21st Oct2019

Friday Night Smackdown – Oct 18th 2019: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Friday Night SmackDown review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I AM THE SWAN! BOW MORTAL! THINK ME NOT THE GREAT POWER? HOW DARE YE! We’ve got an Intercontinental Title Match, as well as the naming of Hulk Hogan’s new team captain for Crown Jewel for this show. Where there is crime, there is the greatest police officer in the world…NIGHT-BOW! Armed with only his wits, his skills and his bow, Night-Bow kicks crime’s ass, one fiend at a time. Okay, let’s enjoy the “Splendor In The Grass”, with or without Warren Beatty.


Match #1: Roman Reigns def. Shinsuke Nakamura – WWE Intercontinental Title Match (Disqualification)

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Following a harsh spat on social media yesterday, Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura defended the title against Roman Reigns to kick off things on Friday Night SmackDown. The match was as physical as could be with both Superstars looking to wear down the other in pursuit of the coveted title. As the match began to rage on, though, The Big Dog garnered an incredible amount of momentum, and after surviving a perfectly applied Triangle submission hold from The King of Strong Style, it appeared that Reigns was closing in on victory. This, of course, worried Sami Zayn at ringside, who bolted from his position at the announcer’s table in an effort to distract Roman — but to no such avail. Reigns would connect with a clutch Superman Punch that seemed to be setting him up for surefire victory. However, before Reigns could connect with his signature Spear, King Corbin, who had exchanged words of his own with Reigns earlier in the day on Twitter, would bash The Big Dog with his scepter, leading to a disqualification.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was excellent stuff, but the DQ finish cut it off before it could become a true blue classic. Hey…SmackDown is blue. I’m a genius! Ha Ha Ha! The action for this match, which was mat-magnificence. I’ll pull a Chris Jericho and put that on a t-shirt. I’m not kidding. This match was pretty damn good, before the lousy finish. I’m not kidding.

Match #2: Shorty G (Chad Gable) def. Curtis Axel

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Following a tough loss last week to King Corbin, Shorty Gable looked to bounce back against Curtis Axel on Friday Night SmackDown. Despite Bo Dallas lurking at ringside, Gable would come at the veteran Axel with unmatched ferocity, weathering Axel’s best and finishing him off with the Ankle Lock for an impressive submission victory.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – I’m not calling Chad “Shorty G”. Bull-$#!@. Other than that, the match was all about Chad being able to wrestle as good as a young Kurt Angle.

Match #3: The New Day & Heavy Machinery def. The Revival, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode

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The New Day, Heavy Machinery, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode and SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Revival are just a few of the teams competing against each other in the Largest Tag Team Turmoil Match to determine the World Cup Champions at WWE Crown Jewel. However, tonight, they must co-exist as they paired up and collided in a major Eight-Man Tag Team Match. The action was non-stop with both sides garnering momentum at points throughout the contest. However, in the critical moments, Otis began rolling, getting Scott Dawson on the ropes leading into Big E & Xavier Woods finishing him off with the Midnight Hour for the major momentum-building victory.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This worked out well for a teaser of the Tag Team Turmoil Match for Crown Jewel. The wrestling was simple, consistent tag action that saw every-body try to use the strategies of tag team wrestling to best their opponent. Blade Runner 2049 was pretty good. These happy pappies worked well together and gave Edgar Winter a reason to “Frankenstein” the hell out of his oatmeal. Easy viewing all the way is a fine compliment to give to a match and that’s what’s happening here. Marco…Polo!

Match #4: Nikki Cross def. Carmella, Dana Brooke, Lacey Evans, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville – Six-Pack Challenge For A SmackDown Women’s Championship Shot

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Six members of the new SmackDown Women’s division looked to make an immediate statement as Carmella, Nikki Cross, Dana Brooke, Lacey Evans, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville collided in a Six-Pack Challenge where the winner would earn a future SmackDown Women’s Championship opportunity. With SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley and Sasha Banks watching on at ringside, every Superstar made a push towards victory, with a total flurry of activity happening outside of the ring. However, in the clutch, the action gravitated back towards the ring where Cross was able to rise above the melee and ultimately defeat Mandy Rose to secure an opportunity at the SmackDown Women’s Championship.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – This didn’t really get good until the last few minutes, but it all worked out well enough. Nikki Cross was the star here, with Dana Brooke showing more than usual. We are The Moody Blues! Don’t piss us off! It’s ass-whooping time!

Match #5: Braun Strowman def. Drew Gulak

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Drew Gulak wanted to make a big impression prior to his debut match on Friday Night SmackDown against Braun Strowman via the return of his PowerPoint presentation. In retrospect, maybe not the best idea by the former Cruiserweight Champion. Strowman, who stood by as The Philadelphia Stretcher took the WWE Universe through his slides, was at first tolerable of Gulak’s presentation… until it suggested that The Monster Among Men had no chance of defeating Tyson Fury in their match at WE Crown Jewel. That set Strowman off quick, leading to Braun just straight up annihilating Gulak, finishing him off with a massive Powerslam for the win… and making a major statement to The Gypsy King in the process.

My Opinion: 0.8 out of 5 – This was a waste of Drew and not much of a reason to get out of bed for Braun.

Match #6: (Main Event) Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan def. Shinsuke Nakamura & King Corbin

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Following King Corbin and Daniel Bryan’s interjection in the Intercontinental Title Match that kicked things off earlier in the night, Bryan would now pair up with the man whose aid he had come to, the new captain of Team Hogan, Roman Reigns. Together they’d take on both Corbin & Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura in the main event. The match would see Reigns & Bryan take the fight right to their assaulters, with Nakamura & Corbin trying to implement any shortcut they could to cut off their opposition at the pass. As the match wore on, Bryan and Reigns’ momentum would build, with, at one point, The Big Dog incredibly spearing King Corbin through the barricade on the outside and Bryan finishing WWE’s Rockstar off with the Running Knee for the main-event victory.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was a decent main event that had enough to keep the show going, but not enough to be worth much outside of seeing Bryan win the match for his team.

News Of The Night:

  1. Chad Gable renamed himself “Shorty G” in an awkward promo that he did a great job in delivering.
  2. Shorty G and Ali joined Team Hogan, along with the new team captain, Roman Reigns.
  3. Bayley said she turned heel because the fans we’re too greedy over her (I don’t get it) in a pretty bad promo that showed just how lousy she is at being a heel (she’s too nice to be evil).

Final Verdict: 3/5

This show survived, just barely, by building toward the Team Hogan/Team Flair match at Crown Jewel and having some good wrestling every now and then.


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