By Ryan SatinFOX Sports WWE Analyst
Karrion Kross surprised the wrestling world with a return to WWE on SmackDown and he had a message for Roman Reigns.
First, heres a rundown of the match results:
Ricochet defeated Happy Corbin via pinfall due to Corbin being distracted by Pat McAfee at the announcer’s desk
Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Ludwig Kaiser via pinfall
Shayna Baszler earned a SmackDown womens title shot after winning a Gauntlet match that included Raquel Rodriguez, Shotzi, Aliyah, Xia Li, Natalya and Sonya Deville
The Viking Raiders won a Squash match over local talent
Kofi Kingston defeated Erik via roll-up pinfall
Moment of the night: Karrion Kross and Scarlett are back
Another huge coup at the start of the Triple H era.
Kross and Scarlett never shouldve been released in the first place.
Even with an initial disastrous debut that was out of his control, Karrion Kross still oozes credibility and demands attention on-screen. He’s someone you can build an entire brand around.
The way he was brought out on SmackDown this week is a much better way to make that happen.
Attacking Drew McIntyre and sending a message to Roman Reigns with the hourglass made you forget about the silly outfit from last year and instead focus on the fact that he’s a monster.
Moves such as this from Triple H are creating excitement around the product again and regaining trust from the fanbase. Kudos all around.
Match of the night: Ricochet vs. Happy Corbin
Ricochet is one of the most impressive wrestlers in the world. A possible renewed push on the horizon gives me hope in his WWE future.
A win over Happy Corbin, even due to distraction from McAfee, is a step in the right direction.
Hopefully he can continue to rack up meaningful wins again.
WWE announced that starting on Raw this week, there will be a tournament to crown new Womens Tag Team champions.
No teams have been announced yet, and its unclear at this time where the situation stands between WWE and former champs Sasha Banks/Naomi.
Shayna Baszler earning a title shot at Clash of the Castle was another W for fans of NXT 1.0 watching the show.
Kross, Ricochet and Baszler all had great runs in NXT when it was run by Triple H. The possibility of similar positioning in WWE with “The Game” as head of creative is very promising.
As for Shayna and Liv, Im looking forward to seeing how Ronda Rousey factors into the story.
Will the former champion help her friend? Or will she be more focused on regaining the title herself? Time will tell.
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Ryan Satin is a WWE analyst for FOX Sports. Satin previously appeared on FS1’s “WWE Backstage” and founded Pro Wrestling Sheet, where he broke countless news stories as editor-in-chief.