31st Jul2023

Friday Night Smackdown – Jul 28th 2023: Results & Review

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this review of this past Friday’s episode of Friday Night Smackdown, right here on Nerdly. Let’s see what went down on this week’s episode!

Match #1: United States Championship Invitational Final – Santos Escobar def. Rey Mysterio

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

With United States Champion Austin Theory watching from the Skybox, Santos Escobar won the United States Championship Invitational over his mentor and fellow member of The LWO Rey Mysterio after a Mysterio injury cut the contest short.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #2: LA Knight def. Ashante “Thee” Adonis

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The outspoken LA Knight overcame Hit Row’s Ashante “Thee” Adonis with Blunt Force Trauma.

My Score: o out of 5

Match #3: Bianca Belair and Charlotte Flair def. Sonya Deville and Chelsea Green

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Eight days before battling WWE Women’s Champion Asuka in a Triple Threat Match at SummerSlam, unlikely partners Bianca Belair and Charlotte Flair joined forces against WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Sonya Deville and Chelsea Green in a non-title match. Just when it looked like The EST of WWE was about to overcome Green with the K.O.D, however, The Queen suddenly tagged herself in and booted Green as Belair was still holding her opponent on her shoulders to picked up the pin fall herself.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #4: Karrion Kross def. Karl Anderson

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Despite the aggressive offense of The O.C.’s Karl Anderson, interference from Scarlett allowed Karrion Kross to seize momentum and ultimately pick up the win with the Final Prayer. After the match, the sadistic Kross quickly locked Anderson in the Kross Jacket and screamed to AJ Styles until The Phenomenal One and the rest of The O.C. emerged to make the save.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #5: Jey Uso def. Grayson Waller

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

As an unhinged Jey Uso battled Grayson Waller just eight days before him will battles Roman Reigns in Tribal Combat for the Undisputed WWE Universal Title at SummerSlam, The Head of the Table, Solo Sikoa and Special Counsel Paul Heyman emerged to watch. At the height of the match, Jey made a statement when he hit Waller with a Reigns’ Spear before finishing off his opponent with the Uso Splash for the win.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

Hi all, before I get into the verdict I just want to point out a change to the rating system. Going forward ALL squash matches will get 0 points… Why? Well in the past I gave them 1 out of 5 but some matches across ALL the major wrestling companies are getting so bad that 2 points for a bad match is too generous. You may have noticed I’ve been slipping in some 1.5 scores but now I think we’re going to have to reserve the 1-star rating for a truly bad match. So squashes get 0 points… Hope that makes sense! On to this week’s final verdict…

Let’s see, squash match. Check. Two dull mid-card matches. Check. A decent opening match. Check. Though I do hope Rey Mysterio ‘s not banged up too bad – sounds like a concussion of sorts happened during the match. A decent closing match. Check. The Bloodline being the only truly must-see part of the show. Check. So the formula’s not changed then… Good god, what happened to Smackdown? It seems that if it’s not surrounding THe Bloodline then creative don’t really give a crap about it. Just look at LA Knight’s sudden fall off. Weak episode again this week.


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