The show must go on. WWE offers a lot of television and that is something that can become something both good and bad. While it means that you never have to wait long for any fresh material, but at the same time there is a LOT of content to be seen. Given WWE’s schedule, they do not go more than two days without a show and occasionally it is even more frequent than that. Then on Friday, they had even more things going on than usual because the night needed to continue.
There were three dark matches on Friday, with one before SmackDown started and two after 205 Live ended. This is different than the usual format, which sees only one match before and after the two shows take place. According to Wrestlinginc.com, the dark match before the show went on the air, Cesaro defeated Apollo Crews with a thumb to the eye and the Neutralizer. Neither of them appeared on SmackDown, though Cesaro was mentioned as being part of Sami Zayn and Shinsuke Nakamura’s group.
Cesaro has been in action recently. Check out a tag match from earlier this month:
According to 411mania.com, the two dark matches after 205 Live went off the air started with Roman Reigns defeating King Corbin. The two of them were involved in a brawl during SmackDown while Ali/Shorty G. defeated Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode. The second dark match saw Bray Wyatt defeat Daniel Bryan with Sister Abigail. SmackDown ended with Wyatt accepting a challenge from Bryan for a Universal Title match at Survivor Series.
It was a big way to end the show. Check out how Wyatt went a little nuts to accept the challenge:
Opinion: This would suggest to me that WWE is still trying to get the attendance up for 205 Live, but my goodness I don’t know how many more things they can try before they just give up on the thing. To be fair though, that has been the case for about two years now as the fans just do not care about 205 Live. Hopefully they can get something else out of it because just adding in a King Corbin match does not exactly sound like something that is going to keep the audience around.
Which of these matches sounds better? How many dark matches should WWE have? Let us know in the comments below.