The Thanksgiving Edition of Friday Night Smackdown kicked off with Roman Reigns, the victor of the Survivor Series main event. He would wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving, thank Ali, Shorty G, and Braun Strowman for everything they did at the pay-per-view, and then call out the dummy, King Corbin, and demand an apology. Once out, Reigns would challenge Corbin to a match, but Corbin would instead offer up Robert Roode with Dolph Ziggler.
Roman Reigns def. Robert Roode w/Ziggler and Corbin – ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
A Roman Reigns match is a Roman Reigns match a million times over, regardless of whatever stipulations are added to the format. He will always start strong, then lose control up until the final minute of the match, and then suddenly pick up the win with a Superman Punch and Spear. Every. Time. Unless it’s to build a story, at which point it’ll either be pretty down the middle, or his opponent will have his number no matter what Reigns does until the pay-per-view where he’ll come out on top.
Reigns wouldn’t able to enjoy his celebration for long as all three men would jump him. He’d fend each attacker off, spearing Roode through the barricade, taking out Ziggler with a swing of the steel steps, and then burying Roode underneath the announcer table by flipping it onto him which, according to Michael Cole, weighs a ton. All of this went down with Corbin watching from the ramp.
We’d get another episode of Firefly Fun House where we’d see The Fiend would have his own WWE Dark Universal Championship (and it’s straight nightmare fuel), and because Bray enjoyed playing with Daniel Bryan so much, he would welcome another challenge from Daniel Bryan if he wanted to “play” again. All Daniel had to do was—well, you already know.
Sheamus would announce his return through a vignette and that he’s coming to Smackdown.
Ali def. Drew Gulak – ⭐⭐☆☆☆
Remember just over a month ago when Ali couldn’t pick up a win to save his life? Now he can’t stop winning, picking up another with the 450 Splash on Drew Gulak in just over three minutes. Hold on, three minutes? That’s squash match time. DID ALI JUST HAVE A F*$%-ING SQUASH MATCH!?
WWE would have another Black Friday segment with Heavy Machinery. Interesting… a WWE logo waffle maker.
Bayley and Sasha Banks wanted to make one thing perfectly clear about Survivor Series, it wasn’t their fault that Smackdown lost to NXT, it was the Smackdown locker room’s fault. Lacey Evans (who happens to be in the middle of a face change if you haven’t noticed) would come out, screw up on an insult, but end on a high note with the Woman’s Right on Banks.
Kayla Braxton would interview Daniel Bryan about Bray Wyatt’s offer, but before he could answer, we’d get another episode of Firefly Fun House, this time with Bray and Huskus the Pig cutting a 90s style rap version of the Muscle Man dance, and it was awful. We’d return to Daniel Bryan staring a million miles away and the camera getting so close on his face, I could tell he needed blackhead remover.
Nikki Cross def. Sonya DeVille – ⭐⭐☆☆☆
Oh my God, WWE still has Mandy Rose insulting women on their appearance. We’re still doing this. How are we still doing this? Why are we still doing this? It’s 2019 WWE, and I know Vince loves his blondes, but this is absurd.
What’s even more absurd was how fast this match was. In less than two minutes, despite interference from Rose, Cross would pick up the win with the most devastating move in WWE history… the roll-up.
The celebration would be cut short as Rose and DeVille would jump Cross from behind. This was all to set up Alexa Bliss’s in-ring return who’s been out the last couple of months due to health issues. Bliss and Cross would double-team on Rose and then hug it out.
Another backstage segment with a silent Daniel Bryan, this time with The Miz doing all the talking about how people change for the worst after facing The Fiend, and how important Bryan is to the locker room before walking away.
We’d get another backstage segment with Dana Brooke shutting down a returning Drake Maverick for a kiss and a returning Elias. The last time we saw Elias, it was in the King of the Ring Tournament against Shorty G. Since then, due to an ankle injury, he’s been in recovery.
The New Day (C) def. Nakamura & Cesaro – Smackdown Tag Team Titles – ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
The New Day would cut a promo issuing an open challenge for their Tag Team Titles and after a long-winded speech about the truth behind Thanksgiving and Black Friday, Sami Zayn would announce Cesaro & Nakamura would be their competition.
Even with all the New Day spots, this was a decent match. It certainly wasn’t the best, but it wasn’t the worst either.. I’m pretty sure Kingston goofed on a Nakamura spot and Sami Zayn, after practically walking in front of the referee to attack Kingston with an empty pancake platter, would be kicked from ringside. The ending was absolutely flat though as Kingston would get back up and delivery the Trouble In Paradise on Cesaro with damn-near no pop.
The main event, once again, wasn’t a match, but a segment with Daniel Bryan. He’d recap everything that happened that evening and his match with The Fied at Survivor Series. He’d then turn full babyface once again, thanking the fans for bringing back the Yes Movement.
Bray Wyatt would pop up on the jumbotron and let everyone know it was time to add a new face to his wall. Well wash, rinse, and repeat, the lights would go red and The Field would explode from the ring and drag Bryan into his hole where he would pummel away, grabbing chunks of Daniel Bryan’s hair and dropping it on the ring.
Well—I mean, if you’re going to turn babyface, you may as well clean up a little bit. I actually can’t wait to see if Daniel Bryan cut all his hair off or if he’s going to be at the next Smackdown taping with chunks missing.
This week’s episode of Smackdown, I feel, could’ve been a lot better. It was a decent show with some unique moments, like Lacey Evans continuing her slow babyface turn, but there wasn’t anything here to really rave about.
The matches were so-so. If you’ve seen one Roman Reigns match, you’ve seen them all. I wasn’t as invested as I feel WWE wanted me to be for the New Day/Nakamura & Cesaro match. I’m 90% positive Ali and Nikki Cross had squash matches this evening. Obviously, Cross’ match was to set up an Alexa Bliss return, so I suppose I can look the other way in that sense, but Ali? That’s bugging me.
The drama was on HIGH on this episode of Smackdown. The show needs to have more matches or give more time to matches because between all four matches from tonight’s shows, only 26-ish minutes was wrestling. That’s barely a quarter of the broadcast, without commercials.
In the end, I give this week’s episode of Friday Night Smackdown…