Results by Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com
December 2, 2022
Buffalo, New York – KeyBank Center
Commentary: Michael Cole and Wade Barrett
Quick Match Results
- Sami Zayn defeated Sheamus via roll up after Jey Uso superkicked Sheamus
- Shayna Baszler defeated Emma via Kirifuda Clutch submission
- Gunther defeated Kofi Kingston via the Last Symphony
- SmackDown World Cup Final: Ricochet defeated Santos Escobar via 630
In-Ring: Sami Zayn, The Usos, Solo Sikoa, The Brawling Brutes
WWE SmackDown kicks off with Sami Zayn’s music hitting as he, the Usos and Solo Sikoa walk down to the ring to a big pop. Jey Uso tells the fans that the Bloodline is in their city. Zayn tells them and at Survivor Series, the Bloodline yet again leveled up because at WarGames they had the longest reigning tag team champions. Jimmy tells him no and that they are not going to do that. He told him in the back, tonight is about Zayn. The Bloodline leveled up but Zayn was the MVP, they were chanting Sami Uso. A loud “Sami Uso” chant from the crowed.
Jey tells Zayn that he doubted him for a long time. He didn’t like him. But when he made the decision of standing with the family, he earned his respect. And it’s because of Zayn that they won at WarGames. Zayn tells him that this is too much, he doesn’t know what to do. Jimmy tells him he has one question and that is how is he feeling. The fans chant “Ucey” as Zayn looks at them and says he is feeling pretty freaking Ucey. Zayn and Jimmy go for their handshake as they look at Jey and tell him to join in. All three guys do their handshake in the ring and hug.
Out come The Brawling Brutes. Sheamus tells Zayn he hates to kick the bollocks off a fellow ginger. It’s enough talking for tonight, it’s fight night. He gets in the ring as the bell rings and we are under way.
Sami Zayn vs. Sheamus
A headlock by Zayn as he sends Sheamus to the ropes but Sheamus with a shoulder tackle. Sheamus throws Zayn into the turnbuckle and Zayn bounces off it and falls to the mat. Sheamus grabs Zayn but Zayn with a right hand. He runs to the ropes, Zayn goes for a hip toss but Sheamus blocks it and he hits him with a clothesline. A European uppercut by Sheamus and he throws Zayn to the outside of the ring. Sheamus grabs Zayn and throws him into the barricade.
Back from commercial, Sheamus with a European uppercut on the outside of the ring. He throws Zayn into the ring. Sheamus on the ring apron is distracted by The Usos and Zayn hits him with a DDT. He goes for the cover but Sheamus kicks out. Zayn with right hands followed by a drop kick. A headlock by Zayn in the middle of the ring but Sheamus gets to his feet with Zayn on his back. Sheamus slams into the turnbuckle to get out of it. Zayn climbs the second rope and hits Sheamus with a tornado DDT. He goes for the cover but Sheamus kicks out. Sheamus on the ring apron as Zayn grabs him. Zayn goes for the 10 Beats of the Bodhran but Sheamus grabs Zayn’s arm. Sheamus with back elbows. He gets back into the ring and hits ayn with clotheslines. Zayn rolls onto the ring apron and Sheamus goes for the 10 Beats of the Bodhran but Zayn hangs Sheamus up on the top rope. Zayn climbs the top rope, he jumps but Sheamus catches him and hits him with the Irish curse backbreaker. He gets Zayn with the clover leaf in the middle of the ring but Zayn reaches the ropes. Sheamus runs towards Zayn but Zayn lowers the top rope and Sheamus falls to the outside. Zayn runs and jumps over the top rope landing a swanton onto Sheamus.
Back from commercial, Zayn is on the top rope as he jumps but Sheamus hits him with a flying knee to the face. He goes for the cover but Zayn kicks out. Sheamus gets Zayn on his back as he climbs the second rope. Sheamus goes for the White Noise but Zayn reverses it into a sunset flip powerbomb. He goes for the cover but Sheamus kicks out. Zayn goes for the Helluva Kick, Sheamus grabs him and hits him with the White Noise. He goes for the cover but Zayn kicks out. Sheamus goes for the Brogue Kick but Zayn rolls onto the apron. Sheamus grabs him and hits him with the 10 Beats of the Bodhran but 20 times. Sheamus is about to go for the Brogue Kick but Jimmy gets on the ring apron as he distracts Sheamus. Zayn grabs Sheamus and goes for the cover but Sheamus kicks out. Zayn distracts the referee, Jimmy with a kick onto Sheamus. Sheamus with the Blue Thunder Bomb. He goes for the cover but Sheamus kicks out. The Brawling Brutes and The Bloodline fight on the outside of the ring. Jimmy gets on the ring apron as he distracts the referee. Jey gets in the ring and hits Sheamus with a super kick. Zayn rolls Sheamus up and gets the pin.
Winner: Sami Zayn
Video Promo: Santos Escobar
They air a video package with Santos Escobar talking about how he will win the SmackDown World Cup.
Backstage: Kofi Kingston, Imperium
— WWE (@WWE) December 3, 2022
Back from commercial, Megan is with Kofi Kingston. He tells her that he is the first WWE superstar to declare entry into the Royal Rumble match. She asks him about the finals of the SmackDown World Cup. Kofi says he likes what he sees from Santo but he can’t bet against Ricochet.
In come Imperium and they tell Megan why she would ask Kofi about what is going on since he and Woods spend more time on the internet than in the ring. Kofi says Woods isn’t here tonight but he has no problem going in the ring with any one of them. In comes Gunther who says tonight, he will be in the ring with him.
Backstage: Bray Wyatt
We cut to Bray Wyatt standing backstage in the dark. Wyatt says we are spoiled, society has given us this wild lifestyle. People forget that once upon a time, we were all wild animals. Animals and insects eat each other to survive and that is normal. Wyatt says but we don’t dare to talk about these things even though these primal instincts are in our minds. Wyatt says those ideas are still there but he is not the one that hurt LA Knight. Wyatt says he hurt him and laughs. And how he rejoiced. But if he had been the one, we would all know because there would be none of LA Knight left.
Backstage: Emma, Madcap Moss
— WWE (@WWE) December 3, 2022
Emma is backstage stretching and in comes Madcap Moss. Who asks her how she is. Emma says she is good but being away for five years is a long time and competition is tough. Madcap tells her it doesn’t matter how long it has been, not to forget who she is. The entire women’s revolution doesn’t happen without her. She worked for the change but the entire world has changed. She is Emma and she belongs here. Emma thanks and kisses him on the cheek as she continues to stretch.
Shayna Baszler vs. Emma
The bell rings and we are under way. A waist lock take down by Shayna. Both women to their feet but an arm bar and a roll up cover by Emma as Shayna kicks out. Emma with a Russian leg sweep. She goes for the cover but Shayna kicks out. Shayna on the ring apron as Emma grabs her but Shayna slams Emma’s arm onto the second rope. An arm bar take down by Shayna in the middle of the ring. Shayna twists Emma’s arm and gets her in an arm bar but Emma rolls her up for the cover and again Shayna kicks out. Shayna with a right hand. She twists Emma’s arm but Emma rolls out of it and kicks Shayna in the face. Emma with a right hand followed by a clothesline.
Emma with a back elbow to the face. Emma gets Baszler on the ring apron. She leans Shayna on the second rope and hits her with a neck breaker into the ring/ She goes for the cover but Shayna kicks out. Emma with the tarantula on the ropes and she lets go. Emma climbs the top rope but Shayna kicks the top rope and kicks Emma in the face. Shayna with an arm bar off the top rope and she gets Emma in the Kirifuda Clutch in the middle of the ring as Emma taps out.
Winner: Shayna Baszler
Shayna grabs Emma’s arm after the match but out comes Shotzi. She gets in the ring and right hands by Shotzi. A kick by Baszler followed by a knee to the face. Shayna steps on Shotzi’s hair and twists Shotzi’s arm. Out comes Raquel Rodriguez and she runs down to the ring with her left arm in a brace. All three women look at Shayna as Shayna gets out of the ring.
Video: Lacey Evans
We cut to Michael Cole who says in the women’s division, there is also Lavey Evans who is going back to basics.
A video showing Evans running and training with the US Marine Corps.
Video Promo: Ricochet
They air a video of Ricochet talking about the SmackDown World Cup final.
Gunther vs. Kofi Kingston
The bell rings and we are under way. Kifo with kicks and a drop kick onto Gunther. A head lock by Kofi but Gunther with a back breaker. An uppercut by Gunther in the middle of the ring. He grabs Kofi but Kofi with right hands and kicks. Gunther grabs Kofi and a chop to the chest. Gunther with a snapmare. He places his legs between Kofi’s head and he twists Kofi’s neck. Gunther pushes Kofi to the ropes but Kofi with right hands. He gets Gunther in the corner but Gunther throws Kofi in the corner and a chop to the chest. Gunther throws Kofi to the ropes but Kofi hangs on to the ropes. Gunther runs towards him but Kofi lowers the top rope. Kofi runs to the ropes and Kaiser trips Kofi up and the referee doesn’t see it. Gunther gets in the ring and a big boot onto Kofi.
He goes for the powerbomb but out comes Braun Strowman. He runs after Kaiser. Vinci jumps off the ring steps but Braun catches him and slams Vinci into the ring post. He throws Vicci over the barricade. Kaiser jumps onto Braun’s back but Braun flips him and throws him over the barricade. Back in the ring, Gunther goes for the power bomb but Kofi hits him with the SOS. He goes for the cover but Gunther kicks out.
Back from commercial, Michael Cole mentions that Braun chased Imperium to the back. Gunther has Kofi in a head lock but Kofi with elbows and kicks. Kofi flips back and gets Gunther in the cover but Gunther kicks out. Right hands by Kofi followed by a drop kick by Kofi. A drop kick by Kofi followed by a flying clothesline. Kofi runs towards Gunther but Gunther catches him. He throws Kofi abut Kofi lands on his feet. Kofi with a drop kick. He climbs the top rope and a splash onto Gunther’s back. He goes for the cover but Gunther kicks out. Kofi clims the second rope and jumps but Gunther hits him with a chop. Gunther with a German suplex. He goes for the cover but Kofi kicks out. Gunther with the Boston crab in the middle of the ring and he turns it into a head lock. Kofi gets out of it and he kicks Gunther in the back of the knee. Kofi goes for the SOS but Gunther turns it into a gut wrench but Kofi lands on his feet. Gunther with a drop kick. He hits Kofi with the powerbomb and goes for the cover but Kofi kicks out. Gunther grabs Kofi and slams him onto the mat. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Michael Cole states that Gunther was talking to him early this week and told him that he is trying to evolve and that he was trying a new move and that move is the Last Symphony.
Backstage: The Bloodline, Sheamus
The Bloodline are backstage. Zayn says he knows a great place to go eat tonight. Zayn is about to walk away as Jimmy tells him to let Solo go with him since he has made a lot of enemies lately. Solo and Zayn walk away. Jimmy tells Jey it’s crazy how Jey has Zayn. Jimmy asks him if he ever spoke to Zayn about having lied to him when he told him that he didn’t talk to Kevin Owens. Jey says he didn’t but that Roman told him he saw what he needed to saw. And that they won at Survivor Series.
In comes Sheamus who hits them with the Shillelagh. Sheamus tells them good luck in their match on Monday and if they win, he and McIntyre will be waiting for them.
In-Ring: Damage CTRL, Liv Morgan, Tegan Nox
Out come Damage CTRL to the ring. Bayley says they don’t want to be in stupid Buffalo but she is sure that Michael Cole misses her. SmackDown needed ratings and they knew they can count on Damage CTRL. They were inside of WarGames less than a week ago. The three of them combined were in that match for 95 minutes and 19 seconds. She says they don’t know what that does to their bodies because they cheered for Becky Lynch when they won. The fans chant “Becky” but Bayley tells them that Becky isn’t there tonight.
Bayley wants to talk about the SmackDown roster. She says no one wanted to face them. And as the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s champion in history, that disappointed her. They are here to be role models. Out comes Liv Morgan. She tells Bayley it seems like she has a problem with the SmackDown women’s division. Liv counts that there are three of them and says it seems fair as she runs towards the ring. Iyo Sky to the outside but Liv throws her into the barricade. Dakota on the outside of the ring but Liv throws her to the barricade. Liv gets in the ring and spears Bayley. Sky and Dakota attack Liv.
Out comes Tegan Nox and she returns to SmackDown. She attacks Damage CTRL. Liv grabs a kendo stick and hits Damage CTRL with it. Nox hits Bayley with the Shiniest Wizard.
Backstage: Karrion Kross & Scarlett
Karrion Kross and Scarlett are in a dark room. Kross says this universe is one giant storm, it’s chaos. And he embraces it. People struggle with that reality. The more they fight it, it really puts them in places they really don’t want to be in and he had to show Drew and teach Madcap that you don’t walk against the wind. And now it is time to take someone else into the eye of the storm. He looks at Scarlett with a deck of cards as she shows a card with Rey Mysterio on it.
Michael Cole and Wade Barrett mention that next week is Kurt Angle’s birthday celebration.
Video: Bray Wyatt, Uncle Howdy
— WWE (@WWE) December 3, 2022
It cuts to Uncle Howdy who asks how well do you know your neighbor. He says he knows how he thinks and how he feels, it’s all fiction. As he is talking, videos of Bray Wyatt flash across the screen.
SmackDown World Cup Final
Ricochet vs. Santos Escobar
The winner becomes the number 1 contender for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
Zelina Vega is on the commentary team. The bell rings and we are under way. Ricochet with an arm bar but Escobar reverses it into an arm bar of his own. Ricochet acrobatically gets out of it and both men are standing in the ring. Righgt hands by Ricochet. He runs to the ropes but he is distracted by Legado Del Fantasma. Escobar throws him to the outside. Right hands by Escobar as he throws Ricochet back into the ring. A drop kick by Ricochet. He is on the ring apron. The referee is distracted by Joaquin Wilde as Ricochet is pushed off the top rope by Cruz. The referee turns around and he kicks Legado Del Fantasma out of ringside. Zelina gets on the ring apron and the referee kicks her out too.
Back from commercial, a dropkick by Ricochet. He spears Santos in the corner. Ricochet on the ring apron and as he is about to jump off the top rope, Escobar pushes him down to the outside of the ring. Escobar runs to the ropes and a suicide dive onto Ricochet and Ricochet slams into the announce table. Escobar throws Ricochet back into the ring. He goes for the cover but Ricochet kicks out. Escobar with the lion tamer but Ricochet gets out of it. Santos with the Mexican surfboard.
He turns it into a cover but Ricochet kicks out. Santos lifts Ricochet on his shoulders but Ricochet grabs the ropes and lands on his feet. Ricochet gets on the ring apron and a right hand by Ricochet. He goes for a suplex and places Escobar on the ring apron. A kick to the face by Ricochet and Escobar falls to the outside of the ring. Ricochet with a kick to the face. Ricochet with a shooting star onto a standing Santos.
Back from commercial, Ricochet with a superplex off the top rope. Ricochet goes for the cover but Escobar kicks out. Ricochet with right hands as he runs to the ropes and both men collide in the middle of the ring. Escobar rolls to the outside of the ring. Ricochet rolls to the outside as Ricochet runs off the steps, jumps, Escobar moves out of the way and Ricochet lands on the barricade. Escobar jumps onto the barricade. Escobar with a hurricanrana off the barricade on the outside. Escobar rolls Ricochet into the ring. He goes for the cover but Ricochet kicks out.
Escobar with an elbow onto Ricochet. Escobar get Ricochet in the corner and a chop to the chest. He places Ricochet on the top rope and a kick to the face onto Ricochet. Escobar climbs the second rope but Ricochet with right hands and Escobar falls to the mat. Escobar climbs back the top rope and both men are standing on the top rope. Escobar goes for a hurricanrana but Ricochet lands on his feet. Ricochet with a knee to the face followed by a suplex. Ricochet with a vertical suplex. Ricochet with a springboard moon sault off the second rope. He goes for the cover but Escobar kicks out. Ricochet with a drop kick. Ricochet climbs the top rope and he goes for the shooting star but Escobar gets his knees up. Escobar goes for the cover but Ricochet kicks out. Escobar with knees to the face. He lifts Ricochet up on his shoulders but Ricochet lands on his feet. Escobar gets his knees around Ricochet’s head and he slams Ricochet head first onto the mat. He goes for the cover but Ricochet kicks out. Escobar lifts Ricochet up on the top rope but Ricochet with right hands. Ricochet standing on the top rope with Escobar on the second rope. Ricochet slams Escobar onto the mat. Escobar gets up and Ricochet with kicks to the face. Ricochet climbs the top rope and he lands the 630 splash. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: SmackDown World Cup champion, Ricochet
Ricochet walks up the amp and grabs the SmackDown World Cup trophy and celebrates as pyro goes off behind him. Imperium’s music hits and out comes Gunther with the Intercontinental championship. Michael Cole says they will go one on one on December 16 for the Intercontinental championship.