One of the cool things about Smackdown being live now is that in theory the first episode after Wrestlemania is as big as the first RAW after Wrestlemania, which has become a huge deal in previous years.
The show opens with new WWE Champion Randy Orton making his way down to the ring. He talks about beating Bray, until he appears on the titatron and begins talking about trying to break Randy Orton now. Wyatt challenges Orton to a House of Horrors match, whatever that means. I really like how Bray’s character seemed a lot more crazy in this promo.
Bray appears behind Orton to attack him, and Erick Rowan makes his return to help Bray only for Luke Harper to come out and make the save. Fun segment to start the show.
The Miz and Maryse are interviewed backstage about their Wrestlemania match, where they state that Cena and Nikki won’t be back for a while. Damn part-timers.
Naomi (c) vs. Alexa Bliss (Smackdown Women’s Championship)
We got a nice little match built around Alexa taking out Naomi’s knee, which makes complete sense and Naomi sold the knee well. Alexa isn’t the best in the ring but she is able to have decent little matches every now and then. Naomi submits Alexa ** ½
Curt Hawkins is out in the ring pissed off that people aren’t taking about him and issues an open challenge, which brings out Tye Dillinger to a great pop!
Curt Hawkins vs. Tye Dillinger
The total squash that you would expect, Tye being on the main roster is a pretty sweet story. Dillinger pins Hawkins with the Tye Breaker NR
Mojo is interviewed backstage about winning the Andre the Giant Battle Royal, and says nothing in particular.
The Miz and Maryse come out next, dressed up as John Cena and Nikki Bella again.
They make fun of the Cenas and how they are going to Hollywood and won’t be back. A violinist appears on the ramp and the crowd pops huge as Shinsuke Nakamura makes his entrance! Nakamura just poses when he gets to the ring, but the monster pop and his entrance were just incredible to watch.
Baron Corbin vs. Dean Ambrose (Street Fight)
These two men had a pretty unspectacular match at Wrestlemania but a gimmick match like this plays more to their strengths, Corbin especially who is actually pretty great at plunder matches. Unsurprisingly, they had an absolutely brutal sprint of a match that put everything they did at Wrestlemania to shame. I am not a fan of this feud likely continuing, but if it leads to more matches like this I can’t complain. Corbin pins Ambrose *** ½
Shane McMahon is out to address the upcoming draft, now being called the Superstar Shakeup. Before he can say anything AJ Styles comes out, he talks about not wanting to leave Smackdown because it’s the house that he built. He then shakes hands with Shane as a show of respect and leaves the ring.
The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt and Erick Rowan) vs. Randy Orton and Luke Harper
This was a complete nothing main event, which ended with Bray Wyatt teleporting away. Orton pins Rowan with an RKO * ¾
Main event aside, this was a very good show. The two NXT call ups were pretty exciting, obviously Nakamura being a lot more exciting than Tye.