Graham "GSM" Matthews kicks off this week's Friday Night SmackDown review with a bit of breaking news regarding Roman Reigns' status for WWE WrestleMania 36. Has he pulled out of the event as has been rumored and was he justified in doing so? And who should replace him against Goldberg for the Universal Championship? He runs down a list of everyone not currently slated to appear at the Show of Shows for a variety of reasons and why this 'Mania is shaping up to be one of the most bizarre of all-time.
Upon getting into his review of Friday's show, GSM discusses the Six-Pack Challenge for the SmackDown Women's Championship becoming a Fatal 5-Way, the pairing of Daniel Bryan and Drew Gulak being a blast, Dolph Ziggler vs. Otis being made official for WrestleMania, King Corbin essentially killing Elias and how it differed from "Broken" Matt Hardy "teleporting" on Wednesday's AEW Dynamite, Nikki Cross on commentary, the replay of Roman Reigns vs. Triple H from WrestleMania 32 being a poor choice, who The Miz and John Morrison will face for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania, and more!
It was another empty arena show from WWE on Friday night with SmackDown, and despite AEW Dynamite making the most of the unfortunate circumstances on Wednesday night, the blue brand was back to business as usual. Graham "GSM" Matthews shares his thoughts on WWE's upcoming shows potentially being taped in advance (including WrestleMania 36), why they should have switched up the stagnant format, Rob Gronkowski's debut and him making King Corbin vs. Elias official for WrestleMania, Daniel Bryan and Drew Gulak teaming up against Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro, what the Intercontinental Championship match looks to be at WrestleMania, Paige announcing a Six-Pack Challenge for the SmackDown Women's Championship at 'Mania and why Tamina being involved is a complete joke, Otis going berserk, The Miz and John Morrison's WrestleMania opponents being determined next week, Roman Reigns and Goldberg signing the contract for their Universal Championship clash, and more!
The coronavirus pandemic has officially affected WWE as Friday's episode of SmackDown emanated from the Performance Center for the first time ever... despite there being no one in attendance. Despite the lack of live audience, the blue brand delivered one of their better shows in recent memory. Graham "GSM" Matthews discusses how this could last for and whether filming from the Performance Center for every show will wear thin after a while, Sasha Banks and Bayley teaming up against Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross, the ladies not wrestling through the commercial break, what happened with Paige's advertised appearance, Roman Reigns addressing Goldberg, Triple H's commentary, whether replaying SmackDown Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber match from Elimination Chamber was practical, The Miz and John Morrison's next challengers, Jeff Hardy's return, a potential feud between King Corbin and Elias, the excellent verbal exchange between Bray Wyatt and John Cena, and more!
Two days ahead of Elimination Chamber, SmackDown presented yet another unremarkable episode on Friday night that did nothing to get most viewers more excited for the event than they were previously. Graham "GSM" Matthews gives his abridged thoughts on the show including the nWo returning, the lame Intercontinental Championship picture, Sasha Banks pinning Naomi in tag team action and what it might mean, Sheamus squashing Apollo Crews (again), Daniel Bryan facing Drew Gulak at Elimination Chamber, the latest in the Mandy Rose-Otis saga, Otis running the gauntlet, who will enter last in Sunday's SmackDown Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber match, and more!
This week's SmackDown finally gave us a glimpse of what we can expect from the blue brand at WrestleMania 36... but is it really want fans want to see? Graham "GSM" Matthews gives his scathing review of Friday's show with thoughts on the fallout from Super ShowDown, how Goldberg's second Universal Championship reign is so far different than his first, Roman Reigns not having to earn a shot at the strap, Sasha Banks coming back in Boston and immediately losing, if it means she'll be facing Bayley for the SmackDown Women's Championship at WrestleMania, Robert Roode beating Kofi Kingston and what the current WrestleMania plan seems to be for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship, yet another contract signing between Braun Strowman and Shinsuke Nakamura, if Daniel Bryan vs. Drew Gulak is on the horizon, why Mustafa Ali is likely behind the SmackDown static, Jeff Hardy's upcoming appearance on WWE Backstage, why an Elimination Chamber match for the tag titles is unnecessary, The Miz and John Morrison losing to The Usos, why "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt challenging John Cena to a match at 'Mania doesn't make any sense, and more!