TV Club: With Battleground on the way, it’s all too easy for Smackdown! Live to roll out empty patriotism

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: Jimmy Uso defeated Kofi Kingston; Mike Kanellis defeated Sami Zayn; Becky Lynch defeated Charlotte; Kevin Owens and Baron Corbin defeated AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura.
  • Because Smackdown! Live knows that approximately three or four people are interested in Battleground‘s Punjabi Prison Match—and I’m including the competitors in that estimate—the show gets the reveal of the structure out of the way immediately. It’s a point that’s been made many times before, but it is fascinating how little interest WWE seems to have in their own “major” title. Outside of the opening …

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