Tonight’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown is live from the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska and WWE announced few segments and a match for the tonight’s show.
WWE announced that The Visionary Seth Rollins and the Universal Champion Roman Reigns will come face to face, WWE Hall of Gamer Lita returns to SmackDown nearly after 20 years, Sami Zayn to premiere his own stunt show InZayn and Aliyah to make her SmackDown debut against Natalya.
– Tonight’s WWE SmackDown opened with SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos. WWE NXT’s Samantha Irvin does the introductions and Cole reveals that King Xavier Woods is out of action indefinitely due to a calm muscle injury suffered during the match against The Usos last week.
The Usos give props to The New Day, saying they’re the one team to always take The Usos to the limit, but they go on about letting everyone know that they are the best tag team, they are #1. The grind doesn’t stop and they bring up assisting WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns with Seth Rollins. They also say WWE officials are lining up their opponents and they’re ready to knock them down. And gave special introduction to the tag teams, which are participating in Fatal 4 Way to determine their next challengers.
– The Viking Raiders defeated Los Lotharios, Cesaro and Mansoor, Jinder Mahal and Shanky via pinfall and became the new #1 contenders for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles. After the match, The Vikings stood tall for their music but The Usos interrupted them from the announce table. Both teams have words.
– Sonya Deville at backstage in her office and Naomi walks in. Deville comments on it being cold in the office, then Naomi says it’s cold just like Deville’s heart. They have some few words and Naomi knocks her for being such a liar. Naomi says toying with her is one thing but she won’t let it slide when Deville interferes in her career and messes up her title shot.
Naomi threatens Deville, then Deville reminds her how she can’t touch her when she has this suit on, because that makes her Naomi’s boss. Deville threatens her about the job and says Naomi shows up with “main character vibes” when everyone knows she’s just an extra. Deville tells Naomi to keep her hands off her unless she wants to get fined or removed from the Royal Rumble or even fired. Then, Naomi says fine and walks off. Now, Adam Pearce comes walks in and talks about how cold it is in the office. Apparently the heat isn’t working.
– Sami Zayn makes his way to the ring and says the conspiracy against him has gone on for too long, beginning with how he was robbed for the WWE Intercontinental Title, but finally he is getting back to where he retains the gold that belongs to him. Then, Zayn brings up Jackass star Johnny Knoxville and shows us what happened between the them last week.
Sami Zayn says Knoxville is actually great because he is also officially entering the Royal Rumble. Zayn continues that Knoxville thinks he can do anything Zayn can but he can’t. Then, he says he can do whatever Knoxville can, and tonight he will show that to the world. Zayn says everyone knows about Jackass, but get ready for the most spectacular stunt show on TV, the first episode of In-Zayn.
Sami Zayn is on the top of the ramp, sitting down in a shopping cart like Jackass stars used to do. Two assistants were are ready to push the cart down the ramp. Sami introduces himself and says he’s going to jump this wrestling ring. There’s a wooden ramp at ringside. Sami hesitates and counts to 3 but then stalls.
Now, Sami Zayn wears a bike helmet, gets ready to go again and now he tells them to go, full speed. They start pushing him down the entrance-way but tells them to stop before they get to the wooden ramp. Zayn gets out of the cart and says he just wants to make sure it’s safe. Sami says fans don’t want to see him get hurt, right? Sami is way tougher than Knoxville but he doesn’t want to get hurt for nothing.
But suddenly Rick Boogs appears on the apron and Sami is glad he’s here. Sami says Boogs can deliver a message to his friend, WWE Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura and starts ranting until Nakamura appears behind him. Sami turns around then, Nakamura puts him down with a Kinshasa. Then, Boogs lifts Zayn in the air and then launches him to the floor, into the crash pads that were on the other side of the ring for the shopping cart stunt. Nakamura and Boogs celebrate at end the segment.
– Megan Morant at backstage with Aliyah and asks if she is nervous to make her SmackDown singles debut tonight. Aliyah says she is all nerves. She has dreamed about getting into the WWE ring since she was a little girl, and now she gets to do that against Natalya, who is a Triple Crown winner. Aliyah hopes she puts on a good showing and doesn’t embarrass herself.
Now, Natalya shows up carrying a Guinness Book of World Records. Natalya says Aliyah will do awesome and there’s no shame in losing to Natalya in her singles debut on SmackDown because she is the winningest woman in WWE history, and that’s just one of her Guinness World Records. Aliyah seems a bit excited and says she didn’t know the Guinness Book was a real thing and walks off. Natalya isn’t impressed with her.
– Natalya at backstage with Morant again and brags about her Guinness World Records and how important the book is. She says her three records symbolize the 14 years she’s dedicated to WWE, and that’s why she’s a clear favorite to win the Women’s Rumble. Again, Natalya brags about her three Guinness World Records – most matches of any woman in WWE history, the most pay-per-view matches of any woman in WWE history, and the most victories of any woman in WWE history and tonight she will set another record by beating the record for the fastest match for a woman in WWE history, which is 3.8 secs and walks off.
– Aliyah makes her way to the ring. Now, Natalya makes her way to the ring. Natay sets her Guinness Book down in the corner and immediately attacks Aliyah and beats her down before the bell. The referee warns her but she continued the attack and unloading with stomps in the corner. Referee finally gets Natalya off her and checks on Aliyah, telling her to let him know if she’s able to continue. The referee tells the ring announcer that Aliyah cannot compete, but Aliyah begs and pleads with him. The announcement is made but the referee changes his mind after Aliyah convincing him.
– Aliyah defeated Natalya via pinfall in quick match. After the match, Aliyah celebrates and heads to the stage as she shocked and disappointed Natalya looks on from the ring. Irvin announces that Aliyah set a new WWE record for the fastest victory ever with 3.17 seconds. We see Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville at backstage watching. They also commented on how it’s still so cold in their office and the thermostat isn’t working.
– Micheal Cole in the ring and gave a big introduction to the WWE Hall of Famer Lita. She makes her way to the ring. Cole asks how it feels to be back in the WWE ring, then, Lita says she is home. WWE Universe starts chanting her name and she says it still gives her chills every time. Cole mentions how Lita inspired so many current WWE Superstars, and asks why she’s returning to the Women’s Royal Rumble this year.
Lita talks about how she’s had a wild ride, and has so many career highlights. She says most days she is fully satisfied with her career, until recently as she never got the chance to compete in the Royal Rumble because the Women’s Rumble wasn’t a thing when she was around. Lita continued that she feels like she still has one more run in her, so she has a plan – to move through 29 other women, win the Royal Rumble and then main event WrestleMania 38.
But the music interrupts and here comes SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair. She enters the ring and takes the mic from Cole, saying she’s got this and will interview Lita. Then, Cole exits the ring. Flair asks Lita how she’s doing, but Lots cuts her off with saying she’s not interested in Flair. Flair says she didn’t know it was Flashback Friday.
Then, Flair goes on about how she will win The Royal Rumble and pick her own opponent for WrestleMania. Flair further says Lita’s little run will come to an end when Flair eliminates her at the Royal Rumble. Flair asks Lita how she will handle the humiliation when she ends Lita’s little comeback and crushes her WrestleMania dreams.
Then, Lita says she heard about this version of Flair, and says she looks like Tonya Harding. Lita wonders how Flair will eliminate anyone when she has this big head, which makes it looks like she’s about to tip over. Then, fans started chanting about Flair having a big head but Flair says she can’t hear them. Flair says it was funny how Lita brought up her best friend, WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus.
Now, Charlotte Flair goes on to brag about how she broke Trish Stratus at SummerSlam 2019 and forced her to retire. Flair says that’s exactly what she will do to Lita at The Royal Rumble. Now, Lita slaps Flair. Now, Flair turns back to her but Lita kicks her and drops her with a Twist of Fate. Then, Lita’s music hits as she poses in the corner while Flair crawls to get back to her feet.
– Megan at backstage with Sheamus. He says Holland should be here tonight with him, but he’s at home and that’s all Ricochet’s fault. Then, he goes on about getting payback for Holland and says he will give Ricochet the beating of a lifetime tonight, and he will see how he likes it when he’s the one leaving the ring with a broken nose.
– Sheamus defeated Ricochet via pinfall.
– Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville at their office now and they’re complaining about how hot it is in their office, and the thermostat still is not working. Pearce is going to check with maintenance. Sonya Deville takes off her jacket and turns around, when Naomi walking in. Naomi points out how Deville doesn’t have her jacket in, so no jacket means no boss, right?
But Adam Pearce comes back in and stands in between them. Naomi asks Pearce to step aside because no one does anything about Deville abusing her power, and she deserves this beatdown. Pearce says Naomi is right about her complaint over Deville getting involved in last week’s match with SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair. He says Naomi deserves another shot, and Flair vs. Naomi in a Championship Contender’s match is announced for next week. Naomi has a few more words for Deville and walks off.
– Madcap Moss defeated Kofi Kingston via pinfall.
– Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring. Now, Universal Champion Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring while Rollins watching from the ring. Roman Reigns calls on Omaha to acknowledge him and got mixed reactions from fans. Rollins says let’s acknowledge that this is quite a moment and he was thinking… some fans chant for Rollins.
Now, Seth Rollins offers his fist for a Shield fist bump, for old time’s sake. Reigns isn’t interested and some fans boo. Reigns says that is beneath him now. Rollins says well then let’s acknowledge the look on Reigns’ face when Rollins showed up in his office last week. Rollins laughs and says it seems he’s the last person on Earth Reigns wanted to see, and why not because their track record in singles matches for titles is one-sided. Rollins brags and says he won them all, so why would Reigns want to see him?
Roman Reigns laughs at Rollins for coming out here and talking about the past. Reigns says Rollins must be sleeping under a rock because he’s in God-mode these days, the Head of your table, the Tribal Chief, the provider, the greatest of this generation no questions asked, the greatest Universal Champion of all-time, which makes him the greatest to ever do this.
Seth Rollins says he didn’t come out here to rain on Reigns’ parade, he came to acknowledge Reigns and everything he’s done. Rollins just has one question – can Reigns look himself in the mirror at night and say he’s accomplished all that by himself? Rollins says that’s the different between them.
Rollins talks on about how he was climbing to the top while Reigns was riding the pine in the CFL, and how Rollins still had to hold Reigns’ hand later on. Rollins asks if Reigns understands the difference yet. Seth Rollins says he created Reigns, and can destroy him and laughs. Now, Roman Reigns says Rollins is a waste of his time. He continued that he looks and sounds like a clown because he is a clown, and clearly does not have the star power Reigns has, and won’t reach the levels he’s reached.
Roman Reigns says if he was looking for a megastar, he would not have chosen Seth Rollins from Raw, or even chose Rollins from his own household. Reigns says if he wanted to headline the Royal Rumble with a megastar, he would’ve chosen Rollins’ wife. Roman Reigns and Rollins face off in the middle of the ring.
Suddenly, The Usos try to attack Seth Rollins from behind but Rollins ducks and retreats to the floor, and is standing on top of the announce table now. The Usos come out to attack on the floor but Rollins sends one of them into the steel ring steps. Now, Rollins jumps back into the ring, briefly stares Reigns down, but quickly retreats to floor as The Usos run in after him. Rollins quickly heads to the stage and laughs, and started ranting about how he created Reigns and will now destroy him. Roman Reigns and The Usos looking from the ring and SmackDown goes off air.