Match Ratings For 11/13/2020 WWE Smackdown From Sean Ross Sapp

Opening Promo

  • Roman Reigns comes out and says that he changes careers and points to Jey Uso going from the brother nobody knew to main event Jey.
  • He doesn't even think about Randy Orton.
  • Drew McIntyre comes out and says that Reigns is facing him at Survivor Series, not Orton.
  • Drew says Reigns just disappeared and left everyone high and dry at WrestleMania and he stepped up.
  • Reigns tells Drew that nobody even knows who he is anymore since Reigns came back.
  • There aren't a lot of people who tower over Reigns like that. not just in a physical sense. Reigns has a way of making people look smaller than they really are.
  • Jey Uso comes out and gets in Drew's face. He asks why Drew is even there. Jey says he'll take care of Drew like he did Owens and Daniel Bryan.
  • I'm usually a stickler for the brand split, but it seems kinda trivial right now.
  • Backstage, Roman Reigns is screaming at Jey Uso. Reigns raising his voice is rare and really adds gravity to the situation.
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WWE Intercontinental Championship
Sami Zayn (c) defeated Apollo Crews
SQUASH, KIND OF

  • If Apollo Crews wins this title and faces Lashley again, I'll snap.
  • Sami Zayn wins by countout after untying the ring apron. Wow. I liked that finish.
  • It doesn't do anything for Apollo, but a good finish.

Sasha

  • Sasha Banks comes out and puts the women's division on notice.
  • Apparently the division has put her on notice, too.
  • Bayley comes out, and Carmella attacks from behind.

Otis defeated Dolph Ziggler (w/ Robert Roode)
SQUASH KIND OF

  • Ziggler and Roode make fun of Otis backstage and say Mandy still texts Dolph.
  • Otis kicks out of a Zig Zag and wins with a Vader Bomb.
  • There's not a lot to break down here. This was crazy short and they both got their finishers in.
  • Otis has some NASCAR 98 music.
  • Chad Gable wants to coach Otis, and gives him an Alpha Academy pamphlet. I'm all about this.

No DQ
Rey Mysterio (w/ Mysterio Family) defeated Seth Rollins (w/ Buddy Murphy)
6.5/10

  • The whole Mysterio family are backstage, and ringside for this match. Huh bro!?
  • Murphy is with Rollins.
  • Rey does a modified sunset flip bomb into the barricade by the table. A nice twist.
  • Rollins hits a great backbreaker and teases running Mysterio into a chair.
  • Rollins can't get a stomp into the stairs, but Rey does the baseball slide splash onto them. I'm always happy to see an innovative spot.
  • Rollins super powerbombs Rey through a table.
  • Murphy pretends he's gonna help Rollins, then VAN DAMINATORS him.
  • Mysterio wins with a frog splash on the 15th anniversary of Eddie Guerrero's passing.
  • There were some timing issues in the Mysterio-Buddy Murphy post-match, as they went to a replay before Rey shook Murphy's hand. Rey had started to walk over before. Aalyah hugs Murphy, and he's a part of the family.
  • Rollins is livid, and is yelling at Adam Pearce. He demands a match with Murphy.

Survivor Series Qualifier
Liv Morgan defeated Tamina, Natalya, Chelsea Green
5.25/10

  • Natalya isn't happy about not just being named to the Survivor Series team, and bugs Adam Pearce. Chelsea Green shows up after she leaves.
  • Tamina only shows up for qualifier, top contender or title matches. I respect it.
  • Chelsea Green is added to the match. Thankfully they're using her name and not the shit I heard they were using this afternoon.
  • Man, Liv Morgan is so good. I love that she's using the floatover DDT.
  • This match is primarily Liv Morgan and Natalya. Morgan tosses out a couple of codebreakers and gets the pin.
  • What a weird way to debut Chelsea Green. She shows up, doesn't say anything, debuts, and is out of the match after a minute.
  • Very odd finish. Something seems off.

Unsanctioned Match
Drew McIntyre defeated Jey Uso
6/10

  • Adam Pearce tells Drew that the match tonight has to be unsanctioned since he's not on SD.
  • It's good to see Jey Uso continue to be competitive with top stars like this. He earned it. They gave him a chance to step up to the main event scene and delivered repeatedly.
  • Drew McIntyre alters a Sky High with a pop-up. A nice twist.
  • Reigns comes out and his music distracts McIntyre. Nothing screams "this guy main evented WrestleMania, beat Lesnar and went unbeaten for a year" like being distracted by music.
  • Reigns wants Uso to make Drew understand.
  • Drew hits a Claymore and gets the win.
  • Drew asks Reigns if he understands. Reigns says Drew needs a title first.

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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