12th Jan2021

Friday Night Smackdown – Jan 8th 2021: 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 a couple of prize fights and a Gauntlet Match for a Universal Title shot at the Royal Rumble. Would you like to tell me what you and that Melanie Harbuckle are doing butt-naked in the bathtub with momma’s rubber-dongs in your poop-shoots? I don’t like this. I’m trying to review Friday Night Smackdown and you’re busy shoving it in your crack-slats! You are terrible children! If it wasn’t for the fact that you were married, in your thirties and in the comfort of a home that you pay for, I’d kick your asses. Okay, I’ve got matches to review and you…are calling the cops. AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

Match #1: Big E def. Apollo Crews – Intercontinental Championship Match

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After accepting Big E’s open challenge last week, the dynamic Apollo Crews battled The Powerhouse of Positivity for the Intercontinental Title. There was some confusion over an apparent three-count after a Superplex by Crews. It was soon explained, though, that Big E and his challenger both scored the pinfall at the same time, resulting in a draw that allowed Big to keep the title. Crews wasn’t happy with the result, and when Big E tried to give him a fist bump, Crews slapped the Intercontinental Champion. As a result, an irate Big E agreed to continue the match right than and there. Unfortunately for Crews, the larger-than life titleholder earned a clear victory with the Big Ending.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5

Match #2: Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode def. The Street Profits to become the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After a vicious chair assault at the hands of Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode last week, The Street Profits put the SmackDown Tag Team Championships on the line against their outspoken adversaries. However, it soon became clear that Montez Ford’s leg was still injured as a result of his opponents’ attack one week ago, putting the titleholders at an incredible disadvantage. Nevertheless, Ford heroically fought through the pain, despite the continued nefarious actions of his opponents. Eventually, the injury became too much, and Ziggler and Roode soon hit a Spinebuster into the Zig Zag to capture the SmackDown Tag Team Championships! In the aftermath, the new titleholders added insult to injury by attacking The Street Profits and knocking them out of the ring.

My Opinion: 4 out of 5

Match #3: Gauntlet Match For A Universal Title Shot At The Royal Rumble – Winner: Adam Pearce

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Rey Mysterio def. Sami Zayn – Gauntlet Match Part 1

As he made his way to the ring for the first part of the Gauntlet Match, Sami Zayn explained that he decided to enlist a documentary crew to witness and uncover the conspiracy against him that cost him the Intercontinental Championship. However, when Zayn turned his back and failed to notice the opening bell ring, Rey Mysterio took full advantage, hitting the self-professed “Master Strategist” with the 619 into the splash off the top rope for the victory.

My Opinion: 0.5 out of 5

Shinsuke Nakamura def. Rey Myserio – Gauntlet Match Part 2

In the second part of the Gauntlet Match, Shinsuke Nakamura overcame The Master of the 619 in a much more challenging matchup. In the final moments, Mysterio once again hit the 619 on his opponent. But when he went for the splash off the top rope this time, The Artist got his knees up and locked in the armbar to make Mysterio tap out.­­­­­­­­ Moments after the bell, King Corbin charged in and attacked Dominik Mysterio, Nakamura and Rey before the start of his part of the Gauntlet Match.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5

Shinsuke Nakamura def. King Corbin – Gauntlet Match Part 3

After a pre-match attack by his imminent opponent, Nakamura next locked horns with King Corbin in the third part of the Gauntlet Match to determine who would challenge Roman Reigns at Royal Rumble. Despite Corbin’s brutal efforts throughout the contest, The King of Strong Style hit a Kinshasa out of nowhere for his second win of the night.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5

Shinsuke Nakamura def. Daniel Bryan – Gauntlet Match Part 4

Although Daniel Bryan had already revealed his plans to win the Royal Rumble Match on Jan. 31, he entered the fourth part of the Gauntlet Match ready to get to The Big Dog sooner against the resilient Nakamura. After an incredible showdown by both The Leader of the “Yes!” Movement and The King of Strong Style, Nakamura had enough presence of mind to once again raise his knee at just the right moment and defeat Bryan with another Kinshasa out of nowhere.

My Opinion: 4.1 out of 5

Adam Pearce def. Shinsuke Nakamura – Gauntlet Match Part 5

After defeating Bryan, an exhausted Nakamura turned his attention to the emerging Universal Champion Roman Reigns, Jey Uso and Paul Heyman. Their entrance preceded WWE Official Adam Pearce, whom Heyman had earlier pulled some strings to get into the high-stakes matchup, whether he wanted to compete or not. However, before Pearce reached the ring, Uso and The Head of the Table suddenly entered the squared circle and attacked the war-torn Artist. Moments later, Reigns threw Pearce into the ring and set up the unhinged Jey to hit him with a superkick. Then, after Reigns called for the opening bell, Uso draped the WWE official’s unconscious body over The King of Strong Style for the three-count. As a result, Adam Pearce will battle Roman Reigns at Royal Rumble for the Universal Championship!

My Opinion: 0 out of 5

Final Opinion: 3.9 out of 5

Final Verdict: 4/5

Well, for a three match show, this was a strong show of three matches. THAT SOUND LIKE SMART GUY TALK! DUHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! Seriously…f— off. I liked this show. It didn’t have a lot of junk in it and there was a lot of wrestling. Shinsuke and Bryan wrestled each other and it was great. The tag title match kicked ass. Bobby and Dolph carried The Street Profits and made the match into a fast and furious barn-burner that was crispy/sexy/cool. Crispy/sexy/cool? What the f— did I just say? Eh…blow me. I forgot what the opener was. I’m not gonna bother checking. The whole Gauntlet match was worth watching, even when it lacked the oomph. Oomph? That’s not a f—– word. Jesus. Can I be done with this yet? Do you even watch Smackdown? Going back to the Gauntlet match…Adam Pearce is the number one contender to Roman Reigns. It’s dumb, but only if they don’t let Pearce actually wrestle. If Pearce gets the chance to actually go from bell to bell, you can bet on this being a hit. Roman sure as hell needs an opponent like Pearce right now, so let’s hope that they get the shot at having a full match for the strap…on. PEGGED! This show was damn good.


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