05th Jul2021

Friday Night Smackdown – Jul 2nd 2021: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week WWE Friday Night SmackDown review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Edge here and a Kevin Owens/Sami Zayn Last Man Standing Match for a Money In The Bank spot. I’m ready. Are you ready? I’m not. Goodbye.

Match 1: Big E./Shinsuke Nakamura b. Apollo Crews/Baron Corbin

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After Baron Corbin reached a new low last week after losing his prestigious crown to the new King of WWE, Shinsuke Nakamura, KINGsuke Nakamura teamed with Big E against Intercontinental Champion Apollo Crews and a completely despondent Lone Wolf. In the height of the action, Rick Boogs picked up the mic and interrupted the contest to bring Corbin’s attention to the face that his car was getting towed, and possibly repossessed. With Corbin distracted, The Powerhouse of Positivity was able to hit the Big Ending on the former monarch for the victory.

The Verdict: 4 out of 10 – This was a very dull match that was all about Corbin being depressed. There’s an exciting match for you. Actually, that’s all that happened here. Why waste time with this? Next match.

Match #2: Kevin Owens b. Sami Zayn – Last Man Standing Match

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

In the final moments of a knockdown, drag-out Last Man Standing Match, Kevin Owens delivered a trio of Powerbombs – through the announce table, through another table and into the unforgiving ring apron – to secure the victory over his former friend turned bitter rival Sami Zayn. With the hard-fought victory, he qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match.

The Verdict: 8 out of 10 – Now this was damn good. KO and Zayn knocked the piss out of each other every step of the way. Nobody slouched. What can you say about a match that had two men throw each other through enough tables to make The Dudleys blush. There was never a dull moment in this visceral slug-fest. How are these guys still walking after taking the drops and bumps they take in this match? You’ll wince at a few of these big stunts. The fact that this went nearly a half an hour is a testament to their skill and their endurance. I wasn’t expecting KO to win, but it’s welcome.

Match #3: Liv Morgan b. Zelina Vega

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

WWE Official Sonya Deville surprised the WWE Universe yet again when she named a returning Zelina Vega as the second female competitor to compete for SmackDown in the upcoming Money in the Bank Ladder Match. In response to the announcement, Liv Morgan emerged to take issue for the second week in round. When Vega questioned who Morgan thought she was, Liv smacked Zelina and made it clear that she doesn’t answer to her. In the height of a subsequent impromptu matchup between the two, Vega attempted to use the tights to pin Morgan, but was caught by the official. In the midst of the bedlam, Liv opted take her own try at using the tights and successfully pick up the victory by beating Vega at her own game.

The Verdict: 1 out of 10 – Vega is back! It’s a shame she had to lose in a minute match, Vega’s back.

Match #4: Otis b. Angelo Dawkins

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Despite falling into the Alpha Academy’s trap a couple of weeks ago, losing Montez Ford to injury at the hands of Otis is more than enough to make Angelo Dawkins motivated to defeat Otis to get payback. Nevertheless, the Alpha Academy’s greatest student would not be denied and destroyed his opponent with a pair off devastating Splashes off the ropes.

The Verdict: 1 out of 10 – Damn squash matches! AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

Major News:

  1. Bianca Belair defends the SmackDown Women’s Title against Bayley in an I Quit Match at Money In The Bank.
  2. Seth Rollins fights Cesaro for a MITB Ladder spot, next week.

Final Verdict: 4/10

This was a one match show that had a brawl between Edge and Jimmy Uso at the end. Besides the one great match, this was a lousy show. Yeesh. I’ll see you next time.


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