27th Jul2020

Friday Night SmackDown – July 24th 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 Donald Trump taking people in the night like fascism is cool…bastard. Jeff Hardy fights Sheamus in bar, because COVID-19 is allergic to booze. Tom Brokaw is a pussy and SmackDown starts…very late here, because of base-a-ball!

Match #1: Nikki Cross def. Alexa Bliss

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Bayley played puppet master for another showdown, this time pitting Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross against each other for a SmackDown Women’s Championship opportunity. Cross came in nursing cracked ribs from Bayley’s use of Banks’ Boss Time rings during their championship clash. Bliss targeted the ribs of her friend throughout the match, but Cross showed grit and battled back time and again. As the referee checked on the hurt Superstar after a missed crossbody off the top rope, Cross capitalized surprising Bliss with a roll-up to clinch the win. Now, Cross gets a chance to avenge her loss at The Horror Show at WWE Extreme Rules while questions start to swirl about the future of her partnership with Bliss.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was some strong stuff through and through, with Nikki rushing Bliss like a freight-train in Scandinavia. Bliss did what she could to keep-up with her crazy tag partner, but there was no stopping Casper The Bi-Polar Ghost from kicking names and taking ass. If you like matches where people get steam-rolled like migrant workers trying to get respect from their employers, then this match will butter your butt.

Match #2: Matt Riddle def. Tony Nese

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After falling short in his first blue brand title opportunity, Matt Riddle got back on track against Tony Nese. The Original Bro came out as the aggressor showing off his strength in an efficient win over The Premier Athlete.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – This was very good for a dirty, stinkin’ squash match, as there was plenty of solid grappling that looked legitimate and it all went off without a hitch.

Match #3: Gran Metalik def. Lince Dorado, Shorty G (Chad Gable) and Drew Gulak – Fatal 4-Way Match For Intercontinental Title Shot

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A quartet of SmackDown Superstars sought a breakthrough win and an Intercontinental Title opportunity as Gran Metalik, Lince Dorado, Shorty G and Drew Gulak met in a Fatal 4-Way Match. The Lucha House Party teammates used their chemistry to their advantage early, but a daring moonsault off the top rope by Shorty G reset the clash. Dorado was on the cusp of a victory when his own tag team partner Gran Metalik broke up the pin. After a chaotic aerial sequence, The King of the Ropes took to the skies and pinned Shorty G to secure the championship match. After the match, Styles tried to teach Lucha House Party a lesson but it was the high-flying duo that sent The Phenomenal One scrambling from the ring.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – This was a lot of cool moves and some interesting booking choices with Gulak and G working together at one point. Don’t go looking for a lot of psychology here, but if you like a spirited stunt show, then this is your thing.

Match #4: (Main Event) Jeff Hardy def. Sheamus – Bar Fight

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Jeff Hardy and Sheamus tried matches, toasts and brawls to settle their heated rivalry. On Friday Night SmackDown, the two decided to battle in a Bar Fight to try to finally ring in closing time on the tensions. The Celtic Warrior pummeled Hardy throughout the bar with keg attacks, urinal flushes, and a toss into the bandstand. After Sheamus broke a barstool on Hardy’s back, the towering Superstar took a second to gloat with a sudsy cheers instead of finishing his opponent off for good. The reprieve allowed Hardy to channel The Charismatic Enigma, and a daring Swanton Bomb off a ladder gave Hardy a win over Sheamus and his demons. Last call Sheamus, party’s over.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was easily the best of any cinematic wrestling match this year, with some actual brawling that looked like fighting popping in often enough to carry this mango to the fruit cart before it dried out. Hell, a ladder was even brought into this and successfully was used to finish the bout. Jeff looked great and Sheamus played the part of towering prick well.

News Of The Night:

  1. Baron Corbin put out a hit on Matt Riddle.
  2. Otis and Mandy Rose will return, next week.
  3. John “Bradshaw” Layfield appeared on the show to add depth to the build toward the Bar Fight.
  4. Kofi Kingston will be out for at least six weeks.
  5. Big E is being teased for a big singles push, thanks to Kofi Kingston urging E to make a run toward the big prize.
  6. Alexa Bliss may be turning heel on Nikki Cross, since she beat her for the Women’s Title shot.
  7. Lacey Evans has turned heel by wanting to diminish Naomi and her accomplishments.

Final Verdict: 3.3/5

This was decent television that had a couple of good matches to perk-up the broadcast.

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