8 Ups & 5 Downs From Last Night's WWE SmackDown (10 Sept)

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Sami Zayn The Undertaker
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It's all change on SmackDown soon, with the blue brand just a month away from moving back to Friday Nights, celebrating its 20th Anniversary and hopefully - for the sake of WWE's financials - doing big numbers on big new home Fox. The lingering pressure of the shift hasn't quite started to show, but some particularly potent editions of Monday Night Raw have recently left Tuesday's sister show looking a little underdone.

Heading into the second consecutive night at Madison Square Garden, WWE were hoping another powerful edition of the flagship could convince those on the fence from the local area to treat themselves to one of the many tickets still available ahead of time, not least with the promise of seeing The Undertaker in the flesh and the possibility of seeing Bray Wyatt's evil Fiend tear at that very flesh following a tantalising Firefly Fun House tease.

Or, not quite. Bray's alter-ego did dark match duties against The B-Team, presumably so fans could nod sagely about the Rotundo brothers going to war, but what else instead emerged from Tuesday's event?

Serving also as the go-home show for Sunday's Clash Of Champions, there was plenty to address before the titleholders strode into the weekend supercard, but could the company make it two for two in the 'World's Most Famous Arena?'

(Don't fret, Andy Murray will be back next week)

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