29th May2019

WWE Smackdown Live – May 28th: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s Smackdown Live, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have…well, one of the matches might just be good. Oh, Vince Russo says that World Wrestling Entertainment and All Elite Wrestling are working together. Yeah, that sounds stupid and so does a positive review of the new Hellboy movie. Okay, here comes more hot nights with The Good-Bye Girl.

Match #1: Kofi Kingston def. Kevin Owens

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WWE Champion Kofi Kingston and Kevin Owens reignited their recent rivalry with this clash on SmackDown LIVE. With both s till harboring a lot of aggression after everything they’ve been through in recent weeks, the two Superstars went at it with intensity on SmackDown LIVE. Both Superstars pulled out all the stops, including a pinpoint SOS from Kingston and two devastating Frog Splashes from Owens onto the banged-up WWE Champion. In the critical moments, The Dreadlocked Dynamo kicked out of KO’s ring-rattling Senton Splash from the top rope, evaded the Pop-up Powerbomb and connected with the Trouble in Paradise for another awe-inspiring victory.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was an excellent match that had every-thing going for it and it delivered as much back to the people watching all over the world. I enjoyed the pace and the meaty sort of action this thing had. It’s a shame that this wasn’t in the main event for the WWE World Title. It’s not like this was a stacked card. Oh, well. This was a fine opener that did more than the rest of the show put together.

Match #2: Mandy Rose def. Carmella

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With their spat ongoing on social media, Carmella and Mandy Rose squared off on SmackDown LIVE after their match last week was interrupted by several Superstars fighting over the 24/7 Title and ended without a winner. Sonya Deville joined Mandy, but Carmella came by her lonesome, as R-Truth was still scurrying about the arena trying to fend off 24/7 Championship competition. The two Superstars went at it ferociously, but Deville created a distraction that briefly took Princess Mella off her game, allowing Mandy the opportunity to catch Carmella with a rollup for the victory.

My Opinion: 1.5 out of 5 – This wasn’t much to write home about, but it did get them some TV time, so there’s that.

Match #3: Elias def. R-Truth – WWE 24/7 Championship Match

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Shane McMahon declared tonight Shane McMahon Appreciation Night because … well, he can. Shane-O-Mac, accompanied by Drew McIntyre and Elias, first showed a video tribute to himself and then went on about how he would teach Roman Reigns a lesson at WWE Super ShowDown. This was followed by Elias beginning to deliver a heartfelt song to Shane. The performance was cut short when 24/7 Champion R-Truth darted out of the WWE Universe and into the ring with Drave Maverick in pursuit. Truth stopped Drake’s attack and fended him off to retain his title, but he was quickly laid to waste by Shane, Elias and McIntyre, with The Living Truth picking the bones to become the new 24/7 Champion.

My Opinion: 0 out of 5 – I get the feeling that these 24/7 matches are going to be the worst thing in wrestling this year, because this was one of those matches.

Match #4: Bayley def. Lacey Evans

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SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley faced a steep challenge on the blue brand as the Wild Card Rule brought Raw’s Lacey Evans into the fold to battle The Hugger. With Charlotte Flair providing guest commentary, Bayley showed off an aggressive streak that she doesn’t always let out, first shoving Charlotte at ringside and then putting down The Sassy Southern Belle with a rollup. It was a reversal of an Evans’ rollup that could’ve possibly secured the victory for The Sassy Southern Belle, but the official was briefly distracted by the irate Queen, who had hopped onto the apron. Clearly frustrated over the fact that her chance at victory was inadvertently hindered by Charlotte’s distraction, The Lady blindsided Charlotte after the contest, but she was quickly met with a swift kick to the jaw. WWE officials quickly arrived to break up the two Superstars as Bayley observed with a smile from the entranceway.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – Bayley tried, but she couldn’t make Lacey interesting.

Match #5: Roman Reigns & R-Truth def. Drew McIntyre & Elias

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After Elias defeated R-Truth earlier in the evening to capture the 24/7 Title, Truth now teamed with Roman Reigns to take on Elias & Drew McIntyre. Reigns & Truth had to keep eyes in the back of their head with Shane McMahon in Drew and Elias’ corner. The Living Truth & The Scottish Psychopath grounded Truth, smothering him and keeping him from tagging in The Big Dog. However, once Truth finally separated from his imposing opponents, he made the elusive tag to Reigns, who promptly disposed of McIntyre with a Superman Punch and then caused a McIntyre wipeout when Shane-O-Mac unsuccessfully got involved. From there, Reigns nearly de-booted Elias with a thunderous Spear for the 1-2-3.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was…dull. I could add more but…I don’t want to.

Match #6: (Main Event) R-Truth def. Elias for the 24/7 Championship

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The Ws didn’t stop there for Roman and Truth, as a staggered Elias was once again met with a wicked Spear, giving Truth the opening to crawl over to Elias and pin him to regain the 24/7 Championship!

My Opinion: 0.5 out of 5 – R-Truth won, so I can give it half a point.

Final Verdict: 2/5

For a show with a great opener, this episode sucked. Is this really what we’re going for? Why can’t Smackdown actually be good?

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