This week's Smackdown had a different feel to it just because they actually put a lot of focus on the Intercontinental Title. It was so refreshing to see that simply due to the fact that WWE has done a poor job of promoting secondary titles in recent years. It's a smart move on WWE's part because with no WWE Champion Brock Lesnar on Smackdown, no John Cena and no Randy Orton, they can focus on some upper midcard performers and also their second most prestigious male singles title. Caring about the IC Title is something fans have been hoping to see for many years. Maybe Smackdown can continue to promote those secondary titles more. A segment that won't be mentioned as an up or a down was seeing US Champion Rusev get involved with Jack Swagger. Rusev was with Lana ripping on John Cena for being a loser, then Swagger came out and Rusev beat him up like he usually does. How many times can they go to Swagger as the guy for Rusev to beat up? We've seen it about 30 times by now. Move on. Last week's show was one of the worst episodes in a long time. This week's was a bit better because they actually did some decent storyline development although the "B" show feel towards Smackdown still exists. Here are four ups and four downs from this week's show.
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