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Every episode of SmackDown in 2020, graded

It’s that time to look back on the year that was on SmackDown.

This was, by far, the most challenging year for pretty much everyone, considering the global pandemic that changed every part of every one of our lives. That included WWE no longer touring the country and being unable to host any fans for the majority of the year. Months of shows were held at the Performance Center before the innovation of the ThunderDome, which brought fans into the fold digitally.

How did all that affect the quality of the television?


Jan. 4 (Not Paranoia): B+
Jan. 11 (Ordinary): C+
Jan. 18 (Stipulations!): B+
Jan. 25 (Blood pact): B-
Feb. 1 (Ruff night): C
Feb. 8 (Saudi stuff): C
Feb. 15 (Catalyst): B-
Feb. 22 (Undaunted): C-
Feb. 29 (The future): B-
Mar. 7 (Tag Team Gauntlet): C-
Mar. 14 (A surreal experience): A
Mar. 21 (Bulldogs): B-
Mar. 28 (Nikki steals the show): C-
April 4 (The truth): A-
April 11 (Family affairs): B-
April 18 (Mind games): C+
April 25 (Triple H, this is your life!): B
May 2 (Jilted exes): B+
May 9 (Dork in the Bank): C-
May 16 (Otis the court jester): B-
May 23 (Losers win): B
May 30 (Live PD): B+
June 6 (Insulting): C+
June 13 (Taking the piss): B-
June 20 (Run): B-
June 27 (Going home): C+
July 4 (Role models): B
July 11 (What a stupid show): D+
July 18 (Destroyer of monsters): B
July 25 (Naomi deserves better): B
Aug. 1 (Monster): B+
Aug. 8 (Bad art imitates life): C-
Aug. 15 (Confusion): B-
Aug 22 (Beyond ThunderDome): C
Aug. 29 (Believe that?): B+
Sept. 5 (Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde): A
Sept. 12 (Rude awakening): B+
Sept. 19 (Roman’s gonna get you): B
Sept. 26 (Head of the table): B
Oct. 3 (Disrespected): B-
Oct. 10 (Bait and switch): C-
Oct. 17 (Brotherhood): B+
Oct. 24 (Family rivalry): B+
Oct. 31 (Fall in line): B
Nov. 7 (The curse is broken): C+
Nov. 14 (Give me what I want): B
Nov. 21 (Secondary champion): B-
Nov. 28 (No fear): B-
Dec. 5 (Savage): A
Dec. 12 (Stop the DQ): C+
Dec. 19 (Die trying): B-
Dec. 26 (Big Champion): A+

What this shows as much as anything is that our reviewers found the show to be a generally enjoyable experience throughout the entirety of the year, challenges be damned.

See you in 2021!

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