Welcome to eWrestling's Friday Night SmackDown results coverage for Friday, September 4, 2020 airing live from the WWE ThunderDome in Orlando, FL!
The September 4th 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: Recently crowned Universal Champion Roman Reigns will address the WWE Universe, Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax get set for a championship rematch against Bayley & Sasha Banks, a high-stakes Fatal 4-Way Match, and more.
Featured below are WWE Friday Night SmackDown results for September 4, 2020 written by eWrestling.com's most popular female reporter, Jamie Rush. Follow me on Twitter @JamieRush312.
WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results (09/04/20)
Starting just a couple minutes late, we get the WWE Forever opening at 8:03.
Video Package - PayBack 2020 Highlights
We immediately head into a video package highlighting the matches and storylines from last weekend's WWE Payback 2020 pay-per-view. To start, we see a recap of last week's US Championship Match which is on the line as Roman Reigns signs the contract after Fiend and Strowman had already beat the crap out of one another. Reigns with a Spear to Fiend, then covering Strowman for the three count, the new Universal Champion!
The New Era has begun according to Corey Graves and Michael Cole as we kick off the September 4, 2020 edition of Friday Night SmackDown.
In-Ring - Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman
The Universal Champion, The Big Dog, Roman Reigns' music sounds in the ThunderDome as Reigns walks to the stage holding the Universal Championship belt. Paul Heyman accompanies him with a snarling look on his face as he looks around the crowd. Pyro goes off all around Reigns, announcing his descent down the ramp towards the ring.
Paul Heyman and "The New Universal Champion, Roman Reigns!" are officially announced over the speakers in the ThunderDome as Reigns steps into the ring, Heyman right next to him. Reigns stares into the camera, a serious look on his face. He holds the belt above his head and doesn't flinch as loud pyro goes off all around him.
Heyman lifts the mic to begin. "Just when you thought I was out... he pulled me back in. Oh and please, don't make fools of yourselves and embarassing yourselves pointing a finger at me corrupting him. Because I assure you, it's HIM corrupting me." Heyman states calmly.
Heyman continues in an oddly monotone voice. He continues, "What happened to the 'thank you's' and appreciation? Nobody bothered to say thank you through all the illnesses. When he needed just a little time off, what did you do with his championship? The Fiend does not deserve a championship. A Monster,
Romans REIGN as champion has always been defined family, tradition, legacy, the responsibility of being a champion, and the accountability of the champion.
On RAW they have a triple threat match to see who wi
We will do a Fatal Fourway tonight, the names of those contenders don't Anderson Cooper and Carmella's latest boyfriend over there can announce their names.
I'm gonna tell you this one time so you can get it through your thick unappreciative skulls. My name *he pauses* as Paul Heyman and I serve as special counsel to your private chief your reigning undefended undisputed champion, Roman. Reigns."
Reigns continues to stare into the camera, taking the mic. "I'm a man of my word, I did exactly what I said I would do. I wrecked the Fiend, I wrecked Strowman and I won the title. At Clash of Champions, I don't care who I defend my title to. Because I will win. On my island, you show up and win. Believe that."
Reigns drops the mic, not breaking his intense glare into the souls of fans at home.
Corey Graves and Michael Cole are shown sitting ringside at the commentator's desk. Bayley and Sasha Banks in Championship Re-Match against NEW WWE Women's Tag-Team Champions Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax
We see a vignette showcasing Sheamus Big E Mack Little and King Corbin in a Fatal Fourway Match for the #1 Contender spot at Clash of Titans pay-per-view
Heavy Machinary vs. The Miz & John Morrison
Out first for the first official match-up of tonight's edition of SmackDown is Mr. Money in the Bank Otis with his tag-team partner, Tucker make their way to the stage. Otis hands the briefcase to Tucker as he does multiple cartwheels on the stage (impressive for a man of his size!).
Tucker returns the briefcase as the two make their way down the ramp towards the ring for tonight's tag-team match-up with The Miz and John Morrison. We head to out first commercial break of the evening!
Connor's Cure Video Clip
As we return from commercial break, we are sent into the same Connor's Cure Video Clip we saw on SmackDown last week.
Roman Reigns and Paul Heymans are walking around backstage "Everything is in line, just let me handle this." "If tyou need someone to watch your back, I gotchu." Reigns says, "I know, I got this. I love you." "Well let's get a steak after the show then!" he shouts after Reigns as he walks away. Graves notes "something doesn't smell right with all this." Cole agrees.
Heavy Machinery vs Miz & Morrison
Otis brings his Money in the Bank briefcase with him as they make their way out. We go to commercial. Back from the break and our heels are out. I missed the first two minutes of this match due to technical difficulties but I'll catch you up from here. Miz goes into the corner. Tucker throws two fists. Miz escapes but is sent into the corner. Tucker makes a tag and Otis comes in. Miz and Morrison take control of things. Miz hits a running knee as he tags in Morrison, who hits a boot and covers for a two count. Otis is taunted by the heels as they utilize fast tags to keep on top of things. Otis finally gets his second wind and hits a splash in the corner, pinning Miz for the win. As Heavy Machinery celebrates, Morrison grabs the Money in the Bank briefcase and runs up the ramp with it.
Winners: Heavy Machinery
Backstage w/ Big E
Big E is backstage with Lucha House Party, preparing a celebration, when a staff member comes over to inform Big E that Xavier Woods has arrived! E claps excitedly and moves backstage further to greet him. Sheamus attacks without warning, striking E in a passage way before hitting the Brogue Kick against Big E and the wall. Sheamus drags and beats Big E over to a car, then hits the White Noise on Big E on top of the car, flattening him into the windshield. Officials run up and yell for medics as we go to break.
Backstage w/ Big E, Part II
We return from commercial break to see officials and medics tending to Big E after Sheamus' attack. Cole and Graves speculate this might have something to do with them fighting each other this past Sunday at Payback, and the fact that they're opponents in tonight's number one contender match. We cut back to the back with Kayla Braxton. Big E is still in his red track suit on the hood. Kayla speculates that he could have severe internal injuries when Sheamus walks back up. She asks him about the attack and he claims it was self defense. He says that she's got some bad information. He then tells her that if you want to be in main events and fight for Universal championships, you've got to stay focused. Sheamus says he's already thinking about dodging Riddle's strikes and avoiding Corbin's power. He says that Big E was probably thinking about laughing and dancing with his old friend. He says that it's a shame, because this could have been a big night for Big E but what does he do? He lets his old friend drag him down again. Sheamus then claps and smiles, saying he's got a big match tonight so he's got to go. He walks off camera, then walks back on and adds "it's probably going to be a triple-threat match tonight.
Commentary/Match Flo (Women's Tag Team Championships from Payback)
Cole and Graves promise to have updates throughout tonight. They then hype the upcoming Women's Tag Titles match as Big & Nasty will face the Golden Role Models in a rematch from Sunday, which saw Jax & Baszler win the titles off Bayley & Banks. Baszler used Sasha Bank's arm to help choke out Bayley, causing Bayley to tap out. The Golden Role Models have lost three titles in less than two weeks, leaving only one belt.
Interview w/ Banks & Bayley
They're asked about the tumultuous week they've had. Both women get snarky about it. Bayley says that before Payback, they'd never seen Jax & Baszler as a team together so they didn't know how to prepare but tonight? They're prepared to win their title back. Bayley is reminded that she's been tapped out by Baszler the last three times she's been in the ring with her. Banks interjects, all but singing Bayley's accolades. Banks says that Bayley is the best in the world and she's her best friend. She slaps the Smackdown Women's title and says it's time to go win their titles back and show everyone why they run the whole damn company. We go to commercial.
Backstage w/ Kayla Braxton & Adam Pearce
Kayla reports that she's heard word that Big E cannot compete tonight. Pearce acknowledges this and says it will still be a fatal four-way, and they're currently consulting with management as who it should be.
Women's Tag Team Championship: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler(c) vs Sasha Banks & Bayley
In her 329th day as champ (damn you, Michael Cole!) is Bayley, coming out with the Baws Sasha Banks as the Golden Role Models are angry and in no mood to play around. We're reminded that WWE Clash of Champions: Gold Rush is brought to you by their broken game WWE Battle Grounds and Hyundai. Bayley and Sasha yell at the ThunderDome who are booing them. Out next is Nia Jax, then joined at the top of the ramp by her partner Shayna Baszler. Fun Fact: this is Nia Jax's first time competing on Smackdown, ever! Shayna makes her entrance with her wicked awesome music, and the reigning, defending, undisputed women's tag team champions of the world make their way to the ring! Big & Nasty are here to wreck faces! We see a picture-in-picture of our Smackdown tag team champions, Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro, who give props to the women's tag team and then mock what happened to Big E. The announcer makes the introductions and the ref has to keep them separated as Bayley is full of smack talk, as is Sasha.
The bell rings and Jax & Baszler are arguing over who should start. Banks & Bayley attack them and send them from the ring. The Golden Role Models go for a pair of baseball slides but Jax and Baszler catch them by the legs, drag them out of the ring, then repeatedly sling him back and forth, smashing them against the barricade in an excellent exhibition of their power and prowess! We head to a commercial break on that note.
We return from commercial break and Baszler is still dominating Banks in this match-up! Banks runs toward Baszler to hit a Running Double Knee, Baszler rolls out of the way as Banks slams both knees into the ring post with a loud slam. Banks in instant agonizing pain! Baszler continues to assist Banks knees into the turnbuckle. Baszler with a blow to the back of Banks' knee. Baszler sweeps Banks leg out from under her, continuing to focus on the injured leg of Banks who is shouting out in pain. Baszler to her feet, cheap shot on Bayley, knocking her off the apron. Baszler goes for the Karifuda Clutch on Bayley who enters the ring, Bayley to Belly takes Baszler out! Jax rips Bayley off the apron before breaking up the Banks Statement Sasha Banks was holding on Baszler. Jax is tagged in. Sunset Flip by Banks for the two count! Back to her feet, Banks on Jax's shoulders. Jax climbs to the second rope. Bayley with the assist, helping Banks down. A Lateral Press to cover Banks and Bayley at the same time! The three count pin and win for Baszler and Jax!
Winners and STILL Women's Tag-Team Champions: Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler
After the Match
WWE Medical personnel enter the ring to assist Sasha Banks out to ringside to examine Banks' injuries more extensively as Banks is clearly writhing in pain. We head to commercial break as Jax and Baszler celebrate their first title defense VICTORY.
Bayley SNAPS On Banks!
Back from commercial break, Medical Staff looking to help Banks backstage to get medical help. Suddenly, Bayley has snapped! Bayley slams Banks into the steel stairs! Bayley looks to be ruining Da Boss!
Banks leans against the barricade and holds her arms up to cover her face in fear as Bayley slams Banks' head off the barricade then into the ringside floor. Bayley throws Banks back into the ring and continues to stomp and brutally attack Banks. Bayley looks at Michael Cole, then asks, "Is it 'Boss Time' Michael?" as she slams Banks head first into the canvas.
"You deserve ALL Of this! ALL OF THIS!" Bayley shouts at Banks as she grabs Banks by the hair lifting her head up. Banks in tears as Bayley exits the ring, grabbing a steel chair. Cole asks, "Why?" as Bayley walks by with the chair. Bayley puts Banks injured leg into the folded chair. Banks kicks vigorously to try and get Bayley off of her. At this point, Sasha isn't evening moving as Bayley drags her to the steel chair. Bayley puts Banks's neck into the folded chair. Bayley to the top! Slamming down on the chair, breathing heavily with a sadistic look on her face! Banks has had enough! WTF?
Michael Cole states, "Hopefully we will get an update on Banks medical condition before the show closes tonight." Also maybe an answer from Bayley on why she did this.
In-Ring - Sami Zayn... Just, "Sami Zayn"
"Please welcome, Sami Zayn!" Zayn's face drops, Zayn stops and asks Greg what's going on Is it Evan? Evan give me your headset. Marty... Marty... when you put my graphic up, did you put Intercontinental Champion above my name? Why not? ...."
Jeff walks out and as "Jeff Hardy" comes up on the screen, "Intercontinental Champion" is written above his name (I guess it was in the notes...) Jeff states if Sami wanted a shot at the title "all he had to do was ask." Sami looks befuddled and says, "no, YOU should have asked" they go back and forth until...
AJ Styles Enters
"How can you two run around with those belts over your shoulders KNOWING I am the uncrowned Intercontinental Champion here." Hardy states Styles looks like he's healed, if he wants a match, they could... Zayn interrupts, "Has everyone lost their minds?!"
Styles with a cheap shot on Hardy, Hardy blocks the Styles Clash and hits the Twist of Fate. Styles continues to throw Strikes at Hardy on the canvas as Zayn joins in hitting Hardy. Suddenly Styles turns and attacks Zayn. Zayn quickly escapes the ring with confusion all over his face!
Jey Uso is the fourth competitor for the Universal Championship #1 Contender Spot at Clash of Champions Fatal Four-Way Match!
Fatal Four-Way #1 Contender Match For Universal Championship At WWE Clash of Champions PPV
Matt Riddle vs. Jey Uso vs. King Corbin vs. King Corbin
"Broooooo...." Out first for this Fatal Four-Way match up is Matt Riddle! Riddle dances his way down the ramp towards the ring. As Riddle jumps over the ropes, he kicks off his flip flops and continues to dance around the ring. We get a slow-mo replay of the flip flop kick as we head to commercial break!
We return from commercial break and we get a "Talking Smack" promo for after tonight's show.
We see feet in heels walking, dragging a fur coat. Not sure why...
Backstage - Otis and Tucker
Tucker states, "I can't find Miz and Morrison anywhere..." Otis says, "It's ok, I don't keep the contract in that briefcase, I keep it in..." Otis lifts up a green lunch box. Tucker asks, "Well, what's in the briefcase?"
We flash to Miz and Morrison. Miz state Morrison knows that he
Backstage - Roman Reigns and Jey Uso
Jey thanks his cousin, Roman Reigns for helping him get into tonight's Fatal Four-Way match. Reigns tells Jey to get it! "I'm about to go get it, then you and me gonna turn up at Clash of Champions. I wouldn't be so sure if it was your brother, let's see if you can get one on your own this time" Reigns responds.
Continued Intros For Fatal Four-Way Match
Back inside the arena, King Corbin's music sounds as he is brought out on his throne being carried to the top of the stage. With a mic in hand, Corbin shouts, "Stop the music! Jey Uso does not belong in this match just because his cousin is the WWE Champion! He does not be..." Matt Riddle rolls out of the ring, running up the ramp towards Corbin. Corbin still being held up on his chair demands to be put down as Riddle is almost to him. Riddle and Corbin exchange blows on the ramp until s
Down in the dumps because he lost his favorite toy. A brand new friend is coming to the Fun-House. See you then! Byee!! Byyyeee! "...and this is a friendship that'll never ever end."
Backstage - Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross
Alexa Bliss states she doesn't know what came over her last week, and she hopes Nikki can forgive her. Nikki says of course she can forgive her, Alexa says "great" and walks off leaving a confused Nikki.
Fatal Four Way Match Begins!
We return to the ring and the bell rings with all four Superstars inside the ring. A Superkick by Jey Uso causes King Corbin to exit the ring. Riddle and Jey Uso inside the ring, Riddle flips Uso over his back, Uso lands on his feet. Sheamus back in the ring dropping Riddle for a two count. Corbin re-enters the ring, delivering a Chop to Riddle, Sheamus and Corbin team up, a foot by Riddle. Corbin with a Spine Buster on Riddle. Jey breaks things up at the two count.
Clothesline by Corbin, cover and kick out at two. Sheamus back up, as well as Corbin. The two continue to focus on Jey and Riddle with their temporary alliance allowing them to dominate this match. Riddle on the apron, Corbin with a Strike knocks Riddle back to ringside. Jey Uso taking the brunt of the blows inside the ring. Riddle receives a kick at ringside. Uso fights back, a kick to Sheamus until Riddle returns to the ring throwing punches sending Sheamus into the corner. Riddle and Uso take turns with Forearms and Strikes on Corbin and Sheamus.
Both Corbin and Sheamus cover Riddle and Uso respectively for the two count. (That woulda been interesting!) Sheamus looks around the ring with his hands on his hips as he tries to catch his breath, we head to commercial break!
Exploder Suplex followed up with a Broton and German Suplex on Sheamus by Riddle. Rolled up in a Triangle, Riddle looks to get his right foot under his left knee to lock in. Sheamus tries to power out. Sheamus with a Clover Leaf submission on Riddle. Uso with a kick to Sheamus. Corbin sneaks behind looking for a Chokeslam on Uso. Uso backs it on up into Corbin. A Super Kick to everyone, sending them all to ringside. Riddle and Sheamus dump Corbin over the barricade together, odd team up, even momentarily. Uso slams Corbin's face into the barricade. Corbin sends Uso flying over the barricade. Corbin drags Riddle back into the ring. Corbin looks for ENd of Days, Riddle lands on his feet Brogue Kick Floating Bro, Frog Splash by Uso on Riddle for the three count pin and win!
Winner: Jey Uso!
After the Match
Clash of Champions Gold Rush Universal Championship #1 Contender is officially announced as Jey Uso! Cousin vs Cousin at WWE Clash of Champions pay-per-view this month!
"Hey big dog, I made the family proud too! I did it on my own! Woooo!"
WIll the "Big Dog" be locked down in the "Penitentiary?" Cole asks. Jey Uso's music plays us out as the show fades to black!
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