Match Ratings For 9/4/20 WWE Smackdown From Sean Ross Sapp

Show Up And Win

  • Paul Heyman says that Roman Reigns had the same thing happen that Heyman had happen to him.
  • Reigns fought through life threatening illnesses and had his title shot taken away immediately upon needing some time off.
  • He says Fiend would be really bad on news shows.
  • Heyman calls Corey Graves "Carmella's latest boyfriend."
  • Roman Reigns says that all he needs to do is show up and win.
  • Reigns is having his strengths played to right now. Short and sweet promos. More of an edge to him. This should have probably happened five years ago.
  • Reigns is walking around backstage and Jey Uso says he's been calling and texting him, but Reigns claims he's been busy. He tells Roman he has his back.
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Heavy Machinery defeated Miz & Morrison
5/10

  • Morrison's Moonlight Drive outside was great.
  • Otis' fired up spot isn't much for me. Then again, I don't like any of them.
  • I don't like the Caterpillar, either. I do love the Vader Bomb, though.
  • Heavy Machinery wins.
  • Morrison steals the Money in the Bank briefcase. He seems to think that means he owns it. But it does mean that Otis can't cash it in.
  • Backstage, Morrison figures out that the briefcase is actually Otis' lunch box.

Sheamus ATTACKS.

  • I howled at "one of the biggest matches in the history of Smackdown."
  • Big E is backstage with Lucha House Party and Drew Gulak to celebrate Xavier Woods' birthday.
  • I just watched Big E beat Sheamus on Sunday, so it only makes sense that we're going to see it at least three more times.
  • Sheamus attacks Big E big time. White Noise on a car window. This was a really great attack. Brutal. Imagine if they did it without Big E beating him clean last week.
  • Sheamus gave bad info. Xavier isn't there as Big E thought. I loved this angle.
  • Adam Pearce says Big E won't compete, and they'll figure out who will fill in.
  • Heyman approaches and asks to talk to Pearce.

WWE Women's Tag Team Championships
Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (c) defeated The Golden Role Models to retain the titles
6.75/10

ANGLE- 9/10

  • Sasha Banks supports Bayley's greatness.
  • The Champs do swinging powerbombs into the barricade.
  • Back from the commercial, Baszler BREAKS BAYLEYS HECKING ARM.
  • Nia Jax is still moving around and selling really slowly.
  • Banks is making up for it with explosive offense.
  • WWE actually missed SASHA BANKS POWERBOMBING NIA JAX outside. This production direction is terrible.
  • Bayley connects with a flying elbow drop, and Shayna kicks out of a lot of offense.
  • Sasha is sent into the stairs, then Baszler destroys her legs. This is another excellent attack.
  • They do a callback to Sunday's finish, but Bayley avoids it.
  • Nia breaks up a Banks Statement on Shayna.
  • Nia goes for a Stretch Muffler, Big E's finish.
  • Role Models do an H-Bomb to Baszler, but Nia does a second rope cross body on both to win!
  • Creative finish. Shout out to Corey Graves mentioning that championships and checks make Shayna and Nia work together better.
  • The medical team checks on Sasha Banks, and after a commercial, Bayley turns on her.
  • SAVING IT FOR SUMMERSLAM V!
  • This attack goes on for several minutes. It looks like Sasha Banks will be off TV for a while.
  • Bayley Pillmanizes Sasha Banks.
  • The setup and turn alone went through two commercial breaks. Sasha Banks and Bayley's split getting the screen time it deserved. 42 minutes from the pre-match promo through Sasha Banks getting carted out.

IC TITLE

  • Sami Zayn comes out with his IC Title and isn't happy he isn't announced as champ.
  • Jeff Hardy says he would have just given Zayn a shot if he asked. Zayn is mad and doesn't need to ask for anything.
  • AJ Styles is mad too. They brawl

Other stuff

  • There's a non descript vignette for a female wrestler
  • Firefly Funhouse happens AFTER the main event brawl started. Wyatt says a new friend is coming next week.
  • Alexa Bliss apologizes to Nikki Cross and hugs her. Nikki is hestitant.

Top Contender Match
Jey Uso defeated Matt Riddle, Sheamus and King Corbin
6/10

  • Jey Uso thanks Roman Reigns for getting him in the main event. Roman tells Jey that Paul made that happen, and now he's gotta win this one on his own.
  • Corbin is mad that Jey is involved in the match
  • Corbin's spinebuster is great. Most of his offense is.
  • Jey lands on his feet out of a Riddle German suplex.
  • Riddle and Sheamus have a good series where Riddle uses MMA inspired offense and Sheamus does a Cloverleaf.
  • Jey's sloppy dive works really well.
  • Brogue Kick on Corbin, Bro 2 Sleep on Sheamus. Floating Bro on Corbin, but Uso hits a splash on Riddle and pins him.

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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