25th Sep2019

WWE Smackdown Live – Sept 24th 2019: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s review of SmackDown Live, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and this is the last SmackDown on USA, if my memory serves me well. Like William Shakespeare always used to say “Canada rocks!” I hope this is good/I already know.


Match #1: Erick Rowan def. Daniel Bryan

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Erick Rowan kicked off the blue brand by insisting that “might makes right” and that he and Luke Harper’s destruction of Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan in recent weeks has changed the perception of him and struck fear into the entire WWE locker room. Bryan interrupted Rowan and cut right to the chase: He wanted a fight right here and now. A match between the former friends was quickly made official, and Rowan wasted no time imposing his will. Bryan fought back into the match by targeting Rowan’s leg. In the clutch, Bryan seemingly had Rowan on the verge of defeat when he locked in the LeBell Lock, but Luke Harper came out of the crowd and distracted Bryan. The Beard sent Harper to the floor with a dive through the ropes, but Rowan took advantage of the opening by bombarding Bryan and connecting with two Iron Claw Slams for the win.

My Opinion: 3.7 out of 5 – This was a fabulous match that saw Erick look the best he’s ever looked on his own. Bryan looked like he was having a blast putting over Erick. The match was as physical as any in recent memory. I’m really going for the gold this time, aren’t I? Just go watch the match. You’ll like it…or not…but you will…maybe.

Match #2: Chad Gable def. Mike Kanellis

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With Mike Kanellis still trying to prove a point to his pregnant wife Maria, he looked to get his career wholly back on track by besting Chad Gable on SmackDown LIVE … but Kanellis would, pardon the pun, come up short. Gable defeated Maria’s husband with ease, finishing him off with the Ankle Lock.

My Opinion: 1.9 out of 5 – This was a waste of these two. Dumb squashes.

Match #3: Sasha Banks & Bayley def. Charlotte Flair & Carmella

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SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley & Sasha Banks blindsided Charlotte seven days ago on SmackDown after many weeks of tension between The Queen and Bayley. Carmella came to Charlotte’s aid to fend off Sasha and Bayley, setting up this tag team match tonight on SmackDown LIVE. With Carmella unexpectedly winning the 24/7 Championship the night before on Raw, the new champion would have to focus on the task at hand here while the 24/7 Title rule was temporarily suspended for this contest. The Queen & Princess Mella proved effective while teaming together for the first time and attempting to slow the recent reign of terror by Bayley and Banks. When The Boss locked in the Banks Statement on Carmella, however, it was an academic submission victory.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – This was a few minutes of wrestling that most people will not bother watching once, let alone twice.

Match #4: Shinsuke Nakamura def. Ali

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Ali and Shinsuke Nakamura never got to have their scheduled match last week, as WWE’s Rockstar and Sami Zayn administered a pre-bell beatdown of the high-flying Superstar. This week, Ali and Nakamura picked up where they left off earlier this summer, with Ali looking to get a major victory over the Intercontinental Champion. WWE’s Rockstar was staggered by Ali’s onslaught, which included an unbelievable dive through the ropes that sent Nakamura and himself crumbling to the ringside floor. Ali looked to be closing in on victory, but Zayn distracted Ali and led him on a chase from ringside into the squared circle, and Nakamura hammered his foe with the Kinshasa for the win.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a fun little match that should be leading to a series of matches with these two, but it will likely lead to jack. When does Ali get the Mustafa part back?

Match #5: The New Day def. The B-Team

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Two of SmackDown LIVE’s top tag teams looked to inch closer to a title opportunity against SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Revival as The New Day squared off against The B-Team on the blue brand. Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas showed up with a major aggressive edge, but no intensity in the world was enough to withstand the Midnight Hour from Big E & Xavier Woods, as they secured an imperative tag team victory.

My Opinion: 2.1 out of 5 – I’ve had Jolly Ranchers that lasted longer and did more for me than this match.

Match #6: (Main Event) The Kabuki Warriors def. Fire & Desire

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With each team looking to rise up the ranks toward another opportunity at the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles, The Kabuki Warriors clashed with Fire & Desire. In crunch time, Asuka downed Mandy Rose, and Kairi Sane finished her off with the Insane Elbow for the win, much to Sonya Deville’s disappointment.

My Opinion: 2.2 out of 5 – This was pretty boring…and short.

News Of The Night:

  1. Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch fight Sasha Banks and Bayley, next week.
  2. Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon will fight in a Loser Leaves Town Ladder Match.
  3. Kofi Kingston is confident he’ll beat Brock Lesnar, next week.
  4. Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan fight Luke Harper and Erick Rowan at Hell In A Cell.
  5. Elias and Chad Gable are in the early stages of a feud over Chad’s height.

Final Verdict: 3.1/5

At least the opener was great. Smackdown is going to have to do a lot more to get people to watch SmackDown every week than a bunch of squash matches. Christian, do your work


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