Dana Brooke def. Ruby Riott
The Riott Squad is no more now that Liv Morgan is on SmackDown Live thanks to the Superstar Shake-up. I was wondering whether Sarah Logan would continue to team, but Logan was nowhere to be seen here. Instead, Riott flew solo, which I liked. Unfortunately, she still lost. It was definitely smart for her to be on offense for most of the match, but this was mediocre at best. This marked Brooke's second straight win on the show, so it's clear officials are keen on pushing her at the moment.
EC3 def. No Way Jose
WWE did a dry run with Drake Maverick as EC3's manager two weeks ago during a SmackDown Live dark match. Why hasn't that pairing happened on TV yet? Anything is an improvement over this for EC3. He could not be any more dead in the water, but if nothing else, he was able to beat Jose. This was a perfectly fine match and it was nice that they picked up the pace in the final few minutes, but it wasn't anything worth writing home about beyond that.
They must be trying out different guest commentators because Sam Roberts helped call the action last week and this week it was David Otunga (oh joy). Props to Nigel McGuinness for ditching Main Event duty. In all seriousness, this was another forgettable episode. Brooke vs. Riott was a fresh match, I guess, but it can easily be skipped over. EC3 vs. Jose wasn't that much better and again served as a sad reminder of EC3's poor positioning in the company right now.
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