WWE's blue brand runs the Ford Center Evansville in Evansville, Indiana this evening, as WWE Friday Night SmackDown returns with this week's episode.
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WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS (1/10): EVANSVILLE, IN.
After the opening video, Michael Cole, who is joined by Corey Graves, welcomes us inside the Ford Center in Evnasville, Indiana for this week's edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown.
From there, we shoot right to the ring where The Miz makes his way out for the advertised special edition of MizTV. We are shown video of Miz attacking Kofi Kingston after their match last week, and how John Morrison later appeared in a backstage segment in his official WWE return.
The Miz finally starts talking, as the fans in Evansville greet him with boos. He claims last week he was just having a bad day as a way of explaining his aforementioned actions. He apologizes to The New Day member as the fans boo some more. The Miz claims to have gone through a lot lately. He mentions "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt messing with his family.
Finally, The Miz welcomes his special guest for this installment of MizTV -- none other than his former tag-team partner John Morrison! Morrison's music hits and he makes his way to the ring as the fans break out into a loud "Welcome Back! Welcome Back!" chant.
The Miz formally introduces the WWE Universe to his former tag-team partner. He admits he uses this phrase a lot but claims this time it's legitimate, because John Morrison being back in WWE on MizTV is "truly awesome."
Miz brings up some of John Morrison's past accomplishments and standout moments from his past run in WWE. A video package that Miz introduces as a "Sizzle Reel" is shown featuring highlights of Morrison, who they are still referring to as "The Shaman of Sexy."
The Miz gives Morrison what he describes as a heartfelt "welcome back" to Morrison. Morrison finally takes to the microphone to do some verbalizing of his own here on WWE Friday Night SmackDown.
Morrison informs us that WWE has been filming a documentary around his comeback. He jokes about how he had big plans for his return at the WWE Royal Rumble and noted it would've been epic, but after they had a talk on WWE's The Bump a couple of weeks ago, he felt it was more important to be there for his friend.
He says he came to SmackDown last week but after what happened with Kofi Kingston, he realized he's disappointed ... in the fans. The fans boo.
The Miz then talks about how his friend had a bad day once, leading to a "You Suck" chant from the WWE Universe in attendance. Morrison says Miz worked harder than anyone on the WWE roster for 15 years, leading to a run as WWE Champion that no one thought would happen or last.
Morrison then talks about how the fans wouldn't last if they had to get inside the squared circle themselves. This leads to him poking fun at some of the fans in the front row inside the Ford Center in Evansville this evening.
Finally, The New Day's music hits and out comes the WWE SmackDown Tag-Team Champions -- Kofi Kingston and Big E. Kingston gets on the mic and asks The Miz who he is trying to fool. They don't buy Miz's apology, sharing their belief that he is a bad actor. Kofi says he would have respected Miz more if he had just admitted he had a bad day last week. He says everyone has been there and can relate and that it would have been a respectable explanation. What he chose to say instead, was not.
The Miz then takes some shots at Kofi Kingston's reign as WWE Champion and how fast he lost his championship in his title defense against Brock Lesnar. The Miz says he doesn't respect Kofi. Kofi sarcastically tries defending his ultra-fast title loss to "The Beast Incarnate" before claiming The Miz is changing from "Cool Miz" to "Obnoxious, Annoying Miz."
He says that means fans are 100-percent correct when they say he sucks. Another "You Suck!" chant breaks out. The New Day's music hits to end the segment and Michael Cole on commentary informs us that Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz will take place in a rematch. On that note, we head to our first commercial break of the evening.
Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz
We're back from the break and we see The Miz is in the ring with Kofi Kingston as the match officially gets underway. Big E. and John Morrison have joined Michael Cole and Corey Graves as guest commentators for this rematch from last week's show.
The match features back-and-forth action early on, as Kofi works on the arm but Miz fights back. Kofi dropkicks him for a pop. Fans chant for The New Day but Miz beats Kofi back down to boos. Kofi blocks a Figure Four attempt and rolls Miz for a close two count. They run the ropes and Miz drops Kofi with a knee to the gut. Fans boo as Miz wastes his time while the referee checks on Kofi.
Miz charges with a kick to the face for a two count. Morrison and Big E are also going back and forth on commentary. Miz grounds Kofi in the middle of the ring as fans rally for the champ. Miz drops Kofi with a shoulder. Fans boo him. They run the ropes again and Kofi drops Miz with a back elbow. Kofi sends Miz to the floor and goes to fly out but Miz retreats.
Miz comes back in but Kofi clotheslines him back out in front of the announce table. Kofi with a suicide dive to knock Miz back down. Kofi is all smiles now. Miz shoves Kofi into Big E’s lap at the announce table. They all have words now as we head to a mid-match commercial break. Stay tuned.
As we return from commercial, we see Kofi starts to mount a comeback as Big E. cheers him on from ringside. Morrison is also at ringside now. Kofi with a Boom Drop in the middle of the ring. Miz counters Trouble In Paradise and drops Kofi with knees. More back and forth until Kofi hits a big crossbody from the corner for a two count. Miz comes back with the knee and a big DDT for a close pin attempt. Miz with "Yes!" Kicks to the chest while Kofi is on his knees now.
The pace picks up now as Kofi ducks a kick and The Miz blocks an SOS attempt from The New Day member. Kofi blocks a Skull Crushing Finale attempt from The Miz as well.
Kofi with a roll-up for two. Kofi comes back and hits SOS for a close 2 count. Miz focuses on the knee in the corner now. Miz charges in the corner with two high knees but Kofi blocks the third with a kick to the head. Kofi goes to the top but comes up short and his knee goes out. Miz applies the Figure Four in the middle of the ring as Big E and Morrison cheer their partners on. Fans try to rally for Kofi. Kofi finally gets the bottom rope to break the hold.
Kofi rolls to the floor for a breather. Miz comes out and brings him in after a shot. Miz and Big E have words now with Big E backing Miz up. Morrison runs over and leaps off the steel ring steps to drop Big E with a cannonball kick, then stands over him. From there, The Miz hits the ring again and takes advantage of the distraction. He uses the opportunity to hit his Skull Crushing Finale finisher to score the pin fall victory. After the match, Morrison enters the ring to celebrate with The Miz as replays are shown.
Winner: The Miz
Firefly Fun House With WWE Universal Champion "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt
And now it's everyone's favorite time, as it's time for a new edition of the Firefly Fun House!
We see WWE Universal Champion "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt appear on the screen. He tells the Fun House camera to come closer and not be scared. He says he wants to tell us something and then says he loves everyone. That felt good, he says. Love is special but not everyone is capable of it. Wyatt says he’s looking at Daniel Bryan in this case. He says The Fiend feels the opposite of love for Bryan.
"The Fiend" says he can't say he blames him because Bryan has been really naughty lately. Wyatt says Bryan will be in trouble at the Royal Rumble when he faces The Fiend. He says first The Fiend wanted to help Bryan, then change Bryan, now he wants to hurt Bryan because Bryan wants to take the Universal Title.
Ending this week's Firefly Fun House segment, Wyatt waves goodbye. That does it as we head to another commercial break.
Mandy says she needs to take care of one thing before she heads out to her match. Mandy pulls what looks like a cake box from her locker and smiles.
Elias. "Ladies and gentleman I have one question for you tonight. Who wants to walk with Elias? I wrote a song called Road to Rumble. I need y'all to clap along" as he starts playing acoustic guitar in the center of the ring, the crowd begins to clap in unison.
Elias starts singing, "Roman Reigns winning the Rumble, not if Elias has anything to say. See I got nothin' against the big dog. He's gonna lose like Brandy AJ and Ricochet. Let's not forget about Rick. Whatevers in that cage, it can't escape. It's gotta be pretty terrifying, could it be scarier than Lana's sex tape? Brock Lesnar thinks the roster is unworthy, he made that much clear. Well Brock it's easy to hide behind that opinion, especially given the fact that you're never here" as Elias stops strumming momentarily and the crowd replies, "Ohhh!" Elias continues, "How does Elias compare to someone like Brock. Unlike him he has a personality and I'm not afraid to talk. So when I beat him, I'll show Brock the door, but when it comes to the Royal Rumble, I'm gonna show him what WWE stands for!" Thank you for walking with Elias.
Mandy walks up to Odis saying she knows she hurt his feelings when she let Dolph Ziggler step on his Mom's fruit cake, and she wants to apologize. Mandy hands a cake that says, "I'm Sorry" with a sad face on it before adding, "I have to get ready for my match, I hope you enjoy it." as we go to commercial.
Announced Zayde Wolfe "Rumble" available on Spotify.
Alexa Bliss vs. Mandy Rose
Alexa Bliss accompanied by Nikki Cross out first as her music sounds in the arena and they make their way down the ramp and enter the ring. As they make their way down, a quick clip is shown where Alexa and Nikki are backstage. "It's every woman for themselves, but nothing can get between us" Nikki Cross says while standing next to Alexa Bliss referring to the upcoming Rumble event.
Mandy Rose out next accomapnied by Sonya Deville as they make their way down the ramp and towards the ring, Mandy looking like an angel as she slides onto the ring and then slides backwards under the bottom rope entering the ring. The bell rings and the match begins. Early tie up with Mandy shoving Alexa into the turnbuckle.
Mandy shoves Alexa saying, "Who do you think you are? You think you're stronger than me? I don't think so honey, you will never look like me!" Alexa with five feet of fury into the turnbuckle followed by a drop to the mat. Mandy burries Alexa into the turnbuckle for the counter. Alexa with Double Foot kick to the chest on Mandy outside of the ring. Alexa drops Sonya off the ring. Mandy gets the upperhand on Alexa dominating her on the ground with in ring grappling.
Mandy with Double Underhook, Alexa counters. Both woman down with Clothesline. Both women struggle back to their feet and seemingly know what the other is about to attempt. Clothesline by Alexa and two slaps knocking Mandy to the mat. Knees to the midsection and a flip onto Mandy.
Mid-match Odis comes out, distracting Alexa momentarily while Mandy Rose rolls Alexa up for the three count and the win.
Winner: Mandy Rose
After the Match
Odis is standing on the ramp still licking and eating the cake made for him by Mandy Rose
We go to commercial as the match up between Lacey Evans and Sasha Banks in announced to be coming up next...
Lacey Evans vs. Sasha Banks
The "Sassy Southern Belle" Lacey Evans makes her way down the ramp and into the ring as her music sounds in the arena. Sasha Banks music sounds in the arena, Lacey watching the ramp, nobody comes out. Lacey looks around, suddenly on the jumbotron Bailey says, "Sasha is not even here tonight, she made a real commitment in Los Angeles. The Smackdown Women's Champion, and I'm obligated to do so." Lacey says she's not surprised, that shows the difference between Lacey Evans and Sasha Banks. While Lacey is in Los Angeles, I am here and ready to fight, especially in the heartland. The crowd begins chanting, "USA! USA!" as Lacey blows a kiss to the crowd. "As Sasha is nothin but a nasty and not here, and you're back there running your mouth. Why don't you come out here and fight me for the title now." Bailey says Lacey can pander to the audience, but she's not Lacey's snot nosed kid, and she doesn't have to do anything. Lacey jumps out of the ring and heads backstage.
Lacey goes to open a door and Bailey attacks "Why don't you put on your Mom jeans and go home!" Lacey gets off the ground and begins attacking Bailey. The referee holds Lacey back telling her to calm down as Lacey breathes heavy with an angry look on her face.
Last week on Smackdown is shown between Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler.
The Fiend is on a screen speaking to Daniel Bryan after interrupting him. "The secret to being the fiend is..." a hand covers the puppet and Bray Wyatt comes into view wearing his Mr. Rogers-like sweater and a smile on his face as he says, "Silly rabbit, remember kids, snitches get stitches." A voice is heard saying "Let me in" and the screen fades to black.
Braun Strowman vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Out first is Braun Strowman as his music sounds in the arena and he makes his way down the ramp, stopping to high five some fans in the front row before he enters the ring. We go to commercial...
We come back from commercial and the arena turns red and black as Shinsuke Nakamura makes his way down the ramp accompanied by Sami Zayn and Cesaro. Braun wastes no time as the bell rings and the match begins. Braun charges at Nakamura who slides out of the way. Nakamura runs into a boot by Strowman. Nakamura takes multiple boots to the midsection by Strowman.
In the corner of the ring, Strowman lifts Nakamura to his feet, throwing him into the turnbuckle and charges once again with Big Splash, Nakamura pulled out of the ring by Sami Zayn just in time to save him from a Splash by Strowman. Cesaro slams Strowman into the baracade on the outside of the ring as we go to commercial.
As we come back from commerccial Nakamura attempts to squeeze the breath out of Strowman. Nakamura off the second rope, caught by Strowman and a Shoulder Tackle, then another knocking Nakamura to the mat, nearly knocking his head off with a Chin Slam. A third slam to the mat and a two count, Nakamura kicks out.
Body Slam by Strowman onto Nakamura in the center of the ring. Cesaro with a steel chair in his hand enters the ring, the referee tells him to get out of the ring, Nakamura is thrown the title by Sami Zayn who attempts to attack Strowman from behind. Strowman catches him and slams him to the mat getting the three count pin for the win.
Winner: Braun Strowman
After the Match
Braun Strowman picks up the title belt and holds it over his head and the crowd cheers. Sami Zayn jumps into the ring and rips the title out of Strowman's hands, then jumps out the other side of the ring meeting up with Nakumara and Cesaro on the ramp as they head up to the backstage area looking back at Strowman saying it doesn't belong to him.
Sheamus is seen on screen surrounded by all black with a red light illuminating around him. "Rise over size. Embrace who you are. Seems since that Smackdown, Shorty G has had a lot to say. I showed him just how much Smackdown is about to change, now that I've returned."
Sheamus continues, "I knocked him down, but he did not rise again. All the problems that have infested Smackdown. Small isn't something to be embraced, it's something to be cornered, crushed, and disposed of. Last week I proved that size does matter. Shorty G says embrace who you are, I agree, because since I've returned, I'm ready to embrace... Chaos.
The Usos vs. King Corbin & Dolph Ziggler is announced for when we come back from the break.
We come back from commercial and a gift wrapped in red paper with a white bow is sitting on a stool in the locker room. Daniel Bryan opens it up and its the purple bunny from Bray Wyatt. Daniel throws it back into the box, putting his hands on his hips while looking at the floor.
The Usos vs. King Corbin & Dolph Ziggler
Roman Reigns music sounds in the arena as he makes his way out to the stage and heads down the ramp, smiling and fist bumping and high fiving several fans in the front row along the way before heading up the stairs and entering the ring.
A "Progressive Flo" clip is shown leading up to tonight's match up with King Corbin, Roman Reigns, the dog food, and more.
Roman Reigns grabs a mic and begins, "I've been out numbered, I've been jumped, and I've even been embarassed by Corbin and his crew. I've had back up. But this time, I didn't need the help, of friends. I needed the help, of my family." The crowd cheers. "Last week my family came back and supported me in a major way. 2020 is my year and I'm gonna come back and main event the Royal Rumble for the fifth time. I'm gonna come back with my brothers Jimmy and Jay, The Usos."
The Usos music sounds in the ring as they make their way down the ramp and enter the ring alongside Roman Reigns. The crowd is mixed as Jimmy begins, "Real talk, it feels good to be back on the blue. We about to turn Friday Night Smackdown into Friday Night Lock down." Jay adds, "The past 5 months on the sideline watching Roman defend himself against Queen Corbin" Jimmy says, "You disrespect him, you disrespect him, you disrespect me, you disrespect the whole family." Jay adds, "Kings come and go, but family is forever" as they say, "Welcome..."
They are interrupted as the music sounds for King Corbin who says, "You are gonna pawn off your beating, you are gonna take your family and throw them under the bus because you're scared. So you can't face me one on one, you are gonna hide in the Royal Rumble match. If anyone's gonna win the Royal Rumble, it's gonna be The King!"
Roman responds, "You think I'm scared of you? I'd love to whoop your ass twice in one night. We go one on one and then we go into the Rumble and when I throw you over the top rope and when I point at that sign, you will know who the winner is." King Corbin says "You ain't gonna have any family after tonight, because we are gonna handle this."
The Usos go to the back of the ring and run at the same time as Roman holds the top rope and kneels, both Jimmy and Jay fly over the top rope landing on King Corbin's security and get back in the ring yelling, "Come on!" as we go to commercial.
We come back and the match officially begins. The Usos team up and take out Dolph Ziggler. The Usos dominate the match up early on, taking Ziggler to the mat multiple times. King Corbin tags in as Ziggler gets back into his corner.
Dawson and Wilder come running down the ramp as Ziggler takes advantage of the interruption knocking Jay over the baracade. They say they didn't do anything as they make their way back up the ramp. Roman Reigns music sounds and he Clotheslines both Dawson and Wilder as he walks down the ramp yelling, "What's Up?" as we go to commercial.
As we come back from commercial, Dolph Ziggler is in the ring with Jimmy Uso. Jay finally tags in so Jimmy can have a much needed break. Jimmy rolls Ziggler up for a pin attempt, he kicks off. Jimmy goes for the turnbuckle to attempt a high flying move to no avail. King Corbin slams Jay into the turnbuckle shoulder first. Corbin goes to the outside and throws Roman Reigns into the baracade. Chaos on the outside of the ring as lots of fast paced action going on.
Roman Reigns Spears King Corbin on the outside of the ring causing a Disqualification, the bell rings ending the match.
Winner: No Winner/Disqualification
After the Match
Robert Roode out of nowhere attacking Roman Reigns, driving Reigns into the ring post. Corbin with a Deep Six on Dolph Ziggler with a Big Boot to the face of Jay Uso. "Look, this is your family!" as Corbin shoves Roman Reigns face down to look at The Usos laid out on the outside of the ring.
Dolph Ziggler slams through Reigns on the Broadcaster's table as King Corbin and Robert Roode hold Reigns down. Chairs stacked on top of Roman Reigns as King Corbin, Robert Rude, and Dolph Ziggler smile and show off their guns, posing. Robert Roode is seen yelling into the face of Roman Reigns, which can barely be seen under all the steel chairs as the show ends.
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