22nd Aug2018

WWE Smackdown – August 21st 2018: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s Smackdown review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the Summerslam fall-out here to discuss, so let’s do so.

Match #1: Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton fought to a chaotic no-contest

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

After weeks of being the victim of physical and mental torment from Randy Orton, Jeff Hardy squared off against The Viper on SmackDown LIVE in a highly personal contest. The two went at it with all the vigor and vitriol that one would expect after several weeks of wild brawls. The brutal battle saw Orton again viciously pull Hardy’s ear lobe, which led to an incensed Jeff stomping The Apex Predator below the belt. The Charismatic Enigma became absolutely unglued, continuing to assault Orton through the WWE Universe. Hardy beat Orton down with anything he could get his hands on, including a steel chair and a camera. Jeff then positioned Randy on a table in the tech area and made an incredible jump from the equipment crates, crushing Orton with a Swanton Bomb… Advantage, finally, Hardy.

My Take: Ten years ago, these guys fought for the WWE World Title on Raw. They had a similar angle with each other where they brawled to the scaffold and Hardy did his dive off the structure and plummeted on top of Orton, who probably held up a sign after Hardy landed that said “ouch”. This match was similar to that chain of events, with the bout devolving into a brutal brawl that saw Hardy do his Swanton Bomb onto Orton from some crates. The action itself was excellent, with Hardy as fluid as ever. Orton was like a rubber band with a vengeance, as he can flex that body of his like he’s made of ball joints. Speaking of balls, Orton likes to wipe his hands on his nuts and make the writers shake those crotch-covered hands until they either relent or refuse and risk getting fired. Apparently, Orton finds himself to be very funny. I wonder if Orton thought he was funny when he was in that brig… or getting fired from The Marine movie… for being in the brig. Did I spell brig right? Hell, with it. It’ll be funnier if I make an ass out of myself for spelling the word wrong any-way. I enjoyed both men’s work here and I hope this feud is given the chance to go as far as it can go… provided Orton washes his hands first.

Match #2: Peyton Royce def. Naomi

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The IIconics know how to ingratiate themselves to a locale… poorly, that is. Peyton Royce & Billie Kay ran down Brooklyn and Royce’s opponent Naomi, calling them “overrated” and “obnoxious” before the contest got underway. Having heard those words, Naomi looked to impose The GLOW on Royce in full force, keeping the Aussie-born Superstar on her toes in the early portions of the contest. However, with Naomi having to constantly keep eyes in the back of her head due to Kay lurking at ringside, Royce capitalized after Naomi dropped Kay, defeating her with the Fisherman Suplex.

My Take: This was over and done before you know it, but at least Dave Meltzer wasn’t there to critique Royce’s weight.

Match #3: Rusev & Lana def. Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega

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Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega did not shy away from gloating after their Mixed Tag Team Match victory over Rusev & Lana at SummerSlam this past Sunday, but they’d have to quickly back those words up in this rematch. The Bulgarian Brute & Ravishing Russian were desperate to right the ship after Rusev Day’s recent struggles. Almas & Vega combatted the couple with supreme confidence, but they were thrown for a loop when Aiden English hit the scene. Unlike the past several weeks, English finally helped as opposed to hurting when he took a steel chair away from Almas, leading to Rusev locking in the Accolade for the tapout win. After the match, it seemed like Rusev was pleased with The Mozart of Mayhem, who quickly made his exit. Could it wind up being a Happy Rusev Day after all?

My Take: This was a standard match in terms of action, but since it followed 50/50 rules, that means it was just the reverse of the match they had at Summerslam, last night.

Match #4: Main Event – The New Day def. The Bludgeon Brothers in a No Disqualification Match to win the SmackDown Tag Team Titles

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

After the SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match at SummerSlam ended in a disqualification when The Bludgeon Brothers barbarically attacked the members of The New Day with their mallets, the teams re-upped on SmackDown LIVE with the rulebook tossed out in this No Disqualification title rematch. Neither squadron wasted any time taking advantage of the parameters, with The Bludgeon Brothers using their power and strength without fear of repercussion and The New Day scrapping it out to counteract. The match saw a little bit of everything, including flying announcers’ chairs, ladders being used as tables and Rowan smashing through barricades at absolute full speed.

In the bout’s closing moments, Xavier Woods prevented Harper from putting Kofi Kingston through a table by using The Bludgeon Brother’s own mallet against him. Kingston then positioned Harper on a table, which allowed Woods to drop an astonishing top-rope elbow to the bludgeoner, crashing Harper through it and getting the three-count to capture the titles! New Day, new champs.

My Take: This was an excellent main event that was better than the match they had at Summerslam. They brawled all over the place and left nothing to the imagination. There weren’t any pan-cakes, so we had that going for us as well. Apparently, Erick Rowan injured himself at Summerslam, so may have been struggling to keep up with every-body else here. It’s a tall order to have a big match like this after a PPV bout, but these two teams pulled it off beautifully. On top of all of the mayhem, we even got new champions… Neil Young and Crazy Horse. People rocking in the free world! Congratulations to The New Day for getting another run with the tag titles and the same to The Bludgeon Brothers for surviving this big mallet gimmick.

News Of The Night:

  1. Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella will wrestle The Miz and Maryse at Hell in a Cell in a Mixed Tag Team Match.
  2. Becky Lynch attempted to turn heel, but the crowd refused to treat her like one. Currently, the crowd hates Charlotte Flair and booed every-thing that Flair did when she and Lynch had a brawl after the latter’s speech to the people. When Lynch insulted the crowd, they just went silent, rather than jeer her. They need to take a page from an angle that happened a decade ago with Big Show and Floyd Mayweather and just switch the roles so that Lynch is the face and Flair is the heel. You shouldn’t fight the crowd. You should love the crowd.
  3. Samoa Joe attacked AJ Styles and said more mean stuff to AJ’s family.
  4. Carmella will get her title rematch against Charlotte Flair, next week.
  5. The Bar fights Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, next week.
  6. R-Truth wants to fight Carmella.
  7. The Miz did a fake retirement promo to piss off the people.
  8. Shinsuke Nakamura only had a promo on Smackdown.

Final Verdict – 2.5 out of 5: A two hour wrestling card should have more than four matches. Two of the matches on this card were not really any-thing of note. The promos were good, but they took too long and were predictable. The main event was excellent but wasn’t enough to get this card to a 3.

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One Response to “WWE Smackdown – August 21st 2018: Results & Review”

  • Nathan Favel

    When I wrote that Summerslam was last night, I should of said “two days ago”.