09th Aug2021

Friday Night Smackdown – Aug 6th 2021: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I’m tired of all these Nathans…so I rigged them with bombs. Mysterious Nathan: No! You need to figure out the mystery of so many Nathans! Me: …no. Other Nathans: Oh s–t! BOOM! Me: Well, while I scrape corpse off of me, lets…what the… Giganto: I am Giganto! I am your ego incarnate! Me: Is this what this whole thing has been about? My ego transported me through some sort of goofy transdimensional portal to f–k with me? That’s so stupid! I’m pissed! Giganto: Don’t you remember that you said you were going to get back to writing Ring Of Honor and Major League Wrestling and National Wrestling Alliance? Me: What? I didn’t say that! Giganto: Yes…you did. Me: I…why are you telling me this? Giganto: …because all of existence is dependent on you understanding why you went back on your word and forgot why. Me: I’m sorry. I wasn’t paying attention. Giganto: F–ker! Listen! Me: Fine! I’ll write SmackDown and see how it all shakes out. Giganto: That’s not what I said! Me: SmackDown starts… Giganto: I hate this bald f–k.

Match #1: Jey Uso def. Dominik Mysterio

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En route to his SmackDown Tag Team Championship rematch at SummerSlam, Dominik Mysterio was momentarily distracted when Rey Mysterio was forced to take out a meddling Jimmy Uso outside the ring. This opened the door for Jey to hit the Superkick and the Uso Splash for the victory.

The Verdict: 4 out of 10 – This was not bad for what it was, but since Dominik still needs some time off TV to get better, you can imagine that this match didn’t go too far in the quality department. Jey did what he could to cover for Dominik’s weaknesses, but there’s only so much that can be done. It opened the show and didn’t crash it before it could get going, so that’s good. Anyway, this came and went like my masculinity.

Match #2: King Nakamura def. Apollo Crews (via DQ)

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Just when it looked as if King Nakamura might emerge victorious over Apollo Crews in an intriguing Championship Contender Match, Commander Azeeez suddenly pulled The Artist out of the ring and brought an end to the action by disqualification. When Azeez attempt to get in the squared circle after the bell, Nakamura hurled The Prince of Nigeria into his gigantic cohort.

The Verdict: 3 out of 10 – These got very little time and it ended with a DQ. Sheesh.

Match #3: Tegan Nox def. Tamina

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In the wake of two straight Championship Contender victories by new SmackDown tandem Shotzi & Nox against the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Tegan Nox overcame Tamina one-on-one when a shot fired from Shotzi’s tank distracted the titleholder long enough for Nox to roll her up for the quick pin.

The Verdict: 2 out of 10 – It went a minute. What do you think?

Match #4: The Street Profits def. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode

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Angelo Dawkins and his returning tag team partner Montez Ford hit the ground running against The Dirty Dawgs on the back of Ford’s gravity-defying splash off the top rope that has been sorely missed!

The Verdict: 5 out of 10 – These two teams had a nice little match that never really ventured far into bold territory, but it did keep the show going. TSP really needed a win here. It feels like a thousand years since they’ve won anything. You get both team’s usual routine here, so expect a lot of slams and bolting around. It could have been better, but it could have been worse.

Match #5: Bianca Belair def. Zelina Vega

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Despite an early distraction by Sasha Banks, The EST of WWE emerged victorious over Zelina Vega in a hard-fought Championship Contender Match with the K.O.D.

The Verdict: 5 out of 10 – This was a long squash for Bianca. Bianca looked formidable throwing Vega around. Vega sold well for Bianca. There’s really not much else to it than that.

Match #6: Finn Bálor def. Baron Corbin

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After Baron Corbin prevented Finn Bálor from getting a Universal Title opportunity at SummerSlam, The Prince looked to teach Corbin a lesson that he’d never forget and scored the victory with Coup de Grace.

The Verdict: 3 out of 10 – Not much happened here, but Finn looked good when he got to do something. Boy has this been one lame show. Finn won and that’s that for a very short match with little in the way of competitive action.

Final Verdict: 3/10

On a night where Finn challenged John Cena to a fight and got beat-up by Roman Reigns, Edge and Seth Rollins agreed to fight at Summerslam and Bianca/Sasha 2 got its Summerslam date, we didn’t get much in the way of great action despite having three matches. What a weak show. Giganto: You have to understand why you didn’t live-up to your promise to return to the reviewing of the other leagues! Me: Oh hell! It’s probably because I watch Vince’s Weekly Morgue Revvue and it’s rotting my brain! I can’t keep track of this s–t anymore and you can blame Vince and his bad booking. I just need to shake the malaise off and have more fun with this. I’ll manage my time better and it will be fine. Giganto: Ummmmm…that’s it! You get it now. Yes! Me: Shut up. So, I’ll get back to work on the reviews and it will be fine. I’ll see you next time.

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