03rd Oct2018

WWE Smackdown – Oct 2nd 2018: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s Smackdown Live review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Venom appears to be a weirdo-fest. I like weird $#!%. Will I like Venom? Who cares!

Match #1: R-Truth & Carmella defeated Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

Carmella was quick to respond when Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega trashed the debut of “Truth TV” on social media over the weekend, prompting The Princess of Staten Island to challenge them to a mixed tag matchup on the blue brand. Despite Almas & Vega having plenty of experience teaming together, Fabulous Truth came out firing on all cylinders. After Almas pulled Carmella off of Vega when she was going for a pinfall and blocked a kick from The Princess of Staten Island, R-Truth clobbered “Cien,” and Princess Mella trapped Zelina in the Code of Silence after several lightning-quick reversals to earn the tapout victory.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was quick and painless, with a little bit of quality wrestling just to throw us off. Cien should have won here, at least people know who R-Truth is, so I guess that takes a little of the sting out… a little.

Match #2: Randy Orton versus Tye Dillinger (No Contest)

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

Looking for retribution after Randy Orton brutalized him last week, Tye Dillinger went face-to-face with The Viper on SmackDown LIVE. The Perfect 10 came out with a ferocious fury of strikes, even going as far to slam Orton onto the announcer’s table. However, Dillinger could not sustain his rage against The Viper. Orton soon took over and began to systematically tear Dillinger apart, delivering a DDT to Tye on the floor. The Apex Predator then punctuated the beating by putting Dillinger’s finger in between the turnbuckle apparatus and savagely ripping at it as The Perfect 10 gasped in pain.

My Take: 0 out of 5 – This match never actually started, so we just had a brawl. Dillinger looked good during this brawl, but it made him look like a geek getting beaten down by Randy “crotch-itch” Orton.

Match #3: Shelton Benjamin defeated Daniel Bryan

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

Shelton Benjamin asked SmackDown LIVE General Manager Paige for an opportunity over the weekend, and an opportunity he was presented: A one-on-one matchup with Daniel Bryan. With Bryan’s WWE Super Show-Down opponent The Miz belittling his rival from the announce desk, The “Yes!” Man and Benjamin threw down in a thriller that had the WWE Universe enthralled. Benjamin really put the pressure on Bryan, but Bryan looked to be closing in on victory when he connected with some pivotal strikes. As Bryan was setting up for the Running Knee, however, Miz dashed up to the apron to distract him. Bryan disposed of The A-Lister, but the interference allowed Shelton to connect with Paydirt to pick up the huge victory. After the match, a furious Miz dished out an unrelenting assault on his rival, bashing his head into the announce desk and finishing him off with a Skull-Crushing Finale four days before they battle for a WWE Title opportunity at WWE Super Show-Down.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – Holy #&@$!%# $#!%! Shelton Benjamin won the #&@$!%# match! Plus, this was a really good match! I feel like Ted Danson after he gets his forehead filed down!

Match #4: Main Event – Asuka def. Peyton Royce

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

With their tag team match at Saturday’s WWE Super Show-Down on the horizon, Asuka took on Peyton Royce of The IIconics with their partners Naomi and Billie Kay patrolling ringside. Royce attempted to slow down Asuka’s blistering attack, but to no avail. Naomi neutralized an interference attempt from Kay at ringside, which cleared the way for The Empress of Tomorrow to execute a perfectly-placed Asuka Lock for a dominant tapout victory heading into Melbourne this Saturday.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – This was all about Asuka kicking Royce until she died. Well, I mean, Royce is alive and Asuka did more than just kick her, but Royce is still dead… but she’s alive.

News Of The Night:

  1. Samoa Joe almost got fired for trespassing on AJ Styles property last week.
  2. Becky Lynch was assaulted by Charlotte Flair in the finale of the card, but Flair still got booed as Lynch was praised by the crowd.
  3. The New Day did a terrible pancake vignette.
  4. The Miz got Shelton Benjamin his match with Daniel Bryan.
  5. Aiden English showed Rusev a, possibly doctored, video of him meeting Lana in Milwaukee for sex.

Final Verdict: 2 out of 5 – This was a lousy episode of Smackdown. For a show that’s two weeks away from its 1000th broadcast, you’d be hard-pressed to get excited about that with a card like this. Plus, this event did little to get me excited about Super Show Down.

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