27th Oct2019

Friday Night Smackdown – Oct 25th 2019: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s SmackDown review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Genesis singling about a lamb laying on Broadway. What the hell are those dumb-asses talking about? Cook that fuzzy sucker…roast it in garlic butter drizzled all over ‘till it’s juicy…damn it. We’ve got build for what folks keep calling the “Blood Money PPV”, which is accurate, but dull. Lesbian Kiss-Fest 2019. That’s what Crown Jewel should be called. Okay, we’ve Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair on this show, so get your VCR ready to record the show, because Fox News scares the $#!@ out of me.


Match #1: Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode def. The New Day

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Following Xavier Woods’ devastating Achilles injury, Kofi Kingston & Big E attempted to right the ship ahead of the largest Tag Team Turmoil Match in WWE history by taking on a squad that will oppose them in that contest at WWE Crown Jewel, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode. The four former Tag Team Champions went at it with intensity as each team tried to score a big win ahead of WWE Crown Jewel. In the critical moments, Kingston & Big E would appear to be rolling, but Ziggler would catch Kofi off-guard from behind, rolling him up by surprise and getting the W.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a nice, quick match that Chris Cuomo covered on the new episode of his talk show “Duck Tang Live!” It’s an example of a commercial cutting out the middle-man and just getting right to the point. You can even have Duck Tang in space. Star Quack! Screw it. These bird jokes blow chunks. As for something that didn’t blow many chunks, this match had some nice action for a quickie (Afternoon Delight!).

Match #2: Lacey Evans def. local competitor

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Disgusted with the notion of having to compete against a local “nasty,” Lacey Evans first disparaged her scheduled opponent’s very existence before seemingly walking out on the match before it could even begin. However, the local Kansas City competitor got a little too excited while dreaming about what a win over Evans could do for her career, counting along with the referee until The Sassy Southern Belle returned to the ring and dropped her flush with a Woman’s Right for an automatic and classy victory.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – This was pretty well done for a squash match and the Woman’s Right was incredibly well-performed by both wrestlers.

Match #3: Kalisto def. Drew Gulak

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Drew Gulak was clearly looking to right the ship that is his SmackDown career after a tough loss to Braun Strowman last week… No such luck. Gulak prodded the bear (or Monster Among Men as it is) before the contest, showing off some slides of a PowerPoint presentation that detailed why he believed Strowman would lose to Tyson Fury at WWE Crown Jewel before have the fight brought to him by his scheduled opponent, Kalisto. Gulak attempted to wear down The Lucha House Party member, but the mood changed when Strowman arrived, distracting Gulak and allowing Kalisto to capitalize with a Salida Del Sol for the victory.

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – This was a waste of two great wrestlers. This was another damn squash. Why?

Match #4: Nikki Cross def. Mandy Rose

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After defeating five other Superstars in last week’s Six-Pack Challenge to earn herself a future SmackDown Women’s Championship opportunity, Nikki Cross took on Mandy Rose on Friday Night SmackDown. Cross had to deal with meddlesome Sonya Deville and also keep her eyes on SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley and Sasha Banks, who were deriding her from the commentary table. Cross smashed through all the obstacles, defeating Rose with a ring-rattling Swinging Neckbreaker and making a major statement to Bayley.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was slow but good. The commentary of Bayley (which was as far from heel as possible) ruined the focus of the match and, therefore, the bout itself. The right person won a dull match that was logically wrestled.

Match #5: (Main Event) Roman Reigns, Ali & Shorty G def. Shinsuke Nakamura, King Corbin & Cesaro

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After the tense exchange between Team Hogan and Team Flair on “Miz TV” earlier in the evening, Roman Reigns, Ali & Shorty G took on Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura, King Corbin and Cesaro with Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair in their respective corners. The two sides went at it with intensity with WWE Crown Jewel now very much in sight. Both teams would appear to close in on victory several times, but in the critical moments, The Big Dog started to roll, connecting with a massive Spear onto Cesaro before tagging in Ali to finish off The Swiss Superman with a dazzling 450 Splash for a major win ahead of WWE Crown Jewel. Advantage Team Hogan.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was an excellent main event that delivered fine wrestling action that the crowd liked. This was exciting stuff from bell to bell. This goes in as one of the nicer six-man tag matches that the WWE has produced. I’m glad we had it here.

News Of The Night:

  1. The Team Hulk Hogan/Team Ric Flair face-off went well, as the good talkers in the bunch excelled at talking when it mattered most.
  2. The SmackDown tag teams brawled with each other.
  3. Firefly FunHouse returned and, largely, ignored the WWE Universal Title Match in favor of burying, reviving and killing Ramblin’ Rabbit.
  4. Braun Strowman attacked Drew Gulak.
  5. Sami Zayn and Shinsuke Nakamura offered to manage Daniel Bryan and he didn’t accept…for now.
  6. Brock Lesnar attacked Cain Velasquez, Dominick Mysterio and Rey Mysterio.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

This was a one match show that had some nice promos, but not much substance.


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