20th Jul2020

Friday Night Smackdown – July 17th 2020: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Friday Night SmackDown review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Amy Schumer can’t cook. We’ve got the Spanish Inquisition here and they don’t care what you do. Olivia Newton-John is excited for the Intercontinental Title match, If Not For You…kscha, kscha, kscha. My head hurts and I don’t remember what the hell I’m talking about, so screw it. Let’s haul ass to Lalapalooza! Lance Bass is a wuss and this show is on the road…to Lalapalooza!

Match #1: Cesaro def. Big E

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It was decision time for The New Day and Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro, and Big E and The Swiss Cyborg were left to sort out the stipulation. The two Superstars battled for the right to choose between a Steel Cage Match and a Tables Match for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship showdown at The Horror Show at WWE Extreme Rules. A well-timed interruption from Nakamura helped shift momentum, and The King of Strong Style and Cesaro went on to choose a Tables Match for their title clash, and the stage was set for the rivalry to reach an all-time high.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was good while it lasted, with lots of big bursts of hard-hitting, ass-whoopin’ wrestling action. You could bust a block with the battle we got here, but I’d rather nail Dan Rather (dusty old geezer). I’m glad Cesaro got the win, because Big E’s jugs scare the Sharon Stone out of me…and Cesaro deserves as least one win a year anyway. Hooter’s is stupid, because they never have any damn owls. How can you have hooters at Hooter’s without hooters? Well, this match wasn’t stupid, because I’ve used because a thousand times and because this match was really cool…because.

Match #2: Bayley & Sasha Banks def. Asuka & Nikki Cross

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Alexa Bliss promised to set SmackDown abuzz with her mystery guest on “A Moment of Bliss,” and Asuka did exactly that. The emergence of The Empress of Tomorrow caught Bayley & Sasha Banks off guard and led to a preview of The Horror Show at WWE Extreme Rules, as the four championship clash competitors met in the squared circle. Despite the impromptu partnership, Asuka & Cross showed impeccable teamwork when they caught the Women’s Tag Team Champions in the apron and went on the attack. The crazed Cross appeared ready to deliver a crushing Tornado DDT, but Bayley reversed and used the ropes for leverage to get the win by any means necessary.

My Opinion: 3.8 out of 5 – This was pretty damn good, with lots of intense action from four of the best in the WWE today. This was one big move after another combined with great passion and skill. It’s cool having Asuka back on the show, especially when she gets to wrestle a match with other talented athletes. Do this again, damn it.

Match #3: Braun Strowman def. John Morrison

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The Horror Show at WWE Extreme Rules is still two days away, but John Morrison was already terrified to share the ring with The Monster Among Men. And for good reason. Braun Strowman entered in a fiery rage after irately exclaiming his intentions to head home and destroy his twisted adversary in the Wyatt Swamp Fight. The Strowman Express got rolling early, as the Universal Champion tossed Morrison about the ring like a rag doll. One punishing attack after another led to a final crushing Running Powerslam from Strowman that led to a victory and forced The Miz to carry his wounded friend from the ring.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This was a squash.

Match #4: Lacey Evans def. Naomi

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After last week’s post-karaoke clash devolved into a chaotic brawl, Naomi and Lacey Evans once again met in the ring as a budding rivalry wrote another chapter. The tensions remained high as both competitors brought plenty of physicality into the match. The Sassy Southern Belle turned to devious tactics by tying The Glow’s hair to the ropes. Once Naomi pried herself free, Evans was waiting with A Woman’s Right and claimed an emphatic victory.

My Opinion: 1.8 out of 5 – This had some nice athletic moves, but this was still bad enough to have been better off as a squash.

Match #5: (Main Event) AJ Styles def. Matt Riddle – Intercontinental Championship Match

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The Intercontinental Championship Matchup pitted one of WWE’s most accomplished Superstars against a newcomer who has his sights set on reaching those same heights. Matt Riddle came out firing from the first bell, landing multiple suplex variations on AJ Styles. The champion showed his pedigree though, using submission maneuvers to weaken his opponent and coming up with some well-timed counters. The two competitors pushed each other to the limit, but the veteran Styles rolled up Riddle for the win. The Phenomenal One shook Riddle’s hand after the match, but King Corbin crashed the scene and attacked The Original Bro as SmackDown concluded.

My Opinion: 3.9 out of 5 – This was good sh*t. AJ made Matt look great and gave him the spot-light, which was a major goal for this match. There’s plenty of snug grapples and transitions from Riddle that grounded AJ enough times to make the challenger look formidable. This was great stuff and just what the main event should be.

News Of The Night:

  1. Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro fight The New Day for the SmackDown Tag Titles in a Tables match at Extreme Rules.
  2. Baron Corbin attacked Matt Riddle.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This show was formatted well with a focus on the main event and three matches delivered enough to make the show watching.


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