02nd Dec2019

Friday Night Smackdown – Nov 29th 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’ve got SmackDown. Surprise. Also, if you don’t mind, I’m going to watch one of my favorite movies, “Jethro In Wonderland” while I use the TalkTech to aid with the review. Hey look! A white rabbit. I’mma chase your hairy ass down the rabbit hole! Can’t git away frum me! Okay, let’s watch “The Roman Reigns Show”.


Match #1: Roman Reigns def. Robert Roode

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Joining forces to battle for brand supremacy, in theory, should have brought SmackDown’s Superstars together, but Survivor Series only escalated the conflict between Roman Reigns and King Corbin. Reigns walked into SmackDown in Birmingham, Ala., looking to get his hands on Corbin, but the blue brand’s highness instead opted to throw one of his royal disciples in his way. That was no problem for The Big Dog, who defeated Robert Roode in singles action, then sent an even louder message to his royal rival. Days after he was the sole survivor to win the five-on-five-on-five Survivor Series Match for the blue brand, Reigns kicked off SmackDown to wish the WWE Universe a Happy Thanksgiving and express his gratitude to all of his peers on Team SmackDown — except for Corbin, instead calling him out to the ring. The King answered and blamed The Big Dog’s “ego” for Team Blue’s infighting at Survivor Series. Reigns posited that the two could settle their issue right then and there, but Corbin elected to have Roode fight his battle on this night. That set into motion what was essentially a three-on-one Handicap Match with Corbin and Roode’s tag team partner Dolph Ziggler at ringside, and the two made their presence felt to help Roode control much of the action. With Corbin distracting the official after handing his scepter to Roode, The Glorious One looked to finish off Reigns, but he instead ate a decisive Spear.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was an excellent match that had a lot of meaty action to it. Roode is the perfect opponent for Reigns, because Roode stays on the ground, if you know what I mean. Roman and Robert worked well together and that’s that. I’m the Cheshire Cat! I’mma…I’mma sock ya’ in da’ f—— jaw, ya’ stupid-ass cat! Ow! Ow! Owwwwwwwww!

Match #2: Mustafa Ali def. Drew Gulak

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Drew Gulak set out on Friday to prove once and for all that the blue brand made a mistake by leaving him off Team SmackDown at Survivor Series, but all he got for his troubles was a loss to Mustafa Ali. Taking to social media throughout the week to criticize Ali’s Survivor Series performance and insist that he was the right man for the job instead, Gulak went toe-to-toe with his longtime rival on SmackDown. But before The Philadelphia Stretcher knew it, Ali had planted him with a tornado DDT, then followed with the 450 Splash to earn the pinfall victory. And with that, it was back to the drawing board — or PowerPoint presentations — for Gulak.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – Far too short to be worth the booking. Who wants to watch these guys go two minutes when you could get twenty from them? It’s a shame this wasn’t a great match.

Match #3: Nikki Cross def. Sonya Deville

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Earlier in the week, Deville and Mandy Rose used social media to voice their displeasure about being passed over in favor of Cross to represent Team SmackDown at Survivor Series, and The Golden Goddess took it a step further prior to the bout, cruelly insulting Cross. Though she quickly overwhelmed Cross with vicious strikes, Deville found herself pinned with an inside cradle in the blink of an eye.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This was over way too quick. Why even bother? Just to bring back Alexa Bliss. I’ll get to that in the News Of The Night. I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date! No time to say hello. Goodbye! I’m late! I’m late! I’m late! Cross deserved much better.

Match #4: (Main Event) The New Day def. Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro – SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match

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Though they’re down a member, The New Day are on their game in the midst of their seventh tag team championship reign. Kofi Kingston & Big E retained their SmackDown Tag Team Titles against the team of Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro, who answered their open challenge. Celebrating the holiday by presenting a title opportunity for any tag team in the locker room, The New Day were met by the arrival of Sami Zayn with the Intercontinental Champion and Swiss Cyborg in tow — and The Critic of the Critics unleashed a diatribe on the alleged evils of Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Zayn’s biggest impact, however, occurred when he may have inadvertently cost his allies the match. As the official was preoccupied with Cesaro late in the match, Zayn tried to take advantage by wielding The New Day’s pancake tray as a weapon, but he was caught red-handed by the referee. That earned him an ejection from ringside, a decision that seemed to distract The Swiss Cyborg. By the time Cesaro regained his focus, he was on the receiving end of Trouble in Paradise from Kingston. And just like that, a successful title defense was in the books for The New Day — a team that knows a thing or two about long championship reigns.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was pretty good. The New Day are a very reliable act at this point that can deliver matches that are entertaining and quite athletic. This man painted my roses red! You dare insult me?! Off with his hea… SHUT UP! Great movie. Good match.

News Of The Night:

  1. Sheamus, Alexa Bliss and Elias were either brought back or teased to return.
  2. Bray Wyatt teased Daniel Bryan all night about being the number one contender to the Universal Title and, eventually, ripped a bunch of his hair off.

Final Verdict: 2.9/5

This show wasted a lot of time to do one thing, which is push Roman Reigns and Baron Corbin for TLC and Daniel Bryan getting another Universal Title match with Bray Wyatt. Hey lady! Y’all seen a white-ass rabbit! My name is Alice! I was chasing a white rabbit too! Bull-s—! He’s mine! I don’t think he belongs to anybody! Dat’s my supper! You can’t eat him!


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