WWE Smackdown Dark Matches 12/27/19

In the dark match before WWE Friday Night Smackdown on Fox went on the air in Detroit, Michigan at Little Cesars Arena, The Revival beat Lucha House Party after the Shatter Machine for the pin.

After the show went off the air, The Fiend came out with the red lightning and attacked Daniel Bryan.

Roman Reigns pinned Dolph Ziggler after a spear in a match taped for the Fox New Year’s Eve Special. Maria Menounos was there for the segment as guest ring announcer.

WWE returns to Detroit on 3/13/20 for another Friday Night Smackdown on Fox.

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WWE Madison Square Garden Results 12/26/19, Title Changes

WWE Live results from New York City, New York at Madison Square Garden on 12/26/19:

WWE Raw Tag Team Champions The War Raiders won a 3-Way Match over The Street Profits… Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.

Drew McIntyre pinned No Way Jose after the Claymore Kick in a just a few minutes.

Andrade won the WWE US Title from Rey Misterio. Misterio came flying off the ropes with the splash attempt after the 619 set up but Andrade got his knees up to block it and then followed up with the hammerlock DDT for the pin. Zelina Vega was with Andrade as usual but didn’t play a factor in the finish.

Misterio cut a clsssy promo after the match and said he didn’t win but being in front of the crowd was a great present. He wished everyone a Happy New Year.

Randy Orton pinned AJ Styles after an RKO as Styles was on the top rope trying to go for the Phenomenal Forearm. The OC ran down to try to get involved in the match but The Viking Raiders made the save and stopped them. Orton’s leg was wrapped in white tape and Styles worked over it for several minutes of the match.

The Triple Threat Steel Cage Match is next so there’s a bit a break as the cage lowers. It’s Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair. Originally this cage match was supposed to be Women’s Tag Team Champions Asuka and Kairi Sane vs. Lynch and Flair but Sane has not been cleared to compete after an apparent injury at TLC.

Lynch pinned Flair with an inside cradle as Flair went for the Figure Eight. Asuka was knocked down and couldn’t break up the pin in time when Lynch pushed Flair into her during an earlier Figure Eight try. Flair speared them both at the same time during the match, but instead of going out the door, she went up to the top rope to do a moonsault on them both and they got their knees up in time to stop it.

Lynch took plenty of time to take pictures with fans around cage side after the match.

Intermission and I’m told this is a good show so far. People wrote in asking why it wasn’t on WWE Network. I can only assume costs of going live or they didn’t want to risk hurting the live gate attendance if people could watch at home.

The Singh Brothers faced R-Truth in a 2 on 1 match for the 24/7 Title. Samir Singh pinned R-Truth after a Demolition-style double team finisher to win the title. Sunil Singh then pinned his own brother to win it when Samir had his back turned to celebrate. The Brothers argued with each other. Truth recovered, shoved them into each other, and rolled up Sunil for the pin to win the title back.

Alister Black pinned Buddy Murphy after The Black Mass.

Lana and Lashley are out. It’s supposed to be Lashley vs. Rusev in a No Holds Barred Match next.

And no! In the same deal they have been doing at house shows, Lana cut a promo and said she put another restraining order on Rusev. They do the couple in love routine and start to leave the ring then Ricochet came out to challenge Lashley to a match.

Ricochet pinned Lashley after escaping delayed suplex attempt. Lana was ejected from ringside before the finish after getting on the ring and taking off her shoe to try to use as a weapon.

Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens in a No Holds Barred Match is next.

Rollins cut a heel promo before the match. Owens said Rollins changed and became a jackass.

Rollins got the pin after interference from AOP and a curb stomp. Samoa Joe made the save after the match with a kendo stick on AOP and Owens gave Rollins a stunner.

Pretty good brawl main event. They used several chairs and tables as some of the weapons. Owens gave Rollins a pop up powerbomb on the steel ring steps that were brought in the ring.

They will be back at MSG on 3/22/20.

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Ryan Satin Continues To Lose Credibility

On 12/21/19, Ryan Satin of WWE Backstage got into a heated Twitter exchange with Mike Johnson of PW Insider.

The whole thing started after PW Insider’s Dave Scherer answered a fan question about Satin being part of WWE Backstage. Scherer said there really is no more journalistic integrity any place these days (I totally agree) and he personally wouldn’t have taken the job. He was merely answering a question honestly.

Satin mistakenly thought it was Johnson who responded to the fan. That ended up getting Johnson’s attention which led to a brief war of words between the two.

During the exchange, Satin apologized for wrongly accusing Johnson, but he made it clear he didn’t like that PW Insider itself questioned his journalist integrity to begin with. He claims he writes his own scripts for his “The Satin Sheet” segment on FS1’s WWE Backstage. https://twitter.com/ryansatin/status/1208455941810638848?s=21

The show airs every Tuesday at 11pm EST on FS1, but thus far Satin has not been consistently booked every week apparently due to time restraints with revolving segments and guests on the broadcast.

Fans on Twitter jumped in and asked why Satin never mentioned Corey Graves criticism of Mauro Ranallo’s commentary, which caused Ranallo to quit Twitter, or Jordan Myles (ACH) getting released by WWE NXT after making a series of hostile public demands for them to let him go.

Satin responded with what surely seemed to be a poor excuse by saying the Ranallo and Myles situations involved mental health issues. He said he didn’t want to make things worse by talking about them on TV. He then deflected the criticism by bringing up that he reported Johnny Gargano is out of action with an injury, Dio Madden is no longer on Raw, and various WWE talent has recently renewed contracts as examples of his news segment on TV.

Conveniently left off of “The Satin Sheet” segments, and WWE Backstage as a whole by the hosts, were several bad PR news items that WWE doesn’t want covered on their affiliated programming. Kairi Sane is out of action with a possible concussion after a dangerous and potentially career threatening TLC match. Bobby Roode and Primo are suspended for drug testing failures. Luke Harper, Sin Cara, and The Ascension were recently released by WWE after requesting to be.

Satin has no journalistic integrity. He is a spoiled Hollywood Trust Fund Kid stereotype that sold out long ago. (His father is Scott Satin, a reality show writer and producer.)

He started off as an “ambulance chaser” reporter on the sleazy entertainment news show TMZ thanks to his father’s connections in the entertainment industry. He gained popularity as “The Wrestling Guy” who wore wrestling T-shirts on air. Occasionally he would catch up with pro wrestlers at LAX for interviews. A lot of pro wrestlers recognized him from watching TMZ, and many were glad to be on the show knowing it was big mainstream press.

Despite his claims, he and the WWE Backstage hosts are only allowed to talk about what WWE and Fox Sports allow them to talk about on the air. It is a “fluff news” show like “Live with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest”. You will hear more heated controversy and opinions on The View than either of these two shows.

It’s sobering to see fans on social media always defending Satin with many claiming they “prefer” him and Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp over Mike Johnson and Dave Meltzer. The fact is, 98% of PW Sheet and Fightful content is copy and pasted from PW Insider, Wrestling Observer, and WWE press releases.

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WWE Smackdown And NXT Dark Matches 12/20/19

Lince Dorada beat Drew Gulak in the dark match at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York before Smackdown went live on Fox.

Right after Smackdown ended on TV, all the screens in the arena switched over to the NXT logo. These matches are being taped for USA Network on Wednesday during the holidays.

Isaiah Swerve Scott beat Jack Gallagher.

Dominick Dijakovic beat Bronson Reed.

Keith Lee and Lio Rush beat Damian Priest and Tony Nese.

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WWE Green Bay Results 12/12/19

WWE house show results from Green Bay, Wisconsin from Resch Center 12/12/19:

WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston and Big E won a 3-Way Match over The Revival and Heavy Machinery.

Elias did performance that was interrupted by Dolph Ziggler to set up a match.

Elias pinned Ziggler after the drift away.

Nikki Cross pinned Dana Brooke with a cradle. They showed respect to each other after.

Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura pinned Ali. Sami Zayn was with Nakamura and interfered.

Universal Champion The Fiend beat The Miz in a steel cage match. The Miz was a substitute for Braun Strowman.

Chad Gable beat Cesaro by ankle lock submission.

Lacey Evans beat WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley by Disqualification.

Roman Reigns pinned Baron Corbin with the spear after ducking the scepter. Drake Maverick introduced Corbin and he stayed at ringside.

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