03rd Jun2024

‘Friday Night Smackdown’ Review (May 31st 2024)

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 show!

Match #1: Tommaso Ciampa def. Austin Theory

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

#DIY are determined to become the new WWE Tag Team Champions, and their mission started on the right foot as Tommaso Ciampa picked up a major victory over Austin Theory. Things were looking shaky for Ciampa early, especially after Theory targeted the surgically repaired neck of the resilient Superstar. Ciampa rallied only for Theory to quickly regain control, but Grayson Waller caught wind of words from the commentary team, and Theory took his attention off Ciampa. That proved to be the difference as Ciampa shoved Theory into his partner and promptly rolled him up to score the win.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #2: Andrade def. Apollo Crews

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Apollo Crews is back on SmackDown, but his return to the ring was met with a rude awakening from Andrade. The action started fast, but Angel of Legado del Fantasma made his way to ringside, as he’s been hoping to recruit Andrade to his group. Crews looked as impressive as ever, but Andrade reached another level when he hit a knockout spinning elbow and a twisting DDT suplex to win the match.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #3: The Bloodline def. The Street Profits

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After exchanging blows with Kevin Owens, Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa handled business inside the ring by beating The Street Profits. The brutality of the Tongas was on full display as they used their mauling ability to dismantle Angelo Dawkins, all while an emotional Paul Heyman watched at ringside. Dawkins dug deep and finally tagged in Montez Ford, and the athletic Superstar was delivering The Bloodline a taste of their own medicine. The Street Profits seemingly had the match won, but they weren’t aware that Tama Tonga had tagged in, and he hit a surprise flatliner on Ford to win the match.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #4: Chelsea Green & Piper Niven def. Bayley & Naomi

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Bayley found a partner in Naomi to help battle Chelsea Green and Piper Niven, but by the end of the night, the champion found herself on the losing end. Naomi had Green feeling the glow, especially after a split-legged moonsault and a dive to the outside, but the fire extinguished after a brutal running senton from Niven. That senton also hit Green, but that didn’t bother Niven, as she dragged her lifeless partner over their opponent to pick up the huge win.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

What an unremarkable and underwhelming episode of Smackdown this was. We got Nia Jax stuff no one asked for, a ridiculous “retirement” tease for AJ Styles, three average matches and an OK one. I’m not sure how this builds for Summerslam etc., as the entire show felt more like time-wasting filler. The only real plus this week was the Heyman/Owens promo!


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