WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results: News, Notes After Triple H’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

WWE Friday Night SmackDown showcased its 25th anniversary of Triple H as WWE continues to search for alternative programs with first-run shows affected by COVID-19. Sean Michaels and Vince McMahon personally appeared while Rod Dogg, Rick Flair, and Stephanie McMahon Triple H congratulated him via a video message.

Last week's SmackDown broadcast attracted 2.187 million viewers and the lowest viewership for 2020.

Watch WWE Friday Night SmackDown - the last five weeks

  • April 17, 2020 - 2.187 million viewers
  • April 10, 2020 - 2.317 million viewers
  • April 3, 2020 - 2.398 million viewers
  • March 27, 2020 - 2.367 million viewers
  • March 20, 2020 - 2.569 million viewers

From Forbes WWE Vault

WWE Friday Night SmackDown Key Competition

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Mainstream News Coverage
  • 2020 NFL Draft, Day 2

WWE Total YouTube Viewership for WWE Friday Night SmackDown
7,578,216 views (Up from 6,043,814 )

Most-Viewed: Bray Wyatt Surprises “Black Sheep” Braun Strowman (1,920,076 views)
Least-Viewed: Lacey Evans Happy to administer Sasha Banks a Taste of her own Medicine (180,258 views)
Median Viewership: 548,520

WWE Friday Night SmackDown: Friday, April 24, 2020

Are the SmackDown Tag Team Championships a singles title now?
I believe that if this were a real brawl, the Forgotten Sons would have started it and Miz and Morrison would have retreated. That’s exactly what happened here so kudos to the realism.

Baron Corbin def. Drew Gulak—Qualifying Match for Men’s Money in the Bank

 Rarely does WWE allow allies to compete in the same Money in the Bank match unless there is a storyline behind it so by that alone Baron Corbin is the favorite.
Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro pulled Daniel Bryan over the barricade like they were trying to kidnap him. I thought this was an NXT storyline for a second.

Sheamus def. Local Competitor

 If the end game is for Sheamus to lose to Jeff Hardy then there is no reason for Sheamus to be piling up all these squash victories. Only time will tell.
The jobber’s resemblance to Roman Reigns will only continue to fuel speculation of WWE being upset with its top star.

The Miz and John Morrison vs. The Lucha House Party

This match made me realize how rare squash tag team matches are within the empty-arena are.

This was the rare squash match where the team getting squashed got the win.

If the plan is to possess Miz and Morrison split, it’s not too early. It never really was.

Lacey Evans vs. Sasha Banks

This match incorporated Sasha Banks’ prop of Lacey's daughter, Lacey Evans' arm injury, and Bayley and Sasha's split tired one match. What an excellent match.

Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross vs. Carmella and Dana Brooke

Carmella and Dana Brooke do this weird subplot where both do just fine without each other. job my memory why I would like to determine them as a tag team again?

Alexa Bliss has a brand new finisher, which is essentially a Hart Attack but with a DDT rather than a bulldog.

Triple H’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

Boy does Triple H’s entrance look weird when he performs it wearing a full suit.

If Triple H insists on doing his entrance while wearing a suit, he could have a minimum of brought a glass bottle of Pellegrino to the ring rather than that shitty plastic bottle.

When you are a legend like Shawn Michaels you go away with saying forbidden terms on WWE TV like "draw" and "social distancing."

Shawn Michaels said he and Triple H are friends for each second of Triple H’s 25 years in WWE, but I feel he did not note a second or two in 1999.

What if Triple H got a call from a Jacksonville code and sent it to voicemail?

Vince McMahon failed to leave before burying the product’s worst moments, including Katie Vick and Bayley’s “This is your Life.”