WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results (8/28/20): WWE Payback 2020 Go-Home Show

WWE Friday Night SmackDown
August 28, 2020
Amway Center
Orlando, Florida

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Transcription by Josh Lopez 

AJ Styles & Jeff Hardy Segment 

Jeff Hardy: Man, it’s good to be standing in the WWE Thunderdome tonight. After what AJ Styles did to my knee, last week, i’m tickled pink to be standing anywhere, you know what i’m saying? But i’m not one to be complacent in my successes, so tonight, i’m ready to defend my Intercontinental Championship.

AJ Styles: Is this real, is it? Because you seem pretty proud of yourself after what you did last week, Jeff Hardy. Pretty proud. Not about what you accomplished, but about what you did. You’re not a conquering hero, oh, that’s not you. No, no, no, you’re much more than that. You are a liar, and you are a cheat. And you can blame whoever you want, you can blame me for your knee injury, if you want to.

But i’ve had knee injuries before, and I didn’t go whine and cry to a doctor, to get an illegal object on my knee. I didn’t do that, you did. Because you had a plan, Jeff. You knew exactly what you were going to do with that illegal object. Because I clearly had you beat when I had you up in The Styles Clash, until you brought that leg back, with that illegal object on it, and crashed it into my face. You knew exactly what you were dong. You, Jeff Hardy, know how to play the system, oh, yeah. Because that same doctor you visited, will not medically clear me to compete tonight, and it’s all your fault, all your fault.

Jeff Hardy: Wow, that sucks, AJ. I was about to issue an open challenge for the Intercontinental Championship, tonight, to anyone back there, except you.

AJ Styles: You’re working the system, that’s what you’re doing, you’re totally working the system. That’s what you do, Jeff Hardy, you’re taking advantage of the system.

Styles shoves Hardy. Hardy punches Styles in the face to close the segment.

First Match: Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura For The WWE Intercontinental Championship 

AJ Styles joins the commentary for this match. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Hardy backs Nakamura into the turnbuckles. The referee calls for a clean break. Nakamura signals for the test of strength. Standing Switch Exchange. Nakamura applies a wrist lock. Nakamura applies an arm-bar. Hardy hammers down on the left shoulder of Nakamura. Hardy kicks Nakamura in the gut. Hardy applies a wrist lock. Nakamura backs Hardy into the ropes. Nakamura is playing mind games with Hardy. Nakamura kicks Hardy in the gut. Nakamura applies a side headlock. Hardy whips Nakamura across the ring. Nakamura drops Hardy with a shoulder tackle. Hardy drops down on the canvas. Hardy with a Hip Toss. Hardy ducks a clothesline from Nakamura. Hardy with an Atomic Drop. Following a snap mare takeover, Hardy with a Running Neck Snap.

Hardy with an elbow drop for a one count. Nakamura denies the irish whip. Hardy kicks Nakamura in the gut. Nakamura reverses out of the irish whip from Hardy. Nakamura repeatedly dropkicks the right knee of Hardy. Nakamura kicks Hardy in the back. Nakamura works on the right leg of Hardy. Nakamura slams Hardy’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Nakamura with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Nakamura delivers Bad Vibrations on the right knee of Hardy. Nakamura drives his knee into the midsection of Hardy. Nakamura punches Hardy in the back. Nakamura unloads Two Mid-Kicks. Hardy hammers down on the left knee of Nakamura. Hardy drops Nakamura with a Spinning Mule Kick. Hardy with an axe handle strike. Hardy sends Nakamura to the corner. Nakamura with a knee lift. Nakamura lays Hardy flat on the top turnbuckle. Hardy avoids The Corner Knee Smash. Hardy is throwing haymakers at Nakamura. Hardy looks at Styles. Nakamura goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Hardy lands back on his feet. Hardy clotheslines Nakamura over the top rope. Hardy with a Wrecking Ball Dropkick. Hardy launches Nakamura into Styles.

Nakamura regains control of the match during the commercial break. Nakamura applies a Knee Bar. Hardy repeatedly kicks Nakamura in the face. Hardy with a Desperation Boot. Hardy tees off on Nakamura. Nakamura reverses out of the irish whip from Hardy. Hardy with a flying forearm knockdown. Hardy with an Inverted Atomic Drop. Hardy follows that with a Split Legged Leg Drop/Basement Dropkick Combination. Hardy with a Big Splash for a two count. Nakamura delivers his combination offense. Nakamura drops Hardy with a Spinning Wheel Kick. Nakamura slams Hardy’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Nakamura has Hardy perched on the top turnbuckle. Hardy with clubbing elbow smashes. Hardy hits The Whisper In The Wind. Nakamura blocks a boot from Hardy. Nakamura with The Sliding German Suplex. Nakamura with a Flying Knee Strike for a two count. Nakamura is displaying his fighting spirit. Hardy avoids The Kinshasa. Hardy kicks Nakamura in the gut. Nakamura negates The Twist Of Fate. Hardy snap mares out of a sleeper hold. Hardy with a knee lift. Hardy connects with The Twist Of Fate. Hardy plants Nakamura with The Swanton Bomb to pick up the victory. After the match, Sami Zayn attacks Jeff Hardy on the stage.

Winner: Still WWE Intercontinental Champion, Jeff Hardy via Pinfall 

The Firefly Fun House 

Second Match: Matt Riddle vs. Chad Gable w/King Corbin 

Matt Riddle: Corbin, you said that anyone that could prove that I don’t belong on SmackDown, was entitled to The King’s Ransom. Well, it seems like, you know, seems like you don’t even want to face me and you’re scared. And if you have something to prove, prove me wrong, right now. Come on, BRO. Corbin, BRO, come on, I know it’s hard to get that little crown on your little cranium, but come on, dude, this is getting ridiculous, BRO. Come on, dude, let’s go, let’s get this show on the go, BRO.

Chad Gable attacks Riddle from behind.

King Corbin: Hey, Matt Riddle, I accept your challenge, for a match, on behalf of Shorty G.

Riddle with forearm shivers. Riddle repeatedly kicks the left hamstring of Gable. Gable blocks a boot from Riddle. Gable drops Riddle with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Gable wraps his legs around Riddle’s waist. Gable with clubbing crossfaces. Gable applies a bodyscissors hold. Riddle reaches the bottom rope which forces the break. Short-Arm Reversal by Riddle. Riddle ducks a clothesline from Gable.

Riddle with a GutWrench Suplex. Gable negates The BRO Derek. Gable with The Bridging Tiger Suplex for a two count. Corbin urges Gable on from the outside. Gable with a waist lock go-behind. Gable goes for The Roll Through German Suplex, but Riddle lands back on his feet. Riddle with a Jumping Knee Strike. Riddle connects with The BRO Derek to pickup the victory. After the match, Riddle ducks a clothesline from Corbin. Riddle and Corbin are trading back and forth shots. Corbin shoves Riddle into the turnbuckles. Corbin dodges The RoundHouse Kick. Corbin leaves the ringside area.

Winner: Matt Riddle via Pinfall 

Bayley, Sasha Banks, Shayna Baszler, and Nia Jax Segment 

Bayley: We’re in the amidst, of one of the most difficult weeks of our career. We’ve both had to defend our titles at SummerSlam. And, in just two days, we have to defend our tag team championships against Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler at Payback. But, lucky for us, we are the greatest tag team champions in the whole world. I mean, look at us, look how amazing we look, together. You got me, Bayley Dos Straps, and you got my best friend, my tag team partner, Sasha Banks. Sorry, too soon, I know you’re still devastated about losing your title, but, I just want to say that, sometimes even when we have the best intentions, things don’t always go the way you plan, you know that, right?

Sasha Banks: Yeah, you could say that, again.

Bayley: Okay, well, I also want to say that, this is all my fault. I should’ve never let you challenge Asuka for the title, that’s how this whole mess started. But then again, I saw how you looked at me, and you how you saw me with my two titles, me calling myself, Bayley Dos Straps, on top of the world. And I saw how much you wanted that. You wanted to have fun with me and become, Two Belts Banks, but, I mean, as your best friend, I should’ve known your history, how you could never successfully defend a Raw Title. I don’t mean it like that. Look, that’s in the past, okay? And we’re gonna mooo forward, get it, okay? Sunday, we’re a tag team, you know, we are stronger together. You’re not alone. We are in this together, I mean, you always say that these tag team championships represent us. They represent our friendship, you know. On Sunday, we cannot lose.

Sasha Banks: No, you’re right, we can’t lose. And I know that you’re worried because we are facing Nia Jax and Shayna, but I don’t want you to be. I know that a lot has happened the last couple of days, and as long as you have my back, we can’t get through anything. I may not be, Two Belts Banks anymore, but I know exactly who I am, and what I stand for. And lucky for you, you are still my best friend. And I want to do everything in my power to make sure that we keep these tag team titles.

Nia Jax: Ladies, ladies, up here.

Shayna Baszler: Sasha, you’ve had a bad week, and it’s about to get so much worst.

Nia Jax: Yeah, you two have done the impossible, because the only person or people I can’t stand more than Shayna, are you two.

Shayna Baszler: Don’t get it twisted, I despise her, she actually sucks. But any chance to beat you two up, and get the Women’s Tag Team Titles, i’ll partner with anyone.

Bayley: All right, so what is the whole point of all of this, you guys interrupting us?

Nia Jax: You two are out there, talking about how much the titles mean to you, and what they represent.

Shayna Baszler: You’re talking about everything, except for winning.

Sasha Banks: Winning? We don’t need to talk about winning, because winning is just what we do. You think because I had one bad week, that that’s gonna hold me back? Well, that is out of your damn mind. You see, I am Sasha Banks, I know what I want, when I want, and how I want. And come this Sunday at Payback, I will get my vengeance, and I will be walking out with my tag team title, and there’s not a damn thing the two of you could do about that.

Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Sami Zayn Backstage Segment 

Third Match: Braun Strowman vs. Drew Gulak

Strowman immediately attacks Gulak after the bell rings. Strowman with a Big Biel Throw. Strowman levels Gulak with a Body Avalanche. Strowman sends Gulak chest first into the turnbuckles. Strowman with a Running Avalanche. Strowman drops Gulak with a short-arm clothesline. Strowman with a Senton Splash. Strowman with clubbing blows to Gulak’s chest. Strowman ChokeSlams Gulak. Strowman pulls Gulak up by his beard. Strowman talks smack to Gulak. Strowman connects with The Running PowerSlam to pickup the victory.

Winner: Braun Strowman via Pinfall 

Fourth Match: Cesaro w/Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kalisto 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Cesaro bodyslams Kalisto. Cesaro slams Kalisto’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Cesaro with the irish whip. Kalisto dives over Cesaro. Kalisto with a Tilt-A-Whirl HeadScissors TakeOver. Cesaro regroups on the outside. Kalisto turns a SpringBoard SomerSault Senton into a Hurricanrana on the floor. Kalisto rolls Cesaro back into the ring. Kalisto with an Apron Enzuigiri. Cesaro catches Kalisto in mid-air. Cesaro with a Tilt-A-Whirl BackBreaker for a one count. Cesaro whips Kalisto across the ring. Cesaro with a Back Body Drop. Cesaro goes into the cover, but Kalisto was too close to the ropes.

Kalisto with a sunset flip for a two count. Cesaro drops Kalisto with a Running Boot. Cesaro with a Leaping Elbow Drop for a two count. Cesaro shoves Kalisto into the turnbuckles. Cesaro uppercuts Kalisto. Cesaro sends Kalisto to the corner. Kalisto kicks Cesaro in the face. Kalisto dropkicks the left knee of Cesaro. Tip Up by Cesaro. Kalisto ducks a clothesline from Cesaro. Cesaro goes for a PowerBomb, but Kalisto counters with The DDT for a two count. Kalisto hits The Basement Rana for a two count. Kalisto plays to the crowd. Cesaro negates The Salida Del Sol. Kalisto decks Cesaro with a back elbow smash. Kalisto sends Cesaro face first into the middle turnbuckle pad. Kalisto is distracted by Nakamura. Lucha House Party starts ganging up on Nakamura. Cesaro rolls Kalisto over to pickup the victory.

Winner: Cesaro via Pinfall 

WWE Payback 2020 Match Card 

1.) “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman In A No Holds Barred Triple Threat Match For The WWE Universal Championship

2.) Randy Orton vs. Keith Lee

3.) Bayley & Sasha Banks (c) vs. Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax For The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship

4.) Apollo Crews (c) vs. Bobby Lashley w/The Hurt Business For The WWE United States Championship

5.) Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy vs. Rey Mysterio & Dominik

6.) Matt Riddle vs. King Corbin

Fifth Match: Big E & Heavy Machinery vs. The Miz, John Morrison, and Sheamus In A 6-Man Tag Team Match 

Otis Dozovic and John Morrison will start things off. Morrison applies a waist lock. Dozovic backs Morrison into the turnbuckles. Dozovic goes for a Big Biel Throw, but Morrison lands back on his feet. Dozovc negates The SpringBoard Enzuigiri. Dozovic launches Morrison to the corner. Dozovic with a Stinger Splash. Dozovic tags in Knight. Assisted Shoulder Block. Knight with a Body Avalanche. Dozovic drops Morrison with a shoulder tackle. Knight hooks the inside leg for a two count. Sheamus pulls Knight off of Morrison. Knight with a Flying Crossbody Block for a two count. The referee is distracted by Miz. Sheamus drives his knee into Knight’s back. Morrison with two mid-kicks. Morrison tags in Miz.

Double GutBuster. Miz kicks Knight in the chest. Miz is putting the boots to Knight. Miz mocks Big E. Miz with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Miz tags in Morrison. Morrison kicks Knight in the ribs. Morrison with the cover for a one count. Morrison with clubbing elbow smashes. Morrison follows that with forearm shivers. Knight is displaying his fighting spirit. Morrison dropkicks Knight to the floor. Knight dropkicks Sheamus. Knight SuperKicks Miz. Knight dodges The Flying Forearm Smash. Knight clotheslines Morrison. For whatever reason, Sheamus starts ringing the ring bell. Miz, Morrison, and Sheamus regains control of the match during the commercial break.

Miz and Morrison are double teaming Knight. Morrison with a running knee strike for a two count. Morrison ignores Sheamus and tags in Miz. Double Irish Whip. Miz with The Awesome Clothesline. Morrison SuperKicks Knight. Miz hooks the outside leg for a two count. Miz applies a rear chin lock. Knight with a Belly to Back Suplex. Sheamus wants to fight. Miz tags in Morrison. Morrison stops Knight in is tracks. Morrison with a single leg takedown. Morrison transitions into a ground and pound attack. Morrison applies a front face lock. Morrison tags in Miz. Miz kicks Knight in the gut. Miz talks smack to Dozovic. Miz tags in Morrison. SpringBoard Enzuigiri/SpineBuster Combination for a two count. Sheamus tags himself in as the referee was trying to get Big E and Dozovic out of the ring.

Morrison with a running axe handle strike. Sheamus yells at everybody. Morrison inadvertently knocks Sheamus off the ring apron. Knight with a Hip Toss. Sheamus snaps. Sheamus heads to the backstage area. Morrison knocks Dozovic off the apron. Knight creates distance with a Back Body Drop. Big E and Miz are tagged in. Big E with Tow OverHead Belly to Belly Suplex’s. Big E ducks a clothesline from Miz. Big E with a Side Belly to Belly Suplex. Big E with The Running Splash. Big E plays to the crowd. Miz slams Big E’s head on the top rope. Miz goes for The Awesome Clothesline, but Big E counters with The Uranage Slam. Morrison breaks the cover with a SpringBoard Double Foot Stomp. Dozovic bodyslams Morrison. Dozovic connects with The Caterpillar. Miz responds with The Skull Crushing Finale. Big E plants Miz with The Big Ending to pickup the victory.

Winner: Big E & Heavy Machinery via Pinfall 

Roman Reigns & Paul Heyman Segment 

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Author: Josh Lopez