January 10, 2020
Commentary: Michael Cole and Corey Graves
Results by: Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com
Quick Match Results
- The Miz defeated Kofi Kingston via Skull Crushing Finale
- Mandy Rose defeated Alexa Bliss via roll up
- Braun Strowman defeated Shinsuke Nakamura via powerslam in a non-title match
- King Corbin & Dolph Ziggler defeated The Usos by DQ when Roman Reigns speared Corbin
In-Ring: The Miz, John Morrison, The New Day
WWE Smackdown kicks off with Miz TV. The host of the show The Miz wearing his ring attire walks down to the ring. We see clips of last Friday’s show where The Miz lost to Kofi Kingston and where Miz would attack Kofi afterwards.
The fans boo Miz as he welcomes everyone to Miz TV. He says since last Friday and the incident with Kofi, people have said that he has changed. He says he was having a bad day. We’ve all bad days and Kofi came up with all of his positivity, trying to cheer him up and sometimes you just don’t want to smile. Sometimes when someone tells you to smile, you just want to punch them in the face and that’s what he did.
Miz says he let his emotions and temper get the best of him and he wants to say he is sorry. But he has been going through a lot this month. The Fiend Bray Wyatt threatened his daughter and when he went to take the one thing that he cherishes the most, which is the Universal title, he failed. But there has been one bright spot and that is the return of someone that is like family to him. The biggest guest in Miz TV history, John Morrison!
His music hits and Morrison dressed in dark jeans and a jacket walks down with pyro going off behind him. The Smackdown side panel during his entrance reminds us that he is the winner of the 2003 WWE Tough Enough competition.
He gets in the ring as the fans chant “Welcome back”. Miz says welcome back John Morrison! He says this is truly awesome! John Morrison and The Miz, the greatest tag team of the 21st century in the ring at the same time. Miz reminds everyone that Morrison is a three time Intercontinental champion and a 5 time tag team champion, two of which were won alongside The Miz. We see a video package highlighting John Morrison’s WWE career.
Miz says from the bottom of my heart, welcome back. John says it feels good to be back and he doesn’t know what to say. They were filming a chronicle leading up to his return, at the Royal Rumble he will get a new entrance and it was going to be epic. But when he saw what Miz was going through and they had that talk, there’s nothing more important than being there for one of your best friends. He comes to Smackdown last week and he is glad he did. Because they talked again and he realized that he’s disappointed. Morrison says he is disappointed in the fans. His friend has one bad day and they all chant you suck?
Morrison says he wants to talk about it. Miz has worked harder for 15 years than anyone else on the roster. No one thought he would make it but he worked his way into being a WWE champion. And still he’s only his dad’s fourth favorite wrestler? Miz jokes and says fifth, he likes Kofi better.
John says but because Miz has a bad day, the fans ignore all of that hard work because they don’t get it. Miz does what he does but for all the fans and they don’t appreciate it. They’ve never been in the ring. Morrison points to a fan and says if we could imagine what they would say if that douchebag got in the ring.
Big E’s voice is heard and it’s The New Day who come out. Out come the WWE Smackdown tag team champions. Kofi says he has a question for The Miz. Who is trying to fool? Who? Is he seriously trying to blame the WEW Universe for turning their backs on him? Big E says they didn’t buy that apology. He’s not that good of an actor. He couldn’t even get cast as the bottom end of the human centipede. Kofi says he would have respected him so much more if he would have stopped at he had a bad day but instead he is complaining/.
Kofi says we all have bad days and he could have stopped there. Miz says he respects the fact that Kofi was WWE champion for 6 months. He held the most prestigious and honorable title in all of WWE for six months. He respects the six seconds it took him to lose it. He also respects the fact that he chose to smile and ignore the fact that he didn’t go after the WWE championship. That’s what he respects.
Kofi says again, it was 8 seconds, not six. And that was clear. Whats also clear is that The Miz is changing. Yeah, he sees it. He’s changing based on what they have said tonight and last week. He is changing from cool Miz to obnoxious, annoying Miz. And what that means is that the people are correct when they say that he sucks. The fans start to chant “You suck”.
The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston
John Morrison and Big E are on commentary. The bell rings and we are under way. Kofi with a kick and an uppercut. An arm bar by Kofi followed by a drop kick. The fans chant “New Day Rocks”. Both men back up and a knee to the midsection by The Miz followed by a double axe. Miz sends Kofi to the ropes, Miz grabs Kofi but Kofi rolls him up as Miz kicks out. Both men back up, Kofi is sent to the ropes and a knee to the stomach by The Miz.
Miz with a kick to the fact. He goes for the cover but Kofi kicks out. A headlock by Miz. Kofi gets out of it. Miz with a shoulder block takes Kofi down. Miz runs to the ropes but a back elbow by Kofi. He throws Miz to the outside. Miz gets back up to his feet and back in the ring. Kofi clotheslines him to the outside and Kofi with a suicide dive. Kofi goes to pick Miz up but Miz pushes Kofi into Big E.
Back from commercial, both men are back in the ring. Kofi with a back drop. Kofi with a drop kick. He runs to the ropes and a boom drop. Kofi goes for Trouble in Paradise but Miz gets his knees up. Miz with a DDT. He goes for the cover but Kofi kicks out. Miz with the Yes kicks. He goes for the last kick, Kofi ducks, gets the roll but Miz kicks out. Kofi lands the SOS. He goes for the cover but Miz kicks out once more. Both men back up, Miz pushes Kofi into the corner and starts to kick Kofi’s right leg. Miz with high knees. He goes for one more but Kofi kicks him in the face.
Kofi climbs the top rope, he jumps but Miz hits Kofi’s knee. Miz with the figure four leg lock but Kofi reaches the bottom rope. Kofi rolls to the outside. Miz on the ring apron kicks Big E away. He rolls Kofi back into the ring as Big E gets in Miz’s face. Morrison flies off the steel steps and onto Big E. With Kofi distracted, Miz hits him with the Skull Crushing Finale. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: The Miz
After the match, Miz and Morrison hug and celebrate.
Firefly Fun House
It’s Firefly Fun House time. We see Wyatt and he tells everyone to get closer. He wants to say something. Wyatt says “I love you”. That felt good he claims. Love is so special but not everyone is worthy of that. He’s looking at you Daniel Bryan. Whatever the opposite of love is, that’s the way that he feels about you Bryan. And he can’t say he blames him. Lately, he’s been pretty naughty, real freaking naughty. He’s going to shoot straight. You are in a heap of trouble at the Royal Rumble. At first, he just wanted you to remember as we see flashes of years ago involving Bryan and The Wyatt family.
But then he wanted to change you as we see a clip of Wyatt dragging Bryan under the ring. But now that Bryan wants the Universal title, he wants to hurt you. Wyatt says bye, he loves everyone but Daniel Bryan.
Backstage: Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville
Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville are backstage. Sonya says they will focus on each other and it starts tonight. She will be in Mandy’s corner, rooting her on. Mandy seems distracted and tells her she has to take care of one thing first. Mandy takes out a big white box and slightly opens it.
Elias is in the ring. He says he has one question, who wants to walk with Elias? He says he wrote a song called “The road to the Rumble” and he needs the fans to clap along. He sings it:
“Here we go… I see ‘ya… That feels good don’t it? Here we go… Roman Reigns, winning the Rumble… Not if Elias has anything to say. See I got nothing against the big dog, he’s gonna lose like Randy, AJ and Ricochet. Lets not forget about Erick Rowan… Whatever is in that cage, it cant escape. Its gotta be pretty horrifying to look at, could it be worse than Lana and Lashley’s sex tape? Probably not! Brock Lesnar thinks the roster is unworthy, he made tat much clear, well Brock its easy to hide behind that opinion, especially given the fact that you’re never here.
Well how does Elias compare? To a guy like Brock? But for one I’ve got a personality and unlike him, I’m not afraid to talk. So when I beat him for the title, oh I’ll gladly show Brock the door. But first when it comes to the Royal Rumble, I’m gonna show him what WWE stands for.”
Backstage: Heavy Machinery, Mandy Rose
— WWE (@WWE) January 11, 2020
Otis is backstage with Tucker. Tucker tells Otis he has to let Mandy go and focus. In comes Mandy with the white box and she tells him to wait. She knows she hurt his feelings when Ziggler stepped on the cake. She should have said something but didn’t and this might not make up for it or as good as the fruit cake but she made him this.
Otis opens up the box and it’s a cake with the words “I’m sorry” and a sad face on it. She says she has a match and has to go but to enjoy.
Alexa Bliss vs. Mandy Rose
The bell rings and we are under way. A head lock by Alexa but Mandy sends her to the ropes. A shoulder block but both women stay up. Mandy talking trash as Alexa hits her with a right hands. She gets Mandy in the corner and stomps on her.
Mandy runs towards Bliss but Bliss with a drop toe hold. Both women back up but Mandy gets Alexa in the corner. She runs towards Bliss but Alexa flips Mandy onto the ring apron. Bliss gets Mandy tied between the ropes and knocks her to the outside. Bliss with a dropkick through the ropes takes Mandy down. She throws Mandy back into the ring. Sonya gets on the ring apron, she kicks Nikki down as Alexa knocks Sonya down.
Mandy attacks Alexa and goes for the cover but Alexa kicks out. Mandy with a snapmare headlock. Alexa fights out of it. Mandy goes for a double underhook but Alexa counters it and a double clothesline and both women are out.
They both get up and Alexa with a clothesline and another. A right hand by Alexa followed by another. A dropkick by Alexa. Alexa with the double knees followed by a moonsault.
Heavy Machinery’s music hits and out comes Otis with the cake and Tucker is trying to talk his way out of it. With Alexa distracted, Mandy goes for the roll up and gets the pin.
Winner: Mandy Rose
Otis stares at Mandy from afar and eats the cake while dancing.
In-Ring: Lacey Evans, Bayley
Lacey Evans came out for her scheduled match against Sasha Banks.
Sasha’s music hits but Bayley appears on the big screen. Bayley says Sasha is AWOL, she’s not here tonight. She made a last minute commitment to a real city, Los Angeles. She had to finish her rap album and only reason Bayley is there is because as champion, she is contractually obligated to do so.
Evans says she is not shocked that Sasha failed to show up. It shows the prime example of people like Sasha and people like Lacey. While Sasha is hanging out in Los Angeles, she is out here waiting to fight anytime, anywhere. Especially in the heartland of America. The fans chant “USA” as Lacey says it gets her thinking. Since Sasha is not here and Bayley is back there running her month, why doesn’t she come out and face her for her title? Bayley says she can make demands like the overbearing mother that she is but she’s no snot nose kid and she doesn’t have to listen to her.
Lacey Evans leaves the ring and walks to the back. Evans is seen backstage as Bayley attacks her from behind. She beats up on Evans and tells her why doesn’t she put her mom jeans and go home? Bayley walks away as Evans attacks her from behind. Evans goes to hit her with the Women’s Rights as Bayley ducks. A referee gets in the way and breaks it up.
Backstage: Daniel Bryan, Bray Wyatt
We see a clip of last week’s main event where The Fiend Bray Wyatt attacked Daniel Bryan.
Kayla is backstage with Daniel Bryan. She says we heard from Wyatt earlier tonight. Bryan says Wyatt wants him to remember but he outsmarted Wyatt. He wanted to change Bryan but Bryan did change but he changed for the better. And now Fiend wants to hurt him? He has no doubt that he will but he can’t break him. Not physically or mentally. He wants everyone to think that he can’t be hurt or beat. Bryan says he knows that he knows that he can be beat and he can be hurt. And he will do it and become Universal champion.
Ramblin Rabbit is seen on the television behind Bryan. He says he doesn’t have a lot of time. He says Bryan is right and he has a secret that will help him beat the Fiend. And the secret is… but in comes Wyatt who shuts him up. Wyatt says snitches get stitches. He looks at the camera and says to let him in.
Braun Strowman vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
This is a non-title match. The bell rings and Strowman goes right after Nakamura. He throws him around the ring. Braun goes for a big splash in the corner but Nakamura moves out of the way. Nakamura with kicks and right hands. He runs to the ropes but a big boot by Strowman. Strowman with a kick keeps Nakamura down.
Strowman throws Nakamura into the corner. A chop to the chest by Strowman. Strowman slams Nakamura into the opposite corner. Strowman with a big splash in the corner. Strowman goes for another splash but Sami grabs Nakamura and drags him to the outside of the ring.
Braun goes to the outside as Cesaro and Sami walk away. Sami runs into the ring. With the referee distracted, Cesaro throws Strowman into the post as Nakamura kicks Strowman into the timekeeper area.
Back from commercial, Nakamura is on the second rope. He hits Strowman with a flying knee. He goes for the cover but Strowman kicks out. A sleeper by Nakamura on Strowman in the middle of the ring. Strowman gets to his feet and flips Nakamura over. Nakamura back on his feet and hits Strowman with a spinning kick. Nakamura on the second rope but Strowman hits him with a powerful clothesline.
Strowman with a shoulder tackle takes Nakamura down. Strowman with a big splash in the corner followed by a chop to the chest. He goes for the cover but Nakamura kicks out. Strowman goes for a powerslam but Nakamura gets to his feet. A running knee bu Nakamura followed by another. He goes for the cover but Strowman kicks out. Nakamura runs towards Strowman but Braun hits him with a spinebuster.
Both men down and Sami gets on the ring apron. With the referee distracted, Cesaro gets in the ring with a chair. The referee spots it. Strowman knocks Cesaro to the outside. With the referee distracted, Sami tosses Nakamura the Intercontinental title. He goes to hit Strowman but he ducks. Strowman hits him with the powerslam. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: Braun Strowman
Braun grabs the Intercontinental championship and looks at it. He lifts it in the air as the fans cheer. Sami gets in the ring and grabs the title from Strowman and goes to the outside.
Sheamus is backstage and he cuts a promo talking about Shorty G and how he beat him up last week. Sheamus says Smackdown is about to change. He knocked Shorty G down and he did not rise again.
Backstage: Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan is in the locker room and he finds a red gift box. He opens it and it’s Ramblin’ Rabbit with a side of his head missing. Bryan puts it back in the box.
John Morrison vs. Big E is announced for Smackdown next week.
In-Ring: Roman Reigns, The Usos, King Corbin, Dolph Ziggler
Roman Reigns’ music hits and out he comes to an ovation. Reigns says 2019 was a blessed year but it ended a bit rough. If you watch Smackdown every Friday, you know the deal. He has been outnumbered, out jumped and embarrassed by Corbin and his crew. Throughout his career, he always had backup. But this time he didn’t need the help of friends. This time, he needed the help of his family.
Reigns says last week his family came back and helped him out in a major way. He says 2020 is his year. He is going on to win the Royal Rumble and he will main event Wrestlemania for a fifth time. And he is going to do that with the one’s by his side who have been there since day one. And that is Jimmy and Jey, The Usos.
Out they come to the ring. They say they will turn Friday night Smackdown into Friday night lock down. Being away from all this for 5 months was rough. But sitting at home watching Roman defend himself against queen Corbin and his kingdom was tough. They say nice touch with the dog food but when they did that, they disrespected Roman. And when you disrespect Roman, you disrespect the Usos. And when you disrespect the Usos, you disrespect the family.
Out comes Baron Corbin with Dolph Ziggler. He comes out on his thrown. Corbin says Roman will pawn the beating he deserved on his family. Now he will take his family and throw them under the bus because the big dog is scared. He is scared to face him one on one, he will go hide in the Royal Rumble match. But if anybody is winning the Rumble , it is the king.
Roman says he would love nothing more than to whoop Corbin’s ass twice in one match. Before the Rumble match, they should go one on one and during the Rumble, he will throw Corbin over the top rope and point to the Wrestlemania sign celebrating with his family. Corbin says he accepts his challenge but after tonight, he won’t have any family because they are about to handle the big dog’s two little bitches.
The Usos fly over the top rope knocking out Corbin, Ziggler and their security.
The Usos vs. King Corbin & Dolph Ziggler
The bell rings and we are under way. Dolph Ziggler is in the ring with Jimmy. He knocks Ziggler down and Jey is tagged in. They double team Ziggler. Jey goes for the cover but Ziggler kicks out. He rolls to the corner and in comes Corbin into the match.
A clothesline by Corbin. He goes for the cover but Jey kicks out. He gets Jey in the corner and Ziggler is tagged in. They double team Jey. Ziggler with a drop kick. He goes for the cover but Jey kicks out. Ziggler with a sleeper hold. Ziggler gets Jey back in the corner and Corbin is tagged back in. He takes Jey down.
He lifts Jey up but he lands on his feet and in comes Jimmy with the tag. A right hand by Jummy followed by an inzighuri. Jimmy climbs the top rope but The Revival’s music hits. Out they come and Corbin pushes Jimmy to the outside. Ziggler attacks Jey from behind. The Revival are walking back and Roman hits them both with a Superman punch. Roman walks down to the ring.
Back from commercial, The Usos are in control. A Samoan drop by Jey. He knocks Corbin off the rin apron. In coles Jimmy, he flies over the top rope but Corbin catche shim and throws him onto Reigns. Ziggler goes for the cover from behind but Jey kicks out. A kick to the face by Jey. He climbs the top rope and a big splash. In comes Corbin who throws Jey shoulder first into the ring post.
Corbin goes back to the outside and throws Roman Reigns into the barricade. Roman Reigns hits Corbin with the spear as the referee calls for the bell.
Winners: By disqualification, King Corbin and Dolph Ziggler
Roman Reigns clears the announce table.
In comes Robert Roode who attacks Roman Reigns from behind. Roode hits Roman Reigns with a DDT. Corbin with the Deep Six on the outside taking Jimmy down. A superkick by Dolph Ziggler on Jey.
Corbin, Roode and Ziggler talk trash and Roode lands a spinebuster on Roman Reigns onto the announce table. Ziggler stands on top of the announce table and hits an elbow onto Reigns through the announce table as Smackdown goes off the air.