10th Jul2019

WWE Smackdown Live – July 9th 2019: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s Smackdown Live review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have…the WWE website is missing half of its recap for Smackdown, so we’ll just wing it for most of the review. Yeah, it seems Vince McMahon has given up on his own TV show. Okay, we’ve got Extreme Rules build to cover, so let’s get right to it.

Match #1: Shinsuke Nakamura def. Finn Balor

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a fine match that had more than enough action to actually look like a real wrestling match. I bet New Japan is pissed that they don’t have this match to book any-more. I bet Shinsuke and Finn would’ve made more money on this match from New Japan, because the latter would have promoted the former ahead of time. It’s a shame that the WWE didn’t give this a few weeks to gain momentum through word of mouth, because this match had the goods to have lived up to the hype. Also, it went less than ten minutes, but still managed to go on during a commercial break. Is that just going to be a Raw problem now, the whole “no wrestling during commercials” thing? Well, before I get to far gone, let me just end this part of the review by saying that this was a strong match that could be a real winner for the league if it is extended into a series.

Match #2: Nikki Cross def. Carmella

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Clearly looking to make an impression on Bayley and Alexa Bliss ahead of WWE Extreme Rules, Nikki Cross brought the fight to Carmella. Carmella refused to give in, but Cross had no interest in relenting on the pressure. Princess Mella was defiant to the end, slapping Nikki across the face and following up with an onslaught when Cross briefly set her focus on Bayley, who was at ringside. However, Nikki halted Mella’s fury by connecting with the swinging neckbreaker for the win. A victorious Cross mounted the ropes and continued to talk trash to Bayley at ringside, who barked back at The Twisted Sister while holding her title in the air.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This was a decent fight that was slow but logical, yet had only enough life to it to keep you interested for a short amount of time.

Match #3: Otis def. Daniel Bryan and Xavier Woods – Triple Threat Match

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a pretty good match that even the Children Of God couldn’t reprogram to be dull. Bryan led the way and Otis smashed that way like King Kong at Dairy Queen. Woods was every bit as strange as usual (he was odd in Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling too), but it worked. The action was pretty fun and fierce at the same time, which is how I normally describe tennis played by elephants. Over-all, this was better than most of the triple threat matches in WWE history, which isn’t saying much, but it’s worth saying any-way.

Match #4: (Main Event) Roman Reigns def. Dolph Ziggler

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After Shane McMahon cancelled a match between Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler due to a shocking parking lot melee, “The Best in the World” appointed Ziggler a new opponent – Roman Reigns – in hopes of wearing down The Big Dog before Shane-O-Mac & Drew McIntyre collide with Reigns & The Undertaker at WWE Extreme Rules. However, before the match could even get underway, Shane, McIntyre and Elias would arrive to “observe” the contest. From the jump, The Big Dog would have to deal with not just The Showoff in the ring, but also his lurking rivals at ringside. However, Reigns would overcome all the obstacles put in front of him, taking out almost all of his opposition with an awe-inspiring dive over the top rope. The only one left standing was Shane, who was egging Reigns on in the ring. Yet, Ziggler would drop Roman with a superkick, leaving “The Best in the World” alone. Which, seemingly, should have been fine, but Kevin Owens darted into the ring, dropped Shane-O-Mac with a Stunner and exited as soon as he arrived. From there, Ziggler and Reigns staggered back to their feet, and The Big Dog connected with a match-clinching Spear to get the win ahead of WWE Extreme Rules. Believe that.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a good main event that, once again, went way too short. Roman and Dolph had solid chemistry together, which is another way of saying that I’m desperate to look like I know what I’m talking about. You can expect Dolph to sell like stripper on holiday and for Roman to do his best Das Boot impression at the same time. If you have to ask, then you’ll never get that last one. I wish that there wouldn’t have been any interference, but the match worked any-way. Overall, this was a worthy main event that almost lifted Thor’s hammer. There. I did an Avengers reference. Am I cool yet? Well, I might not be, but this match was…cool.

News If The Night:

  1. Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler had a brawl to continue their feud.
  2. Kevin Owens cut a “shoot” promo to renew his feud with Shane McMahon.
  3. Samoa Joe cut a fine promo on beating Kofi Kingston for the WWE World Title at Extreme Rules.
  4. Nikki Cross denied that Alexa Bliss is using her, despite that Bayley said she was.
  5. The Kabuki Warriors and the IIconics are going to have a Women’s Tag Team Titles Match in the near future.
  6. Daniel Bryan cut a scathing promo on The New Day being incredibly talented, but being jokes who don’t take their sport seriously (he actually was very convincing…because he’s right).
  7. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville will wrestle Ember Moon and a partner, next week.
  8. Ali got a strong vignette about fighting evil.
  9. Aleister Black will fight Cesaro at Extreme Rules.
  10. Shelton Benjamin did another interview where he didn’t say anything.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

Well at least this was better than Raw. There needs to be more wrestling on this wrestling show.


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