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of desire! Tyson Fury and Braun Strowman just became best friends?! And Sasha Banks returns
to in-ring action! I’m Dave – Just Dave – and I’m subbing
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“Smacknificent”, “Smacktastic”, “Smack Bang In The Middle”, “SmackDowner” and
“A Smack In The Face”. This is the November 8th 2019 episode of Friday
Night Smackdown in about 4 minutes. With Michael Cole and Corey Graves back behind
the desk, King Corbin is first out, and his midcard vortex continues to grow in strength.
It’s sucked in Roman Reigns, who is apparently too busy doing charitable work these days.
How dare he. Through miscellaneous technical wizardry,
Corbin made Reign’s TitanTron bark like a chihuahua – gotta make his opponent feel
smaller than him somehow – and told the crowd they’d be able to take home Reigns’
excrement in a doggy bag. Keeping it regal, Corbin. Next up is The New Day fighting for the Smackdown
Tag Team Championships against The Revival. Some classic Revival skulduggery was all for
nought as Kofi landed an assisted Trouble In Paradise on Wilder to crown The New Day
as YOUR SEVEN TIME, W, W, E, SMA- you know what, I can’t. I can’t do it. Nobody wants
to see that. Yes, The New Day are 7-time Smackdown Tag
Team Champions, and will go on to face The Viking Raiders and Undisputed Era at Survivor
Series! Backstage, Daniel Bryan is approached by Sami
Zayn to tell him that he can elevate his career just like he’s done for Shinsuke Nakamura.
Cue Daniel Bryan thinking. You’re gonna see a lot of that this week. Heavy Machinery hit the ring and OH MY GOD
IT’S IMPERIUM! THE EUROPEANS ARE COMING! NXT UK are joining in the invasion!
Yes, the gang’s all here and Imperium takes it to Heavy Machinery. The New Day are there
to make the save alongside Shorty G, Ali and … Apollo Crews. Not sure what horse he has
in this race but hey, nice to see you Apollo. In a brief interview, Bayley dismisses Shayna
Baszler’s attack last week as her trying to be relevant – which is… bold. With
Banks in action later, it’s time for Nakamura and Cesaro to take on Ali and Shorty G – and
thoughtful Daniel Bryan comes to check out the match!
After some nice spots from everyone involved, about three different distractions happen
at once to allow Nakamura to nail Ali with the Kinshasa and pick up the win. Daniel Bryan
has another little think before walking back up the ramp, leaving Zayn looking like a spoilt
7-year-old who got the wrong toy for Christmas. Nikki Cross vs Sasha Banks is up next, and
hello new Sasha music! Bayley is on commentary, but that doesn’t stop Nikki Cross from beating
the spit out of her and taking her mic to yell something entirely unintelligible – but
hey, Manchester seemed to like it. In the end, Sasha managed to tap out Nikki
to the Bank Statement in her first match back. Bayley was all up for round two with Nikki
but HERE COMES SHAYNA AGAIN! Yes, the NXT Women’s champion is back to ruin Bayley’s
life, which she proceeded to do with vicious enthusiasm. Backstage, Sami wants an answer from thoughtful
Daniel Bryan about joining his boy band – but suddenly the lights cut, and THE FIEND IS
HERE! Don’t worry – not me. Still the Friend.
Yes, Bray Wyatt’s Fiend appeared, Sami dipped faster than a chicken nugget into ketchup,
and Daniel Bryan became the latest victim of the Mandible Claw. Tyson Fury is out next in front of his home
crowd and calls out Braun Strowman. For a match? Oh no. He wants to form a tag team.
And Braun is entirely up for the idea! What is happening?! Either way, The B-Team were
the hilariously sacrificial lambs, and Braun and Fury promptly murdered them. Dana Brooke and Carmella finally get their
shot at Fire and Desire – and a Survivor Series place – after Bianca Belair decided
to brutalise them last week because she could. And the long-term team of Sonya Deville and
Mandy Rose, who have been teaming since the end of 2017… lost.
Huh. Yes, Dana Brooke picked up the pinfall after
a senton from the top rope onto Sonya. So, for anyone who was excited to see Fire & Desire
get that push they looked like getting… might want to take a raincheck. Main event time, and it’s King Corbin against
Roman Reigns. Roman’s on top, but in come Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode! For… reasons!
Cue much distracting and sneaky hits on Reigns before he finally takes down The Glorious
Showoffs – and gets pulled straight into an End Of Days from Corbin for the win! The show was always going to have a hard time
following last week’s NXT fan service bonanza, but overall, it was a pretty good showing.
The matches were solid as a whole, albeit sometimes feeling like not much was actually
at stake, and in many cases featuring lacklustre endings. However, they did manage to build
on the wave of NXT excitement without overdoing it, which was great. At the same time, they
pushed some of the focus back onto the top stars who were absent last week very nicely.
Overall, this episode gets a “Smack Bang In The Middle” – but a high one. Like,
the high end of being in the middle. The best of the middle. Look, it was really close this
week! If you want to hear about the scrapping of
plans on RAW, click the video to the right, and to find out more about a potential major
WWE heel turn, then hit the video below that one! And a special thank you to our Pledgehammers
on Patreon, who you’ll be able to see scrolling below me right about now. I’ve been Dave – Just Dave – and that