23rd Aug2021

Friday Night Smackdown – Aug 20th 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 last show before SummerSlam. Jeffery Epstein: Boy for sale! Boy for sale! Elian Gonzalez: Is this legal? Jeffery Epstein: SIlence! Me: Wait a minute! You’re dead! Also, I thought you only liked women? JE: I’m evil! Me: Ah. Right. Wait. Elian should be in his thirties now! Elian: Freeze Epstein! Put your hands up! JE: Damn it! Me: Whaaaaaaaaaa?!?!?!?!?!?! Elian: I’m Officer Dan Mannley, Florida Coast Guard. We’ve been hunting this f–ker ever since he arose from his tomb on Valhalla. Me: Whaaaaaaa?!?!?!?!?!?! JE: …and I woul’ve got away with it too, if it wasn’t for you meddling kids and that dumb dog! Scooby Doo: Scooby Dooby Dooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!! Me: F–k it. Let’s start SmackDown.

Match #1: Jey Uso b. Rey Mysterio

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The Legendary Luchador took on Jey Uso, and the official caught Dominik attempting to give his father’s pin extra leverage and ejected him. As the frustrated Rey was busy talking to his son outside the ring, Jey attacked and threw him into the ring steps before hitting the Uso splash for the victory.

The Verdict: 5 out of 10

Match #2: Baron Corbin b. Kevin Owens via DQ

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After stealing the Money in the Bank contract from Big E last week, Baron Corbin battled Kevin Owens. When Big E emerged to get his property back and caused a disqualification, however, Corbin waited until The Powerhouse of Positivity’s back was turned and ran him into the ring post shoulder first. This allowed Corbin to once again pick up the prized briefcase and run off.

The Verdict: 5 out of 10

Match #3: Nox/Shotzi b. Natalya/Tamina

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Shotzi & Nox continued to take SmackDown by storm with a Championship Contender Match victory over the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. After Nox took out Tamina outside the ride, Shotzi evaded the Sharpshooter and rolled up Natalya!

The Verdict: 4 out of 10

Match #4: Otis b. Montez Ford

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Despite The Street Profits’ tag team victory over The Alpha Academy last week, Otis defeated Ford with the splash off the second rope, thereby denying Ford redemption after he was put in the hospital with broken ribs.

The Verdict: 5 out of 10

Match #5: Shinsuke Nakamura/Rick Boogs b. Apollo Crews/Commander Azeez

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Newly crowned Intercontinental Champion King Nakamura joined forces with Rick Boogs to overcome former titleholder Apollo Crews and Commander Azeez. After Nakamura knocked Azeez off the apron, Boogs hit a pump-handle slam on Crews to pin the former Intercontinental Champion in his first match on SmackDown!

The Verdict: 4 out of 10

Match #6: Bianca Belair b. Zelina Vega

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After being brutally attacked by Sasha Banks, Carmella and Zelina Vega last week, SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair scored a victory over Carmella and then Vega by hitting back-to-back K.O.D.s. With her duel victories, Belair made it clear that she is ready for The Boss at SummerSlam.

The Verdict: 2 out of 10

Match #7: (Main Event) Bianca Belair b. Carmella

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After being brutally attacked by Sasha Banks, Carmella and Zelina Vega last week, SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair scored a victory over Carmella and then Vega by hitting back-to-back K.O.D.s. With her duel victories, Belair made it clear that she is ready for The Boss at SummerSlam.

The Verdict: 2 out of 10

Final Verdict: 3/10

Well, there were a lot of matches, but they weren’t very long. The quality was pretty much booked away with the time not being allotted to the card itself. The matches also just felt random and tacked on. What was the purpose of the matches? Did anybody become a contender to a title here? Isn’t that the point? Once again, more time was given to the promos than to the matches on the show. Edge dropped oil on Seth Rollins to signify he’s evil like he was in The Brood again. Edge also cut a great promo earlier in the night. Roman Reigns and John Cena had the same promo as last week, with John getting a pin on Roman to sell that he can still win. Did I need to see that? No. If you can’t make the matches on this show worth seeing, then why would I trust you for a major Pay Per View? Baron Corbin stole Big E’s MITB contract again. Jesus. They do that every year now. Just give me some damn matches. Oh well. Nobody died. I hope SummerSlam is better than this was. I’ll see you next time.

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