08th Dec2020

Friday Night Smackdown – Dec 4th 2020: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Friday Night SmackDown review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Ted McCullty and we’ve got more sexy ladies here on Playboy TV…whoops! I’m Nathan Favel and we have the death of Pat Patterson to start. Pat Patterson was the one of the great names of professional wrestling, one so large that he helped start the Intercontinental Title just by being too popular to not portray as a champion. Not only did Pat cement his place in wrestling as a major star of tremendous wrestling skill, but he did so as the first major name to be openly homosexual, paving the way for many others to do so. It was Pat’s homosexuality that would stain his reputation as well, but I say that Pat, whether he was a bastard or not, does deserve to be remembered for his accomplishments. To a man who is many things, good and bad, to many different people, I wish you peace in death, no matter what you have done in life. Goodbye to one of the great fighters in professional wrestling history, known once and forever as Pat Patterson. Now, prepare to taste defeat of my foot up your ass!

Match #1: Natalya def. Bayley

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After weeks of tensions building between Bayley and her Survivor Series teammate Natalya, things finally reached a boiling point with an explosive one-on-one showdown. And in the final moments, with guest commentator Bianca Belair looking on, The Queen of Harts locked the self-professed “Role Model” in the family Sharpshooter and made her tap out to pick up the huge win.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a bit of a mess, but a mess that tried to be more. Bayley losing just didn’t feel right. Also, this didn’t go very long. What a shame.

Match #2: Daniel Bryan, Big E & Rey Mysterio def. Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler & Shinsuke Nakamura in a Six-Man Tag Team Tribute Match

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With the historic original Intercontinental Championship Title displayed at ringside, six former Intercontinental Champions collided in a Six-Man Tag Team Tribute Match to honor the life of the first-ever Intercontinental Champion and WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson. In the height of the fast-paced matchup filled with numerous near-falls and explosive moments, Daniel Bryan overcame Sami Zayn with a quick pin to give his team the important victory. After the contest, the defeated team challenged their opponents to get back in the ring. This led to Zayn and Nakamura getting quickly ejected from the ring and leaving The Showoff alone to suffer a trio of painful maneuvers from Bryan, Mysterio and Big E.

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – While this will likely be forgotten in a week’s time, this was damn good. Never a dull moment for this one, that’s the first thing to say. Everybody got to work right away and never forgot to keep it you on the edge of your seat. Just when I thought this might devolve into a formulaic bout, these guys would do a little something to put some pep back in their step. I enjoyed the hell out of this and I hope you do as well.

Match #3: King Corbin def. Murphy

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After the Mysterio family assisted Murphy in his victory over King Corbin last week on SmackDown, The King immediately challenged for a rematch and vowed he would be prepared for any Mysterio family interference. True to his word, Corbin arrived for the match flanked by a hooded Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake. And in the final moments of the contest, the perceived protectors of the crown suddenly attacked Rey Mysterio and his son Dominik at ringside, taking Murphy off his game and paving the way for Corbin to defeat him with End of Days.

My Opinion: 2.8 out of 5 – Murphy worked hard to make Corbin look interesting and was successful enough to warrant some Cherry Pie! Murphy was excellent and showed his fluid wrestling skills at every turn, while I played with myself and moaned. Corbin is getting better, but he still shouldn’t be on TV yet. In any case, this was okay.

Match #4: (Main Event) Kevin Owens & Otis def. Roman Reigns & Jey Uso by Disqualification

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

In the wake of last week’s brutal chair attack on Jey Uso and the announcement that he challenge Universal Champion Roman Reigns in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match at WWE TLC, Kevin Owens joined forces with Oits against The Big Dog and his cousin. For a bit, it looked as if it might be 2-on-1 when Reigns did not show up for the beginning of the match, perhaps leaving Jey to face the “consequences” of his actions from earlier. But Reigns soon joined the action and unleashed a massive assault on Otis that left him unable to continue the match. Nevertheless, Owens continued in a 2-on-1 disadvantage. Then, in the final moments, when it looked like Owens might get the best of Uso, Reigns suddenly entered the ring and locked him in a Guillotine to bring the disqualification. Nevertheless, Reigns and Uso unleashed a brutal post-match double chair assault on KO. But before he was done, Reigns turned his chair on his cousin, revealing the real consequences of a mistep in the family. As SmackDown concluded, Reigns stood alone, dominant and ready for WWE TLC.

My Opinion: 2.9 out of 5 – Honestly, there wasn’t much to the match, but it looked cool for a couple minutes. Otis was actually my favorite part here, as he just looked ready to kill somebody. That being said, the whole thing was light and fluffy, like a chicken-fried panther dipped in butter. Owens did his human cannonball routine and it kicked ass, so you get that. As a match, this wasn’t much, but it wasn’t worthless either.

News Of The Night:

  1. Kevin Owens challenged Roman Reigns to a Universal Title TLC Match.
  2. Sasha Banks challenged Carmella to a SmackDown Women’s Title Match at WWE TLC.
  3. Big E seems poised for a major singles run very soon, based on his new entrance and hype from the announcers.

Final Verdict: 3.1/5

Apart from the 4 star bout, this was a very lame show that had some great promos, but not enough wrestling to earn the right to have those promos.

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