WWE Smackdown onsite report: In-person notes AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan, the crowd’s reaction to heel Shinsuke Nakamura, Paige as general manager, plus a sleeping fan becomes a big hit with the live crowd

By Jason Powell, Prowrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

Dot Net reader Brian Oglesby attended WWE Smackdown in New Orleans, Louisiana at Smoothie King Center on Tuesday and sent the following report.

-A good reaction for Shane McMahon to start the show, and a big pop for Paige being introduced as the new Smackdown general manager.

-Rusev was over big with the crowd and there were multiple Rusev Day chants throughout the night.

-The crowd was not very thrilled with Randy Orton winning the Triple Threat match. They don’t seem to be looking forward to another Orton vs. Jinder Mahal match.

-Fans popped for the debut of Billie Kay and Peyton Royce. When the beat down of Charlotte was happening there were chants for Carmella and the crowd got its wish. There was a big reaction for the successful Money in the Bank cash-in.

-The crowd was totally split 50-50 for the main event between AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan. There were several dueling chants for both men. Shinsuke Nakamura received good heel heat for his interference in the main event, although the crowd didn’t seem all that surprised by it.

-Lots of fans left after the main show and one of the WWE production guys that I always see brought over seat filler fans so 205 Live would look more filled up.

-The dark match after the show was Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler. Nakumara won with the Kinshasa. The crowd wasn’t really into the match as it was basically heel vs heel.

-A side note on a funny crowd moment. There was a guy in the very back row of the floor seating behind the announcers table. He had his head back in his chair passed out. No clue what was going on. The crowd chanted “Please wake up” at him and he didn’t move. A fan went to him and grabbed his wrist and checked his pulse and gave the thumbs up, which popped the crowd. Then a security officer came up and lifted up his head as the crowd chanted, “He’s not dead!” He got up and stumbled around some before finally settling back down in his seats. The crowd was laughing and going crazy for all of this. Fans started coming up to him and taking pictures with him. He literally had his 15 minutes of fame at Smackdown Live.

-A decent show to end the Wrestlemania week.


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