24th Feb2020

Friday Night Smackdown – Feb 21st 2020: 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 another show before the WWE puts on “Indiana Jones And The Bone-Saw Desert”. Okay, let’s get to the action.

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Match #1: The Usos & The New Day def. The Miz, John Morrison, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Ahead of The New Day defending their SmackDown Tag Team Titles against The Miz & John Morrison at WWE Super ShowDown this coming Thursday, Kofi Kingston & Big E teamed up with The Usos to take on Miz, Morrison, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode tonight. All eight Superstars mixed it up on the microphone before the match and in the thick of this explosive contest. Big E caught fire late in the bout, planting Miz with a belly-to-belly and a splash and drilling Morrison with a Uranage. Roode nearly turned the tide with a Glorious DDT, but a thunderous Uso superkick to the chin of The Glorious One earned the victory.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This got fun near the end, but it took an extra minute for that to happen. Still, this was a good combination of people for an opener. Remember when Roode was TNA World Champion? Yeah, that feels like a lifetime ago. Overall, this was a fun match.

Match #2: Braun Strowman & Elias def. Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro – Symphony of Destruction Match

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After Sami Zayn and Cesaro’s protest concert went horribly wrong last week due to Intercontinental Champion Braun Strowman & Elias, The Monster Among Men and the songsmith were out for carnage this week in a collision against Cesaro and the returning Shinsuke Nakamura in a Symphony of Destruction Match. The rules of a Symphony of Destruction Match? Well, essentially very few, but a lot of musical instruments were involved. Chaos was the primary song being played, as the bout saw Elias crash through a table at ringside, Strowman drop Cesaro with a Chokeslam on the apron, and Cesaro & Nakamura suplex Strowman through a stand-up bass. Strowman and Elias closed with authority when Elias drove Cesaro through a table with a top-rope elbow, and Strowman dropped Nakamura with a Running Powerslam atop a piano before getting the pin.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – Well, this was odd. It was fun in a “Shinsuke should have stayed in Japan” kinda way. There’s really nothing in here that you haven’t already seen in better matches, but it all sort of sticks together in the important areas. Okay, that’s enough about the Band Geek Match.

Match #3: Daniel Bryan def. Heath Slater

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Ever since his Universal Championship loss to “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt, Daniel Bryan has been on edge. And after Drew Gulak offered to show the former WWE Champion a PowerPoint presentation to highlight some of Bryan’s supposed in-ring mistakes, Bryan was ready for a fight against Heath Slater. Bryan took the fight to Slater in a big way, never relenting and finishing off the former SmackDown Tag Team Champion with the Running Knee for a decisive victory.

My Opinion: 1.7 out of 5 – This was dirty, filthy, stinkin’ squash.

Match #4: (Main Event) Naomi def. Carmella – Shot At The SmackDown Women’s Championship At WWE Super ShowDown

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After Carmella controversially lost to SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley in an instant classic last week, Naomi arrived and, along with Carmella, dropped Bayley. Following last week’s confrontation with the champ, Naomi and Carmella clashed for the right to challenge Bayley for the title at WWE Super ShowDown. Carmella appeared to be closing in on victory when she trapped Naomi in the Code of Silence, but Naomi somehow dragged herself to the bottom rope to break the hold. Moments later, Princess Mella narrowly kicked out of the Rear View, but Naomi sealed the win and a SmackDown Women’s Title Match with a split-legged moonsault.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was okay, but it wasn’t quite what the doctor ordered. I liked Naomi’s athleticism, but this match just felt…okay is all I got. The whole damn show feels like this. What a depressing night.

News Of The Night:

  1. Goldberg speared Bray Wyatt like the freak-ass geek that he is.
  2. Chad Gable still wants to beat Sheamus, but Apollo Crews has given-up that pursuit.
  3. Daniel Bryan and Heath Slater are being teased for a feud.
  4. Sheamus will be in the Elimination Chamber.

Final Verdict: 2.4/5

What a lame show. There just wasn’t much to this at all. If I had spent 2.5 billion to bring this to my network, I’d want my money back.

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