Event: WWE SmackDown
Date: November 15, 2019
Location: Philadelphia, PA
WWE SmackDown Results and Highlights
King Corbin started the show by declaring himself as the captain of Team SmackDown for Survivor Series. Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler said that they would take their rightful spot in the team by defeating the weak links, Mustafa Ali and Shorty G. Corbin, again, made fun of Roman Reigns by calling out someone dressed in a dog costume, to the spoof entrance music of The Big Dog.
Mustafa Ali and Shorty G def. Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler: Midway through the first match of the night, Roman Reigns made his way to the ringside to support his team mates. After Ali kicked out from the Famouser, Ziggler went for a Superkick, but Ali countered it with a Superkick of his own. Corbin tried to interfere in the match, but got Speared by Reigns outside the ring. Shorty G made the tag before hitting a German Suplex to Ziggler and Ali delivered a 450 Splash to secure the pinfall victory.
Bray Wyatt unveiled a blue Universal Championship belt on FireFly Fun House. Read More.
Drew Gulak tried to make fun of Braun Strowman again this week, this time with the support of B-Team, but Strowman made his way to the ring and cleaned house to end the segment quickly.
Backstage: Sami Zayn made another failed attempt to persuade Daniel Bryan to join Shinsuke Nakamura. Bryan suggested them to recruit Strowman who appeared suddenly and stared at the Intercontinental title, teasing a new feud with Nakamura.
The New Day retained SmackDown Tag Team Championship over The Revival via disqualification after the NXT Tag Team Champions, The Undisputed Era, invaded the show and attacked both teams. SmackDown roster came down to the rescue and the invaders retreated, but the damage was done and the message was delivered. Read More.
Heavy Machinery def. local talent in a squash match.
Team SmackDown vs Team NXT: The match between Bayley and Nikki Cross was interrupted by Shayna Baszler. Bayley tried to escape through the crowd, only to run in to Tegan Knox, Dakota Kai, Rhea Ripley and Mia Yim from NXT.
Sasha Banks, Dana Brooke, Carmella and Nikki Cross made the save and Banks challenged Team NXT for a 4-on-4 tag match. Cross hit a Neck Breaker on Dakota Kai to secure a pinfall victory. A brawl broke out after the match, but Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose joined Team SmackDown to fend of the women from NXT and establish brand supremacy.
WWE SmackDown Main Event: Daniel Bryan joined MIZ TV and The Miz asked him why did The Fiend attack him last week.
“I think he wants to be the one to end Daniel Bryan,” Miz said
“The reason I was quiet was because Miz TV sucks. Miz TV has always sucked,” Bryan said before adding that Wyatt understands his mental instability combined with passion.
Bray Wyatt appeared on screen and told Bryan that if wanted the new toy (Universal Championship belt), he just have to say the ‘magic word’. Bryan said he would fight Wyatt, but only for the Universal Championship. Wyatt accepted and led the crowd to a YES! chant to end the segment.
Takeaways from Friday Night SmackDown
1. The Big Dog On The Hunt
Roman Reigns is slowly and steadily getting to the level where he was before he left after his cancer diagnosis. He is being presented as the top guy on Friday nights, who can take down every heel in his path.
This push for Reigns can lead to a similar reaction as his previous run, where his character got to a point where the fans turned on him. Reigns has been given much less promo-time since his return, which has worked great for the Big Dog.
Shorty G and Mustafa Ali were overshadowed in their matchup due to Reigns cleaning house, which undermines the two babyfaces. Hopefully, Reigns doesn’t become a replica of his character in 2015, who took down all heels and undermined every other babyface.
2. Women’s Division Showcase
If there is one thing that WWE can pride itself on currently, it’s the strong Women’s Division across all the three rosters, especially NXT. The four women from the yellow brand taking on the SmackDown representatives served as a great example of how good the women are on Wednesday nights.
Rhea Ripley is basically being presented as the Roman Reigns of the Women’s Roster, and it is a good thing going forward. Hopefully, WWE continues to book the superstars from NXT in a proper manner.
3. Braun Strowman – Directionless
Every now and then, Strowman find shimself in stupid storylines that serve no purpose apart from establishing his monstrous strength. His WrestleMania feud with two comedians, his rivalry with Tyson Fury, and now his weekly demolition of Drew Gulak, are great to watch, but have zero value whatsoever.
WWE needs to gear up and put a rocket on Strowman, as the Monster Among Men has deserved to be in the main-event for quite some time now, and should be featuring in legitimate feuds instead of random weekly beatdowns.
4. Bryan-Bray: A Perfect Story
Bray Wyatt’s current character is looking to hunt down individuals who hurt him in the past, and the Fiend will take revenge for the mistakes these individuals made. Wyatt and Bryan had an amazing rivalry close to five years ago, and WWE bringing it back for the current feud is quite interesting.
Wyatt pushing Bryan to go back into his YES Movement! character is great writing, as it brings an extremely conflicted version of Bryan, who claimed that he was mentally unstable.
Bryan and Wyatt are set to clash at Survivor Series, and this won’t be the first and last installment of this rivalry. Bryan will surely go back to his roots, and that would be a roof-shattering pop.