Welcome to eWrestling's Friday Night SmackDown results coverage for Friday, September 18, 2020 airing live from the WWE ThunderDome in Orlando, FL!
The September 18th edition of WWE SmackDown is set for an action packed episode as the blue brand continues to air from the WWE ThunderDome. eWrestling's own Matt Boone (@MattBoone1984) posted the official SmackDown preview for tonight, which reminds us that TONIGHT: Roman Reigns & Jey Uso team up again for a Samoan Street Fight, Sasha Banks will address Bayley's heinous attack and much more on Friday Night SmackDown.
Featured below are WWE Friday Night SmackDown results for September 18, 2020 written by eWrestling.com's most popular female reporter, Jamie Rush. Follow me on Twitter @JamieRush312.
WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results (09/18/20)
WWE Forever leads into the regular show opening for WWE Friday Night SmackDown on the FOX Network. We head into the ThunderDome and immediately kick things off with a special edition of "The Dirt Sheet" with The Miz and John Morrison who are set up in the ring with director's chairs and other "set" furniture.
The Dirt Sheet
John Morrison and The Miz welcome fans to The Dirt Sheet which is taking place in the WWE ThunderDome. John Morrison begins by saying he's "The most important part of your balanced breakfast" The Miz adds, "I'm the most important must-see WWE Superstar of all time, The Miz."
Morrison continues on, "It is our honor, nay, our duty, to keep loyal fans of," (in unison Miz and Morrison state, "The greatest tag-team of the 21st century") Morrison then continues, "up to speed on what's going down here, in the WWE Universe."
"And just like always we aren't afraid to give you the low down, the intel, the gossip, the 411... dare I say... The Dirt" Miz states. He continues on to say that they will be hitting on the hottest topics in the WWE right now as he continues, "Tonight, we expose the truth behind Bayley's savage attack on her former best friend, Sasha Banks." Morrison adds, "Sooo dirty" Miz continues, "We reveal the reason WWE tried to erase the true WWE Intercontinental Champion, Sami Zayn" Morrison adds, "DId someone say... dirty?" "We also dig into the Samoan family secrets Jey Uso tries to bury" to which Morrison adds, "That's D to the I to the R-T-Y... DIRTY!" "But first, we're talking about the biggest story, the hottest of the hot gos. The sudden departure of the golden goddess, Mandy Rose."
"Fox and USA Network RELY on me and listen to any pitch I have. Would you like to hear the breaking news? Mandy Rose is now on the roster of Monday Night RAW!" is shown on Talking Smack last week. We return and Miz states he's not using his power and influence to get some petty revenge. He says he's trying to help Otis as a former Mr. Money in the Bank winner himself. He goes on to explain that he has no issue with Otis, and this was all meant to help Otis focus on his trajectory and career as Mister Money in the Bank. Miz and Morrison then essentially call her a gold digger, and tell us that Dolph Ziggler is over on Smackdown and they imply that they've heard rumors about her being adulterous to Otis.
Otis Heard Enough!
Otis's music sounds and out comes the big man, carrying two Money in the Bank briefcases. He comes into the ring; the Miz tries to wave him off but Otis hits a takedown on the Miz. Otis begins to beat Miz inside the ring and when the Miz attempts to escape, Tucker shows up. MOrrison is taken down and the Miz is sent back in the ring. Tucker hops up on the apron in the corner and slaps Otis' shoulder, telling him that he knows what to do.
Otis then hits the Caterpillar on the Miz! Their music plays and they start to leave...then Otis runs back to the ring. Otis attacks Miz again and rips Miz's pants off, leaving Miz wearing tight whiteys. Miz escapes outside with the help of John Morrison, and runs up the ramp holding a hand over his bum and one over his crotch. In the words of the Bloodhound Gang, he's wearing tighty whiteys and smuggling plums. He heads off to the back and we head off to a commercial break!
Commentary team Michael Cole and Corey Graves hype tonight's edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown, including Sasha Banks' return. Otis goes back into the ring and beats up The Miz some more. Miz has his clothes ripped off and we see he's wearing "tighty whities" now, after joking earlier about Otis wearing them. Otis and Tucker as Miz runs away to the back, trying to cover himself up with John Morrison helping. We go to commercial.
Backstage - The Miz
We return from the commercial break and John Morrison is backstage with The Miz, talking about how mad Otis is now. Miz says this is all part of the plan. Kayla Braxton walks up for comments but Miz answers his phone instead. He asks someone on the other end, "Did you see her? Is it enough?" Miz smiles and gives Morrison a thumbs up, then ends the call. Morrison laughs about this being a part of the plan. Miz awkwardly hurries off, still in his underwear.
Gran Metalik vs. Cesaro
We return to the ring as The Lucha House Party members Gran Metalik with Kalisto and Lince Dorado make their way to the ring. The tension between Kalisto and Dorado continues at ringside, and in a picture-in-picture video we see a video from earlier today. Out next comes SmackDown Tag Team Champions Cesaro with his partner Shinsuke Nakamura. They also air a backstage video from earlier today with the champs taunting their opponents. It's announced that Cesaro and Nakamura will defend against Lucha House Party on September 27 at Clash of Champions.
The bell rings and Metalik looks for an easy pin. Metalik sends Cesaro flying now. Metalik goes to the corner but is distracted by arguing in the group. Cesaro takes advantage and takes control, mounting offense now. Cesaro keeps control and lands a big uppercut in the corner. Metalik comes back and sends Cesaro flying out of the corner. Metalik with more offense until Cesaro levels him with a clothesline for a 2 count.
Kalisto and Lince continue to try and offer the better advice from ringside, yelling over each other. Cesaro grounds Metalik in the middle of the ring, focusing on his arm. Metalik ends up rocking Cesaro with a big kick from the apron. Lince and Kalisto jump on the apron to give more advice, but the referee ejects them to the back. Cesaro knocks a distracted Metalik off the apron to the floor. Cesaro and Nakamura yell at Kalisto and Dorado as they head to the back, still arguing. Metalik takes advantage of the distraction and flies out of the ring, taking Cesaro down on the floor. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Cesaro drops Metalik for a 2 count. Cesaro grounds Metalik in the middle of the ring as Nakamura looks on. Metalik fights up but Cesaro sends him to the corner. Cesaro works him over and climbs up but they tangle. Cesaro stands on the middle rope and Metalik nails a big hurricanrana to the mat, covering Cesaro for a close 2 count.
Metalik goes back to the top for a moonsault but Cesaro gets his feet up. Cesaro with a big running uppercut in the corner now. Cesaro with the Neutralizer in the middle of the ring for the pin to win.
After the Match
Cesaro and Nakamura celebrate inside the ring as we head into replays and highlights from the match.
Still To Come...
Styles vs. Zayn and the Samoan Street Fight
Lucha House Party takes on Cesaro & Nakamura for the Smackdown titles a week from Sunday at Clash of Champions.
Backstage - Jey Uso
Kayla Braxton stops Jey Uso for an interview about what happened last week as we are sent into a video clip in which Reigns basically let Jey fight in a 2 on 1 handicapped match, then showed up at the last minute to tag himself in as Jey was headed off the top turnbuckle for his finisher (for the win), and stole the pin for himself.
We return to Braxton and Uso where Braxton asks Jey about the situation to which Jey states that he's spoken to Paul Heyman. Heyman informed Jey it was just a misunderstanding. Jey says that they've butted heads since they were kids but they're still fam, and tonight the "'Usse with the Juice" is ready to team with the 'Big Dog' to take on Sheamus and Corbin."
We're told that up next will be "A Moment of Bliss" as we head to the first commercial break of the evening!
Progressive Match Flo - Matt Riddle
We get a hype reel for the "Bro that runs the Show", Matt Riddle. "People ask why I say 'bro' so much, and the answer is simple. Bro is like a universal language, it can convey any emotion or thought. Don't believe me, check this out bro..."
A video clip entitled, "Know your Bro" begins. Riddle is sitting in front of the camera and lifts his head with a huge smile with the word "Happy" across the bottom of the screen as he says, "Brooo". Next, Riddle lifts his head with the word "Sad" across the bottom the screen and a tear running down his face as he quietly says in a questioning form, "Broo??". Then the word "Anger" appears across the bottom of the screen as Riddle's eyebrows scrunch and he sternly states, "Bro!. After that, Riddle with his hand on his chin, as the word "Introspective" appears across the screen Riddle nods his head and says confidently, "Brooo." Looking side to side with his hands up in protection with "Afraid" across the bottom the screen Riddle asks, "Bro?". Then finally, "Confident" is written across the screen and Riddle says, "Broo. See, it's that easy..." with a thumbs up and a smile he finishes, "Bro!"
A new podcast with Alexa Bliss entitled, "Uncool With Alexa Bliss" airing Tuesday with Lance Bass and The Miz for her debut episode.
"A Moment of Bliss" with Alexa Bliss
Alexa Bliss welcomes everyone to "A Moment of Bliss", the first in the WWE ThunderDome. Bliss states normally her guest would be sitting right beside her in the co-host seat, but after what happened last week, she has to get her in the hot seat... the woman who will be challenging Bayley for the championship at Clash of Champions, Nikki Cross!
Nikki Cross Joins "A Moment of Bliss"
Nikki Cross's music sounds as Cross runs out onto the stage with a huge smile on her face, slapping her chest and hyping the crowd before taking a seat in the guest's chair across from Alexa Bliss.
We head into a video clip from Last Week where Alexa Bliss delivers "Sister Abigail" (The Fiend's move) to Nikki Cross at ringside during a tag-team championship match last week, then walked off in a trance up the ramp leaving Cross alone in the match.
Alexa begins, "As your friend, I want to say 'congratulations and I'm so happy for you!'," to which Nikki responds cheerfully, "Thank you, Lexi!" Alexa continues, "But, you know what this show's about, and you know me, I have no filter. So I need to ask the questions they want to know." Nikki says, "Ok, I'm ready..." Lexi says, "What's your plan of action for this match? I mean, it has to be different, right? If we're being honest, you challenged Bayley for most of the summer and... you lost." Nikki looks growingly more and more uncomfortable as her smile fades. Alexa continues, "In fact, you haven't beaten Bayley... since last year."
Nikki responds, "Wow, you weren't kidding." Alexa responds, "I'm just doing my job." Nikki responds by saying it's different, because Bayley won't have Sasha Banks watching over her. Every time she faced Bayley, she felt like she had to have eyes on the back of her head, but now she feels she can give her the beating she deserves. Nikki continues on to state she saw what Bayley did to Sasha Banks... her BEST friend, with that steel chair. She was so, proud of that. There was so much content in her eyes.
Nikki turns to the camera, with conviction she states, "You know what Bayley, you wanna take cheap shots, fine. Come Clash of Champions, Nikki Cross will become the NEW WWE SmackDown Women's Champion!" Nikki then asks, "Does that answer your question?" Alexa responds with a smile, "It sure does." Nikki continues, "Good, now that that's settled, I have a question for you." Alexa responds, "Sup?" Nikki asks, "Whats going on with you?" Alexa looks completely confused, "What do you mean?" Nikki tells Alexa, of all things, she hit Nikki with Sister Abigail of all things, then she walked off.
Alexa says, "I don't know how to explain it, because I don't fully understand it." Nikki shakes her head in disbelief. "I feel some sort of change, and I don't even know how to control it. I don't even know how to handle it half the ti..."
Lacey Evans Interrupts
As Alexa Bliss is trying to explain, the music for Lacey Evans music sounds as Lacey makes her way to the stage, stepping right onto the "Moment of Bliss" set. Lacey waves to the crowd as she begins, "Lord, would ya look at 'em? A couple of nasties out her jaw-jackin'. What is this, Doctor Phil?" Lacey mocks Alexa's "changing" and asks what they're gonna talk about next, "her feelings?" as she wipes her eyes. Lacey heads over to Nikki next telling Nikki she should THANK Alexa for walking off, causing Lacey to be off her game.
Lacey says that's the only reason Nikki won. Lacey says Bayley has something Nikki will never have, "A mean streak." Lacey continues, "You're too nice, too short, too weak, and ya damn sure don't have a back bone honey. That's why you'll never beat Bayley" as she begins to laugh maniacally. "Too nice?" Nikki asks with a laugh as she steals Lacey's hanky. Nikki blows her nose in it and begins attacking Lacey right there on the stage.
Lacey Evans kicks her boa to the side and stomps down the ramp towards the ring as we head to commercial break.
Lacey Evans vs. Nikki Cross
As we return from the commercial break, we see that Alexa Bliss has joined the commentary table with Michael Cole and Corey Graves. Lacey Evans and Nikki Cross get ready in the ring. Evans exits the ring, heading to ringside to apply hand sanitizer to stall. Cross finally exits the ring as well and ends up attacking to get the action going. The bell rings and the action begins as they both return to the ring, Evans turns it around as they get to their feet.
Cross gets on Evans' back and ends up dropping her near the corner for a 2 count. They tangle on the mat some and Cross covers for 2. Evans counters and drops a big knee on Cross' elbow while she's down. Evans with another big knee to the elbow. Evans works Cross over in the corner as the referee warns her now. Cross fights out but Evans beats her up in the corner some more, dropping her with a shot to the ribs. Evans wraps the hurt arm around the middle rope as the referee warns her again.
Evans with a big boot in the corner, then a Bronco Buster for a 2 count. Evans goes on and blocks Cross' offense, then grounds her in the middle of the ring again. Cross fights up and out but Evans takes her right back down and continues to focus on the arm. Evans continues to dominate as Cross tries to fight back. Cross clutches her hurt arm but Cross keeps the attack coming. Evans with a standing moonsault for another 2 count.
Evans grabs her hand sanitizer and rubs it all over Cross' face and hair while holding her down. Cross gets upset and fights back, dropping Evans in the middle of the ring. Cross with a splash in the corner. Cross unloads with forearm shots. Cross catapults Evans across the ring. Evans grabs Cross but Cross stomps on her arm. Cross ends up hitting the big tornado DDT from the corner. Cross holds it and hits the neckbreaker off the top rope for the pin to win.
Winner: Nikki Cross
After the Match
Nikki celebrates her victory inside the ring. Alexa exclaims Nikki Cross is her best friend. Bliss cheers her on. Cross heads to the back while Evans stumbles out of the ring, pulling herself up at the announce table. Evans yells at Graves and Cole now. Bliss stares off into space but slowly gets up and comes over to Evans.
With the distant look in her eyes like last week, Bliss grabs Evans and drops her with Sister Abigail at ringside. Cole points to how Evans said "The Fiend" in her rant right before Bliss snapped. Bliss walks off with the thousand-yard stare.
Backstage - Sasha Banks
We see Sasha Banks getting fixed up for an interview. Back to commercial.
Video Package - The Anoa'i Family
As we return from commercial break, the announcers lead us to a video package on The Anoa'i Family, Jey Uso and WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, narrated by Paul Heyman.
Sasha Banks Via Satellite From Performance Center
We go back to Cole and Graves, who are joined via satellite from Sasha Banks, who is at the WWE Performance Center. She's wearing a neck brace. Cole shows us the recent attack to Banks by SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley.
Banks gets emotional as Cole comes back to her. Banks says she's still here. Cole asks about last week's comments where Bayley said it was Banks who used her the whole time, and was waiting to strike. Banks says just like Bayley was using her and now she's just useless to Bayley. Banks heard every single word last week and she can't help but be filled with emotions as she sits at the Performance Center, a place they helped build and worked together at every day. She recalls time they spent together at the Performance Center. She also recalls the summer they had on SmackDown at the Performance Center. They showed the world how they were taking over.
She keeps talking and gets emotional again. Banks says if these walls could talk they would tell you... she cries some more and cuts herself off. She addresses Bayley and says yes, Bayley is an idiot and is naive because she's nothing without Banks. Banks says since she's useless to Bayley now, one day she's going to take the one thing Bayley loves - the SmackDown Women's Title.
Bayley Attacks... AGAIN!
Bayley suddenly appears behind Banks and smacks her with a steel chair. Bayley is at the Performance Center. Bayley wraps the chair around Banks' injured neck as two trainees and a staffer come to help out. They call for Bayley to get out of here and for a medic to come tend to Banks. Back to commercial.
AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn
We return from the commercial break and out first comes AJ Styles as his music sounds in the ThunderDome. Styles makes his way down the ramp Sami Zayn is out next and he's carrying his old Intercontinental Title belt. Sami goes to the timekeeper's area and yells at Greg Hamilton for not introducing him as the champion.
AJ suddenly attacks Sami at ringside, slamming his face into the announce table. AJ brings it int he ring and the bell hits. Styles keeps control and drops Sami over his knee for a close 2 count. Sami rolls to the floor for a breather and AJ follows. AJ brings it back in and drops Sami with another backbreaker for 2.
Sami turns it around as they come back in. Sami drops AJ in the middle of the ring for a 2 count. Sami grounds AJ in the middle of the ring now, taunting him. AJ rams Sami back into the corner and fights free. AJ fights from the apron but Sami runs him into the top turnbuckle. Sami goes for the Helluva Kick but AJ moves and he hits the ring post.
AJ rocks Sami and launches himself out over the top rope, decking Sami on the floor. We go to commercial with AJ in control on the outside.
Back from the break and Sami has AJ up in the corner. Sami climbs up for the superplex but AJ slides under him. AJ pulls Sami down face-first into the turnbuckle. AJ rocks Sami and springboards in from the apron but rolls through as Sami moves. Sami catches AJ and drops him into the top rope. Sami goes for a suplex but it's blocked twice. AJ with a suplex of his own, but Sami blocks it and AJ turns that into a neckbreaker. Sami kicks out at 2.
Sami catches AJ with a jawbreaker. Sami fights back in the middle of the ring. They trade strikes now. Sami with a big boot to the face. AJ comes right back with a pele kick and they both go down. More back and forth now. AJ blocks a German suplex attempt. AJ with back elbows. Sami hangs on and hits the Blue Thunderbomb in the middle of the ring but AJ still kicks out. AJ blocks a move and goes for the Calf Crusher. Sami rolls through but right into a kick.
Sami catches AJ now, launching him into the turnbuckles with an Exploder suplex. Sami waits for AJ to get up now, staring him down from across the ring. Sami runs for the Helluva Kick but AJ grabs him. Sami rolls AJ for a 2 count. Sami gets in the face of the referee and yells at her. AJ ends up coming from behind and rolling Sami up for the pin to win.
Winner: AJ Styles
After the Match
Sami is shocked. He immediately attacks AJ as AJ's music hits. Sami has words with the referee at ringside. Sami orders Hamilton to announce him as the winner and the champion. Sami grabs his belt but stops short...
WWE Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy Joins
The entrance music for WWE Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy plays as Hardy makes his way to the stage. Hardy is limping but he goes right for Sami at ringside, unloading on him. Hardy rolls Sami in the ring and then goes under the ring for a table. Hardy brings a ladder out now. Hardy rams the ladder into AJ at ringside as he stands up. He goes to bring it in but Sami runs out. Hardy uses the ladder on both competitors. Hardy slides the ladder in and then rolls Sami in.
Hardy drops Sami with a Twist of Fate. Hardy climbs the ladder but Sami rolls to the floor to safety as the crowd boos. Jeff comes back down from the ladder and asks for a mic. He's sick and tired of this Intercontinental Title situation, sick of being called a cheat, tired of being called a fraud. Hardy wants to end this all - he will fight both at Clash of Champions, but not in a normal match, they have to escape normal.
Hardy proposes a Triple Threat Ladder Match. He drops the mic and his music hits as AJ and Zayn look on, recovering at ringside.
Backstage - Otis and Tucker
Otis and Tucker are backstage talking as a process server walks in and serves Otis with papers. Tucker opens them up and reveals that Otis has been served with a lawsuit. Otis is confused. We go back to commercial.
Heavy Machinery Go "Legally Blonde"...
Back from the break and Heavy Machinery is looking at the lawsuit papers. Tucker says Miz and Morrison are suing Otis for emotional distress, destruction of personal property, creating an unsafe working environment, Money In the Bank negligence, and they say that The Dirt Sheet is a news program, and Otis is violating their First Amendment right.
Tucker says Otis needs a lawyer because Miz and Morrison want him to forfeit the MITB briefcase or he's going to court. Otis has one week to make a decision. Otis gets worried and says they're in trouble. Tucker says Otis, you're in trouble.
Backstage - Sheamus and King Corbin
We head backstage where a security guard walks by and Sheamus states this is the one that he was telling Corbin about. He thanks the guard for luring Big E out to the parking lot two weeks ago, and says he owes him big time for making the attack happen. The guard thanks Sheamus and says he was just sent to inform Sheamus that his car is being towed.
Sheamus walks over and Big E is standing there. He attacks and Sheamus runs away. Big E turns back to the guard and says word on the street is that he was the one who set Big E up. Big E attacks the guard and destroys him in the backstage area. Big E takes the man on top of a car and slaps him around, talking trash.
Referees run over to try and talk Big E down. He finally slams the man through the windshield of the car with a belly-to-belly suplex. Big E says he's not done. He smacks the man around and puts him into the trunk of a car. WWE Producer Adam Pearce and others are trying to calm Big E down now. Pearce says he needs Big E to leave the arena. Big E continues yelling about Sheamus but he backs off. Pearce calls for someone to get the security guard out of the trunk.
Samoan Street Fight
Universal Champion Roman Reigns vs.
Roman Reigns makes his way out as his music sounds in the ThunderDome, his "special counsel" Paul Heyman follows closely behind as Reigns makes his way down the ramp and enters the ring. Cole notes that Reigns will take on his cousin, his family, the person he grew up with.. Jey Uso, at Clash of Champions.
Commentary notes, tonight, celebrating episode #1100 of Friday Night SmackDown the second longest running weekly episodic television show in history, for 21 years SmackDown has rocked the house of the WWE Universe!.
Reigns is handed a mic by Paul Heyman. Reigns begins, "I came out here first, because I don't want there to be any confusion. You can call this place anything you'd like. This is my yard, this is my island, this is MY ring, this is MY WWE! If you want it, come and take it from me..." Reigns drops the mic.
UUUUSSSSOOO!!! Out next is Jey Uso as his music sounds in the ThunderDome! Jey claps and gets hyped up as he makes his way down the ramp towards the ring where his tag-team partner stands. Jey shouts and stops short as he looks into the eyes of Roman Reigns who just nods as we head to commercial break.
We return from commercial break and Sheamus and King Corbin make their way to the ring as well for this Samoan Street Fight with no count-outs and no disqualifications. Flying Uso takes out King Corbin at ringside as Roman Reigns throws Sheamus over the barricade by the ramp. Reigns and Corbin are back in the ring, Reigns takes a steel chair and smashes it across the back of Corbin. The crowd pops. Corbin and Sheamus double team Reigns at ringside. Reigns is sent right over the announcer's table!
Back in the ring, Sheamus and Corbin slams Jey Uso through the table inside the ring. Sheamus attempts to pin Uso, who kicks out! Sheamus back to his feet inside the ring. Reigns throws a chair at Corbin at ringside. Sheamus clears off the announcer's table. Low blow by Reigns as he lands a Samoan Drop on Sheamus on top of the announcer's table. Corbin joins the affray. Corbin throws Uso over the barricade. Reigns and Corbin inside the ring. Uso uses the title belt to hit Corbin. Reigns with the Spear, and Uso flies in with the Uso Splash for the three count pin and win!
Winners: Jey Uso and Roman Reigns!!
After the Match
Roman Reigns looks upset that Jey made the pin (similar to what Reigns did). Jey picks up the title, and looks at it momentarily, Reigns looks on with a bit of anger in his face. Jey looks like he's going to raise the belt, smiles suddenly, tossing the belt to Reigns. The two smile at one another and hug it out in the center of the ring. Jey gives dabs to Reigns as he exits the ring. Jey still cheering, on top of the world as he heads up the ramp. The camera pans back to Reigns who suddenly looks angry as hell. The smile having faded from his face. Reigns snarls at Uso to end the show.
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