28th Jun2021

Friday Night Smackdown – Jun 25th 2021: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the continued build toward Money In The Bank. I hope that this year’s version of MITB is better than the one where they ran up a building. Superman: Shut up, nerd! Me: Eat Kryptonite, Super-Bitch! Superman: Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhh!!!! Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!! Me: Yeah! Didn’t think of that, did you…smart mouth mother-f–ker?! Superman: Ahhhhhhh!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!! Me: While Super-Bitch dies from touching a rock, let’s dive right into SmackDown. Superman: Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!! Me: Take a salt tablet! Walk it off!

Match #1: Bayley/Seth Rollins b. Bianca Belair/Cesaro

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Prior to their scheduled Mixed Tag Team Match, Seth Rollins & Bayley interrupted SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair, leading to The EST of WWE and her emerging partner Cesaro to expel their laughing adversaries from the ring. In their subsequent showdown, though, Bayley & Seth Rollins emerged victorious when Seth ran into the SmackDown Women’s Champion as she was about to attempt the K.O.D. and paved the way for The Role Model to hit the Rose Plant for the win.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10 – Hey! Twelve or so minutes of this was mighty welcome! There was as much get-up-and-go here as a pimp running from a cheetah. Pimp: Oh s–t! It’s a cheetah! Cheetah: RAWWWWWWHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! Me: See? No second was wasted in this match. You ain’t getting Midnight Express versus Rock N’ Roll Express here, but the action is sound and raucous. Ron Silver: Did I die yet? Me: Yes. RS: Thank God. Me: There’s something to be said for a match that isn’t one for the ages, but is stellar for the hour. That sentence sucked. Ducks have been nature’s most sexually violent creatures since the invention of the 1980s. All four wrestlers worked hard to make their match work and they were successful. Okay. Next match.

Match #2: Big E b. Apollo Crews – MITB Qualifier

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Seconds after Commander Azeez was ejected from ringside for continued interference, Big E reigned supreme over longtime rival and Intercontinental Champion Apollo Crews with the Big Ending to qualify for Money in the Bank Ladder Match.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10 – E and AC put the B on the A like a D…I’ll stop. Listen. Action is cool. This match had action. This match was cool. F–k you! It was! No it wasn’t a classic, but they had leg-locks. Leg-locks! I like leg-locks! Also, other things happened here. You get tense grappling from bell to bell. Both men were allowed to look formidable, but not at the expense of the other. Stupid foot-ball team! Don’t know how to play hockey! Crews in particular looked great here, but Big E was no slouch in the fight. I say this had balls. I like balls.

Match #3: Liv Morgan b. Carmella

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

When Sonya Deville named Carmella as the first woman to represent SmackDown in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, Liv Morgan emerged to point out that she beat the self-proclaimed “Most Beautiful Woman in all of WWE” last week before shockingly slapping Princess Mella to the canvas. As a result, Deville told Liv she would have to earn her way into the Money in the Bank Ladder Match by defeating Carmella in an impromptu match. In the subsequent matchup, Morgan did just that, countering Carmella’s top-rope maneuver before rolling her up for the pinfall.

The Verdict: 3 out of 10 – I wanted this to die. It was short. Nobody did a bad job here. That being said…I have better tits than they do. I’m one hot bitch. I’m a 10 out of 10! They were crap! Overall, this was decent for two minutes.

Match #4: (Main Event) Jimmy Uso b. Dolph Ziggler

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

With his brother Jey Uso refusing to come back to work, Jimmy Uso looked to prove he can be the right-hand man to his cousin, Universal Champion Roman Reigns. After getting Zig Zagged into the Steel ring steps, Jimmy fought back to overcome the former World Heavyweight Champion with a Superkick.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10 – The Ultimate Warrior: The Ultimate Warrior does not compute! He is not a machine! He is a man! From licorice sky to velvet morning, the sun massages impudence! A mustache upon deeper-fried elephant than anything a kazoo can do! Woe be told this mat of old beholden the Royal balls! Terry Gibbs! Terry Gibbs! Damn thee like a weenie in the wind! Gosford Parking my way to that foot up the ass of the sky of gum! Stick around Jack! Me: I thought this match was good fun. Jimmy and Dolph were very athletic and very dramatic and it made the match feel important. TUW: I just said that! Me: Ummmmmm… TUW: Jonathan Van Ness crams it in the…asssssssss!!!!!! Me: As main events go, this was good.

Major News:

  1. Edge returned to challenge Roman Reigns for the Universal Title.
  2. Seth Rollins wants to be Universal Champion.
  3. Liv Morgan might be in Money In The Bank.
  4. Roman is trying to drive a wedge between The Usos.
  5. Shinsuke Nakamura was officially crowned The King Of SmackDown.
  6. Baron Corbin is no longer King Corbin.
  7. Kevin Owens fights Sami Zayn in a MITB Qualifier under Last Man Standing rules.

Final Verdict: 6/10

While the action was often good, there was far too much talking here. That was the major issue. SmackDown had the right wrestlers, but it had them doing the wrong things. How many promos do you have to live through in one night? Well, at least the matches were fun. I’ll see you next time.

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