While RAW is still great and has some exceptional talent, SmackDown has seen an upswing in better stories, better matches, and all of the talent seems to have much better chemistry. Last night's show was absolutely a ton of fun to watch. Every single match was great, and for me it was hard to pick which was the best one.
We opened with Carmella taunting Asuka, who despite her winning streak coming to an end, is still one of WWE's top female performers. It all culminated into a two-on-one handicapped match between Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, while Carmella sat on commentary. To be fair, all three women put their best foot forward, and they all looked great last night. In the end Asuka won, but for an opening match it was great.
The show followed with The New Day and The Miz have yet another spectacular promo together, and I'm really glad Xavier Woods noticed that The Miz looks like a Naruto character. Their match at the end of the night (New Day vs. The Miz, Samoa Joe, and Rusev) was electrifying and really pulled the show together.
We saw a lot of action from the women last night, with a mixed tag team match with Jimmy Uso and Naomi going against Lana and Aiden English. It's great to see Lana getting a slight push (especially after what we saw her go through on last season's Total Divas). We even got to see Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair go at it in an exciting match. The weakest match may have been Luke Harper against Karl Anderson, but in a surprise twist Anderson won — and really, when he wins, we all win. The contract signing promo with AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura was squarely okay, but every time Paige was on the mic she stole the show. She's absolute magic in her new role.
Overall I've enjoyed Tuesday nights more than Monday now, and for good reason. Here's hoping WWE can keep it up!