Match Ratings For WWE Smackdown 5/29/20 From Sean Ross Sapp

Elias and Jeff Hardy

  • Elias is laid out on a stretcher., implied that he's been run over.
  • Renee Young does awesome on this fake wreck scene reporting.
  • Kayla Braxton talks to Braun Strowman, who says he saw it all. He called 911.
  • They find Jeff Hardy in the bushes not knowing what's going on and smelling of alcohol.
  • We miss you, Jason Jordan. He and Jamie Noble help him out. Hardy is arrested.
  • Jeff Hardy is telling out for Elias. Hardy is taken to the police station, Elias is taken to the LOCAL MEDICAL FACILITY.
  • I don't really have much of a problem with WWE playing off of real life or social issues. It's just that Jeff's are recurring and happened as recently as last year.
  • Adam Pearce says Jeff Hardy and Elias can't compete. AJ Styles wants the finals set for title. Daniel Bryan thinks they should earn it. Baron Corbin and Sheamus step up. Styles wants his bye.
  • Everyone argues, and a battle royal is set up.
  • Every time he's in these spots Adam Pearce is awesome. We don't have the traditional authority figure anymore, but he always knocks it out of the park.
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IC Title Tourney Qualifier
Sheamus wins

  • Chad Gable is back, and so is Drew Gulak.
  • The hilarity of WWE having Cole mention their audience is practicing safe social distancing when a battle royal is going on in the ring.
  • Sheamus yells at Cole.
  • Corbin eliminates Gulak.
  • Metalik does a springboard back elbow to Corbin and Ziggler, but gets superkicked and tossed.
  • Jey Uso superkicks and eliminates Corbin.
  • The Bar see a brief reunion.
  • Jey Uso and Shorty G are trying to fight off Cesaro, Nakamura and Sheamus.
  • Gable eliminated Nakamura and Cesaro, but Cesaro cheats and throws out Shorty G.
  • It's down to Uso and Sheamus.
  • Sheamus bounces Uso's head off the post and Brogue Kicks Uso off the apron.

Sonya Deville vs. Lacey Evans ends in a double countout

  • Sonya is cutting a promo and gets pushed down backstage by Lacey.
  • Lacey gives her the ref's position and they have a nice scramble.
  • If Sonya loses via roll up to a Mandy Rose distraction, I will complain loudly.
  • Sonya is caught up in the apron, and both women brawl to a double countout.
  • Lacey whips Sonya into the corner of the tale. Ouch.
  • Lacey Evans wants Sonya to fight in the ring, but Sonya says it'll be on her terms.

Championship Thing

  • Nikki Cross got New Day Scottish Pancakes, and New Day got Alexa coffee.
  • Boss N' Hug come out, and Bayley is just such a fantastic heel.
  • Alexa says that Sasha is the only person in the ring without a title. Bayley is serving as Sasha's hype man.
  • Sasha and Bayley should win the tag titles. Bayley gets overwhelmed trying to defend two titles, and we see her not saving Sasha from a pin when she's able, thinking nobody will notice. That could be the catalyst.
  • No tag title match now, but Sasha will be in action.

Sasha Banks (w/ Bayley) defeated Alexa Bliss (w/ Nikki Cross)

  • Nikki Cross and Bayley are on commentary and they're cracking up Graves and Cole.
  • Banks hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, and Bliss does a reverse powerbomb out of the corner.
  • Sasha Banks is so good, even wrestling in joggers.
  • Sasha Banks honoring Hana Kimura with a black armband.
  • Sasha gets the win after Bayley pushes Nikki Cross into Alexa. The pin was clunky, but the work here was really good.

Chad Gable defeated Cesaro (w/ Shinsuke Nakamura)
5.75/10 (Short)

  • Gable is pissed backstage that Cesaro cheated. They go back and forth, but Gable pushes Cesaro and Nakamura holds Cesaro back.
  • Cesaro does a damn Last Ride!!
  • There's some good offense, mainly from Cesaro, but Gable picks up the sunset flip win.
  • This was solid, but way too short.

Other Stuff

  • Wesley Blake cuts a promo about how much he appreciates the other Forgotten Sons.
  • Matt Riddle is coming to Smackdown! Kurt Angle is on screen and introduces him
  • Otis and Mandy have a getaway. Did Tucker just vanish from planet earth? Mandy Rose is getting super horny for Otis. This is so hilariously bad that it's funny. They kiss, but she wakes up and he does a cannonball and splashes her.

IC Title Tourney Semifinal
Daniel Bryan defeated Sheamus

  • Sheamus uncorks some nasty elbows and is in control of most of this match.
  • Bryan makes a comeback, but Sheamus Brogue Kicks his leg on the top rope. Very cool spot.
  • Missile dropkick and crucifix elbows from Bryan that gets turned in to a White Noise.
  • Sheamus is setting up for the Brogue Kick, but Jeff Hardy runs out.
  • Bryan pins Sheamus with a knee.
  • Jeff Hardy is attacking Sheamus.

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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