Friday Night Smackdown Review #14 (4/3/2020) by Anthony S. DiSalvatore
Hello everybody, and welcome to another Coronavirus PANIC edition of my Friday Night Smackdown Review (4/3/20)! I haven’t slept in roughly 18 hours, but there is a show tonight so I’m reviewing it! Nothing to promote in the opening this week, let’s see what they do to build up to Wrestlemania tomorrow!
This show is SUPPOSED to start with Miz TV, but the announcer gets interrupted by The Usos and New Day, who spend a few minutes bickering like school children before Miz and Johnny get there. Miz comes right out and says he and Johnny will just wait for them to destroy themselves in the triple threat ladder match, and then slowly climb the ladder and get the titles, which is EXACTLY what I predicted they would do just yesterday! A brawl ensues, but Miz and Johnny are standing tall at the end. I’m so happy Johnny came back!
Match #1: Naomi vs. Lacy Evans vs. Tamina
Time for this show to come to an ass-grinding halt! Nothing gets my blood pumping like a women’s triple threat! The story of this match isn’t the match itself, it’s Bayley and Sasha Banks on commentary. Michael Cole keeps trying to drive a wedge between them since they’ll actually be opponents this weekend, but Bayley rightfully isn’t falling for that and leaves. I can’t blame you Bayley, he has no right to talk about your friendship that way. He’s clearly jealous because he has no friends. Naomi eats a superkick after a Bayley distraction and Tamina gets the win. Bayley tries to congratulate her afterward, but Tamina gives her a superkick too. She knows what’s up!
The next match is a replay of Ric Flair’s retirement match at Wrestlemania 24, at the hands of one Shawn Michaels. I won’t say who it is, but one person on this staff told all of us he cried while he watched this match. I sure hope he doesn’t stumble across this again! Moving on.
Match #2: Tucker vs. Dolph Ziggler
Otis is not at ringside for this match! He got some kind of text backstage, so he got distracted and ran off. Tucker looks like such a nice guy in all this. I love how he goes to bat for his friend, even though we all know he’s not that bright. This rivalry has gone on for several months at this point, and Wrestlemania is the perfect time for it to come to an end with a decisive victory for Otis! No amount of losing can hurt Dolph at this point. This match goes to the outside and Tucker has the upper hand, until Dolph gives him the Zig Zag on the stairs. The ref throws this one out. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville show up, and so does Otis. We shoot to some mystery person on the big screen, who directs us to some camera footage from backstage on Valentine’s Day. This part was hard for me to follow, so I couldn’t tell you what happened exactly, but I think Sonya came off looking like the heel in this. She’s conspiring with Dolph for some reason. Very confusing.
Match #3: Daniel Bryan (w. Drew Gulak) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (w. Cesaro & Sami Zayn)
Sami Zayn is on commentary for this. We’re off to a great start! By virtue of Drew Gulak’s win last week, Bryan will receive a title match against Nakamura. I don’t think Bryan will win that match, but those two have great chemistry, so I’m looking forward to it. Nakamura is taking a ton of heat and Sami looks nervous. Bryan goes for the Frankensteiner, but Nakamura blocks it and Bryan comes crashing down on his head. That was ugly. I also find it rich that Michael Cole of all people is praising Daniel Bryan after trashing him for several years after he first came in. Make up your mind dude! There’s some decent ground wrestling in this match. Bryan tries to apply the Lebell lock, but Cesaro interferes. The heels get the upper hand and lay out Bryan.
Main Event: John Cena Shows Up Again!
Yep, Cena is here to build his match with The Fiend one last time. The only problem is, we don’t know what a Firefly Fun House match is. He knows Bray’s trying to make him panic but he’s not buying
it. He accepts Bray’s challenge with a smile on his face, but then Bray’s puppets show up like the Children of the Corn, and Cena is looking spooked. Bray Wyatt uses Teleport and it’s super effective!
My Final Thoughts on Smackdown (4/3/2020)
This show was supposed to be the final build to Wrestlemania, but it was a real drag. This show is only an hour and a half without commercials, and it felt like twice that. Cena’s promo was much better two weeks ago than this week. It was ok until he tried making a bunch of jokes at Bray’s expense. I know he wants very much to be The Rock, but he’s trying too hard. Having said that, I’m excited about the show still. This show is actually stacked. You can’t come in with your expectations too high since there won’t be a crowd. Just sit back and enjoy the show! Unless Charlotte wins, then you should all throw a fit. She’s had it too good for too long.
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