WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results (1/28/22): Royal Rumble 2022 Go-Home Show

WWE Friday Night SmackDown
January 28, 2022
T-Mobile Center
Kansas City, Missouri

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Commentators (Michael Cole & Pat McAfee)

Ring Announcer: Samantha Irvin 

Transcription by Josh Lopez

Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair, Shayna Baszler, Aliyah, Natalya and Shotzi Blackheart Segment 

Charlotte Flair: Kansas City, it is my honor as your SmackDown Women’s Champion to do something that Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will never do again. You want to know what that is? That is to bring a championship to Kansas City. Don’t worry, guys, don’t worry, you won’t be the only ones heartbroken this Sunday. So will 29 other women who are gonna be banged up, bruised up and tossed over the top rope like garbage by me. Now, listen, there’s nothing more difficult or unpredictable in the WWE than the Women’s Royal Rumble Match. It is almost impossible to prepare for. You have the shocking entrants, the surprising returns, and my favorite, the betrayals. Now, once you step in that ring, it’s every single woman for themselves.

No, they’re coming after you from every direction. Knees diving, elbows flying. It’s every single woman, scratching and crawling, doing whatever it takes to throw each other over the top rope to the floor. Now, listen, I didn’t have to enter the Royal Rumble Match. I could’ve cruised all the way to WrestleMania, waiting on the winner to choose me, but that’s not who I am, that’s not the kind of champion I am. I don’t rely on fate or chance. I don’t sit around hoping things are just gonna work out for me. I take control. That is why I am the most dominant champion in the history of the WWE. Now, normally, the winner of the Royal Rumble chooses the champion of their choosing to main event WrestleMania. But, tomorrow, I change the game again as the winner, when I win the Royal Rumble Match and choose the challenger of my choosing to main event WrestleMania.

Shayna Baszler: I’m sorry. Bodies crashing, limbs snapping, you’re talking my language, that’s music to my ears. Charlotte, look, there’s no denying you’re an incredible competitor. But tomorrow night, if it ends up, me and you, again, I will not hesitate to snap you like a twig, limb by limb. But you know what? I’ll make you a promise. After I throw you over the top rope, I won’t waste any time in declaring you as my opponent at WrestleMania. See, all you will have to worry about is making sure your limbs are healed up in time.

Charlotte Flair: Kinda like you did in the last Royal Rumble Match?

Aliyah: Hey! I don’t know if it’s okay for me to be out here. I mean, it seems like anybody can just walk out.

Charlotte Flair: Oh my god, who are you?

Aliyah: I’m sorry, my name is Aliyah and I just love this sport. I’m so excited. Tomorrow, I have my very first Royal Rumble Match and I’ve got a lot of butterflies in my stomach. Because this means, well, maybe, I get to compete in my first ever WrestleMania.

Charlotte Flair: No, no, no, sweetheart, I wouldn’t book your travel so fast. Listen, you stand zero chance of winning tomorrow night.

Aliyah: Now, I know I haven’t won a lot of matches. However, I did beat Natalya in 3:17 seconds. Set the WWE Record. So call me optimistic, okay, but I like my chances tomorrow night.

Natalya: Oh, Aliyah, you are adorable. Aliyah, there’s a lot of things I would call you. Rude, clueless, delusional and lucky, but optimistic isn’t one of them. You can brag all you want about your one little fluke record, but I am a three-time Guinness World Record Holder. And tomorrow it’s gonna be four.

Shotzi Blackheart: Well, look at this. What a preview for tomorrow night. All these massive egos, colliding with each other and descending into chaos. Creating the perfect opportunity for someone like me, someone exactly like me to sneak right in and seize the spotlight.

Charlotte Flair: Alright, this is absurd, enough. None of you belong in this ring with me. And none of you stand a chance of winning tomorrow night. Nobody in this ring, nobody in WWE, and etc.

Sasha Banks: The Boss is back, Baby! And I’m ready to Rumble.

Sasha slaps Charlotte in the face. That leads us to a pier six brawl. Natalya with The Discus Lariat. Aliyah with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Aliyah sends Baszler into the ropes. Aliyah dropkicks Baszler to the floor. Charlotte drops Aliyah with The Big Boot. Sasha blocks a boot from Charlotte. Sasha with a knee lift. Sasha launches Charlotte over the top rope to close the segment.

First Match: Sheamus & Ridge Holland vs. Cesaro & Ricochet 

Sheamus and Cesaro will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Sheamus shoves Cesaro. Strong lockup. Side Headlock Takeover/Headscissors Escape Exchange. Cesaro dumps Sheamus out of the ring. Sheamus regroups on the outside. Back to the collar and elbow tie up. Cesaro with a side headlock takeover. Sheamus backs Cesaro into the ropes. The referee calls for a clean break. Sheamus drives his knee into the midsection of Cesaro. Sheamus applies a side headlock. Cesaro whips Sheamus across the ring. Sheamus drops Cesaro with a shoulder tackle. Cesaro drops down on the canvas. Cesaro leapfrogs over Sheamus. Sheamus goes for a Hip Toss, but Cesaro counters with a clothesline. Cesaro with a Leaping Double Foot Stomp. Cesaro applies a wrist lock. Cesaro tags in Ricochet. Ricochet with a flying elbow strike. Ricochet applies a side wrist lock. Sheamus backs Ricochet into the ropes. Sheamus drives his knee into the midsection of Ricochet. Sheamus punches Ricochet in the back. Sheamus tags in Holland.

Holland and Ricochet are trading back and forth shots. Holland uppercuts Ricochet. Holland with the irish whip. Ricochet dives over Holland. Tip Up by Holland. Ricochet dumps Holland out of the ring. Ricochet dropkicks Holland off the ring apron. Ricochet lands The SomerSault Plancha. Sheamus and Holland regains control of the match during the commercial break. Ricochet with heavy bodyshots. Ricochet kicks Sheamus in the chest. Ricochet with a knife edge chop. Sheamus hits The Tilt-A-Whirl BackBreaker. Sheamus tags in Holland. Holland repeatedly drives Ricochet back first into the turnbuckles. Holland with an Overhead Suplex. Holland poses for the crowd. Holland fish hooks Ricochet. Holland with a Knee Drop. Holland with a crossface. Holland bodyslams Ricochet. Holland with The Elbow Drop for a two count. Holland applies The Canadian BackBreaker Rack. Ricochet decks Holland with a back elbow smash. Ricochet with The Quebrada.

Cesaro and Sheamus are tagged in. Cesaro clotheslines Sheamus. Cesaro with a series of uppercuts. Cesaro transitions into a corner mount. Cesaro delivers The Uppercut Train. Sheamus with a back elbow smash. Cesaro ducks a clothesline from Sheamus. Cesaro with The SpringBoard European Uppercut. Cesaro blocks a boot from Sheamus. Cesaro dumps Sheamus over the top rope. Cesaro drops Sheamus with a Running European Uppercut. Cesaro rolls Sheamus back into the ring. Cesaro with The Flying Crossbody Block. Sheamus goes for The Irish Curse BackBreaker, but Cesaro lands back on his feet. Cesaro with an inside cradle for a two count. Ricochet with a SpringBoard Missile Dropkick. Sheamus with a Pump Knee Strike. Cesaro connects with The Burning Hammer for a two count. Cesaro goes for The Neutralizer, but Sheamus lands back on his feet. Sheamus tags in Holland. Cesaro avoids The Brogue Kick. Cesaro with a double leg takedown. Cesaro goes for The Swing, but Holland counters with a HeadButt. Holland plants Cesaro with The Northern Grit to pickup the victory.

Winner: Sheamus & Ridge Holland via Pinfall 

Second Match: Naomi vs. Sonya Deville 

Deville ducks a clothesline from Naomi. Deville is playing mind games with Naomi. Deville kicks Naomi in the gut. Deville with two forearm smashes. Naomi tees off on Deville. Deville with a double leg takedown. Deville transitions into a ground and pound attack. Deville repeatedly stomps on Naomi’s chest. The referee admonishes Deville. Deville sends Naomi face first into the canvas. Deville applies a rear chin lock. Naomi with a deep arm-drag. Naomi with a Tilt-A-Whirl Headscissors Takeover. Deville regroups in the corner. Forearm Exchange. Deville with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Deville drops Naomi with The Mid-Kick. Naomi slaps Deville in the face. Naomi with a single leg dropkick. Naomi with a Wrecking Ball Dropkick. Naomi slams Deville’s head on the ring apron. Naomi with a Running Bulldog into the apron. Naomi rolls Deville back into the ring.

Naomi goes into the cover for a one count. Deville exits the ring. Deville denies The Baseball Slide Dropkick. Deville hits The Draping DDT on the floor. Naomi regains control of the match during the commercial break. Deville reverses out of the irish whip from Naomi. Deville with The SpineBuster in mid-air for a two count. Deville goes back to the rear chin lock. Deville pulls Naomi down to the mat. Deville hooks the outside leg for a one count. Deville with another chin lock. Naomi pops back on her feet. Naomi with a Roundhouse Kick. Naomi with a SpringBoard Enzuigiri. Naomi follows that with The SpringBoard Stunner.

Naomi with a flying forearm smash. Naomi with a Heel Kick. Naomi with a Running Bulldog into the middle turnbuckle pad. Naomi drops Deville with The Flying Crossbody Block for a two count. Naomi with The Leg Drop for a two count. Deville launches Naomi face first into the top turnbuckle pad. Deville connects with The Hellelevator for a two count. Naomi fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Naomi with The Full Nelson Bomb for a two count. Deville rakes the eyes of Naomi. Deville rolls Naomi over for a two count. Naomi drops Deville with The Rear View. Naomi plants Deville with The Split Legged MoonSault to pickup the victory. After the match, Deville informs us that she’s putting herself in the Women’s Royal Rumble Match.

Winner: Naomi via Pinfall 

Third Match: Shinsuke Nakamura & Rick Boogs vs. Jinder Mahal & Shanky 

Sami Zayn joins the commentary team for this match. Nakamura brings the fight to Mahal in the corner. Nakamura tags in Boogs. Nakamura drives his knee into the midsection of Mahal. Boogs with a Delayed Toss. Boogs poses for the crowd. Mahal tags in Shanky. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Shanky outpowers Boogs. Boogs drives Shanky back first into the turnbuckles. Boogs with heavy bodyshots. Shanky kicks Boogs in the face. Shanky punches Boogs in the back. Boogs decks Shanky with a back elbow smash.

Boogs is displaying his fighting spirit in the corner. Boogs attacks the midsection of Shanky. Boogs applies The Bear Hug. Boogs with The Vertical Suplex. Zayn pulls Nakamura off the ring apron behind the referee’s back. Shanky tags in Mahal. Mahal attacks Boogs from behind. Boogs hulks up. Mahal tags in Shanky. Mahal kicks Boogs in the gut. Double Irish Whip. Boogs with The Polish Hammer. Boogs with two leaping shoulder blocks. Boogs ducks a clothesline from Shanky. Boogs drops Shanky with a Running Polish Hammer. Boogs connects with The Boogs Cruise to pickup the victory.

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura & Rick Boogs via Pinfall 

Fourth Match: The New Day vs. Baron Corbin & Riddick Moss 

Big E and Riddick Moss will start things off. Moss with a waist lock go-behind. Moss goes for The O’Connor Roll, but Big E holds onto the ropes. Moss leapfrogs over Big E. Moss ducks a clothesline from Big E. Moss drops Big E with a shoulder tackle. Big E whips Moss across the ring. Big E leapfrogs over Moss. Big E scores the elbow knockdown for a two count. Big E tags in Kofi. Assisted Senton Splash for a one count. Kofi applies a side headlock. Moss tags in Corbin. Moss whips Kofi across the ring. Kofi ducks a clothesline from Moss. Corbin launches Kofi to the corner. Corbin levels Kofi with The Body Avalanche. Corbin with a straight right hand. Corbin is choking Kofi with his boot. Corbin with a Biel Throw. Corbin knocks Big E off the ring apron. Kofi with a Pendulum Kick. Kofi with a flying double axe handle strike. Kofi dropkicks Corbin. Corbin tags in Moss. Kofi dropkicks Moss to the floor. Corbin and Moss catches Kofi in mid-air.

Corbin and Moss drives Kofi face first into the steel ring post. Moss repeatedly stomps on Kofi’s chest. Moss tags in Corbin. Corbin and Moss goes for a Double Belly to Back Suplex, but Kofi lands back on his feet. Kofi with a Jumping Knee Strike. Kofi crawls under Corbin. Kofi tags in Big E. Big E with Two Overhead Belly to Belly Suplex’s. Big E ducks a clothesline from Corbin. Corbin with a throat thrust. Big E drops Moss with The Uranage Slam. Big E with a Side Belly to Belly Suplex. Big E shakes his hips. Big E with The Running Splash. Big E tags in Kofi. Corbin denies The Midnight Hour. Corbin with The Chokeslam BackBreaker. Corbin tags in Moss. Moss buries his shoulder into the midsection of Kofi. Corbin hits Deep Six. Moss hooks the outside leg for a two count. Big E pulls Corbin out of the ring. Big E throws Corbin into the steel ring steps. Kofi fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Kofi kicks Moss in the face. Kofi tags in Big E. New Day connects with The Midnight Hour to pickup the victory.

Winner: The New Day via Pinfall 

Updated WWE Royal Rumble 2022 Match Card 

– Brock Lesnar (c) w/Paul Heyman vs. Bobby Lashley w/MVP For The WWE Championship 

– The 2022 Men’s Royal Rumble Match (Kevin Owens, Big E, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Matt Riddle, Damian Priest, Sheamus, Sami Zayn, Omos, Chad Gable, Otis Dozovic, Dolph Ziggler, Robert Roode, Ricochet, Kofi Kingston, Austin Theory, Montez Ford, Angelo Dawkins, Rey Mysterio, Dominik Mysterio, Johnny Knoxville, Baron Corbin, Riddick Moss, Shinsuke Nakamura, Rick Boogs)

– The 2022 Women’s Royal Rumble Match (Sasha Banks, Bianca BelAir, Charlotte Flair, Liv Morgan, Mickie James, Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, Lita, Michelle McCool, Rhea Ripley, Shayna Baszler, Sonya Deville, Kelly Kelly, Summer Rae, Shotzi Blackheart, Nikki Cross, Natalya, Naomi, Carmella, Queen Zelina, Aliyah, Dana Brooke, Tamina) 

– Edge & Beth Phoenix vs. The Miz & Maryse In A Mixed Tag Team Match

– Roman Reigns (c) vs. Seth Rollins For The WWE Universal Championship 

– Becky Lynch (c) vs. Piper Niven For The WWE Raw Women’s Championship 

Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins Segment 

Roman Reigns: Kansas City, Acknowledge Me!

Seth Rollins: What, you think you’re Patrick Mahomes now? Come on, man. But I will acknowledge the fact that last week, I played you like a fiddle. And I wanted to thank you for doing the right thing, getting your cousins disqualified and making our little affair tomorrow night the way it should be, one on one.

Roman Reigns: It was a simple decision, honestly. Either sit around and let you embarrass our family by pinning my bloodline or punch you in the face and get the same result, simple math.

Seth Rollins: Wait, wait, wait, it’s an embarrassment to get pinned by Seth Freakin Rollins? Well, if that’s the case, then you brought more shame to your family than anybody.

Roman Reigns: I said it last week, you’re living in the past. It’s 2022, The Tribal Chief = God Mode, now.

Seth Rollins: Oh, yeah, the whole god mode thing. No, I’m not living in the past, I’m living for tomorrow, but the past is a good place to start. You see, if we take a little stroll back in time, we remember big moments like, the most famous Money In The Bank cash in of all-time, when I stole your first WrestleMania moment right from underneath you. Or when I came back from a devastating knee injury, and in my first match back, brought shame to your bloodline by pinning your shoulders right here to this mat and sent you packing for your 30 day vacation.

Roman Reigns: Like I said, man, water under the bridge.

Seth Rollins: Water under the bridge. Okay, what about the time I took a steel chair to your back and changed the game forever? Ooo, Ooo, that one stings a little bit, doesn’t it? Well, let me tell you something about that moment. When I took that chair and I put it in your back, I knew what I was doing, it was for your own good, I knew it would catapult you into superstardom.

And so you have me to thank for all the money, all the private jets, the huge vacations, all the WrestleMania main events. You are the greatest superstar of our generation, right. You’ve done it all, right. You’ve beaten them all, right. Smashed them, stacked them, sent them packing, right. You’ve done it all, except beat me when it matters most. And so tomorrow night, I want you to know that it’s not personal when I take the Universal Title from you. My brother, I will always love you. Cat got your tongue. Come on.

Roman Reigns: Chair to my back. Breaking up The Shield. I tried to forgive you, I really have. But I will never forgive you for what you did to us. I hate you.

Seth Rollins: Oh, yeah, I know you do. Tomorrow you’re gonna hate me more. You say I’m a clown? Well, guess what, pal, you’re the joke. Your title reign is a joke. Your bloodline is a joke. Your family is a joke. Your cousins, a joke. Your daddy, your uncle, they’re a joke. Tomorrow night, it all goes up in smoke.

Reigns starts shoving Rollins. Rollins is playing mind games with Reigns. Rollins avoids The Superman Punch. Rollins continues to laugh at Reigns to close the show.

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Author: Josh Lopez