In this special SmackDown review for the blue brand's grand debut on FOX on Friday night, Graham "GSM" Matthews discusses whether his high hopes were met for the epic event before breaking down the cosmetic changes to the show, The Rock's return, Shane McMahon getting "fired" (and if it'll stick), Brock Lesnar winning the WWE Championship in 10 seconds, an honest evaluation of Kofi Kingston's title run, and Cain Velasquez's shocking debut.
The Wednesday Night Wars are officially on, but who won Week 1? Before the ratings were released, Graham "GSM" Matthews had a ton to say about AEW and NXT going head-to-head this week on WrestleRant Radio. But first, he previews SmackDown's huge premiere on Fox this Friday night and everything on tap for the epic event as well as Sunday's Hell in a Cell pay-per-view (even though there's only three matches currently advertised for the card). He also talks Monday's "season premiere" of WWE Raw and gives his thoughts on the fresh feel of the show, the new commentary team, Brock Lesnar's amazing attack on Rey Mysterio and Dominick, Team Hogan and Team Flair clashing at WWE Crown Jewel, and the awful ending involving Rusev and the returning Bobby Lashley and Lana.
Then, GSM gives a complete breakdown of the first night in the Wednesday Night Wars! He discusses Cody and Sammy Guevara kicing off AEW Dynamite, Pac and Adam Page finally facing off, Riho becoming the inaugural AEW Women's Champion, the exciting six-man tag team main event, Jake Hager's debut, the banger between Adam Cole and Matt Riddle for the NXT Championship, Shayna Baszler successfully defending the NXT Women's Championship against Candice LeRae, the NXT Tag Team Championship main event, the grand returns of Finn Balor and Tommaso Ciampa to the black-and-gold brand, and which show was superior!
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