WWE Smackdown onsite report: Notes on AJ Styles winning the WWE Championship, dark matches, 205 Live disappointments

Dot Net reader Jake Fuller attended the WWE Smackdown and 205 Live taping in Manchester, England on Tuesday and sent the following report.

-I attended the Smackdown tapings with my younger brother in law. It was his first show and he loved it.

-It was weird in that the arena was only about half full with lots of seats off limits on the camera side. The crowd was loud all night and much more energetic than the Raw taping in London earlier this year.

-There was a dark match between the Colons and Breezango before the show. Tyler Breeze did his usual stuff where he rolls around the ring to avoid a top rope move from his opponent, which got lots of laughs. Breezango won in about four minutes.

-The opening segment was a bit long, but the crowd got into it with chants at Sami Zayn for being a paperboy so that was good.

-The Usos vs. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin tag match looked botched by injury. It ended out of nowhere and confused the crowd.

-The crowd was on fire for A.J. Styles all night. They chanted for him at every interval. A good main event and the crowd went absolutely nuts for A.J. when he won and he stuck around for a good ten minutes posing with the title.

-205 Live was awful. Lots of chants for Pete Dunne, who unfortunately wasn’t there. There was X-Pac heat for Enzo Amore, who bored the live crowd to tears with his opening ‘Zo Show’ with the English wrestlers. He interviewed each one and it seemed like even though Tyler Bate was over, he was completely lost and actually forgot his lines. He paused for an uncomfortable amount of time before he recovered, then threw a punch. 205 live is poor and the matches were average.

-The dark main event was Bobby Roode and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler. The entrances were rushed and they got straight into it. The crowd was a bit burned out and a lot of people left after Smackdown ended. Lots of empty seats.


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