WWE SmackDown: 10 Things You Might Have Missed (Aug 9)

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Randy Orton Jinder Mahal

SummerSlam's card is bursting at the seams, isn't it? Like they're experiencing some kind of throwback to pay-per-views from the late-80's, WWE have scheduled 11 matches for the show. The problem is, only a handful of those matches are actually exciting. Creative appear to be throwing things at the wall to see what might stick.

Need to keep Randy Orton strong for Rusev? Well, have him beat Jinder Mahal in SmackDown's main event, even though that's counterproductive and craps all over Jinder's WWE Title match with Shinsuke Nakamura. The same could be said for John Cena's treatment of Baron Corbin this week too. Lord knows why WWE believe burying Mr. MITB is a good idea.

SmackDown tried to mask the holes in WWE's logic, but they were visible to the eagle eye. Oh, and Rusev was there. You missed him? We can't blame you for that, because he was only on screen for 5 whole seconds...

10. Carmella's Missed Opportunity

Carmella James Ellsworth Naomi

James Ellsworth's 30-day suspension expired at the end of last week, but that was kept quiet by WWE because of the finish to Carmella vs. Naomi on SmackDown. Ellsworth popped back up, pushed Naomi off the top rope and watched as Carmella pinned her. The chinless wonder and his gal pal then decided to...walk away?

Naomi was right there for the taking. Carmella could have easily cashed in her Money In The Bank briefcase, but instead she didn't even tease it. That doesn't make any sense at all, because surely a vindictive bitch like Carmella would have her eyes on the prize at this point.

Why would she care if it wasn't a fair fight? Isn't that the point of heels holding MITB? WWE should have at least teased a Carmella cash in on SmackDown. The heel just looked foolish for not taking advantage of Naomi being grounded and the fact she had Ellsworth back in her corner.


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