22nd Feb2021

Friday Night Smackdown – Feb 19th 2021: Results & Review

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this week’s Friday Night Smackdown review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Editor Phil and I’ll be phil-ing (groan) for Nathan, and checking out the go-home show for this past weekends Elimination Chamber pay per view. Smackdown starts…. last Friday if I’m honest. This is late :)

Match #1: Shinsuke Nakamura def. Apollo Crews

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After losing his cool last week on SmackDown by attacking Big E and costing Shinsuke Nakamura a chance at becoming Intercontinental Champion, Apollo Crews took on The Artist one-on-one, with The Power of Positivity joining SmackDown commentary. When Nakamura scored a quick victory, though, Crews snapped and attacked The King of Strong Style both inside and outside the ring. When Apollo looked as if he was going to attack the fallen Nakamura with the steel ring steps, Big E stepped in his path. Then, when Big E turned to tend to Nakamura, Crews unleashed a vicious steel step assault on the titleholder and eventually dropped the unforgiving implement out of the ring and seemingly on top of The Power of Positivity. The attack was so vicious that Big E was taken out on a stretcher.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #2: Natalya & Tamina def. The Riott Squad

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After being derailed by Billie Kay’s antics over the last two weeks, The Riott Squad looked to get back in the win column against Natalya & Tamina. Billie emerged wearing a Tamina shirt and Natalya cat ears. Her presence resulted in a distraction that paved the way for Tamina to plant Ruby Riott into the canvas for the victory. As the smoke cleared, Billie attempted join in the celebration with the victorious tandem. In return, The BOAT pushed the intruder into a Tamina’s painful boot.

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #3: Bianca Belair, Sasha Banks & Reginald def. Bayley, Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

The second episode of Bayley’s talk show “Ding Dong, Hello!” brought special guests WWE Tag Team Champions Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler into a confrontation, first with Reginald and then with SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair. In the midst of the war-of-words between all parties, the outspoken Sommelier suddenly challenged Jax, Baszler and Bayley to an impromptu match on behalf of himself, The Boss and The EST of WWE. It seemed that Jax had Reginald in dire straits. When she was just about to tag in Shayna into the action, Banks and Belair suddenly knocked Baszler off the apron with a fierce attack. Then, as Jax caught Reginald in midair, The Boss and the EST of WWE executed a powerful double dropkick on The Irresistible Force and brought Reginald down on her for the pinfall.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #4: Rey Mysterio & Dominik Mysterio def. Otis & Chad Gable by disqualification

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After failing to earn spots in the Elimination Chamber Match last week, Rey and Dominik Mysterio battled Alpha Academy’s Otis and Chad Gable with SmackDown Tag Team Champions Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode joining SmackDown commentary. As Otis gained a strong advantage over Rey Myserio, Gable got into the ring to deliver instructions to his larger-than-life tag team partner. In doing so, however, Otis continued his attack and ignored the count to get themselves disqualified. In the aftermath, Gable laid out The Master of the 619, and Otis flattened Mysterio with a devastating splash.

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #5: Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens, & Cesaro def. Jey Uso, Sami Zayn, & King Corbin

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Before fighting this Sunday for the right to challenge Universal Champion Roman Reigns on the same night, the combatants of Elimination Chamber collided in a wild Six-Man Tag Team Match, with 2021 Royal Rumble winner Edge getting a closer look at the match on SmackDown commentary. Midway through the match, Special Council Paul Heyman also joined commentary. Daniel Bryan hurled Sami Zayn off the top rope with a hellacious supplex into the “Yes!” Lock to make his opponent tap out. After the bell, King Corbin hit Bryan with the End of Days. Kevin Owens then hit Corbin with the Stunner. Zayn followed up with the Exploder on KO. This led to Cesaro administering the uppercut on Zayn before Jey Uso superkicked Cesaro. With that, Edge entered the action as well and blasted Uso with a Spear. Out of nowhere, Reigns finished off the action with a Spear of his own on The Rated-R Superstar. As SmackDown went off the air, The Head of the Table stood tall.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

News of the Night:

  1. It was teased that Edge would face Roman Reigns for the Universal Title at Wrestlemania 37
  2. Apollo Crews turned heel by attacking Big E
  3. The tag team of Otis & Chad Gable also turned heel by attacking the Mysterio’s after their match

Final Verdict: 2/5

Well I chose the wrong episode of Friday Night Smackdown to review didn’t I? Wow. Just wow. This was supposed to be the go-home show for the Elimination Chamber PPV but instead it felt like a total filler episode, with multi-person matches (usually a sign that no-one knows what story lines are getting a push that week). This was one of the weakest episodes of Smackdown of recent weeks… The spark that a returning heel Roman Reigns and his advocate Paul Heyman brought has truly fizzled out.

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