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‘Friday Night Smackdown’ Review (Jun 14th 2024)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this review of this past Friday’s episode of Friday Night Smackdown, right here on Nerdly. Let’s see what went down on this week’s show!

Match #1: Naomi def. Chelsea Green

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Serenaded by a raucous Glasgow, Scotland, crowd, Naomi took on Chelsea Green as WWE Women’s Champion Bayley and Piper Niven were ringside in Naomi and Green’s respective corners. Green took to the top rope to hit a huge dropkick, but Naomi kept fighting. Bayley and Niven, who clash tomorrow for the WWE Women’s Title, jaw-jacked on the outside, distracting Green enough to allow Naomi to stun Green with a surprise roll-up, earning the victory.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #2: Santos Escobar def. Apollo Crews

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After Legado del Fantasma attacked Apollo Crews before his match with Angel last week, Crews sought retribution as he took on the group’s leader, Santos Escobar. Just as Escobar was taking care of Crews, Baron Corbin came down to even the odds, taking out the rest of Legado del Fantasma at ringside. Crews hit a standing moonsault after the fracas but could not gain the three-count. Escobar kept surviving Crews’ playbook, kicking out of every offensive maneuver Crews enacted. Angel and Berto tried to take out Corbin to no avail, but this allowed Elektra Lopez to knock Crews off the top rope, which led to Escobar snatching the victory after a roll-up.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #3: Nia Jax def. Michin

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With Tiffany Stratton providing guest commentary, Michin was a house on fire against Queen Nia Jax, hitting an Eat Defeat from the start. Michin flattened Stratton, who confronted her at ringside. The attack on Stratton backfired for Michin, however, as she was squashed with an Annihilator from Jax in the ring as the Queen of the Ring winner stayed dominant.

My Score: 0 out of 5

Match #4: Solo Sikoa def. Kevin Owens

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Kevin Owens and Solo Sikoa wasted no time in battering each other, as they collided at ringside before eventually heading to the ring. Without the rest of his Bloodline cohort at ringside, Sikoa was on his A-game, blitzing KO with back body drops to the apron to keep The Prizefighter down. Before the match, Sikoa had told his Wiseman, Paul Heyman, that if Sikoa lost, he would be coming after him. KO sent Heyman into heart palpitations after Owens hit a huge frog splash onto Sikoa, but Sikoa kicked out before three. Sikoa hit two successive Spinning Solos but KO would not stay down. Owens avoided the Samoan Spike, hitting Sikoa with the Stunner but Heyman put Sikoa’s feet on the ropes, saving his new Tribal Chief from the clutches of defeat. KO sought after Heyman, but Sikoa took advantage, nailing the Samoan Spike to gain the victory.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

This was an interesting go-home show for Clash at the Castle. On the one hand the wrestling, apart from the main event, was average but on the other hand, the Glasgow crowd were so OTT that they made the show feel much more important and we got a tremendous promo from Cody & AJ that really built real excitement for their match. Could’ve done without Jax squashing poor Michin though!

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