WWE SmackDown Live
Original Air Date: September 24, 2019
Event Date: September 24, 2019
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Corey Graves
Ring Announcer: Greg Hamilton
Clips of the story involving Roman Reigns, Rowan, Harper, and Daniel Bryan.
Erick Rowan heads to the ring. Rowan says the destruction he causes are works of art. Don’t call him an artist though, call him a creator. It doesn’t matter what side you’re on, if you can destroy, then you’re in charge. Might makes right. As Rowan talks, Daniel Bryan comes out to the stage.
As he heads to the ring, Bryan says that if Rowan wants some respect and wants to be right, then they should fight right now.
Erick Rowan vs Daniel Bryan
(referee: Dan Engler)
Result: Erick Rowan wins via pinfall after an iron claw slam
Time: 14:03 (1 break)
Good match. Rowan dominated large parts of the match, but Bryan did put up some good offense in sporadic bursts. Late in the match Bryan had Rowan in the Lebell lock, and that’s when Luke Harper appeared at ringside for a distraction. The finish to the match was kind of brutal, bit most of that came from the fact that Bryan got his ankle twisted between the top two ropes as Rowan was pulling him into the ring from the apron. Overall though, this was a solid match.
After the match, Rowan and Harper start setting up the commentary table to possibly put Bryan through it. Roman Reigns comes out and halts their plans. Reigns attacks Harper, but Rowan is able to take Reigns down. Harper and Rowan take Reigns over to the table, but Bryan has recovered enough to attack Harper. Harper is taken down with a knee strike, then Rowan grabs Bryan. Reigns spears Rowan.
Reigns goes over to help Bryan up, but Bryan doesn’t want his help. What Bryan wants is an answer from the crowd: do they want to see Bryan and Reigns beat up Harper and Rowan? The answer is, “yes.”
A look at Brock Lesnar.
Michael Cole sits down with Kofi Kingston. Cole asks Kofi why he would accept Lesnar’s challenge to a title match. Kofi says he made a promise to be a fighting champ, and this is just another chapter in his title reign. Kofi feels like he’s at the top of his game. He feels pressure to be the best champ he can be, and his title match against Lesnar on the debut of SmackDown on Fox next week is the perfect opportunity to prove that he is the rightful champ. Kofi feels good.
Chad Gable heads to the ring for a match. Before his opponent comes out, he talks about Baron Corbin and his dumb short jokes. Gable says his run in the King of the Ring was no joke, and it was no joke that he had Corbin beat last night on RAW. As he speaks, Mike Kanellis interrupts and heads to the ring.
Kanellis says he’s here to prove to his pregnant wife that size does matter.
Chad Gable vs Mike Kanellis
(referee: Dan Engler)
Result: Chad Gable wins via submission with an ankle lock
There were three moves in this match, and Gable did all of them.
As Gable celebrates in the ring, Elias appears on the video screen. Elias has been inspired by Gable recently, so he sings a song about it. There are a lot of short jokes. Gable doesn’t like it.
Charlotte Flair asks R-Truth if he’s seen Carmella. R-Truth makes up a story to protect Carmella, but Carmella emerges from her locker room anyway. Charlotte congratulates Carmella on winning the 24/7 Title, but she hopes Carmella is focused on their tag match tonight. She is.
Charlotte Flair & Carmella (24/7 Champ) w/ R-Truth vs Sasha Banks & Bayley (SD Women’s Champ)
(referee: Charles Robinson)
Result: Sasha Banks submits Carmella with the Bank Statement
Good match. I really enjoyed all the interactions in this match. Everyone looked good, and the last couple of minutes were particularly entertaining. I thought the buildup to the finish was great.
Almost immediately after the match, Sonya Deville, Ember Moon, Mandy Rose, Asuka, and Kairi Sane run down the ramp (with referee Danilo Anfibio). R-Truth grabs Carmella and runs away through the crowd with the mob of women close behind.
Back in the ring, Charlotte is alone with Sasha and Bayley. Charlotte strikes first, but Sasha and Bayley get the advantage. Becky Lynch power-walks down to the ring and fights off both Sasha and Bayley. Lynch puts Banks in Disarm Her, but Bayley quickly pulls her friend out of the ring. Becky stands tall as Sasha and Bayley back away.
Shane McMahon discusses stuff with his lawyers.
Ali vs Shinsuke Nakamura (IC Champ) w/ Sami Zayn
(referee: Danilo Anfibio)
Result: Shinsuke Nakamura wins via pinfall after Kinshasa
Very good match. There were some scary moments for Ali (one when he dove to the floor and one when Nakamura ran him into the post), but Ali was fine, and those moments added to an already super fun match. Ali had a great showing against the IC Champ. Sami Zayn made a nuisance of himself multiple times which started to affect Ali’s attacks, but again, that added to the tension of the match. I enjoyed this quite a lot and would love to see it again.
Clips of the feud between Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon leading up to a $25 million lawsuit.
Shane McMahon and his lawyers continue to discuss stuff.
Big E & Xavier Woods vs The B-Team
(referee: Charles Robinson)
Result: Big E pins Bo Dallas after the Midnight Hour
This wasn’t a squash, but it was definitely a breeze for Woods and Big E. It was good to see the B-Team in an actual match, and the action was fun.
Mandy Rose hands out copies of her the issue of Maxim with herself on the cover. Sonya Deville wants Rose to get ready for their match, then Otis Dozovic walks up. He would like a selfie with Mandy. Mandy freezes while Otis takes the picture. Mandy and Sonya walk away, and Otis grabs a copy of Maxim. Tucker Knight enjoys what he sees.
Kabuki Warriors vs Fire & Desire
(referee: Danilo Anfibio)
Result: Kairi Sane pins Mandy Rose after the Insane Elbow
Good match. Once again, Deville’s segments in the match were better than Rose’s, but overall the match was nice. I was mildly surprised by the result considering how each team has been treated lately. I was happy with it though. Asuka probably looked the best in this match. She was able to interact with everyone effortlessly.
Shane McMahon is flanked by his lawyers as he walks.
Shane McMahon and his lawyers are in the ring. Shane calls Kevin Owens to the ring. Owens emerges from the crowd and walks into the ring. Shane has a couple of propositions. Option one is that Shane could tie up Owens’ lawsuit in court for years. Option two is that Owens drops his lawsuit, and Shane will reinstate Owens and drop the $100,000 fine.
Owens says Shane is an idiot. The thought of a lawsuit makes Owens sick, but the thought of continuing to share a locker room with Shane McMahon makes him even more sick. This isn’t about money, it’s about getting Shane McMahon fired. Owens proposes a match. If Shane wins, then Owens is gone. If Owens wins, then Shane is gone. Shane wonders what the catch is. Owens says there’s no catch, but he thinks they should have a ladder match. The show cuts away before Shane can respond.
Kayla Braxton asks Becky Lynch about her Hell in a Cell match against Sasha Banks. As Becky responds, Sasha Banks attacks her from behind. The two women brawl, but Sasha gets the advantage. Becky is down as Sasha walks away.
This was a good show. Like RAW last night, there was a big focus on matches. Some of the matches were quite short, but they were mostly all good. I liked pretty much every segment tonight.
Match of the Night
Ali vs Shinsuke Nakamura
The opening match of the night was longer, but I enjoyed Nakamura and Ali the most. It was a ton of fun, and I wasn’t always sure who was going to win.
Official Results: https://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/wwe-smackdown-live-sept-24-2019