WWE Friday Night SmackDown’s go-home show for WWE Extreme Rules advertised Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Apollo Crews for the Intercontinental Championship, Liv Morgan vs. Zelina Vega and the premiere of “Happy Talk” with Happy Corbin.
Last week’s broadcast of SmackDown garnered 2.243 million.
- September 17, 2021—2.243 million
- September 10, 2021—2.383 million
- September 3, 2021—2.220 million
- August 27, 2021—2.250 million
- August 20, 2021—2.102 million
WWE SmackDown—Key Competition
Naomi and Sonya Deville Doing an Angry Black Woman Storyline (Pro Wrestling Bits)
WWE SmackDown Total YouTube Viewership Last Friday: 6,320,708 (Down from 9,775,213)
- Most-Viewed: Big E Interrupts Roman Reigns (1,997,968 views)
- Least-Viewed: Happy Corbin Attacks Kevin Owens (210,516 views)
- Median Viewership: 332,898 views
WWE SmackDown Results: Friday, September 24, 2021
Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair Face Off
Becky Lynch is really committed to this heel act, and though it’s starting to slowly turn people against her, it still feels somewhat forced.
With Bianca Belair outside of her hometown she got the green light to lay out Becky Lynch, which does not bode well for her chances of regaining the SmackDown Women’s Championship in Becky Lynch’s return match.
Shinsuke Nakamura def. Apollo Crews—Intercontinental Championship
Michael Cole floated the possible idea of Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs being traded to SmackDown, which means they would be split from Pat McAfee. That would be the saddest WWE Draft selection since WWE broke up The New Day.
This was an awesome opener and the crowd gave these two a lot of energy.
Rick Boogs getting to suplex Commander Azeez tells me WWE continues to be high on Boogs but unfortunately may have soured on Apollo Crews and Azeez as an act.
Zelina Vega def. Liv Morgan
In true WWE fashion, Carmella was just fine after getting her face smashed in last week.
In a simple, but effective, heel move, Carmella chose to do commentary while laying across the announce table.
It finally happened. WWE finally booked Zelina Vega to win a match. For those wondering, her finisher is a Code Red.
Happy Talk with Baron Corbin
Happy Corbin’s monologue was drowned out with chants of “We don’t care!”
Kevin Owens was cut off by a returning Riddick Moss, who will serve as Happy Corbin’s newest goon. Considering the fact that Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman used to be Corbin’s goons, this is a promising spot for Moss.
Rhea Ripley’s reaction dwarfed that of poor Nikki A.S.H.
Michael Cole noted Natalya and Tamina were tag team champions for 120 days, and seeing how they were booked during that run, it feels like such a waste of time.
Michael Cole said Shozi and Nox “believe they are in line” for a WWE Tag Team Championship, and seeing that they already won multiple qualifying matches against the former champions, it almost felt like gaslighting.
Sonya Deville Calls Security on Naomi
The wrestling media is terrified to make the racial connection between Sonya Deville, her friend Karen and her subsequent treatment of Naomi. I’m not. WWE is doing a great job using racial subtleties of Naomi being treated like a criminal simply for standing up for what she believes in.
Roman Reigns def. Montez Ford
Roman Reigns took most of this match, and afterward Paul Heyman channeled his inner ECW promoter by demanding that Roman Reigns take it to the extreme.
There was a red light the entire time Finn Balor beat up Roman Reigns, and I pray that light does not hover over their match this Sunday.