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This is the 24th of September, 2019 edition
of Smackdown Live. The final Smackdown Live
on USA Network.
Despite advertising that Roman Reigns and
Daniel Bryan would have a face-to-face meeting
– with Eric Bischoff even tweeting that it
was unmissable TV – card subject to change!
– Erick Rowan and Daniel Bryan opened the
show by having a match. The crowd were so
into babyface Bryan, it brought back all those
wonderful memories of his 2013 run, as well
as his initial return to the ring. Not to
say his heel run wasn’t great – because
it was so great – but it’s nice to see Bryan
back as a good guy. This was also a really
fun match, let down slightly by a botched
finish – which saw Rowan give Bryan the Iron
Claw over the ropes off a Luke Harper distraction,
only for Bryan’s leg to get caught. Rowan
tried to free him but couldn’t, tried to
pin him but the ref wouldn’t allow it, and
so all three of them had to work to free Bryan
from his rope prison. Rowan gave him another
Iron Claw for the win. Roman Reigns came down
to make the save, and he and Bryan cleared
house – with Bryan announcing that he and
Roman would take on Rowan and Harper, which
was later announced for Hell in a Cell.
After a video package to hype Brock Lesnar,
Kofi Kingston had a sitdown interview with
an incredibly uncharismatic Michael Cole.
Kofi said he’d win next week, and that was
your final build for the WWE Championship
match on Fox. Well, it was a fun ride while
it lasted, Kofi.
Chad Gable came out next to address the short
jokes being made about him, which brought
out Mike Kanellis to make comments about Gable’s
size despite being basically the same height
as him. Gable made short work of him – dammit
now I’m doing it – and made him tap out
to the ankle lock. Elias appeared on the screen
to sing a song about Chad being short. Get
new material, WWE.
Charlotte Flair had a meeting with Carmella
backstage, where it was seemingly established
that Mella and Bayley used to be best friends.
When did that happen? They then had a match
with Bayley and Sasha Banks, where the commentators
kept talking about this friendship between
Mella and Bayley. No seriously, when did this
happen? The heels eventually won the match,
with Sasha tapping out Mella with the Bank
Statement, which would have been a fine finish,
but Flair just stood on the apron like a total
dick and didn’t get in to help her partner.
Mella was then carried away by R-Truth as
she was being chased by women looking to win
the 24/7 title that, I’m sad to say, included
the likes of Sonya Deville, Ember Moon, Asuka
and Kairi Sane. This made me so sad.
Like Ronda Rousey last year, WWE have sacrificed
the entire women’s division to put over
the Horsewomen of WWE – and its meant that
really talented wrestlers are just on the
sideline doing nothing. It’s hard to believe
that back in January of this year, Asuka was
the Women’s Champion and tapped out Becky
Lynch clean. Now, she’s running after a
title that is treated like a joke. It’s
just sad. And don’t get me wrong, I love
Becky, Bayley, Banks and Flair and am glad
they’re getting pushed, but it’s just
a shame that others can’t get the same treatment.
Speaking of the Horsewomen, Becky Lynch ran
down to save Flair from a 2-on-1 beatdown,
and it was announced Lynch and Flair would
take on Banks and Bayley next week on the
Fox premiere of Smackdown.
Ali and Shinsuke Nakamura continued their
feud, with Nakamura pinning Ali following
some Sami Zayn distraction. And like Corey
Graves pointed out on commentary, Ali was
the idiot for allowing himself to get distracted.
Prince Ali, idiot he, got distracted. Chased
Sami, quite silly, and he lost.
New Day quickly beat The B-Team, and Mandy
Rose was backstage handing out copies of a
magazine she’s the cover star of. Otis wanted
a selfie with Rose, and then ogled over the
magazine spread with Tucker. OOH YEAH TUCKY.
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endorsed by Chris Jericho. OOH, a little bit
of the Gramly.
This all led to Fire & Desire taking on The
Kabuki Warriors, four wrestlers who deserve
so much better. Kabuki Warriors won with the
InSane Elbow, and at least it seems the Paige
management thing has been quietly dropped
which is one positive.
Shane McMahon came out with his lawyers and
zzzzzz. Owens came out to way less of a pop
than he was getting before Summerslam, and
they talked more legalise zzzz. To cut a long
story short, Owens challenged Shane to a ladder
match next week on the Fox premiere, where
if Shane wins KO will stay fired, and of Owens
wins then Shane is gone for good.
And it seems that WWE themselves aren’t
that interested in the fued, as they cut away
as quickly as possible to a backstage interview
with Becky Lynch, which was stopped by Sasha
Banks who attacked her and left her laying.
So the final episode of Smackdown on USA ended
with a Raw angle featuring two Raw stars fighting
over a Raw championship. Quite a fitting way
to go out when you think about it.
Like Raw on Monday, this was mostly a stop-gap
episode before Smackdown moves to Fox next
week. I really enjoyed all the Bryan, Rowan,
Harper and Reigns stuff, and Ali vs. Shinsuke
Nakamura is always fun, but there isn’t
a whole lot else to say and the waste of talent
in the women’s division on the blue brand
is a real shame. This week’s Smackdown Live,
is a low Smack Bang in the Middle.
And now over to Oli with the news.
Great review, Luke – and farewell SmackDown
Live. Like any good relationship, it started
off great with some memorable moments. But
it got hella patchy near the end and you randomly
brought another guy in.
Seriously, what happened to Fake Rowan? Did
Bryan and Reigns just kill him?
But the 24th September isn’t just a historic
wrestling date for marking the end of SmackDown
Live on the USA Network.
It’s also when women’s wrestling was really
first invented – because 43 years ago to that
day, Stephanie McMahon was born. Big Daddy
V celebrated by tweeting “43 years ago the
world became a better place. Happy Birthday
to my daughter” with a picture of her in
an extremely 90s Rockers t-shirt.
It’s a sweet show of emotion from Vince,
who often gets sentimental for birthdays.
Like when John Cena turned 42 earlier this
“Happy birthday to @WWE ’s Babe Ruth,
@JohnCena ! I really can’t describe in words
how much @JohnCena means to me and the @WWEUniverse
And for his biological son Shane McMahon:
“Happy Birthday, @shanemcmahon !” with
a picture of Shane somehow looking completely
blank, confused and slightly scared all the
And that gushing fatherly/son affection stepped
up again last night… when Shane got booked
to face Kevin Owens in a ladder match which
will likely see Shane written off TV.
Next week’s SEASON PREMIERE of SmackDown
on Fox won’t just have that huge ladder
match, a Four Horsewomen tag and Brock Lesnar
likely beating Kofi Kingston for the WWE title
– PWInsider has also confirmed what we’ve
suspected for months based off the new logo.
The very name of the show will change from
SmackDown Live, as it has been since the brand
split in 2016, to WWE Friday Night SmackDown
– just like how Raw is actually Monday Night
And in a very positive piece of news, the
show’s move to Fox will also overhaul how
commercials are placed in episodes – with
AdAge reporting the ‘double-box’ shrink
screen adverts aren’t likely to feature
on SmackDown, and the overall amount of commercial
spots will by “10-to-20-percent.” Which
means less time for adverts, and more time
for lengthy in-ring scripted promos!
The article also notes a series of big money
deals that Fox’s sales department have already
secured for WWE, including Progressive Insurance
as the ‘presenting sponsor’ – which will
involve ‘immersive’ integrations (which
is fancy adspeak for awkward product placement
in the show) – did I mention Chris Jericho
tweeted the WrestleTalk Magazine yesterday,
which you can buy a copy of using the link
in the video description below! – along with
Pizza Hut, Boost Mobile, Snickers and Paramount
– as Fox make a good start at clawing back
the $1 billion price they’ve paid for WWE
programming over the next five years.
And with all that money, you better believe
they want the hottest thing in WWE right now
on their Network.
Since its first teases after WrestleMania,
Bray Wyatt’s character reinvention has become
the most exciting part of WWE programming
– with his Firefly Fun House segments as must-see
TV, and his Fiend appearance at SummerSlam
being one of the greatest debuts of all time.
Up until now, he’s felt very much like a
Raw wrestler – whatever that means, wildcard
– with his current feud being against Seth
Rollins for the red brand’s Universal Title.
But his first proper storyline was against
SmackDown’s Finn Balor, and there is a Draft
the Friday after Bray’s Universal title
match at Hell in a Cell.
And according to the very reliable WrestleVotes
on Twitter, a backstage clash might be happening
over whether he’ll end up on Raw or SmackDown.
“Something nobody can deny: a person who
works for FOX has directly told me, face to
face, they would like Bray Wyatt on SmackDown.
However, it looks like he’s going to remain
on RAW, with Paul Heyman being a gigantic
fan of his. Not confirmed, but we’ll see.”
While Heyman is the Executive Director of
Raw, he has been overruled by Vince recently
– with the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reporting
how high Paul was on Cedric Alexander, for
McMahon to suddenly then tell people backstage
to “bury him”, resulting in Cedric’s
push being completely derailed since.
If The Fiend does win the Universal title
next Sunday, and Brock Lesnar wins the WWE
title the Friday before as expected, it’s
unlikely both will end up on SmackDown – as
that would leave Raw without a top championship.
But then again, this is the company that beat
SmackDown 6-0 at last year’s Survivor Series.
With Lesnar being heavily featured in the
original SmackDown pitch to Fox, you’d expect
the Fiend to be drafted to Raw come Monday
How did WWE botch the Fiend after Raw went
off-air on Monday? Find out what went down
with him and Seth Rollins by clicking the
video on the right. And what’s the real
story behind Goldberg and Dolph Ziggler having
a fight at a pornstar’s birthday over the
weekend? Click the video below that to learn
more! I’ve been Oli Davis, and that was