TV Club: Smackdown! Live gets back on track, and becomes the land of opportunity again

Because The A.V. Club knows that TV shows keep going even if we’re not writing at length about them, we’re experimenting with discussion posts. For certain shows, one of our TV writers will publish some brief thoughts about the latest episode, and open the comments for readers to share theirs.

  • Results: The Usos defeated the Hype Bros; Naomi (c) defeated Lana (Smackdown! Live Women’s Championship Match); Baron Corbin defeated Sami Zayn; Carmella won the Women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match.
  • This week’s show starts with a really great hype video that establishes just what this show is all about. Phrases like “land of opportunity” get thrown around all the time, and it’s easy enough to get cynical about it or, more understandably, let it become nothing but white noise. This video package uses that phrase in a beautiful way though, setting the …

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