WWE SmackDown Live
Original Air Date: September 10, 2019
Event Date: September 10, 2019
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Corey Graves
Ring Announcer: Greg Hamilton
The Undertaker heads to the ring. Undertaker says he considers “these hallowed grounds” his home. He doesn’t know how often he’ll get to come home anymore, but he wants people to remember the legends and heroes that were created in Madison Square Garden. As he speaks, Sami Zayn interrupts and comes out to the stage.
As Sami heads to the ring, he says the The Undertaker is a legend. What Zayn might find most impressive about the Undertaker is that he’s been selling out Madison Square Garden for thirty years. Zayn respects Undertaker, but he thinks everyone would agree that Undertaker shouldn’t be opening SmackDown tonight. Undertaker has been here for thirty years, so when is it enough? The future is here, and the future is Sami Zayn. Zayn asks Undertaker, respectfully, to turn around and leave the ring. Undertaker should pass the torch, because WWE is in good hands with Sami Zayn.
Undertaker hands Sami his microphone and steps out onto the ring apron… but he turns back around as Sami celebrates. Undertaker chokeslams Zayn then leaves the ring.
Shane McMahon compliments Chad Gable on his matches in King of the Ring. Shane also informs Gable that Elias has injured his ankle. Gable assumes that he’ll get a bye in the semifinals, but Shane says he’s going to find a replacement for Elias, and Gable will still compete for his spot in the King of the Ring finals.
The Miz vs Andrade w/ Zelina Vega
(referee: John Cone; guest commentary: Shinsuke Nakamura)
Result: The Miz wins via pinfall after the Skull Crushing Finale
Pretty good match. It was clear that The Miz was going to win since he has a title match coming up in less than a week, so that removed a lot of the tension from the match. The action was fine, though Andrade could have been a lot more exciting if he was able to get more offense.
After the match, Shinsuke Nakamura attacks The Miz and hits him with Kinshasa.
Shane McMahon asks Apollo Crews and Matt Hardy if they’ve seen Chad Gable. They haven’t. Then Gable walks up. Shane says he’s found a replacement for Elias, and Elias approves. Shane says Gable will be facing Shane McMahon in the semifinals.
Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville head to the ring. Mandy says Nikki Cross is ugly.
Mandy Rose w/ Sonya Deville vs Nikki Cross w/ Alexa Bliss (Women’s Tag Champs)
(referee: Dan Engler)
Result: Nikki Cross wins via pinfall with a schoolboy
This was okay. Mandy Rose didn’t impress, the match was short, and the finish was underwhelming. I was hoping for more, but I suppose they’re saving it for Clash of Champions.
Heavy Machinery make shakes.
Ember Moon wonders if Bayley is being influenced by Sasha Banks. Bayley says she’s the same as she’s ever been, and attacking Becky Lynch with a chair was about the SmackDown Title. Moon doesn’t buy that, and she thinks Bayley is hurting the title more than she’s helping it.
Heavy Machinery vs Johnny Silver & Alex Keaton
(referee: Ryan Tran)
Result: Tucker Knight pins Johnny Silver after the Compacter
Shane McMahon tells Kevin Owens that he’s willing to reconsider the $100,000 fine. Part of his reconsideration involves Owens being the referee in his King of the Ring semifinal match with Chad Gable tonight. Owens seems unsure about what to do.
A recap of Rowan attacking Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan last week.
Rowan heads to the ring. For all his life, people have never seemed to understand Rowan. Rowan wants everyone to look him in the eyes and see what makes him tick. He’s a mastermind and a manipulator, but all people seem to see is a big brute. As he speaks, Roman Reigns comes out and power walks to the ring.
Reigns punches Rowan, and both men head out to ringside. They brawl out into the crowd, and Reigns punches Rowan a few more times. Rowan grabs a fan and powerbombs him into the referees and officials who are trying to break up the fight. Rowan hits a cross body into Reigns and some security guards, then he starts to drag Reigns up the ramp.
On the stage, Reigns hits another punch. Rowan grabs the camera crane and slams it into Reigns. Finally, Rowan decides to leave.
Rowan talks to himself backstage.
Bayley (SD Women’s Champ) vs Ember Moon
(referee: Danilo Anfibio; guest commentary: Charlotte Flair)
Result: Bayley wins via pinfall after the Bayley to Belly
Good match. It was short and mostly fought during a commercial break, but it was fine. Moon fought hard, but Bayley took advantage of Moon’s lack of composure.
After the match, Charlotte Flair enters the ring and claps for Bayley. Bayley smiles and leaves.
Kevin Owens sits and thinks as he wears a referee shirt.
Kofi Kingston looks at a photo hanging in the hallway of when he attacked Randy Orton at Madison Square Garden many years ago.
Kofi Kingston heads to the ring. Kofi talks about when he beat up Randy Orton and put him through a table 10 years ago. That was a night that changed Kofi’s career forever. As Kofi talks, Randy Orton says “stupid” a lot. Orton appears in the crowd and talks about some of the many things he’s won in he past ten years. None of that matters now though. Now, Orton plans to take Kofi’s WWE Title.
Kofi slowly exits the ring and goes to meet Orton in the crowd. Orton attacks Kofi with a chair. Orton sets Kofi up for a hanging DDT, but Kofi escapes. Kofi hits Orton with a chair, and he sets up a couple of tables. After a good amount of housekeeping, Kofi finally sets up Orton and drives him through a table with a Boom Drop of the second level barricade.
King of the Ring 2 out of 3 Falls Semifinal Match
Chad Gable vs Shane McMahon
(referee: Kevin Owens)
Result: Chad Gable wins 2 falls to 0
1. Chad Gable pins Shane McMahon after a rolling German suplex (0:32)
2. Chad Gable wins via submission with an ankle lock (4:45 – joined in progress)
Time: 6:54 (1 break, 1 rest period)
The bog story in the match was Shane versus Owens, despite the match actually being Shane versus Gable. Everything relied on what Owens would decide to do as referee, and that made for a lot of shenanigans that distracted from the good wrestling that Gable was doing. I think it kind of stinks that Gable’s big run in the tournament has been overshadowed in ways, with no shadow bigger than Shane McMahon.
After the match, Shane McMahon attacks Kevin Owens. Then Shane fires Kevin Owens.
Shane needs to leave TV. He needs to go away for a while, at least long enough for us to sort of miss him. He’s dragging the show down, and it’s never any fun. RAW last night had Steve Austin bookend the show, and he helped bring some extra excitement. Tonight, The Undertaker did what everyone does: he beat up Sami Zayn. Then The Undertaker left and Shane popped up multiple times. It’s a pretty sad state of affairs when RAW is clearly better than SmackDown. Hopefully the move to Friday night is going to change the content of the show. I mean, SmackDown can still be good, and it often is, but tonight was not an example of that.
Match of the Night
Bayley vs Ember Moon
None of he matches were great tonight, and that’s unfortunate because there were good people wrestling on tonight’s show.
Official Results: https://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/2019-09-10