WWE Friday Night SmackDown
December 24, 2021
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Commentators (Michael Cole & Pat McAfee)
Transcription by Josh Lopez
Paul Heyman Interview
Kayla Braxton: Paul, it’s been one week since you were fired by Roman Reigns, publicly.
Paul Heyman: Publicly. Publicly. You gotta get that little ding in there, publicly.
Kayla Braxton: Paul, I can assure you I’m not trying to get anything in. I’m trying to give you the opportunity to tell your side, talk about what happened.
Paul Heyman: What happened? What happened is I told the truth to Roman Reigns and it was a truth he didn’t want to hear, publicly. What happened was, because I told the truth, I got fired, publicly. Smashed in the face, publicly. Embarrassed, humiliated in front of my peers in the entire world, publicly. What happened was, I told Roman Reigns the truth and I paid a price for it, publicly.
Kayla Braxton: Well, do you now regret telling the truth?
Paul Heyman: No. No, because my role as special counsel was to tell Roman Reigns these uncomfortable truths. My role of special counsel was not just to protect Roman Reigns as a personality, as an intellectual property, but as a champion. When I came back from the ring, I tried to explain this to Roman Reigns and all of my bags, all my notes, all my suits, all my belongings were tossed out of his locker room, into the hallway, like I’m some freaking rookie. But my role was to protect the championship, and make no mistake about it, Roman Reigns is the greatest Universal Champion of all-time, but he needs to be protected from Brock Lesnar
Kayla Braxton: Well, Paul, now what? What’s next for you?
Paul Heyman: Excuse me. I don’t know. What do I do now? I go to NXT, I pick a top talent, I start all over again, not at this stage. I put every bit of my heart and my soul and my spirit into serving as the special counsel to “The Tribal Chief” Roman Reigns, because I believe in Roman Reigns. Without that, maybe it’s time for me to acknowledge at my career is most likely over.
First Match: Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Toni Storm For The WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship
— WWE (@WWE) December 25, 2021
Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Charlotte backs Storm into the turnbuckles. The referee calls for a clean break. Storm ducks a clothesline from Charlotte. Storm with four uppercuts. Charlotte reverses out of the irish whip from Storm. Storm crawls under Charlotte. Charlotte kicks Storm in the gut. Storm ducks a clothesline from Charlotte. Storm with a Leaping Crossbody Block for a one count. Storm with a wrist lock takedown. Storm follows that with a basement dropkick for a one count. Charlotte regroups on the outside. Storm dodges The Big Boot. Storm with a Running Crossbody Block for a two count. Charlotte with a gut punch. Charlotte slams Storm’s head on two turnbuckle pads. Charlotte drops Storm with a knife edge chop. Charlotte stands on the back of Storm’s neck for a two count. Charlotte repeatedly bounces Storm’s head on the canvas with her legs. Charlotte applies a Figure Four Headlock.
Storm rolls Charlotte over for a two count. Charlotte with a Headscissors Takeover. Charlotte pops back on her feet. Charlotte toys around with Storm. Charlotte goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Storm counters with an inside cradle for a one count. Storm HeadButts Charlotte. Charlotte side steps Storm into the turnbuckles. Charlotte with The Big Boot. Charlotte poses for the crowd. Charlotte has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Storm with forearm shivers. Charlotte pulls Storm down to the mat. Charlotte talks smack to Storm. Charlotte pie faces Storm. Charlotte clotheslines Storm for a two count. Charlotte tells Storm to bring it. Charlotte slaps Storm in the face. Storm with a Counter Vertical Suplex. Storm with a Running Hip Attack. Storm applies a waist lock. Charlotte decks Storm with a back elbow smash. Charlotte rocks Storm with a forearm smash.
Charlotte wraps the left leg of Storm around the middle rope. Storm avoids The Knee Drop. Storm with The Bridging German Suplex for a two count. Charlotte with a BackBreaker/Turnbuckle Flatliner Combination. Charlotte walks over the midsection of Storm. Charlotte with The Double MoonSault for a two count. Charlotte hooks both legs for a two count. Charlotte starts laughing. Charlotte unloads two knife edge chops. Charlotte kicks the left knee of Storm. Storm denies The Natural Selection. Storm with a Release German Suplex. Charlotte denies The Storm One. Charlotte applies The Figure Eight. Charlotte smacks Storm in the mouth. Storm reverses the pressure. Charlotte drops Storm with The Big Boot. Charlotte kicks Storm off the ring apron. Storm sends Charlotte face first into the steel ring post. Storm tees off on Charlotte. Storm rolls Charlotte back into the ring. Standing Switch Exchange. The referee caught Charlotte using the middle rope for leverage. Storm with a back bridge cover for a two count. Storm with the backslide cover for a two count. Storm follows that with an inside cradle for a two count. Charlotte reverses the pinning position to pickup the victory.
Winner: Still WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair via Pinfall
— WWE (@WWE) December 25, 2021
— WWE (@WWE) December 25, 2021
Second Match: Sheamus w/Ridge Holland vs. Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro vs. Ricochet vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Drew Gulak vs. Mansoor vs. Erik vs. Ivar vs. Shanky vs. Angel Garza vs. Humberto Carrillo In A 12 Days Of Christmas Gauntlet Match. The Winner Will Battle Shinsuke Nakamura For The WWE Intercontinental Championship At WWE Day 1
— WWE (@WWE) December 25, 2021
Shinsuke Nakamura is watching this match at ringside with Rick Boogs.
ANGEL GARZA VS. MANSOOR
Mansoor blocks a boot from Garza. Mansoor with an Inverted Atomic Drop. Mansoor applies a side headlock. Garza whips Mansoor across the ring. Garza leapfrogs over Mansoor. Mansoor with another Inverted Atomic Drop. Mansoor dropkicks Garza. Mansoor is fired up. Garza puts Mansoor on the top turnbuckle. Mansoor kicks Garza in the face. Garza yanks Mansoor off the top turnbuckle. Garza throws his pants at Mansoor. Garza with a Running Boot. Garza with a basement dropkick. Mansoor blocks a punch from Garza. Mansoor rocks Garza with a forearm smash. Mansoor kicks the right shoulder of Garza. Mansoor with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Garza SuperKicks Mansoor in mid-air. Garza hits The Wing Clipper to score the first elimination of this match.
ANGEL GARZA VS. ERIK
Garza starts things off with a running dropkick through the ropes. Garza slams Erik’s head on the apron. Garza with a basement dropkick. Garza poses for the crowd. Erik catches Garza in mid-air. Erik bodyslams Garza on the floor. Garza regains control of the match during the commercial break. Erik delivers his combination offense. Garza reverses out of the irish whip from Erik. Erik dives over Garza. Garza denies The Exploder Suplex. Erik nails Garza with Death Rowe for a two count. Erik with a German Suplex for a two count. Garza side steps Erik into the turnbuckles. Garza with a JawBreaker. Garza connects with another Wing Clipper to score the next elimination of this match.
ANGEL GARZA VS. SHANKY
Garza with a running dropkick. Shanky launches Garza to the corner. Shanky clotheslines Garza. Shanky poses for the crowd. Shanky sends Garza into the ropes. Shanky slaps Garza in the chest. Shanky with a back elbow smash. Shanky with a Hip Toss. Shanky hits The Wasteland to score the next elimination.
SHANKY VS. IVAR
Ivar is throwing haymakers at Shanky. Shanky shoves Ivar. Ivar denies The Chokeslam. Ivar tees off on Shanky. Shanky reverses out of the irish whip from Ivar. Ivar runs into Shanky. Shanky drops Ivar with The Big Boot. Ivar attacks the midsection of Ivar. Shanky sends Ivar to the corner. Ivar decks Shanky with a back elbow smash. Ivar cartwheels around Shanky. Ivar with two corner clotheslines. Ivar with The Bronco Buster. Ivar lands The Viking Splash to score the next elimination.
IVAR vs. SHEAMUS
Sheamus kicks Ivar in the gut. Sheamus with clubbing blows to Ivar’s back. Sheamus slams Ivar’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Haymaker Exchange. Ivar clotheslines Sheamus over the top rope. Sheamus regroups on the outside. Sheamus regains control of the match during the commercial break. Sheamus applies The Dublin Smile. Sheamus drops Ivar with a NeckBreaker for a one count. Sheamus applies a rear chin lock. Ivar with heavy bodyshots. Sheamus answers with a knee lift.
Ivar reverses out of the irish whip from Sheamus. Ivar drops Sheamus with two shoulder tackles. Sheamus kicks Ivar in the face. Ivar with a Side Walk Slam. Ivar with a Running Crossbody Block Splash. Ivar plays to the crowd. Ivar goes for a Bodyslam, but Sheamus lands back on his feet. Sheamus sends Ivar to the corner. Ivar with The Seated Senton for a two count. Ivar denies The Rolling Senton. Ivara with a forearm smash. Ivar ducks a clothesline from Sheamus. Sheamus connects with The Brogue Kick. Ivar is officially eliminated.
SHEAMUS VS. DREW GULAK
Sheamus nails Gulak with The Brogue Kick to score the next elimination of this match.
SHEAMUS VS. CESARO
Cesaro ducks a clothesline from Sheamus. Cesaro tees off on Sheamus. Cesaro repeatedly slams Sheamus head on the ringside barricade. Sheamus with a reverse hammer throw into the barricade. Cesaro side steps Sheamus into the barricade. Cesaro rolls Sheamus back into the ring. Cesaro with The Flying Crossbody Block for a two count. Sheamus denies The Sharpshooter. Sheamus with The Rolling Senton. Sheamus with a Belly to Back Suplex. Sheamus hammers down on the back of Cesaro. Sheamus applies the chin bar.
Sheamus with forearm shivers across the back of Cesaro. Cesaro is displaying his fighting spirit. Sheamus reverses out of the irish whip from Cesaro. Cesaro kicks Sheamus in the face. Cesaro delivers The Missile Dropkick. The Cesaro Swing. Cesaro starts favoring his ribs. Cesaro with a Running European Uppercut. Cesaro with a Running Lariat. Cesaro gets distracted by Holland. Sheamus goes for a Back Body Drop, but Cesaro lands back on his feet. Cesaro takes a swipe at Holland. Sheamus thrust kicks the midsection of Cesaro. Sheamus connects with The Brogue Kick to score the next elimination.
SHEAMUS VS. RICOCHET
Sheamus transitions into a ground and pound attack. Sheamus whips Ricochet across the ring. Ricochet ducks a clothesline from Sheamus. Ricochet with a Running Crossbody Block to the floor. Ricochet lands The Asai MoonSault. Ricochet is fired up. Sheamus regains control of the match during the commercial break. Ricochet kicks the left hamstring of Sheamus. Ricochet with a knife edge chop. Ricochet with a chop/forearm combination. Sheamus hits The Irish Curse BackBreaker. Sheamus applies a rear chin lock. Ricochet with heavy bodyshots. Sheamus sends Ricochet into the ropes. Sheamus with The Tilt-A-Whirl Powerslam for a two count. Ten Beats Of The Bodhran. Ricochet avoids The Flying Clothesline. Ricochet drops Sheamus with The Tilt-A-Whirl DDT for a two count. Ricochet delivers his combination offense.
Sheamus goes for a bodyslam, but Ricochet lands back on his feet. Ricochet with a drop toe hold into the middle turnbuckle pad. Ricochet with a SpringBoard Crossbody Block. Ricochet goes for The SpringBoard MoonSault, but Sheamus gets his knees up in the air. Sheamus with an inside cradle for a two count. Ricochet slams Sheamus head on the top rope. Ricochet with an Apron Enzuigiri. Ricochet with a SpringBoard Clothesline. Ricochet follows that with The Standing MoonSault for a two count. Ricochet gets distracted by Holland. Sheamus nails Ricochet with The Pump Knee Strike. Sheamus rolls Ricochet back into the ring. Sheamus poses for the crowd. Cesaro attacks Holland from behind. Ricochet dropkicks Sheamus into the turnbuckles. Ricochet rolls Sheamus over to score the next elimination. Sheamus drops Ricochet with The Brogue Kick on his way out of the ring.
RICOCHET VS. HUMBERTO CARRILLO
The referee is allowing Ricochet to get back on his feet. Carrillo with The Shotgun Dropkick. Carrillo goes for The MoonSault, but Ricochet gets his foot up in the air. Ricochet hits The Recoil to score the next elimination.
RICOCHET VS. JINDER MAHAL
Ricochet slides out of the ring. Mahal with a Belly to Back Suplex on the apron. Mahal with another Belly to Back Suplex for a two count. Mahal is displaying his frustration. Mahal goes for The Khallas, but Ricochet rolls him over to score the next elimination.
RICOCHET VS. SAMI ZAYN
This match started during the commercial break. Zayn is raining down haymakers. Zayn whips Ricochet across the ring. Zayn clotheslines Ricochet for a two count. Zayn sits on the top turnbuckle. Zayn kicks Ricochet in the face. Ricochet with a Leaping FrankenSteiner for a two count. Ricochet delivers his combination offense. Zayn avoids The Roundhouse Kick. Ricochet denies The Blue Thunder Bomb. Ricochet hammers down on the back of Zayn’s neck. Zayn stops Ricochet in his tracks. Zayn goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Ricochet counters with a Crossbody Block for a two count. Zayn avoids The Corner Dropkick.
Zayn hits The Blue Thunder Bomb for a two count. Zayn drags Ricochet to the corner. Ricochet denies The Exploder Suplex. Hammer Elbows Exchange. Zayn with The Exploder Suplex into the turnbuckles. Zayn goes for The Helluva Kick, but Ricochet counters with The SuperKick. Ricochet with The Detonation Kick for a two count. Zayn has Ricochet perched on the top turnbuckle. Ricochet is throwing haymakers at Zayn. Ricochet sends Zayn crashing into the canvas. Ricochet goes for The Shooting Star Press, but Zayn gets his knees up in the air. Zayn with another Exploder Suplex into the turnbuckles. Zayn plants Ricochet with The Helluva Kick to pickup the victory.
Winner: Sami Zayn via Pinfall
Updated WWE Day 1 Match Card
1.) Big E (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens vs. Bobby Lashley w/MVP In A Fatal Four Way Match For The WWE Championship
2.) Roman Reigns (c) vs. Brock Lesnar For The WWE Universal Championship
3.) The Usos (c) vs. The New Day For The WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
4.) Edge vs. The Miz w/Maryse
5.) Becky Lynch (c) vs. Liv Morgan For The WWE Raw Women’s Championship
6.) Drew McIntyre vs. Riddick Moss w/Baron Corbin
7.) Shinsuke Nakamura (c) w/Rick Boogs vs. Sami Zayn For The WWE Intercontinental Championship
Third Match: The New Day & Drew McIntyre vs. The Usos & Riddick Moss w/Baron Corbin In A Miracle On 34th Street Fight
Season's Beatings! 🎄🎅
Happy @BaronCorbinWWE delivers a brutal candy cane Kendo Stick attack on @DMcIntyreWWE as The #NewDay & The @WWEUsos battle through presents and Christmas trees during the Miracle on 34th Street Fight on #SmackDown. pic.twitter.com/V2lVVQM8G5
— WWE (@WWE) December 25, 2021
King Woods and Jey Uso will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Woods applies a side headlock. Jey whips Woods across the ring. Woods ducks under two clotheslines from Jey. Woods slides under Jey. Woods blocks a boot from Jey. Woods with The Rolling Elbow for a two count. Following a snap mare takeover, Woods tags in Kofi. Kofi with The PK. Woods with The Sliding Lariat. Kofi follows that with a Rebound Splash for a two count. Jey drives Kofi back first into the turnbuckles. Jimmy tags himself in. Jimmy with a forearm smash. Jimmy with a knife edge chop. Jimmy tags in Moss. Moss with a gut punch. Moss drives his knee into the midsection of Kofi. Moss goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Kofi lands back on his feet. Kofi tags in McIntyre. McIntyre with a chop/haymaker combination. Moss nails McIntyre with a throat thrust. Moss tees off on McIntyre. Moss with the irish whip. McIntyre clotheslines Moss. McIntyre with a knife edge chop. McIntyre whips Moss across the ring. Moss kicks McIntyre in the chest. McIntyre ducks a clothesline from Moss. McIntyre hits The Future Shock DDT for a two count.
New Day and The Usos starts brawling up the stage. Short-Arm Reversal by McIntyre. Corbin attacks McIntyre with a candy cane kendo stick. Jimmy throws Kofi into the presents. Jey with a reverse hammer throw into the presents and trees. Usos and Moss has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Moss with a Corner Spear. All hell is breaking loose in Chicago. Moss with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Moss with a straight right hand. Moss follows that with a Vertical Suplex. Moss poses for the crowd. Moss puts his knee on the back of McIntyre’s neck. Moss slams McIntyre’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Moss with three haymakers. Moss is choking McIntyre with his boot. Kofi gets sandwiched in between two trees. Usos attacks Woods with the trees. McIntyre denies The Vertical Suplex. Woods SuperKicks Jimmy. McIntyre with a Vertical Suplex. Woods pulls out a steel chair. Woods with a Chair Assisted Spinning Back Kick. Jey SuperKicks Woods. Jey starts drinking the egg nog.
Kofi with two flying axe handle strikes. Kofi dropkicks Jimmy. Kofi with a Leaping Clothesline. Kofi hits The New Day Boom Drop. Kofi plays to the crowd. Jimmy avoids The Trouble In Paradise. Jimmy thrust kicks the midsection of Kofi. Jimmy sends Kofi to the corner. Kofi with a Flying Hurricanrana. Woods clotheslines Jimmy over the top rope. Kofi with a Leaping Foot Stomp to Jey. Woods clotheslines Jey over the top rope. Kofi attacks The Usos with Two Cookie Platters. Moss with rapid haymakers. Moss slaps McIntyre in the face. Moss talks smack to McIntyre. McIntyre with two clotheslines. McIntyre whips Moss across the ring. McIntyre with Two Overhead Belly to Belly Suplex’s. McIntyre ducks a clothesline from Moss. McIntyre with a NeckBreaker. McIntyre pops back on his feet. Corbin runs interference. McIntyre runs after Corbin. Corbin has nowhere to run. McIntyre and Kofi pours egg nog over Corbin and Moss. McIntyre rolls Moss back into the ring. McIntyre connects with The Claymore to pickup the victory. After the match, The New Day starts flinging christmas gifts into the WWE Universe to close the show.
Winner: The New Day & Drew McIntyre via Pinfall
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