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Don't forget: the clocks changed last week so if you want to record Smackdown you probably need some professional help.

What a Mark. 

Rob Gronkowski's ring entrance in an empty arena was the most embarrassing and cringy thing I may have ever seen as a wrestling fan. And thats coming from somebody whose parents were in the room when

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Watched this out of interest. Was a baffling sight to see that mini empty arena. The approach was odd. Some of it similar to that snowed in Raw that time. The backstage stuff just like a regular show. The in-ring interviews written by Russo. The matches just very strange.

Enjoyed Trips just having a great time on commentary. Taking the piss out of Cole and throwing in a "What a manoeuvre".

Interviews were really well delivered. Content was on the nose.

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With HHH on commentary, no crowd getting themselves over, and some good matches, it was the most interesting SD had been in a while. Until they showed the whole tag team elimination chamber match to fill time

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Definitely some positives coming out of the show. With a few tweaks and additions, this format is probably a decent template for the next few weeks of TV until crowds are allowed to gather again. If anything it might force them to dive a little deeper into character profiles, allow for more engaging interviews to take place, etc. 

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8 minutes ago, DavidB6937 said:

HHH on commentary was a joy. Worth watching for that alone.

Yep. There are two things I want from this company right now. Firstly, a WWE 24 Documentary following Vince losing his mind at the prospect of cancelling Wrestlemania. And more importantly, a new Network option where I can switch the commentary track on every show to a grumpy, sarcastic Triple H in Gorilla just slagging everyone off.

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I pretty much downloaded it as soon as I heard Triple H was on commentary. That's a presence and personality you just want to hear from. It's why he's the man, and I'll always welcome his yearly My Big WrestleMania Match. 

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Weird show, but interesting to see how they went about the in-ring business by seemingly telling the women to keep the noise/chatter level up constantly to cover anything that shouldn't be being overheard (and taking the opportunity to chat about what was coming next during the ad break).

Then they sent 2 "solid experienced hands" out in Bryan & Cesaro who work a style that I'd imagine requires minimal talk anyway, but still had 2 blokes on the outside making a bit of noise & Zayn never shutting up on commentary.

Similar with adding Elias to commentary on Hardy-Corbin, chucking in a bit of guitar playing and keeping it short - I'd guess that match was pretty much totally laid out in advance.

Given the lack of crowd, I think at least one of the interview segments could have occurred somewhere other than the ring for variety - the Reigns one could have been done in an office (I assume Trips has a leather sofas kind of office in the PC?), Miz & Morrison could have had the director's chairs set up on the stage with the old Dirt Sheet backdrop on the screen behind them, whilst still being able to do the same "oh, no-one booing us now eh?" content.

And yeah, between the content of the promos on this show & Styles' on Raw, it's starting to look like they're building to RussoMania.

Gronk is totally laying Mojo out next week then squashing him in 30 seconds at Mania, right? Assuming "next week" or "Mania" ever happens, of course.

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Think a lot more will go into Raw and the coming shows in terms of changing up settings etc as they'll have much more time to prepare, possibly shooting additional vignettes etc or planning alternative locations for the things you mentioned like different areas of the stages, offices backstage etc. Because of the travel logistics and the late call to relocate it they probably couldn't do as much of that for this one (they're also possibly sprucing the place up again after the mental Gargano/Ciampa brawl on Wednesday). I definitely think they need to relocate stuff like the Taker/Styles contract signing - Undertaker doing his normal entrance etc in front of empty seats will look a bit dafty. 

They should keep HHH on commentary for this entire PC run. On both shows. He's the daddy. 

 

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