05th Oct2020

Friday Night Smackdown – Oct 2nd 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 Kevin Smith Chasing Amy because of her Dogma concerning the Clerks that are too creepy to be anything but Mallrats banging a Jersey Girl while Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back. Okay, let’s get to the wrestling…

Match #1: Jey Uso def. AJ Styles

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Roman Reigns began the night once again demanding Jey Uso recognize him as The Tribal Chief. The exchange resulted in Uso accepting a challenge from Reigns for the Universal Title that The Big Dog promised would have “the highest stakes in WWE history.” Disturbed by the situation, AJ Styles emerged to let Uso know he didn’t feel the challenger was worthy of the repeated title attempts. The accusation enraged Uso, who leveled The Phenomenal One with a punch off the announce table to set the stage for their showdown. Styles dominated the early going and kept the high-flyer grounded. A counter Samoan Drop helped Uso regain his confidence and go on the offensive. With his blood boiling, Uso stopped a Phenomenal Forearm and landed a Superkick and an Uso Splash in succession to claim the victory over Styles.

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – Now this was a hell of an opener, like telling your date that you followed them home for the past month…without pants. AJ gave Jey plenty to work with and never cheated the singles upstart out of a match worth remembering. So much of this was…TEGRIDY WEED IS HAVING A PANDEMIC SPECIAL!…just great wrestling moves atop a steady thrust of fast, furious wrestling that…WE F-CKED THAT BAT MICKEY!…brought us a top-notch opener. Jey needed this win badly and got it in grand fashion with a clean finish that sealed Jey’s future as a singles star of note.

Match #2: Otis def. John Morrison

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Otis is ready to defend himself and his Money in the Bank contract in court next week, but he used his match against John Morrison to make his opening statement this week. Mr. Money in the Bank took out The Friday Night Delight in quick order. In the match’s final moments, Otis lit up the WWE ThunderDome with a crowd-pleasing Caterpillar and thunderous splash to secure the pin.

My Opinion: 0.6 out of 5 – This was a squash…DAMN IT!

Match #3: Sheamus def. Shorty G

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It was short and sweet for The Celtic Warrior in his win over Shorty G. The scrappy Superstar landed a few early blows, but Sheamus turned the tables quickly. After regrouping, the towering Superstar landed two huge Brogue Kicks to put an end to the clash.

My Opinion: 0.8 out of 5 – This was another freakin’ squash…PANDEMIC!

Match #4: Matt Riddle, Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik def. King Corbin, Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro

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Matt Riddle formed an unlikely grouping with Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik to combine the Bro mentality with Lucha House Party. King Corbin helped the SmackDown Tag Team Champions impose their will and strength. After an inadvertent collision between Kalisto and Dorado, it appeared chemistry issues were about to undo another Lucha victory. But Riddle was there to save the day with a crushing Bro Derek on Cesaro to get the three-count. The win couldn’t cure what ailed Lucha House Party as Lince Dorado confronted Kalisto after the match while tensions continued to boil within the team.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – This was a fun few minutes, like my prom night with that lady who was better than me at everything…including keeping it up. Riddle filed a restraining order against his accuser because he’s an idiot, but at least he can wrestle…with being an idiot. There’s no bad action in here, but as a match, this was pretty tame.

Match #5: (Main Event) Sami Zayn def. Jeff Hardy – Intercontinental Championship Match

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Sami Zayn began the night by tossing Jeff Hardy’s old Intercontinental Championship into the trash, and he ended by defending his with another devious win over The Charismatic Enigma. Zayn’s ribs were noticeably injured as the new titleholder’s midsection was wrapped heading into the match with Hardy. The high-flying icon had Zayn scrambling after a sliding kick to the outside, but the champion evaded a big splash that resulted in Hardy’s crash into the barricade. Hardy made a huge maneuver with a Superplex off the top rope to drive Zayn’s injured ribs straight into the mat. Before the opening bell, it was revealed Zayn had removed the pad off one of the top turnbuckles. With the exposed turnbuckle in the back of his mind, The Great Liberator tripped up Hardy off the top rope and sent him face-first into the harsh surface. Zayn seized the opportunity and rolled up the challenger to once again emerge victorious from an Intercontinental Title Match by any means necessary.

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – This was some smart, brisk action that was COVID-related. Hardy and Zayn were on fire here, delivering one great move after another while they burned to death. Hardy went first, getting scorched to death as he drew his last breath while protecting his shoulder from Zayn’s attack. Zayn’s skin bubbled with fiery heat as Hardy stopped, dropped and rolled his way out of a two-count. The fire-department attempted to put them both out as they begged for help amidst their immolation, but the hose didn’t reach that far. I felt bad watching these two char to a crisp as they were wrestling, but it was so good that I think I just zoned-out. Hey, all that matters is that the match was good. These guys may need a big ol’ Icy-Hot after burning to death, but the match was red-hot with the inferno of greatness, so suck on that burn-victims! HIYA! All in all, you gotta check out this white-hot main event that saw two of the best…go up in smoke…but the match was great!

News of The Night:

  1. Roman Reigns condescendingly gave Jey Uso a Hell In A Cell match for the WWE Universal Title.
  2. Carmella is the woman in the mystery vignettes.
  3. Sasha Banks fights Bayley for the SmackDown Women’s Title, next week.
  4. Kevin Owens fights Bray Wyatt, next week.

Final Verdict: 3.7/5

Two four star matches amidst a show of a weak middle when coupled with a big angle for Jey Uso and Roman Reigns made this quite fun to watch, even if it was dull in the second half.


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