Event: SmackDown Live
Date: September 24, 2019
Location: San Francisco, CA
WWE SmackDown Results & Highlights
The final episode of SmackDown Live on USA Network started with Erick Rowan cutting a promo. Daniel Bryan interrupted and challenged him to a match.
Erick Rowan defeated Daniel Bryan via pinfall after a distraction from Luke Harper. Rowan delivered a pair of Iron Claws to secure the win. Post-match, the heels were about to put Bryan through the announce table when Roman Reigns rushed in to the ring. Bryan delivered a Running Knee to Harper and Reigns hit a massive to Rowan to end the segment. A tag team match was set between them for Hell in a Cell.
Chad Gable defeated Mike Kanellis: Gable came to the ring to talk about Baron Corbin, but got interrupted by Kanellis who wanted to prove to his pregnant wife that “size does matter”. Gable delivered a couple of suplexes and made Kanellis tap out to the Ankle Lock in an extremely short match. Post-match, Elias appeared on the titantron with a song insulting Gable’s height.
Bayley and Sasha Banks defeated Carmella and Charlotte Flair when Carmella tapped out to the Banks Statement. Post-match, R-Truth carried Carmella and ran to the backstage as the women’s locker room chased them. Inside the ring, a brawl started between Flair, and Bayley and Banks. Becky Lynch rushed in to make the save and the heels retracted.
Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Ali in a non-title match. Ali almost got a victory when he went for his finishing move after delivering a DDT but Sami Zayn pulled Nakamura out the ring. Zayn further distracted Ali resulting in Nakamura hitting a Kinshasa to secure the win.
New Day defeated The B-Team vial pinfall after delivering a Midnight Hour.
Kabuki Warriors defeated Fire & Desire: Asuka hit a Codebreaker on Mandy Rose and Kairi Sane followed it up with an Insane Elbow to secure the pinfall victory.
Shane McMahon came to the ring with his legal team and offered to reinstate Kevin Owens and also to remove the $100,000 fine. But Owens wouldn’t budge and told McMahon that they would have one final match to decide the outcome. Kevin Owens will fight Shane McMahon next Friday, on the debut episode of Friday Night SmackDown on FOX. If McMahon wins, Owens will retract the lawsuit and will remain fired, but if Owens wins, McMahon will leave WWE!
Backstage: Sasha Banks ambushed Becky Lynch and The Man was seen lying on the floor when the show ended.
Takeaways from SmackDown Live
1. Monstrous Push For Erick Rowan
Erick Rowan holds a pinfall victory over Roman Reigns, and his win over Daniel Bryan this week means he has defeated two of the biggest babyfaces in WWE. Bryan went back to his babyface role for the first time in nearly a year, and helped to get Rowan over in a decent match.
Rowan and Harper will now take on Bryan and Reigns at Hell in a Cell, and that match could be a show-stealer. Four excellent performers embroiled in a vicious match up will surely make things interesting. Could Bryan turn on Roman, who brings back the Usos?
2. Ready, Willing and Gable
It is wonderful to see Chad Gable get a great push in the mid card of WWE programming, albeit WWE is sticking with the ,unfunny shorty gimmick. The shorty thing hasn’t been a deterrent to his current character though, and Gable is winning the fans with his impeccable in-ring performances. Hopefully he gets a title opportunity soon.
3. Asuka In The 24/7 Title Chase Is Horrendous
Asuka is one of the best women’s wrestler in the world, and holds the record of longest unbeaten steak in WWE. She is the inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble winner and her treatment since WrestleMania has left a lot to be desired.
She was in the chasing pack for 24/7 championship, which is a sad state of affairs. Hopefully WWE does something good for the Empress, and makes her the dominant force she once was.
4. End of an Era
This was the final episode of “SmackDown Live” as the show will be renamed to WWE Friday Night SmackDown after its move to FOX. SmackDown Live was one of the best parts of WWE programming after it’s inception in 2016, and the consistent performances resulted in SDL even defeating WWE’s flagship show Monday Night RAW. Hopefully, WWE recreates the magic on Friday nights.
5. A Promising New Era
Although the SDL era may have ended, the new era looks tremendously promising. New graphics, new theme song and a packed card for next week’s episode is quite a spectacular start to the new era. Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon will finally end their rivalry with a Ladder Match, which will be a treat to watch. Shane McMahon will die for our entertainment once again, and no one’s complaining!