06th Apr2020

Friday Night SmackDown – April 3rd 2020: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Friday Night SmackDown review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and this is it…Wrestlemania is this weekend. Are you ready? Does a bear s— on the woods? YEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!! Let’s dive right into the poon-ta…SmackDown episode.

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Match #1: Tamina def. Naomi and Lacey Evans – Triple Threat Match

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Before WrestleMania’s highly-anticipated SmackDown Women’s Championship Fatal 5-Way Elimination Match, Tamina, Lacey Evans and Naomi battled it out in a hard-fought Triple Threat Match. Sasha Banks suddenly rose from the announce table to attack Lacey Evans, and SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley did the same to Naomi, allowing Tamina to reign supreme over The Glow with a vicious superkick. Then, the dominant Superstar put the exclamation point on her performance by superkicking Bayley and delivering a second Samoan drop to Banks.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – This was standard fare for a three fighter bout, with nothing of value happening, but nothing of detriment happening either. Tamina getting the win was the right call, as she’s been in need of getting some juice put in her tank, so to speak, for quite some time. Naomi is the biggest act of the three, but Tamina needed to look like she could win a match and winning this one will help her for this weekend’s Wrestlemania. All in all, while not a classic, this did serve a purpose and that’s some-thing.

Match #2: Tucker def. Dolph Ziggler (Disqualification)

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Moments after being informed by Tucker that Mandy Rose had asked about him, Otis received a mysterious text and ran off, leaving his tag team partner without backup in his one-on-one matchup against Dolph Ziggler. In the height of the subsequent matchup, Ziggler grabbed his opponent and executed a savage Zig Zag onto steel steps to injure Tucker and end the match by disqualification.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – Ziggler carried Tucker to a good match that won’t set the world on fire, but did give us a reminder of how good Ziggler is. Tucker is a bad-ass sucker, mother-f—-, but is still working on his wrestling skills. I hated the DQ finish, but that’s WWE for ya.

Match #3: (Main Event) Daniel Bryan def. Shinsuke Nakamura (Disqualification)

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Before challenging Sami Zayn for the Intercontinental Title at WrestleMania, Daniel Bryan battled Shinsuke Nakamura on SmackDown, but Cesaro interfered by attacking The “Yes!” Man to give Bryan the disqualification win.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This didn’t go too long, but was just fine while it lasted. Why would you do a DQ between guys of this caliber just before Wrestlemania? Vince is obsessed with holding the real finish for matches like Henry Fonda withheld love from his children. This was easy-viewing, but there wasn’t enough to view. Hey, do you think NJPW will be willing to take Bryan and Shinsuke along with Brodie Lee? At the rate things are going, these guys will have to go to the 7-Eleven just to get their fix as professional wrestlers. Well, at least the few minutes we got here were fun.

News Of The Night:

  1. The hacker (who was wearing a hood), revealed that Sonya Deville cheated Otis and Mandy Rose out of their date and hired Dolph Ziggler to drive a wedge between the two.
  2. Cesaro, Shunsuke Nakamura and Sami Zayn attacked Drew Gulak and Daniel Bryan ahead of the Bryan/Zayn IC Title Match at Wrestlemania.
  3. “Miz TV” descended into all-out chaos en route to WrestleMania, thanks to a big brawl with the ladders.
  4. John Cena (in a promo that reminded me of why I don’t miss Cena) accepted the challenge for a Fire-Fly Fun-House Match at Wrestlemania (the puppets helped Bray Wyatt scare Cena by ripping-off Terry Funk’s “Forever” speech).
  5. Goldberg now fights Braun Strowman at Wrestlemania in a Universal Title Match, because…they never said.
  6. The entire Ric Flair/Shawn Michaels retirement match from Wrestlemania 24 was shown.

Final Verdict: 2.7/5

There was…aw hell, this sucked. I’m being real generous with the score. Wrestlemania oughta be good, but this show sure as hell didn’t convince me of that.

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