21st Jun2020

Friday Night Smackdown – June 19th 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 Martha. WHY DID YOU SAY THAT NAME?! WHAT’S IN THE BOX!? We’ve got a slew of wrestlers accused of being sexual deviants of varying types, including (allegedly) Matt Riddle, who is debuting next. Hey, why not have a conflict of interest start the show?

Match #1: Matt Riddle def. AJ Styles

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

AJ Styles was set to celebrate with an Intercontinental Championship presentation, but a certified Bro stole the show. Matt Riddle crashed Styles’ party with his SmackDown debut and was thrust into an impromptu showdown with The Phenomenal One. The Original Bro started the match like he was shot out of a cannon, landing a German suplex and a Gutwrench throw right after the opening bell. The Intercontinental Champion did his best to chop down the newcomer, but when Styles turned his attention to Daniel Bryan outside the ring, Riddle capitalized with a ferocious Bro Derek for the win.

My Opinion: 3.8 out of 5 – These two knocked it out of the park. Riddle winning was the right call (this was taped before we learned he might be perv) and Styles delivered another fantastic performance that made both he and his opponent look great.

Match #2: Shorty G (Chad Gable) def. Mojo Rawley

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Shorty G grabbed an early upper hand with a backstage jab to Mojo Rawley before entering the ring. The scrappy Superstar was not discouraged by the size disparity but was pushed down early by Rawley. When presented with an opportunity, Shorty G seized it with an impressive counter into an inside cradle for the victory.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – Gable bumped this sucker all the way to “not bad”. Hey, Gable bumped…a lot. This was a squash in the same vein as Hulk Hogan kicking the Jonathan Lipnicki out of Billy Kidman and then losing to him as a way to be a prick. Well…this happened.

Match #3: The New Day def. Lucha House Party

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After a setback against Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro, The New Day looked to regain their championship form against Lucha House Party. The SmackDown Tag Team Champions teamed up for an aerial assault to get the victory, but The King of Strong Style & The Swiss Cyborg wasted no time springing into action against the titleholders. With last week’s victory and this brutal attack, Nakamura & Cesaro continue to state their case for a championship opportunity.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This had plenty of good, spirited tag action that never got dull and never slowed down. While the match as a whole felt a bit flat, the individual moments and moves within those moments were excellent. This match was good…really good.

Match #4: (Main Event) Sasha Banks def. Nikki Cross

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

The Women’s Tag Team Champions once again took their talents to the announce booth this week, but Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss took exception to their latest round of disparaging comments. Cross was particularly disturbed, as she attacked Sasha Banks to set up a match with her outspoken rival. Cross’ aggression carried over into the bout, but The Boss countered with a Meteora and pin to flex her muscle as a Golden Role Model.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – Cross was acting like her old crazy bastard gimmick from NXT, which means she’s cool again! Helllllllllll yeaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!!!!! Cross suplexed the shit out of Banks for the whole match and it ruled ass! Have you ever ruled an ass? That’s what this felt like! Back in the ring, Cross showed more personality in five minutes of this excellent match than she’s shown the past year. Both of these fighters felt like stars!

News Of The Night:

  1. Nikki Cross is being teased as becoming a loose cannon, with her challenging Sasha Banks and Bayley to matches because she’s a tough son-of-a-gun.
  2. The women want to be the next contenders to Bayley’s title, but also want to work together to kick Sasha Banks and Bayley’s asses.
  3. Matt Riddle debuted on SmackDown, despite being accused of rape (innocent until proven guilty, but there are several accusations…supposedly).
  4. Drew Gulak fights AJ Styles for the Intercontinental Title, next week.
  5. Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles seem to be poised to continue their feud over the Intercontinental Title.
  6. Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura attacked The New Day, which was Cesaro’s way of rebelling against the WWE for pissing on his career for a decade.
  7. Bray Wyatt brought back his Wyatt Family persona to challenge Braun Strowman to a fight.
  8. Miz TV featured Sonya Deville re-declaring that she wants to destroy Mandy Rose.
  9. Baron Corbin and Matt Riddle may be teased for a feud, thanks to Matt and Baron shoving each other.

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

There may have only been three matches worth watching, but they were longer than usual and were a lot of fun, along with a narrow focus on the titles as being important.

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