The “A” has show returned to our television screens and it really is a treat every friday night. A digestible two hours that does not overstay its welcome. Time to revisit this weeks Friday night Smackdown. Once again a really enjoyable episode, as it has been on fire for over a year.
This weeks episode of Smackdown started with one of the only men WWE won’t script a robotic promo for, John Cena. Cena absolutely violated Roman Reigns for refusing to accept his SummerSlam challenge for the Universal Championship. Cena said, “You didn’t reject me because of how I look, You are afraid to fight me because of how I’ll make you look.” All the fire and passion expected from a Cena promo. He did not miss his mark.
Then something happened that I did not expect. A very disheveled Baron Corbin made his way to the ring. Cena joked that he could not recognize him. This new down on his luck Corbin was looking for help from Cena to turn his life around. Personally I am a huge fan of the “lonewolf” Baron Corbin but i’m interested in where this iteration goes. I wonder what his desperation will lead him to. Corbin then got an “Attitude Adjustment,” which added to his troubles This was the perfect way to get the crowd hyped for the rest of Smackdown as they love to see Corbin’s demise. This opening segment gets 5/5 stars.
We Saw the Mysterios backstage, as Rey was giving Dominic some fatherly advice. Rey Mysterio then took on Jimmy Uso in singles action. Mysterio at almost fifty is still proving why he is the greatest luchador in WWE history. At one point he slingshotted himself, out of the ring onto the Uso’s. Something happened after that made me smile because it was vintage Eddie Guerrerro on Dominics part. Dominic gave an assist to his father after the Usos tried to cheat by using his leverage from the outside to secure a rollup victory. In this instance, I don’t mind a rollup finish only because WWE played it up to Guerrerro’s “lie cheat and steal” mantra. This was a fun little match that deserves 3.5/5 stars.
Next up it was quite the surprise before that happened however, Bianca Belair was being interviewed by Kayla Braxton in the ring. Mid promo Belair got interrupted by Carmela who wanted another title shot yet again. Thankfully she didn’t get it as Selina Vega came out to challenge Belair for her women’s championship. However, it was all a ruse as they both attacked Belair. I am honestly not sure if I want to see Vega as a heel or not. I think I need more time to see what Vega brings to the table as a heel. We could all then rejoice, as Sasha Banks came out to save Bellair. Obviously Banks has a motive, which is the women’s championship. We will all just have to wait, for that to play out(more on that coming shortly). This segment gets 3/5 stars.
Up next was the only thing that could bring Smackdown down, it could have but to my surprise it didn’t. For the first time the 24/7 championship was involved in a decent match, Reggie as he is now being called took on a mystery opponent who happened to be Alpha Academy member, Chad Gable. For what it was it wasn’t the best thing in the world, but Gable and Reggie both showcased their athleticism and skill. Otis interrupted for the disqualification and Reggie retained. WWE treated the 24/7 Championship serious even if only for a moment Reginald vs Gable gets 2/5 stars. After the match, Sonya Deville announced the nights main event tag match Carmela and Selina Vega vs Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks.
Smackdown kicked off its second hour with the contract signing between Finn Balor and Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship at SummerSlam. All things were going smoothly until a desperate Baron Corbin ran out, attacked Balor and attempted to sign the contract. John Cena was having none of it as he stopped Corbin from doing so. Then heel John Cena reared his ugly head as he signed the contract. In WWE’s world it is official, Roman Reigns vs John Cena for the Universal Championship at SummerSlam. Finn Balor got shafted here because he was kind of used in a transitional fashion and he deserves better. At the same time I have to give it up to WWE for making this not the standard WWE contract signing. It was a good promo by both men and some chaos? Who doesn’t love a little chaos? The contract signing gets 4/5 stars.
Six man tag action then followed as Big “E”, Cesaro and Nakamura faced off against Apollo Crews, Bobby Rhoode and Dolph Ziggler. This match seemed thrown together but these six men were always going to have a good match. It was not anything too special but solid enough the faces got the win and the fans were happy. The six-man gets 3/5 stars.
A package detailing Edge’s confrontation with Seth Rollins from last week played and that could only mean one thing, Edge was incoming. However, so was an incoming attack by Seth Rollins during the commercial break. Smackdown returned from commercial with an irate Seth Rollins in the ring. His mission seemed to be pretty clear in the promo. He said, “If I can’t be the Universal Champion, then neither can Edge.” He wants to destroy Edge’s dream of regaining a world championship and cementing his return worth it. Rollins promo work with this cult savior type character is some of the best of his career. Rollin’s promo gets 4/5 stars
Main event time and it was predictable in a good way. The main event was a vehicle for Sasha Banks to turn on Bianca Bellaire, which she did after their victory. Banks vs Belair will be a great SummerSlam rematch from WrestleMania. The close to Friday Night Smackdown gets 3/5 stars.
Friday Night Smackdown was another great show for wrestling fans. Smackdown has been consistently knocking it out of the park in comparison to Monday Night RAW for almost two years now. My only real complaint about this show is a couple of the matches should’ve been longer. For example, I would’ve liked to see more time between Chad Gable and Reggie. They can have great matches if given time. Other than that, programs are being setup perfectly on the blue brand. That is all that can really be asked for this time of year for WWE. This weeks Smackdown gets 3.3/5 stars.
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