Match Ratings For WWE Smackdown 2/14/20 From Sean Ross Sapp

Moment of Bliss

  • "And her SIDEKICK NIKKI CROSS" shit, Cole didn't even bother sugarcoating it.
  • Alexa and Nikki talked through a painful celebrity crush segment.
  • Jesus man, please give these girls more than "BECAUSE I'M __________ AND (catchphrase)" or "I'm going to remind everyone why (catchphrase)"
  • Carmella is brought out and says Sasha Banks is the reason why she and Bayley are no longer friends.
  • Bayley interrupts and trashes Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss, and says she was only friends with Carmella because she was being nice and teaching her the ropes.
  • Carmella doesn't want to wait around, this match is happening now.
Ric Flair Remembers His Former Boss Jim Crockett Jr

Smackdown Women's Championship
Bayley (c) defeated Carmella to retain
7/10

  • I wonder who on Smackdown is the big fan of the heel grabbing the babyface by the jaw and screaming insults at them.
  • Bayley misses a body press and gets kicked in the face, followed by the Mella go Round. Suicide dive and body press follow.
  • I think Carmella heard someone say she had two moves last week, because she throws in her headscissors, forearms and more.
  • Bayley catches her with a Bayley 2 Belly
  • Super Frankensteiner from Carmella, and the crowd bought it as a finish.
  • More nearfalls and a superkick, but Bayley rolls out of the ring. Carmella slams Bayley face first and applies the Code of Silence.
  • Bayley punches out Carmella's elbow, and reverses another Code of Silence to get the pin with her foot on the ropes.
  • Bayley attacks Carmella and Naomi makes the save. If they were going to run right into a Naomi program with one or both, why not have Bayley trip her up to cost her the match last week?
  • The crowd brought this up to a 7ish for me. A lot of fun.
  • They're hammering home "role model" aspect of Bayley. She says that she's going to defend her title at Super Showdown.
  • Bayley/Carmella program took up the first 39 minutes of the show. Good stuff.
  • Carmella says she demands a rematch.
  • "The glow is real" isn't a reason to get a title shot. Naomi's shoulder not being down last week is. Why not just have her say that?

Sheamus defeated Apollo Crews & Shorty G
4.75/10

  • If they're going to do this with Sheamus, I hope they do something to make him way more interesting.
  • Some rolling kicks from Gable and moonsaults/shooting stars from Crews hit.
  • Brogue Kick on Gable and Crews.

Hogan Fun House

  • Hulk Hogan recounts Goldberg.
  • Firefly Fun House interrupts and Bray Wyatt does his thing.
  • Hogan talks back, but Wyatt implies he might attack.
  • Hogan leaves.

LESS COWBELL

  • Sami Zayn and Cesaro are out in the ring with a cowbell and ukelele.
  • Elias interrupts them and gets a cheap pop.
  • Zayn is staging a protest, Elias a counter protest.
  • Zayn wants less cowbell, the crowd wants MORE COWBELL.
  • Elias ends up getting attacked and Braun Strowman makes the save.
  • Zayn bails out, and security attacks Strowman.
  • Elias and Strowman heave the security guard big time.

VALENTINE'S DATE

  • We see Otis preparing, and Tucker offering words of encouragement.
  • Ziggler steps in, as Otis is late.
  • Otis walks in to see Ziggler sitting with Mandy. Dejected, he leaves.

Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan defeated Miz & Morrison
5.75/10

  • The Miz and Morrison have kind of a funny exchange.
  • Throughout the broadcast, there has been static coming through the screen.
  • Roman Reigns is supposed to pick his partner. They've teamed together four times in the WWE on Fox era.
  • Bryan hits a suicide dive on Miz while doing his comeback spot to Morrison. The crowd loves Daniel.
  • Morrison does an amazing dive over the top onto the babyfaces.
  • The sliding knee works a lot better for John Morrison from the other one he does.
  • Morrison misses a 450. It's amazing how effortless Morrison makes those look.
  • Reigns gets the hot tag, but Morrison cuts him off. Reigns catches him midair with a Superman punch.
  • Skull Crushing Finale on Reigns, boot on Bryan.
  • Reigns hits the spear and wins.
  • Corbin attacks. Who gives a shit?

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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