23rd Dec2019

Friday Night Smackdown – Dec 20th 2019: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Chewbacca got a f—— medal…and who cares. We’ve got Christmas s— on SmackDown, which means that this won’t end well for us.

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Match #1: Heavy Machinery def. The Revival – Miracle On 34th Street Fight Match

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Heavy Machinery came to the ring in Santa Claus attire ready to battle Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson in a Miracle on 34th Street Fight. Or as ready as Otis could be after receiving the gift of a ham and a kiss from Mandy Rose. Following a hard-fought loss to The New Day in a Ladder Match at WWE TLC, The Revival were determined to bounce back against Heavy Machinery, but in the unorthodox contest that implemented cookies, fire extinguishers, gifts, tables, bowling bowls, Christmas trees and giant candy canes as weapons, Dash & Dawson made the mistake of messing with Otis’ holiday ham, and the results were catastrophic. Otis snapped with an ultra-destructive rampage that included slamming Dawson onto Legos, picking up Dash & Dawson at the same time before sending them crashing back to the canvas and joining with Tucker to finish off Dawson with the Compactor.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – Of all the bull-s— matches that have occurred in the WWE, this was amongst the best of them. This was like ECW by way of PBS, but still managed to be action-packed. I can’t believe I liked this, but I did. Otis is turning into a bigger deal than the booking allows, which is pretty cool to see in here. This was not a bad way to start the show at all.

Match #2: Carmella def. Sonya Deville

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After struggling to make her mark on SmackDown as of late, Carmella got herself back in the win column by making the tough-as-nails Sonya Deville tap out with the Code of Silence.

My Opinion: 2.2 out of 5 – This was an over-and-done-with kinda match that felt like it was over and done with long before it could ever be a good one.

Match #3: The New Day def. Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro

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After losing the first time around to The New Day, Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro again tried their luck against the seven-time Tag Team Champions, who were fresh off their grueling Ladder Match victory against The Revival at WWE TLC. Despite the strong and somewhat nefarious efforts of their opponents, The New Day reigned supreme when Kofi Kingston rolled up Cesaro for the quick three-count.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was the normal bit from these guys, but it was quite good when it picked up at the end. I’d love to see this pairing go for twenty or so minutes, but I don’t know if SmackDown will allow that right now. It’s a shame that four of the best on the roster are asked to go about ten when they should be getting much longer, but at least these guys don’t slack when they’re booked in any match. Overall, this match was another in a long line of solid work from these fine talents…like Chris Rock!

Match #4: Bayley def. Dana Brooke

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After last week’s loss to Bayley, Dana Brooke took to social media to challenge the SmackDown Women’s Champion to a rematch. Despite her efforts, Bayley dropped Dana on the top turnbuckle before hurling her face-first into the canvas for the win.

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – There was nothing special to this, but it wasn’t necessarily bad either.

Match #5: Lacey Evans vs. Sasha Banks (Double Count-Out)

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After butting heads with Bayley and Sasha Banks for several weeks, Lacey Evans finally got an impromptu matchup against The Boss and was out for retribution for an attack by the SmackDown Women’s Champion and Banks a couple weeks ago. When Banks made the mistake of talking trash to Evans’ daughter as the youngster watched the action from the front row, The Lady suddenly snapped and unloaded on her adversary in a double count-out. Bayley, Dana Brooke and numerous officials were called in to pull Lacey off Sasha.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – This had a shot at being a strong match, but it amounted to little more than an interesting angle, thanks to Lacey giving her best performance (in-ring and out) to date.

Match #6: (Main Event) Daniel Bryan & The Miz def. King Corbin & Dolph Ziggler

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After being brutalized by King Corbin & Dolph Ziggler during a sneak attack earlier in the night, longstanding adversaries Daniel Bryan & The Miz would have to find a way to work together when they joined forces against the royal count. They would do just that. As The A-Lister had Ziggler trapped in a Figure-four Leglock, Bryan prevented Corbin from breaking the hold by leaping over Miz and Ziggler to strike the 2019 King of the Ring with a vicious Running Knee.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a good main event that was nothing special, but it took us home at just the right time, so I also have no complaints. Bryan is even bigger now than he was when he first came back (that’s saying some-thing). This whole match was a celebration of Bryan having a certain pay-off with his Miz feud that felt important, but not definitive. Overall, this wasn’t a bad way to end the show at all.

News Of The Night:

  1. Daniel Bryan, The Miz and Baron Corbin will battle next Friday in a Triple Threat Match for the right to challenge Bray Wyatt for the Universal Title at Royal Rumble.

Final Verdict: 3.2/5

This was a fun show that deserved to have more going on, but did entertain, so that’s alright.

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