Friday Night Smackdown: Results And Ratings

Friday Night Smackdown would kickoff with another episode of Miz TV. The Miz would apologize to Kofi Kingston for his actions last week, blaming everything he’s been going through on Bray Wyatt. After running down the list of issues he’s been dealing with, he’d introduce his guest for the evening, John Morrison.

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After a brief montage of Morrison’s initial run with the WWE, John would address the fans for their reaction to the Miz last week, accosting them for forgetting all the hard work the Miz put into it.

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The New Day would then come out, insulting the Miz for his apology, and Kofi would say that the Miz is turning back into his old, annoying self, and that the fans were right into chanting you suck.

Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz

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The Miz and Kofi would have a solid match this week as the Miz was no longer inside his head. Filled with near falls, the Miz would counter the Trouble In Paradise but receive the S.O.S. He’d lock in the Figure 4, but Kofi would reach the ropes, breaking the hold. The match would conclude when The Miz and Big-E got into a screaming match, and John Morrison intervened with a flip off the steel steps, landing on Big-E, and provided a long enough distraction for the Miz to land the Skull Crushing Finale for the win.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐✰✰

Firefly Fun House

Bray Wyatt would let us know that he’s loves the WWE Universe, but he doesn’t love Daniel Bryan. He’d talk about the Fiend and with some brief recaps of the time when Bray was the Eater of Worlds, he’d let Daniel know that the Fiend was going to hurt him at Royal Rumble.

The Road To The Rumble

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Elias would sing another insult song about performers in the Royal Rumble, specifically targeting Brock Lesnar, letting him know that he was going to take the title away from him.

Mandy Rose w/Sonya DeVille vs. Alexa Bliss w/Nikki Cross

Before her match with Alexa Bliss, Mandy Rose would have two backstage segments. The first with Sonya DeVille, where Sonya was getting pumped to get down to the ring with her. After Sonya left, she’d pull a box hidden inside her locker. The second would be with her approaching Otis with the box. Inside would be an apology cake she baked after she allowed Ziggler to stomp on his mother’s fruit cake.

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Mandy would waste no time triggering Alexa with her usual you’ll-never-look-like-me shtick, losing control immediately to Alexa. Mandy would turn the tables, catching Alexa off-guard after she attacked Sonya for attacking Nikki, but Alexa would quickly regroup. Mandy would pick up the win soon after when Otis made his way down to the ring, eating Mandy’s cake, providing a long enough distraction for Mandy to pick up the win with a roll-up.

Rating: ⭐⭐✰✰✰

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In what should’ve been a match against Lacey Evans and Sasha Banks, Bayley would pop up on the jumbotron letting her know that Banks is recording her rap album. Evans would challenge Bayley to a match for the Smackdown Women’s Championship. Evans would make a bee line to Bayley’s locker room. Bayley would jump Evans, but Evans would turn things around and chase Bayley off.

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Kayla Braxton would interview Daniel Bryan regarding what Wyatt said earlier in the evening. The TV would turn on and Rambling Rabbit would try to reveal the secret to beating the Fiend, but Wyatt would put a stop to it.

Braun Strowman vs. Shinsuke Nakamura w/Sami Zayn and Cesaro

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Shinsuke would take the fight to Braun, delivering knee strike after knee strike, busting Braun’s nose open in the process, and sending him over the barricade. Braun would finally get his hands on the Intercontinental Champion and open a can. Cesaro would try to interfere with a chair, but the referee would catch it, and Zayn would pass Shinsuke the Intercontinental Title to bash Braun’s head for the DQ, but Braun would see it coming, counter, and win with the Running Powerslam.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✰

Revenge of the Vignette

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Sheamus would cut another vignette with highlights from his assault on Shorty G, talking about how he’s ready to embrace chaos.

What’s In The Box!?

In a locker room segment, Daniel Bryan would find a gift. Inside with the bloodied head of Rambling Rabbit.

The Usos vs. King Corbin & Dolph Ziggler

Before the main event began, we’d get a series of promos from Roman Reigns, The Usos, and King Corbin. Roman would talk about his 2020 plans, family, and King Corbin. The Usos would come out after and continue the dialog about family and Corbin. Corbin would then come out and cut a promo about beating up the Usos. The whole segment was very reminiscent of last week’s Smackdown when each team of the women’s triple threat tag team match cut a promo.

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Corbin and Ziggler would instantly have control of the match, running the Usos through the usual spots, but it was when the Usos starting picking up some momentum that The Revival would suddenly charge the ring, only to stop ringside, distracting the Usos long enough for Corbin and Ziggler to regain control. Before the commercial break, Roman Reigns would come back out, delivering a Superman Punch to both members of the tag team.

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After returning from the break, things would begin to get interesting as the Usos started taking the fight to Corbin and Ziggler. Jimmy would try to land a suicide dive on Corbin, who would counter, and throw into Roman Reigns. Roman would suddenly spear Corbin, ending the match in a DQ win for the heel team. Unphased by the loss he served to his cousins, Roman would tear apart the announcer’s table, getting ready to slam Corbin through it when from out of nowhere, a returning from “injury” Robert Roode would charge in, landing the Glorious DDT.

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After the DDT, Robert drove Roman down on the announcer’s table, which didn’t give like I’m sure it was supposed to, leaving Dolph to pick up the pieces by elbow dropping the man through the table

In the end, the heel team would stand tall over the baby faces.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✰

Final Thoughts

It’s not everyday that a show starts and ends strong the way Smackdown did tonight. John Morrison making his official return and landing the steel step flip on Big-E was great, and Robert Roode making his official return after his “injury” was a great way to take the show home.

The show did trail off during the middle though with the Mandy Rose/Alexa Bliss match, but that’s only because the whole point of the match was to further progress this love story between Mandy and Otis.

In the end this show certainly wasn’t as solid as it’s previous couple of shows, but this was still a great Smackdown.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐✰✰

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