02nd Feb2020

Friday Night Smackdown – Jan 31st 2020: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Friday Night SmackDown review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and there’s dog food on this damn show. I can’t believe it…yes I can.

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Match #1: The Miz & John Morrison def. Heavy Machinery, The Revival and The Lucha House Party – Fatal 4 Way Tag Team Match For The SmackDown Tag Team Title Shot

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

With the opportunity to challenge The New Day for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles at WWE Super ShowDown on the line, Heavy Machinery, The Lucha House Party, The Revival and The Miz & John Morrison collided in a Fatal-4 Way Tag Team Match. All four teams looked to gain the edge in a match that allows you to tag in anyone, not just your partner. In the pivotal moments, The Revival seemed moments away from returning to their winning ways, but Miz & Morrison made their move, and Morrison connected with Starship Pain to Scott Dawson for the Super ShowDown-clinching victory.

My Opinion: 3.6 out of 5 – This was a blast of one great move after another. There wasn’t much psychology here, but this was a real thriller. Otis was the star here, which is actually saying something. I could have gone any-way way with this, but I will say that the crowd wanted every-thing Otis did to last forever, so push that asshole to the moon. Overall, this was a great way to start the show.

Match #2: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross def. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville

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After accepting a date with Otis for Valentine’s Day (always shoot your shot, kids), Mandy Rose teamed with Sonya Deville to take on Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross. With there being a lot of talk that the winning team could be on the fast track to soon get a WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles Match, both teams came out the gates with intensity. In the clutch, Cross connected with the Swinging Neckbreaker to Rose, and The Goddess finished off God’s Greatest Creation with Twisted Bliss for the win.

My Opinion: 2.1 out of 5 – Cross was good here…the rest, not so much.

Match #3: Braun Strowman def. Shinsuke Nakamura – Intercontinental Title Match

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Braun Strowman finally had his one-on-one opportunity to capture the Intercontinental Title from Shinsuke Nakamura here on Super SmackDown… and he didn’t seem keen on wasting it. Forced to also deal with Sami Zayn and Cesaro at ringside, Strowman fought valiantly to overcome the odds in attempts to capture the first singles championship of his WWE career. The Great Liberator and Swiss Cyborg interfered on a nearly constant basis, setting up The King of Strong Style to attempt to smash Strowman’s head into an exposed turnbuckle, but The Monster Among Men was ready. He blocked the attempt and turned the tides by doing the same to Nakamura before finishing him off with the Running Powerslam to capture the Intercontinental Title! Zayn attempted to make sense of the defeat during a backstage interview, but he was interrupted by the soothing tones of an Elias performance in the ring. The Great Liberator sent Cesaro out to attempt to silence Elias, but Cesaro found no such luck, with Elias vanquishing the ring of The Swiss Cyborg and any trace of Zayn’s hyperbole.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – So, Braun gets a belt. This should have happened a few years ago, but better late than never. Shinsuke did a fine job putting over Braun and Braun looked like he had a blast making more money over night. The action was about what you might expect from Braun, which is good. I’m happy for Braun and I hope that this title reign is a success.

Match #4: Sheamus def. Shorty G (Chad Gable)

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Sheamus got the leg up on Shorty G this past Sunday at Royal Rumble, which prompted Shorty G to waste no time tonight on Super SmackDown, getting the jump on Sheamus from behind before the contest began. The attack only proved to anger Sheamus though, and despite Shorty G’s incredible tenacity, The Celtic Warrior withstood Shorty G’s signature moonsault and finished his rival with the Brogue Kick for the emphatic victory.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – What a waste of Gable. Sheamus did his normal “Chorus Line” routine, so that s— is the same. When Kurt Angle debuted, he was already getting booked better than Gable, a member of the roster for several years, is right now. Hey, why treat talent well when you can piss on them?

Match #5: (Main Event) Roman Reigns & The Usos def. King Corbin, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

With the penalty of having to eat dog food on the line (you read that correctly), Roman Reigns & The Usos squared off against King Corbin, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode in the main event of this special Super SmackDown. The two sides went at it tooth and nail for the duration of the contest, with neither group wanting to go anywhere near the dog food. Reigns and The Usos weathered Corbin and company’s best, with The Big Dog finally catching Corbin with a rollup for the win.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – This was the standard brawl, tag and clothesline formula that these matches tend to have. The action was timid and the finish too demure for it to be climactic. I wish that this wasn’t all about some schmuck eating dog food, but that was the whole point of this match. Oh well.

News Of The Night:

  1. Naomi is the new rival of Bayley.

Final Verdict: 2.4/5

The opener was the only thing worth watching. There was a very nice Daniel Bryan vignette on loving wrestling at one point, but this was just an explanation of his beating he endured in his Strap Match from the Royal Rumble.

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