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    Roman Reigns collides with King Corbin

    The King has been demanding respect, but The Big Dog answers to no one in his own yard.

    While appearing on WWE Backstage on FS1, Roman Reigns was blindside attacked by King Corbin and now the two will collide on Friday Night SmackDown.

    The two adversaries are now set to meet in the aftermath of the Team Hogan's WWE Crown Jewel victory over Team Flair led by Reigns' heroics.

    Can The Big Dog get retribution on Corbin, or will the King reign over Reigns? Find out this Friday night on SmackDown on FOX at 8/7 C.

    Tyson Fury returns to Smackdown on Fox this Friday

    In the wake of a debut victory at WWE Crown Jewel, Tyson Fury will head to Friday Night SmackDown this week on FOX.

    As reported on WWE Backstage, The Gypsy King is slated to appear when the blue brand broadcasts from the lineal heavyweight champion’s hometown of Manchester, England. With Fury in the building, Braun Strowman shouldn’t be far behind as the two brawlers have unfinished business.

    Are Fury and Strowman headed for another epic collision?

    Tune in to Friday Night SmackDown on FOX at 8/7 C to see what’s next for the two heavyweight competitors.

    The Revival to defend Smackdown Tag Team Titles against The New Day

    The New Day bested The Revival in Eight-Man Tag Team competition two weeks ago, and now they will reap the rewards.

    The New Day will challenge The Revival for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles on Friday Night SmackDown. The showdown of the last two SmackDown Tag Team Champions promises to carry a lot of the bad blood that has defined this blue brand rivalry.

    Can The New Day ride the momentum of their pin over The Revival in the Tag Team Turmoil Match at WWE Crown Jewel or will the ensuing attack by the SmackDown Tag Team Champions turn down The Power of Positivity? Find out this Friday at 8/7 C on FOX.

    Sasha Banks returns to Smackdown to face Nikki Cross

    Get back to work. The Boss is back and set for battle against Nikki Cross on Friday Night SmackDown.

    Sasha Banks last competed in a Hell in a Cell showdown against Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch. Since that devastating defeat, The Boss has rallied behind her close friend Bayley by lending a hand to the SmackDown Women’s Champion in her victory over challenger Nikki Cross.

    Now Cross seeks payback for The Boss’ involvement and the role she played in costing the former Women’s Tag Team Champion a chance to win the title.

    Will The Boss make a splash in her return to the ring, or will Cross make Banks long for a return to the sidelines?

    Tune in to Friday Night SmackDown on FOX at 8/7 C to find out.
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    Re: WWE Friday Night Smackdown Live Discussion - November 8, 2019

    Good to see Sasha back in the ring, other than that this seemed like an unwatchable trainwreck.

    Are they even trying to put out a watchable product anymore?




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    Re: WWE Friday Night Smackdown Live Discussion - November 8, 2019

    Felt like a really rough program overall tonight.

    In terms of segments, Corbin's promo to kick off the show ran way too long and was just overall bad, especially since I generally consider Corbin one of the stronger talkers.

    Then Sasha and Bayley's interview was truly tough to watch. Bayley trying to play the tough guy flopped miserably in comparison to that confrontation Becky and Shayna had on Monday. Then she went on to stink it up on commentary. Meanwhile Graves is suddenly speaking up for the WWE Universe and shunning Bayley for turning her back on the fans? Since when does he care about them at all?

    And what's with Gable being a snitch? "Roman! Roman! Thank God you're here! Corbin was just saying he's going to beat you up!" He came across like a real geek in that segment. The name and ring attire doesn't exactly help matters.

    Then you've got the Fury segment, which I understand why you'd bring him out here, but it was just straight filler. You got the most lukewarm "Yes!" chant I've ever seen and some of the hammiest dialogue imaginable by Braun. "They're gonna get all four of these hands!" The B Team was great, to their credit. I actually miss those guys being a regular part of TV. They've got a Will Ferrell-John C. Reilly kind of dynamic.

    And once again the NXT attacks were so empty. On Raw, they at least added some extra layers to the NXT takeover but here on Smackdown we just reverted back to hit and run attacks with no real context or impact. I might be alone on this but I feel like the attacks are just not cutting it. You have to at least have one talking segment to further the brand warfare storyline. What makes it worse is Michael Cole saying all night that the big guns are here tonight for Smackdown, yet NXT still gets over on them all throughout the night and it seems like no one from Smackdown even gives a damn. No one on that roster is cutting a promo calling out NXT or challenging them to a fight. At best you just had a few of the SD guys running out to chase Imperium off. They are not doing a good job making this thing seem like a heated rivalry between brands.

    The New Day and Revival had an awesome match but it's still a shame to see Kofi happy to win another tag championship when he was just the leading man on Smackdown a month ago. I'm going to try to remain optimistic for the most part but the early signs are not good that Kofi is ever going to get a serious singles run again.

    I'm a really big fan of the idea to have Zayn lead a faction, especially if it's going to be filled with guys like Nakamura and Cesaro who can cut the mustard in the ring but might need a little help on the mic. I was definitely pulling for Bryan to either join them or feud with them but it seems like his next storyline will be with The Fiend. Can't complain about that and the story is there for why The Fiend would want to terrorize Bryan.

    And great, looks like Corbin is forming yet another stable of midcard heels. Also gotta love Roode and Ziggler serving as squash fodder more or less when they just ran through the entire Raw tag team division on their first night as a tag team a couple months back. Roode unfortunately will probably never be a high profile act again and I'm not the biggest fan of Ziggler, but I still think they deserve better than this. Hell, I'd even say Reigns and Corbin deserve better than feuding against each other because I find it pretty unlikely that this program will benefit either guy in the long run.

    So all in all, it just felt like a bad night for promos and storyline progression. Aside from The Fiend targeting Daniel Bryan, there was nothing on this show I really felt was meaningful. Lots of decisions were made that I wasn't a fan of and there wasn't nearly enough good wrestling to make up for it. I don't understand how this show continues to get worse and worse.
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    Re: WWE Friday Night Smackdown Live Discussion - November 8, 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by The EC View Post
    Felt like a really rough program overall tonight.

    In terms of segments, Corbin's promo to kick off the show ran way too long and was just overall bad, especially since I generally consider Corbin one of the stronger talkers.

    Then Sasha and Bayley's interview was truly tough to watch. Bayley trying to play the tough guy flopped miserably in comparison to that confrontation Becky and Shayna had on Monday. Then she went on to stink it up on commentary. Meanwhile Graves is suddenly speaking up for the WWE Universe and shunning Bayley for turning her back on the fans? Since when does he care about them at all?

    And what's with Gable being a snitch? "Roman! Roman! Thank God you're here! Corbin was just saying he's going to beat you up!" He came across like a real geek in that segment. The name and ring attire doesn't exactly help matters.

    Then you've got the Fury segment, which I understand why you'd bring him out here, but it was just straight filler. You got the most lukewarm "Yes!" chant I've ever seen and some of the hammiest dialogue imaginable by Braun. "They're gonna get all four of these hands!" The B Team was great, to their credit. I actually miss those guys being a regular part of TV. They've got a Will Ferrell-John C. Reilly kind of dynamic.

    And once again the NXT attacks were so empty. On Raw, they at least added some extra layers to the NXT takeover but here on Smackdown we just reverted back to hit and run attacks with no real context or impact. I might be alone on this but I feel like the attacks are just not cutting it. You have to at least have one talking segment to further the brand warfare storyline. What makes it worse is Michael Cole saying all night that the big guns are here tonight for Smackdown, yet NXT still gets over on them all throughout the night and it seems like no one from Smackdown even gives a damn. No one on that roster is cutting a promo calling out NXT or challenging them to a fight. At best you just had a few of the SD guys running out to chase Imperium off. They are not doing a good job making this thing seem like a heated rivalry between brands.

    The New Day and Revival had an awesome match but it's still a shame to see Kofi happy to win another tag championship when he was just the leading man on Smackdown a month ago. I'm going to try to remain optimistic for the most part but the early signs are not good that Kofi is ever going to get a serious singles run again.

    I'm a really big fan of the idea to have Zayn lead a faction, especially if it's going to be filled with guys like Nakamura and Cesaro who can cut the mustard in the ring but might need a little help on the mic. I was definitely pulling for Bryan to either join them or feud with them but it seems like his next storyline will be with The Fiend. Can't complain about that and the story is there for why The Fiend would want to terrorize Bryan.

    And great, looks like Corbin is forming yet another stable of midcard heels. Also gotta love Roode and Ziggler serving as squash fodder more or less when they just ran through the entire Raw tag team division on their first night as a tag team a couple months back. Roode unfortunately will probably never be a high profile act again and I'm not the biggest fan of Ziggler, but I still think they deserve better than this. Hell, I'd even say Reigns and Corbin deserve better than feuding against each other because I find it pretty unlikely that this program will benefit either guy in the long run.

    So all in all, it just felt like a bad night for promos and storyline progression. Aside from The Fiend targeting Daniel Bryan, there was nothing on this show I really felt was meaningful. Lots of decisions were made that I wasn't a fan of and there wasn't nearly enough good wrestling to make up for it. I don't understand how this show continues to get worse and worse.
    You'd expect WWE to be trying harder with the whole FOX deal, new network, big money, Fox are doing all these extra little shows and such to promote it. Then when it actually comes to SmackDown the WWE shit the bed every week and put on an increasingly worse product. I didn't actually watch it apart from Sasha's match but it just read like such an unimportant mess of a show.

    And whats with the Raw guys taking it too the NXT Invaders, but the SmackDown guys just continually getting geeked out? You can tell Raw is still Vince's baby and SmackDown is still the B show, or even C show now.




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