08th Jun2020

Friday Night Smackdown – June 5th 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 CM Punk implying AJ is a racist because he isn’t commenting on George Floyd’s death. I like Punk, but he’s always been a narcissistic asshole that says shit like this. AJ does seem to have an obsession with his religion and he may have some bigotry and/or homophobia that he’ll have to deal with one day, but at least he doesn’t go around insulting people for what they say or don’t say. Okay, enough of all that. Here comes SmackDown…said nobody ever.

Match #1: Otis def. King Corbin (Disqualification)

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While walking backstage with his lovely peach, Otis grabbed King Corbin’s unattended crown and donned it in his entrance to the ring with Mandy Rose. The Workin’ Man Superstar was lining up a decisive blow when Corbin resorted to a steel chair attack that led to his disqualification. Otis would have the last laugh, as he landed an explosive Caterpillar and celebrated with The Golden Goddess in the ring.

My Opinion: 2.8 out of 5 – While not a great match in the traditional way, there was a great performance from Corbin that reminded me of his equally great work in the King Of The Ring tournament. Otis was as interesting as usual. Otis always makes me feel like I’m wearing a thong. I’d argue that this pairing is one to keep together for the future.

Match #2: Lacey Evans def. Sonya Deville

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After last week’s clash ended with two competitors counted out following a brawl outside the ring, Lacey Evans and Sonya Deville picked up right where they left off with Deville blindsiding Evans as she entered the ring. An injury to the official would halt the match momentarily, but Deville took the delay as an opportunity and delivered a vicious attack on The Sassy Southern Belle. As Deville appeared headed for a brutally earned victory, Mandy Rose appeared with a video message for her former best friend that allowed Evans to rally back and land a Woman’s Right for the win.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – Hell yeah! Evans is getting better and Deville got damn good. This was tight and precise, with lots of ambitious action that was miles ahead of where these two were just a few months ago. There’s something good going on with this pair. I wouldn’t abandon this match-up any time soon. Put this sucker in a Steel Cage and you might just make some big-time bucks.

Match #3: Drew Gulak def. AJ Styles

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AJ Styles was determined to send Daniel Bryan a message ahead of their Intercontinental Championship showdown and challenged his coach Drew Gulak to a match. The Phenomenal One got more that the title tune-up he originally bargained for, as Gulak shocked Styles with a career-changing victory over the former WWE Champion.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – For the five minutes that this was booked to go, I’d say that this was pretty damn good. Gulak beating Styles was a welcome change that reminded me of why having both Bryan and Styles on one show is so cool. I think we’re gonna see a lot of new stars get made on SmackDown this year, especially if Jeff Hardy gets a chance to put people over as well. As for this put-over, Gulak was allowed to out-perform Styles in every way at various points, which made the victory all the more convincing. All in all, Gulak’s second run with the WWE is already better than the first.

Match #4: The New Day & Shorty G (Chad Gable) def. Shinsuke Nakamura, Cesaro & Mojo Rawley

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Following Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura’s attacks last week, Mojo Rawley became the latest Superstar to try and knock Shorty G down a peg. The New Day would team up with the scrappy Superstar against the aforementioned trio, and the SmackDown Tag Team Champions would help Shorty G silence another doubter.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was like going to a rodeo and getting rode by the bull, but at least you get paid for it. This was decent, but the wrestling pedigree that could have been on display was pushed aside for the typical six-man tag format. Well, at least this had some life to it, un-like my marriage to Gretchen.

Match #5: (Main Event) Bayley & Sasha Banks def. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross – Women’s Tag Team Championship Match

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It was the current champions against the original champions in an intense battle for the Women’s Tag Team Titles. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross battled valiantly with their team-work on full display throughout. For Bayley & Sasha Banks the cohesion appeared off at times, but the singular talents of WWE’s role models would not be denied as The Boss leveraged a Banks Statement into a roll-up to claim the Women’s Tag Team Titles for the original champions.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was a frisky way to end the show. Frisky? Well, I’m running out of words. I could say lugubrious, but what does a cactus know? Everybody meshed well here, like a fish in high-heel shoes. Bayley was on fire, with third degree burns all along her watchtower. There’s something to be said for having a prize fight in a main event and that thing is “Kenny G likes it!” I’m glad Bayley and Banks won, because it gives a great team a second chance to make a first impression.

News Of The Night:

  1. Jeff Hardy accused Sheamus of staging the attack on Elias after seeing a red-haired man crash his car into Elias…Sheamus denied the accusation, but appeared to imply he did any-way.
  2. Otis stole Baron Corbin’s crown for fun.
  3. Mandy Rose is now taunting Sonya Deville to keep the feud going.
  4. Miz and Morrison pranked Braun Strowman all night and got flipped over in their van for their troubles.
  5. Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles had a debate over what proper sportsmanship truly is ahead of their Intercontinental Title match that occurs next week.

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

This was the best SmackDown in a while, mainly because the matches were good and there was very little in the way of gunk to scrape through.

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