10th Apr2019

WWE Smackdown Live – April 9th 2019: 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 we have the first Smackdown after Wrestlemania. Let’s see if it all went well…scooter.

Match #1: Ali, Ricochet & Aleister Black def. Andrade, Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev

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Six of SmackDown LIVE’s brightest Superstars collided in Six-Man Tag Team action, as Ali teamed up with Ricochet & Aleister Black to take on Andrade and Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev on the blue brand. With both sides wanting to make a major impression ahead of next week’s Superstar Shake-up, Andrade, WWE’s Rockstar and The Bulgarian Brute looked to corner their opposition with an attack that included a relentless pounding of The One and Only. The temperature changed when Ricochet tagged in his partners, as all three sensations hit the jets and laid waste to their opponents to get the upper hand. Ali landed a decisive blow when he drilled Andrade with a ring-rattling Reverse Hurricanrana and a 450 to pick up the victory for his squad.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a nice match that got the ball rolling on the card. The action was of a good variety, but it all felt a bit restrained. Ricochet was as interesting as usual, but that is not enough for a match to be good. Overall, this was a fun way to start the show.

Match #2: The IIconics def. The Brooklyn Belles to retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles

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Still boasting after their WWE Women’s Tag Championship victory at WrestleMania 35, The IIconics claimed that they were going to be fighting champions, which would start with their very first defense of the titles right here tonight against the supposedly undefeated tandem of The Brooklyn Belles. Despite claiming that their opponents had a 45-0 record, Peyton Royce & Billie Kay made easy work of their opposition, winning their first title defense in dominant fashion.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This wasn’t anything big or bad, but it worked for making the IIconics look like an act that can be a point of interest.

Match #3: The Hardy Boyz def. The Usos to win the SmackDown Tag Team Titles

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In an absolute dream match, The Usos defended the SmackDown Tag Team Titles against The Hardy Boyz on SmackDown LIVE. The two legendary Hall of Fame-bound tag teams went at it with intensity as Matt & Jeff pushed the pace and staggered Jimmy & Jey with several of their signature moves. Jey regained the advantage for his team after connecting with the big splash, but the Hardys survived the onslaught. When The Charismatic Enigma avoided a double splash, The Hardy Boyz rallied, putting Jey down with a Twist of Fate and Swanton Bomb that secured them their eighth Tag Team Championship reign. The Hardy Boyz were the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was an excellent little match that had plenty of thrills to keep you invested. Having The Hardyz get another tag title run as a surprise for SmackDown is a welcome change of pace. I hope this is leading to another nice feud for these two teams, because the WWE tag team division could use a big marquee tag match for the next few Pay Per Views. Overall, this match was a blast and I gave us another great title change.

Match #4: (Main Event) The New Day def. Drew McIntyre & The Bar

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The action got underway with The Bar and Drew McIntyre immediately applying pressure to all three members of The New Day. The Bar isolated Big E, but The New Day survived the attack and tagged in the red-hot Kofi Kingston. The WWE Champion downed Cesaro with an awe-inspiring dive and put Sheamus down for three with a picture-perfect Trouble in Paradise. The Dreadlocked Dynamo then brought his family into the ring as he celebrated with them and The New Day after what was easily the greatest week of his career.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – This was an excellent main event that had what it should have, which is frenetic action and wrestling that had a lot of power behind it. The story of this match was that Kofi was in it as the WWE World Champion, which is a major moment all its own. There wasn’t anything revolutionary here, but it all came together in the right spots to make for a proper finale to the card.

News Of The Night:

  1. Braun Strowman and Samoa Joe may be getting into a feud, thanks in part to a brawl between the two on this show.
  2. Kevin Owens attacked Rusev.
  3. Samoa Joe and R-Truth may be involved in a new feud, thanks to a brawl between the two.
  4. Paige is bringing a tag team to fight the IIconics, next week.
  5. Carmella promised to have a great year in the WWE.
  6. Shane McMahon is getting booked as “The Best In The World”.
  7. Lars Sullivan attacked The Hardyz after they had won the SmackDown Tag Team Titles.
  8. The weird puppet vignette from Raw aired here.
  9. Lacey Evans attacked Becky Lynch to further the build to their Women’s Title feud.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

Even though there was a leaning towards soap opera with the promos, the wrestling was good enough to make this a good viewing.

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