04th Nov2019

Friday Night Smackdown – Nov 1st 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 whole roster gone. A bear ate them all…damn bears. Daniel Bryan is here, so we’ve got a star to look at. Oh, yeah! Kool-Aid mushrooms…trip out on that. Okay, SmackDown is a-comin’, along with the gay kid from A Nightmare On Elm Street 2. Who the hell would wanna kiss Captain Crispy? EWWWWWWWW!!!

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Match #1: Bayley def. Nikki Cross – WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship Match

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Bayley was more than up to the challenge of Nikki Cross, but she wasn’t ready for the wrath of Shayna Baszler. The SmackDown Women’s Champion overcame a valiant effort by Cross to retain her title — with thanks due to close ally Sasha Banks. Cross nearly scored the upset victory with several near-falls, seemingly overwhelming Bayley with her initial aggression. WWE’s Twisted Sister had been on a roll in recent weeks with multiple victories, including one in a Six-Pack Challenge two weeks earlier to earn this very title opportunity. The numbers game proved too much for Cross, though, with Banks interfering a second time at ringside to allow Bayley to hit an innovate twisting facebuster for the pinfall victory.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This turned out very well. There was plenty of smart, crisp wrestling in the time period and they made this more interesting. Bayley deserves to to be the champion, but being stuck as the heel isn’t working. By the way, the crowd still cheered for her anyway. I guess people don’t care that she made that one kid cry. (You’re) Having My Baby, Paul Anka…and you stole that melody from Elton John’s “Daniel”! I’ll beat your ass…is what Bayley did to Nikki Cross. What an excellent way to open the show and go away.

Match #2: Tommaso Ciampa def. The Miz

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Not only did The Miz find himself with surprise company on “Miz TV,” he also found himself on the short end of an impromptu matchup with The Blackheart of NXT. “Miz TV” was originally set to play host to new Universal Champion “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt, but with Wyatt being one of many Superstars unable to make it to SmackDown after mechanical issues kept them grounded following WWE Crown Jewel, The Miz was without a guest — but not for long. The A-List Superstar soon shared the ring with Tommaso Ciampa, who returned to NXT last month after recovering from a devastating neck injury. And just as he proved more than capable of going toe-to-toe with The Miz in a war of words, the self-proclaimed Greatest Sports Entertainer of All Time was also ready for The Awesome One inside the ring. The two engaged in a back-and-forth duel before Ciampa caught The Miz off the top rope with a blistering knee to the face. That opened the window for Ciampa to hit the Fairytale Ending and score a victory on behalf of NXT.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was slow and sloppy, but it was a lot of fun to watch and the right guy won. Miz has become really good at cooking-up a helping of meat and potatoes, which is a meal he shared with a better cook in Ciampa. Are these cooking analogies making me look like a dip-$#!@?

Match #3: Rhea Ripley & Tegan Nox def. Fire & Desire

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With SmackDown already under siege by NXT, the hits kept coming for the blue brand when the night shifted to women’s tag team competition. This time, Rhea Ripley & Tegan Nox took out Fire and Desire in an impromptu challenge. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville expected a matchup with Carmella & Dana Brooke, but the camera cut backstage to find NXT’s Bianca Belair demolishing their scheduled opponents, ending her assault by launching The Princess of Staten Island over a set of crates in savage fashion. That prompted Ripley & Nox to arrive and insert themselves in the match. Seemingly catching the confused and stunned Fire & Desire off-guard, Nox dispatched of Deville by tossing her into the announce team before flooring Mandy with the Shiniest Wizard. The Golden Goddess had little choice but to tap to Ripley’s expertly applied inverted Texas Cloverleaf.

My Opinion: 1.9 out of 5 – This was a couple of moves. Yeah, a squash. There’s no better way to kill the momentum than a squash.

Match #4: (Main Event) Adam Cole def. Daniel Bryan – NXT Championship Match

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The first battle in the march toward Survivor Series is in the books, and Adam Cole made sure that NXT won in emphatic fashion. Earlier in the evening, Daniel Bryan made it clear he had seen enough of NXT’s surprises, finding Triple H and WWE Hall of Famer and NXT Trainer Shawn Michaels backstage and demanding answers — and a fight. While the mastermind of NXT was not long for competition on this night, he introduced Bryan to someone who was — NXT Champion Adam Cole. Bryan accepted on the condition that Cole put his title on the line, and with that, the WWE Universe was treated to an instant classic. It was no shock that the first-ever meeting between two of WWE’s most technically sound competitors amounted to a squared-circle education. Even with a fractured wrist sustained in recent competition on NXT, Cole went blow-for-blow and then some with Bryan in the impromptu dream match. Though Bryan is widely regarded as perhaps the finest tactician in all of sports-entertainment, the NXT Champion repeatedly showcased his impressive mat acumen en route to victory. A fiery back-and-forth sequence of strikes eventually gave way to Cole connecting with a superkick straight out of Michaels’ playbook before hitting the Panama Sunrise and the Last Shot for the win.

My Opinion: 4.1 out of 5 – This was a fantastic main event that had more action than you could shake a baby at. The Ozark Mountain Daredevils were standing up there on Hillbilly Canyon saying to themselves, “Yep, that’s a bird. Wait, that’s an airplane. No, that’s…a f—–‘ bird! Get lost! Waitin’ for Jackie Blue to get on back with the polar bear pie!” Global Warming is real…but who’s got time for that when Cole and Bryan are fighting for the NXT Championship? This was the real deal on a show that was missing an awful lot of wrestling matches. Going for a long period of time and having the kind of wrestling that the WWE should be doing every week, Adam Cole’s broadcast television debut was the perfect example of why he’s so great and why Daniel Bryan is one of the best ever.

News Of The Night:

  1. Brock Lesnar quit SmackDown to go after Rey Mysterio on Raw, because Vince McMahon said that the contracts are being enforced this time. The contract thing didn’t stop the NXT people from invading, but who needs logic when Paul Heyman is the one doing the talking?
  2. NXT invaded SmackDown the whole night and declared “war” on Raw and SmackDown for Survivor Series.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

The theme of NXT invading SmackDown was pretty good, but the main event was what saved this show from being terrible and made it worth the two hours.

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