12th Jun2019

WWE Smackdown Live – June 11th 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 revival of The Miz/Shane McMahon feud. Yeah, because we all wanted it so much. Yeah, that’s supposed to be a joke. Oh God, here we go.

Match #1: The Miz def. Elias (w/Shane McMahon)

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With the odds stacked against him, The Miz got the chance to get a piece of Shane McMahon tonight by way of defeating Elias and Drew McIntyre in singles bouts. The A-Lister was undeterred by the mountain he was facing, and with Shane and McIntyre lurking at ringside, he took down The Living Truth down with a Skull-Crushing Finale to get one step closer to colliding with Shane-O-Mac.

My Opinion: 1.5 out of 5 – This was a dull, slow-as-molasses kind of bout that didn’t do much for the sport as a whole or in any other good way either.

Match #2: Drew McIntyre (w/Shane McMahon) def. The Miz

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That was just the first step for Miz though, as The Scottish Psychopath entered the ring to prey on a worn-down A-Lister. Miz battled through and staggered the massive McIntyre at points, but the combination of what he went through against Elias, plus a distraction from Shane and McIntyre’s sheer brutality led to Miz being finished off by a ring-rattling Claymore Kick for three.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This was like an airplane that crashed as soon as it took off from the airport. Things seemed like they had a chance of being interesting, but it just never came together.

Match #3: Shane McMahon def. The Miz

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Despite Miz not being victorious, Shane-O-Mac took advantage of the situation by calling for a match against the down and dazed A-Lister. Shane-O-Mac’s plan almost backfired though when Miz fired back on Shane, but Miz’s exhaustion was too much to overcome, with Shane getting the better of him and then placing Miz in his signature Triangle Hold for a “win” before another excessive celebration.

My Opinion: 1 out of 5 – That’s about enough of The Miz. This was the third lame match from him in one show. I’m Mized out. Pick someone else to shove down my throat for a little while.

Match #4: Heavy Machinery def. local competitors

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SmackDown Tag Team Champions Daniel Bryan & Rowan arrived with intentions of defending their titles against the “Yolo County Tag Team Champions” in a title unification match. However, those plans were diverted when Heavy Machinery arrived and claimed that Bryan and Rowan were still ducking their challenge for a SmackDown Tag Team Title Match. Heavy Machinery were ready to scrap, and Bryan gave them that chance by suggesting that they be the ones to take on the Yolo County Tag Team Champs. With Bryan and Rowan observing at ringside, Otis & Tucker demolished their opposition, finishing them off with the Compactor, clearly proving they belong in the ring with the real Tag Team Champions.

My Opinion: 1 out of 5 – Well, this sucked. No wonder Road Dogg took the demotion to NXT. I wouldn’t want this on my reputation as a booker if this is the kind of stuff I’d be getting saddled with taking credit for. Do we really have time for squash matches in 2019? Any time spent on squashes could just as easily be spent on a properly booked match between two teams that folks actually would pay to see. Okay, the soap-box broke right out from under me, so you don’t have to listen to that $#!@ any more.

Match #5: Sonya Deville def. Carmella

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Although Carmella has been a stellar friend to R-Truth since the start of his saga with the 24/7 Championship, Princess Mella has been put at a disadvantage on the blue brand. The Princess of Staten Island looked to overcome the thorns in her side – Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose – by squaring off against Deville tonight. Despite Mandy Rose’s presence at ringside, Carmella was in rare form, clearly looking for retribution after Fire & Desire cost her a SmackDown Women’s Title opportunity just last week. Princess Mella looked to be closing in on a submission victory when she trapped Deville in the Code of Silence, but God’s Greatest Creation placed Deville’s foot on the bottom rope to force a break. Carmella struck back when she dropped Mandy with a wicked superkick at ringside when Mandy once again tried to get involved, but Deville took advantage of the distraction the second Carmella reentered the ring, connecting with a vicious step-up knee strike for the controversial win.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This was a boring match. This match was…is blah a feeling or a lazy way of just not having anything else to say? I wish the WWE matches were more ambitious, so when you get a Carmella she has a chance to do more than just what Vince thinks is a good idea. That being said, Velveteen Dream says it’s all her fault for being boring at all. Uh huh. Anyway, this wasn’t very much, but they tried.

Match #6: Bayley def. Nikki Cross

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With her newfound friend of Alexa Bliss in her corner, Nikki Cross looked to tear through SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley in one-on-one competition. The Goddess has been filling Nikki’s head with allegations that The Hugger isn’t as sweet as she seems, telling Nikki that Bayley liked several disparaging tweets about her last night. With Cross seeking payback for the supposed tweets against Alexa’s WWE Stomping Grounds opponent, WWE’s Twisted Sister was clearly fired up as she stepped to the champ. Her eagerness paid dividends at times, with Bayley not always having an answer for her aggressive attack, but The Hugger persevered and put Cross down with a massive elbow drop for the win, making a major statement to Bliss.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – Finally, a match that feels like you’re supposed to enjoy it. The action was fierce and furious, with every move having the intense urgency that it should have. Bayley and Nikki are a great pairing that can have a good one at any time, if this match is any indicator. All in all, this was worth the time it took to watch it and then some.

Match #7: (Main Event) The New Day def. Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn

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WWE Champion Kofi Kingston looked to yet again vanquish the three Superstars that have been coming for his head since he captured the title but this time with his New Day brothers by his side, as Kingston, Xavier Woods & Big E clashed against Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn in the blue brand’s main event. In the clutch, Ziggler accidentally nailed Zayn with a superkick, which allowed Kingston to strike with two Trouble in Paradises – one to The Showoff, which took him out of commission, and then another to Zayn, which secured the victory for The New Day. The New Day was back, and yup, they clearly still rocked.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a good main event. The wrestling was solid stuff that had the luster of several drawing names to keep it all a bit more interesting than it might have been otherwise. The New Day has really become quite the faction over the years and may just be every bit as crucial to the WWE as The Shield was. Big E looked excellent in his return and kept up with Woods and the WWE World Champion. Overall, this was a lot of fun.

News Of The Night:

  1. Alexa Bliss is manipulating Nikki Cross to be her personal mercenary.
  2. Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler will fight in a Steel Cage Match for the WWE World Title at Stomping Grounds.
  3. Big E has been cleared to return to action.
  4. Andrade and Apollo Crews are in a feud, with Chad Gable possibly being involved with it as well.
  5. The Miz and Shane McMahon are back into their feud, again.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

An average sort of affair that got better as it reached the end.

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