Welcome to the live ongoing results page for WWE’s latest special event, SMACKVILLE—a house show that WWE decided to broadcast on the WWE Network, similar to The Shield’s Final Chapter.
The show is part of a random live event from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee (Saturday, July 27th) and is set to go live at 9 p.m. EST on the WWE Network.
This page will consist of live coverage of the program in the form of my ongoing reactions/review, as well as the results of each match that takes place. I invite everyone else to join in with their live thoughts in the comments below!
Stay tuned for results and keep refreshing for updates!
The event starts off with them saying that Finn Balor won’t be able to make it for his scheduled Intercontinental Championship match. Shinsuke Nakamura comes out and says that means he forfeits and he retains the title, but Ali comes out, ready to fight for the belt instead.
Intercontinental Championship Match: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Ali:
- So, first things first, this new WWE Network design has its positives and negatives, but one of the big negatives I’m seeing is that I can’t cast it to my TV and have the audio in-sync with the video. The amount of time it takes to cast it makes the video about 10 seconds ahead of the audio. Is anybody else having that problem?
- Second thought is that I wonder if WWE planned on doing this switch, or if they just had to change things on a whim. If it’s the first, that’s kind of weird, and if it’s the latter, that shows a distinct lack of planning that hurts what is already a rather pointless event, in a lot of ways.
- With that being said, I buy more into the idea that Ali can surprisingly win the title than Balor would have.
- I feel like this is going to amount to nothing. I’m not feeling like this is anywhere near as good as these two could do, and since there’s zero build, it’s pretty pointless, like empty calories.
- Yeah…this was disappointing.
RESULT: Shinsuke Nakamura retained the title by pinfall.
Elias Musical Performance:
- Please don’t be pointless. Don’t just be the same exact promos/insults that he does in every town. Make this worthwhile and special.
- So far, it hasn’t been anything noteworthy, as Elias is just toying with the crowd in no different way than normal.
- His song is about how Shane McMahon is the best and needs more screen time. That’s a bad idea, but it’s not getting the type of heat that I think they would have gotten if they would have spent more time talking about Nashville and making it more music-based.
- Once the insulting of Kevin Owens started, the rest of the segment became very transparent. He’s going to come out and start a fight.
- Yup. Now, they’re having a match.
- Nothing to talk about, other than how my Network still doesn’t want to cast with the proper audio/video sync.
RESULT: Kevin Owens wins by pinfall.
I guess the somewhat advertised matches of SmackDown women’s champion Bayley against Alexa Bliss and Charlotte Flair, as well as The New Day defending the SmackDown Tag Team Championship aren’t happening, as the video package on right now is talking about the Triple Threat for the WWE Championship.
WWE Championship Triple Threat Match: Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Samoa Joe vs. Dolph Ziggler:
- Yup, we’re just keeping it at the three things advertised. No tag title or women’s title match. But hey, I’m okay with that.
- I like the idea that Greg Hamilton announces Kofi in the “W-W-E-World-Heavy-weight-champion” way so he can do his thrusting and all. Humorous touch.
- I forgot to mention it earlier, but the picture quality isn’t bad, despite the other Network problems. This seems a little better from what I remember “The Shield’s Final Chapter” being. But, maybe my memory just isn’t doing that justice and it’s exactly the same.
- Despite the rumors that there could be a potential title change, I just can’t see it happening here. Ali had a chance. Kingston dropping the belt, though, would strike me as very random and something they’d undo on next week’s SmackDown. So, instead, who takes the pin between Joe and Ziggler?
- This match is pretty decent, but the setting just takes me out of it entirely. Well, that and the lack of buzz for it, since Kofi has beaten both of them already.
RESULT: Kofi Kingston retained the title by pinfall
If this event was purely to see if they could test out some new cameras and the live streaming of the new Network platform, I hope they work out the kinks, because I’m still having some casting issues, but the cameras and the video quality look great.
If this was a test to see if they could put on counter-programming to AEW, they can’t possibly think this was good enough to put up a fight, as the content of the show as a complete dud.
There’s no hook for people to want to watch these shows instead of AEW if they don’t book these more like an actual pay-per-view. The amount of viewers will be so negligible that it likely won’t offset any of the cost of producing them. That’s especially true when it comes to people spending an extra $5 a month to get the different tier. Unless you’re a hardcore massive maniac WWE fan who watches every little thing and is obsessed, you’re not going to bother with this, as most people don’t even bother with 205 Live and even NXT and NXT UK, or even SmackDown or Raw, anymore. There are less and less fans out there, and even fewer who would be interested in a show like this.
So basically, if this wasn’t supposed to be anything at all, then it fulfilled its usefulness, but if WWE actually thought this was something any viewer should consider worth their hour, it’s sad, and that’s not on the performers.
What did you think about this special? Tell us your thoughts on SMACKVILLE in the comments below!