26th Jun2019

WWE Smackdown Live – June 25th 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 I believe I missed another Bray Wyatt vignette last night. Apparently, Vince McMahon appeared on the segment as a puppet with devil-horns. I bet that old pervert liked that…or thought he was looking in a mirror. Okay, let’s review this bad boy before Seth Rollins finds out I’m going to criticize his employer. Seth Rollins…just another winner accosting people on his way up the ladder of success, just so he’ll get a better prize when he reaches the top. Anyway, it’s Smackdown time.

Match #1: The New Day def. Daniel Bryan & Rowan

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Following a chaotic Eight-Man Tag Team Match Elimination Match last night on Raw that saw both teams mix it up, The New Day and SmackDown Tag Team Champions Daniel Bryan & Rowan squared off in non-title competition on the blue brand. After eliminating Bryan & Rowan just 24 hours ago, Xavier Woods & Big E looked to push the pace against the champions and had them reeling several times. In the heat of the moment, Xavier & Big E neutralized Rowan on the outside and dropped Bryan with the Midnight Hour to give New Day their second victory in as many nights over the Team Blue Tag Team Champions. New Day would have little time to celebrate though, as they were soon blindsided by Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, but Heavy Machinery arrived to assist Woods & Big E and help New Day clear the titleholders, KO and Zayn from the ring. With tempers flaring high, neither side would have to wait long to get their hands on their enemies, as New Day & Heavy Machinery would team up to take on Bryan, Rowan, Owens and Zayn, and that match would be next.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This went quite well for what it was. The New Day is a great team and Bryan is one of the best. Oh, Rowan is still getting better after all this time. This was an exciting burst of flavor…mixed berry Gushers! Sorry, but I couldn’t resist. This was a pretty simple match that delivered the action it needed to and teased a big match for the future, that being a tag title match between these two teams.

Match #2: The New Day & Heavy Machinery def. Daniel Bryan, Rowan, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn

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Fresh off the bombastic brawl that had just concluded the last contest, these two quartets went at it in a major Eight-Man Tag Team Match. The New Day continued to harness The Power of Positivity, and Otis & Tucker looked strong as ever, using their incredible power to overwhelm their opponents. Heavy Machinery had Zayn reeling, much to the disgust of Owens on the apron. In the clutch, KO bolted from ringside, allowing Heavy Machinery a clear lane to finish off Zayn with the Compactor for a statement-making victory.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – Far too brief to exceed its potential, this match did tease the depth of this tag team division and the possible matches that we could get this summer. I’m getting a feeling this is all leading to a Ladder Match at Summerslam. That thought aside, this match does have the kind of furious action that lingers in the mind for a little while, so it made a good impression. While not the home run that you’d hope for, it was a way to get everybody on base during a time when that was absolutely vital.

Match #3: Elias def. The Miz in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match

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With The Miz still itching to get his hands on Shane McMahon, The A-Lister squared off with Elias tonight, and if he could prevail over The Living Truth in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match, he would get a future one-on-one contest with The Best in the World. Miz came out of the gates hot, but he was put down for the first fall when Shane ran interference, allowing Elias to catch him with Drift Away to secure the first fall.

From there, a methodical Elias slowed the pace, but Miz battled back, decking Shane-O-Mac and nearly evening the score when he connected with the Skull-Crushing Finale. However, Shane ran into the ring and ambushed The Miz to prevent the three-count, though his actions gave the second fall to The Awesome One. Shane and Elias continued their onslaught, beating Miz down and ramming him into the announcer’s table before Shane finished the pulverizing with a mocking of Roman Reigns’ Spear. Staggered from the savage attack, The A-Lister was easy pickings for Elias, who took the third fall to once again keep Shane out of Miz’s grasp. Shane and Elias returned to the ring to add the exclamation point, as Elias held Miz in place to absorb the full brunt of Shane’s Coast-to-Coast directly to the guts. The lesson, according to Shane? Don’t come at him again.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – I wanted to like this, but for a match that came close to fifteen minutes, this felt like it was a car that stalled out before you could even think about getting it started. These two guys tried to make this into a competitive match, but when you have interferences and delays and what-ever else…yeah. Neither man is among the best of their profession, but they do put effort into it. It’s a shame that the effort of these two wrestlers get any respect from their employer, who is quite content wasting their matches on putting over his son, who is a lousy wrestler (great stunts, though). Well, this match depressed the hell out of me.

Match #4: Nikki Cross def. Bayley

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After Nikki Cross stormed the ring at WWE Stomping Grounds and cost Alexa Bliss the chance to defeat Bayley for the SmackDown Women’s Championship, Bayley and Cross locked up tonight on the blue brand. If Cross could defeat The Hugger, Bliss would receive another title opportunity at WWE Extreme Rules. Bliss was not in the house this evening, as she was en route to Japan for WWE’s upcoming tour of The Land of The Rising Sun. However, Cross proved she didn’t need assistance, reversing a pinning attempt by Bayley into one of her own and catching the SmackDown Women’s Champion for three. The frenzied Cross celebrated her victory as only she can, flailing her arms, dashing around the squared circle and the ringside area, and telling the announcers to let Bliss know she had just secured a title bout for The Goddess.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a pure, simple match that delivered a solid, competent match that was a lot of fun. I feel like I just did a review for a Disney cartoon. It’s a shame that this is leading to Alexa Bliss/Bayley, because the Nikki Cross/Bayley feud is a far more satisfying. The wrestling is as crisp and full as a head of lettuce stuffed in the business end of a cannon firing at a Richard Simmons pig roast in Maine. I bet you didn’t see that one coming? All in all, Zendaya is Meechee, and this was a fine match.

Match #5: Sonya Deville def. Ember Moon

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After weeks of being bullied by Fire & Desire, Ember Moon attempted to retaliate when she faced off with the “Fire” of the equation, Sonya Deville, on SmackDown LIVE. Ember let out her aggressions in the early goings, but when Mandy Rose caused a distraction at ringside, Sonya brutally rammed Ember into the ring post and scored a three-count. Sonya & Mandy celebrated, as Ember was left to recover from yet another attack at the hands of her enemies.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This had a shot at being a really gnarly match, but the time shortage really skinned the cat. Do you like these skating/young people/animal grooming references? There’s some potential here for a series of matches, if you like kicks and strikes and anything nice. Oh boy, I’m really running on empty now.

Match #6: Kofi Kingston def. Dolph Ziggler in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match

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Looking to get retribution after he came within an eyelash of defeating Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship inside a steel cage this past Sunday at WWE Stomping Grounds, Dolph Ziggler squared off against the WWE Champion on the blue brand in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match. If Ziggler could prevail tonight, he would be added to the Kingston vs. Samoa Joe match for the WWE Title at WWE Extreme Rules, making it a Triple Threat. Ziggler attempted to use the ropes as leverage on a rollup attempt, but the official spotted it, allowing Kofi to catch Ziggler with a rollup of his own for three. An irate Showoff responded by immediately lambasting Kofi right after the fall, finally connecting with a Zig Zag on the floor during the mandatory rest period, and a vulnerable Kingston was caught with a superkick that evened the score at one fall apiece. The Dreadlocked Dynamo battled back at the onset of fall three, staying with Ziggler move for move and catching The Showoff with a pinpoint Trouble in Paradise square on the jaw for an incredible, gutsy victory to keep his match at WWE Extreme Rules one-on-one vs. The Samoan Submission Machine.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was fabulous stuff all the way through. I’m reading off of old reviews to help me come up with the rest. Boy, am I lazy. AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan are having a great match he…whoops. I wrote the wrong part. Bruiser Bro…that’s some-one else’s review. Hold on. Okay, I’m just gonna shoot from the hip on this one. This is the kind of match that should have been for the World Title. Why was it not for the World Title? Why not advertise this a day or so in advance? Why are there so many fingers on my hand? W…I got distracted. There is some strong wrestling here that makes you long for a Bill Watts, who would have salivated over how much he could get out of a pairing like this one over a large chunk of time. Also, this is the second 2/3 Falls Match in one night. Never thought I’d write that on a WWE review. This was an excellent main event, which is the opposite of the review that came with it.

News Of The Night:

  1. Samoa Joe will challenge for the WWE World Heavy-Weight Title at Extreme Rules against the champion, Kofi Kingston.
  2. Shane McMahon and The Miz are still feuding.
  3. Alexa Bliss continues to use Nikki Cross to un-nerve Bayley ahead of a Women’s Title match between the two at Extreme Rules (unless I heard wrong).
  4. Ali got a nice vignette to push him as a single star.
  5. Finn Balor is still feuding with Andrade, but is possibly going to feud with Shinsuke Nakamura.
  6. R-Truth almost wrestled for the 24/7 Title, but escaped before having to defend.
  7. Aleister Black may have found a friend, but we don’t know who that is, yet.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a solid show that put wrestling first, but still stumbled at that far too often. The main event was really good, but that wasn’t enough to make this show into something truly great.

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