While Raw headed to Extreme Rules with an uninspired go-home show typical of the Network era, SmackDown came through with a solid offering that not only built excitement for the pay-per-view, but should also be seen as a minor rebound after two weeks of mediocrity.
With the buzz around Team Hell No's reunion still carrying the show, WWE pushed the blue brand's tag division to the forefront last night. Kane and Daniel Bryan opened as guests on Miz TV, but they were in for a chaotic evening, as the Bludgeon Brothers, Sanity, and The New Day all made their presence felt. It all built towards a wild 10-man main event that produced drama and excitement in equal measure, renewing hopes of a revival for the oft-neglected division post-Extreme Rules.
Elsewhere, we got another bout between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura, only without the former's WWE Championship on the line. Asuka wrestled James Ellsworth for the second consecutive week, Jeff Hardy and Rusev both made their presence felt, and lo and behold, Andrade 'Cien' Almas finally worked a match against a full-time roster member. Rejoice!
A perfect tonic for anyone let down by Monday's meek pre-PPV showing, SmackDown's two eventful hours were more than worth the time investment...