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UEFA 2018 World Cup Qualifying Soccer: Portugal vs. Faroe Islands live

UEFA 2018 World Cup Qualifying Soccer: Portugal vs. Faroe Islands live

Thu, Aug 31, 2017
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[UEFA 2018 World Cup Qualifying Soccer: Portugal vs. Faroe Islands live]
Portugal host Faroe Islands at the Estadio Do Bessa in Porto on Thursday, in a Group B qualifier for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The champions of UEFA Euro 2016 will be expected to earn a comfortable win against a side they’ve already beaten handily during this qualification campaign. Portugal’s chances of producing a heavy win are boosted by having talisman Cristiano Ronaldo available to lead the line. The 32-year-old has been serving a suspension with Real Madrid at club level, but will get the chance to vent his frustrations for his country. Before a preview, here are the schedule and viewing details, including live-streaming information: Date: Thursday, August 31 Time: 7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET TV Info: Fox Sports 1. Live Stream: Fox Sports Go. Ronaldo was on the scoresheet when Portugal trounced Faroe Islands 6-0 back in October. He was aided by then-Porto striker Andre Silva, who fired in a hat-trick. Silva, who joined Serie A side AC Milan earlier this summer, is backing Ronaldo to “shut many of the mouths” of his detractors, per ESPN FC’s Dermot Corrigan. Accusations of tax fraud, as well as being red-carded for pushing an official during the Spanish Super Cup win over bitter rivals Barcelona, have blighted Ronaldo’s start to the season at club level. However, a fully focused Ronaldo, free from the distractions of his situation at Real, should worry Faroe Islands manager Lars Olsen. Worse still, Ronaldo and Silva are far from the only players Olsen must be concerned with. Portugal can also turn loose wing wizard Gelson Martins, along with playmakers Joao Moutinho and Bernardo Silva. The latter is still finding his feet at new club Manchester City, but he has much technical quality on the ball and will ensure the supply line to Ronaldo remains consistent. There is just too much talent in the Portugal ranks to think anything but a goal fest is inevitable for manager Fernando Santos’ team. Despite their talent, Santos’ men still trail leaders Switzerland by three points in the group. Yet an in-form Ronaldo against overmatched opposition will help Portugal stake their claim as eventual group winners. Prediction: Portugal 7-0 Faroe Islands

European Tour Golf: Czech Masters live

European Tour Golf: Czech Masters live

Geoff Harvey August 29, 2017 EUROPEAN 0 Comments

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Julian Suri of the United States won the Made In Denmark event last week on the European Tour, which now moves to the Czech Republic. The D+D Real Czech Masters teed off in 2014 and it has always been held at the Albatross Golf Club in Prague. This event comes with a prize fund of just over $1.2 million. The field will be headlined by the likes of Thomas Pieters, Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood, as well as Jamie Donaldson and Paul Peterson, who along with Pieters, have won this event before.

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Event: D+D Real Czech Masters

Category: European Tour

Date: August 31st – September 3rd

Location: Albatross Golf Club, Prague, Czech Republic

The three winning scores have been -14, -15 and -20, so it is definitely a course where the players can get after it. Five players reached double figures last year.

Past Five Winners

2016: Paul Peterson -15

2015: Thomas Pieters -20

2014: Jamie Donaldson -14

2013: N/A

2012: N/A

The Field

Thomas Pieters is the favorite this week and while he’s had a good season, he is only 11th in the standings in terms of the Race for Dubai. His recent results have not been all that impressive on the EPGA Tour. He finished tied for 94th last week at the Made in Denmark, 133 at the PGA Championship, fourth at the Bridgestone Invistational, 44th at the Open Championship and 129 at the Irish Open. Second in line in terms of the odds this week is Jordan Smith of England. He placed ninth at the US Open and won the Porsche European Open, so he does have a little bit of momentum right now. Rounding out the top five are Matthew Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer. Kaymer doesn’t have a finish in the top 30 in any of his last six starts.

What To Know About The Course

Albatross Golf Club is a par-72 course that is 7,358 yards long, and there is water on both holes that close out each nine. It is slightly hilly, so players will have use all their concentration and focus to hit good shots to win this event. The closing hole, #18, is especially tough to hit a good drive, and then be able to hit in a short enough club to hold the green. The leader will hope to have at least a couple shots on the field just in case a mistake happens.

A Good Matchup To Bet: Jordan Smith Over Thomas Pieters

It is really tempting to pick Pieters and honestly, you couldn’t be blamed if you did. He won here in 2015 and finished second to Peterson in 2016, but lately, he has struggled as Pieters missed the cut at the Made In Denmark and the PGA Championship. In his last two starts, Smith has won the Porsche European Open and finished T-9 at the PGA Championship. More than that, he has played pretty consistently in 2017 and he should be well-rested as he hasn’t played since the PGA Championship. In this matchup, Smith is rated at +125, while Pieters is favored at -145. Why not take a chance on the 24-year-old Englishman?

Top-Five Pick: Julian Suri

Suri has played in just seven tournaments, yet picked up his first win with a blistering 64 in the final round of the Made In Denmark event. He will be hoping to capitalize on the momentum of that round and this isn’t the first time that Suri has played in Prague, so that could mean something. He played here on the Challenger Tour at the Prague Golf Challenge, in which he placed T-27. He played on a different course, but being familiar with the surroundings could fire the 26-year-old to a top-five finish as he looks to close out the European Tour campaign on a high note.

U.S. Open Tennis: Second-round play 2016:

U.S. Open Tennis: Second-round play 2016: live

Schedule, Odds, Draw and Preview

Nate Loop
August 27, 2016

FILE – In this Aug. 7, 2016, file photo, Serena Williams, of the United States, reaches for a return against Daria Gavrilova, of Australia, at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 29. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
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For many people, summer is a time to relax, take a vacation and revel in the enduring warmth of long, sunny days and cozy nights. For the game’s best tennis players, this summer has been anything but a break from the grind of their year-round professional sport.

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro has made a normally busy season even more hectic for the game’s top players, coming not long after the double dip of the French Open and Wimbledon in late May/early June. On Monday, the U.S. Open gets its turn to take the spotlight.

With so much going on this year, it’s little wonder that some of the sport’s top stars are ailing heading into the year’s final Grand Slam event. The tournament in Flushing Meadows, New York, has seen its fair share of surprise winners in the past couple of years, and this year’s edition could be even more wide open than usual.

International Racing live

International Racing live

Watch Racing fans can now watch live racing for all metropolitan and provincial race meets in Victoria on free-to-air digital television (Channel 68/78), via FOXTEL Channel 529, or via desktop, mobile and tablet free of charge (for Racing+ members). Australia races are also broadcast live on Channel 68/78 and the digital platform.
International Racing live Live Here

The broadcast offers comprehensive live race coverage, including interviews and analysis every day of the Victorian racing season. Plus a number of regular programs, such as Get On, Before the First, That’s Racing, Spring Insiders, The Good Oil, Track Work and Raceday Review.

Racing.com has secured the services of well-respected racing media talent to host its broadcasts, including Jason Richardson, Shane Anderson, Michael Felgate, Brent Zerafa, Adam Olszanski, Terry Bailey, Brad Bishop, Dean Pettit and Sam Hyland, supported by a team of form analysts led by David Gately, Clint Hutchison, Warren Huntley, Kevin Casey & Ben Asgari, while Racing.com will also tap into the Racing.com newsroom to broadcast up-to-the-minute breaking news, presented by Kate Watts & Grace Ramage.

Los Angeles Clippers vs Toronto Raptors Live

Los Angeles Clippers vs Toronto Raptors Live

Alec Nathan
April 11, 2014

USA Today

The Golden State Warriors (48-30) failed to clinch a playoff spot on Thursday night in a thrilling 100-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets (35-44).

After Stephen Curry delivered a go-ahead layup with 4.7 seconds remaining in regulation to put the Warriors up one, Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried converted a difficult turnaround jump shot over Draymond Green with 0.5 seconds remaining to ice things.

On the second night of a back-to-back, Timofey Mozgov stole the show, tying his career-high with 23 points while setting a new career-high with 29 rebounds (nine offensive). The 29 rebounds were also the most one player has recorded in a single game this season. He added three blocks and three assists to his final line, as well.

Faried added a double-double consisting of 18 points and 17 rebounds (eight offensive) on a night when the Nuggets out-rebounded the Warriors, 63-38.

Randy Foye chipped in 20 points on 7-of-23 shooting (4-of-13 from three), seven assists and seven rebounds while Evan Fournier scored nine points off the bench.

All told, the Nuggets shot 38 percent from the field and 29 percent from three but were aided by 25 offensive rebounds, which led to a plethora of second-chance opporunities.

Curry led the Warriors with 24 points, seven rebounds and a team-high six assists, but shot just 8-of-19 from the field and 2-of-7 from three in the loss.

Klay Thompson poured in 21 points (8-of-19 shooting) while Jermaine O’Neal added 12 points and five boards off the bench.

Next up for the Warriors is a matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday while the Nuggets will square off against the Utah Jazz on Saturday.

 

Denver Nuggets vs Golden State Warriors Live

Denver Nuggets vs Golden State Warriors Live

Alec Nathan
April 11, 2014

USA Today

The Golden State Warriors (48-30) failed to clinch a playoff spot on Thursday night in a thrilling 100-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets (35-44).

After Stephen Curry delivered a go-ahead layup with 4.7 seconds remaining in regulation to put the Warriors up one, Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried converted a difficult turnaround jump shot over Draymond Green with 0.5 seconds remaining to ice things.

On the second night of a back-to-back, Timofey Mozgov stole the show, tying his career-high with 23 points while setting a new career-high with 29 rebounds (nine offensive). The 29 rebounds were also the most one player has recorded in a single game this season. He added three blocks and three assists to his final line, as well.

Faried added a double-double consisting of 18 points and 17 rebounds (eight offensive) on a night when the Nuggets out-rebounded the Warriors, 63-38.

Randy Foye chipped in 20 points on 7-of-23 shooting (4-of-13 from three), seven assists and seven rebounds while Evan Fournier scored nine points off the bench.

All told, the Nuggets shot 38 percent from the field and 29 percent from three but were aided by 25 offensive rebounds, which led to a plethora of second-chance opporunities.

Curry led the Warriors with 24 points, seven rebounds and a team-high six assists, but shot just 8-of-19 from the field and 2-of-7 from three in the loss.

Klay Thompson poured in 21 points (8-of-19 shooting) while Jermaine O’Neal added 12 points and five boards off the bench.

Next up for the Warriors is a matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday while the Nuggets will square off against the Utah Jazz on Saturday.

 

FIBA AmeriCup 2017: Uruguay vs. U.S live

FIBA AmeriCup 2017: Uruguay vs. U.S live

Even with a few new additions to the roster, SmackDown Live successfully leans on its familiar talent.
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Coming off of a very disappointing SummerSlam, it looked like both Raw and SmackDown Live were in tough spots. Both shows had failed to tell truly compelling stories at one of the biggest PPVs of the year, and all signs pointed to them struggling to find that momentum again. Well, just last night Monday Night Raw proved that it could immediately hit the reset button and offer plenty of interesting, fresh material. Thus, the question that lingered was whether or not SmackDown Live could do the same. Luckily, this week’s show lays any doubts to rest, delivering a solid show from top to bottom.
The past matters on SmackDown Live

What’s fascinating to look at is how both Raw and SmackDown Live approach their reboot after SummerSlam. While both shows seemed to be in the same boat as of Sunday night, this week’s episodes suggest that SmackDown Live was in better shape all along. What I mean is that this week’s Raw essentially had to reset everything (minus the Brock-Strowman feud) in order to right the ship. Fresh matchups, and completely moving on from past feuds, contributed to the success of the show.

In contrast to that approach, SmackDown Live doesn’t really hit that reset button at all. Instead, the Blue Brand builds off of SummerSlam‘s controversial and sometimes convoluted outcomes. Rather than ignore everything that happened they lean into the skid, using the underwhelming portions of Sunday’s card to find new ways forward for many feuds. And really, that’s exactly what you want when it comes to WWE’s brand of professional wrestling. This is a show that runs 52 weeks and year and is constantly changing. The ability to assess and examine your previous stories and move forward in new and exciting ways is integral to the product. It sounds simple, but more often than not WWE takes the amnesia approach, discarding past feuds in order to make the new ones work.
Can’t get enough of Styles vs. Owens

That focus on building stories based on recent events is evident as the show gets underway, with Styles out to celebrate his big United States Championship win. He doesn’t revel in the victory for long though, and that’s because AJ Styles is all about matches and performance. So, he instantly reinstates the Open Challenge. That’s an immediate shift in the story, but it isn’t long before Kevin Owens comes out demanding another match because Shane McMahon screwed him at SummerSlam.

While having Owens and Styles lock horns again has the potential for complacency, there’s value in continually upping the ante. So Styles agrees to the match, and in order for the stakes to be set a little higher, Owens gets to choose his own referee and, as Shane stipulates, this will be Owens’ last opportunity at the title. If he loses there’s no rematch, no more whining, and no more special guest referees. That adds a sense of urgency to the main event, and also provides a good storytelling device to fill out the show.
Sami Zayn, special guest referee?

That device is Kevin Owens looking for a ref. Initially, he goes to Sami Zayn, saying that while they’ve had their differences he’s the only guy he can trust. It’s sweet and endearing, but of course, Owens can’t stop there. He always goes one step too far, and this time he condescends to Zayn, and it costs him a ref. That then leads him to a willing Breezeango that he doesn’t want any part of before Baron Corbin steps up and takes the job. All he wants in return is the first shot at the title should Owens win. It’s simple, effective storytelling that does a lot more for these characters and this feud than some run-of-the-mill backstage interview.

And make no mistake, Owens and Styles are the beating heart of this show. There’s other good stuff going on—The Usos have been at the top of their game for a ridiculously long time—but it’s Owens and Styles keeping things lively. I mean, their segments open and close the show, and all the WWE Champion gets is a Kinshasa to the face. Argue all you want about whether Jinder’s reign “devalues” the WWE Championship, but there’s no argument to be made that other guys on the roster are being ignored in favour of the champ. SmackDown Live knows what their draw is, and they’re leaning on it hard.
Bobby Roode and Shelton Benjamin are in the house

Of course, much like Raw, SmackDown Live isn’t simply shifting its focus to accommodate for what happened at SummerSlam. It’s also introducing new talent to the roster and looking to ignite new feuds. For many, Bobby Roode making his SmackDown Live debut will be the highlight of the night, and understandably so. Roode’s done great character work down in NXT—I remain mostly indifferent to much of his in-ring work, and his NXT Championship matches haven’t done much for me—and he feels like a natural fit on the Blue show.

For me though, the most exciting addition is Shelton Benjamin. He’s promised as Chad Gable’s tag team partner, and his debut is set for next week. Benjamin is exactly the kind of dynamic talent that can play an important role throughout the roster. Want him to be the veteran tag partner for a young up-and-comer? Done. Want him to fill out a midcard feud? Done. Want him to join a Money In The Bank ladder match and compete as a true, believable contender for the briefcase? Done. Benjamin is versatile, and I can’t wait to see what SmackDown Live does with him.

As much as the injection of new talent is a welcome sight, the relative success of this week’s show is the promise represented by the talent already here. Carmella and Natalya are in an interesting spot, essentially feuding while also remaining aligned based on being heels. That adds a few wrinkles to the story of the lingering cash-in. Owens taking the loss in his final shot at the United States Championship should only enrage an already livid Owens, and that’s never a bad thing. Then there’s Nakamura, coming off his SummerSlam loss and instantly reasserting himself as the rightful contender to the WWE Championship.

SummerSlam may have been disappointing, but SmackDown Live is putting the pieces back together, and things are already starting to look up.
Quick Hits:

You have to love Owens using Shane McMahon’s legitimate helicopter crash as a way to fuel his conspiracy theory that he got robbed at SummerSlam.
So Dolph Ziggler is back, which begs the question: Dolph Ziggler was gone?
The fact that the Singh Brothers announce Jinder Mahal’s arrival backstage as well is a nice touch. We should all have such loyal, passionate associates.
Now we have an answer to the question, who can pull off wearing a RompHim? Turns out it’s Fandango and Tyler Breeze.
It’s been a long four days, but guess what everyone? We’re finally out of Brooklyn and far away from that crowd.

Results:

Bobby Roode defeated Aiden English; The Usos defeated The Hype Bros; Shinsuke Nakamura defeated The Singh Brothers (2-on-1 Handicap match); Naomi and Becky Lynch defeated Natalya and Carmella; AJ Styles (c) defeated Kevin Owens (United States Championship match).

Race Night live

Race Night live

Even with a few new additions to the roster, SmackDown Live successfully leans on its familiar talent.
Kyle Fowle
by Kyle Fowle
Aug 23, 2017
Aug 23, 2017
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513views

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Coming off of a very disappointing SummerSlam, it looked like both Raw and SmackDown Live were in tough spots. Both shows had failed to tell truly compelling stories at one of the biggest PPVs of the year, and all signs pointed to them struggling to find that momentum again. Well, just last night Monday Night Raw proved that it could immediately hit the reset button and offer plenty of interesting, fresh material. Thus, the question that lingered was whether or not SmackDown Live could do the same. Luckily, this week’s show lays any doubts to rest, delivering a solid show from top to bottom.
The past matters on SmackDown Live

What’s fascinating to look at is how both Raw and SmackDown Live approach their reboot after SummerSlam. While both shows seemed to be in the same boat as of Sunday night, this week’s episodes suggest that SmackDown Live was in better shape all along. What I mean is that this week’s Raw essentially had to reset everything (minus the Brock-Strowman feud) in order to right the ship. Fresh matchups, and completely moving on from past feuds, contributed to the success of the show.

In contrast to that approach, SmackDown Live doesn’t really hit that reset button at all. Instead, the Blue Brand builds off of SummerSlam‘s controversial and sometimes convoluted outcomes. Rather than ignore everything that happened they lean into the skid, using the underwhelming portions of Sunday’s card to find new ways forward for many feuds. And really, that’s exactly what you want when it comes to WWE’s brand of professional wrestling. This is a show that runs 52 weeks and year and is constantly changing. The ability to assess and examine your previous stories and move forward in new and exciting ways is integral to the product. It sounds simple, but more often than not WWE takes the amnesia approach, discarding past feuds in order to make the new ones work.
Can’t get enough of Styles vs. Owens

That focus on building stories based on recent events is evident as the show gets underway, with Styles out to celebrate his big United States Championship win. He doesn’t revel in the victory for long though, and that’s because AJ Styles is all about matches and performance. So, he instantly reinstates the Open Challenge. That’s an immediate shift in the story, but it isn’t long before Kevin Owens comes out demanding another match because Shane McMahon screwed him at SummerSlam.

While having Owens and Styles lock horns again has the potential for complacency, there’s value in continually upping the ante. So Styles agrees to the match, and in order for the stakes to be set a little higher, Owens gets to choose his own referee and, as Shane stipulates, this will be Owens’ last opportunity at the title. If he loses there’s no rematch, no more whining, and no more special guest referees. That adds a sense of urgency to the main event, and also provides a good storytelling device to fill out the show.
Sami Zayn, special guest referee?

That device is Kevin Owens looking for a ref. Initially, he goes to Sami Zayn, saying that while they’ve had their differences he’s the only guy he can trust. It’s sweet and endearing, but of course, Owens can’t stop there. He always goes one step too far, and this time he condescends to Zayn, and it costs him a ref. That then leads him to a willing Breezeango that he doesn’t want any part of before Baron Corbin steps up and takes the job. All he wants in return is the first shot at the title should Owens win. It’s simple, effective storytelling that does a lot more for these characters and this feud than some run-of-the-mill backstage interview.

And make no mistake, Owens and Styles are the beating heart of this show. There’s other good stuff going on—The Usos have been at the top of their game for a ridiculously long time—but it’s Owens and Styles keeping things lively. I mean, their segments open and close the show, and all the WWE Champion gets is a Kinshasa to the face. Argue all you want about whether Jinder’s reign “devalues” the WWE Championship, but there’s no argument to be made that other guys on the roster are being ignored in favour of the champ. SmackDown Live knows what their draw is, and they’re leaning on it hard.
Bobby Roode and Shelton Benjamin are in the house

Of course, much like Raw, SmackDown Live isn’t simply shifting its focus to accommodate for what happened at SummerSlam. It’s also introducing new talent to the roster and looking to ignite new feuds. For many, Bobby Roode making his SmackDown Live debut will be the highlight of the night, and understandably so. Roode’s done great character work down in NXT—I remain mostly indifferent to much of his in-ring work, and his NXT Championship matches haven’t done much for me—and he feels like a natural fit on the Blue show.

For me though, the most exciting addition is Shelton Benjamin. He’s promised as Chad Gable’s tag team partner, and his debut is set for next week. Benjamin is exactly the kind of dynamic talent that can play an important role throughout the roster. Want him to be the veteran tag partner for a young up-and-comer? Done. Want him to fill out a midcard feud? Done. Want him to join a Money In The Bank ladder match and compete as a true, believable contender for the briefcase? Done. Benjamin is versatile, and I can’t wait to see what SmackDown Live does with him.

As much as the injection of new talent is a welcome sight, the relative success of this week’s show is the promise represented by the talent already here. Carmella and Natalya are in an interesting spot, essentially feuding while also remaining aligned based on being heels. That adds a few wrinkles to the story of the lingering cash-in. Owens taking the loss in his final shot at the United States Championship should only enrage an already livid Owens, and that’s never a bad thing. Then there’s Nakamura, coming off his SummerSlam loss and instantly reasserting himself as the rightful contender to the WWE Championship.

SummerSlam may have been disappointing, but SmackDown Live is putting the pieces back together, and things are already starting to look up.
Quick Hits:

You have to love Owens using Shane McMahon’s legitimate helicopter crash as a way to fuel his conspiracy theory that he got robbed at SummerSlam.
So Dolph Ziggler is back, which begs the question: Dolph Ziggler was gone?
The fact that the Singh Brothers announce Jinder Mahal’s arrival backstage as well is a nice touch. We should all have such loyal, passionate associates.
Now we have an answer to the question, who can pull off wearing a RompHim? Turns out it’s Fandango and Tyler Breeze.
It’s been a long four days, but guess what everyone? We’re finally out of Brooklyn and far away from that crowd.

Results:

Bobby Roode defeated Aiden English; The Usos defeated The Hype Bros; Shinsuke Nakamura defeated The Singh Brothers (2-on-1 Handicap match); Naomi and Becky Lynch defeated Natalya and Carmella; AJ Styles (c) defeated Kevin Owens (United States Championship match).

WWE SmackDown Live Results and Recap: The Blue Brand Gets Glorious (August 22, 2017) live

WWE SmackDown Live Results and Recap: The Blue Brand Gets Glorious (August 22, 2017) live

Even with a few new additions to the roster, SmackDown Live successfully leans on its familiar talent.
Kyle Fowle
by Kyle Fowle
Aug 23, 2017
Aug 23, 2017
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Coming off of a very disappointing SummerSlam, it looked like both Raw and SmackDown Live were in tough spots. Both shows had failed to tell truly compelling stories at one of the biggest PPVs of the year, and all signs pointed to them struggling to find that momentum again. Well, just last night Monday Night Raw proved that it could immediately hit the reset button and offer plenty of interesting, fresh material. Thus, the question that lingered was whether or not SmackDown Live could do the same. Luckily, this week’s show lays any doubts to rest, delivering a solid show from top to bottom.
The past matters on SmackDown Live

What’s fascinating to look at is how both Raw and SmackDown Live approach their reboot after SummerSlam. While both shows seemed to be in the same boat as of Sunday night, this week’s episodes suggest that SmackDown Live was in better shape all along. What I mean is that this week’s Raw essentially had to reset everything (minus the Brock-Strowman feud) in order to right the ship. Fresh matchups, and completely moving on from past feuds, contributed to the success of the show.

In contrast to that approach, SmackDown Live doesn’t really hit that reset button at all. Instead, the Blue Brand builds off of SummerSlam‘s controversial and sometimes convoluted outcomes. Rather than ignore everything that happened they lean into the skid, using the underwhelming portions of Sunday’s card to find new ways forward for many feuds. And really, that’s exactly what you want when it comes to WWE’s brand of professional wrestling. This is a show that runs 52 weeks and year and is constantly changing. The ability to assess and examine your previous stories and move forward in new and exciting ways is integral to the product. It sounds simple, but more often than not WWE takes the amnesia approach, discarding past feuds in order to make the new ones work.
Can’t get enough of Styles vs. Owens

That focus on building stories based on recent events is evident as the show gets underway, with Styles out to celebrate his big United States Championship win. He doesn’t revel in the victory for long though, and that’s because AJ Styles is all about matches and performance. So, he instantly reinstates the Open Challenge. That’s an immediate shift in the story, but it isn’t long before Kevin Owens comes out demanding another match because Shane McMahon screwed him at SummerSlam.

While having Owens and Styles lock horns again has the potential for complacency, there’s value in continually upping the ante. So Styles agrees to the match, and in order for the stakes to be set a little higher, Owens gets to choose his own referee and, as Shane stipulates, this will be Owens’ last opportunity at the title. If he loses there’s no rematch, no more whining, and no more special guest referees. That adds a sense of urgency to the main event, and also provides a good storytelling device to fill out the show.
Sami Zayn, special guest referee?

That device is Kevin Owens looking for a ref. Initially, he goes to Sami Zayn, saying that while they’ve had their differences he’s the only guy he can trust. It’s sweet and endearing, but of course, Owens can’t stop there. He always goes one step too far, and this time he condescends to Zayn, and it costs him a ref. That then leads him to a willing Breezeango that he doesn’t want any part of before Baron Corbin steps up and takes the job. All he wants in return is the first shot at the title should Owens win. It’s simple, effective storytelling that does a lot more for these characters and this feud than some run-of-the-mill backstage interview.

And make no mistake, Owens and Styles are the beating heart of this show. There’s other good stuff going on—The Usos have been at the top of their game for a ridiculously long time—but it’s Owens and Styles keeping things lively. I mean, their segments open and close the show, and all the WWE Champion gets is a Kinshasa to the face. Argue all you want about whether Jinder’s reign “devalues” the WWE Championship, but there’s no argument to be made that other guys on the roster are being ignored in favour of the champ. SmackDown Live knows what their draw is, and they’re leaning on it hard.
Bobby Roode and Shelton Benjamin are in the house

Of course, much like Raw, SmackDown Live isn’t simply shifting its focus to accommodate for what happened at SummerSlam. It’s also introducing new talent to the roster and looking to ignite new feuds. For many, Bobby Roode making his SmackDown Live debut will be the highlight of the night, and understandably so. Roode’s done great character work down in NXT—I remain mostly indifferent to much of his in-ring work, and his NXT Championship matches haven’t done much for me—and he feels like a natural fit on the Blue show.

For me though, the most exciting addition is Shelton Benjamin. He’s promised as Chad Gable’s tag team partner, and his debut is set for next week. Benjamin is exactly the kind of dynamic talent that can play an important role throughout the roster. Want him to be the veteran tag partner for a young up-and-comer? Done. Want him to fill out a midcard feud? Done. Want him to join a Money In The Bank ladder match and compete as a true, believable contender for the briefcase? Done. Benjamin is versatile, and I can’t wait to see what SmackDown Live does with him.

As much as the injection of new talent is a welcome sight, the relative success of this week’s show is the promise represented by the talent already here. Carmella and Natalya are in an interesting spot, essentially feuding while also remaining aligned based on being heels. That adds a few wrinkles to the story of the lingering cash-in. Owens taking the loss in his final shot at the United States Championship should only enrage an already livid Owens, and that’s never a bad thing. Then there’s Nakamura, coming off his SummerSlam loss and instantly reasserting himself as the rightful contender to the WWE Championship.

SummerSlam may have been disappointing, but SmackDown Live is putting the pieces back together, and things are already starting to look up.
Quick Hits:

You have to love Owens using Shane McMahon’s legitimate helicopter crash as a way to fuel his conspiracy theory that he got robbed at SummerSlam.
So Dolph Ziggler is back, which begs the question: Dolph Ziggler was gone?
The fact that the Singh Brothers announce Jinder Mahal’s arrival backstage as well is a nice touch. We should all have such loyal, passionate associates.
Now we have an answer to the question, who can pull off wearing a RompHim? Turns out it’s Fandango and Tyler Breeze.
It’s been a long four days, but guess what everyone? We’re finally out of Brooklyn and far away from that crowd.

Results:

Bobby Roode defeated Aiden English; The Usos defeated The Hype Bros; Shinsuke Nakamura defeated The Singh Brothers (2-on-1 Handicap match); Naomi and Becky Lynch defeated Natalya and Carmella; AJ Styles (c) defeated Kevin Owens (United States Championship match).