Match Ratings For WWE Smackdown Live 4/9/19, Podcast Notes From Sean Ross Sapp Of

New Day Celebration

  • There is a beautiful set up for the New Day celebration. Blue canvas, balloons, etc.
  • Big E does the split after the crowd chants "you deserve it" at Kofi.
  • They name drop Becky Lynch to a big pop.
  • Xavier Woods and Big E put over Kofi's accomplishment. They said they want to reshape culture and history. Xavier says meeting Kofi Kingston was like meeting a hero to him.
  • Kofi Kingston shows his wife and kids in the crowd, and the audience chants for her.
  • The Bar came out and challenged New Day to a 6-Man tag match.
  • Drew McIntyre. Number 26 to cross brands over the past three months.
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Ali, Ricochet & Aleister Black defeated Rusev, Shinsuke Nakamura & Andrade (w/ Zelina & Lana)

  • A bunch of tags on Raw, a bunch of six man tags on Smackdown.
  • We've had a Superstar Shakeup since December. What makes next week so special?
  • All they talk about on this show is the Shakeup.
  • Ali comes in and gets offense, but gets worked over during the commercial. He hits a tornado DDT on Rusev.
  • This match has the benefit of a good crowd. Black and Ricochet both hit moonsaults.
  • Ali gets the win with a 450.
  • This was a lot of fun. It was a great display of all three of these men.
  • Randy Orton shows up and hits Ali with an RKO. I need the Rookie Killer Randy Orton to be a thing.
  • Kevin Owens does a bad Stunner to Rusev to a huge chant.

Carmella and Truth

  • They name drop Becky Lynch and Kofi Kingston.
  • R-Truth says Carmella beat Andre the Giant in the Royal Rumble.
  • Samoa Joe shows up and Truth immediately gets ready to fight.
  • He fights off initially, and gets choked out and dumped out of the ring.
  • He trashes Mysterio and says that he may end up beating up everyone else quicker.
  • Braun Strowman comes out to a big reaction.
  • Joe almost chokes him out, and escapes a powerslam.
  • Braun Strowman is number 27 to jump brands, and yes I'm keeping count.
  • IIconics hilariously make their entrance as Braun leaves.

WWE Women's Tag Team Champions
The IIconics defeated The Brooklyn Belles

  • The IIconics challenge all comers tonight. And have two jobbers in the ring, Karissa and Kristen -- The Brooklyn Belles. Kris Stradtlander is one of them.
  • Excited for the Brooklyn Belles to get bookings.
  • Peyton Royce lays in a nice wheel kick, and Billie hits a boot.
  • An elevated knee wins it. They're gonna need a new finish.
  • Paige was shown backstage watching the match. She says she's bringing a team of her own next week.

Other crappenings

Shane McMahon

  • This was a huge, giant waste of time. Shane bragged.
  • Greg Hamilton says he was physically threatened to not introduce Shane as the Best in the World.
  • I think we're past Greg Hamilton heat, here. What are we doing?

WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions
The Hardy Boyz defeated The Usos (c) to become champions

  • The Hardys find a lot of success early on. Well, until the Usos toss Matt into a barricade.
  • Matt gets worked ever before a hot tag to Jeff as the commercial break ends.
  • Whisper in the Wind lands to a big ass pop. Poetry in Motion, Twist of Fate are next.
  • The Usos hit Jeff with superkick and Uso Splash, but he kicks out.
  • For some reason Jeff thinks rolling under a Double Uso was good and ate a shin to the head.
  • Either way, the Hardy Boyz finish off Usos and win the tag team titles!!
  • Lars Sullivan cuts off the celebration and lays a beating on both Hardy Boyz. He's number 28 to cross brands before the SUPE SHAKE. Waddup.


  • Becky seems like she's putting on a...different voice? I dunno. Maybe it's because she's talked more in the last week than any other in her life.
  • She gets great chants.
  • She knows she has a target on her back and is ready to defend.
  • She's blindsided by a huge WOMEN'S RIGHT from Lacey Evans.
  • Becky got over that punch really well and sold like crazy.

New Day defeated The Bar & Drew McIntyre

  • Sami Zayn comes out, but just says the crowd isn't worth it.
  • Drew McIntyre hits Xavier Woods with a BAMMASLAMMA on the announce table!
  • Big E is running a hot tag as we come back, but he and Cesaro mess up a catching body slam spot.
  • Double White Noise on Big E. A pump knee takes out Big E.
  • Sheamus gets hit with Trouble in Paradise, and that's a wrap.

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!

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