Every week here on Bleacher Report, I will take an in-depth look at SmackDown, recapping all of the action, offering analysis and grading the matches, segments and anything else that takes place on the show, as well as provide some predictions on the direction of storylines.
There is no denying that a person's mood affects how they view things. If I am already in a good mood when SmackDown starts, I am more likely to like the show. And a bad mood might make my opinion skew more toward the negative.
I thought this week that I must have been in a good mood when the show started, because I really enjoyed this episode. But then I realized that I was pretty neutral going into the show, and it was the show itself that put me in a better mood.
All the non-wrestling segments worked, most of the matches were fun to watch, and the commentary team of Michael Cole and JBL were on top of their game.
We had no Shield, no Randy Orton, no Rhodes brothers and no Dolph Ziggler, but the show was enjoyable nonetheless.
Let's get right into this week's show with the opening segment featuring CM Punk's promo and match with Curtis Axel.