“May 30, 2017” · WWE SmackDown! · TV Review SmackDown promises to make history, yet still can’t help but repeat it · TV Club · The A.V. Club

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  • Results: Shinsuke Nakamura & Sami Zayn defeated Kevin Owens & Baron Corbin; Breezango defeated The Colóns; Dolph Ziggler defeated AJ Styles
  • Yes, there were only three matches, but every storyline got a good amount of time, including the women. More on that soon.
  • Given these past two weeks of tag matches, I’m assuming neither Nakamura nor Owens will win the Money In The Bank Ladder match and basing that only on a belief that they’ll instead feud over the United States Championship. Not that you can’t do both, but the briefcase wouldn’t really be a focus in that feud. Before, the best excuse for Kevin Owens even being in MITB was that he was still feuding with AJ Styles, but the actual build-up to Money In The Bank has pretty much nipped that feud in the bud, so it doesn’t look like they’re going back to that. Of course Owens and Styles still hate each other, but the competition right now is clearly between Owens and Nakamura (as well as Corbin and Zayn). (I wrote this before the announcement of Owens versus Nakamura next week, so we shall see.)
  • I brought up Corbin’s lack of experience in ladder matches last week, so this week, I’m bringing up his “hothead” attitude. Specifically how it’s gotten to a point where it’s more like irrational tantrum (Christian-like, at times) than it is the behavior of a scary, angry wolf guy. Think of it this way: There’s a difference between the Corbin who tried to murder Dean Ambrose with a forklift and the Corbin who’s on his way to starting a mini-feud with Mike Chioda over his in-ring blow-ups. And the fact that Baron Corbin has a babyface (remember his attempt at a…

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