21st Sep2020

WWE Friday Night Smackdown – Sept 18th 2020: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we’ve got more build to Clash Of Champions here to make your brown eyes blue. Are you ready for more 70s song references? …TOO BAD!!!!!!!

Match #1: Cesaro def. Gran Metalik

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Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro continued to frustrate Lucha House Party and ignited friction among the team. After both Kalisto & Lince Durado argued over the right advice to give Gran Metalik going into the match, the duo was eventually ejected from ringside. The King of the Ropes almost pulled off the win with an aerial assault, but Cesaro got his knees up on the final splash. The Swiss Cyborg then hit a Neutralizer and pinned Gran Metalik for the statement win. Can Lucha House Party get back on the same page before their WWE Clash of Champions showdown with the SmackDown Tag Team Champions?

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This had some excellent wrestling action, but it got interrupted by that dumb LHP angle where they tell each other how to wrestle. Why can’t you just let them wrestle? Well, at least Cesaro had another good bout against another good wrestler.

Match #2: Nikki Cross def. Lacey Evans

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As Nikki Cross tried to dig into what’s been possessing Alexa Bliss lately, Lacey Evans cut into “A Moment of Bliss” with a challenge for Cross. Cross and Evans would brawl in the ring, and The Sassy Southern Belle dug into some dirty tactics as she rubbed hand sanitizer into the eyes of the Scottish Superstar. After the maneuver, Cross found her mean streak and defeated Evans following a devastating DDT and a crushing neckbreaker. After the match, Bliss snapped into a trance at Evans mention of The Fiend and delivered a Sister Abigail to the unsuspecting Superstar.

My Opinion: 2.9 out of 5 – Cross carried Evans until the latter’s improved submissions skills finally came into play. This was no great classic, but Cross gave a great performance that showed why she is so consistently good.

Match #3: AJ Styles def. Sami Zayn

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Both AJ Styles and Sami Zayn believe the Intercontinental Championship rightfully belongs to them, and even a win by The Phenomenal One isn’t stopping The Great Liberator’s claim to the title. Zayn appeared headed for a win with a crafty roll-up, but the official stopped the count due to Zayn holding Styles’ tights. Despite the loss, Zayn quickly scrambled to declare it wasn’t “an official title match” and demanded to be announced as the champion. Jeff Hardy would then emerge to take out both competitors and send a message in true Hardy fashion using tables and ladders.

My Opinion: 3.7 out of 5 – This was some excellent stuff from two of the best. You can expect this to have a lot of personality and zest, like an orange left to rot on Margaret Thatcher’s corpse. These two just smacked into each other like bumper cars at Pervert Island (Bill Clinton portrait and all). There’s so much kinetic action here to take in that it’s just too big…I need lube. So much of this was guts-and-glory wrestling, with no chance taken too lightly, but taken nonetheless. I wanted this to continue on for much longer, but we still got a quality bout from two great professional wrestlers and that works for me.

Match #4: (Main Event) Roman Reigns & Jey Uso def. Sheamus & King Corbin – Samoan Street Fight

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Before the match, Roman Reigns asserted his dominance over his yard and his island on the blue brand and then backed it up early on with a steel chair. After a huge knee by The Celtic Warrior, Sheamus and King Corbin would swarm The Big Dog. The towering Superstars then sent Jey Uso through a table and were shocked when the high-flyer kicked out of the pin. The chaotic brawl continued on in the Samoan Street Fight until the cousins teamed up for a Reigns’ Spear and an Uso Splash to take out Corbin for the win.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was one of those good-ol’ smack-around fights that was all about the next blast to the ol’ noggin’. Noggin’? What is this? Bill Nye The Science Guy? Well, at least the coke-line is still there. Anyway, I enjoyed this match, even though I think the Samoan part was just there because Roman and Jey are Samoan. The right team won and the right man won the fall, so at least this main event angle is going according to plan…I think.

News Of The Night:

  1. Sasha Banks cut a heel promo to establish this feud between her and Bayley as a battle of heels…then Bayley attacked her.

Final Verdict: 3.3/5

AJ and Sami were the highlight here, with Roman and Jey’s prize fight angle also doing quite well to give this show a big-time feel.


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