Match Ratings For 9/25/20 WWE Smackdown From Sean Ross Sapp

Sami Zayn defeated Jeff Hardy and AJ Styles

  • All three guys are calling each other frauds.
  • They'll have to grab both title belts.
  • "The guy who likes to take vacations whenever he wants" AJ Styles' nickname for Zayn.
  • Zayn kicks the ladders into both guys after they hang up the belts.
  • Adam Pearce makes a triple threat match two days before they all have a title match.
  • It's hard for me to really get invested in a match like this when I know it doesn't have stakes, when I'm about to watch one in two days that does.
  • It's a lot of back and forth, revolving spots. Hardy did a Twist of Fate before the first.
  • Zayn ends up taking a pin on Jeff Hardy after Styles does the work with a Phenomenal Forearm.
  • Gotta pin your real champion two days before the PAPE!
  • Styles hits Zayn with a ladder.
  • I've loved the build up for this match, until tonight. Styles is the one without a real claim to the title, I probably would have had him win. Instead he does the climbing up the ladder and showing that he knows how to unsnap the title belts gimmick. Well. There ya go.
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Shinsuke Nakamura (w/ Cesaro) defeated Gran Metalik (w/ Lince Dorado)

  • Man, this is a good one. Nakamura looked motivated. It's hard not to be against Gran Metalik.
  • I loved the clear aspect of this win. Kinshasa, sleeper suplex, Kinshasa.
  • After the match, Lucha House Party are upset that Kalisto isn't there to help them, and shoves him down.

Other happenings

  • Bayley comes out in a chair and cuts a promo that is a lot more about Sasha Banks than the match she has Sunday, but that's where the money is.

King Corbin defeated Matt Riddle

  • They did. Corbin cuts a terrible promo.
  • Riddle is really aggressive here, and the action is good. He fires up great, which is important for a WWE babyface.
  • The triangle to Corbin powerbomb spot is the highlight.
  • There's a back and forth that led to a great Deep Six.
  • Knees up on a Floating Bro, and Corbin gets the win with an End of Days.
  • This match ruled. They work really well together.
  • Riddle cuts a promo after about turning Smackdown into the Bro Show. Okay.

Lacey Evans defeated Alexa Bliss via DQ

  • Lacey controls the majority of this match.
  • Alexa starts her comeback with some nice offense, but the Fiend laugh comes over the speakers before a commercial.
  • Lacey does an outside-in dropkick. She's been doing well here.
  • There's been some really, really good wrestling on this Smackdown. Not a lot of progression, but some good wrestling.
  • The Fiend music hits again. Bliss snaps and destroys Lacey Evans and the match is thrown out.
  • Match thrown out for beating your opponent up TOO BAD!
  • Sister Abigail outside the ring.
  • This would have been rated a lot higher if not for the dumb finish.
  • Alexa Bliss stares at the camera and the Fiend appears on the screen.
  • Bliss stares at Roman Reigns as he comes out.

Samoan Dynasty

  • Rikishi, Afa and Jimmy Uso are in a video package about Reigns and Uso.
  • Jey Uso was seen knocking on Reigns' door. He comes out and to interview Reigns himself.
  • Uso brings up how Roman Reigns looked at him last week.
  • Heyman says it'll happen when Reigns wants it to happen.
  • Reigns and Heyman are out, followed by Uso.
  • Roman Reigns says the family is proud of Jey Uso, but they depend on Reigns and it'll always be him.
  • Jey Uso asks why not him? He cuts a great promo about him being able to provide. THIS IS GREAT.
  • Reigns superman punches him and says the whole family depends on 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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