WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results (10/16/20): Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman

WWE Friday Night SmackDown
October 16, 2020
Amway Center
Orlando, Florida

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Transcription by Josh Lopez

Triple H & Stephanie McMahon Segment 

Stephanie McMahon: Welcome to the season premiere of Friday Night SmackDown.

Triple H: You know, Steph, season premiers, they’re exciting, it means all new action, all new drama, all new excitement. And tonight, there’s a little bit of something for everyone, including in our main event. For the Universal Championship, it will be “The Monster Among Men” Braun Strowman taking on “The Tribal Chief” and Universal Champion, Roman Reigns.

Stephanie McMahon: And not only that, but in their farewell match, The New Day will take on the team of Sheamus, Cesaro, and Shinsuke Nakamura. Guys, it’s a little much.

Triple H: “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy will compete tonight against “The Freak” Lars Sullivan.

Stephanie McMahon: Also, making his very first appearance in the Thunderdome, Daniel Bryan.

Triple H & Stephanie McMahon: There’s a lot of new faces here tonight on SmackDown. Let’s take a look at some of them, right now. Starting with Kevin Owens, Aleister Black, Sami Zayn, Otis Dozovic, The Street Profits.

A pier six brawl ensues inside the Thunderdome. Lars Sullivan walks down to the ring. Sullivan lays out The Street Profits. Sullivan catches Kalisto in mid-air. Sullivan drives Kalisto back first into the ringside barricade. Sami Zayn exits the ring. Apollo Crews and Chad Gable are double teaming Sullivan. Sullivan clotheslines Crews. Gable applies a waist lock. Sullivan decks Gable with a back elbow smash. Sullivan connects with The Freak Accident. Jeff Hardy attacks Sullivan from behind. Hardy kicks Sullivan in the gut. Sullivan negates The Twist Of Fate. Hardy dumps Sullivan out of the ring to close the segment.

First Match: Jeff Hardy vs. Lars Sullivan 

Hardy dropkicks the left knee of Sullivan. Hardy kicks the left hamstring of Sullivan. Hardy ducks a clothesline from Sullivan. Hardy with three haymakers. Sullivan blocks a boot from Hardy. Hardy with a Spinning Mule Kick. Sullivan drops Hardy with a Running Lariat. Sullivan with clubbing crossfaces. Sullivan whips Hardy into the turnbuckles. Sullivan with a Belly To Back Toss. Sullivan follows that with The Sliding Lariat for a two count. Sullivan ascends to the top turnbuckle. Sullivan goes for The Diving HeadButt, but Hardy ducks out of the way. Hardy kicks Sullivan in the gut. Hardy tees off on Sullivan. Hardy decks Sullivan with a JawBreaker.

Sullivan whips Hardy across the ring. Hardy with a running forearm smash. Hardy with an Inverted Atomic Drop. Sullivan denies the double leg takedown. Sullivan punches Hardy in the back. Sullivan sends Hardy to the corner. Hardy with a back elbow smash. Hardy hits The Whisper In The Wind for a one count. Sullivan negates The Twist Of Fate. Sullivan shoves Hardy out of the ring. Sullivan catches Hardy in mid-air. Sullivan dumps Hardy back first on the ring apron. Sullivan gets back in the ring at the count of nine. Hardy kicks Sullivan in the gut. Hardy connects with The Twist Of Fate. Hardy prepares for The Swanton Bomb. Sullivan rises back on his feet. Sullivan plants Hardy with The Freak Accident to pickup the victory.

Winner: Lars Sullivan via Pinfall 

Second Match: The New Day vs. Sheamus, Cesaro, and Shinsuke Nakamura In A 6-Man Tag Team Match 

Xavier Woods and Shinsuke Nakamura will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Nakamura applies a waist lock. Woods transitions into a side wrist lock. Woods hammers down on the left shoulder of Nakamura. Woods maintains wrist control. Nakamura with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Nakamura with forearm shivers. Nakamura follows that with an irish whip. Woods dives over Nakamura. Woods with a deep arm-drag. Woods applies another wrist lock. Nakamura repeatedly stomps on the right foot of Woods. Nakamura delivers a gut punch. Nakamura whips Woods across the ring. Woods ducks a clothesline from Nakamura. Kofi tags himself in. Woods slides under Nakamura. Woods thrust kicks the midsection of Nakamura. Assisted Double Foot Stomp for a one count.

Kofi applies a wrist lock. Short-Arm Reversal by Nakamura. Nakamura drives his knee into the midsection of Kofi. Nakamura with a Step Through Kick. Nakamura tags in Cesaro. Double Irish Whip. Double Hip Toss. Wish Bone Attack. Cesaro taunts Big E. Cesaro uppercuts Kofi. Cesaro with a flurry of bodyshots. Cesaro with the irish whip. Kofi delivers The Missile Dropkick. Kofi tags in Big E. Assisted Senton Splash. Big E tags in Woods. Woods puts Big E on his shoulders. Woods dumps Big E chest first on top of Cesaro for a two count. Woods unloads two knife edge chops. Cesaro uppercuts Woods. Cesaro tags in Sheamus. Double Irish Whip. Double Clothesline. Sheamus with a Running Knee Drop. Sheamus stomps on the left hand of Woods. Sheamus uppercuts Kofi. Sheamus goes for a Bodyslam, but Woods lands back on his feet. Woods with The Rolling Elbow. Woods thrust kicks the midsection of Sheamus. Woods follows that with The Shining Wizard. Simultaneous tag to Kofi.

Big E PowerBombs Woods on top of Sheamus. Kofi lands The Frog Splash for a two count. Sheamus with a gut punch. Kofi kicks Sheamus in the chest. Nakamura sends Kofi tumbling to the floor. Simultaneous tag to Nakamura. Assisted Suplex/Running Knee Combination on the floor. Nakamura rolls Kofi back into the ring. Nakamura hooks the outside leg for a two count. Nakamura delivers Bad Vibrations. Nakamura tags in Sheamus. Sheamus with a gut punch. Sheamus tags in Cesaro. Cesaro and Sheamus repeatedly stomps on Kofi’s chest. Cesaro talks smack to Kofi. Kofi is throwing haymakers at Cesaro. Cesaro bodyslams Kofi. Cesaro with a Running Leg Drop for a two count. Cesaro tags in Sheamus. Sheamus kicks Kofi in the gut. Sheamus hammers down on the back of Kofi’s neck. Sheamus tags in Nakamura. Nakamura with a Mid-Kick. Nakamura repeatedly stomps on Kofi’s chest. Nakamura tags in Cesaro. Cesaro stands on the midsection of Kofi. The referee admonishes Cesaro. Kofi is displaying his fighting spirit. Cesaro stops Kofi in his tracks. Cesaro puts Kofi on the top turnbuckle. Cesaro tags in Sheamus. Sheamus sends Kofi crashing to the outside.

Team Sheamus continues to cut the ring in half during the commercial break. Sheamus applies a rear chin lock. Sheamus with a knee lift. Sheamus knocks Woods off the ring apron. Sheamus goes for The Irish Curse BackBreaker, but Kofi counters with The Rolling Crucifix for a two count. Kofi creates distance with The SOS. Big E and Cesaro are tagged in. Big E with Two Overhead Belly to Belly Suplex’s. Big E knocks Nakamura off the apron. Big E ducks a clothesline from Cesaro. Big E with a Side Belly to Belly Suplex. Big E follows that with The Running Splash. Big E plays to the virtual crowd. Cesaro negates The Big Ending. Cesaro with a GutWrench Suplex. Cesaro with a Running European Uppercut. Cesaro sends Big E to the corner. Big E decks Cesaro with a back elbow smash. Big E tags in Woods. Cesaro with another Running European Uppercut. New Day with a Uranage Slam/BackStabber Combination for a two count. Cesaro shoves Woods. Cesaro launches Woods over the top rope. Woods with a straight right hand. Woods goes for a SlingShot Tornado DDT, but Cesaro counters with The European Uppercut.

Cesaro tags in Nakamura. Nakamura hits The Sliding German Suplex for a two count. Nakamura toys around with Woods. Nakamura with forearm shivers. Woods drop toe holds Nakamura face first into the middle rope. Woods tags in Kofi. Woods with a Running Senton through the ropes. Kofi lands The Twisting Plancha. Sheamus nails Big E with The Brogue Kick. Kofi with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Kofi rolls Nakamura back into the ring. Kofi goes for a Flying Tomahawk Chop, but Nakamura counters with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Nakamura tags in Cesaro. Cesaro Swing/Kinshasa Combination. Cesaro tags in Sheamus. Diving Clothesline/White Noise Combination for a two count. Big E connects with The Ending. Nakamura with a Flying Knee Strike. Woods responds with The Missile Dropkick. Sheamus clotheslines Woods over the top rope. Sheamus yells at Kofi. Kofi HeadButts Sheamus. Kofi sends Sheamus shoulder first into the steel ring post. Simultaneous tag to Big E. New Day plants Sheamus with The Midnight Hour to pickup the victory.

Winner: The New Day via Pinfall 

Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Buddy Murphy and The Mysterio Family Segment 

Daniel Bryan: Wow, you know, I’ve watched it from home, but being here, seeing the faces of the WWE Universe in person, man, I love being inside the Thunderdome. And especially for the season premiere of Friday Night SmackDown. Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved my time at home, so much so that I got a seat for my wife and beautiful daughter. Hi Brie, Hi Bird Bird. But that said, I could not wait to come back and experience this. And what a night to come back to.

We’ve got The Street Profits defending the SmackDown Tag Team Championships. We’ve got Roman Reigns defending the Universal Championship against Braun Strowman. And on top of that, I got to meet in person, the new mix that’s gonna be here for the next year for Friday Night SmackDown. Now, there’s some fresh faces that I’m really excited to have on the roster. People like Bianca BelAir and The Riott Squad. People that I’m excited to get in the ring with and fight, people like Kevin Owens, Aleister Black, and Apollo Crews. I cannot wait to get in the ring with these men.

Seth Rollins: Daniel Bryan, it is so good to see you, it’s been so long. I am thrilled that your wife, Brie, let you off daddy duty for a night, so that you could come back to work, and share the excitement of the Thunderdome. But in all that excitement, I think, man, I think the baby brain might have gotten to you, because you mentioned a lot of incredible superstars, but you forgot the most important acquisition in the draft. The man who’s going to lead SmackDown into the future, that’s me, The Savior Of SmackDown. The Great Leader. Rollins, The Redeemer, you choose, you pick one. But since I have you here, I do have a very important question I’d like to ask you, Daniel Bryan, which side of history would you like to be on? Because when it comes to the greater good, either you’re with me or you’re against me. And now a man of your intellect, I’d assume you’re smart enough to want to stand beside me and help me mold the future of this industry, in my vision.

Daniel Bryan: Well, that’s an awkward silence. You know, i’m all for changing the future, for the better, I really am, you know, I want to save the planet, I want to do all these different things, I want to make SmackDown as good as it could possibly be. But to be quite honest, your vision seems a little short sighted, self indulgent, self centered, and quite frankly, just kind of dumb.

– Rollins gets visibly upset as Bryan keeps calling the greater good dumb. Rollins punches Bryan in the face. Rollins throws his sport jacket Bryan. Rollins repeatedly stomps on Bryan’s face. Rollins calls Bryan dumb. Rollins whips Bryan across the ring. Bryan ducks a clothesline from Rollins. Bryan with a Running Clothesline. YES Kicks! Rollins retreats to the outside. The Mysterio Family appears on the stage. Rollins wants Bryan to join the greater good. Bryan exits the ring. Buddy Murphy arrives. Huge standoff in the center of the ring. Murphy with a double leg takedown. Murphy transitions into a ground and pound attack. Murphy drills Rollins with The V-Trigger. Rollins heads to the backstage area. The Mysterio Family refuses to shake Murphy’s hand to close the segment.

Third Match: The Street Profits (c) vs. Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler For The WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship 

Angelo Dawkins and Dolph Ziggler will start things off. Chain grappling exchange. Dawkins applies a side headlock. Ziggler whips Dawkins across the ring. Dawkins drops Ziggler with a shoulder tackle. Ziggler drops down on the canvas. Dawkins leapfrogs over Ziggler. Dawkins dropkicks Ziggler. Ziggler avoids The 360 Stinger Splash. Ziggler tags in Roode. Roode repeatedly stomps on Dawkins chest. The referee admonishes Roode. Roode with a Vertical Suplex for a two count.

Roode knocks Ford off the ring apron. Roode stomps on Dawkins chest. Roode with a Front Suplex. Roode tag is in Ziggler. Assisted Famouser for a two count. Ford tees off on Roode and Ziggler which causes the disqualification. After the match, Roode and Ziggler launches Ford over the top rope. Dawkins with two haymakers. Roode kicks Dawkins in the gut. Roode and Ziggler gangs up on Dawkins. Double Irish Whip. SpineBuster/Zig Zag Combination. Ford responds with a Flying Double Crossbody Block. Ford shakes the ropes.

Match Result: Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler via Disqualification, But Still WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions, The Street Profits 

Bayley & Sasha Banks Hell In A Cell Contract Signing 

Adam Pearce: Sasha, Bayley, your extremely bitter and deeply personal rivalry takes us to Hell In A Cell, where the very first time, the SmackDown Women’s Championship will be defended inside the cell. We’re here tonight to affix your signatures to this contract, which will make the match official. You both know what’s at stake. Sasha, as the challenger, you’ll have the opportunity to sign first.

– Sasha Banks signs the contract.

Sasha Banks: I’ve been waiting for this moment, for a very long time.

Bayley: Well so have I, I mean, talk about baggage, huh? God, I just want to be done with this, and get rid of you, so that I could continue my historic reign as the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion of all-time. I mean, Michael Cole, how many days here, 307? I don’t know, i’ve lost count, which I did all by myself, by the way.

Sasha Banks: All by yourself? Really, Bayley, that’s the lie that we’re gonna tell everybody? How about you look me in my face and say it again?

Bayley: Ok, look, calm down, you’re so vindictive. Look at you, I mean, that look in your eyes, that’s what i’m talking about, that’s the way you’ve been looking at me all these years, the way you’ve been looking at my championship. You’ve been waiting to turn on me, all this time, but I just beat you to the punch. I get it, that’s why you’re so upset, right now. It all makes sense.

Sasha Banks: Turn on you? Bayley, if I wanted to turn on you, I would’ve done that years ago. Friends don’t turn their backs on each other. When you got left behind at NXT, who was the first person to call you? Who brought you in as their partner? Me. When I was by your side, and helped you win your first ever Raw Women’s Championship, who was by your side? Me. And we’re just gonna forget about the Tag Team Titles? 370 plus days of being the SmackDown Women’s Champion, oh, congratulations, Bayley, you are the longest SmackDown Champion of all-time, but let’s not forget who helped you every single time. Me. You turn your back on me, you tried to end my career. And at Hell In A Cell, i’m going to end you, because I am Sasha Banks, and my name is bigger than your title. And come Hell In A Cell, when I walk out with your SmackDown Women’s Championship, that’s just gonna be the icing on the cake.

– Bayley refuses to sign the contract and exits the ring.

Sasha Banks: Go ahead and run away, you coward. Run, just like the coward that you are. But I promise you, when you are locked inside of Hell In A Cell, there’s gonna be nowhere to run. And believe me, you will be signing this contract, Bayley, one way or another.

Updated WWE Hell In A Cell 2020 Match Card 

1.) Roman Reigns (c) w/Paul Heyman vs. Jey Uso In A Hell In A Cell Match For The WWE Universal Championship

2.) Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Randy Orton In A Hell In A Cell Match For The WWE Championship

3.) Bayley (c) vs. Sasha Banks In A Hell In A Cell Match For The WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship

Fourth Match: Roman Reigns (c) w/Paul Heyman vs. Braun Strowman For The WWE Universal Championship 

Jey Uso is watching the match from the backstage area. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Reigns dumps Strowman out of the ring. Reigns with The Superman Punch. Reigns delivers The Drive By. Reigns rolls Strowman back into the ring. Reigns hooks the inside leg for a one count. Reigns with two haymakers. Reigns kicks Strowman in the gut. Reigns HeadButts Strowman. Strowman reverses out of the irish whip from Reigns. Reigns uppercuts Strowman. Reigns drops Strowman with The Big Boot for a two count. Reigns sends Strowman tumbling to the floor. Reigns HeadButts Strowman. Reigns slams Strowman’s head on the steel ring steps. Reigns slams Strowman’s head on the announce table. Strowman drives his knee into the midsection of Reigns.

Strowman catches Reigns in mid-air. Strowman drives Reigns back first into the steel ring post. Strowman launches Reigns over the announce table. Strowman delivers The Strowman Express. Strowman is fired up. Strowman has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Strowman levels Reigns with The Body Avalanche. Strowman with a Big Biel Throw. Strowman hits The Concrete Sledge for a two count. Reigns kicks Strowman in the face. Reigns sends Strowman shoulder first into the steel ring post. Strowman denies The Superman Punch. Strowman drives his knee into the midsection of Reigns. Strowman with The Dominator. Strowman talks smack to Reigns. Strowman ChokeSlams Reigns for a two count. Reigns delivers the low blow behind the referee’s back.

Reigns connects with The Spear for a two count. Strowman goes for The Running PowerSlam, but Reigns lands back on his feet. Reigns drives Strowman shoulder first into the top turnbuckle pad. Reigns makes Strowman tap out to The Guillotine Choke. After the match, Jey Uso appears on the stage. Reigns Spears Strowman. Reigns delivers multiple chair shots. Reigns summons Jey to the ring. Reigns wants to give Jey a preview of what’s going to happen at Hell In A Cell. Jey enters the ring. Reigns drops the chair. Reigns says that he loves Jey, but he’s forced his hand. Reigns wants Jey to him with the chair. Jey uppercuts Reigns. Jey SuperKicks Reigns. Jey repeatedly whips Reigns with the chair. The officials and referees are trying to calm down Jey. Reigns drops Jey with The Superman Punch.

Winner: Still WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns via Submission 

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Author: Josh Lopez