07th Sep2021

Friday Night Smackdown – Sept 3rd 2021: Results & Review

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this week’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Phil and this is a breakdown of the show from the WWE that, at least on social media, seems to have been dwarfed by a rather large weekend from THAT other promotion!

Match #1: The Street Profits def. SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos by disqualification

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After a biting back-and-forth war of words before the bout, the time for talk was over between The Street Profits and The Usos. With Universal Champion Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman watching from their private locker room, the SmackDown Tag Team Champions failed to get the job done when Jey Uso interrupted a pinfall attempt and refused to exit the ring, leading to the disqualification. The Profits were able to punctuate the win when Montez Ford went sailing over the top rope to wipe out both Usos and make a statement at the expense of the champs.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #2: Rick Boogs def. Dolph Ziggler

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King Nakamura’s heavy metal loving cohort, Rick Boogs, competed in his first singles match on SmackDown against Dolph Ziggler, and the result was a smash hit for the skilled guitarist. Boogs was able to hit Ziggler with a huge Pumphandle Slam for the victory.

My Score: 0 out of 5

Match #3: Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro ended in a no contest

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A rivalry was renewed as Seth Rollins took on Cesaro as The Visionary of Drip purported to be moving on from Edge. Rollins’ actual intentions became clear when he grabbed a steel chair and began to unleash an assault on Cesaro to end their bout. Rollins continued the attack beginning to bare an eerie resemblance to The Rated-R Superstar as he used a piece of the chair to lock The Swiss Cyborg in a face-bending Crossface. After his patented Stomp, Rollins was about to deliver a devastating Con-Chair-To, but Edge burst onto the scene to send SmackDown’s Saviour backing away.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #4: Sami Zayn def. Dominik Mysterio

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Dominik Mysterio set out to redeem himself in a rematch against Sami Zayn, and he was all over him from the sound of the bell. Things took a turn when Rey Mysterio made his way down the ramp to make sure Zayn didn’t escape the match, leading Dominik to urge his father that he had the match handled. Zayn had other plans, and he was able to nail Dom with the Helluva Kick to pick up the win.

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #5: Universal Champion Roman Reigns def. Finn Bálor

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Things were volatile from the start as The Usos launched a pre-match attack on Finn Bálor during his entrance. Luckily, The Street Profits hit the scene to fend off the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, but the damage was done for The Prince. Still, Bálor went on to put forth a valiant effort against Roman Reigns, even manging to connect with his Coup de Grace, but in the end, the Universal Champion was too much, locking in his brutal Guiiotine submission to earn the victory and retain his title.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Final Verdict: 2/5

This was another episode of WWE programming that relied on the main event to carry the entire show, with a number of the matches on this card feeling more like promos than actual wrestling matches. Though WWE isn’t wrestling is it? Its sports entertainment. Which, to be fair to this show, is exactly what we got… some sports entertainment. It does seem that, week in week out, that the WWE is rely on the top stars to deliver good matches (as here with Roman Reigns, Finn Balor, Cesaro and Seth Rollins) and just filling the rest of the card with whatever they can. Which much suck for the rest of the roster IMHO.


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