• Jayden Becker

WWE Smackdown Review 5/8/20



The final Smackdown before Money in the Bank sees a lot of matches on the night. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville go at it after Rose was assaulted after her match last week. WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions The New Day team up with Lucha House Party to take on The Forgotten Sons and Miz and Morisson.


The action doesn’t end there, as Tamina and Lacey Evans face off against WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley and Sasha Banks. Drew Gulak, Daniel Bryan and a mystery partner look for revenge as they take on King Corbin, Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro.


Teddy Long would be proud of these tag team matchups here tonight. Let's make him proud and jump into it.


Mandy Rose VS Sonya Deville


The show opens with Mandy Rose warming up backstage for her match. Otis is by her side and builds up her confidence. Sonya Deville is doing the same before her match in another part of the Performance Center. Deville tells Ziggler that she is about to lay down 5 years' worth of beatings onto Rose. Ziggler tells Deville to go easy on the face.


As the bell rings, Rose rushes Deville. The match resembles more of a brawl instead of a wrestling match between the two. Deville is able to break free but her efforts are cut short by an enraged Rose. Deville rolls out of the ring and regroups herself.


As Deville steps back onto the apron she halts a rushing Rose with a swift kick. Deville starts to chain grapple as action falls to the mat. With Deville in control, she begins to trash talk and rip off the eye-lashes from the face of Rose.


Rose, back to her feet, downs the cocky Deville with a clothesline. Action falls outside as Deville’s face is slammed into the announce table. After being slammed into the ring post, Deville is launched over the announce table and into the barricade behind the seats of Michael Cole and Corey Graves.


With action back in the ring, Deville regains ability and slips a kick from Rose. Deville pins and grabs the tights, 1… 2… 3. Sonya Deville steals a victory over Mandy Rose.


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Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville’s altercation last week I said, “Anything can happen from here between these two.” What I should’ve included was that this rivalry has a chance of blowing off the next week.


The short match between these two, however, doesn’t give the impression that this will be the last we see these two go at it. Once again, anything can truly happen from here. This could either be never talked about again after this week or we see these two, Otis and Ziggler take this to Extreme Rules.


Notice how I said Extreme Rules instead of Summerslam. One, because Summerslam might be too far away, and two, I don’t trust the long term booking here.


Other than that the match was a little too short and didn’t have an after match tussle. I did enjoy the unexpected out of ring action and eyelash pulling.



New Day and Lucha House Party VS The Forgotten Sons and Miz & Morrison


These four teams will be facing each other at Money in the Bank in a Fatal Four Way for the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships currently held by Big E and Kofi Kingston of The New Day.


Action gets underway with Kofi Kingston of The New Day and The Miz locking up. Both exchange wrist locks ending with The Miz securing the advantage. Kofi fights back, however, as he is pushed to his opponent's corner. He fights off the rest of his opponents. Chaos ensues minutes into the match as all 8 competitors duke it out in the middle of the ring. Splashes onto the outside leave The Forgotten Sons and Miz & Morrison down with the New Day and Lucha House Party standing tall in the middle of the ring as the match heads to break.


As the action returns, Wesley Blake of The Forgotten Sons is in control over Big E of the New Day. Big E works back into the match as he tags in his New Day partner Kofi. With Blake down on the mat repeated tags from the corner of the New Day and Lucha House Party end with splashes onto the chest of their opponent. Kofi enters again executing a double team move. 1… 2… kick out by Blake.


Steve Cutler of The Forgotten Son saves his partner, allowing for Blake to tag in Miz. The Miz downs Kofi with a big kick and tags in Morrison. Morrison wastes no time and hits Kofi a big kick of his own. Cutler enters the match for the first time as the legal man and dominates Kofi on the ropes. As Cutler is pulled away by the official, Jaxson Ryker of The Forgotten Son hits Kofi with a cheap right hand to the face. As Kofi starts to gain his footing, he is knocked to the outside of the ring and receives a splash from Blake. Programming heads to break for the second time.


Miz and Kofi are the legal men as the action continues. With the Miz in control, Morrison is tagged in for a double team move on to the battered Kofi. The abuse doesn’t end there as Blake enters and starts with an abdominal stretch. Kofi finally finds the strength to break free and reaches out for his teammates. His effort falls on deaf ears as all 3 of his partners are pulled off the apron by his opponents.


As the brawl goes on, Gran Metalik of Lucha House Party and Morrison are in on hot tags with Metalik as the aggressor. Lince Dorado enters and hits both of the interfering Forgotten Sons with a double springboard stunner. Lucha House Party hits a plethora of top rope moves ending with a cover onto Morrison. 1… 2… kick out.


Action outside the ring starts to break down as The New Day is crushed outside the ring by The Forgotten Sons. Dorado tries to keep his team in it but is caught by Morrison. Morrison attempts Starship Pain but lands on his feet as Dorado slips out of harm's way. Dorado’s offense fails to allow The Miz to tag in.


The Miz connects with the Skull Crushing Finale. 1… 2… 3, Miz & Morrison and The Forgotten Sons win going into Money in the Bank.


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A nice showcase of what is to come this Sunday. I’m happy to see that not only are the New Day losing but they are also being destroyed outside the ring by The Forgotten Sons. This isn’t because I don’t like the New Day, I love them as much as the next guy. I enjoy the fact that the WWE isn’t afraid to have their champions end a match on their backs.


It should be an exciting thriller at Money in the Bank.


In other news, Jimmy Uso of The Usos was diagnosed with a knee injury earlier this week that will sideline him for at least the next six months. I and all of us at 1306 Sports wish him a speedy recovery.



Jeffy Hardy Returns


After four weeks of a mini Docu-Series, we finally see the return of future WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Hardy.


Renee Young stands in the middle of the ring as the classic Jeff Hardy entrance music hits. Young asks Hardy what he still has left to prove. Hardy responds by thanking the fans and asking them to follow him on his journey back in the squared circle. Hardy then calls out Sheamus, the man who has been taunting him for the past month or so.


Sheamus makes his appearance and takes note of the empty Performance Center. Sheamus also insults the past of Hardy and his failed attempts at returning to the WWE. Hardy and Sheamus start to brawl. Hardy gets the advantage over Sheamus and connects with the Twist of Fate.


Hardy makes his way to the top rope and hits his patented Swanton Bomb.


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Remember on Monday I mentioned I pray for the simple things, well someone listened. Thank goodness this wasn't a match. The fire between these two is so strong and wasn’t extinguished right away as we see a lot of things in the WWE usually are. These too hopefully have a lot to look forward to and should be the launching pad for Jeff Hardy’s possible final run.



Braun Strowman and Bray Wyatt Meet Face to Face


The Universal Championship match between these two at Money in the Bank continues to light fire not only underneath the competitors but fans at home as the challenger and champion meet face to face in the ring.


Braun Strowman starts the segment by mentioning how Bray Wyatt was scared of him back in the Wyatt Family and is scared of him now. Strowman proceeds to call out Bray Wyatt for their face to face meeting.


Wyatt doesn't hold back his feelings as he describes to Strowman that all he wanted was an apology. Wyatt is also descriptive of how a creator never forgets his creation and is willing to take Strowman back under his wing. The price for Strowman, however, is to relinquish his burden of the Universal Championship.


Wyatt offers the Black Mask to Strowman and tells him to come home. The puppets of The Firefly Funhouse join in and tell Stroman to come home. Strowman states that this is home and after Money in the Bank, Wyatt will be stuck playing with his puppets.


Strowman goes on to mockingly mimic Wyatt by saying, “Bye, See you Sunday!” in the cheeriest voice possible.


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Strowman is trying, I’ll give him that. But the promo to start the segment was just so awful. Not because of what was said but because it was said at 100 mph. The slower the better, especially for someone who is supposed to be the "Monster Among Men".


All was not bad for Strowman, however, as he ended the segment perfectly with his crude impression of Wyatt. To me, it felt like an authentic voice that came out of Strowman. If we could see more of him speaking from his authentic voice and not the guy that wants to “get these hands”, Strowman could finally break the ceiling that has been placed on him.


The word “burden” was tossed around by Wyatt a few times which didn’t sit well with me. We’ve heard Seth Rollins on Raw say the same thing in almost the same context when it comes to relieving the current champion of the championship belt. That turned this segment on its head for me because I feel like we are seeing the same story being told on two shows.



Sasha Banks and Bayley VS Tamina and Lacey Evans:


This match was created in the wake of the backstage brawl that took place between these four competitors last week’s episode of Smackdown.


Tamina is in to start the match. Banks and Bayley can’t decide who will represent them and both get taken out by a double clothesline from Tamina.


Bayley takes the initiative but can’t escape the grasp of Tamina early on. A body slam rolls Bayley into the corner. A distracted Tamina gets caught from behind by Bayley and is wrapped around the neck. Tamina stuffs Bayley into her opponent's corner, allowing Banks to tag in. As Tamina starts to regain her footing after the beating she receives from both Banks and Bayley, her opponents roll out the ring to regroup. Lacey Evans meets Banks and Bayley on the outside as they are taken down. The match heads to a commercial break with Evans and Tamina standing tall.


Evans and Banks are the legal women as programming resumes. Evans tries to balance herself on the top rope but is pushed off by Banks. A double elbow from Banks and Bayley drops Evans. As the official is distracted by Bayley not breaking the five-count, Banks hits Evans with a cheap shot.


Evans works her way back into the match and tags in Tamina. Tamina is jumped by Banks and Bayley before she can enter the ring. Although surprised, Tamina causes havoc on the outside of the ring. Bayley is brought back inside the ring and is tossed around like a rag-doll. A top rope move by Tamina is reversed, Bayley hits the Bayley to Belly as she gets up to her feet. A top rope elbow drop by Bayley leads to a pin, 1… 2… kick out by Tamina at 2 ½.


Banks saves Bayley from a Samoan Drop from Tamina. Evans enters the ring and hits the interfering Banks with the Women’s Right. A Samoan Drop onto Bayley leads to a pin. 1… 2… 3. Tamina has a pinfall victory over Bayley, her opponent at Money In the Bank.


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A solid match to lead up to Money in the Bank but not much to talk about here. There is a possibility that Tamina wins the title at Money in the Bank. A couple things would have to go her way and let's just say it wouldn’t be a clean victory, if you catch my drift. My full thoughts will be in the Money in the Bank Predictions post so stay tuned for that.



King Corbin, Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro VS Drew Gulak, Daniel Bryan and Otis


After comments made about Otis earlier in the night by King Corbin, Drew Gulak and Daniel Bryan were able to recruit him as their tag team partner for the main event of the evening.


Bryan and Corbin start the match for their teams. Bryan gains control early with a dropkick to Corbin. A failed Boston Card by Corbin leads to Bryan breaking free for a tag. Gulak enters and maintains control with a dropkick of his own. Corbin escapes the clutches of Gulak and rolls out of the ring for a quick breath.


As Corbin rolls back into the ring he tags Cesaro into the match. Running of the rope leads to Gulak planting Cesaro with a Michinoku Driver. Gulak isn’t able to advance his offense, however, as Nakamura pushes Gulak off the top rope. Nakamura enters but can’t control Gulak for long as Otis enters on a hot-tag. The Caterpillar on Nakamura hypes up Otis. Cesaro tries to interfere but is sent out of the ring quicker than he entered. Otis, Bryan and Gulak stand tall going into the break.


As we return, Corbin is in control of Bryan. Bryan fights back with a strong dropkick. Gulak and Cesaro both enter on hot tags, Gulak being the aggressor stomping out Cesaro in the corner. Gulak is stopped on the top rope, but gains control down on the mat with a crossface type of submission hold. Cesaro finds his way to Corbin, but the savvy Gulak locks a dragon sleeper onto the King. Otis enters the ring and breaks up an interfering Nakamura. Otis is then able to toss out Cesaro who confronts him. Corbin launches Otis out of the ring.


Chaos ensues outside of the ring, distracting the legal Gulak. A Deep 6 connects on to the unsuspecting Gulak. 1… 2… 3. Corbin picks up the victory heading into Money in the Bank.


The action doesn’t end here however as Corbin attempts to hit Gulak with his scepter. Bryan comes in the nick of time to stop Corbin. Chaos outside the ring ends with all competitors except Corbin entering the backstage area of the Performance Center. Corbin attempts to climb a ladder to reach the Money in the Bank briefcase but is stomped by Byran. Bryan’s efforts are voided, however, as he is tossed into the ladder. Otis joins in on the melee as he takes down Corbin with a ladder shot.


Otis attempts to climb the ladder himself but breaks the rungs of the ladder with each step he takes. Otis is tossed aside by Corbin. Bryan makes his second effort at the briefcase but is stopped by Corbin who tilts the ladder back towards the ropes. Bryan falls to the mat and is tossed out of the ring landing on Otis.


King Corbin, all alone, climbs the ladder and unhooks the Money in the Bank briefcase. As he sits atop the ladder the show fades to black.


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This is the first time we’ve seen all Money in the Bank season a person attempt at the briefcase, although the actual unhooking means nothing. The Money in the Bank briefcase is a heel prop. The sneaky heel cashing in the briefcase on an over babyface is money (no pun intended) hand over first.


With the most unique Money in the Bank ladder match coming up anything is possible.


I’m also glad to see Otis use his Caterpillar as a mid-match hulk up instead of a finisher. Things are moving in the right direction for him



Takeaways


A lot of good matches but not a ton of storyline substances here to dig our teeth into. Not a ton of segments on this episode of Smackdown either which hurts the grade. I apologize for not going as in-depth as I usually would with my spins. I’m saving the juice for the Money in the Bank Prediction article coming tomorrow.


This episode of Smackdown also saw the return of The Messenger, A.K.A. the hooded man in front of seven screens exposing secrets throughout WWE. This week saw him show clips of Sasha Banks VS Tamina, Big E winning the tag-team titles and Brookes & Carmella. A female voice played through an mp3 file saying, payback is coming.

Many people wonder who this hooded man is, speculate superstars such as Mustafa Ali all the way to CM Punk. It would be stupid for Punk to return in front of no fans so I hope it isn't him, for his sake.


1306 Sports also has a big surprise on Sunday that involves Andrew Gabriel, Myself and professional wrestling. Keep your eyes open on the website and social media for updates.


Pros:


  • New Day and Lucha House Party VS The Forgotten Sons and Miz & Morrison

  • Jeffy Hardy Returns

  • Sasha Banks and Bayley VS Tamina and Lacey Evans


Cons:


  • Mandy Rose VS Sonya Deville

  • Braun Strowman and Bray Wyatt Meet Face to Face

  • King Corbin, Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro VS Drew Gulak, Daniel Bryan and Otis


Final Grade: C-


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