WWE Friday Night SmackDown featured a bizarre confrontation between Braun Strowman and The Fiend, while Bayley and Sasha Banks were summoned to a video conference with Stephanie McMahon.
SmackDown also featured a big main event angle as the RETRIBUTION stable made its proper debut, tearing through the Performance Center a la Nexus in 2011.
Friday Night SmackDown concluded a disastrous month with 1.894 viewership for last week’s otherwise well-received episode.
- August 7, 2020—1.894 million viewers
- July 24, 2020—1.924 million viewers
- July 17, 2020—1.893 million viewers
- July 10, 2020—1.900 million viewers
- July 3, 2020—1.777 million viewers
WWE Friday Night SmackDown—Key Competition
- Mainstream News Coverage of COVID-19
- MLB Regular Season Slate
- NBA Regular Season Slate
Pro Wrestling Bits—Jeff Cobb Defends WWE Raw Underground
WWE SmackDown Total YouTube Viewership Last Friday
8,141,163 views (Up from 6,458,026)
- Most-Viewed: “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt reemerges to take out Alexa Bliss (3,170,261 views)
- Least-Viewed: King Corbin Piques Shorty G’s Interest (178,095 views)
- Median Viewership: 440,755
WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results: Friday, August 7, 2020
Bray Wyatt’s Firefly Fun House
This storyline has been a worthwhile payoff to rare individuals like myself who actually followed Mixed Match Challenge.
If The Fiend really is going to get a world title shot at SummerSlam, he really needs to at least go through one of Braun Strowman’s alter egos.
Matt Riddle def. Sheamus
Watching these two hyper-physical athletes beat the hell out of one another tells me Raw Underground is on the wrong show.
Just when I thought WWE was using Sheamus would be a stepping stone to get to a Shorty G feud, WWE defended its reputation as a star destroyer by having the heel Gable get laid out by Sheamus.
The Dirt Sheet with The Miz and John Morrison
This segment featured what appeared to be a legit technical difficulty, and the fact that I couldn’t tell whether or not it was part of a storyline coming out of Monday is a bad thing.
WWE dared viewers not to change the channel during parts of this segment.
I don’t know what the actual dirt sheet looks like, but I’m guessing it’s filled with puns.
The Performance Center athletes were all over Sonya Deville.
The SmackDown Tag Team Championship division is wide open, yet Tucker still has to fight Otis and Mandy’s battles. If he turns on Otis past this point, it really shouldn’t be considered a heel-turn.
Cesaro def. Lince Dorado
WWE couldn’t throw a bone to Lince Dorado by having him beat Cesaro? If The Lucha Underground ends up facing Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura at SummerSlam, then this match was a waste of time.
These two had a very crowd-pleasing match despite seeming to be going at half-speed.
The Fiend Appears Live
History was made tonight with the very first Fiend Entrance in the Performance Center since the pandemic, only for WWE to go to commercial midway through.
So Bray Wyatt is messing with Braun Strowman’s mind by using a mirage of Alexa Bliss that everybody can see?
I feel like Braun Strowman saying “I don’t give a damn about Alexa Bliss” line will come back to haunt him.
It’s beginning to sound like Braun Strowman is going to show up to SummerSlam in some sort of monster costume and I am not here for it.
Jeff Hardy def. Baron Corbin by Disqualification; Sheamus def. Baron Corbin
Sheamus took turns being a babyface and a heel throughout the night.
The budding Sheamus-Baron Corbin TV feud is an example of WWE impressively intersecting storylines for a second week in a row.
Stephanie McMahon Hosts a Video Conference with Bayley and Sasha Banks
As long as WWE Superstars live in a world where they have to pretend to be afraid of their boss, this company is never building another mainstream star.
“What’s Best for Business” should never be used as a babyface line, especially from an all-time heel like Stephanie McMahon.
Heavy Machinery vs. Miz and Morrison
Otis’ latest foray into a feud with the comedy team of Miz and Morrison makes it very difficult to remember he won Money in the Bank.
Once the smoke cleared and the dust settled, this turned out to be a pretty fantastic tag team match.
Sonya Deville has a way of demanding to be taken seriously no matter how much Miz and Morrison goof around in her presence. It’s something you just can’t teach.
RETRIBUTION Debuts on SmackDown
This featured every trope of an invading stable to the point where it almost came off like a parody.
None of the RETRIBUTION members appeared to be anywhere near six feet tall.
I fully expect “Nexus” and “Chainsaw Charlie” to trend as a result of this debut.