Event: WWE SmackDown
Date: October 18, 2019
Location: Indianapolis, IN
WWE SmackDown Results and Highlights
Roman Reigns defeated Shinsuke Nakamura via Disqualification: SmackDown opened with a slow and methodical Intercontinental Championship match. Nakamura countered a Superman Punch into an Armbar and locked Reigns in a Triangle submission but Reigns managed to counter that with a Powerbomb. Sami Zayn created a distraction allowing Nakamura to go for Kinshasa but Reigns countered the move with a SuperMan Punch ending up in a near-fall.
A fired-up Reigns was about to hit a Spear before he was attacked by King Baron Corbin from behind and delivered a Deep Six. Daniel Bryan rushed in to make the save and cleared the ring but eventually got hit by a running knee from Nakamura. The heels walked away to end the segment.
Shorty Gable defeated Curtis Axel in a short match (no pun intended). Axel tried to make fun of Gable for his height and Bo Dallas tried to cause distraction continuously but Gable locked Axel in an Ankle Lock for the win. Gable gave an inspirational speech post-match and shortened his name to Shorty G.
The New Day and Heavy Machinery defeated Robert Roode, Dolph Ziggler and The Revival in an 8-man tag-team match. In one of the most entertaining matches of the night that displayed multiple creative combination moves and teamwork, Big E got the tag from Otis and immediately got tagged by Xavier Woods (all this while carrying Scott Dawson on their shoulders) and delivered the Midnight Hour to secure the win.
Bayley, accompanied by Sasha Banks, was the guest on Miz TV this week and explained why she made the character change last week on SmackDown.
Six-Pack Challenge to become the challenger for SmackDown Women’s Championship: Nikki Cross defeated Carmella, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Dana Brooke, and Lacy Evans to become the No.1 contender for the SmackDown Women’s title, in a no count-outs, no-disqualification match. Cross delivered a spinning neck breaker to Mandy Rose to pick up the win.
Braun Strowman defeated Drew Gulak: Former Cruiserweight Champion, Gulak’s debut on SmackDown did not go well. Gulak created a 345-slide powerpoint presentation explaining the different ways in which Strowman can defeat Tyson Fury at WWE Crown Jewel. Strowman did not have the patience and went at Gulak before he could even reach the second slide. Strowman ran through Gulak outside the ring and delivered a Running Powerbomb to secure the win thereby sending a message to Fury.
SmackDown Main Event – Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns defeated King Baron Corbin and Shinsuke Nakamura: Reigns was announced as the captain of Team Hogan at WWE Crown Jewel. Later in the match, Reigns took Corbin out of the equation by spearing him into the time keeper’s area. Bryan countered a Kinshasa from Nakamura with a running knee and pinned him for the victory to end the night.
Takeaways from Friday Night SmackDown
1. Push For Nikki Cross?
All eight women who were drafted to SmackDown as part of the WWE Draft were featured on the show this week since Bayley attempted to address her recent character change alongside Sasha Banks on Miz TV and all other women competed in a six-pack challenge.
Nikki Cross was the woman who was able to come out on top and will now challenge Bayley for the SmackDown Women’s Championship, but given the fact that WWE found a way to use all women this week, it proved that there is now some depth to the Women’s Division on the Blue Brand.
2. Shorty G Is Finally a Thing!
During the 2019 King of the Ring Tournament, it was rumored that Chad Gable would be the one to wear the crown since WWE filed a trademark for “Shorty G.” In recent weeks, Chad Gable has been bullied about his height and became known as Shorty Gable at Hell in a Cell following comments from Baron Corbin.
This week, Gable delivered an inspirational message where he was able to unveil his new name as Shorty G. Hopefully the name change is the beginning of a huge push for Gable on Friday Night SmackDown.
3. A New Stable Is Formed?
Roman Reigns took on Shinsuke Nakamura for the Intercontinental Championship this week on SmackDown, but it wasn’t the outcome that Reigns would have wanted since Sami Zayn’s interference meant that he was unable to lift the gold. Baron Corbin then interestingly came out to help Nakamura and Zayn to beat down Reigns before Daniel Bryan made the save.
With his storyline involving Shorty G now over, could Corbin be set to join forces with Nakamura and Zayn to create a formidable stable? The trio may have lost in this week’s main event, but they could come back strong next week on Friday Night SmackDown.
4. The Revival Took The Pin
The Revival teamed with Bobby Roode and Dolph Ziggler this week on SmackDown to take on The New Day and Heavy Machinery as the buildup to the huge nine-man Tag Team Turmoil match at Crown Jewel continued. The New Day were defeated by The Revival back at Clash of Champions, where they lost the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, but it was The Revival that were pinned this week to give The New Day and Heavy Machinery the victory.
This match essentially didn’t mean anything in the build towards Crown Jewel, so why did The SmackDown Tag Team Champions take the fall when it could have been Ziggler or Roode. Is there going to be another feud between The New Day and Revival?