They’re mixing these things up. One of the more interesting problems WWE has at the moment is managing to get more people onto their television broadcasts on any given week. With so many wrestlers and a limited amount of television time, there is only so much that can be done. Dark matches can help with this issue and that is what they did on Tuesday.

According to, there was a dark match both before and after this week’s SmackDown Live taping, as is the case nearly every week. Before the show, Ember Moon defeated Liv Morgan. Moon appeared on the show in a backstage segment but did not wrestle. After the show was over, Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor successfully defended the title against Shinsuke Nakamura. Neither of them appeared on the show.

The latter match has taken place before, albeit on a different stage. Check out Balor vs. Nakamura from NXT:


Opinion: These are some different dark matches and that’s not the worst idea in the world. Nakamura hasn’t had a television match outside of a battle royal in over a month so putting out a star like this, who barely ever gets to be on television these days, is a good idea. He and Balor are both big names so giving the fans something to make them stick around after the show should work fairly well.

Which of these matches interests you more? What is next for Balor and the title? Let us know in the comments below.

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