11th Nov2019

Friday Night Smackdown – Nov 8th 2019: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Friday Night SmackDown review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have UK SmackDown stuff. I say stuff because I always do and because this is a recorded show for the American audience. I bet Victoria’s Secret was that she was a dude. It makes the g-string part of the catalog more horrifying, doesn’t it? We’ve got an excellent SmackDown to follow this week, so let’s see if Vince McMahon and his lackeys are up to the challenge.


Match #1: The New Day def. The Revival – SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After The New Day bested SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Revival in Tag Team Turmoil at WWE Crown Jewel, Kofi Kingston & Big E looked to notch another win over Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson, this time with the titles on the line. The New Day came out the gates hot, and Wilder feigned a knee injury, allowing The Revival to get an edge on Kingston & E. However, The New Day battled back in pursuit of their seventh Tag Team Championship reign, and in the clutch, Big E and Kingston evaded The Revival’s dreaded Shatter Machine and connected with an unbelievable tandem, elevated Trouble in Paradise to Wilder for an automatic three-count. It’s a new reign, yes it is.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – They had to deliver a big moment for the crowd and this was a good way to go. I really like the Revival, but not having Kofi rebound in a big way after his insulting title loss was not possible (for his sake anyway). This was good, but not great, which is a shame. There was nothing bad here, but it just didn’t go long enough or have enough permission from the coalition to be what it should have been.

Match #2: Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro def. Shorty G (Chad Gable) & Ali

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With Sami Zayn wanting to prove why Daniel Bryan should come to his side of the fence, Zayn’s squad of Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro collided with Shorty G & Ali, as Bryan observed from atop the stage. A furiously fast-paced match ensued, and Ali & Shorty G seemed to be closing in on victory. When Zayn interfered, however, The King of Strong Style and The Swiss Cyborg took advantage by catching their opponents off-guard, and the Intercontinental Champion sealed the win by dropping Ali with a Kinshasa.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – This was waaaaaaaaaaaaay to short. Who would be stupid enough to book four of the best around to…Vince. Yeah…stupid question. These guys tried, but John Denver died in a plane crash, so there you go. Wait…what was I talking about? Vince is very out of touch with what wrestling is supposed to look like. Shinsuke was a major draw in Japan, but he’s zip-zilch-nada here. What a shame, considering that you can see the potential was already ripe for the picking for this group.

Match #3: Sasha Banks def. Nikki Cross

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Sasha Banks competed in her first match since WWE Hell in a Cell, debuting a new remixed theme song (shout-outs to Snoop Dogg) but the same vicious demeanor, as SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley watched from the announce desk. Still on edge after Banks interfered in her title match against Bayley last week, Cross brought the fight to The Boss, then lunged at Bayley at the announce desk to take out the champ. Cross’ emotions may have worked to her detriment, though, as Banks caught WWE’s Twisted Sister in the Bank Statement for the submission victory.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This is becoming a broken record all over again. Banks won, which is the right decision. It’s amazing how her momentum died down right after Hell In A Cell (she was injured, but still). Just let these matches go longer, damn it.

Match #4: Carmella & Dana Brooke def. Fire & Desire

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

With two spots on the SmackDown Women’s Survivor Series Team on the line, Carmella & Dana Brooke collided with Fire & Desire. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville used their experience as a team to bring the fight to Carmella in the early goings, but Princess Mella battled back and finally made a tag to a surging Brooke. Dana flexed on Rose & Deville, and with her and Mella working in tandem, Brooke connected with an awe-inspiring top-rope flipping Senton for the win, earning them entry to join captain Sasha Banks on the SmackDown Women’s Survivor Series Team.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – I’m reminded of Gordon Lightfoot who once said “White Man sucks ass”. Get it? Me neither. This was middle-of-the-road wrestling that did have a purpose, but didn’t achieve its goal with much to speak of besides the normal effort.

Match #5: (Main Event) King Corbin def. Roman Reigns

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Clearly none too happy with what King Corbin had to say earlier in the night, Roman Reigns took the fight right to Corbin even before the bell rang in this main event matchup. The Big Dog would continue the onslaught once the match officially got underway, but he had to deal with more than just the King of the Ring, as the tandem of Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode would make their way to ringside during the contest, prompting Reigns to drop them where they stood. Now having to keep eyes in the back of his head, The Big Dog would have to deal with Corbin in the ring and Ziggler & Roode when he was outside of it. Reigns would battle through all of it as best he could, but when Ziggler inserted himself into the ring, prompting Reigns to vanquish him with a Spear, The King of the Ring would take advantage of the situation by catching The Big Dog with an emphatic End of Days for a controversial victory in Manchester.

My Opinion: 2.9 out of 5 – This was neither man’s best match, but it got the job done…I think. This had a good amount of time, but not much happened here wrestling wise. This was an angle with bumps. I’m leeeeeeeeeegal!!!!!!!!!!! I got my weed card! Dandelions! I kissed a ghost and I liked it. Okay, this match pissed me off and I want my money back.

News Of The Night:

  1. Carmella and Dana Brooke join Sasha Banks on the SmackDown Women’s Survivor Series Team at Survivor Series.
  2. Tyson Fury and Braun Strowman beat the piss out of The B Team after discussing being tag team at some point.
  3. Shayna Baszler attacked Bayley, again.
  4. After Sami Zayn finished teasing Daniel Bryan with allowing him to become his manager, Bray Wyatt attacked Bryan.
  5. Imperium attacked Heavy Machinery to push the NXT/SmackDown feud.

Final Verdict: 2.6/5

This was a big step down from last week. I pretended to Madea to get out of a telemarketer. I told her I had to poop. That’s the way I live life…like a chump.


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