24th Jul2019

WWE Smackdown Live – July 23rd 2019: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Smackdown Live review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have more build toward Summerslam to get to, so let’s get to it.


Match #1: Shinsuke Nakamura def. Apollo Crews

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Newly minted Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura looked to score another impressive victory against a Superstar looking to turn heads on Team Blue, Apollo Crews. With a chance to potentially put himself in position for an Intercontinental Championship Match, Crews blistered the titleholder with a series of stiff kicks and even an Olympic Slam, but Nakamura kicked out at the last possible second, eventually regained control and put Crews down for three with a wicked Kinshasa. Nakamura didn’t seem content with just claiming the 1-2-3 though, as he put the boots to Crews after the victory and dropped him with another Kinshasa at ringside before sauntering away with his championship.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was an excellent little match that deserved a lot more time. The wrestling was a strong as any I’ve seen this month and really made for a fantastic opener. The match itself only gets a 3 because it never had the chance to be better than that, due to time. I would love to see this pairing as a series, but the WWE doesn’t usually do requests, so I won’t hold my breath. In any case, this was a fine way to open the show.

Match #2: Ember Moon def. Charlotte Flair

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With her SmackDown Women’s Championship opportunity against Bayley at SummerSlam fast approaching, Ember Moon looked to score a monumental victory against Charlotte Flair on the blue brand. However, the match was over almost as soon as it started. After a few brief exchanges between Moon and Flair, Bayley arrived, distracting The Queen and allowing The Shenom to catch her off-guard with a rollup for the win. Bayley and Ember reveled in the win for a few seconds until Ember flipped the script on The Hugger and tossed her in the ring with Charlotte. A mini-melee broke out, and Ember dropped Flair and Bayley with picture-perfect Eclipses. Advantage Ember in a BIG way.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This had a lot of potential, but it got robbed along the way…of time. I’m a broken record when it comes to these WWE reviews, but that comes with the territory, since every match is only thirty seconds. I feel like HAL 9000 singing a song during a shut-down. These guys tried, but they couldn’t make much of this outside of being adept performers. I’m glad Ember won though.

Match #3: Kofi Kingston def. Samoa Joe via DQ

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Kofi Kingston and Samoa Joe ran it back in a WWE Extreme Rules rematch while Randy Orton kept a watchful eye at ringside. Clearly with no love lost after their recent saga, Kingston and Joe threw down in an absolute slugfest. Joe attempted to keep Kingston grounded, but in the clutch, The Viper tried to take out Kofi with his signature RKO outta nowhere. However, the WWE Champion was ready for it, and he evaded the move, resulting in a standoff with The Apex Predator. Instead, The Samoan Submission Machine got an RKO for his troubles, which was quickly followed by a Trouble in Paradise from Kingston right to Orton’s dome piece. The road to SummerSlam was now firmly defined and already scorching.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was pretty good stuff. These guys do work very well together and it was great to see Joe actually look like he could win a match.

Match #4: (Main Event) Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns

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With Drew McIntyre as the special guest referee, Elias as the special guest timekeeper and Shane McMahon as the special guest ring announcer, Shane’s plan was to get Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns to tear each other apart in this main event contest… but it quickly became clear that Owens and Reigns were far more interested in trying to lay the boots to Shane, Elias and Drew. Shane-O-Mac and company tried to gang up on KO and The Big Dog once they went rogue, but Reigns and Owens rallied to take out McIntyre and Elias, leaving “The Best in the World” alone to eat a Superman Punch from Roman and two Stunners from Owens. With Shane fleeing alongside Elias and McIntyre, KO promised the WWE Universe that what they saw tonight would pale in comparison to what they would see him do to Shane at SummerSlam.

My Opinion: 0 out of 5 – More false advertising. It’s always a blast watching a main event that never happens. I would’ve been quite happy with seeing them wrestle each other, but it didn’t happen. Do you think I could be a super-model? I’m uglier than $#!@. You can be an ugly super-model, right? Hey, if the WWE would have given me a main event to watch, I wouldn’t have the time to ask stupid questions.

News of The Night:

  1. Shawn Michaels gave a very honest assessment of his recent appearances in a WWE ring to give Dolph Ziggler enough fodder to attack him during Miz TV segment.
  2. The Miz fights Dolph ZIggler at Summerslam.
  3. Bayley will defend her Smackdown Women’s Title at Summerslam against Ember Moon.
  4. Finn Balor will fight Bray Wyatt at Summerslam.
  5. Charlotte Flair wants a match at Summerslam.
  6. Kevin Owens is putting his career on the line in a fight with Shane McMahon at Summerslam.
  7. Kofi Kingston challenged Randy Orton to a WWE World Title match at Summerslam on the grounds of vengeance against Orton for halting his push over a decade ago. Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton will fight for the WWE World Title at Summerslam.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

A wrestling show that has to do all of its dirty work with promos has some big problems. The wrestling on Smackdown was good, but there needed to be more of it…a lot more.


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