WWE Friday Night SmackDown
January 29, 2021
St. Petersburg, Florida
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
Daniel Bryan & AJ Styles Segment
Daniel Bryan: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Friday Night SmackDown. And welcome to Royal Rumble Weekend. You know, now that we’re getting so close, as my daughter likes to say, we’re just two sleeps away, I could just feel the excitement starting to boil inside of me because, you see, I’ve accomplished a lot in my career, and I’m proud of that and I’m very grateful for it. But there’s one accomplishment I haven’t done. There’s one mountain I have not climbed, and that is winning the Royal Rumble Match. And, you see, here’s the thing, winning means me fighting either the WWE or Universal Champion in the main event of WrestleMania, THE main event of WrestleMania. And nobody knows more about how life changing it is to be in the main event of WrestleMania, nobody knows it better than I do. And for me, to climb that mountain, one more time, involves me going through 29 other men and winning the Royal Rumble Match.
And here’s the honest truth, I don’t know how many more WrestleMania moments I have left. But I know if I want to want to accomplish my dream, one more time, it involves going to the main event of WrestleMania and winning the Royal Rumble Match. And, here’s the thing, thanks to Chad Gable and Otis, The Alpha Academy, I am ready, I am mentality focus, my cardio could go one for days, my hips are loose and they are strong. And whether I’m number one or whether I’m number thirty, I am ready for anything. And in the Royal Rumble Match, you have to be, because the Royal Rumble Match is unpredictable, it’s every man for himself, it’s anything goes, that countdown starts, that buzzer sounds, and you don’t know who’s coming out next. You will see best friends use every fiber of their being to throw each other over the top rope. You will see bitter enemies working together just to gain the slightest of advantage. You will see surprises.
AJ Styles: And you’ll see AJ Styles throw 29 other superstars over the top rope and earn his place in the main event of WrestleMania.
Daniel Bryan: You know, I know both brands are competing in the Royal Rumble Match, but this is SmackDown, you are a Raw Superstar, and I’m glad to see ya, but seriously, what are you doing here?
AJ Styles: What am I doing in the house that AJ Styles built? It’s really simple, isn’t it?
Omos: The quarterly brand-to-brand invitational.
AJ Styles: Have you met my own personal colossus, Omos? And he’s right, you see, every quarter, any superstar from any brand can come over as they please. That’s the rules, I didn’t make them. But listen, Daniel, it’s not even an secret, it’s kind of out there, you should probably know, I’m kind of like the gate keeper for Raw. You see, ever since I declared that I’m getting into the Royal Rumble, it seems like every other superstar tried to follow in my footsteps. But that’s not how it works.
Oh, no, They had to go through me, first. And you know what I did, Daniel, I crushed their hopes and their dreams. Yeah, I sure did. And speaking of dreams, and you talking about the Royal Rumble, you don’t look ready, you said you’re ready, you don’t look ready. You have your sports coat on. I don’t know what this is all about. I know you’re on SmackDown, and I’m on Raw, and we spent time apart. Are you still the GM? Is that what’s going on? It’s almost like you got one foot out the door. Am I wrong here?
Daniel Bryan: Ok, ok, I don’t have one foot out the door in anything, especially not something that I love as much as being in this ring. And you know what, if you want, I’ll prove to you. How about this, you and me go one-on-one in a match, tonight?
AJ Styles: Yeah, I think he just challenged me. Listen, I’ve been getting ready for the Royal Rumble, beating everyone on Raw. And I would love to get one more warm up, right here tonight against you on SmackDown.
Styles shoves Bryan. Omos stops Bryan in his tracks.
Daniel Bryan: You know what, AJ, if you were a real man, if you had any guts whatsoever, you would come out for this fight tonight without Omos. Oh, AJ, one more thing, with or without Omos, I’m still gonna kick your ass.
First Match: Bayley vs. Bianca BelAir
— WWE (@WWE) January 30, 2021
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. BelAir backs Bayley into the turnbuckles. The referee calls for a clean break. Bayley kicks BelAir in the gut. Bayley applies a wrist lock. BelAir bodyslams Bayley. Bayley talks smack to BelAir. Bayley with a waist lock go-behind. Bayley with clubbing blows to BelAir’s back. BelAir answers with a Vertical Suplex for a one count. Bayley regroups on the ring apron. Bayley kicks the left hamstring of BelAir. Bayley continues to punch BelAir in the back. Bayley pulls BelAir down to the mat. Bayley with a Sliding Clothesline for a two count. Bayley kicks the left shoulder of BelAir. Bayley DDT’s the left shoulder of BelAir for a two count. Bayley toys around with BelAir’s ponytail. BelAir tees off on Bayley. BelAir repeatedly stomp on Bayley’s back. Bayley reverses out of the irish whip from BelAir. BelAir dives over Bayley. BelAir showcases her athleticism. BelAir with a running shoulder block into the turnbuckles. BelAir with clubbing blows to Bayley’s back.
Bayley uses the middle rope as a weapon. BelAir dropkicks Bayley. BelAir pops back on her feet. BelAir with The Standing MoonSault for a two count. Bayley heads to the outside. BelAir has complete control of the match during the commercial break. BelAir leapfrogs over Bayley. Bayley drops down on the canvas. BelAir launches Bayley to the corner. BelAir hits The Reverse PowerBomb for a two count. BelAir with clubbing shoulder blocks. Bayley with a Rising Knee Strike. Bayley drops BelAir with The Tornado Arm-Breaker for a two count. BelAir denies The Rose Plant. Bayley with a Running Knee Strike for a two count. Bayley stands on the left shoulder of BelAir. Bayley stomps on BelAir’s back. Bayley lands The Flying Elbow Drop for a two count. Rollup Exchange. BelAir rocks Bayley with a forearm smash. Bayley negates The Glam Slam. BelAir cartwheels out of the irish whip from Bayley. BelAir dumps Bayley face first on the top turnbuckle pad. BelAir connects with The KOD to pickup the victory.
Winner: Bianca BelAir via Pinfall
— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) January 30, 2021
— WWE (@WWE) January 30, 2021
Second Match: King Corbin vs. Dominik Mysterio w/Rey Mysterio
— WWE (@WWE) January 30, 2021
Rey Mysterio joins the commentary team for this match. Dominik attacks Corbin before the bell rings. Dominik repeatedly stomps on Corbin’s chest. Corbin drives Dominik back first into the turnbuckles. Corbin with clubbing shoulder blocks. Dominik is throwing haymakers at Corbin. Dominik ducks a clothesline from Corbin. Corbin with heavy bodyshots. Corbin launches Dominik to the corner. Dominik slides out of the ring. Dominik runs away from Corbin. Dominik kicks Corbin in the chest. Dominik with a SlingShot Knee Strike. Dominik with a SlingShot Pescado. Dominik tells Corbin to bring it. Corbin talks smack to Rey. Dominik ducks a clothesline from Corbin. Dominik with rapid fire bodyshots. Dominik goes for a Cazadora Bulldog, but Corbin counters with a Belly to Back Suplex. Corbin with another Belly to Back Suplex.
Corbin rocks Dominik with a straight right hand. Corbin transitions into a ground and pound attack. Dominik kicks Corbin in the face. Corbin with a corner clothesline. Dominik sends Corbin shoulder first into the steel ring post. Dominik delivers The Missile Dropkick. Dominik hits The Slingshot Senton for a two count. Haymaker Exchange. Corbin whips Dominik across the ring. Dominik kicks Corbin in the chest. Dominik sends Corbin to the middle rope. Corbin negates The 619. Dominik ducks another clothesline from Corbin. Dominik with a Hurricanrana into the turnbuckles. Corbin responds with a Back Body Drop into the turnbuckles. Corbin whips Dominik across the ring. Dominik drops Corbin with The Tilt-A-Whirl DDT for a two count. Corbin avoids The SpringBoard Dropkick. Corbin dumps Dominik chest first on the top rope. Corbin connects with The End Of Days to pickup the victory. After the match, Corbin attacks Rey from behind. Rey sends Corbin shoulder first into the ring post. Rey with a Flying Seated Senton off the ring apron.
Winner: King Corbin via Pinfall
— WWE (@WWE) January 30, 2021
— WWE (@WWE) January 30, 2021
Big E, Sonya Deville, The Miz and John Morrison Backstage Segment
Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman, and Kevin Owens Segment
Third Match: Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles
— WWE (@WWE) January 30, 2021
Cesaro joins the commentary team for this match. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Bryan applies a side headlock. Side Headlock Takeover/Headscissors Escape Exchange. Test Of Strength. Monkey Flip Exchange. Bryan applies The Cross-Arm-Breaker. Styles puts his foot on the bottom rope which forces the break. Bryan with an arm-ringer. Bryan with the irish whip. Styles kicks Bryan in the face. Bryan with a drop toe hold. Bryan kicks the left shoulder of Styles. Bryan applies a hammerlock. Styles backs Bryan into the turnbuckles. Styles applies a side headlock. Bryan whips Styles across the ring. Styles drops Bryan with a shoulder tackle. Bryan drops down on the canvas. Bryan leapfrogs over Styles. Bryan with a Mid-Kick for a one count. Bryan applies a wrist lock. Styles pie faces Bryan. Bryan ducks a clothesline from Styles. Bryan with a knife edge chop. Styles reverses out of the irish whip from Bryan. Styles with a running knee lift. Bryan denies The BrainBuster. Bryan with a Head and Arm Suplex. Sami Zayn walks down to the ring. Styles sends Bryan crashing to the outside.
Zayn starts another live protest. Styles throws Bryan into the steel ring steps. Styles has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Styles repeatedly stomps on Bryan’s chest. Styles punches Bryan in the back. Styles goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Bryan counters with a high knee strike. Bryan side steps Styles into the turnbuckles. Bryan with a knife edge chop. Styles reverse out of the irish whip from Bryan. Bryan dives over Styles. Bryan ducks a clothesline from Styles. Bryan with a Running Clothesline. Bryan with a Corner Dropkick. Bryan follows that with IT Kicks. Bryan puts Styles on the top turnbuckle. Bryan with The Top Rope FrankenSteiner for a two count. Bryan with an Arm-Ringer. Styles blocks a boot from Bryan. Styles with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Styles with a forearm smash. Styles wraps the left leg of Bryan. Styles with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Styles kicks the left hamstring of Bryan.
Styles applies The Calf Crusher. Bryan grabs the bottom rope which forces the break. Zayn yells at the referee. Bryan with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Bryan launches Styles over the top rope. Styles with a leaping forearm smash. Styles goes for The Phenomenal Forearm, but Bryan counters with The Butterfly Suplex. Bryan applies The Cross-Arm-Breaker. Bryan transitions into The YES! Lock. Styles refuses to quit. Big E goes after Zayn. Big E clotheslines Zayn. Big E launches Zayn over the announce table. Big E gets into a shoving contest with Cesaro. Cesaro drops Big E with The Big Boot. All hell is breaking loose on the outside. Bryan lands The Suicide Dive. Styles rolls Bryan back into the ring. Bryan is throwing haymakers at Styles. Zayn attacks Bryan from behind which causes the disqualification. After the match, Zayn is raining down haymakers. Big E is still brawling with Cesaro. Shinsuke Nakamura joins the fray. We’ll have an impromptu 6-Man Tag Team Match, Next!
Winner: Daniel Bryan via Disqualification
Fourth Match: Daniel Bryan, Big E, and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles, Cesaro, and Sami Zayn In A 6-Man Tag Team Match
Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro will start things off. Cesaro avoids The Sliding Knee Strike. Cesaro with a basement uppercut. Cesaro with the irish whip. Nakamura side steps Cesaro into the turnbuckles. Nakamura kicks Cesaro in the back. Nakamura blocks a boot from Cesaro. Nakamura with a RoundHouse Kick. Nakamura with The Spider German Suplex for a one count. Nakamura applies a front face lock. Nakamura tags in Big E. Big E with heavy bodyshots. Cesaro with two uppercuts. Cesaro drives his knee into the midsection of Big E. Cesaro punches Big E in the back. Cesaro tags in Zayn. Zayn unloads a flurry of right jabs. Zayn with rapid fire haymakers. Zayn talks smack to Big E. Big E drops down on the canvas. Big E leapfrogs over Zayn. Big E scores the elbow knockdown for a two count. Big E applies a side headlock. Big E tags in Bryan. Bryan kicks Zayn in the gut. Bryan uppercuts Zayn. Bryan tags in Big E. Double Irish Whip. Double Hip Toss for a two count. Big E delivers a gut punch. Big E tags in Bryan. Bryan with a Flying Double Axe Handle Strike. Bryan whips Zayn across the ring. Zayn kicks Bryan in the chest. Zayn with a chop block. Zayn tags in Styles. Styles repeatedly wraps the left leg of Bryan around the steel ring post.
Team Styles has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Cesaro Swing. Cesaro applies the single leg crab. Cesaro tags in Styles. Styles works on the left leg of Bryan. Styles tags in Zayn. Zayn is raining down haymakers. Zayn taunts Big E and Nakamura. Zayn slams Bryan’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Zayn puts Bryan on the top turnbuckle. Zayn with a straight right hand. Bryan denies The SuperPlex. Bryan with heavy bodyshots. Bryan HeadButts Zayn. Bryan delivers The Missile Dropkick. Big E and Cesaro are tagged in. Big E with Two Overhead Belly to Belly Suplex’s. Big E ducks a clothesline from Cesaro Big E with a Side Belly to Belly Suplex. Cesaro avoids The Running Splash. Cesaro ducks a clothesline from Big E. Cesaro with The SpringBoard European Uppercut for a two count. Big E negates The Neutralizer. Big E goes for a Back Body Drop, but Cesaro lands back on his feet. Big E hits The Uranage Slam for a two count. Big E plays to the crowd. Big E is distracted by The Miz and John Morrison. A pier six brawl ensues which forces the referee to call off the match. After the match, Miz and Morrison gangs up on Big E. Otis Dozovic storms into the ring to make the save.
Match Result: No-Contest
Updated Royal Rumble 2021 Match Card
1.) The 2021 Men’s Royal Rumble Match (Edge, Daniel Bryan, Bobby Lashley, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Otis Dozovic, The Miz, Jey Uso, Cesaro, Jeff Hardy, Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, Shinsuke Nakamura, Big E, John Morrison, Sheamus, Mustafa Ali, King Corbin, Rey Mysterio, Dominik Mysterio, Braun Strowman)
2.) The 2021 Women’s Royal Rumble Match (Charlotte Flair, Nia Jax, Bianca BelAir, Bayley, Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke, Peyton Royce, Shayna Baszler, Alexa Bliss, Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott, Tamina, Natalya)
3.) Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Goldberg For The WWE Championship
4.) Roman Reigns (c) w/Paul Heyman vs. Kevin Owens In A Last Man Standing Match For The WWE Universal Championship
5.) Sasha Banks (c) vs. Carmella w/Reginald Thomas For The WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship
6.) Charlotte Flair & Asuka (c) vs. Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax For The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
Fifth Match: Daniel Bryan, Big E, Shinsuke Nakamura, Otis Dozovic, and Sheamus vs. AJ Styles, Cesaro, Sami Zayn, The Miz, and John Morrison In A 10-Man Tag Team Match
— WWE (@WWE) January 30, 2021
Daniel Bryan and The Miz will start things off. Haymaker Exchange. Bryan with a double leg takedown. Bryan transitions into a ground and pound attack. Miz DDT’s the left knee of Bryan. Miz repeatedly stomps on the left knee of Bryan. Miz dumps Bryan out of the ring. Miz with The Knee Crusher on the announce table. Miz kicks Bryan in the face. Miz rolls Bryan back into the ring. Miz applies The Figure Four Leg Lock. Bryan is throwing haymakers at Miz. Miz tags in Zayn. Zayn with The Blue Thunder Bomb for a two count. Zayn tags in Cesaro. Cesaro with a running elbow drop for a two count. Cesaro with The Delayed Vertical Suplex for a two count. Cesaro tags in Morrison. Morrison kicks Bryan in the chest. Morrison repeatedly stomps on the left hamstring of Bryan. Morrison is raining down forearm smashes. Morrison with a Running Boot. Morrison applies a front face lock. Morrison tags in Miz. Miz kicks Bryan in the gut. Morrison with a chop block. Miz tags in Styles.
Wish Bone Attack. Bryanis displaying his fighting spirit. Styles kicks Bryan in the gut. Styles slams Bryan’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Styles with a forearm smash. Styles whips Bryan across the ring. Bryan ducks a clothesline from Styles. Both men are knocked down after a Double Crossbody Block. Team Styles wisely pulls Big E, Nakamura, and Dozovic off the ring apron. A pier six brawl ensues on the outside. Styles tags in Zayn. Sheamus arrives. Bryan creates distance with The RoundHouse Kick. Bryan tags in Sheamus. Sheamus with two double sledges. Sheamus knocks Miz off the apron. Sheamus with a corner clothesline. Sheamus with a Running Knee Lift. Sheamus ducks a clothesline from Miz. Sheamus with a Pump Knee Strike.
Sheamus clotheslines Miz over the top rope. Sheamus HeadButts Morrison. Ten Beats Of The Bodhran. Zayn rolls Sheamus over for a two count. Sheamus hits The Irish Curse BackBreaker. Sheamus applies The Texas Cloverleaf. Morrison SuperKicks Sheamus. Dozovic with The Emerald Flowsion. Cesaro with a Running Double Foot Stomp. Big E delivers The Big Ending. Miz responds with The Skull Crushing Finale. Nakamura with The Flying Knee Strike. Nakamura goes for a Step Through Kick, but Zayn counters with The Blue Thunder Bomb. Zayn goes for The Helluva Kick, but Sheamus counters with The Brogue Kick to pickup the victory. After the match, Miz and Morrison immediately gangs up on Sheamus. Braun Strowman arrives. Strowman delivers The Strowman Express. Strowman Chokeslams Cesaro. Strowman connects with Three Running Powerslams to close the show.
Winner: Daniel Bryan, Big E, Shinsuke Nakamura, Otis Dozovic, and Sheamus via Pinfall
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