30th Mar2020

Friday Night Smackdown – March 27th 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…what rhymes with mull-spit? There’s a rumor that Roman Reigns is being replaced by Braun Strowman for Wrestlemania, but we won’t know until we see it. Okay, let’s get right to it…this show sucks.

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Match #1: Drew Gulak def. Shinsuke Nakamura – Intercontinental Title Opportunity For Daniel Bryan At WrestleMania

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

The stakes were simple, but incredibly high: If Drew Gulak defeated Shinsuke Nakamura tonight, then his new pupil Daniel Bryan would get an Intercontinental Title Match against Sami Zayn at WrestleMania 36. Gulak and Nakamura, colliding for the first time ever, exchanged strikes and holds in an incredibly hard-hitting affair. With Bryan in Gulak’s corner and Cesaro and Sami Zayn out there to support Shinsuke, the match was contentious from open to close. In the closing moments, it appeared that The King of Strong Style had Gulak primed for the Kinshasa, but Bryan subtly helped Gulak evade the maneuver. It was so subtle that the referee did not see it, and it allowed Gulak to follow up and catch Nakamura with a pinning combination that secured the three-count. Zayn saw the assist, however, and petitioned to the official, but to no avail. He is now locked in to defend his title against Bryan at WrestleMania!

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was good fun, if a bit dull in parts. That being said, this was an easy match to watch.

Match #2: Alexa Bliss def. Asuka

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After weeks of mind games and personal attacks, Alexa Bliss and Asuka finally collided one-on-one. Bliss was as tenacious as ever, scrapping against the hard-hitting Asuka. Nikki Cross, who provided guest commentary with Michael Cole (much to Cole’s dismay), bugged out through the whole match while claiming that she and Alexa were the greatest WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions of all time. In the clutch, The Goddess stayed with The Empress of Tomorrow on a roll-through attempt, allowing her to connect with a pinpoint DDT for the massive victory.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – Considering Asuka’s standing in recent weeks and over-all, I’d say Bliss winning here was a mistake. Wouldn’t it be better to tease that Bliss can beat Asuka, but not quite get the champion just yet? I guess both work, but some things need to be held sacred and Asuka is someone that fits that need. In any case, this was fun, but lacked a certain grace that the best women’s matches normally have.

Match #3: (Main Event) The Usos vs. The New Day (No Contest)

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

With SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison watching from the announce desk, The New Day and The Usos collided for an opportunity to challenge the titleholders at WrestleMania 36. Miz & Morrison had other ideas. The two teams went back and forth, with Miz & Morrison reveling in it at the commentary desk. Eventually, Kofi Kingston heard enough, and New Day went after the SmackDown Tag Team Champions. After an absolute melee ensued, Miz & Morrison took advantage of the two teams’ conditions and assaulted them.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a good match, but not a great one. This did get enough time, but this was also just a paint-by-numbers kinda thing. The usual motions these guys have together was here and did not fail, but it was also not as spectacular as you’d want for Wrestlemania season.

News Of The Night:

  1. The Miz & John Morrison defend the SmackDown Tag Team Titles against The Usos and The New Day at WrestleMania in a Ladder Match…unless the rumors of The Miz being sick are true.
  2. Bray Wyatt challenged John Cena to a Firefly Fun House Match at WrestleMania.
  3. King Corbin assaulted Elias and threw him off a ledge onto the cement floor of the Performance Center.
  4. Daniel Bryan fights Sami Zayn for the Intercontinental Title at Wrestlemania.
  5. The Triple H/Roman Reigns World Title Match from Wrestlemania 32 was shown in its entirety.

Final Verdict: 2.8/5

This was decent at best and lame at worst.

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