Match Ratings For WWE Smackdown Live 1/22/19, Podcast Notes From Sean Ross Sapp Of

Opening Segment

  • Becky Lynch says that it seems weird to her that Asuka isn't bothered by not actually beating her for the title.
  • Asuka comes out and does her screaming thing.
  • Charlotte Flair follows and runs down her history of beating everyone in title matches.
  • Asuka attacks Becky from behind, but ends up getting her ass kicked pretty thoroughly.
  • Becky whips her with her jacket, too. That was a nice touch.
Mojo Rawley Discusses WWE Release, Says The Door Is Open To Return

Mandy Rose (w/ Sonya Deville) defeated Naomi

  • We see a highlight video of Mandy Rose trolling Jimmy Uso and Naomi.
  • Naomi meets Mandy Rose on the ramp, which is the absolute right thing to do. 
  • Naomi throws out some SCHMACKS. Lots of slow-down holds during the break though.
  • Naomi gets a nice kick, but it's followed up with some of the lightest clotheslines and shoulder blocks ever.
  • WWE shows a replay of a facebuster being botched. It looked vicious though.
  • Naomi kicks Sonya before she can interfere. Mandy posts Naomi and pins her, though.
  • This was not good. Some nights Naomi is really on, and some she's really off. This was an off night. 
  • Jimmy Uso consoles Naomi.

Cesaro (w/ Sheamus) defeated Miz (w/ Shane McMahon)

  • I mean, shouldn't Shane and Miz be getting something of a tune up match?
  • Miz locks in a Figure Four, but Cesaro gets out and takes over before the break.
  • Back from commercial, Shane McMahon saves Miz by throwing his feet off the ropes.
  • Shane gets sent into the barricade.
  • Sheamus cracks Miz, who walks into a Neutralizer. Cesaro wins.
  • Shane McMahon attacks after the match and takes out both members of The Bar.
  • Shane goes to do his elbow drop, but Sheamus pushes him off the top rope and posts Miz. 
  • Shane eats a nasty Brogue Kick. The Bar follow up with an insane H Bomb through the announce table on Shane, who is thrown on Miz.
  • This was an awesome angle.


  • We saw Vince McMahon looking on as Shane McMahon and Miz are tended to.
  • Vince McMahon comes to the ring and brings out AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan.
  • "He slammed me into a bunch of processed animal carcasses."- Daniel Bryan.
  • Bryan has a Hoh Rainforest shirt on. He says AJ panders to the crowd and doesn't make them feel bad about things they should feel bad about. 
  • Styles says Bryan didn't bicycle to the arena. He took a plane. He calls Bryan fickle. He says Bryan corrupted himself for the WWE Championship, and when he takes that, Bryan will have nothing.
  • Vince tells Daniel Bryan to get in the ring and Bryan SHOOTS HARD on baby boomers taking, taking, taking.
  • This has been really, really good stuff from AJ and Daniel Bryan. Vince is on tonight, too.
  • Styles goes after Bryan, who puts Vince in front of him. This allows Bryan to land a big knee. 


Backstage Crappenings

  • R-Truth says he doesn't want Brock Lesnar to take him to Sioux Falls City. He calls Buddy Murphy "Bobby," and Carmella tells him there's a weight limit. Truth tells him that's a fat insult.
  • Carmella approaches Charlotte Flair and cuts a promo about her chances in the Royal Rumble. Charlotte says the Rumble isn't the tornado -- she is. 
  • We see New Day studying Royal Rumble tape. Tony Chimel makes a cameo, and New Day say if one of them win, they all win. Xavier and Big E encourage Kofi, who is worried about his fantastic saves ending.

Samoa Joe defeated Mustafa Ali

  • There is a really good highlight promo on Mustafa Ali, that was a lot like his 205 Live promos. 
  • Mustafa does a dive outside the ring, but gets cut off a little bit later when he gets too ambitious. 
  • Samoa Joe takes the strikes to Mustafa and kicks him hard.
  • Mustafa buys himself some time with a rolling facebuster. A couple of nice dropkicks land, too. 
  • Mustafa goes up to the top rope and yanked down. Coquina Clutch taps out Mustafa.
  • This was a good showing for Ali.

2 Out Of 3 Falls
Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade

  • Zelina is banned from ringside for this match.
  • There will be like two or three spots in this match that would be better than anything WWE would let their wrestlers do for several years about a decade ago
  • Rey jumps from the inside corner over the top to the outside and huracanranas Andrade.
  • Andrade catches Rey with a dropkick, but Andrade also gets hit with a Code Red
  • Mariano Rivera reference from Corey Graves. 
  • Both men end up yanking each other off the top rope. Andrade gets the first pin with a super powerbomb!
  • Andrade follows up with a slingshot powerbomb, but Rey gets a pin with an insane Canadian Destroyer.
  • We come back from a commercial break and Rey does a baseball slide sunset flip powerbomb to the barricade. Yeah. That just got typed.
  • Back in the ring, Rey pulls off the West Coast Pop. 
  • You can hear how legit excited and in awe of these two that Tom Phillips is in. It's a passion we don't always hear on commentary.
  • Andrade pulls a rope hung triangle out of nowhere. He catches Rey outside and powerbombs him into the post. After a Hammerlock DDT, Rey gets to the ropes. 
  • Rey got a little too ambitious channeling the 1997 Halloween Havoc DDT. It didn't work. A reverse hurcanrana does, though.
  • Rey gets caught after a 619 and Samoa Joe attacks both men. Joe says he came to make a statement. 
  • RKO OUT OF NOWHERE. Randy Orton is here! That was the perfect way to announce 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. Don't take them too seriously, and have (and share) your own!


Get exclusive combat sports content on Fightful Select, our premium news service! Click here to learn more.
From The Web