29th Jun2020

Friday Night Smackdown – June 26th 2020: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Friday Night SmackDown review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and The Undertaker has been claimed to have had his final match. This show is built around ‘Taker’s legacy and his final match being aired, which is the Boneyard Match from Wrestlemania 36. This business with The Undertaker consumes the first hour and the second hour has three matches. It’s time to honor The Undertaker…by skipping all that shit and going right to the matches.

Match #1: Nikki Cross def. Lacey Evans, Dana Brooke and Alexa Bliss – Fatal 4-Way Match

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

A SmackDown Women’s Championship opportunity was on the line as a quartet of the blue brand’s top Superstars met in a Fatal 4-Way Match. The intensity was high from the start with all four Superstars shining at different moments of the clash. The determined Nikki Cross couldn’t be denied after Lacey Evans delivered a Woman’s Right to Dana Brooke but left herself open for the pin.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a matter of posturing giving way to some nice teases for what this match could have been. The match didn’t really deliver what you’d like it to, but everything that we did get was snappy and precise. Cross winning was the best choice and she looked great in victory.

Match #2: The New Day & Lucha House Party def. The Miz, John Morrison, Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

A collection of the blue brand’s best tandems was on display in a heated Eight-Man Tag Team Match. A week after a win over the high-flying duo, The New Day teamed up with Lucha House Party against two pairs of rivals in The Miz, John Morrison, Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro. Nakamura gave his team the upper hand with some devious tactics outside the ring against Kofi Kingston, but Big E began pancaking opponents. An insane aerial display from Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik took out Miz & Morrison and secured the win.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was real quick and brisk, like a tornado in a burlesque revue. The action was kinetic smacks and kicks bound together with any and every slam they could chuck into the fray. Think of this as a salad by way of Cool Whip…tastes good, but it’s not salad. Hey, at least we got the right winners here!

Match #3: (Main Event) Jeff Hardy def. King Corbin

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Following King Corbin’s despicable disrespect to the legendary Undertaker to open SmackDown, Jeff Hardy came calling, and a match was set between the two competitors. Blue brand Superstars surrounded the ring to honor the legacy of The Deadman and cheer on The Charismatic Enigma. Corbin flexed his muscle at times, but the gritty Hardy would not be denied.

My Opinion: 2.8 out of 5 – Jeff was good here and Corbin still isn’t pregnant yet. This battle over The Undertaker’s legacy that sprouted from Corbin’s cheap heat promo earlier in the night is… Jeff looks like a star and Corbin looks like he wears women’s clothes when he’s at home. Corbin feels like he has regressed, due to his wrestling feeling less inspired and me being a bitch. I’d like to see Corbin emulate Nigel McGuiness, because Nigel’s body and wrestling technique is the perfect fit for Corbin’s size and increased flexibility and nimbleness. Jeff is still great after all this time. Overall, there was a great one in here somewhere, but it never quite got there.

News Of The Night:

  1. The Undertaker’s career was celebrated and his Boneyard Match with AJ Styles was shown.
  2. Big E, Kofi Kingston, Braun Strowman and Matt Riddle all took the opportunity to punish the outspoken Baron Corbin after the match.
  3. Nikki Cross fights Bayley for the SmackDown Women’s Title at Extreme Rules.
  4. Braun Strowman fights Bray Wyatt in a Swamp Match at Extreme Rules.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

As a show, this wasn’t much, but there was a very fine tribute to The Undertaker that got this a .5 added to that 2. The Undertaker has retired and this was the finale of his career, by and large. I’ll miss The Undertaker and I hope he finally enjoys his personal life and the freedom that can come with retirement. Rest In Peace…

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