WWE Smackville: Why?

In a wrestling event that nobody asked for, with matches that nobody was thrilled about, WWE presented us with a WWENetwork only live event: Smackville. 

A play on the name of Nashville, the city hosting the house show (because that’s what it was), Smackville would kick off with Shinsuke Nakamura coming down to the ring to cut a small… two or three… word per sentence… promo about Finn Balor not being able to wrestle, so there would be no match. He would have the referee begin the count-out, but then Ali would answer the call to absolutely no pop from the crowd.

The two would have a match for the Intercontinental Title where Nakamura would slowly pick apart the young up and comer with his quick strikes. Ali would get a few pops in, and for a moment, after delivering the Satellite DDT, looked as if he was going to win it. Nakamura would kick out, which would make Ali go up to the top rope for the 450 Splash, which Nakamura would roll out of the way to avoid. Ali, desperate for the win, would charge in, and Nakamura would send Ali into the middle turnbuckle, which led into the Kinshasa, and Nakamura for the win.

Samoa Joe, in his best Captain Obvious impression, would cut an unnecessary promo explaining what happens in the ring during a triple threat match. You know, in case you forgot how these things work. He would then let everyone know what he was going to do in the ring.

In the longest bit of his whole career, Elias would come out and do his usual musical schtick where he can passingly play the guitar. This bit went on for ten long, excruciating minutes before Kevin Owens came out to the ring, and the two would have a match. 

Kevin Owens would have the upper hand for the first part of a match, but after a swift boot to the face, while in between the ropes, it was Elias’s turn. The two would swap the upper hand over one another, but after a failed elbow by Elias, Owens would pick up the win with The Stunner.

After a video package with going over the events between Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, and Samoa Joe over the last couple of months, and an interview with Kofi, the Triple Threat Match for the WWE Title was underway.

Kofi would immediately dive in and take out both Ziggler and Joe, but the two would team up and pick apart Kofi. Kofi would battle back, but the odds weren’t in his favor. Eventually, Ziggler and Joe would go at one another, and Kofi would capitalize.

The three would slowly tear each other apart, with Joe locking in the Coquina Clutch on Kofi twice. Ziggler would get a few shots in, but Kofi would counter, landing the SOS. After kicking Ziggler out of the ring, Kofi and Joe would tangle for a minute before Kofi landed the Trouble In Paradise for the win.

Outside of the main event, which was decent, Smackville was altogether dull. None of these matches were memorable, and it felt like everyone wasn’t giving their all. The ten-minute musical segment with Elias was utterly unnecessary. WWE could’ve put in a women’s match, but like Evolution 2, that’s wishful thinking.

Smackville? More like Smack In the Face.

Daniel Hennessy