SmackDown Review (2021-11-26)
We started off Fridays Smackdown with Kayla Braxton in the ring, she kicks off the show by addressing the “rumours” surrounding Brock Lesnar's suspension. I don’t know about anyone else, I can't say I heard any rumours.
Romans music hits
This brilliant little Paul Heyman and Kayla feud continues with Hayman saying there is no place for rumours on the Island of Relevancy
Heymans work on the mic is gold as usual.
Letting Heyman pair up with Roman is probably the best idea WWE Creative have had since they let him pair up with Brock.
Heyman just doesn’t miss and Romans promo ability has benefitted massively as a result, you can see some “Heyman-isms” in Romans promos nowadays
Crowd chanting We want Brock…
Roman gets given the mic and delivers a decent promo about Brock and Big E being losers and how everyone is losing to him and he has done laps around the whole roster.. well, he tells no lies
He really sells the arrogant heel gimmick at this rate I would genuinely be happy with Heel Roman for the foreseeable future
During his promo he made a comment saying him not being in wrestling “could be sooner rather than later”
I wonder what this means, and if it was part of his script, Or is this going to be another thing that gets never talked about.
Now Jeff Hardy who just so everyone knows is my GOAT comes out for a tag team match
Jeff Hardy and Drew McIntyre Vs Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss
Jeff starts in the ring but Corbin attacks him before the match officially starts
We have had a bit of back and forth before,
Hardy is in his home state and playing to the crowd and the crowd are certainly obliging
McIntyre hits a claymore on Moss and tags in Jeff, SWANTON BOMB. The pop for a Swanton Bomb is unmatched
Drew McIntyre is so so good. Need to see him vs Roman soon! Jeff needs one big title win a Rumble or MITB would be a great last hurrah for him, give him a big title for a little while before he sees his career out in AEW which is likely let’s be honest
This was a good match with some fantastic wrestling and we got 2 finishers in true tag-team style resulting in a clean pin which I am always happy to see, especially when it's Jeff.
A great opening match for the show.
Winner: Jeff Hardy and Drew McIntyre
Heyman interrupts Aaliyah and Kayla having a conversation backstage and asks whether she’s had confirmation of the Lesnar situation, some more Heyman and Kayla gold
Sheamus’s music hits and he comes out with Ridge Holland for Ridge vs Cesaro,
Does Ridge not have his own music?
Ridge Holland vs Cesaro
Sheamus is on commentary
Cesaro dominates early until a distraction from Sheamus and let’s Ridge take control of the match, can’t say I’ve seen much in ring of Ridge before, he looks very good so far. Sheamus shouts something to Ridge and allows Cesaro to roll up Ridge for the win.
Does there have to be a Roll up every week or something? I don’t really understand who this benefits. Let either one of these 2 hit their finisher and pin? It’s not really going to hurt either one to lose at this point in both their Careers
Other than the finish which is just typical WWE it was a decent Heavyweight match, a bit quicker paced than most heavyweight clashes There wasn’t any spectacular spots, nothing really special to write home about, just a nice solid match
McIntyre is backstage with Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce trying to make sure he’s part of the BLACK FRIDAY INVITATIONAL BATTLE ROYAL
Next up we have Rick BOOOOGZ I love him so much, wasn’t really a fan of Shinsuke before Rick Boogz was with him, but he and Pat Mcafee have given a great entertainment factor for Shinsuke NakamuRAAAAAAA to add to his undeniable in-ring talent.
So we have thanksgiving leftovers throw down match, who in the world thought this was a good name or idea for a match?!
Rick Boogz vs Angel Garza
in a thanksgiving leftovers throw down match…. *Sigh*
A fairly standard match to start with Rick Boogs is an underrated in-ring performer with some decent reversals and again in theme with the rest of the show some decent solid wrestling
Then Humberto who came out with Angel Garza stands on the table full of thanksgiving leftovers (sigh again) at the side of the ring and starts playing Boogz guitar *shocked face*
However Shinsuke comes to the rescue with a kick to the back of Humberto’s legs sending him backwards through the table and all the “thanksgiving leftovers”, and all is right with the world again.
Angel uses Boogz being distracted by that to hit a superkick and a wing clipper for the pin and the win.
Seemed like a needless gimmick match, just have a No DQ match?! Not that either person in the actual match did anything with any weapon… I use the term “weapon” extremely loosely. You could have done the same match without the gimmick, and had a nice mid-card match with a fairly standard ending and not been exhausting a pointless gimmick with no payout, don’t get me wrong I don’t mind these matches every now and again but we see them FAR too often for my liking.
Another match with nothing spectacular