WWE Friday Night Smackdown Review (10/22/2021) by Anthony S. DiSalvatore
We’re just one day removed from Crown Jewel, which was five hours long from start to finish. The program had its good and bad points, but now it’s time for the immediate fallout! Tonight’s episode takes place from Wichita Kansas. The program opens with Roman Reigns, who makes his customary four minutes to get to the ring before crowing about beating Brock Lesnar, with lots of help. Brock has promised to beat Roman senseless this week as soon as he makes it to the show. Roman promises not to leave until Brock enters.
Brock’s music plays and here he comes! He looks more pissed off than usual. After being out for close to two years, I guess yesterday’s loss was what Brock needed to wake up and start wrecking people. Brock throws some clotheslines, then throws Roman into the stairs. Heyman is there, but he’s not about to make any effort to stop Brock. Brock grabs the stairs and whacks Roman in the face! He dismantles the announce table and sets up for the F5, but here comes the Usos to make the save. Brock hucks them off screen, then smashes Roman into the ringpost. Some poor camera guy gets in the way and Brock takes the camera and shoves him down. The entire locker room shows up to slow Brock down. Brock runs through all the underneath guys easily, but Cesaro shows up to talk him down. Brock can see Cesaro’s suit is fairly expensive, so he doesn’t want to ruin it and stops there while Roman runs away. This alone was enough for me.
After the break, we’re not even done! Adam Pearce is in the ring crying about how nobody’s allowed to just come out and wreck everyone on the program. Brock Lesnar doesn’t follow your rules. My understanding is Adam Pearce used to be cool when he wrestled, but now he’s just a suit. What a bummer! Pearce says Brock is indefinitely suspended. Pat McAfee doesn’t even know who he is! Here comes Brock again! He doesn’t hear so good, so he wants Pearce to repeat that while he’s standing right there. Pearce immediately regrets this decision! He sticks to his guns on this one and gets dropped with an F5. He could have gotten out of this! Pearce’s crotch ripped out of his pants. I’m not clear on whether Brock’s indefinite suspension stands or not.
Drew McIntyre Open Challenge!
This is Drew’s first match on Smackdown after being drafted, and since he has nothing else to do, he’s throwing out an open challenge. It’s answered by Sami Zayn, who has new music and says he’s been on the current Smackdown roster longer than anyone, so he’s considered a leader around here. He makes fun of Drew’s accent and the match is on! There’s no mystery as to how this match is going to go, but it was nice to see Sami get some microphone time. The match ends when Sami sets up for his corner high kick but eats a Claymore instead. That was easy!
Mustafa Ali vs. Mansoor
This is a rematch from yesterday, but I’m not sure it’s needed. They killed it at Crown Jewel! This match is all Mansoor from the start, including a cool cross body for a two count. Mustafa responds with a nice sunset flip powerbomb for a two count. He goes for it a second time, but loses after Mansoor rolls him up. Once again, Mustafa is pissed, but he has nobody to blame but himself for this loss. We’ll see where he goes after this.
Hit Row vs. ???
If you blinked, you missed this match. Swerve Scott and his big friend walked the dog on their two hapless opponents!
Baron Corbin vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
The more things change, the more they stay the same. I preferred Corbin when he was a miserable sad sack, but somehow he’s able to afford a shiny new shirt. He looks like a Persian businessman. I’ve missed everything that’s happened to Corbin over the last few weeks, but it looked painful to watch even on fast forward. Corbin has some new dude with him, but I have no clue who he is and I don’t care. Corbin sets up for a chokeslam, but he gets a knee in the face instead. There’s some bullshit on the floor, then Nakamura loses after the End of Days. I don’t like what they’ve done to Corbin, but that move kicks ass. The show ended with a ceremony where Becky Lynch and Charlotte trade their respective belts. On the whole, there was very little actual wrestling, but it was nice to see Brock Lesnar get back to destroying the entire roster. Hopefully he’ll get his proper rematch against Roman soon enough.