WWE returns from their own Performance Center training facility in Orlando, Florida with another empty arena show, as the “Road to WrestleMania 36” continues tonight with Friday Night SmackDown.
Featured below are WWE Friday Night SmackDown results from March 27, 2020. written by eWrestling.com’s newest female reporter, Jamie Rush. Follow me on Twitter @JamieRush312.
WWE FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN RESULTS (3/27): ORLANDO, FL.
The Road to WrestleMania 36 continues when Friday Night SmackDown kicks off LIVE from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, FL.
Are you ready for a good time? The open package is shown as tonight’s Friday Night SmackDown kicks off for the March 27, 2020 episode, only a week away from Wrestlemania. We are welcomed to the WWE Performance Center by Michael Cole.
Cole reminds the WWE Universe that The Miz and John Morrison are set to defend their tag team titles at Wrestlemania. He then announces that The New Day vs. The Usos battle tonight for their chance at the tag team title match at Wrestlemania.
Also Alexa Bliss and Asuka go one-on-one tonight. We re-visit Roman Reigns vs. Triple H at Wrestlemania 32, later tonight. Finally, Cole announces that Bray Wyatt addresses Wrestlemania opponent John Cena at the Firefly Funhouse, tonight. With that, we go to the ring as Bayley’s music sounds.
Bayley and Sasha Banks In-Ring
For our first match of the night, Sasha Banks makes her way to the top of the stage accompanied by good friend and WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley. Banks music plays as both women make their way down the ramp and enter the ring.
Bayley with a mic in hand begins, “Well Sash, here we are, a little over a week away from Wrestlemania…” Bayley continues on to point out that Wrestlemania is where the best of the best compete on the grandest stage, where anything is possible.
Bayley’s tone changes as she says this Wrestlemania for herself and Banks is a nightmare, thanks to Paige. Paige putting Bayley in a Fatal Five-way Elimination Match, due to jealous. Bayley goes on to say that Paige thought she was slick adding Sasha Banks to the match, but their plan is going to backfire. Bayley declares she and Banks are best friends, peanut butter and jelly, better together, no separation… Banks says nothing.
Lacey Evans music sounds as the Southern Belle makes her way to the ring with a mic in hand. Evans smiles as she makes her way between the ropes and enters the ring with Bayley and Sasha Banks. Lacey starts off saying Bayley’s mouth is about as big as Lacey’s hat is. Lacey then notes that Bayley talks so much, her best friend Sasha can’t get a word in edgewise.
Bayley responds saying she has a word for Lacey, loser. Sasha then chimes in, saying Lacey should preach to someone who will actually listen, like her bratty little kid. Sasha then adds, “Unless she’s ashamed of you…” Then adds, (mocking a child’s voice) “Mommy why do you keep on losing?” both Banks and Bayley begin laughing.
Evans mock-laughs along with the two, then states Bayley is right, Wrestlemania will be a nightmare for the two of them. She then adds Banks won’t be able to say Evan’s child’s name after she breaks Banks’ jaw with the Woman’s Right. Evans continues on saying she will beat some respect into Banks, when Naomi’s music sounds in the arena.
Naomi dances her way down the ramp and enters the ring, standing next to Lacey Evans. Naomi tells Evans she knows she’s with her, at least until they take down Bayley and Banks. Naomi goes on to say she has unfinished business with Bayley after the mess she pulled at Super ShowDown. Naomi then turns to Banks and says it’ll be a bonus when she snatches the blue wig off Banks head and becomes the three time SmackDown Women’s Champion.
Bayley then talks over the women saying this isn’t going to be one of those nights where everyone interrupts everyone and hits their music… she’s interrupted as Tamina’s music sounds. The Powerhouse Tamina makes her way to the ring, entering with the other four women already standing together. Tamina stands in the middle of both.
Tamina simply states, “Actions speak louder than words.” Tamina then attacks Naomi with a Headbutt then a Super-kick to Lacey Evans. Bayley and Sasha Banks take the opportunity to stomp Naomi. Tamina pulls them back, Bayley nervously states, “I got your back… see ya at Wrestlemania.” Both Bayley and Banks stutter and stammer as they exit the ring nervously.
Michael Cole announces Drew Gulak goes against Nakamura next and if he wins, Daniel Bryan receives a title match against Sami Zayn at Wrestlemania. With that we go to our first commercial break!
As we come back from commercial break, a video clip is shown from last week’s tag-team match of Daniel Bryan and Drew Gulak vs. Cesaro and Nakamura, then the match agreement made backstage by Daniel Bryan and Sami Zayn for tonight’s match between Drew Gulak and Nakamura.
Drew Gulak vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Out first for this match is Drew Gulak, accompanied by Daniel Bryan. Daniel Bryan rubbing Gulak’s shoulders as the new friends make their way down the ramp towards to the ring. Gulak holding Bryan’s Wrestlemania fate in his hands.
Next, music sounds for Shinsuke Nakamura as he makes his way to the ring accompanied by Cesaro and Sami Zayn as the arena lights are dimmed and beams of red light flash around the Performance Center. Nakamura’s music cuts as the referee pushes Zayn back stating, “that’s enough” as he trash talks Bryan.
Sami Zayn walks over to the announcer’s table as he’s apparently a guest commentator for this match up according to Michael Cole. The bell rings and the match begins. Sami Zayn states he didn’t have to tell Nakamura anything for tonight’s match up. Exploding out of the corner, Gulak takes down Nakamura. Cole asks what happens if Gulak wins, “Why would you say that? Why would you put that into the Universe?” Zayn asks Cole.
Gulak driven into the announcer’s table by Nakamura. Bryan makes his way towards the two as Cesaro helped Nakamura moments ago. Gulak turns things around as he works on the leg of Nakamura. Gulak with a stomp to the back of Nakamura in the corner of the ring. Zayn shouts he needs the referee to do his job. Nakamura off the second rope with a knee and goes in for a cover. Gulak kicks out.
Nakamura takes Gulak to the mat, driving his knee into the top of Gulak’s head. Zayn states Bryan has done “alright for himself” as Cole states Zayn is just upset that Bryan turned him down. Nakamura goes for the Kinshasa, Daniel Bryan pulls the rope down, Gulak rolls Nakamura up quickly for the three count! Daniel Bryan is going to Wrestlemania!
Winner: Drew Gulak
After the Match
Daniel Bryan and Drew Gulak celebrate as they make their way up the ramp. “At Wrestlemania, that Intercontinental Championship is mine!” Daniel Bryan shouts to Sami Zayn who is now standing inside the ring.
Michael Cole states that after weeks of calling out Asuka, Asuka attacked Bliss from behind. Alexa Bliss will finally get her opportunity to enter the ring with Asuka, tonight. Also Bray Wyatt will come to us from the Firefly Funhouse later tonight.
With that, we go to commercial break once again.
Michael Cole Ringside
As we come back from commercial, Michael Cole discusses the feud between Dolph Ziggler and Otis that began when Ziggler stole Otis’s date, Mandy Rose, on Valentine’s Day. Cole then sets up for the video clip from last Friday’s SmackDown where during a match, Ziggler interrupts, showing pictures of Ziggler and Mandy Rose during their date, which sent Otis in a downward Spiral.
As the video clip ends, we see Dolph Ziggler backstage. The static circle of lights flashes then back to backstage with Ziggler. Otis runs at Ziggler as he states Ziggler doesn’t deserve Mandy. Otis states, “Just give me a chance!” Ziggler says he wants to fight with the world watching, and his girl Mandy watching… at Wrestlemania. Otis agrees as he’s still being held back.
Hello, I Am Elias…”
Elias is seen sitting on a perch above the (would be) crowd his name in lights behind him. Elias reminds the WWE Universe that Gronkowski wants to see Elias go up against King Corbin. Elias says he couldn’t agree more, but first he would love to sing “Kingdom of Fools” for Corbin. Elias says he knows it sounds silly, but he asks us to clap along at home, as he starts to strum…
“Wrestlemania, is too big for one night. After I destroy Corbin, he’s going to see the light. At Wrestlemania, King Corbin’s chances of winning are narrow. So, bring your medieval costume and a bow and arrow. I stock up on toilet paper in these times of distress, and I stamped your face on every roll, I must confess (picture shown) That may seem harsh, but it’s the least of what you deserve, your throne’s a toilet, and Baron, you are a turd. I said your throne’s a toilet, and you are a turd.”
As Elias is giving his thank yous, King Corbin attacks from behind shouting, “You think it’s funny to embarrass me? You think it’s fun and games?” Elias is hanging from the perch, King Corbin ultimately makes Elias lose his grip and falls to the floor below, though we don’t see the actual fall. Corbin is smiling from above.
Referees and WWE officials are shouting for help for Elias, telling him not to move. Elias is breathing heavy as we go to commercial break.
Recap Of Elias Attack
As we come back from commercial break, Michael Cole reiterates that before the break, Elias received a horrific attack by King Corbin as the video clip is shown once again. As we come back, Cole states Elias is going to be transported to a local medical facility and we will receive updates throughout the weekend on how it will effect his match at Wrestlemania.
Asuka vs. Alexa Bliss
Asuka’s music sounds in the Performance Center as Asuka makes her way down the ramp wearing her mask as she does her entrance, removing the mask as she climbs the turnbuckle. A video clip is shown where Asuka attacked Alexa Bliss where Sasha Banks and Bayley ultimately won the match due to the interruption. Asuka smiling and strutting in the ring as we come back to the arena.
Out next is Alexa Bliss with Nikki Cross close behind, Cross looking excited and jumping as she points at Michael Cole. Cole says no-no-no and says, “Social distancing!” as Cross hugs Cole. Cross states she’s so happy to be calling her best friend’s match. The bell rings and the match begins.
Asuka and Alexa waste no time as they start throwing blows. A Double Foot Dropkick by Alexa on Asuka followed by a pin attempt. Asuka kicks out at two. Back to their feet, Asuka throws Alexa off the ropes, Asuka lands a Clothesline on Alexa. Asuka dances around the ring as Alexa sits up, rubbing her neck.
Alexa knocks Asuka over the top rope, Alexa mocking Asuka as she dances “crank dat” in the ring, finally Asuka climbs to the apron. Alexa kicks Asuka. Alexa attempts a sliding kick under the ropes, Asuka grabs Alexa’s feet, stopping her mid-way under the rope, then slamming Alexa into the steel stairs on the outside of the ring. We go to commercial break.
As we come back from commercial break, Nikki Cross is sitting with Michael Cole. Cross doing a one-woman chant for “Lexi! Lexi!” then asking Cole to join in and they both chant, “Lexi! Lexi!” Alexa and Asuka both stand on the outside of the ropes on the apron. A kick from Asuka, Alexa in trouble.
Alexa counters, spinning and slamming Asuka’s arm/shoulder into the apron as Alexa falls to ringside. Back in the ring, Alexa goes for the cover to no avail, Asuka kicks out. Asuka runs at Alexa, Alexa side steps as Asuka slams her shoulder into the turnbuckle. More back and forth between the two, Alexa with multiple pin attempts, Asuka continues to kick out.
Finally, Alexa plants a DDT on Asuka for the pin and Alexa gets the three count pin for the win!
Winner: Alexa Bliss
After the Match
Michael Cole notes he has had many “colorful” guest commentators, but that, was unique.
Backstage With The Usos
The Usos state it wouldn’t be the road to Wrestlemania if The Usos didn’t take on New Day one more time. The Usos state they have the juice, and seven time champs to come soon.
Michael Cole states before Reigns is set to take on Goldberg this year at Wrestlemania, we will be taken back to Wrestlemania 32 where Roman Reigns took on Triple H.
Just 8 Days Away, Michael Cole once again drives home the fact that Wrestlemania is too big for just one night, as it will be hosted by Ron Gronkowski. One of the matches will be Goldberg vs. Roman Reigns.
Cole then says we will go back to Wrestlemania 32, one of the biggest matches in Roman Reigns career in front of over 100,000 fans in the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship back at Wrestlemania 2016.
Triple H vs. Roman Reigns
Announcing her husband to the ring, Stephanie McMahon demands we bow down for the king of kings, Triple H as The Game makes his way to the ring. “It’s all about the game…” begins playing in the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, TX, Triple H completes his intro on the apron of the ring before stepping in. Out next is Roman Reigns, smashing his fist into the floor as pyro goes off in a circle around him.
Roman Reigns then makes his way down the ramp, towards the ring where The announcers point out that Triple H has held the championship for 1220 Days (3.3 years) over the course of his career, Roman Reigns having held it for 41 days. Finally the bell rings and the match begins.
We enjoy this throwback match from Wrestlemania 2016 between the Big Dog and The Game!! (Coverage will resume when we are back in action at the Performance Center in Orlando, FL!)
A Spear by Roman Reigns on Triple H for the three count pin and ultimate WWE Heavyweight Championship win, Reigns leaves Wrestlemania 32 as the new champion!
Michael Cole and Triple H
Back in the Performance Center, Michael Cole begins, “And joining us now, the man who faced Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania 32 WWE Hall of Famer The Game, The King of Kings, Triple H and Hunter, you are one of the few Superstars in WWE history that has gone up against Roman Reigns and Goldberg in your career, give us your insight and prediction for Wrestlemania this year.”
Triple H states they both bring an incredible amount of intensity. H says Reigns has an intensity that builds, but Goldberg’s intensity is all at once and that flame burns fast. Again, Triple H reminds he’s been in the ring with both men, he states Reigns only gets stronger throughout the match as his intensity builds. Triple H goes on to say if the match is short, it’s Goldberg all the way, but if it goes long, if Reigns can withstand the initial onslaught of Goldberg, then his money is all the way on Reigns.
With that, Michael Cole reiterates the Universal Championship Match and the details surrounding Wrestlemania being a two day event.
Backstage With New Day
Kingston begins by stating New Day has a chance to go to Wrestlemania. He continues every time they face The Usos, it’s a battle of the ages. Big E adds it reminds him of his Pappy and how he used to put little Big E over his knee stating, “Son, this is gonna hurt me more than it hurts you”
E then states, “and Usos, it’s gonna pain me to give this beating, but your Daddy’s got to become the 8 Time WWE Tag-Team Champions… because “New. Day. Rocks! New. Day. Rocks!” Kingston joining in the chant as they clap between each word as their segment ends.
We turn to Michael Cole who announces a new episode of Firefly Funhouse is up next after the break.
As we come back from commercial, a clip is played from a few weeks ago where John Cena announced he would not be participating in Wrestlemania this year, until he was stopped by The Fiend at the top of the ramp, Fiend pointing to the Wrestlemania sign.
Dolph Ziggler speaks to Sonya Deville backstage until Mandy Rose walks up asking Ziggler why he’s messing with Otis, and if he really needed to show all those pictures. Mandy says she supports Ziggler, but doesn’t want to be fought over like a trophy. Ziggler agrees after Wrestlemania it will all be behind them. Then asks Rose if she’s ready to go back to the hotel room.
Bray Wyatt is seen waving with a big smile on his face as he welcomes his friends to the Firefly Funhouse, laughing as he states he’s “Super duper excited to see everyone”. Wyatt starts to say he’s here today to teach everyone… but is interrupted by “shut up! shut up! SHUT UP!” Wyatt says, “You had your chance, but he won’t.”
Wyatt says, “You had your chance, but he won’t.” The Abigail puppet tells Wyatt he was delusional then, and delusional now. Asking Wyatt if he has the secret recipe for beating John Cena now, to which Wyatt states he does.
Wyatt then pulls out each ingredient, adding it to a blender as he announces each one. Wyatt says 1 scope of disappointment, a little bit of self loathing, some hot sauce (for flavor), and 1 heaping helping of rage and resentment. Perfect!
Rambling Rabbit offers a carrot, telling Wyatt not to forget the carrot, so he could see John Cena. Wyatt rips the head off of Rambling Rabbit and adds it to the blender stating, “Just what I needed, some irrelevant and unnecessary opinions!”
As he turns the blender on he laughs. Wyatt then takes a sip as he states “Yowie Wowie, that went straight to my head!” Wyatt then states it has one nasty side effect as he rubs his head. Wyatt states his match with Cena won’t be an ordinary match. They made a Firefly Funhouse Match at Wrestlemania. The Fiend flashes as he states, “Let me in!” Then the screen goes black.
Main EventNew Day vs. The Usos
The Miz and John Morrison make their way out as their music sounds in the Performance Center. Michael Cole announces they will be joining him on commentary tonight, stating one of the two teams in the main even match up will be going to Wrestlemania.
We go to commercial.
Both teams are in the ring as we come back from commercial break. Cole discusses both teams with Miz and Morrison as New Day’s intro interrupts Miz’s sentence. New Day members Kofi Kingston and Big E make their way down the ramp and enter the ring.
Out next is Jimmy and Jey Uso, both stepping out together as they strut to the ring. The match is officially announced as Jimmy and Jey make their way into the ring with Kingston and Big E. The two teams trash talk one another as Miz says he and Morrison have studied everything they can about the teams.
The bell rings and the match begins. Kingston in the ring to start with a Dropkick, blocked by Uso. Kingston off the second rope with a Springboard Drop Kick. Both Usos on the outside of the ring. Miz tells Uso to get back in the ring, this ain’t about taking breaks. Big E lands a Big Elbow. Kingston tags back in. New Day clearly having fun with The Usos.
Kingston frog leaps over Big E and lands on Uso for the cover, Uso kicks out. Kingston gets slammed on the top rope by a double team from the Usos. Jimmy and Jey take turns tagging in and out at this point. Kingston finally makes the tag to Big E.
Big E hits the Belly to Belly on Uso followed by a cover. Big E drags Uso to the apron, hitting multiple chops. Big E with a Splash on Uso as we go to commercial break.
As we come back from commercial break, Uso makes the cover on Big E who powers out at two. Miz says The Usos are doing fantastic at doing quick tags. Uso gets Big E in the corner. The Usos have complete control at this point. Kingston tags in and picks up the pace. A Half Crab locked in on Kingston. Miz and Morrison chanting, “Ooo Sooo Ooo Sooo”
Miz starts a “Fight Forever” chant with Morrison. Big E back up to the apron, makes the tag to Kingston. Big E lifts Uso who drops down, Kingston goes flying over. Super-kick to Big E and a cover. Big E kicks out. Miz starts a “This is awesome” chant at this point. Then adds, “Kind of.”
Miz and Morrison doing their “Miz and Morrison Hey Hey Ho Ho” chant on top of the announcers table, Kingston lands on the announcer table. Big E with a Spear. All the Superstars are on the floor. Miz and Morrison attack Big E from behind. The bell rings for the DQ.
Winner: No Contest
After the Match
Miz and Morrison continue to beat the heck out of the two tag-teams. Cole states he got word from officials, Miz and Morrison will now have to defend their titles in a Triple Threat Ladder Match. Miz states, “You Suck Michael Cole.” Miz and Morrison are laid out by Big E and Kingston, left laying in the ring. Big E and Kingston stomping around the ring and The Usos watching on from ringside as the show comes to a close.
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