15th Feb2021

Friday Night Smackdown – Feb 12th 2021: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Friday Night Smackdown review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I’m currently at Sony Records listening to the pitch from Brian Johnson of AC/DC on his newest single.

Brian Johnson: Tunnel Fire! (Music video shows AC/DC where he sings about Tunnel Fire while shaking his ass)
Me: Ummm…what’s this about again?
BJ: It’s about a tunnel…with a fire!
Me: Why are you shaking your ass in the video?
BJ: When the song gets to groovin’, it feels like you’ve got a critter in your s–tter and you gotta start shakin’ your bacon! Cuz it’s a tunnel fire! (Shakes that ass)
Me: Well, I don’t know about all that ass s–t. Mr. Nakatomi is gonna be here any minute to finalize this single and if he…
Mr. Nakatomi: (with entourage of Japanese executives) Music! Now!
Me: He…
Naka: Emperor of Japan!
Emperor of Japan: I am the Emperor of Japan…Mada Faka!
Brian Johnson: Tunnel Fire! (Shakes ass)
Naka: Huh?
Mada Faka: Faka?
BJ: (video plays) Tunnel has the fire!
MF: Video inspire! My asshole after boyfriend balls deep…tunnel fire too!
NK: Emperor domo arihomo?
Me: Ummm….
BJ: Here’s the video of how we came up with the song.
(Video plays) Look lads! It’s a tunnel! Look! There’s a fire! Tunnel Fire! (Shakes ass)
MF: Not sexy good time song? (Pulls out sword and stabs self)
NK: Emperor dead! AHHHHHHH!!!!!!! (Stabs self as entourage does the same)
BJ: Hey! Corpses! Look! Pizza! Corpse Pizza! (Shakes ass)
Me: Let’s just get to SmackDown… (Brian Johnson shakes ass) Will you stop that?!

Match #1: Sami Zayn & King Corbin def. Rey Mysterio & Dominik Mysterio to qualify for Elimination Chamber

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

In the wake of Roman Reigns’ announcement that he will defend the Universal Championship against the winner of the SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match the very same night, King Corbin and Sami Zayn joined forces against Rey & Dominik Mysterio for an opportunity to qualify for the Chamber. Prior to the contest, Zayn once again emerged to scream injustice, alongside his documentary camera crew. In response, Dominik and Rey knocked The Master Strategist off the apron and lit the fuse of pre-match chaos. In the final moments of the subsequent high-octane matchup, though, Zayn got a bit of payback when he caught Dominik with the Exploder Suplex into the turnbuckle to set up the Helluva Kick for the qualifying victory.

My Opinion: 2 out of 10

Match #2: Big E def. Shinsuke Nakamura in an Intercontinental Title Open Challenge Match by disqualification

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After defeating Apollo Crews and Sami Zayn in a Triple Threat Match to retain his Intercontinental Championship last week, Big E reflected on the win. Because he wanted to be a fighting champion, he then began to issue an open challenge to find his next challenger. Crews interrupted before he could, however, and tried to get another opportunity at Big E’s title for himself. In response, The Powerhouse of Positivity told Crews to go back to catering because they were done. Requesting that his next challenger come to the ring, Shinsuke Nakamura answered the call and left Crews fuming at ringside. The King of Strong Style went on to give a tremendous challenge to Big E. Nevertheless, The Power of Positivity grabbed the upper hand and prepared to hit the Big Ending. Before he could, however, Crews climbed into the ring and hit the titleholder with an explosive dropkick to bring an end to the match by disqualification.

My Opinion: 6 out of 10

Match #3: Bayley def. Liv Morgan

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After Billie Kay’s well-meaning interference cost Ruby Riott her match against Bayley, The Role Model went one-on-one with Liv Morgan. At a key moment in the match, Kay emerged with a ton of resumes to try and apologize to Ruby. Eventually, Riott was so frustrated that she sent the resumes flying. Unfortunately, this grabbed the attention of the referee and allowed Bayley to rake Morgan’s eyes while his back was turned and finish her opponent with the Rose Plant.

My Opinion: 5 out of 10

Match #4: The Street Profits def. Otis & Chad Gable

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

The Street Profits’ journey back to the top of the SmackDown Tag Team division began with an Otis-sized roadblock, as Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins took on Chad Gable & Otis. In the final moments, Gable asked Otis to tag him in so they could work on a move they had been practicing. When Otis bounced off the ropes, Ford pulled them down and sent the big man crashing to the ringside floor. Moment later, Gable didn’t see his opponent’s tag. As a result, he suffered for it with Ford’s earth-shattering splash off the top rope for the three-count.

My Opinion: 5 out of 10

Match #5: (Main Event) Daniel Bryan & Cesaro def. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode to qualify for the Elimination Chamber Match

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After Roman Reigns announced that he will defend his Universal Championship against the winner of the SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match that same night, two teams engaged in a final battle to join Kevin Owens, Jey Uso, Sami Zayn, and King Corbin inside the dreaded structure for an opportunity to take the first step toward the Universal Championship.
Despite being attacked earlier by Seth Rollins, Cesaro made The Showoff tap out to the Sharpshooter after Bryan clocked Roode with the Running Knee.

My Opinion: 7 out of 10

The Good:

  • There was an immediate focus on making the Elimination Chamber feel important. Roman Reigns played a better heel than usual. The tease of Jey Uso being forced to betray Roman was good. Cesaro and Seth Rollins feuding feels very fresh. Cesaro and Daniel Bryan already have a natural connection on camera. Cesaro felt like a big deal again. Bayley continues to excel as a heel. Billie Kay is still funny. The main event was real snappy and crisp. The tease for a possible Edge/Roman WrestleMania match was done with subtlety and tact. Sonya Deville continues to do well as the assistant to Adam Pearce.

The Bad:

  • There wasn’t much in the way of wrestling here despite five matches being booked. Billie Kay feels aimless right now. The Riott Squad is in a rut. Edge/Roman was teased and it didn’t sound very interesting. The Elimination Chamber matches were dull in terms of suspense. Roman getting out of defending the Universal Title inside of the Chamber was a let down.

Final Verdict: 4/10

This was a very weak show that was built around Roman arranging an immediate title defense after the Chamber match instead of inside of it. I get the desire sell Roman as smart, but it just felt like lazy booking. In fact, basing the whole show around Roman has gotten old. Roman is doing well as a heel, but he only feels like a star when Paul Heyman talks for him. Seth Rollins, on the other hand, is a superior heel who has figured out how to inspire hatred without even being able to talk. Seth feels like the heel star of the show, not Roman. Also, why is Bryan’s title push not being highlighted more? I get that Bryan is getting people over, but let’s not forget to give the people what they want. Overall, this was a failure because the show was too tepid and too timid. It’s WrestleMania season. Where are the matches to whet the appetite for what could be coming to WrestleMania? SmackDown needs to get exciting if it expects to keep the interest up come WrestleMania weekend.

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