06th Oct2019

Friday Night Smackdown: Oct 4th 2019: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Friday Night Smackdown review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the return of Smackdown to Friday and the debut of Smackdown to FOX. We’ve got a few big matches to get to, including Brock Lesnar fighting Kofi Kingston for the WWE World Title. Free Hat! Let’s see if this show is ready to lay the SMACKDOWN! FREE HAT!

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Match #1: Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair def. Bayley & Sasha Banks

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Fresh off her history-making moment with The Rock, Becky Lynch had to quickly reset as she teamed up with Charlotte Flair to take on SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley & Sasha Banks. With tension at all-time high between the Four Horsewomen and Lynch and Banks eyeing their Raw Women’s Championship Match inside Hell in a Cell this Sunday, all four Superstars came out with passion in fast-paced tag bout. Fists flew rapidly after all four Superstars entered the ring, and The Queen took out Sasha & Bayley with a picture-perfect moonsault and then made the SmackDown Women’s Champion tap out to the Figure-Eight Leglock.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – These four fighters worked hard to make the first match of the FOX era fun to watch and they did that quite well. This felt like an old glove fitting very well. It’s nice when a match is simply easy viewing, which is a great way to describe this match. Like The Babys always used to say, “Isn’t It Time?”, for you to enjoy a Smackdown match? Why not enjoy this fine match? So, like Silver did so long, long ago, let’s Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang this review until it ends. It ended.

Match #2: Seth Rollins vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (No Contest)

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Universal Champion Seth Rollins took on Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura in a blockbuster matchup on FOX, but the lights went out before a winner could be determined, and Rollins got a preview of what could be in store for him inside Hell in a Cell this Sunday night on WWE Network. Rollins was seemingly looking to block out the most recent edition of “Firefly Fun House” that aired moments prior during his hard-hitting match against The King of Strong Style. Rollins got Nakamura in position for a Stomp, but that’s right when the arena darkened. Rollins escaped up the ramp, but he was blindsided by “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt, who struck with the Mandible Claw and left Seth in a crumpled heath, garnering a sizeable mental and physical advantage ahead of WWE Hell in a Cell.

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – This match was completely wasted on more WWE nonsense. Anywhere else, this would have been a twenty minute classic, but in the WWE, it was two minutes of “screw you”.

Match #3: Kevin Owens def. Shane McMahon – Loser Leaves Town Ladder Match

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With each of their jobs literally hanging in the balance, Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon squared off in a high-stakes Ladder Match on Friday Night SmackDown. With both men well-aware that the loser would be gone from WWE, each took massive risks that inflicted unimaginable pain on their opponent as well as themselves. Shane-O-Mac elbow dropped KO through the announcer’s table, and Owens returned the favor by Frog Splashing Shane right through a ladder. Shane seemed to be closing in on victory when he smashed a ladder right into Owens’ face with his signature Coast to Coast, but Owens somehow recovered and found the resolve to powerbomb Shane mercilessly right onto a ladder. With Shane dazed, KO grabbed the briefcase to win the match and terminated Shane from WWE with two words his father made famous: “You’re fired!” KO capped it off with one of the sweetest Stunners ever delivered to a McMahon.

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – This was a logical spectacle that had so many great stunts and sequences that you’d be hard-pressed to believe it wasn’t a Pay Per View match. KO got the victory in one of his best WWE matches, while Shane kept up and actually did some fantastic brawling, which isn’t usually his strong suit. This whole thing delivered big-time thrills with top-notch action and really brought a legitimate end to an excellent feud between a great wrestler and a fine heel.

Match #4: Braun Strowman, The Miz and Heavy Machinery def. AJ Styles, Robert Roode, Dolph Ziggler and Randy Orton

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Superstars from both brands collided in a high-octane Eight-Man Tag Team Match on Friday Night SmackDown. AJ Styles, Randy Orton and the Raw Tag Team Champions Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode tried to slow down the firepower of Braun Strowman, The Miz and Heavy Machinery, but the brute force from The Monster Among Men and company was too much for them to withstand once Strowman literally started mowing over the opposition on the outside.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – This was over way too quickly. What a shame.

Match #5: Roman Reigns def. Erick Rowan – Lumberjack Match

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With 20 Superstars surrounding the ring, Roman Reigns squared off against Erick Rowan in a Lumberjack Match, as Daniel Bryan joined the announce team to discuss Rowan’s betrayal and his apparent new alliance with Reigns. After weeks of sneak-attacks and jaw-dropping brawls, the action was nonstop, as the lumberjacks kept Reigns and Rowan in the ring even when they didn’t want to be. In the clutch, Luke Harper tried to get involved on Erik’s behalf, but Bryan confronted him and the two began to brawl. The Big Dog rallied by taking out virtually everyone with a massive dive over the top rope. After an assist from Bryan, who clobbered Harper with the Running Knee, Reigns leveled Rowan with a clutch Spear for the win.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This match was pretty good for being less than ten minutes. Roman and Rowan worked well together, with Rowan continuing to show improvement in his skills. Good stuff.

Match #6: (Main Event) Brock Lesnar def. Kofi Kingston – WWE World Championship Match

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Brock Lesnar defeated Kofi Kingston to win the WWE Championship in less than 15 seconds when he hoisted a hard-charging Kingston above his head and planted him with an F-5, but that was just the beginning of the story.

My Opinion: 0.4 out of 5 – What a waste of a title run. Kofi was losing his momentum on a regular basis, but some better booking could’ve gotten him a bit further along as champion. This was around ten seconds and had no wrestling beyond the finisher.

News Of The Night:

  1. Cain Velasquez debuted and brawled with Brock Lesnar to help Rey Mysterio get revenge for what Brock did to Dominick.
  2. Shane McMahon was fired by Kevin Owens.
  3. The Rock and Becky Lynch attacked Baron Corbin for being a dink.
  4. Bray Wyatt used another Firefly Fun House and the Mandible Claw to hurt Seth Rollins.

Final Verdict: 3.3/5

This was the same old junk-heap slathered in a shiny new coat of paint. The FOX Network influence led to a tremendous increase in production values, which made the whole show feel like a sporting event.

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