10th Feb2020

Friday Night Smackdown – Feb 7th 2020: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Friday Night SmackDown review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Adam Driver has the face of a leper. Goldberg is here to tell us “Who’s Next”, while Daniel Bryan gets really, really mad. Okay, we’ve got Super ShowDown to build to, so let’s do something else.


Match #1: The Usos def. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode

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The Usos looked to claim another victory by once again taking down Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode after defeating them as part of last week’s Six-Man Tag Team Match. Ziggler & Roode did their best to quell the surging Usos, but Jimmy blocked a Glorious DDT and kicked out of the Zig Zag, and The Usos scored the 1-2-3 with double superkicks and a big splash.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was a good match that did all of the typical things you’d think that this match would do. Roode was the star here this time, so much so that I wish this was 2012 TNA so Roode could actually reap the rewards of his skills. There’s nothing in here that is bad, but this was also a very tepid affair, like Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Over-all, this was a solid match.

Match #2: Elias def. Cesaro

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Before he could play his song for the WWE Universe, Elias was interrupted by his imminent opponent Cesaro, with Sami Zayn promising that The Swiss Cyborg was going to silence Elias for disrupting their protest after Nakamura lost the Intercontinental Title last week and ensure that no one listens to his music again. Cesaro dealt out a series of punishing, rapid-fire strikes, but Elias withstood the beating, sent Cesaro to the canvas and soared through the San Jose skies with a thunderous top-rope elbow drop.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – Cesaro lost a decent match that he should have never lost to the guy who stole Arlo Guthrie’s personality and decided to play it as if he just had a stroke. Awisays Whestarant! Oh well…at least Cesaro got paid for this.

Match #3: Daniel Bryan def. Heath Slater

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During a backstage encounter, Heath Slater tried to sympathize with Daniel Bryan for his loss to “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt at Royal Rumble, but his poor choice of words drew the ire of the former WWE Champion, and WWE’s “Yes!” Man decided they should meet in the ring. A relentless Bryan unloaded on Slater with a series of stiff kicks and stomps, trapped him in the LeBell Lock and earned the tap-out victory in short order.

My Opinion: 1.9 out of 5 – This was a SQUAAAAAAAAAASH! Stupid squash matches…Bryan won though.

Match #4: Sheamus def. Apollo Crews

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Looking to continue his rampage, Sheamus squared off against Apollo Crews. The former WWE Champion did exactly that, steamrolling Crews and clobbering him with a Brogue Kick for the victory. After the bout, Shorty G stormed the ring to mix it up with his rival, but The Celtic Warrior connected with another wicked Brogue Kick to obliterate the former Olympian.

My Opinion: 1.2 out of 5 – Another damn squash. Vince loves to leave his audiences riveting.

Match #5: (Main Event) Carmella def. Dana Brooke, Naomi and Alexa Bliss – SmackDown Women’s Championship Contendership

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Last week, Naomi returned to SmackDown to confront SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley. The GLOW dropped Bayley and made it very clear she was eyeing the title. And tonight, Naomi, Alexa Bliss, Dana Brooke and Carmella all had their chance to get a future SmackDown Women’s Championship opportunity by prevailing in a Fatal 4-Way Match. Bliss looked to be closing in on victory when she went for Twisted Bliss, but Naomi raised her knees to block the attempt and followed up with the Rear View. As Naomi was preparing to cover Alexa, however, Carmella stunned The GLOW with a swift superkick to the chin to earn the victory and a future title bout.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – Why does Vince have the women’s matches be so over-choreographed? That’s what this match was…choreography. This was like watching “Once Upon A Time Hollywood” and wondering why I have to stick around with Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Rick Dalton” when I really want to just see Brad Pitt’s “Cliff Booth” for two hours. There are some good spots from every-body, but what I really wanted was to see some-one other than these four wrestle the mat off the frame. That being sai, I’m glad these four weren’t booked to just shake their asses, because that era was just and insult to every-body, especially the women forced to do that s—. Hey, Naomi did some cool stuff and Carmella gets a token victory to hang her hat on, so that’s cool with me.

News Of The Night:

  1. Roman Reigns will fight King Corbin in a Steel Cage Match.
  2. Bayley attacked Carmella after she became Bayley’s number one contender.
  3. Goldberg will fight Bray Wyatt for the Universal Title at Super ShowDown.

Final Verdict: 2.8/5

This was notable as the day that Goldberg made Bray Wyatt look like a goofball by playing the part of a mountain crushing a plush-doll of Prince. Hopefully, this show leads to Goldberg getting the strap so he can fight Roman, Bryan or Kofi (or any other great wrestler on the roster) at ‘Mania and put one of them over…unless more people would pay to see Goldberg win instead. That’s really the only reason to watch this show, so there you go.


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