23rd Oct2023

Friday Night Smackdown – Oct 20th 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: Montez Ford def. Santos Escobar

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After Bobby Lashley and The Street Profits attacked Carlito, Montez Ford squared off against The LWO’s Santos Escobar. In an explosive match, Escobar took out Dawkins at ringside. This allowed Ford to capitalize, as he caught Escobar with a rollup to gain the win. After the match, Carlito and the rest of The LWO came out to save Escobar from a Street Profit beatdown.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #2: Austin Theory & Grayson Waller def. Dragon Lee & Cameron Grimes

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After making fun of Austin Theory and Grayson Waller for losing to Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso, Dragon Lee and Cameron Grimes found themselves in a match against A-Town Down Under. Despite teaming for the first time, Lee and Grimes worked pretty well at the start, as they sent both Theory and Waller into the ring posts. Lee and Grimes put up a great fight but fell to the devious duo of Theory and Waller after they raked the eyes of Grimes and threw Lee into the timekeeper’s area. With Lee disposed of, that paved the way for a one-two punch of a Rolling Stunner and A-Town Down to finish Grimes.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #3: WWE Women’s Championship – IYO SKY def. Charlotte Flair

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Charlotte Flair looked to etch her name in the history books for the 15th time but was thwarted by some ingenuity from The Genius of the Sky. Flair hit a huge facebuster on SKY onto the ring apron. Flair seemingly had the title won after she evaded an Over the Moonsault, turning it into a scorching Spear, only for Bayley to put SKY’s feet on the ropes. In the final moments of the title showdown, SKY took advantage of Flair’s attack on Bayley, using her title to blast The Queen in the face to retain her title.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Final Verdict: 2/5

Three matches on a 2-hour show? Piss right off… Jesus this was a particularly low point for Smackdown this week. We opened with an average match, got a shit-ton of in-ring promos, then a poor tag match. Hey, at least the women managed to make the min event the highlight of the show. Though, TBH, that wasn’t difficult. Nice to see Bianca Belair back though.


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