25th Nov2019

Friday Night Smackdown – Nov 22nd 2019: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s SmackDown review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and this show has really sucked since…2003. 2009 was quite good, but that didn’t last too long. How hard is it to just have six long matches on a two hour show? We’ve got the final SmackDown before Survivor Series, so this better be good or I’ll go all Dora The Explorer on Vince’s ass.

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Match #1: Rhea Ripley def. Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks – Triple Threat Match

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Sasha Banks, captain of the SmackDown Women’s Survivor Series Team, wanted to pick a fight just two nights before Raw, NXT and SmackDown collide at Survivor Series. Well, a fight she got. Both Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley answered The Boss’ call, leading to a dream Triple Threat Match to kick off the blue brand. With their brand mates surrounding the ring, the three captains battled it out in an absolute thriller. In the clutch, Ripley caught The Queen with an incredible rollup while Charlotte had The Boss trapped in the Figure-Eight, pinning Flair’s shoulders to the mat for three to earn an astonishing victory.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This had the potential, but the WWE WWE’d the hell out of this until it was getting hard to stay awake. Like Paul Rudd in a movie without jokes, this match was an exercise in being good, but not great.

Match #2: The Undisputed ERA def. The New Day & Heavy Machinery

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Sami Zayn’s big mouth usually only leads to disgust for the WWE Universe… but not this time. The Critic of Critics was waxing poetic about how Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura (with a newly designed Intercontinental Title) was going to prevail in his Triple Threat Match against United States Champion AJ Styles and NXT North American Champion Roderick Strong this Sunday at Survivor Series, but he was soon interrupted by Strong and all of The Undisputed ERA. Nakamura & Zayn quickly stood down against NXT Champion Adam Cole and company, but the NXT standouts were soon interrupted by SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day, who wanted to fight. Kofi Kingston & Big E didn’t come alone, as Heavy Machinery backed them up to take on Cole, Strong and NXT Tag Team Champions Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish. Nakamura & Zayn kept a watchful eye from the entrance ramp as the two squads went to battle. New Day and Heavy Machinery struggled to stay on the same page, leading to Strong connecting with a picture-perfect knee to Tucker amidst a melee to score an absolutely Undisputed victory ahead of the group’s major weekend.

My Opinion: 3.7 out of 5 – This was a legitimate hit. This was a blast of furious excitement and thrills. I sound like I’m hyping an action picture from the 1990s. Bruce Willis is…The Jack-Ass. This whole match was guilt-free wrestling from bell to bell and that’s all you gotta do to get us to watch.

Match #3: Daniel Bryan defeated The Miz (Disqualification)

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Daniel Bryan came to SmackDown to summon Universal Champion “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt just two days before their title clash at WWE’s Fall Classic. Bryan indeed was met by Wyatt, but not in the way he intended and not without a detour. The Miz, who traded some harsh words with Bryan last week during “Miz TV” in an exchange that seemed to rekindle their hostile rivalry, hit the scene to challenge Bryan to a match just after The Beard called Wyatt to the squared circle. The A-Lister attempted to prey on a vulnerable Bryan, who was furious that Wyatt was seemingly not answering his summoning. Miz even slapped Bryan across the face, leading to an unscheduled match. The two couldn’t settle their longstanding differences, however, as “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt soon appeared just as it seemed Bryan was ready to reignite the “YES!” Movement. Wyatt wrecked Bryan with the Mandible Claw, making a clear, intense statement ahead of his first title defense this Sunday.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – This was a waste of a good match. Going only just a few minutes and ending with a DQ, this was every-thing that is wrong with the WWE.

Match #4: (Main Event) King Corbin, Bobby Roode and Dolph Ziggler defeated Roman Reigns, Mustafa Ali and Chad Gable – Six-Man Tag Team Match

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Roman Reigns, Mustafa Ali & Shorty G defeated King Corbin, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode. The animosity between Reigns and Corbin was on full display throughout this Six-Man Tag Team Match – animosity they would be best served to settle before having to team up as members of the SmackDown Men’s Survivor Series Team against Raw and NXT this Sunday. A grueling bout that certainly took its toll on all six Superstars culminated when Ali, who was absolutely surging, was tossed off the top rope by Ziggler, putting him in prime position for a match-ending Deep Six by King Corbin.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – This was a solid match that wasn’t the best match of the evening, but it tried. This was a slog to sit through, but that’s just what happens when you have bad booking all night. It’s a shame that this wasn’t more interesting, but that’s SmackDown for you.

Final Verdict: 3.1/5

This show used too many brawls to sell and angle that peaked after the first week it was in place. The second match was great, but the rest was not worth remembering.

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