17th Apr2019

WWE Smackdown Live – April 16th 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 second half of the Super-Star Shake-Up, so let’s see who gets stuck in the middle with you…dude.

Match #1: Finn Bálor def. Ali

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SmackDown LIVE’s first acquisition in the Superstar Shake-up was Intercontinental Champion Finn Bálor, and he wasted no time getting right into the mix on the blue brand by facing off against Ali in non-title action. The two Superstars pushed the pace from the jump, keeping the WWE Universe on their toes with an incredible array of offense. In the clutch, Ali appeared to have The Extraordinary Man reeling when he connected with a dazzling top-rope hurricanrana, but Bálor dodged Ali’s 054, nailed a running dropkick and clinched the win with the Coup De Grace. Finn and Ali shook hands after the bout in a display of mutual respect. What’s next for Finn after bringing the Intercontinental Championship to the blue brand?

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a very nice, solid match that was a bit too much on the WWE side of things for my taste, but it was still wrestled well.

Match #2: Charlotte Flair def. Carmella

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In her first appearance since WrestleMania, Charlotte Flair returned to SmackDown LIVE to face off against this year’s WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal winner, Carmella. The Queen looked supremely confident in the early goings, but she was quickly reminded of Carmella’s past success against her when Princess Mella dropped her with two pinpoint kicks to the jaw. The Princess of Staten Island took Flair to her limits with an array of hard-hitting strikes. However, Charlotte regained control and trapped her opponent in the Figure-Eight for an emphatic submission victory. R-Truth tended to Carmella after the contest, but Lars Sullivan soon hit the scene and stalked to the ring. Likely sensing that Lars was there for a fight, Truth got right in the face of The Freak, and the two Superstars began trading haymakers. The monstrous Sullivan soon got the upper hand and dropped Truth with a ring-rattling Freak Accident. In a frightening moment, Sullivan turned his attention to the downed Carmella, but Princess Mella slowly slipped out of the squared circle unscathed as Sullivan once again leveled Truth with a running sit-out powerbomb, undoubtedly putting his fellow Superstars on notice.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a good match that was a bit too slow in parts, but it had some ambition where it counted, so that gave it some value.

Match #3: Asuka, Kairi Sane, Ember Moon & Bayley def. The IIconics, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville

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In lieu of the massive brawl from moments prior, Asuka & Kairi Sane teamed with Bayley and Ember Moon to square off against The IIconics and Fire & Desire on SmackDown LIVE. Asuka & Kairi showed off instant chemistry, stringing together impressive double-team offense that had their opposition reeling. Bayley and Ember Moon chipped in with some high-risk offense that put their squad firmly in control. The IIconics, Mandy and Sonya would not go quietly, but after a furious sequence, Asuka downed Royce with a Reverse DDT, setting up Kairi to connect with her breathtaking Insane Elbow for the victory.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a fun match that was a bit slow in parts, but it got the job done when it counted.

Match #4: (Main Event) Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods & Kevin Owens def. Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev

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After WWE Champion Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods gave Kevin Owens, err “Big O,” a crash course on how to properly introduce The New Day out to the ring, the newly configured group took on the imposing crew of Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev on SmackDown LIVE. The New Day wasted no time initiating “Big O” by having him join in on their patented Unicorn Stampede, which was followed by Owens’ signature cannonball splash into the corner. It wasn’t all smooth sailing for The New Day though, as Cesaro, Nakamura & Rusev isolated Woods. Woods battled back, allowing Kingston and Owens to get into the action. The WWE Champion and “Big O” worked in tandem, allowing The New Day to score the victory when The Dreadlocked Dynamo connected with the Trouble in Paradise and Owens to hit the Stunner for a positively awesome victory.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was good fun…blah blah blah. I keep saying the same thing. I wish that this match would have been a bit more ambitious, but Vince loves putting the toothpaste commercial in the main event, so there you go. Overall, this was nice stuff, but it would have been nice to get a bit more substance out of this.

News Of The Night:

  1. The following have moved to Smackdown:
  • Finn Balor
  • Ember Moon
  • Bayley
  • Kairi Sane
  • Lars Sullivan
  • Buddy Murphy
  • Elias
  • Roman Reigns
  • Liv Morgan
  • Chad Gable
  • Apollo Crews
  • Mickie James
  • Heavy Machinery

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was standard stuff that performed its function, but with a bit of pizzazz.

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