After having last week off due to work commitments, I am back once again to bring you the highlights of what went down on the latest episode of SmackDown on FOX. Expect further invasions from the NXT brand as we head ever closer to Survivor Series on 24th November. Welcome to the most must-see VultureHound review in history; welcome to… the SmackDown Review.
– Mustafa Ali & Shorty G defeated Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode.
– The New Day vs The Revival for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship ended in a no contest.
– Heavy Machinery defeated a pair of jobbers.
– Team SmackDown defeated Team NXT in an 8-Woman Tag Team match.
– “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs Daniel Bryan for the Universal Championship at Survivor Series was confirmed.
Bradley’s Best Bits:
King Corbin, alongside Ziggler and Roode, opened this week’s show. The King of the Ring once again poked fun at the “big dog”, declaring SmackDown to no longer be Reigns’ yard but rather Corbin’s Kingdom.
Corbin requested that Reigns come to the ring and watch the tag team match between Mustafa Ali and Shorty G vs Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode only for someone dressed in a dog suit to make their way to the ring. It wasn’t funny, but the segment served its purpose in pushing Corbin as an insufferable toad by humiliating the brands top babyface.
The match itself was pretty good, however, with Roman Reigns eventually making his presence known to even out the odds for the babyface duo. As Corbin attempted to interfere, Reigns was more than happy to hit him with a spear whilst, inside the ring, the formerly known Chad Gable delivered a German suplex to Ziggler. This allowed the reinstated Mustafa Ali to finish the match with a 450 splash to ensure their place in the 5-man SmackDown team for Survivor Series.
The newly crowned SmackDown Tag Team Champions, The New Day, put their titles on the line in a rematch with The Revival following their victory in Manchester last week. It was the typical match we’ve grown to expect from these two teams with both getting in key moves either side of the commercial break.
Just as it looked like The Revival would be winning the match with the Shatter Machine, Kofi was able to break up the pin and keep The New Day in the match. That was until The Undisputed Era decided to cause the DQ by attacking both teams and showing the blue brand what NXT’s most dominant force is all about. They were eventually chased away by a number of the locker room but by then, the damage had been delivered.
Nikki Cross was ready to face Bayley for a place in the SmackDown women’s team at Survivor Series but for Shayna Baszler to appear and try to spook Bayley into leaving the ring. The SmackDown Women’s Champion was blocked off by Tegan Nox, Dakota Kai, Rhea Ripley and Mia Yim of NXT which in turn brought out the blue brand’s Sasha Banks, Dana Brooke and Carmella to partner up with Nikki Cross for an 8-woman tag match.
The NXT women looked dominant in this match for the most part but it was the SmackDown women that would claim the victory on this occasion when Nikki Cross hit a twisting neckbreaker on Dakota Kai. The brawl between the brands continued after the match until Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville were able to help outnumber the NXT women who fled through the crowd.
An enthralling episode of Miz TV saw the eponymous host ask his guest Daniel Bryan why he thinks Bray Wyatt attacked him. Bryan gave Miz no response. That was until the A-Lister suggested that former leader of the Yes Movement was “washed up”.
Whilst declaring Miz TV to suck (fair enough), Bryan acknowledged that he is no longer the same person he was 10 years ago but he still has the same passion. He admitted that it was his mental instability that led him to end the Yes Movement and, in a similar fashion, it was Wyatt’s unstable nature which led him to discover The Fiend inside of him.
Before Bryan could continue, he was interrupted by Wyatt’s Firefly Fun House. Wyatt said if Bryan wants to play with his new favourite toy, the now blue Universal title belt, all he has to say is one magic word… YES! Bryan refused to join in but Wyatt continued to lead the crowd with his sinister Yes chants.
For FOX Sake:
For some reason (probably Vince McMahon), WWE is persistent in their attempts to have Braun Strowman demolish Drew Gulak every week. A man that was a shining light in the 205 Live brand has been reduced to being on the end of squashes from the Monster Among Men for weeks now and, this time, they threw in the B Team for good measure. Surely they have something better for everyone involved?
Another segment that seemed to be more filler rather than killer saw Heavy Machinery squash the unknown team of Kip Stevens and Kevin Timms. Whilst Otis and Tucker did look dominant, this was pointless in pushing them as a credible force when we’ve seen them defeat established teams in weeks prior.
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