WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results (1/8/21): The Tribal Gauntlet Match

WWE Friday Night SmackDown
January 8, 2021
Tropicana Field
St. Petersburg, Florida

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Transcription by Josh Lopez

Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman, Jey Uso, and Adam Pearce Segment

First Match: Big E (c) vs. Apollo Crews For The WWE Intercontinental Championship 

Crews dropkicks Big E. Crews nails Big E with The Pump Kick for a two count. Crews drags Big E to the corner. Crews goes for The Flying Splash, but Big E ducks out of the way. Big E scores the elbow knockdown. Big E stomps on Crews chest. Big E with a Running Splash on the ring apron. Big E goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Crews lands back on his feet. Crews blocks a boot from Big E. Crews with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Crews with two running axe handle strikes. Crews drives Big E back first into the turnbuckles. Crews with clubbing shoulder blocks. Crews lands The Stinger Splash. Crews with Three German Suplex’s for a two count. Crews kicks Big E in the face. Crews drops Big E with The Apron MoonSault. Crews rolls Big E back into the ring. Crews hooks the outside leg for a one count. Crews puts Big E on the top turnbuckle. Crews delivers The SuperPlex for a two count.

The referee was in the wrong position while making the cover, so there will be no title change. Crews slaps Big E in the face. Big E with Two Overhead Belly to Belly Suplex’s. Big E ducks a clothesline from Crews. Big E with a Side Belly to Belly Suplex. Big E talks smack to Crews. Big E hits The Running Splash. Crews denies The Big Ending. Crews with a desperation knee lift. Crews lands The Frog Splash for a two count. Big E negates The Toss PowerBomb. Crews ducks a clothesline from Big E. Crews rolls Big E over for a two count. Crews thrust kicks the midsection of Big E. Crews with a Running Boot. Crews with The SpineBuster. Crews follows that with The Standing MoonSault for a two count. Crews is displaying his frustration. Big E rolls Crews over for a two count. Big E applies The Stretch Muffler. Crews kicks Big E in the face. Big E goes for The Big Ending, but Crews lands back on his feet. Crews with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Crews goes for The Toss PowerBomb, but Big E counters with a side headlock takeover. Big E hits The Uranage Slam. Big E connects with The Big Ending to pickup the victory.

Winner: Still WWE Intercontinental Champion, Big E via Pinfall 

Carmella Promo 

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

Angelo Dawkins and Dolph Ziggler will start things off. Chain grappling exchange. Dawkins backs Ziggler into the ropes. The referee calls for a clean break. Ziggler decks Crews with a back elbow smash. Ziggler applies a side headlock. Dawkins reverses the hold. Ziggler sends Dawkins across the ring. Dawkins drops Ziggler with a shoulder tackle. Ziggler drops down on the canvas. Dawkins leapfrogs over Ziggler. Dawkins whips Ziggler across the ring. Dawkins dropkicks Ziggler for a one count. Dawkins applies a wrist lock. Dawkins tags in Ford. Double Irish Whip. Double Shoulder Tackle. Assisted MoonSault for a two count. Ford starts favoring his left leg. Ziggler with a straight right hand. Ziggler tags in Roode. Ziggler with heavy bodyshots. Roode repeatedly stomps on Ford’s chest. Roode hammers down on the back of Ford’s neck. Roode uses the middle rope as a weapon. Roode slams Ford’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Ford is throwing haymakers at Roode. Ford with clubbing blows to Roode’s back. Ford repeatedly stomps on Roode’s chest. Roode kicks the left knee of Ford. Ford launches Roode over the top rope. Ford knocks Roode off the ring apron. Ford launches Ziggler over the top rope. Ford with a back elbow smash. Ford lands The SomerSault Plancha.

Street Profits has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Dawkins repeatedly stomps on Roode’s chest. Roode drives his knee into the midsection of Dawkins. Dawkins with a Counter Vertical Suplex. Dawkins with The Exploder Suplex. Dawkins follows that with The 360 Stinger Splash. Dawkins hits The Running Bulldog for a two count. Haymaker Exchange. Dawkins applies a side headlock. Ziggler made the blind tag. Roode whips Dawkins across the ring. Roode drops down on the canvas. Ziggler dropkicks Dawkins for a two count. Ziggler talks smack to Dawkins. Ziggler fish hooks Dawkins. Ziggler rakes the eyes of Dawkins. Roode with a cheap shot behind the referee’s back. Ziggler applies a front face lock. Ziggler tags in Roode. Roode stops Dawkins in his tracks. Roode hammers down on the back of Dawkins neck. Roode drops Dawkins with a NeckBreaker for a two count. Roode taunts Ford. Roode with a straight right hand. Roode whips Dawkins into the turnbuckles. Roode tags in Ziggler. Dawkins avoids The Stinger Splash. Dawkins dumps Roode out of the ring. Roode wisely pulls Ford off the apron.

Ford with a straight right hand. Ford throws Roode into the ringside barricade. Ziggler grabs the left leg of Dawkins. Dawkins uses his feet to create separation. Dawkins tags in Ford. Ford with two clotheslines. Ford thrust kicks the midsection of Ziggler. Ford with a knee lift. Ford punches Ziggler in the back. Ford with a knife edge chop. Ford with a Back Body Drop to Roode. Ford ducks a clothesline from Ziggler. Ford goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Ziggler lands back on his feet. Ford hits The Discus Lariat for a two count. Ford slowly ascends to the top turnbuckle. Ford shoves Roode off the apron. Ziggler connects with The Avalanche X-Factor for a two count. Ford SuperKicks Ziggler for a two count. Roode kicks Dawkins in the gut. Dawkins dumps Roode out of the ring. Dawkins is throwing haymakers at Roode. Ziggler sends Dawkins crashing into the barricade. Ziggler goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Ford lands back on his feet. Ziggler delivers the chop block. Ziggler tags in Roode. Roode with The Bridging Fisherman’s Suplex for a two count. Ford negates The Glorious DDT. Ford with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Roode tags in Ziggler. Ziggler and Roode plants Ford with their SpineBuster/Zig Zag Combination to pickup the victory.

Winner: New WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode via Pinfall 

Updated WWE Royal Rumble 2021 Match Card

1.) The 2021 Men’s Royal Rumble Match (Daniel Bryan, Bobby Lashley, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Matt Riddle, Elias, Otis Dozovic)

2.) The 2021 Women’s Royal Rumble Match (Charlotte Flair, Nia Jax, Bianca BelAir, Bayley)

3.) Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Goldberg For The WWE Championship

4.) Roman Reigns (c) w/Paul Heyman vs. Adam Pearce For The WWE Universal Championship

Third Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Sami Zayn vs. Rey Mysterio w/Dominik Mysterio vs. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. King Corbin vs. Adam Pearce In A Gauntlet Match. The Winner Will Battle Roman Reigns For The WWE Universal Championship At The Royal Rumble 

REY MYSTERIO VS. SAMI ZAYN 

Mysterio dropkicks Zayn into the ropes. Mysterio delivers The 619. Mysterio connects with The Frog Splash to pickup the victory.

REY MYSTERIO VS. SHINSUKE NAKAMURA 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Nakamura applies a side headlock. Mysterio whips Nakamura across the ring. Mysterio drops down on the canvas. Nakamura drops Mysterio with a shoulder tackle. Nakamura goes for a Bodyslam, but Mysterio lands back on his feet. Mysterio goes for The O’Connor Roll, but Nakamura holds onto the ropes. Nakamura goes for a Sunset Flip, but Mysterio counters with The RoundHouse Kick for a one count. Nakamura with heavy bodyshots. Mysterio reverses out of the irish whip from Nakamura. Mysterio with a Running Hurricanrana. Nakamura avoids The Baseball Slide Dropkick. Nakamura with a running knee lift. Mysterio dodges The Flying Knee Strike. Mysterio goes for The Sliding Canadian Destroyer, but Nakamura counters with The Sliding Knee Strike on the floor. Nakamura rolls Mysterio back into the ring. Nakamura hooks the outside leg for a two count. Nakamura backs Mysterio into the turnbuckles. Nakamura delivers Bad Vibrations. Nakamura with a corner dropkick for a two count.

Following a snap mare takeover, Nakamura with a double knee drop for a two count. Nakamura repeatedly kicks Mysterio in the chest. Nakamura puts Mysterio on the top turnbuckle. Nakamura with a forearm smash. Mysterio denies The SuperPlex. Mysterio HeadButts Nakamura. Mysterio with Two Seated Senton’s. Mysterio rolls Nakamura over for a two count. Nakamura launches Mysterio over the top rope. Nakamura kicks Mysterio in the chest. Mysterio drives his elbow into the midsection of Nakamura. Mysterio HeadButts Nakamura. Nakamura catches Mysterio in mid-air. Nakamura goes for a PowerBomb, but Mysterio counters with The Hurricanrana. Mysterio connects with The 619. Mysterio goes for The Frog Splash, but Nakamura gets his knees up in the air. Nakamrua makes Mysterio tap out to The Cross-Arm-Breaker. After the match, King Corbin throws Dominik into the steel ring steps. Corbin drives Nakamura shoulder first into the steel ring post. Corbin plants Mysterio with Two ChokeSlams.

SHINSUKE NAKAMURA VS. KING CORBIN 

The action started during the commercial break. Corbin drives his knee into the midsection of Nakamura. Corbin with an elbow smash. Nakamura delivers his combination offense. Corbin clotheslines Nakamura for a two count. Corbin brings Nakamura to the corner. Corbin with heavy bodyshots. Corbin slams Nakamura’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Corbin continues to target the midsection of Nakamura. Nakamura sends Corbin shoulder first into the steel ring post. Nakamura with The Step Through Kick. Corbin regroups on the outside. Corbin catches Nakamura in mid-air. Corbin drives Nakamura back first into the ring post. Corbin rolls Nakamura back into the ring. Corbin hooks the outside leg for a two count.

Corbin argues with the referee. Corbin with two haymakers. Corbin with a Belly to Back Suplex for a two count. Corbin goes for The Vertical Suplex, but Nakamura lands back on his feet. Nakamura ducks a clothesline from Corbin. Nakamura with a single leg dropkick. Nakamura unloads a flurry of kicks. Nakamura with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Corbin reverses out of the irish whip from Nakamura. Nakamura side steps Corbin into the turnbuckles. Nakamura with another Step Up Enzuigiri. Nakamura drops Corbin with The Flying Knee Strike for a two count. Nakamura goes for The Kinshasa, but Corbin counters with Deep Six for a two count. Nakamura applies The Triangle Choke. Corbin PowerBombs Nakamura. Corbin goes for The Wrap Around Lariat, but Nakamura counters with The Kinshasa to pickup the victory.

SHINSUKE NAKAMURA VS. DANIEL BRYAN 

Bryan with a Running Dropkick. Bryan with two uppercuts. Bryan unloads a flurry of kicks. Bryan whips Nakamura across the ring. Nakamura kicks Bryan in the chest. Bryan dumps Nakamura out of the ring. Bryan lands The Suicide Dive. Bryan rolls Nakamura back into the ring. Nakamura dropkicks Bryan in mid-air. Nakamura hits The Reverse Exploder Suplex. Nakamura goes for The Kinshasa, but Bryan counters with the single leg crab. Bryan transitions into The Ankle Lock. Bryan with The Bridging German Suplex for a two count. YES! Kicks. Nakamura avoids The RoundHouse Kick. Nakamura kicks Bryan in the face. Cross-Arm-Breaker Exchange. Bryan applies The YES! Lock.

Nakamura puts his foot on the bottom rope which forces the break. Bryan with the arm-ringer. Bryan kicks Nakamura in the chest. Bryan with three arm-ringers. Bryan puts Nakamura on the top turnbuckle. Nakamura denies The Top Rope FrankenSteiner. Nakamura with The Flying Knee Strike for a two count. Nakamura with clubbing knee smashes. Bryan dodges The RoundHouse Kick. Bryan kicks the left hamstring of Nakamura. Nakamura applies The Cross-Arm-Breaker. Bryan rolls Nakamura over for a two count. Forearm/Hamstring Kick Exchange. Bryan tees off on Nakamura. Corner YES! Kicks. Bryan with The RoundHouse Kicks. Bryan follows that with Two Corner Dropkicks. Nakamura connects with The Kinshasa to pickup the victory.

SHINSUKE NAKAMURA VS. ADAM PEARCE 

Roman Reigns walks down to the ring with Paul Heyman, Jey Uso, and Adam Pearce. Jey talks smack to Nakamura. Jey rocks Nakamura with a forearm smash. Jey with clubbing blows to Nakamura’s back. Reigns tees off on Nakamura. Reigns and Jey gangs up on Nakamura. Reigns tells Pearce to get in the ring. Jey SuperKicks Nakamura. Reigns delivers The Superman Punch. Jey connects with The USO Splash. Reigns reminds Pearce that SmackDown is his show. Reigns throws Pearce into the ring. Jey SuperKicks Pearce. Jey puts Pearce on the top of Nakamura to pickup the victory.

Winner: Adam Pearce via Pinfall 

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Author: Josh Lopez