10th Jan2019

WWE Smackdown Live – January 8th 2019: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s review of Smackdown Live, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the women in the main event, so yabba dabba doo and gender equality too.

Match #1: Daniel Bryan def. R-Truth

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Still riled up after attacking “The New” Daniel Bryan just moments ago, R-Truth came out of the gates hot against the WWE Champion, bringing an offensive onslaught, but Bryan soon took control and put his opponent away with the Running Knee. However, Bryan would quickly be on the receiving end of another blindside attack when AJ Styles jumped him from behind at the entranceway. The unrelenting Phenomenal One hammered away on his nemesis until security pried Styles off Bryan, allowing the WWE Champion to get out of dodge.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – I never thought I’d write that about a match with either of these guys, but this didn’t get to do much besides disappoint, due to the brief length. This match had a lot of potential, but this was just and angle with hitting. All Elite Wrestling may still have the ability to #@!$ up like World Championship Wrestling did with how they handled contracts. That being said, how can people like AJ Styles or Daniel Bryan resist possibly walking into another WCW nightmare when they toil for a company like WWE that wastes great matches like this one on lame stunts like the finish of this match? I’d get better wrestling booking on the Hallmark Channel.

Match #2: Andrade “Cien” Almas & Samoa Joe def. Rey Mysterio & Mustafa Ali

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Two super pairs were formed as Andrade “Cien” Almas teamed with Samoa Joe to take on Rey Mysterio and SmackDown LIVE’s newest sensation, Mustafa Ali. All four Superstars have crossed paths in recent weeks and will compete in the Royal Rumble, setting the stage for an explosive tag team bout tonight. Mysterio and Ali used their dynamic and explosive arsenals to keep Almas and Joe reeling in the early goings, but Joe and Andrade neutralized their opponents as the contest progressed. Rey and Mustafa refused to stay down, but were often put there, such as when Joe caught a flying Ali on the floor and chucked him right over the announcer’s table. Still, in the match’s pivotal moments, it appeared that Rey and Ali were closing in on victory, but with Joe and Ali both downed on the outside, Almas countered a 619 and dropped The Ultimate Underdog with his signature Hammerlock DDT for what was arguably the biggest win of El Idolo’s career.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was like marshmallows covered in hot fudge and dipped in powdered sugar, because it’s just empty calories…but $#@!&?% delicious. There wasn’t anything here that will make this the match of the year, but you will enjoy this match for the action and the fact that Ali got to wrestle with three of the best fighters in the sport. Every-one looked excellent in a match that was not as good as they were. Overall, this was good fun and that’s just fine.

Match #3: The Bar def. The Usos

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The Usos had a prime chance to get right back into SmackDown Tag Team Championship contention, as a win against The Bar tonight would earn them a future title opportunity. The Usos brought their best against Sheamus & Cesaro and appeared to have the reigning champions reeling after a series of jaw-dropping dives and high-impact strikes. However, momentum shifted quickly when Mandy Rose, who has been trying to drive a wedge between Naomi and Jimmy Uso, arrived on stage in only a towel and flip flops, claiming that she had lost her gear and asking Jimmy if she had left it in his hotel room.


The Bar immediately capitalized on the distraction, as Sheamus knocked Jimmy off the apron and gave Cesaro the opening to connect with the Neutralizer on Jey for the win. Sheamus & Cesaro would have little time to celebrate, however, as The Miz arrived, congratulated The Bar on their big victory and then gave them the “opportunity” to defend their titles against him and his new tag team partner Shane McMahon at the Royal Rumble. The Bar didn’t seem too grateful to face an “untested, uncoordinated dysfunctional duo with daddy issues,” but then swiftly consulted with one another and accepted via Sheamus Brogue Kicking Miz in the face.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was good for what it was, but there was the whole half naked woman debacle that ruined it. There’s nothing wrong with a half-naked woman, but it didn’t bring more wrestling, so she gets and “F”. That’s right, I’m grading her. The wrestling was good while it lasted, but there’s something about a half-naked woman who is trying to seduce/ruin some guys relationship while four people wrestle that just kills the momentum.

Match #4: (Main Event) Becky Lynch def. Charlotte Flair and Carmella to earn the right to challenge SmackDown Women’s Champion Asuka at Royal Rumble

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With the opportunity to challenge SmackDown Women’s Champion Asuka for the title at Royal Rumble, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair and Carmella squared off in a high-stakes Triple Threat Match. All three Superstars brought their best in pursuit of locking up the coveted title match in Phoenix, Arizona. This raucous contest saw everything from Carmella silencing all her doubters by taking total control of the bout and pummeling her opponents, Flair connecting with a massive moonsault on both her foes and Lynch unleashing a blistering attack. All three Superstars seemingly had their chances to secure victory, but The Man recovered from a vicious spear at the hands of Charlotte, and after Carmella dropped Flair with a kick, Lynch synched in the Dis-arm-her on The Princess of Staten Island to get the tapout victory, securing the SmackDown Women’s Championship opportunity against Asuka at Royal Rumble. The Empress of Tomorrow arrived after Becky’s victory, and the two combatants faced off. Both women were spirited as they exchanged words and stared each other down, but one fact was vividly clear: Becky Lynch is ready for Asuka.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a pretty good bout that got Becky her rematch with Asuka for the Royal Rumble. The action was even between the three, with Flair and Lynch looking better than Carmella, which is old news. Carmella is looking better as a wrestler, but she still performs too much like a WWE Superstar, instead of the professional wrestler I believe she would rather be. I think Carmella would do well to put more of a Greco Roman spin on her wrestling. What? I can’t make a suggestion to a woman who doesn’t even read these reviews? Greco Roman would do her well. It’s better than Vince having her drop-kick five times a minute. Hell, a little submission wrestling would work. Not too much, but simply enough for her to have some-thing as a Plan B. Anyway, this match was about what you would expect, which isn’t a bad thing.

News Of The Night:

  1. Mandy Rose came out in a towel and flip flops and tried to seduce Jimmy Uso with her t—s.
  2. AJ Styles attacked Daniel Bryan and ruined a perfectly good match.
  3. Shinsuke Nakamura attacked Rusev.
  4. The Miz and Shane McMahon will fight The Bar for the Tag Titles at the Royal Rumble.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

This was like watching a sea-gull beg for scraps in a parking lot. The wrestling was good when it happened, but it just didn’t get to do much more than happen.


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