Event: WWE SmackDown
Date: October 25, 2019
Location: Kansas City, MO
WWE SmackDown Results and Highlights
This week’s show started with the SmackDown superstars of Team Hogan and Team Flair in the ring as part of The Miz TV. Bobby Lashley, Drew McIntyre, Randy Orton, Rusev and Ricochet were missing since they are part of the Raw roster. Both teams trashed talked against each other until Hogan called for a main event match for the night. Sami Zayn said he is not medically cleared to compete and called out Cesaro to replace him.
A brawl broke out between King Corbin, Shinsuke Nakamura, Cesaro and Roman Reigns, Shorty G & Ali. The segment ended when the heels backed out and walked away.
Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler defeated The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) in a tag team action when Ziggler pinned Kofi with a roll-up. Post-match, the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, The Revival rushed down to the ring and started beating up The New Day along with Roode and Ziggler. Heavy Machinery rushed in to make the save and the faces cleaned house and stood tall.
Lacey Evans defeated local talent Camron Connors: Evans asked the referee to start the match and pretended to walk out of the match after saying the Kansas City crowd don’t deserve to see her in action. When the referee started the count down, Evans rushed into the ring and blindsided Connors with a Woman’s Right to secure the win.
Bray Wyatt returned with Firefly Fun House after Seth Rollins burnt it down last week, and brought Rambling Rabbit back to life.
Kalisto defeated Drew Gulak: Gulak came up with a new slide show this week which apparently has 345 ways Braun Strowman can lose to Tyson Fury at WWE Crown Jewel but Kalisto attacked Gulak before he could reach slide two. Strowman appeared at the ramp and a distracted Gulak was pinned by Kalisto for the win. Post-match, Strowman hot two running power slams to Gulak sending a message to Fury.
Michael Cole was in the ring with Daniel Bryan and asked him if the Yes Movement is back. They were interrupted by Shinsuke Nakamura and Sami Zayn, and Zayn tried to manipulate Bryan to turn against the crowd by asking him to drop the Yes Movement and embrace the New Daniel Bryan. Bryan seemingly turned down Zayn’s offer and walked away without uttering a single word.
Nikki Cross defeated Mandy Rose: Sonya Deville tried to interfere and create a distraction outside the ring but Cross hit a neck breaker to secure the win. SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley was at the commentary desk along with Sasha Banks but there were no interference from the champion.
Cain Velasquez and Rey Mysterio came down to the ring and called out Brock Lesnar for a face-to-face segment as advertised earlier, but Lesnar appeared on the titantron along with Paul Heyman and showed a beaten down Dominic. Rey and Cain rushed backstage where they got ambushed by Lesnar who hit them with a trash can. The Beast slammed Mysterio into a wall and delivered an F5 to Velasquez on to Dominic.
SmackDown Main Event – Roman Reigns, Ali and Shorty G defeated King Corbin, Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura: The heels took the fight to the faces as soon as the match started but Team Hogan gained back control shortly. There were a lot of back and forth between the two teams with all the superstars getting their moments.
Shorty G cleaned house after a hot tag from Ali and ran through Corbin and Nakamura. Cesaro locked Reigns in a Sharpshooter but Ali made the save and Reigns gained control with a Superman Punch. Reigns speared Cesaro and tagged Ali who hit a 450 splash to secure the win and end the show.
Takeaways from Friday Night SmackDown
1. Good Job WWE
WWE is always criticized for its booking decisions, but sometimes they do get things right. WWE is set to present a 5-on-5 matchup next week at Crown Jewel, featuring superstars from both the brands. This matchup could’ve led to the brand split ending even before it started, as superstars crossing brands to promote the matchup was entirely possible.
However, WWE refrained from making such a decision and ensured only the Smackdown superstars were part of the leadup to the match, on the episode this week.
Kudos to WWE for actually paying heed to the details and allowing the brand split to continue the way it was intended to.
2. From Champ to Chump
Just a few weeks ago, Drew Gulak was the Cruiserweight Champion on 205 Live. He was the main guy on the purple brand and gave exciting matches from time-to-time. However, WWE decided to promote Gulak to the main roster, and that move hasn’t worked well for the superstar.
Gulak has found himself in the jobber role, as he has stayed in the feeder role for Braun Strowman in the last two weeks.
WWE has used the other cruiserweights like Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali and Buddy Murphy relatively well, and hopefully, Gulak will get his moment in the sun too.
3. A Dream Match
Daniel Bryan taking on Shinsuke Nakamura is one of the dream matches in WWE, and they are finally pulling the trigger on this matchup. Bryan is a babyface once again, and will presumably be the next feud for the Intercontinental Champion.
Bryan vs. Nakamura will surely end up being a killer matchup, and WWE has done a good job of turning Bryan a face once again. He is still reluctant to do the YES chants once again, and the slow burn with Bryan’s turn has been fantastic.
4. Ali Gets Some Spotlight
Ali got the victory with a pin in a match featuring WWE’s poster boy Roman Reigns! WWE’s handling on Reigns since his return has been nothing short of terrific, and it continues once again. Instead of forcing Reigns down our throats, WWE has chosen to keep Reigns in a relatively better role.
Reigns was presented as the numero uno guy for years, which took the spotlight off every other superstar in the company. However, moments like Ali taking the victory, Reigns giving R-Truth a chance to regain his 24/7 title a few months ago, etc. are some good ways to establish Reigns as a solid babyface.