16th Aug2021

Friday Night Smackdown – Aug 13th 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 used to date the announcer from Superfriends. Announcer From Superfriends: Meanwhile, under Nathan Favel’s bra! Me: Oh my God! You are such a perv! Vince McMahon: My first homosexual experience was with a trucker. I fuc… Me: No! I don’t wanna hear it! You’ll make me jealous! Well, SmackDown has a fabulous contest between Apollo Crews and Shinsuke Nakamura for the Intercontinental Title and Kevin Owens fights Baron Corbin for $1000. I’m excited for this show and I’m so glad I lied just now. I saw the ending of Don’t Breathe, but The Blind Man didn’t, because he was blind. He didn’t see that ending coming. Now that you know I’m a genius, let’s start the review. Here comes SmackDown!

Match #1: King Shinsuke Nakamura b. Apollo Crews – WWE Intercontinental Title Match

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The King has his gold! After both Rick Boogs and Commander Azeez were sent back to the locker room by the official for attempting to interfere in the contest, King Nakamura ultimately overcame Apollo Crews to lay claim to the the Intercontinental Title for the second time with with Kinshasa in an absolutely explosive matchup.

The Verdict: 6 out of 10

Match #2: The Street Profits b. Apollo Academy

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Months after Montez Ford suffered a serious injury at the hands of Otis, The Street Profits earned retribution against The Alpha Academy. After Ford once again defied gravity by leaping over the top rope to take out Otis at ringside, Angelo Dawkins hit a beautiful Pop-up Corkscrew Neckbreaker on Chad Gable to pick up the three-count.

The Verdict: 6 out of 10

Match #3: The Mysterios (Rey Mysterio/Dominik Mysterio) b. The Dirty Dawgs (Dolph Ziggler/Robert Roode)

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In the height of tag team action between The Mysterios and The Dirty Dogs, The Usos distracted Dominik Mysterio from the TitanTron. Though the up-and-comer lost focus momentarily, his father Rey was able to push his son out of the way to avoid an attack from Robert Roode. Moments later, Dominik recovered and pinned Roode with some quick-thinking athleticism, giving the Mysterios momentum heading into their SmackDown Tag Team Title Match against Jey & Jimmy Usos at SummerSlam.

The Verdict: 4 out of 10

Match #4: (Main Event) Kevin Owens b. Baron Corbin

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Sick of Baron Corbin asking everybody for money, Kevin Owens promised to give the despondent former monarch $1000 if he beat him. If Corbin lost, though, he had to stop complaining and asking for money. Owens even put an exclamation point on the offer with a pre-match Stunner when Corbin decided to mouth-off. After failing to pick up the win with his feet on the rope in the final moments of the subsequent contest, the desperate Corbin decided to waste time arguing with the official. In response, Owens turned the tables on his opponent and picked up the three-count. And when Corbin was left in complete disarray, KO laid the matter to bed with a second Stunner.

The Verdict: 6 out of 10

Final Verdict: 5/10

This was a show built around promos, whether it be John Cena and Roman Reigns pretending that their match is for the soul of the WWE or Seth Rollins declaring that he is better than Edge ever was. On this night of talking, John Cena spent most of his time blaming Roman Reigns for most of the problems in the WWE, when John’s 11 year run is what allowed these glaring issues in how the company is presented to even be seen in the first place. As for Seth, he was able to create a compelling reason for wanting to destroy Edge…jealousy. It’s simple and easy and makes for a great grudge match. The wrestling did decently on this show, but it always felt like a distraction from the promos. Take the Sasha Banks/Bianca Belair contract signing. That whole drawn-out deal main evented the show, while the KO/Corbin match, which was for a thousand dollars for Corbin’s right to beg for money, gets thrown on at the last minute and is almost entirely forgettable. Matches being secondary on a wrestling show is never a good idea. Well, if you like a wrestling show that feels more like a talk show, then this week’s event will be right up your alley. I’ll see you next time.


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