The Kickoff to the King of the Ring and Queen's Crown Tourneys (WWE SmackDown Review - October 8, 2021)
The 2021 King of the Ring and Queen's Crown tournaments officially got underway on the October 8, 2021 edition of Friday Night SmackDown. Graham "GSM" Matthews gets into all of that as well as the contract signing that started the show and saw Bianca Belair stand tall, the latest dissension between the Mysterios, why Sami Zayn won't make it past the semifinals, Toni Storm's baffling first-round loss to Zelina Vega, Paul Heyman's latest outstanding performance with Roman Reigns, Liv Morgan also getting bumped in the quarterfinals by Carmella, Kevin Owens enduring yet another ambush at the hands of Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss, Finn Balor and Cesaro putting on a clinic, Edge challenging Seth Rollins to a Hell in a Cell match at Crown Jewel, and more!
The 2021 WWE Draft officially got underway on the October 1, 2021 edition of Friday Night SmackDown, and Graham "GSM" Matthews is analyzing every pick including where the WWE Champion and Universal Championship ended up, the Raw Women's Championship being selected by SmackDown, the best moves, some questionable ones, and the two NXT call-ups. He's also talking Brock Lesnar confronting Roman Reigns, Happy Corbin handing Kevin Owens another loss, Seth Rollins invading Edge's home, Liv Morgan vs. Carmella never getting started, The New Day and The Street Profits going up against Dolph Ziggler, Robert Roode, Otis and Chad Gable, Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks colliding in a WrestleMania rematch, and more!
Graham "GSM" Matthews breaks down the September 24, 2021 edition of Friday Night SmackDown and shares his thought on the latest verbal exchange between Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair and how their feud has exceeded expectations so far, Shinsuke Nakamura defending the Intercontinental Championship against Apollo Crews and if Crews is Raw bound, Zelina Vega scoring her first televised win since returning over Liv Morgan, the debut of Happy Talk with Happy Corbin and the return of Riddick Moss, Nikki A.S.H. battling Rhea Ripley, if Sonya Deville is about to return to the ring to face Naomi, Montez Ford taking Roman Reigns to the limit in the night's main event and Demon Balor appearing afterward. Plus. his two cents on Friday's Grand Slam edition of AEW Rampage featuring CM Punk's first TV match in seven years and a Lights Out tag team main event!
In his full review of the September 18, 2021 edition of Friday Night SmackDown, Graham "GSM" Matthews discusses new WWE Champion Big E confronting Roman Reigns and the rest of The Bloodline, the six-man tag team match made official for Raw and the seeds being planted for Survivor Series, the latest development with Sonya Deville and Naomi, Rick Boogs beating Robert Roode and an Intercontinental Championship made being announced for next week, Happy Corbin attacking Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins addressing Edge and where their feud could be headed, Liv Morgan and Toni Storm besting Carmella and Zelina Vega in a matter of minutes, Sami Zayn's third straight win over Rey Mysterio, Becky Lynch crashing Bianca Belair's homecoming celebration, and more!