• Jayden Becker

WWE Smackdown Review 7/10/20



The blue brand this week finds the New Day defending their Smackdown Tag Team Titles against Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura. Also, Jeff Hardy accepts a unique match for Extreme Rules against Sheamus. Jey Uso hosts a Karaoke Showdown featuring superstars from the women’s division. The action doesn’t stop there as the Women’s Tag Team champions Bayley and Sasha Banks take on Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross.


Let’s jump into it.


Miz TV Featuring Jeff Hardy


As Jeff Hardy takes his seat, Miz and Morrison show a clip to Hardy that looks back on the struggles of Hardy’s past and the current issues with Sheamus ending with last week’s toast segment. Hardy responds to this by wanting to be a beacon of light for all of those who struggle with addiction. The Miz mentions his daughter’s favorite superstar is Hardy. The Miz has a problem with this, however, as he doesn’t want her to look up to someone that is going to let her down.


The Miz has an idea to help Hardy overcome both of his issues with Sheamus and addiction, a bar fight at Extreme Rules. After compilation, Hardy accepts knowing that Sheamus put The Miz and Morrison up to it. Hardy challenges the duo to a match and attacks both The Miz and Morrison.


Takeaways:


An uproar in the WWE Universe has occurred after the bar fight match was made for Extreme Rules. Addiction is a real issue and has been made to look like a joke in the eyes of the WWE. This sadly includes Hardy for not recognizing this. Although the feud between Sheamus and Hardy has been strongly built, it has been built on the weak legs of a storyline that flies too close to the reality of not only Hardy but people around the world who also struggle with similar issues.


Unique matches have been plenty for Extreme Rules, including an Eye for an Eye match and the Swamp Match between Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman. This match adds on to the insane card that is The Horror Show at Extreme Rules.


Jeff Hardy vs The Miz w/ John Morrison


The two fall outside the ring early as Jeff Hardy is dropped onto the apron. The Miz’s springboard fails and is reversed into a twist of fate from Hardy. As Hardy makes his way to the top rope for the Swanton Bomb, John Morrison pulls The Miz out of the ring to safety. Safety doesn’t last long as Hardy jumps from the top rope onto the outside landing on the two.


Morrison continues to interfere as the match goes on by pulling Hardy off the apron. This allows The Miz to throw Hardy into the announce table and plexiglass. Hardy kicks out of the “Hey-Hey Ho-Ho” kicks from The Miz and fights back with strong strikes.


As Hardy makes his way to the top rope, Sheamus appears on the Titan Tron with a brew in hand. This distraction allows The Miz to roll up Hardy. Hardy slips into a roll-up of his own pinning the Miz.


Jeff Hardy beats The Miz through the distraction from Sheamus.


Takeaways:


The distraction was fine but once again, the brew in hand from Sheamus was unnecessary. This match did help Hardy look strong as The Miz loses again in the effort to get someone over. Hopefully, this helps The Miz get over in the ring down the line. I’m still hopeful for a Miz and Morrison feud in the future as they could start seeing cracks in their friendship with the number of times The Miz has lost. If not, they continue to add a great piece to the Smackdown Tag Team division.


Bayley and Sasha Banks vs Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross


After the distraction from Nikki Cross on Raw allowing Asuka to beat Bayley in their Champion vs Champion match-up, Bayley and Sasha Banks take on Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross in retribution before Nikki Cross’s Smackdown Women’s title shot at Extreme Rules.


As Bayley and Banks make their entrance, Cross attacks Bayley at the top of the entrance ramp by jumping on Bayley’s back. Bliss and Banks try to force Cross off Bayley but end up brawling themselves.


The match begins with Bayley and Banks in control, cutting the ring in half. Cross takes advantage by forcing Bayley into the ring skirt. As action falls outside, Cross grabs Bayley’s Smackdown Women’s championship belt. Bayley and Banks are struck from a baseball slide by Bliss as they try to attack Cross.


Bayley finds her way back in control and taunts Cross as Bliss is pummeled. Cross enters on a hot tag but is rolled up by Bayley who places her feet on the ropes to win.


Bayley dirty pins Nikki Cross for the victory as tensions build before Extreme Rules.


Takeaways:


With everything considered, this is the most normally built feud in WWE at the moment. The match between these two doesn’t need a special stipulation. I never thought I would say that for an Extreme rules pay-per-view but that just shows how much has already been done for the loaded card.


Karaoke Showdown


Hosted by Jey Uso, a select group of female superstars are set to compete in a karaoke battle. Lacey Evans sings a country song. Dana Brooke sings the Honky Tonk Man's theme. Tamina sings Triple H’s theme. Naomi sings Dusty Rhodes's theme. Naomi wins based on crowd reaction causing Lacey Evans to attack Naomi. A match is set for up next.


Takeaways:


Let's spend as little as time on this as possible. This may be the worst segment on Smackdown in 2020. This even falls behind the Triple H anniversary. This is a huge step back for the women’s division and the WWE should be ashamed of themselves for clearing this for TV. Call the Undertaker, it's time to make some tombstones for this burial.


Naomi vs Lacey Evans


With neither competitor in-ring gear, the two compete in a match after the Karaoke Battle. Lacey Evans is tossed to the outside where Tamina and Dana Brooke still stand. Evans shoves Brooke and Tamina out of her way to get back in the ring. Brooke and Tamina Enter the ring and attack Evans ending the match in disqualification.


Takeaways:


I thought we were in the Women's revolution, not the Diva's division of 2009. A true shame and this should be forgotten as soon as humanly possible. I’m surprised someone hasn’t come out and said anything yet about this segment and how pointless and sad it honestly is.


The New Day (c) vs Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura - Smackdown Tag Team Championship


After Shinsuke Nakamura beat Kofi Kingston last week on Smackdown, the duo of Cesaro and Nakamura have earned a title shot against current Smackdown Tag Team titleholders The New Day. Nakamura and Cesaro start strong. The New Day gains momentum over Cesaro with Unicorn Stomps in the corner of the ring. As Kingston tries for a big splash to the outside, Cesaro connects with a huge European uppercut.


Big E enters on a hot tag but is cut short by uppercuts and elbows. Chaos ensues as the two teams brawl in the middle of the ring. The match ends in a disqualification as the official calls for the bell with no superstars retreating to their respective corners.


Cesaro and Nakamura brutalize both Big E and Kingston, driving them both through a table in the center of the ring.


Takeaways:


You have to believe that this isn’t the end between these two teams. A table match might be in order for Extreme Rules. With the way the card is stacked, however, this match might land in the kickoff show. This would be sad given that Cesaro and Nakamura deserved to be pushed harder.


Funny enough, Cesaro came out publicly stating that WWE fans need to be more patient. I think we’ve waited long enough to see him get pushed just to be disappointed every time.


Wrap-Up:


This was a short episode of Smackdown given that the Money in the Bank encounter between Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman was replayed, taking up a chunk. The karaoke segment held this episode down and shouldn't have been put in the middle of an already lackluster show.


Pros:

  • Bayley and Sasha Banks vs Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross

  • The New Day (c) vs Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura - Smackdown Tag Team Championship


Cons:

  • Miz TV Featuring Jeff Hardy

  • Jeff Hardy vs The Miz w/ John Morrison

  • Karaoke Showdown

  • Naomi vs Lacey Evans


Final Grade: D


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