WWE: 3 reasons why we need Bayley vs. Carmella

Plenty of Superstars are in the running to face Bayley for her WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship, but one overlooked contender who deserves a shot at a feud, eventually, is Carmella. As of this writing, Bayley does not have an opponent to defend her WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship against for tomorrow night’s TLC Pay-Per-View. Granted, she […]

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The John Report: WWE Smackdown 12/13/19 Review

This is the last WWE Smackdown before Sunday’s TLC pay-per-view. They need to add a few more matches and build to the ones already advertised as well. I didn’t like last week’s Smackdown episode very much at all, so let’s hope for a nice bounce back this week.

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The opening video package showed highlights from last week when Roman Reigns beat Dolph Ziggler in a long match. After the match, King Corbin and Ziggler beat up Reigns and then handcuffed him to the turnbuckle. Corbin and Ziggler followed that by humiliating Reigns by pouring dog food all over the “Big Dog” Reigns, so that’s how Smackdown ended last week.

The opening video package showed highlights from last week when Roman Reigns beat Dolph Ziggler in a long match. After the match, King Corbin and Ziggler beat up Reigns and then handcuffed him to the turnbuckle. Corbin and Ziggler followed that by humiliating Reigns by pouring dog food all over the “Big Dog” Reigns, so that’s how Smackdown ended last week.

The show began with a shot of the crowd in Milwaukee. No Smackdown introduction video or pyro to start the show this week. King Corbin was carried down to the ring on his throne by six minions and there was security around the ring while Dolph Ziggler was already in the ring. The announce team of Michael Cole and Corey Graves welcomed us to the show.

Let’s Hear from King Corbin

Corbin and Ziggler began the promo talking about how they humiliated Roman Reigns last week. Corbin bragged about how great his 2019 has been like when he retired Kurt Angle at WrestleMania, he won King of the Ring and he’s going to beat Roman Reigns at the TLC pay-per-view. Corbin said he’ll use tables, ladders and chairs and make Reigns to bow down to the king. Corbin said that Smackdown will be his place to rule as the sole leader.

Corbin said he saw the promos on Fox and nonsense on Twitter that the Big Dog Reigns is going to be there. Corbin said he’s already proven that Reigns is a shell of the man that he used to be. Corbin said that if Reigns shows up, Corbin has the entire arena covered and Reigns will show up to a fate far worse than last week. The fans chanted “you look stupid” at Corbin, who told the fans that Reigns isn’t showing up tonight. Corbin claimed that the entire Smackdown locker room approves what they did to Reigns last week and here to speak on their behalf is Dolph Ziggler.

Ziggler said for once in his life, Reigns was that locker room leader he said he was when he stood up to Corbin and Corbin put him down. Corbin said it’s the dawn of a new day where they have proven that anybody that steps in their way will be forced to bow down. Ziggler told the fans to join him as they all hail King Corbin. Most of the fans booed, but a few fans were cheering.

The New Day’s Big E and Kofi Kingston showed up for an interruption. Kingston asked if somebody said New Day. Big E say they were sitting in the back of the beautiful Fiser Forum watching Greek Freak highlights (hey Milwaukee Bucks remember when my Toronto Raptors beat you last year?) and Big E commented that they heard their name, so they decided to come out there. Corbin trashed Kofi Kingston for losing the WWE Championship to Brock Lesnar in seven seconds and Kofi said it was more like seconds while adding he’s still a champion of the people and he’s proud of it.

Kingston said that Corbin had a heck of a year, but Kofi won the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. Kofi said for nearly six months he defended that title, anybody that stepped up to them he beat them including the “court jester” Dolph Ziggler. That led to some “Kofi” chants. Kofi said when he lost, he picked himself up and kept on marching forward where they stand before you here as your seven-time WWE World Tag Team Champions.

Kingston and Big E went into the ring with the heels. Kingston said if Corbin was a true king he would have more class, but Corbin can’t do that. Kofi said that what they did to Roman Reigns last week was disrespectful and he didn’t like it. Corbin mocked Kingston for having one good day in his career, so Kingston punched Corbin in the jaw. Corbin said he heard him.

Corbin said that if Kofi wants to step up and be a locker room leader like Roman Reigns then he’ll be humiliated like Reigns. Corbin shoved the microphone in Kofi’s chest and left. That ended the talking after 15 minutes.

Analysis: Smackdown beginning with Corbin promos needs to stop. It is too repetitive. I don’t even mind Corbin as a talker or a wrestler, but it’s such a boring way to begin the show. Give us a match or something. Let’s be a little creative instead of the same thing every week. This has been happening on Raw and Smackdown for over 20 years now. The formula is so tired. Anyway, Kingston and Big E did a good job of trying to shut up Corbin and of course, it’s going to lead to a match. They could have done all of this in half the time and it would have been just as effective.

Coming up later is an interview with The Miz.


The match is official for later: Kofi Kingston vs. King Corbin.

King Corbin and Dolph Ziggler were shown walking backstage. When they got to their dressing room, there was a security guy that was down. In the locker room, there was a security guy laying on a broken table. They wondered who did this.

Analysis: The idea behind that is that Roman Reigns was looking for revenge, so he beat up the security guys.

Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville were in the ring for a match. I like when Mandy’s entrance is shown. Just saying. Anyway, they showed a replay of last week when Alexa Bliss saved Nikki Cross two weeks ago. Last week, Bliss beat Rose in a singles match where Rose ripped off Bliss’ fake eyelashes during the match.

There was an interview with Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross in the Gorilla Position area with Kayla Braxton. Before it could get going, Rose and Deville attacked them backstage. The women brawled onto the stage, referees broke it up and the match began from there.

Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose vs. Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss

Deville was in control early with a kick to Cross and a sliding knee. Rose tagged in followed by a running knee lift to the face of Cross. Deville back in, Bliss tripped up Rose to save her partner and Cross countered Deville with the neckbreaker for the pinfall win after two minutes. The live broadcast missed the finishing move of Cross, but they showed it on the replay.

Winners by pinfall: Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss

Analysis: 1/2* A quick match that never got going. At least they tried to do something different with the backstage attack before the match. It feels like Mandy and Sonya lose 80% of their matches. I don’t know if that’s an accurate guess, but it just seems like WWE is reluctant to pull the trigger on them getting any kind of push.

Sami Zayn was shown walking backstage where Heavy Machinery was standing there with a gift for him. It was mentioned that Zayn’s buddies Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura are facing Heavy Machinery in a match. Zayn opened it and it was ham. Zayn said this was the worst gift he has ever seen since he’s a Vegan. Otis said he’s sorry. Zayn said that sorry is not good enough and Zayn asked Tucker how he deals with this guy. Zayn said Otis is a dumb oaf, so they got mad at Zayn. That’s when Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro showed up with Zayn saying that his boys will take out Heavy Machinery in the tag team match. Zayn and Nakamura left while Cesaro tossed the ham down. Otis was mad about that.

Analysis: That was longer than the match before it. There were some good lines in there from Zayn while Otis continues to be the meat loving guy that grunts a lot. At least he knows his gimmick. I like ham. I would accept that gift.

Shorty G and Mustafa Ali entered for a tag team match.


The Revival made their entrance. It was announced earlier today that The Revival’s Smackdown Tag Team Title match against The New Day is now a Ladder Match. That’s going to be awesome.

Shorty G and Mustafa Ali vs. The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder)

Shorty did some mat wrestling to trip up Wilder, then Shorty was sent into the ropes where Dawson pulled down the ropes and Shorty bumped over the top to the floor. Dawson decked Ali with a clothesline. The Revival hit a double team slam onto the top of the announce table. Back in the ring, Dawson got a two count on Shorty and then he grabbed a headlock. Wilder got the tag as Shorty hit a German Suplex on Dawson. Gable used his legs to hold Wilder down for a two count and then a rolling pin attempt got another two count. Wilder slammed Shorty off the shoulders into a backbreaker for two. Wilder picked Shorty up, Dawson jumped off the top and it looked like Shorty turned it so he slammed Dawson down. Ali hit a hurricanrana on Wilder that sent both them over the top to the floor.


The match returned with Gable and Ali making the babyface comeback. They did a double dive onto The Revival guys on the floor. Ali tagged in with a double stomp off the top into a suplex for a two count. Wilder took out Ali on the floor. Dawson hit a sitout Powerbomb on Shorty for a two count. The fans were chanting “this is awesome” for the effort showed by the two teams. Shorty hit a rolling German Suplex on Dawson, Wilder jumped off the top with a splash and he rolled right into place for Ali to hit him with a 450 Splash on Wilder. All four guys were down. It was nice of Wilder to roll into position there. At least he didn’t make it that obvious. Ali tagged in, Dawson blocked a DDT attempt, Ali jumped off the ropes and Dawson sent Ali into the double knees of Wilder for the Shatter Machine double team move. That led to the pinfall win for The Revival. Gable was out of the ring, so he couldn’t make the save. It went about 10 minutes.

Winners by pinfall: The Revival

Analysis: ***1/4 That was a very good example of WWE tag team wrestling at its best. The heels controlled most of it, the faces made the comeback and they came up with a creative finish. I liked that counter by The Revival to put away Ali with the Shatter Machine. Gable and Ali work really well together. The announcers kept referring to them as a team, so perhaps we’ll see them together more regularly in the future. I’m fine with that. There’s a lot of chemistry there. The result was expected since The Revival are getting the SD Tag Team Title match at TLC on Sunday.

Bayley was interviewed by Kayla Braxton in the interview area. Bayley talked about Lacey Evans picked a fight with the wrong person. Bayley mentioned that Sasha Banks was off doing a rap album. Elias was playing the guitar nearby, so Bayley went over there where Dana Brooke was standing by in her ring gear. Elias said he got Bayley in the Secret Santa this year and had a line about how ever since Bayley got the haircut, she looks like a dude. The fans in the arena laughed at that. Brooke laughed about it, so Bayley told Brooke to meet her in the ring and Dana said challenge accepted.

Analysis: It was a way to set up a match. Saying Bayley’s hair looks like a dude is mean, but when it’s a face like Elias mocking a heel like Bayley, the fans are going to like it.


There was a plug for the WWE Backstage show on Tuesday nights. Alexa Bliss is a guest that is on next week.

The end of Dana Brooke’s entrance was shown. Bayley made her entrance with the Smackdown Women’s Title for this non-title match. They showed highlights from last week when Bayley and Sasha Banks beat up their new rival Lacey Evans.

Bayley vs. Dana Brooke

Bayley slapped Brooke in the face, then Brooke sent her to the turnbuckle and stomped on her. Brooke with a handspring into a back elbow onto Bayley on the floor. Brooke with another elbow in the ring, but Bayley came back with a clothesline. Bayley sent up Brooke on the top, Brooke powered out of that and hit a sitout Powerbomb (or a Batista Bomb since she is trying to date Batista) for a two count. Brooke with a rollup for two followed by another flipping pin attempt for two. Bayley kicked the knee, Brooke bumped into the ropes and Bayley drove Brooke face first into the mat for the pinfall win after two minutes.

Winner by pinfall: Bayley

Analysis: 1/2* A quick win to put over the champion. At least it’s not a champion losing a non-title match like WWE does too often. Brooke got in some decent offense, but the result was obvious. The two women’s matches on this show got about four minutes total. Not good for a company that brags about their “women’s evolution” all the time. I know that some weeks are going to have short matches. I’m just saying Smackdown has been disappointing with how they have used the women’s division since the draft in October.

A video package aired showing Bray Wyatt tormenting The Miz on Smackdown last week, which set up their match at TLC that is not for Wyatt’s Universal Title.

Up next is an interview at The Miz’s home in Los Angeles that will be conducted by Renee Young. That’s the end of the first hour.












The next WWE PPV is Tables, Ladders and Chairs (TLC) this Sunday, December 15. Here’s what we know so far.

Tables, Ladders and Chairs (TLC) Match: Roman Reigns vs. Baron Corbin

Bray Wyatt vs. The Miz – This is not for Wyatt’s WWE Universal Title

Tables, Ladders and Chairs (TLC) Match for the Women’s Tag Team Titles: The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) (c) vs. Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch

Tables Match: Rusev vs. Bobby Lashley

Ladder Match for the Smackdown Tag Team Titles: The New Day’s Kofi Kingston and Big E (c) vs. The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder)

Raw Tag Team Titles: The Viking Raiders (c) vs. TBA

Aleister Black vs. Buddy Murphy

Our TJRWrestling preview will be posted on Saturday morning. My review of the show will go up late Sunday night or Monday morning.

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