunk.
The count out finish was fucking AWFUL. People were so pissed that there was no way Harper/Rowan could over come it. Their match was straight up booed and called boring by a lot people.
Up until the Main Event there were lots of people shitting on Orton, once he came out people freaked the fuck out. I know he's not putting in his best work, but honestly he looks like he's on a different level than nearly everyone else on the roster. Everything he does is so clear. He just looks like a capital "w" Wrestler. A lot of other guys look like guys playing dress-up, even some that I actually enjoy otherwise. I mean people I heard hoping that he'd lose got one over in the first minute by him.
The opening was great because it felt like they wanted to make it up to everyone that AJ/Owens ended in a shit count out. The Two Christmas Elves that came out with Jinder got booed every time they did shit. Orton nearly killing on of them on the table was hands down my favorite moment of the whole fucking night.
Jinder looks like a FREAK live. I can see why he's getting a push because he looks like he belongs with the guys from the 80's. He was getting a lot of cheers until he settled on that fucking chin lock. I LOVED IT. Because he sat in it until they booed. And they booed hard. And then he sat in it some more. So many pro-Jinder people in my section were like fuck this guy, and that made me respect his choices more.
Lots of people shook there heads when he won. Not because they didn't want to see the title change or whatever, but because the show fucking stunk. After Zayn won they pretty much settled on kicking us in the nuts the rest of the night, and I think people were wanting a little more drama in the main event. It was an okay match, but I think if Orton kicked out and they did a little more before the loss it would have been much better.
My son was pissed. The whole last half was just so disappointing. For his first WWE show, I think he'd rather stick with CHIKARA.
Best Wrestlers For a Live Audience
4. Aiden English
7. Tyler Breeze's Mop