02nd Mar2020

Friday Night Smackdown – Feb 28th 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 Bray Wyatt and that stupid mask. I don’t care if Tom Savini made it or not…it looks stupid. Jean Renoir knows “The Rules Of The Game” and SmackDown starts…when-ever you start watching it.

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Match #1: Naomi def. Bayley (Disqualification)

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The Glow attempted to get one back on the self-proclaimed role model tonight… but she’d have to contest with The Boss, too. Yes, Sasha Banks returned to Friday Night SmackDown in her hometown of Boston, standing in Bayley’s corner for this rematch. Well, she stood there for a brief while, until Naomi began to pick up some steam against Bayley, prompting Banks to bull rush the ring and attack The Glow. The two-on-one wouldn’t last for very long though, as the match was thrown out and Lacey Evans came to Naomi’s aid to even the odds. A melee ensued, resulting in the decision to restart the match as Naomi and Lacey Evans vs. Bayley and Sasha Banks, and that would be next!

My Opinion: 1 out of 5 – Well, this was a piss break. When a match goes too short and doesn’t do anything, that’s…the WWE.

Match #2: Naomi & Lacey Evans def. Bayley & Sasha Banks

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With so much animosity already brewing, Naomi & Lacey Evans looked to bring the fight to Bayley and the returning Sasha Banks. Momentum swung back and forth, but in the pivotal moments The Glow came to the rescue of her new teammate, The Sassy Southern Belle, and executed a quick pin of the SmackDown Women’s Champion. Naomi wasn’t able to walk out of WWE Super ShowDown with the title, but the victory showed her status as a top blue brand challenger is far from over.

My Opinion: 2.2 out of 5 – This was just lame. If Vince ever wanted to get people to not watch the show, this would be a hell of a way to do it. I felt like this was as dull as an American 21st century independent film. The wrestling here was…molasses. That just doesn’t sound good to me.

Match #3: Robert Roode def. Kofi Kingston

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Coming off a crushing defeat by new SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison yesterday at WWE Super ShowDown, The New Day looked to get it all back on track with Kofi Kingston taking on Robert Roode with Big E and Dolph Ziggler in their respective corners. Despite Kingston’s best efforts, it was Roode who actually made the argument for his squad to move up the tag team ranks when following an interference from The Showoff, Roode executed a quick roll-up to seal the victory over Kingston.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This turned out quite well, but this was another case of a random match that should have been a main event. Everything that should have been done in this match to make it worth the viewing was done. There’s nothing bad here, but you’ll likely forget about this match in no time.

Match #4: Daniel Bryan def. Curtis Axel

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With Drew Gulak on commentary and continuing his mission to rail against Daniel Bryan in any way possible, Bryan took on Curtis Axel on Friday Night SmackDown. Axel put up a tad of a fight, but once again, it was not enough for Bryan’s relentless attack finishing Axel off with a debilitating LeBell Lock that forced the B-Team member to tap out.

My Opinion: 2.8 out of 5 – This was getting somewhere, but a rock cut the tire open and stranded the car. Bryan and Curt Hennig’s son should be a marquee match, but it got the silent treatment here in an effort to promote a match that will be great, but not get much attention from Emperor McMahon.

Match #5: (Main Event) The Usos def. The Miz & John Morrison

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The Miz & John Morrison were ready to start their SmackDown Tag Team Championship reign in grand style, but instead they took a one-two punch of bad news and then a rough defeat. The bad news? They’d be defending their SmackDown Tag Team Titles against five different teams inside the Elimination Chamber next Sunday on WWE Network. Oh, and the tough defeat? That was to one of those teams, The Usos. The momentum Miz & Morrison garnered yesterday at WWE Super ShowDown wouldn’t carry over. Jimmy & Jey teamed up for an improbable aerial display that left Michael Cole and Corey Graves speechless and Morrison defeated in the center of the ring.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was the best match of the show and had the right winners. M&M have won so many over the years that losing to The Usos doesn’t hurt anything. The wrestling here was excellent and had a satisfying feel to it. Overall, this turned out well.

News of the Night:

  1. Goldberg will defend the WWE Universal Title against Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania.
  2. John Cena fights Bray Wyatt at Wrestlemania.
  3. Daniel Bryan and Drew Gulak are still being teased for a big match.
  4. Miz and Morrison will defend the SmackDown Tag Team Titles against five other teams in an Elimination Chamber Match at the PPV of the same name.
  5. Braun Strowman will defend the WWE Intercontinental Title against Shinsuke Nakamura at Elimination Chamber.

Final Verdict: 2.8/5

The build toward big events was done well (but very lazy), while the big matches built to are worth talking about (if lazy choices).

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