WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results (1/17/20): Roman Reigns vs. Robert Roode

WWE Friday Night SmackDown
January 17, 2020
Greensboro Coliseum
Greensboro, North Carolina

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Transcription by Josh Lopez

Bray Wyatt, Kane and Daniel Bryan In-Ring Segment 

Kane: We are nine days away from my favorite event of the year, the Royal Rumble. Where 30 lost souls, will put their mind, body and spirit on the line, for the opportunity of a lifetime. A chance to compete at WrestleMania. A match where you go through hell, but the reward is a chance at immortality. Holding the record for most career Royal Rumble Eliminations, I understand exactly how important this match is. During every elimination, I look into the eyes of my opponent as I toss him over the rope and watch as his hope faded away when his feet hit the ground. A WrestleMania dream, turn into a nightmare, all because of me. And I have to admit, it was a lot of fun.

Bray Wyatt: Kane, look at you. You haven’t changed a bit. It’s never nice to brag and fine joy in another person’s misery. Shame on you, you big red bully. Now, take this time to tell everyone that you’re sorry. Anyway, I’m still glad you’re here. I hope you didn’t hit too much traffic making the trip up from H E Double Hockey Sticks. Before you ask, let me just assure everyone that, Rambling Rabitt is alive, well and recovering quite nicely.

Okay, that’s enough. Allow me to play devil’s advocate for one second. I don’t think winning the Royal Rumble is such a fine idea. Especially if the winner is foolish enough to challenge for this (Universal Title) at WrestleMania. Wait a second, that’s you. If that’s you and your picture is up here on the wall, that means that, you and The Fiend got it on. But of course, I’ll never forgive you, Kane and neither will he.

– The lights go out in the building. Kane wisely exits the ring. The Fiend rises from under the ring.

Kane: What took you so long?

Daniel Bryan connects with The Running Knee. Bryan repeatedly stomps on The Fiend’s face. The Fiend is trying to escape back through the hole in the ring. Bryan starts ripping off The Fiend’s dreadlocks to close the segment.

First Match: John Morrison w/The Miz vs. Big E w/Kofi Kingston 

Morrison with forearm shivers. Morrison drives his knee into the midsection of Big E. Big E reverses out of the irish whip from Morrison. Big E drops Morrison with a shoulder tackle. Big E shakes his hips. Morrison kicks the left hamstring of Big E. Morrison unloads a cavalcade of kicks. Morrison transitions into a ground and pound attack. Morrison punches Big E in the chest. Morrison kicks Big E in the back. Morrison hits The Draping Hangman’s NeckBreaker on the floor. Morrison with a SpringBoard Enzuigiri. Morrison applies a rear chin lock. Morrison with a single leg takedown. Morrison has complete control of the match.

Morrison with a Running Shooting Star Press for a two count. Morrison negates The Big Ending. Morrison side steps Big E into the turnbuckles. Morrison slides under Big E. Morrison with a High Head Kick. Morrison dives over Big E. Big E with Two OverHead Belly to Belly Suplex’s. Big E ducks a clothesline from Morrison. Big E goes for The Side Belly to Belly Suplex, but Morrison counters with an Eye Poke. Big E with a Back Body Drop. Big E follows that with a Running Splash. Big E plays to the crowd. Morrison applies a waist lock.

Morrison with a forearm shiver across the back of Big E’s neck. Morrison talks smack to Big E. Morrison kicks Big E in the gut. Morrison hits The Moonlight Drive for a two count. Miz argues with the referee. Kofi pulls Miz off the ring apron. Kofi shoves Miz into the steel ring steps. Morrison wipes out Kofi with The Corkscrew Plancha. Big E is pissed. Miz pulls Morrison out of harms way. Morrison with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Morrison with a Running Knee Strike. Morrison connects with The Starship Pain to pickup the victory.

Winner: John Morrison via Pinfall 

Second Match: The Usos vs. The Revival 

Jimmy Uso and Scott Dawson will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Dawson backs Jimmy into the turnbuckles. The referee calls for a clean break. Dawson talks smack to Jimmy. Dawson applies a side headlock. Dawson drops Jimmy with a shoulder tackle. Jimmy drops down on the canvas. Dawson slides under the leapfrog from Jimmy. Jimmy with a knife edge chop. Dawson reverses out of the irish whip from Jimmy. Jimmy with a straight right hand. Jimmy tags in Jey. Jimmy drives Dawson back first into the turnbuckles. Jey with a Flying Forearm Smash. Following a snap mare takeover, Jey hooks the outside leg for a one count. Jey applies a wrist lock. Wilder tags himself in. Jey with a running haymaker. Dawson kicks Jey in the gut.

Dawson with a SlingShot Suplex. Wilder follows that with The SlingShot Splash for a two count. Wilder stomps on Jey’s chest. Wilder slams Jey’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Wilder blasts Jey with a knife edge chop. Wilder tags in Dawson. Wilder delivers a gut punch. The Revival are cutting the ring in half. Dawson with a high elbow smash. Leg/Elbow Drop Combination. Dawson with a Falling HeadButt for a two count. Dawson abuses the referee’s five count. Dawson applies a rear chin lock. Jey gets back to a vertical base. Jey sends Dawson across the ring. Dawson kicks Jey in the gut. Dawson goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Jey lands back on his feet. Dawson blocks a boot from Jey. Jey creates distance with The Windmill Kick. Jimmy and Wilder are tagged in.

Jimmy clotheslines Wilder. Jimmy with a Flying Forearm Smash to Dawson. Jimmy thrust kicks the midsection of Wilder. Jimmy decks Wilder with a Samoan Uppercut. Jimmy hits The Samoan Drop. Wilder avoids The Running StinkFace. Wilder launches Jimmy over the top rope. Jimmy with a straight right hand. Jimmy with a Flying Crossbody Block for a two count. Standing Switch Exchange. Jimmy goes for a SuperKick, but Dawson gets in the way. Wilder with an inside cradle for a two count. Wilder kicks Jimmy in the gut. Jimmy denies The Tornado DDT. Jimmy tags in Jey. SuperKick Party in Greensboro. Jey tags in Jimmy. Jey lands The Suicide Dive. Jimmy connects with The Uso Splash to pickup the victory.

Winner: The Usos via Pinfall 

Third Match: Bayley vs. Lacey Evans 

Bayley runs away from Evans. Bayley repeatedly stomps on Evans back. Bayley with forearm shivers. Bayley whips Evans to the corner. Evans with a running clothesline. Evans ducks a clothesline from Bayley. Evans with a Tilt-A-Whirl HeadScissors TakeOver. Evans follows that with a Sliding Dropkick. Evans slams Bayley’s head on the ring apron. Evans with a knee lift. Evans rolls Bayley over for a one count. Evans with an inside cradle for a one count. Bayley with a double leg takedown. Bayley uses the middle rope to her advantage. Bayley with clubbing axe handle strikes. Bayley talks smack to Evans.

Bayley with two haymakers. Bayley attacks Evans hair for a two count. Bayley applies an arm-bar. Evans with heavy bodyshots. Bayley scores the elbow knockdown for a two count. Bayley with Two Seated Senton’s. Evans rolls Bayley over for a two count. Bayley with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Evans is trying to create some separation. Evans kicks Bayley in the ribs. Evans with two running clotheslines. Evans with an arm-ringer. Evans dives over Bayley. Evans with a Big Biel Throw. Evans follows that with a Running PK. Evans hits The Delayed Bronco Buster.

Evans goes for a Double Jump MoonSault, but Bayley gets her knees up in the air. Bayley with a Running Knee Strike. Bayley repeatedly stomps on Evans chest. Bayley with clubbing shoulder blocks. Evans drop toe holds Bayley into the middle turnbuckle pad. Bayley grabs the left ankle of Evans. Evans kicks Bayley in the face. Evans rolls Bayley back into the ring. Bayley hits The Middle Rope Stunner for a two count.

Bayley transitions into a ground and pound attack. Bayley is displaying her frustration. Bayley with a Saito Suplex for a two count. Bayley with a running shoulder block. Bayley follows that with a Jumping Back Elbow Strike. Bayley drops Evans with a Flying Elbow Smash for a two count. Bayley goes for a Flying Crossbody Block, but Evans ducks out of the way. Bayley dumps Evans face first on the top turnbuckle pad. Evans connects with The Woman’s Right to pickup the victory.

Winner: Lacey Evans via Pinfall 

Sheamus & Chad Gable Backstage Segment 

Braun Strowman, Elias, Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Cesaro Segment 

Fourth Match: Alexa Bliss w/Nikki Cross vs. Sonya Deville w/Mandy Rose & Heavy Machinery

Rose hops on the ring apron to distract Bliss. Rose ducks a clothesline from Bliss. Deville kicks the left shoulder of Bliss. Deville with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Deville drops Bliss with a Sliding Knee Strike for a two count. Deville applies a rear chin lock. Bliss gets back to a vertical base. Bliss with heavy bodyshots. Bliss with an arm-drag takedown. Bliss follows that with a drop toe hold. Bliss attacks the midsection of Deville.

Bliss slaps Deville in the face. Bliss delivers a Big Haymaker. Bliss with a basement dropkick. Bliss repeatedly stomps on Deville’s chest. Bliss gets Deville in position for The Spike DDT. Rose continues to run interference. Nikki Cross shoves Rose off the top turnbuckle. Otis catches Rose in mid-air. Deville is relieved. Bliss rolls Deville over to pickup the victory.

Winner: Alexa Bliss via Pinfall 

WWE Royal Rumble 2020 Match Card 

1.) Sheamus vs Chad Gable

2.) Bayley (c) vs. Lacey Evans For The WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship

3.) Becky Lynch (c) vs. Asuka For The WWE Raw Women’s Championship

4.) Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin in a Falls Count Anywhere Match

5.) “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan in a Strap Match For The WWE Universal Championship

6.) 2020 Women’s Royal Rumble Match (Charlotte Flair, Alexa Bliss, Nikki Cross, and Sarah Logan)

7.) 2020 Men’s Royal Rumble Match (Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, King Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Elias, Rey Mysterio, Ricochet, Drew McIntyre, Otis Dozovic, Tucker Knight, Rusev, Bobby Lashley, Buddy Murphy, Aleister Black, R-Truth, Braun Strowman, and Shinsuke Nakamura)

Fifth Match: Roman Reigns vs. Robert Roode in a Tables Match 

Roode attacks Reigns from behind before the bell rings. Roode repeatedly stomps on Reigns chest. Roode rolls Reigns back into the ring. Reigns with two haymakers. Roode reverses out of the irish whip from Reigns. Reigns with a Jumping Clothesline. Reigns is fired up. Roode dumps Reigns out of the ring. Reigns uppercuts Roode. Reigns sets up a table on the floor. Roode slams Reigns head on the steel ring steps. Reigns clears the announce table. Roode rakes the eyes of Reigns. Roode sends Reigns shoulder first into the steel ring steps. Roode pulls out a table from under the ring. Reigns delivers The Drive By. Reigns plays to the crowd.

Reigns goes for The Wrap Around Spear, but Roode ducks out of the way. King Corbin graces us with his royal presence as we head to the commercial break. Roode has complete control of the match. Roode puts Reigns on the top turnbuckle. Roode goes for The SuperPlex, but Reigns blocks it. Reigns with Two HeadButts. Reigns goes for a PowerBomb, but Roode blocks it. Roode kicks Reigns in the gut. Reigns negates The Glorious DDT. Roode fights out of the fireman’s carry position.  Roode wisely flips the table over. Reigns sends Roode shoulder first into the steel ring post. Reigns wedges a table in the corner.

Reigns hits The SuperMan Punch. Reigns prepares for The Spear. Reigns is distracted by King Corbin. Dolph Ziggler SuperKicks Reigns. Corbin transitions into a ground and pound attack. Corbin runs Reigns shoulder into the steel ring post. The Usos SuperKicks Roode in mid-air. The Usos SuperKicks Corbin and Ziggler off the apron. Stereo Dives. The Usos puts Ziggler through the announce table with The Double Uce off the ringside barricade. Reigns Spears Roode through the table to pickup the victory.

Winner: Roman Reigns 

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Author: Josh Lopez