WWE Friday Night SmackDown
April 3, 2020
WWE Performance Center
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
Miz TV With Special Guests: The New Day & The Usos
The Usos: Woah! Yo, my bad G-Ham, but we couldn’t wait for Miz and Morrison to invite us here on their show, especially when they blindsided us last week. What kind of show do they think this is, uce? This ain’t, The Ellen Show, you get a car. This ain’t ,The Oprah Show, you get a car. This ain’t, The Maury Show, you ain’t the daddy. Uce, it’s Friday Night LockDown, where The Usos reside. And it’s WrestleMania Uce, we’re about to climb up these ladders and become the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions.
Kofi Kingston: Oh, no! Wait, hold up, did I just hear you say, that y’all were gonna snatch down those SmackDown Live WWE World Tag Team Championships? You?
Big E: Now, I know we’re used to seventy to a hundred thousand screaming fans at WrestleMania and these circumstances are a little unique, but it’s still WrestleMania. And your boys, plan on inserting themselves into the annals of time, yes. And we’re gonna do that, by climbing that ladder and taking those tag team titles from Miz and Morrison.
The Usos: You know, you gotta get past us first. ‘Cause soon as, dumb and dumber got involved, y’alls about to get run up, uce.
Kofi Kingston: We were about to get run up, what? Is that the way y’all remember it? No, cause the way that I remembered it, we had y’all handled, and then Lord and Harry came out and interfere, that’s what happened. We can do this, right now.
The Miz: Don’t mind us, it’s not this is my show or anything. Sadly, this is the mistreatment and disrespect that we’ve grown accustomed to. Despite being turtle neck tough guys, A Lister’s and SmackDown Tag Team Champions, who deserve better, defend your titles against the entire division in an Elimination Chamber. Fight two teams, who don’t deserve the opportunity in a Ladder Match.
Understand, no matter what you do, what you say, no matter what you throw at us, we will thrive, because that’s what winners do. So go ahead, y’all can bicker all you want, because we’ll just take a front row preview of what’s going to happen at WrestleMania. Because as much as you all ,like to pretend, that you’re all buddy-buddy, that is until the competition sets in and then you all end up destroying each other, which allow us to slowly climb up these ladders and retain our SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
John Morrison: Simple, straight forwarded and effective. Strategy like this, is why we are the greatest tag team of the 21st Century, be jealous.
This segment concluded with a massive brawl on the stage.
First Match: Naomi vs. Lacey Evans vs. Tamina in a Triple Threat Match
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Bayley and Sasha Banks joins the commentary team. Naomi and Evans starts double teaming Tamina. Naomi dropkicks Tamina. Tamina launches Evans over the top rope. Tamina decks Naomi with a back elbow smash. Evans creates distance with a forearm smash. Evans with a shoulder block. Evans rolls Tamina over for a one count. Evans dropkicks Tamina. Naomi applies a side headlock. Naomi goes for a Sunset Flip, but Tamina stands still. Tamina with a straight right hand to Evans. Tamina knocks Naomi and Evans off the ring apron. Tamina has complete control of the match during the commercial break.
Tamina applies the cravate. Naomi with heavy bodyshots. Tamina punches Naomi in the back. Tamina sends Naomi to the corner. Naomi kicks Tamina in the face. Tamina clotheslines Naomi for a one count. Tamina HeadButts Naomi. Naomi is trying to build momentum. Naomi with forearm shivers. Tamina answers with a palm strike. Naomi drops Tamina with a SpringBoard Enzuigiri. Evans with Two Running Elbow Smashes. Evans ducks a clothesline from Tamina. Evans with a running clothesline. Evans hits The Delayed Bronco Buster. Evans follows that with a SlingShot Elbow Drop. Naomi pulls Evans out of the ring.
Naomi ducks under a forearm smash from Evans. Naomi with a RoundHouse Kick. Sasha throws Evans into the steel ring steps. Naomi clocks Sasha with The RoundHouse Kick. Naomi kicks Tamina in the head. Naomi with a sunset flip for a two count. Naomi with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Tamina connects with The Samoan Drop for a two count. Tamina goes for The Stinger Splash, but Naomi ducks out of the way. Bayley slams Naomi’s head on the top rope. Tamina SuperKicks Naomi to pickup the victory. After the match, Bayley wants Tamina to shake her hand. Tamina obliges. Tamina SuperKicks Bayley. Tamina plants Sasha with The Samoan Drop.
Winner: Tamina Snuka via Pinfall
– We get a replay of the legendary Ric Flair/Shawn Michaels Match From WrestleMania 24.
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Second Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Tucker Knight
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Feeling out process after the bell rings. Ziggler grabs the left leg of Knight. Knight launches Ziggler to the corner. Ziggler decks Knight with a back elbow smash. Knight clotheslines Ziggler. Knight is putting the boots to Ziggler. Ziggler kicks the right knee of Knight. Ziggler drops Knight with a Hangman’s NeckBreaker. Ziggler follows that with Shot To The Heart for a two count. Ziggler applies a rear chin lock. Ziggler pulls Knight down to the mat. Ziggler dropkicks Knight for a two count. Ziggler goes back to the rear chin lock. Knight gets back to a vertical base. Knight with heavy bodyshots. Ziggler kicks Knight in the gut. Ziggler goes for another dropkick, but Knight counters with a double leg takedown. Knight catapults Ziggler face first into the top turnbuckle pad. Knight nails Ziggler with The Pump Kick. Ziggler sends Knight shoulder first into the steel ring post.
Ziggler drills Knight with a Leaping DDT. Ziggler has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Ziggler is trying to wear down Knight. Knight is throwing haymakers at Ziggler. Knight with The Double OverHook Belly to Belly Suplex. Ziggler tumbles to the floor. Knight slams Ziggler’s head on the announce table. Knight whips Ziggler into the ringside barricade. Knight resets the referee’s ten count. Ziggler is trying to crawl away from Knight. Knight sends Ziggler chest first into the ring steps. Knight rolls Ziggler back into the ring. Knight denies The SuperKick. Knight with a Side Walk Slam for a two count. Ziggler heads back to the outside. Knight goes for a Bodyslam, but Ziggler lands back on his feet. Ziggler rakes the eyes of Knight. Ziggler connects with The Zig Zag on the ring steps which causes the disqualification.
Winner: Tucker Knight via Disqualification
Heavy Machinery, Dolph Ziggler, Mandy Rose, and Sonya Deville Segment
Third Match: Daniel Bryan w/Drew Gulak vs. Shinsuke Nakamura w/Sami Zayn & Cesaro
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Sami Zayn joins the commentary team fo this match. Chain grappling exchange. The feeling out process continues. Bryan with a wrist lock takedown. Bryan stomps on the left elbow of Nakamura. Nakamura signals for the test of strength. Nakamura kicks Bryan in the gut. Nakamura woks on the left wrist of Bryan. Nakamura applies The Kimura Lock. Bryan reverses the hold. Bryan drives his knee into Nakamura’s ribs. Bryan applies a hammerlock. Nakamura decks Bryan with a back elbow smash. Bryan dropkicks Nakamura. Nakamura heads to the outside. Bryan with a Wecking Ball Dropkick. Bryan follows that with a Flying Knee Strike off the ring apron. Bryan delivers a Missile Dropkick. Bryan taunts Zayn. Bryan with a Corner Dropkick. Bryan goes for a Top Rope FrankenSteiner, but Nakamura blocks it. Nakamura with a Flying Knee Strike for a two count.
Nakamura repeatedly kicks Bryan in the back. Nakamura delivers Bad Vibrations. Nakamura whips Bryan across the ring. Nakamura blocks a pair of boots from Bryan. Nakamura kicks Bryan in the back of the neck. Nakamura hits The Sliding German Suplex. Nakamura has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Nakamura with clubbing shoulder blocks. Bryan dives over Nakamura. Bryan ducks a clothesline from Nakamura. Bryan drops Nakamura with a Running Clothesline. YES Kicks! Nakamura avoids The RoundHouse Kick. Nakamura with clubbing knee smashes. Nakamura mocks Bryan. Bryan kicks the left shoulder of Nakamura. Bryan with The RoundHouse Kick for a two count. Bryan with Two Arm-Ringers. Bryan applies an arm-bar. Nakamura sends Bryan chest first into the turnbuckles. Nakamura goes for The Release Exploder Suplex, but Bryan lands back on his feet. Bryan ducks a clothesline from Nakamura. Nakamura with a Flying Knee Strike.
Nakamura connects with The Reverse Exploder Suplex. Nakamura goes for The Kinshasa, but Bryan counters with the Single Leg Crab. Nakamura crawls himself to the bottom rope to create separation. Bryan and Nakamura are trading back and forth shots. Cross-Arm-Breaker Exchange. Bryan transitions into a triangle choke. Bryan applies The YES Lock! Cesaro attacks Bryan from behind which causes the disqualification. After the match, Gulak tackles Cesaro out of the ring. Gulak kicks Cesaro in the chest. Gulak applies the hanging guillotine choke. Cesaro dumps Gulak over the ringside barricade. Bryan goes for The Suicide Dive, but Cesaro counters with a Bodyslam on the announce table. Cesaro with Muay Thai Knee Strikes to Gulak. Cesaro and Nakamura sends Gulak chest first into the steel ring steps. Zayn talks smack to Bryan. Zayn rolls Bryan back into the ring. Cesaro connects with The Neutralizer. Nakamura follows that with The Kinshasa. Zayn wraps this sequence with The Helluva Kick.
Winner: Daniel Bryan via Disqualification
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Updated WrestleMania 36 Match Card
1.) Becky Lynch (c) vs. Shayna Baszler For The WWE Raw Women’s Championship
2.) John Cena vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt in a Firefly FunHouse Match
3.) The Undertaker vs. AJ Styles in a BoneYard Match
4.) Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair For The WWE NXT Women’s Championship
5.) Goldberg (c) vs. Braun Strowman For The WWE Universal Championship
6.) Brock Lesnar (c) w/Paul Heyman vs. Drew McIntyre For The WWE Championship
7.) Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins w/Buddy Murphy
8.) Edge vs. Randy Orton in a Last Man Standing Match
9.) Bayley (c) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Lacey Evans vs. Naomi vs. Tamina Snuka in a Fatal Five Way Elimination Match For The WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship
10.) The Miz & John Morrison (c) vs. The New Day vs. The Usos in a Triple Threat Ladder Match For The WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
11.) Aleister Black vs. Bobby Lashley w/Lana
12.) The Street Profits (c) vs. Andrade Cien Almas & Angel Garza For The WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
13.) King Corbin vs. Elias
14.) Sami Zayn (c) w/Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro vs. Daniel Bryan w/Drew Gulak For The WWE Intercontinental Championship
15.) Otis Dozovic w/Tucker Knight vs. Dolph Ziggler w/Mandy Rose
16.) The Kabuki Warriors (c) vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross For The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
John Cena Promo
Michael Cole, thank you for setting the stage. One month ago, WWE announced that it would continue its performance, right here in the Performance Center, in front of no live audience. This was a message that left all of us, WWE Superstars, the WWE Universe asking like, what’s really gonna happen? It’s been a bit of a learning curve, there’s been some meh moments, there’s been some great moments and together we have navigated this uncertainty. Thanl you very much for allowing us to do so, because it’s led us here. The final minutes, on the final broadcast before an unprecedented WrestleMania, where once again, all of us are asking, what’s really gonna happen? Starting tomorrow night on the WWE Network, an epic broadcast, which will be the most viewed and most talked about in WWE history. How do I know this? Because for the first time ever, no one really knows what’s going to happen. I, myself, have been challenged to a Firefly FunHouse Match.
I cannot get a single human being to tell me anything that a Firefly FunHouse Match is. I don’t even think Bray Wyatt himself knows what a Firefly FunHouse Match is, but I know exactly what The Fiend wants. The Fiend loves uncertainty. Because uncertainty can lead to fear, fear can lead to panic and panic could lead to collapse. The Fiend thrives off of uncertainty. The Fiend has dominated the WWE landscape with uncertainty, fear and panic. And here we are, on the eve of WrestleMania, all of us staring into the uncertain, asking what’s next. I’m here tonight to tell you what happens next. I will not panic. I’m sure as hell not afraid and I will squash Bray Wyatt and finish what I started six years ago. I don’t care if it’s a FunHouse, if it’s at Run’s House, or if it’s a StoneCold Stun House, Bray Wyatt is not even on the level below me.
Anyone who knows, who I am, who knows what’s in here and knows what i’m capable of, realizes that a poor man’s version of a Bootleg Mr. Rogers doesn’t stand a chance. Now, The Fiend, am I actually supposed to be afraid of a guy who dresses up like the overfed sex child of Wiz Khalifa and The WB Frog, please. Goldberg exposed that The Fiend has weakness. At WrestleMania, I expose The Fiend as an embarrassment. The Fiend made this challenge for WrestleMania, I was ready to step aside, invest in the future, but The Fiend made this challenge. And to make matters worst, he’s tried to give himself every advantage. He has asked for his match, on his turf, on his terms and he is still gonna get his ass kicked. What’s gonna happen? Bray Wyatt, as far as your ridiculous challenge at WrestleMania, I accept.
We see Rambling Rabbit, Mercy The Buzzard, Husky The Pig and Abby The Witch surrounding the ringside area. Rambling Rabbit said that once The Fiend is finished with John Cena, Cena is gonna play with them forever. The lights go out inside the Performance Center. We see The Fiend standing on the perch. Huge standoff. Bray Wyatt creeps up from behind and tells Cena to let him in. Bray Wyatt disappears. Cena is left in the ring looking completely distraught as the show goes off air.
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