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WWE SmackDown "August 16, 2016" Review - AVClub

AVClub: Smackdown! Live may be finding its footing in 2016, but there’s a very old school feel to the show that’s being fine-tuned each and every week. While Raw is struggling to fill its three hours with meaningful storylines, relying on the same old booking that’s defined the worst of the show in the last year or two, Smackdown is embracing a method of storytelling that would feel right at home in the early-to-mid ’90s and the first few months of the 2002 brand split. Patience, and an embracing of the entire roster, is really the key here. Where Raw is still the Roman Reigns show, with Seth Rollins and Finn Balor struggling to sell the importance of the WWE Universal Championship—no doubt the match will be great though—Smackdown is making everyone on their roster look like an asset, or at the very least (especially in terms of Eva Marie), an integral part of the storytelling process.

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