WWE Smackdown – April 10, 2020 (Review)

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WWE Smackdown – April 10, 2020 (Review)

SWAFT Nation!

It’s the SmackDown after WrestleMania, and the aftermath begins tonight.

That’s right, Braun is the champion!  A welcome change, and hopefully this brings good things and maybe an immediate feud?

And the tradition of Mania rematches lives on! The Kabuki Warriors will get a chance to reclaim their Tag Team Championships, and it’s nice to see that the women’s titles are back in action.

This isn’t part of the official preview, but I hope we get a continuation of this wholesome story.  Now let’s get on with the show.

The Best of Smackdown

A Welcome Walk

Elias is back on his Murder Balcony getting ready to serenade us.

This is a GREAT way for Elias to recap his match, ad I’ll even forgive that he’s slightly off beat.

Tucker’s Night

We do get a recap of the best story in WWE right now, the Love story of Otis and Mandy.

Sonya and Dolph are quite upset with the development, but Tucker comes out ready to get some revenge on Dolph.

Tucker gets some great shine.  I’m unsure if Tucker is just that good or if it’s Dolph making him look like a million bucks, or a combination of both.  After a good effort Dolph is able to hit a superkick after the big man hits that ringpost kryptonite.

Unfinished Business

It’s time for The Dirt Sheet!

They’re entertaining as always, and we get not only “Good News”, but a performance of the outstanding “Hey Hey, Ho Ho.”  the performance is cut off by The Usos who bring up the valid point that the Tag Team Champs didn’t defend as a Tag Team.


The New Day come out to announce that Jay, Miz, and Big E will get to compete this time for the Tag Team Champonships.  I suspect we’ll get a very different match this time around as Big E and The Miz are very different performers on their respective teams.

Braun’s Battles

Braun and Shinsuke battle to close out the show.  Nakamura looks good against Braun, utilizing his technical strengths against Braun and making Braun look good in ring.  Braun is able to kick out of a Kinshasa and respond with a Powerslam for the win.

Bray makes a surprise appearance, briefly discussing his match with Cena before pivoting to Braun.  It’s interesting for him to briefly acknowledge the former Wyatt family member, and it looks like we now get a Braun Bray feud that is quite promising.

Even if Braun’s dialogue isn’t the greatest.

The Mixed Bag of Smackdown

Knock, Knock, Knockin’ on Strowman’s Door

Braun opens the show as our Universal Champion.  He’s talking about how much the title means to him when he gets interrupted.

Surprise Shinsuke appearance apparently challenging Braun for the Universal Championship.  Braden Walker’s ears may be burning with all these mentions of “knock-knock”, and Braun is able to foil a surprise Cesaro attack, while vowing to battle Sinsuke later tonight.

Women’s Tag Rematch

Bliss and Cross are defending their titles against the Kabuki Warriors.  The Kabuki Warriors get quite a bit of offense in, able to effectively isolate Alexa Bliss from her partner.

We also get reminded that Asuka is an absolute gem when given reigns to do what she’d like, and apparently she’d like commentary.

Bliss and Cross are eventually able to get the win when Cross hits her twisting neckbreaker on Kairi Sane.  It was an okay match, felt unecessary and like a time filler, but hey, the titles are in action.

Forgotten No More

This is a surprising call-up.

During their time in NXT, I never quite got into The Forgotten Sons.  Hopefully they click better on the main roster.

Lucha House Party is an excellent choice to feature against the team.  The strength of Forgotten Sons is made to look monstrous and Lucha House party loses nothing in this defeat.

Womens’ Title Pictures Evolve

Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross are backstage saying that they feel unbeatable, but this leads to a surprise challenge by people who are shockingly close enough to overhear them say that.

in a surprise move it turns out Carmella and Dana Brooke are getting to challenge for the Women’s Tag Team Championships since they missed out on Mania.

Sasha and Bayley are back and talking smack on the women’s division, as well as Paige.  Though one particular member of the women’s roster takes exception to the speech.

Tamina makes some valid points about not losing one on one, and challenges Bayley for her title.  Bayley decides that Tamina can have her match if she’s able to beat Sasha Banks

The Worst of SmackDown

Fresh Roasted Squash

Sheamus is in action against local competitor Cal Bloom, and the match goes pretty predictibly.

I mean, at least Sheamus gets TV time?

A Hardy Place

We get a little Jeff Hardy feature which does feel like filler once again, but it’s good to see that WWE is looking to feature one of the most charismatic performers they have available.

Overall Rating for the Show (From best to worst: Smacknificent, SmackTastic, Smack Bang in the Middle, SmackDowner and A Smack in the Face)

Unlike Raw earlier this week, SmackDown didn’t seem to advance much.  It seemed to more set up a lot of possible action for next week and tease upcoming feuds, but the action on this show just didn’t feel there.  It is an interesting call by WWE to bring The Forgotten Sons to SmackDown, but I can’t be sure they’ve gotten over in their previous iteration on NXT.  Only time will tell.  The end of the show did finish strong though, and may have saved my overall rating.

This week’s SmackDown is a Low Smack Bang in the Middle.

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