04th Sep2019

WWE Smackdown Live – Sept 3rd 2019: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s SmackDown Live review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and if Sam Kinison had played Sandy in Grease, then all of her songs would have been loud screams. HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU! AHHHH! AHHHH! AHHHHH! Okay, Roman Reigns still wants to know who tried to kill him. I want to review this show…or bring me Peter Pan! I need to know if he’s a dude or a chick. That stupid hat. Here comes SmackDown.


Match #1: Elias def. Ali – King of the Ring Quarterfinals Match

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With a spot in the semifinals on the line, Ali squared off against Elias in the King of the Ring Quarterfinals. Both Superstars came out of the gates with their best stuff, as Ali used his blinding speed and took to the skies. Elias attempted to counter by overpowering Ali, absolutely decimating his opponent on the outside. Ali targeted Elias’ arm, even locking in a crossface, but the crooning Superstar withstood an unbelievable superkick counter from Ali and avoided a 450 Splash before immediately connecting with Drift Away to punch his ticket to the semifinals.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was pretty damn good, with Elias working hard and Ali just getting better and better. This was fast and exciting, with Blake Lively making green beans for the kids. Elias may not be one of the great wrestlers, but he does try if given the chance to actually make a difference. I sound like I work the ASPCA. Over-all, Ali should be a champion already and this was a fine match.

Match #2: Fire & Desire def. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross

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After butting heads with Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross earlier in the day during a championship photoshoot, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville set out to put themselves in title contention by knocking off the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. Fire & Desire attempted to wear down The Goddess & Cross, but Bliss seemed to have Deville right where she wanted her, downed for Twisted Bliss. A scuffle between Mandy and Cross on the outside caught Alexa’s attention for a brief moment, however, giving Sonya enough time to get her knees up to counter Twisted Bliss. Fire & Desire followed up with a devastating tandem maneuver for the major victory over the titleholders.

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – This was good enough, thanks to the champions doing well and the winners not getting arthritis on their path to victory.

Match #3: Chad Gable def. Andrade – King of the Ring Quarterfinals Match

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The King of the Ring Quarterfinals concluded with a major showdown between two emerging tourney favorites – Chad Gable and Andrade. After Zelina Vega boldly declared Andrade the next King of the Ring right in Gable’s face prior to the match, the action was absolutely electric from the opening bell as these two surging Superstars collided for the first time ever. Andrade seemingly had Gable reeling, but Gable persevered in the critical moments, somehow shaking off the stiffest of elbows from Andrade and Vega’s interference to pull off the most impressive rollup you will ever see for an unreal victory to earn his spot in the semifinals.

My Opinion: 3.7 out of 5 – This was a strong match that was wrestled right the whole way through. This thing was a wrestling clinic, just like my son Dunderhead is a professional door-stop. It’s a dangerous job, but someone has to do it. Why can’t these guys wrestle each other more often? Gable has far too much potential to not get more attention from the bookers. Is Andrade ever going to get the rest of his name back? This was a great match that did a great deal in a short amount of time and that’s great. I am…a bad writer.

Match #4: Aleister Black def. Shelton Benjamin

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Still with as much zest as ever for a fight, Aleister Black squared off against Shelton Benjamin on SmackDown LIVE after declaring that he was tired of waiting for someone to knock on his door and fight. Benjamin attempted to use his experience to slow down The Dutch Destroyer, but Black caught fire early and never let up, stringing together an unbelievable attack en route to connecting with a pinpoint Black Mass for the victory.

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – Not bad for a minute…or so.

Match #5: (Main Event) Shinsuke Nakamura def. local competitor

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Clearly looking to send a statement to his WWE Clash of Champions opponent The Miz, Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura made an example out of a local competitor on SmackDown LIVE … and Sami Zayn talked. THE. WHOLE. DANG. TIME. Nakamura, of course, made quick work of the local competitor, finishing him off with a brutal Kinshasa.

My Opinion: 1.9 out of 5 – This was a squash. Shinsuke left New Japan for a squash match. The high life. Ain’t it grand? Yeah, there’s a promo in as the main event, but promos don’t count, so this is the main event. Donna Summer could book a better main event than Vince McMahon could. Okay, that’s enough.

News Of The Night:

  1. Sasha Banks helped the heel Bayley (who hasn’t changed anything to match her new evil persona) beat the hell out of Charlotte, who has become the most-loathed person on the roster it seems.
  2. Rowan claims to have tried to kill Roman Reigns for his own purposes and he beat the hell out of Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns to prove it.
  3. Randy Orton and The Revival attacked Kofi Kingston ahead of the WWE World Title Match at Clash Of Champions.
  4. Roman Reigns fights Rowan at Clash Of Champions.

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

There were a couple of great matches here, along with logical booking for a good portion of the show, so that warrants a good rating.


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