18th Nov2019

Friday Night Smackdown – Nov 15th 2019: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s review of SmackDown, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have more build to Survivor Series, which is just Starrcade, but without any-thing worth talking about. Okay, let’s see if NXT invades again, or if they got stuck in traffic on the way there. We’ll kick your ass…once the back-up gets cleared out.

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Match #1: Mustafa Ali & Shorty G (Chad Gable) def. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Following a challenge on social media, Mustafa Ali and Shorty G put their Survivor Series spots on the line against Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode. During a fast-paced tag team bout, the real Roman Reigns emerged, and when King Corbin attempted to interfere on his subjects’ behalf, the former Universal Champion stopped him in his tracks with a double boot and a mega-Spear outside the ring. With Corbin out of the way, the coast was clear for Shorty G’s German suplex into Mustafa Ali’s earth-shattering 450 Splash to overcome Ziggler in the center of the ring.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was some fine stuff, with Ali getting his whole name back and Gable showing why “Shorty G” is such a stupid gimmick for him. This was easy-to-enjoy, hard-to-look-away wrestling that proves that the best is always pure and simple. Both teams wrestled like their lives depended on it and when one team beat the other, it felt like it mattered. Do this every match, every week and you’ll reap the rewards every day.

Match #2: The New Day vs. The Revival – SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match (No Contest)

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After Kofi Kingston & Big E of The New Day overcame The Revival to capture the positive faction’s seventh Tag Team Titles, the two tandems engaged in a rematch for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship. Before a clear winner could be decided, NXT’s deadly faction Undisputed ERA suddenly joined the party and attacked both tag teams to bring the action to a sudden end. Although Heavy Machinery, Lucha House Party, Apollo Crews and Heath Slater quickly came out to chase off Undisputed ERA, the issues between the brands are intensifying en route to Survivor Series.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – A run-in with the Undisputed ERA ruined a perfectly good match. This NXT $#!@ is already pissing me off. No wonder NXT’s ratings already went down. There was plenty here to like before the match got tackled by bad booking, including, you know, wrestling. Like Shirley temple always used to say,” Where’s my money, b—-?!” That’s one mean little girl. Oh my guhness. If you’re gonna have a prize fight, then it ought to be allowed to go all the way…like me on prom night. BOOOOOOOM!!! Altogether, two rights make a right, unless the Ambercrombie and Fitch catalog sends the twink squad to fashion model you to death. Hey, Adam Cole is a handsome woman…like Bea Arthur. RRRRRRRRAAAAAAWWWW!

Match #3: Heavy Machinery def. Kevin Tibbs & Kip Stevens

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After helping to defend the honor of SmackDown against Undisputed ERA, Otis & Tucker stuck around to lay waste to ­­­­­­Kevin Tibbs & Kip Stevens, thoroughly thrashing the local competitors and creating a party-like atmosphere while doing so. In short order, Otis & Tucker ended the beatdown with the Compactor.

My Opinion: 1.4 out of 5 – They call me Mister…Tubbs? Hey, it’s a squash…they suck.

Match #4: Nikki Cross vs. Bayley (No Contest)

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As Survivor Series draws closer, Team SmackDown Captain Sasha Banks opted to set up a match to determine whether Nikki Cross will represent the blue brand in the Women’s Survivor Series Elimination Match by giving her the opportunity to prove herself against SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley. Moments after the match began, however, NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler suddenly emerged. When Bayley spotted her fellow titleholder, she decided to call it a day, only to have her exit blocked by NXT’s Rhea Ripley, Mia Yim, Tegan Knox and Dakota Kai. But just as it was about to once again get ugly for the blue brand, Banks suddenly launched a counterattack on Baszler. Fire & Desire, Carmella, Dana Brooke and Tamina following close behind, igniting an all-out brawl between the two brands. Before NXT could make their exit, The Boss laid down the challenge for an impromptu Eight-Woman Tag Team Match.

My Opinion: 2.9 out of 5 – This was getting somewhere, but it was just an excuse for another match. I hate that $#!@.

Match #5: (Main Event) Sasha Banks, Nikki Cross, Carmella and Dana Brooke def. Rhea Ripley, Mia Yim, Tegan Knox & Dakota Kai

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After NXT had been running roughshod on SmackDown for weeks, Sasha Banks finally had enough and called out several of the NXT Superstars to face the SmackDown Superstars in an impromptu match. In the final moments of the intense showdown that served as a prelude of what is to come at Survivor Series, Team SmackDown prevailed when Nikki Cross, the Superstar who began the evening being put to the test, scored the pin on Kai with the neckbreaker. Still looking get the last word, the NXT competitors attacked their victorious opponent after the bell, but Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville and Tamina quickly returned to the ring to help Team SmackDown send their cross-brand adversaries packing.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was a brown paper bag being folded neatly into a square and being placed in a drawer for later in the month at the farmer’s market. Yeah, that sounds exciting. This was what it was programmed to be, with the home team kicking just enough ass to send folks home happy, but nothing more. Thrilling TV…or not.

News Of The Night:

  1. Bray Wyatt defends the WWE Universal Title against Daniel Bryan at Survivor Series.
  2. Daniel Bryan declined Sami Zayn’s offer to have him as a manager.
  3. Braun Strowman beat the hell out of Drew Gulak and The B Team when Gulak wouldn’t shut up.
  4. Sami Zayn and Braun Strowman might be feuding, again.

Final Verdict: 3.1/5

This show perfomed the function of a show that builds toward a big event and did offer some good wrestling a few times, but not much else.

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