Starting them up in the right way. There is a lot going on in any given WWE television taping. All kinds of things take place that night and a bunch of them are not seen on the actual television broadcast. There is even wrestling that you won’t get to see, which almost always takes place before the show. That was the case again this week, even though it might be something you’ve heard of before.

According to, the pre-show dark match before this week’s SmackDown Live saw Ali defeat Buddy Murphy. This is the same match that took place before last week’s show as well. Ali has not wrestled on television since May 21 when he defeated Andrade on SmackDown Live. Murphy was called up to SmackDown Live in the Superstar Shakeup and has yet to wrestle on television for the show.

Ali has at least been active in the ring as of late. Check out one of his recent matches:

Opinion: For the life of me I have no idea why we’re stuck sitting around waiting on Murphy to debut. They’re having 2/3 falls matches and matches that restart after the break with more people added but they can’t get Murphy out there for a squash? The same thing happened to multiple people last year and this is the best they can do? Just do something with him or send him back to 205 Live where he can at least work.

Have you liked Ali’s vignettes? Will Murphy debut on the show? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the History Of In Your House.

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