WWE returns to the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts for the post-Super ShowDown episode of Friday Night SmackDown tonight, as the blue brand returns with a stacked lineup for their weekly FOX show.
On tap for tonight’s episode is the heavily advertised return of John Cena, an appearance by the new WWE Universal Champion Bill Goldberg and much, much more.
Featured below are results of the February 28, 2020 episode of WWE Friday Night SmackDown from Boston, MA. written by EWrestling.com’s Newest Female Reporter: Jamie Rush, follow me on Twitter @JamieRush312.
WWE FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN RESULTS (2/28): BOSTON, MA.
Opening: New Universal Champion, Goldberg!
Following his Super ShowDown victory against The Fiend, Goldberg stands in the ring of TD Garden in Boston Massachusetts as Friday Night SmackDown on FOX begins. The crowd standing and cheering as Goldberg holds the championship belt over his shoulder.
“Ladies and Gentleman,” Goldberg starts, “Do not be mistaken, it’s not about who was last. It’s all about who’s next!” Goldberg drops the mic.
Roman Reigns music sounds in the arena as Reigns makes his way to the stage at the top of the ramp. Goldberg with a smug smile across his face as Reigns makes his way down the ramp towards the ring. Reigns fresh off his victory over King Corbin during his Cage Match at last night’s Super ShowDown.
Reigns walks up to Goldberg following his entrance. Face to Face both superstars stare into one another’s eyes, Reign’s stating only, “I’m Next…” as he drops the mic and exits the ring. Reigns makes his way back up the ramp, turning back to glare over his shoulder at the Universal Champion one last time as Reign’s music plays him out.
Corey Graves and Michael Cole are shown sitting ringside as they recap the confrontation between Goldberg and Reigns from moments ago.
Cole then announces that John Cena returns home to Boston, tonight! Throughout the night video clips will be shown from throughout Cena’s career at WWE.
*Video clip from June 27, 2002 showing young Cena stating he has “ruthless aggression” as he stands up to Kurt Angle following Angle’s challenge to anyone in the locker room. Cena stands up to Angle in the ring, followed by a take down. Undertaker then asking the newcomer what his name is backstage, John Cena replies as Undertaker shakes his hand.
Bayley vs. Naomi
Smackdown Women’s Champion, 280 days and counting, Bayley standing in the center of the ring as we come back from commercial break. Out next is Naomi as the arena turns to black light, Naomi with fluorescent colors through her hair and her clothes as she makes her way down the ramp. Very energetic entrance as she leap frog jumps over the ropes to enter the ring.
The lights return as Naomi steps off the turnbuckle, as the referee signals for the bell. The bell rings and the match begins. Naomi steps towards Bayley, Bayley holds up her hand stopping Naomi. Bayley leaning through the ropes, asking for a mic. “Get her back, get her back…” Bayley exclaims in disgust to the referee.
Bayley continues on to say she shouldn’t even have to be here in this match following her victory over Naomi at Super ShowDown. Naomi once again steps towards Bayley who commands, “Relax… relax.” Bayley then adds, “I am here for one reason, and one reason only. So allow me to introduce to you a future Grammy Award winning, future multi-platinum selling artist. She is better than Beyonce, better than Cardi B. She’s the one, the only… Sasha Banks!!”
Legit Boss is written across the jumbotron. Banks makes her way onto the stage, stopping to pose. As she makes her way down the ramp, Bayley attacks Naomi from behind. Banks struts ringside as Naomi kicks Bayley in the side of the face, followed by a Drop Kick. Rearview by Naomi, followed by a cover.
Banks enters the ring, breaking the count. The bell rings, ending the match.
Winner by Disqualification: Naomi
After the Match
Sasha Banks and Bayley continue to attack Naomi in-ring following the bell. Bayley holding her hand up in victory. Lacey Evans music sounds, Evans coming to the aid of Naomi. A four-way brawl in the center of the ring. Officials come down, attempting to break up the women.
It is announced the match will re-start as a tag-team match, WWE Official Jessika Carr exercising her authority, changing the match up.
Bayley & Sasha Banks vs. Naomi & Lacey Evans
The bell rings again, as the match begins. Evans and Bayley exit the ring to regroup as Naomi and Evans high-five one another as they both fly over the top rope, landing on Evans and Bayley outside of the ring as we go to commercial.
As we come back from commercial break, Banks is seen beating on Naomi in the ring. Bayley tags in shortly after, taking her turn on Naomi while trash talking. Naomi hanging on the ropes, Banks with a cheap shot. Bayley attempts a cover, Naomi kicks out.
Bayley tags in Banks. Double team action in the ring, Banks with Double Knees on Naomi in the corner of the ring. Naomi attempts to make the tag to Evans. Finally Evans manages to reach in to Naomi for the tag. Evans clears the ring, taking out Bayley with a leg sweep through the ropes. Evans with a Kick to Banks as she tries to sneak attack on the apron.
Crossbody on Bayley by Naomi inside the ring. Back Stabber by Banks on Naomi, Banks celebrating too long as she is pulled out of the ring by Evans. The fight continues on the outside of the ring. Sunset Flip by Naomi onto Bayley inside the ring. One, two, three for the win!
Winner: Naomi & Lacey Evans
After the Match
Lacey Evans and Naomi posing in the ring back to back as Bayley and Sasha Banks attempt to recover on the outside of the ring.
We flash to New Day walking the halls backstage, as they come across Josh McDaniels, the coordinator for the New England Patriots. Kingston and Big E give McDaniels daps as they continue walking down the hall. They run in to Robert Roode and stare one another down as we go to commercial.
Another John Cena Clip
April 3, 2005 John Cena vs. JBL match at Wrestlemania 21 is highlighted in a video clip as we come back from commercial. Cena wins his first WWE Championship.
Once again, John Cena returning home to WWE in his hometown of Boston is announced.
Robert Roode vs. Kofi Kingston
“The Glorious One” Robert Roode makes his way to the stage, accompanied by Dolph Ziggler as his music sounds in the arena. Roode makes his way down the ramp, entering the ring. Multiple spotlights on Roode as he stands in the center of the ring with his arms extended.
“Ohhhh Boston!!! Don’t you dare be sour! Clap for your world famous seven time champs, and feel the power!! It’s a New Day!” is heard through the speakers as New Day’s music sounds in the Boston arena. Kofi Kingston and Big E make their way down the ramp and slide into the ring, posing in-ring. The bell rings and the match begins.
Roode takes Kingston into a Headlock immediately as the match begins. Roode tackles Kingston and goes for the quick cover. Kingston kicks out. “You Cannot!” chant from the crowd. Roode shoves Kingston into the corner of the ring. Kingston gains the upper hand momentarily, going for a pin of his own. Roode kicks out at two.
Back and forth action between the two superstars in the center of the ring. Later, Roode lands an Elbow on Kingston in the center of the ring, wearing him down. Kingston hits an Elbow to the nose of Roode who rolls out of the ring to regain his composure.
Big E standing on the outside of the ring, Dolph Ziggler makes his way up the stairs on the opposite side of the ring, getting the referee’s attention. Roode throws himself into the stairs next to Big E as the referee turns his attention back to the other side of the ring, making the referee believe Big E did it. The referee sends Big E to the locker room as we go to commercial break.
As we come back from commercial break, a recap is shown of Roode’s sneaky ploy to have Big E removed from ringside. Mandy Rose is shown watching the match backstage on a tv. Kingston makes his way back to his feet as Roode once again exits the ring to catch his breath. Roode slides back in for a pin attempt, Kofi kicks out at two.
Roode to the top rope, mocking the “You Cannot” clap from New Day. Roode goes for the Flying Knee, Kingston blocks and makes his way to the top rope, knocking Roode to the mat. A shift in the match up as Kingston builds momentum. Double Leg Drop on Roode. Kingston with the “You Cannot” clap as the crowd chants along. Cross-body by Kingston, Roode kicks out at two and a half.
Roode goes for a pin of his own, Kingston kicks out. Kingston back to his feet, Roode sets him on the top turnbuckle. Kingston to the top rope, rolling through as Roode ducks. Spine Buster by Roode for the counter, Roode pin attempt once again, Kingston kicks out again. Ziggler gets Roode’s foot on the rope to stop the ref’s count. Roode rolls Kingston out of nowhere for the three count.
Winner: Robert Roode
After the Match
Once again Mandy Rose is shown backstage, Sonya Deville states, “Well your man looks happy” to which Rose nods.
Otis is seen backstage saying something isn’t right. He’s told by Tucker sometimes people like Ziggler get the girl. Sometimes you just gotta let the girl go. Otis is told to focus on the WWE Universe. Otis agrees and gets fired up.
Michael Cole and Corey Graves announce that officials are setting up for the contract signing when we come back from the commercial break.
John Cena Video Clip
April 7, 2013 Wrestlemania where John Cena takes on The Rock is highlighted where Cena beats The Rock for the championship. The Rock shakes his hand as Cena is announced the WWE Champion for the 11th time. The Rock holding Cena’s hand in the air following Cena’s victory.
Nakamura is announced first as we come back from the break. Renee Young standing in the center of the ring. Cesaro and Sami Zayn accompany Nakamura to the ring. A clip is shown from last Friday’s SmackDown where the first Instrument’s Match took place. Nine staples to the head of Nakamura following his slam into the grand piano during that match, pictures shown.
Next the Monster Among Men Braun Strowman is announced as his music sounds in the arena. Strowman makes his way to the stage wearing his Intercontinental Championship belt around his waist. Zayn whispers something to Nakamura as Strowman enters the ring. The crowd pops. Young begins, “Gentleman, you’ve all had a chance to review the contract. Nakamaura is offered to sign first as the challenger.
Zayn interrupts, saying “hold on just a second, we are trying to conduct business like gentlemen, grab a seat.” Strowman throws the chair out of the ring. Zayn says he wants to check the wording of the contract first. Zayn says Nakamura couldn’t enjoy his birthday last week due to the nine stitches he received during last week’s match. Finally Strowman says, “Man shut up! Everyone is tired of hearing you bitch and moan.” Strowman says he doesn’t care what’s in the contract, because at the end of the day, he knows he will have to fight all three of them anyway, “let’s sign the damn contract”.
Zayn asks Strowman if he’s willing to take on all three of them to which Strowman asks if that’s how Zayn is going to spin it. Zayn adds an amendment, all three sign after Strowman. The Intercontinental Match at Elimination Chamber will now be a 3-on-1 Handicap Match. Zayn tells Strowman he’s going down at the Elimination Chamber match.
Strowman moves the table. Strowman responds, “What makes you think you’re going to make it to Elimination Chamber?” as Strowman attacks all three men. Finally Zayn and Cesaro hold Strowman in the corner as Nakamura hits a Running Kick on Strowman. The three slam Strowman through the table in the ring before they exit the ring. Nakamura’s music playing them out as Strowman makes his way back to his feet.
Following a video recap of the Goldberg-Reigns interaction from earlier tonight after Goldberg asked, “Who’s Next?”, Michael Cole announces it is now official that five weeks from Sunday at Wrestlemania, for the Universal Championship will be the match-up of Goldberg vs. Roman Reigns. We go to commercial.
A video clip from yesterday’s Super ShowDown, “I am the gauntlet champion!” AJ Styles announces as The Undertaker’s gong sounds, followed by his music as Undertaker makes his way to the ring. Undertaker grabbing Styles in a Choke-hold, followed by a Choke Slam before exiting the ring.
Michael Cole calls Drew Gulak by “Drew Axel” by mistake. Corey Graves asks Cole what he said as he motions to Drew Gulak and corrects the name. Gulak sitting ringside with the commentators for the Daniel Bryan match up.
Daniel Bryan vs. Axel
Daniel Bryan made his way to the ring before the commercial break, starting a “Yes!” chant as he made his way to the ring. Curtis Axel already in ring as he made his entrance during the break. Both superstars ready as the match is formally announced, the bell rings and the match begins.
Bryan is dumped out to ringside by Curtis. Bryan back to his feet, bounced off the steel post by Curtis. Back in the ring, Bryan has had enough. Bryan begins a series of “Yes!” Kicks. As Bryan goes for the final Roundhouse Kick, Curtis ducks, rolling Bryan up for a pin attempt. Bryan kicks out. Curtis gets another quick pin attempt, once again Bryan kicks out.
Gulak shouting helpful tips to Curtis as Bryan takes the upper-hand in the match up. Bryan gets Curtis in a “Yes!” Lock, Curtis taps immediately.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
John Cena Video Clip
Royal Rumble January 29, 2017 where Cena claims victory over AJ Styles. Sweet 16 championship wins.
The Miz and John Morrison are seen backstage posing for photos as the new tag-team champions of the WWE as we go to commercial.
Miz and Morrison In-Ring
Miz makes his way out as his music sounds in the arena. Miz points to the back as John Morrison’s music sounds next. Both men pose with their SmackDown Tag-Team Championship belts as their slow-mo pose begins. A “Progressive Match Flo” video recap is shown of how Miz and Morrison won at Super ShowDown.
The Miz and Morrison are standing in the center of the ring as the clip ends. Miz asks, “What? No ‘You Deserve It’ chants?” Miz says Rocky, The GodFather, The Terminator all had one thing in common as originals, they were great… but the sequels were even better. Miz continues on to say they did what they set out to do and proved the non-believers wrong.
Miz adds that the WWE Universe can hate them and chant, “You Suck” but all they hear is victory, which sounds like this… “Miz and Morrison… Hey-Hey, Ho-Ho” a few people in the crowd chant along. Morrison says “It’s a celebration!!!” as music sounds in the arena once again.
An official is seen speaking ringside, an announcement is made that The Miz and Morrison’s first WWE SmackDown Tag-Team defense match will be against The New Day… Heavy Machinery… Lucha House Party…. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode…. AND The Usos in an Elimination Chamber Match. Miz and Morrison are livid, but have no time to process the announcement as The Usos music sounds.
Jimmy and Jey Uso make their way to the ring as we go to commercial break.
Miz & John Morrison vs. The Usos
The Miz and John Morrison already in the ring following their tag-team championship victory celebration. Jimmy and Jey Uso made their way to the ring before the commercial break following the announcement made for Miz and Morrison’s first tag-team defense match.
Morrison taking it to Jimmy Uso in the ring early in this match. Miz with a cheap shot as Jimmy leans on the bottom rope catching his breath. The referee distracted by Morrison. Miz in the ring with Jimmy now following the tag. Miz once again doing his, “Hey-Hey, Ho-Ho, Miz and Morrison!” chant to the crowd.
The crowd claps faster and faster encouraging Jimmy Uso back to his feet. Jimmy is dropped once again by Morrison. Jey clapping from the outside of the ring trying to help his brother to his feet. Morrison with a pin attempt on Jimmy in the center of the ring as we go to commercial.
As we come back from commercial, Jey Uso is going wild on The Miz inside the ring. Jey gets a pin on Miz for the two count. Jey looking for Samoa Drop, Miz counters. Morrison assists Miz in the Neck Breaker, followed by a pin attempt. Jimmy enters the ring for to break the count.
Another glitch is seen and quickly disappears during this match. Still seemingly the return of Ali or Killer Kross, but unsure to date. Double team by The Usos . Suicide Dive through the ropes to the outside. Frog Splash by Jey inside the ring, Morrison lifting his knees for the counter. Jimmy tags in, now the legal man in.
Morrison looking for Starship Pain, knocked off the top turnbuckle and hung up on the turnbuckle. Jey lands a Superkick on Miz. Jey with a crazy move off the top the commentators called “The Samoan Destroyer”, Jimmy flies from the opposite turnbuckle with a Frog Splash for the three count pin.
Winner: The Usos
John Cena Is BACK On SmackDown
As we come back from commercial break, no time is wasted as John Cena’s music sounds in the Boston, MA Arena. John Cena is officially announced as he makes his way down the ramp and slides into the ring. The crowd pops, all standing on their feet as Cena lifts his hands in the air throwing up two peace signs. The music cuts as Cena is handed a mic.
Cena begins by saying, “I came here to talk to y’all tonight, but y’all are talkin’ to ME! My heart is beating out of my chest!” He shouts out SmackDown, then Boston, then the WWE Universe. The crowd chanting “John Cena!” over and over again.
Cena continues on to announce what part he will take in this year’s Wrestlemania. He says he prides himself on listening to the biggest star of all, the WWE Universe. The crowd pops. Cena says it may seem like he’s not listening, but he hears it all. Cena says he feels the passion of the crowd for WWE, just as he does. The crowd begins chanting, “Cena! Cena!”
Once again Cena says, “So what am I doing for Wrestlemania? I’m doing the right thing. This year’s Wrestlemania should go on without John Cena.” The crowd clearly upset, John Cena says he hears them, but this isn’t a good-bye. This is a “good-bye for now”. He says Wrestlemania spots should be earned, not demanded.
Cena continues on to say he doesn’t know the next time he’ll be back. His voice cracks as he says he wanted to make this announcement in front of his friends, in front of his family, in front of his hometown, and the WWE Universe. Cena said it feels pretty good to hear the noise in the arena during his last few moments in the ring. The crowd once again starts chanting, “Cena! Cena!”
Cena finishes saying, “It means more than you’ll ever know, thank you.” Cena exits the ring and quickly makes his way back up the ramp, looking to be holding back emotions. A final salute as he makes it to the top of the stage.
The arena goes black. Cena looks confused as the lights come back on, he slowly lowers his hand from his forehead, looking behind him. The Fiend Bray Wyatt standing right behind him. Wyatt points past Cena to the Wrestlemania sign above the ring. Cena looks out to the crowd for their take on this. Cena tips the bill of his hat at The Fiend. The arena goes black once again, laughter is heard as the show ends.
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