Event: WWE SmackDown
Date: November 8, 2019
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
WWE SmackDown Results and Highlights
King Corbin opened the show in Manchester and trash-talked Roman Reigns and the audience. Corbin said Reigns is not in the building and announced a main-event match between himself and Reigns to close the segment.
The New Day defeated The Revival to become the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions: Kofi Kingston and Big E rekindled their rivalry against Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder last night on SmackDown. Wilder appeared to have been injured midway through the match as the referee was checking on his status. The Revival went for the Shatter Machine on Big E, but Kofi tagged himself in and delivered Trouble in Paradise to Wilder with an assist from Big E to secure a pinfall victory and become tag team champions for the 7th time.
Heavy Machinery got ambushed inside the ring by IMPERIUM of NXT UK. The New Day, Ali, Shorty G, and Apollo Crews rushed in to make the save and IMPERIUM retreated.
Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro defeated Ali and Shorty G in tag team action: Sami Zayn was at ringside and Daniel Bryan appeared at the end of the ramp. Earlier in the show, Zayn tried to persuade Bryan to join them and had invited him to watch the match. Nakamura hit a Reverse Exploder on Ali and went for the Kinshasa, but Ali countered with a kick to the face. Ali climbed the top rope for his finishing move, but Zayn created a distraction and Cesaro pushed Ali while the referee was not watching. Nakamura seized the opportunity and hit a Kinshasa on Ali to secure a pinfall victory. Zayn invited Bryan to join them inside the ring but he walked away.
Sasha Banks defeated Nikki Cross: Banks returned to in-ring action with a remixed version of her theme song. SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley joined the commentary team but got attacked by Cross mid-way through the match. Banks hit a Backstabber on Cross and rolled into a Banks Statement for a submission victory.
Post-match, Bayley attacked Cross as a retaliation for what happened earlier, but the NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler appeared, attacked Bayley and walked away to end the segment.
Backstage, Zayn tried talking to Bryan to get him on his side but The Fiend attacked Bryan and laid him down with a Mandible Claw. The attack seemed very random but it could also be the start of a new feud.
Tyson Fury came out to a standing ovation from the home crowd. He called out Braun Strowman and thanked him for the opportunity at Crown Jewel and suggested that they should team up the next time. Strowman said nobody in the locker room would be stupid enough to fight them but The B-Team came out to challenge them, only to be mauled by The Monster Among Men and knocked out by The Gypsy King.
Dana Brooke and Carmella defeated Fire and Desire in tag team action to earn a place on Team SmackDown at Survivor Series.
SmackDown Main Event – King Corbin defeated Roman Reigns: Roman took the fight to Corbin for the trash-talking he did earlier in the show. Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler created a distraction outside the ring but Roman Superman-Punched Roode and delivered a Samoan Drop to Ziggler. However, this allowed Corbin to gain control of the match. Reigns tried to regain control later in the match but the duo distracted him again, this time inside the ring. Roman hit another Superman Punch to Roode and a massive Spear to Ziggler. Corbin took advantage of the distraction and delivered End of Days to Roman to secure the win and end the show.
Takeaways from Friday Night SmackDown
1. The Revival Did Dirty Again
Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson were on a roll in the past few months, and along with Randy Orton, the trio looked set to become a major force in the company. However, WWE promptly split up Orton and Revival, and this week on SmackDown, The Revival lost their titles to New Day, who won the championships for the seventh time in four years!
Every time it seems like the Revival will finally get an opportunity to be who they were in NXT, it’s snatched away from them. New Day is one of the greatest teams of all time, but Revival should’ve held the titles for a little while longer.
Kofi Kingston and Big E will now replace the Revival in the triple threat at Survivor Series, involving The Undisputed Era and The Viking Raiders.
2. The Daniel Bryan Masterclass
For weeks now, WWE has been teasing a full-fledged face turn for Byran, who is refusing to go back to the days of the YES movement. The storyline with Sami Zayn and Shinsuke Nakamura is working really well, as it brings the conflicted side of the former WWE Champion.
The Fiend has chosen Bryan as his next opponent, and it would be interesting to see if the attack from Wyatt will be the catalyst for the return of the wildly popular YES movement.
Bryan and Wyatt’s rivalry goes back a lot of years, and if WWE chooses to reference their days from the Wyatt Family, it would make for a perfect showcase in the coming weeks.
3. A Revamped Banks
Sasha Banks turned heel a few months ago, and her new look persona has received praise from the wrestling community. Her best friend Bayley followed suit by joining the ‘dark side’ last month, and both the superstars are currently at the top of the mountain on a rather weak SmackDown roster.
Sasha Banks defeated Nikki Cross this week, but the major talking point was the new-look introduction for the Boss. Banks’ new character needed this change, and it is good to see WWE put effort into doing the same.
4. Roman Reigns vs. Three Generic Heels: Installment 2399334
Last year, WWE pushed Baron Corbin as the main heel on RAW, leading to disastrous ratings on the show. WWE pinned all the blame on Corbin and promised to bring changes to the programming.
Once again, we head into the new year with Baron Corbin as the main guy, this time on the blue brand. Last year Corbin had Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley by his side, while this time he has found support from Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode.
Roman Reigns overcoming all odds to reign supreme is a storyline that has been done a thousand times already (The League of Nations, Miztourage, etc.), and unless WWE decides to bring back the Usos and reform the Bloodline, this storyline would be in a similar vein.