Event: WWE SmackDown
Date: February 7, 2020
Location: San Jose, CA
WWE SmackDown Results and Highlights
The Miz and John Morrison kicked off the event this week, after becoming No.1 contenders for the Tag Team Championships last week. We got The Dirt Sheet back after a long time, along with a funny video featuring Miz’s Dad, Lance Storm, and John Laurinaitis. The New Day interrupted the duo with popcorn in their hands and said that the trailer was promising, but they won’t be able to win the titles in Saudi Arabia.
The Usos interrupted the segment and called out the No.1 contenders for saying that they beat them. Miz and Morrison took advantage of Dolph Ziggler‘s interruption and beat down the Champions. The Usos cleared the ring as Ziggler and Roode headed towards the ring.
The Usos def. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode: The Usos continued their rivalry with King Corbin’s lackeys with a clean win over the former champions. Roode ate a Splash, resulting in a pinfall victory for the Samoans.
Videos of Baron Corbin’s defeat and subsequent humiliation at Royal Rumble popped up. Corbin was furious and took out a worker from the production truck and laid him out.
Elias def. Cesaro: Elias presented his song but was interrupted by Sami Zayn. Zayn and Elias exchanged verbal jabs before Cesaro headed to the ring for a singles match with Elias. The Drifter overcame the 2-on-1 predicament to pick up the win with a big elbow drop from the ropes.
King Corbin made his way out and cut his usual heel promo. Corbin boasted about his home team Kansas City winning last week in the Super Bowl. He demanded one more match with Roman Reigns, as he felt Reigns used the help of the Usos to win at Rumble.Corbin taunted a fan at ringside wearing a Reigns t-shirt and threw drinks all over him. A furious Reigns made his entrance and destroyed Corbin, before accepting the challenge, inside a Steel Cage.
Bill Goldberg returned to WWE with a satellite interview from his home in Texas. He challenged “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt for the Universal Championship. Wyatt showed up on the screen with a Breaking News edition of Firefly Fun House and accepted the challenge on Fiend’s behalf.
Goldberg said that The Fiend is next, and he will be taking the title off of him in Saudi Arabia. Wyatt in his demonic avatar said “Let Me In”, and waved goodbyes to end the segment.
Heath Slater ran into Daniel Bryan backstage and ended up offending him while trying to console him about his loss in the Strap Match against Wyatt last week.
Daniel Bryan def. Heath Slater: A furious Bryan immediately charged against Slater, delivering a plethora of offense to his former Nexus partner. Bryan applied the Labelle Lock and Slater passed out, resulting in the referee immediately calling for the bell.
New Intercontinental Champion Braun Strowman made his way out for an interview with Renee Young. A visibly happy Stromwan talked about his first singles title in WWE, after close to five years on the roster. Strowman was interrupted by Sami Zayn and Shinsuke Nakamura. The duo traded jabs, before The Revival blindsided the Monster Among Men. Nakamura, Zayn, and Revival stood tall to end the segment.
Sheamus def. Apollo Crews: Sheamus took out Crews with a Brogue Kick in a short match. Sheamus went for another kick post-match, but Shorty G made the save. Shorty tried to apply the Ankle Lock but ended up taking a Brogue himself.
Carmella def. Naomi, Alexa Bliss, and Dana Brooke: Carmella surprisingly won the Fatal 4 Way in the Main-Event to determine the No.1 contender for Bayley’s Smackdown Women Championship. Carmella pinned Naomi after hitting superkicks to win the match and earn herself a title shot.
Post-match, Bayley attacked Carmella and laid her out to end the show.
Takeaways from Friday Night SmackDown
1. Why Won’t It End?
Baron Corbin was cleanly defeated by Roman Reigns at the Rumble. The feud came a whole circle when Reigns and The Usos poured dog food all over Corbin after defeating him and his lackeys in the main event. However, for some godforsaken reason, the feud is still going on.
Corbin will take on Reigns in a steel cage match in Saudi Arabia, thus continuing their rivalry, and prolonging a feud that goes back three months.
Roman Reigns has become a solid babyface but if WWE continues this feud for no reason, Reigns could end up going back to his 2015 days.
2. Too Good or Too Bad?
Goldberg‘s recent run in WWE has featured some of the worst matches in WWE history, with his last match against Undertaker in 2019 being a tremendous mess. Despite his horrendous work, Goldberg is once again returning for a match against the Fiend.
Goldberg is way past his prime, and his return can either go of the two ways. Goldberg can produce decent entertaining matches, with his match against Lesnar being a prime example of the same. If the two guys can gel up together creating a match of finisher spams, we could be in line for an entertaining bout. However, if they go on for a longer duration, it could end up being the most horrible thing we will witness this year.
3. Naomi Shafted?
Naomi returned after seven years, and the first thing she was greeted with was a loss in the main event of SmackDown. After standing up to Bayley last week, many would have predicted Naomi to win the No.1 contender matchup. However, instead of winning, she ended up taking up the pin in a match featuring Dana Brooke, who hasn’t been relevant in ages.
Naomi had a great performance in the Rumble, delivered a great comeback promo last month, had solid momentum behind her, but WWE made sure all of it went to waste with a stupid decision in the main event.