Match Ratings For 3/27/20 WWE Smackdown From Sean Ross Sapp


  • Bayley and Sasha Banks come out and complain about the title match at WrestleMania.
  • Bayley says they work better together. This is one of those rare promos we've seen in recent weeks that would work better in from.
  • Lacey Evans and Naomi hit an interrupting promo, and Bayley says that this isn't going to keep going on. It does. Tamina comes out.
  • Lacey Evans and Naomi didn't have great promos. Tamina says "actions speak louder than words," which is probably the best way this could have worked.
  • Tamina attacks the faces, and then goes face to face with Sasha and Bayley when they try to pick the bones.
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Drew Gulak (w/ Daniel Bryan) defeated Shinsuke Nakamura (w/ The Artists Collective)

  • Nakamura and Gulak throw some tough punches to start the match
  • Nakamura seems more motivated tonight than most nights.
  • Bryan pulls Gulak out of the way of a Kinshasa and Gulak hits a jackknife pin.
  • I'm not sure why WWE wouldn't have longer matches when they're starved for content.
  • Sami Zayn was on commentary for this and he was really good.

Backstage Stuffs

  • Otis tries to go after Ziggler backstage and has some good trash talk. Ziggler will have his first singles match and challenged Otis to a WrestleMania match. Ziggler is later talking to Sonya, but Mandy tells him later that they aren't fighting over her like she's some sort of prize.
  • Elias sings a song about how much of a turd Baron Corbin is. Corbin sneak attacks him. How dumb you gotta be to not hear a guy Corbin's size coming after you? Corbin knocks Elias off the platform and there is a hilariously bad editing cut.

Alexa Bliss (w/ Nikki Cross) defeated Asuka

  • Nikki Cross is hilarious on commentary. She's on the table, dancing, excited.
  • If WWE is so starved for content they have to roll old matches, why do they go to commercials during the few matches they actually have?
  • Asuka and Alexa are back and forth. The spot of Asuka getting kicked when she's stuck in the ropes was great.
  • Bliss counters an apron DDT with a twisting arm smash.
  • This is a good match, but Nikki is the star of the match.
  • Oh man those angry Asuka stan accounts are gonna be LIVID. Bliss wins with a DDT.


  • Wise on WWE's part to show the Reigns-Triple H match tonight to not make us want to see Reigns in a title match at Mania.
  • If Braun doesn't eliminate Roman Reigns from title contention by attacking him and screaming "I'LL NEVER BE FINISHED WITH UUUUUUUUUUUUUUU" I'll be disappointed
  • Triple H talks about the differences in intensity with Goldberg and Reigns. Triple H thinks Reigns will win.

Firefly Funhouse

  • Bray Wyatt is in the Funhouse talking about his match with Cena.
  • The rabbit asks if he miraculously knows how to beat John Cena. Wyatt says he does.
  • He creates a concoction and blends his bunny.
  • Wyatt challenges Cena to a Firefly Funhouse match at WrestleMania.

Top Contender Match
New Day vs. Usos

  • We see Usos and New Day promos to hype their top contender matches.
  • Miz & Morrison join commentary and they're corny, but they're supposed to be.
  • “People at home, don’t you dare be sour” -- Big E.
  • New Day hit a leap frog senton. We're seeing some good, rarely used offense, and some familiar stuff including Big E's apron splash.
  • For some reason Kofi does a New Day Rocks clap with no one there, so Miz and Morrison do it.
  • Kofi does a great flying huracanrana, but gets put in a half crab.
  • I'm liking the more bare bones production.
  • Miz and Morrison get taken out after a series of dives, but attack New Day and Usos.
  • Michael Cole says it's a triple threat ladder tag team match at WrestleMania now.
  • Usos and New Day beat up Miz and Morrison (hey hey. Ho Ho)

Rating Guide
10- Perfect, 9- MOTY Territory, 8- Excellent, 7- Great, 6- Good, 5- Average to above average, 4- Slightly below average, 3 or below: Poor

Each match starts at a 5 and slides up and down based on entertainment, execution, time, environment, reaction and stakes. The ratings are in no way an indication of a "star rating," which is a completely different system. A standard, non-offensive "TV match" lands at a 5. The gap between 5.75-6 is generally the largest, with anything reaching 6 being recommended viewing.
These are opinions, and incredibly inconsistent ones that may change upon a second viewing, or sitting on the match for a period of time. Don't take them too seriously, and have (and share) your own!

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