SmackDown In A Nutshell: Celebrating Hunter’s 25 Years

Celebrating Hunter's 25 Years

We wrap up the wrestling week with another SmackDown In A Nutshell. The big draw tonight, of course, is celebrating Hunter’s 25 years.

It’s certainly something to talk about, considering what Hunter has done in such a long and storied career. That, and it may be an indication of an easy thing to do, to keep the staffing down to a minimum.

Of course, it can’t ALL be about the boss (at least, the boss of NXT). There is that upcoming Money In The Bank PPV to figure out, too.

With that in mind, we can expect some more names to qualify for the chance at that game-changing briefcase.

So, without any more delay, it’s time to crack open this Nutshell-all about celebrating Hunter’s 25 years!

Celebrating Hunter's 25 Years

Best Match of the night:

Honestly, there were some entertaining matches, but nothing really memorable. I don’t think there was one that I’d really feel great about calling “match of the night”.

That said, if you wanted to press me for it, I think I’d go with the Lucha House Party over Miz and Morrison.

Yes, I never thought I’d type that either.

Worst match of the night:

How about Sheamus and Mr. Vito?

At least it was short, I suppose.

Crowd Chants of the Night:

Nope, no crowds, no chants.

Star of the Night

WWE would have us believe the star was Hunter, being that it was his anniversary night.

Beyond that, I’d say no one really was a standout. Lacey had a big win, so perhaps I could pick on her?

Spot of the Night:

How about the Forgotten Sons, making their presence felt in a big way this week.

Jobber of the Night:

Mr. Vito gets this one. Absolutely no question about that.

Upset of the Night:

I have two choices here.

Lucha House Party, with the announcers rightly calling it a shocking upset. They’ve been used a lot, but they have not had much success lately.

The other would be Lacey Evans getting the MITB spot, over Sasha Banks.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

The Forgotten Sons might actually have a chance to stand out, if Friday’s actions mean much.

Beyond that, how about Vince McMahon himself showing up to wrap up the celebration for Hunter’s 25 years. We have not seen much of McMahon lately, so it was a sight for sure.

Of course, he kept his distance, at least on camera.

Botch of the night:

Nothing standing out for me.

LOL Moment of the night:

Maybe the 25th anniversary segment made you laugh? I mean, Hunter and HBK certainly appeared to be enjoying themselves…


Noteworthy Moment:

I think we got to see big wins or statements from Lacey Evans, the Forgotten Sons and Lucha House Party.

We shall see what they mean, if anything. For Lacey, her win means something, as it got her in the MITB match.

Overall lowlights:

Either you loved the 25th anniversary segment, or you hated it. Since I feel like it could be taken either way…it’s going here and the next spot too.

Wasn’t really sure I liked that, between the phone calls and the inside jokes and Vince giving them the hook. I mean, it was OK, but I wasn’t loving it.

Overall highlights:

See, I told you that anniversary segment could go here too.

It did fill pretty much the last half hour of the show (I think), so yay for that?

I like seeing Lacey win, and getting a big statement from the Sons. Let’s see if WWE pushes those folks a bit.

Of course, the other side of the Lacey win was Sasha losing…and maybe more cracks showing.

After the final bell:

Was it a bad show? No.

Wasn’t a great show either, in my opinion. The signature segment-the celebration-was love it or leave it, in my opinion.

I don’t object if you loved it. I won’t trash you if you hated it.

Some parts I liked, some I didn’t…but I think that segment really and truly warranted a delay until a live audience and appearances could have happened.

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