11/9/2019 0 Comments
One week removed from one of the blue brand's best showings all year, it was back to business as usual for WWE SmackDown on Friday night. While the Survivor Series build is off to a strong start, Graham "GSM" Matthews explains that this episode emanating from Manchester, England did nothing to make him more excited for the event than he was before. He breaks down the full show and gives his thoughts on what quite possibly could have been the worst WWE promo of the year from King Corbin, The New Day winning the SmackDown Tag Team Championship from The Revival and why it was the wrong call, Imperium's surprise appearance, why the tag team match could have been so much more, the potential of a Bray Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan feud over the Universal Championship, Sasha Banks' new remixed theme song, Braun Strowman and Tyson Fury laying waste to The B-Team, who qualified for Team SmackDown at Survivor Series for the women, and the dull main event between Corbin and Roman Reigns.
On this week's WrestleRant Radio, Graham "GSM" Matthews shares his experience from Ringside Fest in New York City where he met now-former Universal Champion Seth Rollins before getting in his review of Raw from Monday night! He's talking Brock Lesnar returning to Raw so soon after being drafted to SmackDown and the status of the WWE Championship, why his Survivor Series match with Rey Mysterio could be great despite not being entirely believable, Charlotte Flair and Natalya entering the tag team division, why champions getting pinned in non-title matches is a tired trope that needs to die, Cedric Alexander's lack of wins lately, NXT invading again and how it was handled, why it's time for Andrade to move on from Sin Cara, Shayna Baszler confronting Becky Lynch and why she should be the one to beat The Man for the Raw Women's Championship eventually, more matches announced for Survivor Series, and Seth Rollins challenging Adam Cole for the NXT Championship in the main event.
GSM then gets into his thoughts on The O.C. making their debuts at Full Sail University on NXT, Pete Dunne avenging his loss to Damian Priest, Santana Garrett's long history at NXT despite being signed recently, Dakota Kai being snubbed from Team Ripley and what it might mean for her going forward, Lio Rush vs. Angel Garza for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship happening next week, where Finn Balor's allegiance lies, Cody's amazing promo from AEW Dynamite, why the AEW World Tag Team Championship and AEW Women's Championship matches announced for Full Gear don't make much sense, and the chaotic brawl that closed the show.
Plus, stick around for FULL PREDICTIONS for Saturday's AEW Full Gear pay-per-view event!
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Despite travel issues preventing a majority of the WWE roster from making the show, Friday Night SmackDown wound up being an absolutely awesome show thanks to appearances from NXT's finest! Graham "GSM" Matthews reviews the excellent episode and shares his quick thoughts on Crown Jewel before breaking down Brock Lesnar "quitting" SmackDown and how WWE is already going back on the Brand Split, what this might mean for the WWE Championship, NXT's involvement at Survivor Series, Bayley defending the SmackDown Women's Championship against Nikki Cross, what's going on with Alexa Bliss, Shayna Baszler showing up, and Keith Lee and Matt Riddle roughing up Sami Zayn.
GSM also has plenty to say about why Tommaso Ciampa beating The Miz was the right call, Rhea Ripley and Tegan Nox making short work of Fire and Desire, NXT Champion Adam Cole making his main roster debut against Daniel Bryan and why it was a smart way of getting the NXT talent over huge, Triple H's show-closing promo, and much more!