20th Jun2022

Friday Night Smackdown – June 17th 2022: Results & Review

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this review of this past Friday’s episode of Friday Night Smackdown, right here on Nerdly. This week’s show comes at a very interesting time in the WWE’s history with controversy over Vince McMahon AND rumours that Sasha Banks has been quietly let go… What’s true, what’s not and what will be the outcome of ANY of this past week’s news is yet to be seen; so for now let’s stick to reviewing the show!

Match #1: Madcap Moss def. Happy Corbin

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After months of brutality between the two former friends, everything came to a head in this hilariously brutal Last Laugh Match. Moss had the hometown advantage, and the Minneapolis faithful were firmly in his corner, cheering loudly after Moss hit a running shoulder block and a ferocious Fallaway Slam on Corbin. When the dust settled, Moss was all smiles, hitting Corbin with two Punch Lines and once again defeating his former employer. After the match, Moss berated his rival, laughing maniacally at the fallen Corbin.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #2: Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods def. Jinder Mahal & Shanky

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As of late, Shanky has been feeling himself with his infectious dancing and has no intentions of stopping. With his dancing shoes on, he and his anti-dancing cohort Jinder Mahal took on Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods, two Superstars who are no strangers to dancing. The match was highlighted by a cacophonous chop delivered from Shanky to Kingston, leaving him reeling on the floor and the WWE Universe stunned into silence. Woods’ knowledge of the boogie ended up the deciding factor. With his trusty trombone, Woods played a pleasant tune, enticing Shanky, who couldn’t control himself and succumbed to the beat, dancing along. The Modern Day Maharaja took exception, tagging himself in to stop Shanky from dancing to the tempo. Kofi Kingston capitalized by hitting a Trouble in Paradise on Mahal, earning the tag team victory.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #3: Money in the Bank Qualifier: Raquel Rodriguez def. Shayna Baszler

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Two former NXT Women’s Champions in Raquel Rodriguez and Shayna Baszler went toe-to-toe in a frenetic bout to qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. The two warriors left it all out on the line, with Lacey Evans, who qualified last week, looking on from the announce table. Rodriguez tweaked her knee after delivering a big boot, and The Queen of Spades capitalized, hitting a chop block soon after. Rodriguez, however, used her quickness to put away the fearsome Baszler with a Tejana Bomb, sending her to join Evans in the coveted contest.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #4: Undisputed WWE Universal Championship – Roman Reigns def. Riddle

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In one of the biggest SmackDown clashes ever, “The Original Bro” Riddle and “The Head of the Table” Roman Reigns engaged in a tumultuous Undisputed WWE Universal Championship Match. The stakes were high, with the stipulation that if Riddle lost, he would no longer be able to challenge for the title as long as Reigns was still champion. Riddle increased the pressure for himself, announcing earlier in the night that the contest would be dedicated to his RK-Bro brother, Randy Orton. Riddle had a chance to take the title after landing a beautiful Floating Bro, but Reigns kicked out and took advantage by delivering a Uranage Slam followed by a vintage Orton back suplex onto the announce table, berating The Viper right to the camera. Riddle executed some vintage Orton moves of his own, hitting Reigns with an Apex Slam and a back suplex onto the announce table to boot. With the Minneapolis crowd chanting for Randy, Riddle snapped a Draping DDT and geared up for an RKO, but Reigns countered with an Uranage followed by a jaw-dropping Superman Punch. Riddle was inches away from winning the title after hitting an RKO out of nowhere, but Reigns kicked out in the nick of time. Riddle gave it his all, but Reigns came out on top by Spearing The Original Bro out of mid-air and walking out of a jam-packed SmackDown with the ultimate prize: the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

News of the Night:

  1. Drew McIntyre and Sheamus were both named as entrants in Money in the Bank Ladder Match
  2. Brock Lesnar returned to beat-down Roman Reigns

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

Not even the great main event could save this episode of Smackdown. FOUR matches… FOUR matches! On a two-hour show?! Really? And three of those were average at best. This, until the surprise appearance of Brock Lesnar felt like a total waste of viewing time. And can we just mention that intro by Vince McMahon? Yeah, not a good look for ANYONE involved in this week’s show. Sorry folks but the boss sullied the show with his alleged actions and then made it worse by appearing live!


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