Friday, November 1, 2019

NXT Invades and Dominates Smackdown

NXT Invades and Dominates Smackdown
Tonight's WWE SmackDown was one of the most newsworthy shows of the year. After Brock Lesnar announcing that he was quitting the blue brand, the show featured early appearances by several NXT Superstars - NXT Women's Champion Shayna Baszler, Keith Lee and Matt Riddle, due to the top blue brand Superstars being stuck in Saudi Arabia and unable to make it back to the United States in time for the show.

The NXT SmackDown appearances continued as Tommaso Ciampa interrupted MizTV and then defeated The Miz in singles action, while Pat McAfee replaced Aiden English on commentary, joining tonight's special announce team of Renee Young and Tom Phillips. Kayla Braxton did ring announcing.

Fans were expecting the NXT influence on the show but nobody expected to see a dream match. After Ciampa defeated The Miz, there was a backstage segment with Daniel Bryan having words with WWE Hall of Famers Triple H and Shawn Michaels, who were at SmackDown to represent NXT. This led to NXT Champion Adam Cole appearing to face off with Bryan, as they agreed to face off in tonight's main event with the NXT Title on the line.

There was also NXT women's division action tonight on SmackDown. Bianca Belair took out Carmella and Dana Brooke backstage as Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville waited in the ring for their opponents. Rhea Ripley and Tegan Nox came out instead, then defeated Rose and Deville with ease.

In the main event, Cole and Bryan had an excellent pay-per-view quality match and they were given plenty of time to work with over 20 minutes of match time. The finish was Cole hitting the Panama Sunrise and running knee to the back of the head. Cole pinned Bryan to retain the title. Several members of the NXT roster went out to the ring to celebrate with Cole.

Triple H grabbed the mic and announced that at Survivor Series it will be Raw vs. SmackDown vs. NXT. He said that he’s looking to his blood and family to build an army. He did not name the participants for the big Survivor Series match.











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