WWE SmackDown Grades: A New Day Rising For Team Hell No

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Team Hell No were the guests on Miz TV to open WWE SmackDown this week. Photo by WWE’s Twitter

The July 10 edition of WWE SmackDown was the blue brand’s final chance to showcase itself before Extreme Rules on Sunday and it was a successful attempt in doing just that.

The pre-Extreme Rules edition of WWE SmackDown was a stellar show with plenty of impressive in-ring work and entertaining segments as well, especially including the SmackDown Tag Team Championship picture.

With the final pay-per-view before SummerSlam just days away, the blue brand is heading in a great direction to leave a huge impact on the summer.  With that being said, let’s take a look at a few grades from the July 10 edition of WWE SmackDown.

5. Opening Segment

Everyone knows by now that the “most must-see WWE talk show in history” is none other than Miz TV.  And last night’s version of Miz TV was one of the best the show has seen in a long time when the number one contenders for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship joined the picture.

Team Hell No has a big opportunity at Extreme Rules on Sunday to capture tag team gold from The Bludgeon Brothers, but last night kicked off with Daniel Bryan and Kane as guests on Miz TV.  And as expected, it was a memorable segment from start to finish.  It started out with The Miz halfheartedly giving Team Hell No its due, but would soon turn into a goading attempt.

The A-Lister said Kane, a big fan of *NSYNC apparently, would eventually turn on Bryan like he always does.  This all led to Bryan putting The Miz in his place verbally before Miz responded with verbal shots of his own, claiming Bryan knows he can’t hang with him in the ring anymore.  Kane tried to be the peacekeeper, but after a couple jabs were directed towards him, he was setting up The Miz for a chokeslam.

However, Harper and Rowan made their way to the ring and chaos ensued.  Immediately after they came out, SAnitY jumped Team Hell No from behind and attacked them.  But The New Day came out and fended off the attack for a while, only to get taken out briefly as well while the destructive heel teams stood tall.  Overall, this was an awesome opening segment of the night with great comedy, mic work, and overall chaos.

In probably the best opening segment of WWE SmackDown all year long so far, everything just clicked wonderfully and led to a massive main event at the same time.

Final Grade: A