30th Nov2020

Friday Night Smackdown – Nov 27th 2020: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Friday Night Smackdown review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and before we get started with SmackDown, we have a brief excerpt of an interview between of the late, great Christopher Lee and Jennifer Lawrence for Interview Magazine:

Christopher Lee: My dear, it is an absolute pleasure.
Jennifer Lawrence: It’s great to…
CL: Clothesline! (attacks)
JL: Ow! What the…
CL: Leg Drop! (attacks)
JL: Ow!
CL: Frog Splash! (attacks)
JL: Sto..Ow!
CL: German Suplex! (attacks)
JL: Ow!
CL: Foreign Object!
JL: Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow!
CL: May the Force be with you! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!
Bob Newhart: Sweetheart. You were having a nightmare, pookykins.
JL: F—–g Christopher Lee.
BN: You think that’s bad? I was dreaming I was the star of another sitcom that co-starred Andy Dick!

Well, we’ve got Daniel Bryan and Sami Zayn on a night where we look to learn who will be the next contender to the Universal Title. Let’s get sta…what the… Christopher Lee: Power-Bomb! Nathan: Oh shi… Ow! CL: Pile-Driver! Nathan: Son of a… Ow! Christopher Lee and Nathan: …And Live From New York It’s Saturday Niiiiiiiiiiight!

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

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After overcoming Raw Tag Team Champions The New Day in a classic matchup at Survivor Series, Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford returned to SmackDown as the conquering heroes to once again battle the self-proclaimed best tag team, Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode. Ford nearly scored the victory with a gravity-defying maneuver, but chaos took over, and Roode picked up the non-title victory on the champs.

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – Well, this was mostly an exercise in Dolph and Robert’s technique versus Bambino Brown and Tommy Gustafson’s energetic array of offense. You get what I would call…excuse me…hello? Ken Burns: I’m…KENNNNNNNN BURRRRRRRRRRNS!!!!!!! Nathan: Who? KB: KENNNNNNNNN BURRRRRRRRRRRRNS!!!!!!!!! Nathan: What-Ever. KB: KE… Nathan: Huh. I wonder who that was? Anyway, Dolph and Robert worked hard to keep the match flowing like Mother River when Sister Fish swims like the mighty beaver toward other, butcher beavers that haven’t shaved in a week…bush! This was an opener that was a cheap way for the potential contenders to get a title shot by beating the champions…so there! Suck it!

Match #2: Sami Zayn def. Daniel Bryan (Count-Out)

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Never making a secret about his opinion that Sami Zayn is not what an Intercontinental Champion should be, Daniel Bryan looked to shut the mouth of the outspoken titleholder and get one step closer to taking the Intercontinental Championship. When the a knock-down, drag-out battle moved outside the ring in the final moment, Bryan battled his opponent all the way to the backstage area. And just when the official was about to count out both Superstars, Zayn sprinted back to the ring and picked up the win by count-out.

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – Bryan needs to stop doing all of these damn heavy stunts. Bryan doesn’t need to kill himself for our entertainment, which he does here. Sami has a fat face under that weird beard. This was an odd way to start my review of this match. This match was fantastic, even with the dumb finish. A great deal of this was guts and glory, which kinda took me aback, as I was expecting some-thing a bit more reserved. Before the goofy count-out, this match was turning into a grueling classic. I’ll say it again: Bryan does not need to kill himself for these matches…none of them do. Well, in any case, suck my balls and this match was wonderful.

Match #3: Bianca Belair def. Natalya

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

In the wake of Survivor Series, the SmackDown women’s team found themselves at each other’s throats, leading to a clash between Bianca Belair and Natalya with Bayley joining the SmackDown commentary team. When the action spread outside the ring and Bayley engaged in a war of words with Belair, The EST of WWE laid out the former titleholder, seemingly by accident. When Bayley jumped on the apron to take issue, she collided with The Queen of Harts as she hit the ropes and opened the door for Belair to pick up the pin on “The BOAT.”

My Opinion: 2.2 out of 5 – This was…when did The Challenger blow up? Yeah…this was going good, but then it blew up…like The Challenger.

Match #4: Murphy def. King Corbin

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After King Corbin insulted the Mysterio family earlier in the night, Murphy went one on one with the brash monarch. The Mysterios made their presence known with multiple distractions. And when Murphy went for the pin and Corbin managed to get his foot on the ropes, Dominik threw the leg back off and allowed Murphy to pick up the win.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – Murphy…it’s you…Murphy…it’s you…Murphy…it’s another lame match on Friday Night SmackDown! Hey, Murphy tried to make this match work, but the booking and Corbin are not quite there with him. Hey, it’s Vince’s show. We’re just lucky that the wrestlers can make heads or tails of this “Mysterio family cheats to win” thing. If you haven’t watched it yet…you’ll get it.

Match #5: (Main Event) Kevin Owens def. Jey Uso (Disqualification)

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After Jey Uso attacked Daniel Bryan moments after Bryan’s match, Kevin Owens confronted Universal Champion Roman Reigns about the ongoing “family issues” and said The Big Dog treated his family like “trash.” In response, Reigns told Uso to fix the situation, and a main event match was made between Jey and KO. Uso once again grabbed the chair and earned a disqualification, intent on making Owens fear the family, but KO struck back with a Stunner. Then, Owens turned the tables on Uso by unleashing a brutal chair onslaught of his own. The whole time, Owens taunted Reigns to come find him as the Big Dog watched from a monitor. KO helped himself to a seat at the end of the announce table — symbolizing himself as the head of the table — and made it clear that he would be watching for the Universal Champion.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was getting somewhere, but the match got screwed over by the DQ at the end. Owens worked very hard to sell Jey as an ass-kicker. A lot of this was a brawl through and through, but I wanted them to wrestle. I get that I look like a chicken and that I’m one deep-fryer away from feeding a village, but this match was nice stuff without Charlie Rose to stare at you while you shower. Um…I think I got hit by a base-ball. I’m not making much sense. Wait…I never make sense. KO and Jey have a loose sort of way about them when they wrestle each other. I wanna see another match between these two, but with the training wheels taken off. I think we’re ready for these two to go full-tilt wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am. Well, at least this was fun.

News Of The Night:

  1. Kevin Owens appears to be the next challenger to the Universal Title.
  2. Sami Zayn is being positioned as having the entire roster wanting to challenge for the Intercontinental Title.

Final Verdict: 3.3/5

This was…well…Bryan and Sami kicked ass…KO and Jey was good…I like pancakes…BOOM! If you like one match carrying a show that kinda held on for dear life, then give this decent show a chance.


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