WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results (9/22/23): The Bloodline Brings The Fight To John Cena

WWE SmackDown Results 9/22/23
Desert Diamond Arena
Phoenix, Arizona

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Commentators: (Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Kevin Patrick) 

Ring Announcer: Mike Rome 

Transcription by Josh Lopez

John Cena, AJ Styles and The Bloodline Segment 

John Cena: For those watching at home, welcome to another sold out Friday Night SmackDown. I needed to come out here and start this show tonight because since you’d allowed me to come home, I’ve been able to do a lot of things. I’ve been a talk show guest. I’ve been a host. I’ve been a backstage correspondent. I’ve been a referee. An official, a figure who enforces the rules in a match. I’m out, that’s all, you guys win. And my journeys, they’ve taken me to Hershey, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh. Denver, Colorado. And all of those SmackDown’s and premium live events, they’ve all been sold out, but it’s not like tonight, no. You see, tonight is a very special night. I wanted to be the first to tell you how special it is. It’s going to be different.

Because I don’t want to be a ref, a host, an official, a backstage correspondent. I came back to WWE to compete, and I feel that tonight is the night I would like to have a match. Admittedly, I’m getting on with years, and they say the hearing is the first thing to go. I know I listen to the WWE Universe, so I got to ask you for your permission. Is tonight a good night to have a match? Well, thank you for the energy because I’ll tell you, I’m not just excited, I’m actually also angry at The Bloodline. Yeah, I’m angry enough to fight both of them, myself. But as luck would have it, I think I found myself a tag team partner. A man who’s just as angry as me, I think I found myself a phenomenal partner.

AJ Styles: Let me get this straight, you want AJ Styles and John Cena versus The Bloodline? Bloodline, you want some, come get some.

The Bloodline comes down to the ring and have a standoff with Cena and Styles. Jimmy tells Solo to take a step back, it’s not the time to have this match.

– Adam Pearce tells John Cena and Styles that he’ll have to talk things over with Paul Heyman in order to make that match with The Bloodline official.

First Match: Rey Mysterio & Santos Escobar w/Zelina Vega vs. The Street Profits w/Bobby Lashley 

Santos Escobar and Angelo Dawkins will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Dawkins applies a side headlock. Escobar with heavy bodyshots. Escobar whips Dawkins across the ring. Dawkins drops Escobar with a shoulder tackle. Escobar drops down on the canvas. Escobar leapfrogs over Dawkins. Dawkins cartwheels around Escobar. Escobar dropkicks Dawkins for a two count. Escobar applies a wrist lock. Escobar tags in Mysterio. Assisted Headscissors Takeover. Dawkins with a forearm smash. Dawkins tags in Ford. Dawkins whips Mysterio across the ring. Ford dropkicks Mysterio for a two count. Ford with a double leapfrog. Mysterio ducks a clothesline from Ford. Mysterio with a SpringBoard Crossbody Block. Mysterio knocks Dawkins off the ring apron. Mysterio sends Ford tumbling to the floor. Mysterio with a Wrecking Ball Dropkick. Mysterio goes for a Sliding Splash to the outside, but Dawkins pulls Ford out of the way. Dawkins delivers The Pounce to Escobar.

Streets Profits has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Mysterio with repeated shoulder blocks from the apron. Mysterio with a Sunset Flip for a two count. Ford clotheslines Mysterio for a two count. Ford is displaying his frustration. Ford punches Mysterio in the back. Mysterio attacks the midsection of Ford. Ford sends Mysterio to the corner. Mysterio kicks Ford in the face. Mysterio with two back elbow smashes. Ford stos Mysterio in his tracks. Mysterio with a Hurricanrana that sends Ford face first into the middle turnbuckle pad. Mysterio tags in Escobar. Escobar with a flurry of flying forearm smashes. Ford launches Escobar over the top rope. Escobar with an Apron Enzuigiri. Escobar with a Flying Crossbody Block for a two count. Ford blasts Escobar with The PK. Ford with a Running Frog Splash for a two count.

Ford ascends to the top turnbuckle. Escobar with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Escobar with The Top Rope FrankenSteiner for a two count. Escobar follows that with a Shotgun Meteora. Ford blocks The Phantom Driver. Ford with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Ford tags in Dawkins. Dawkins drops Escobar with a Flapjack for a two count. Escobar blocks The Cash Out. Escobar with a Pump Knee Strike. Escobar tags in Mysterio. Mysterio ducks a clothesline from Dawkins. Mysterio with a Spinning DDT. Mysterio dropkicks Dawkins into the middle rope. Mysterio goes for The 619, but Dawkins counters with The Sky High for a two count. Dawkins with a straight right hand to Escobar. Dawkins inadvertently sends Mysterio crashing into Ford. Lashley Chokeslams Mysterio on the apron behind the referee’s back. Dawkins goes for a PowerBomb, but Mysterio counters with The Hurricanrana to pickup the victory.

Winner: Rey Mysterio & Santos Escobar via Pinfall 

– We see a replay of The Rock’s epic return. Austin Theory snaps at the announce team for gloating about what happened last week with The Rock. Theory had to be held back by the referee.

– Bobby Lashley gives The Street Profits some tough love in the locker room. Lashley says that if The Profits aren’t willing to display their killer instincts, then he’ll find somebody else to do it.

– Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn Vignette.

– Adam Pearce yells at Theory for hijacking the show. Ridge Holland pokes fun at Theory getting his ass whipped by The Rock. The Brawling Brutes challenges Theory and Grayson Waller to a tag team match. Pearce makes it official.

Second Match: Iyo Sky (c) w/Damage CTRL vs. Asuka For The WWE Women’s Championship

Charlotte Flair comes down to the ringside area to get a closer view of this match. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Wrist Lock Exchange. Asuka applies a side headlock. Sky reverses the hold. Side Headlock Takeover Exchange. Sky dodges The Big Boot. Sky taunts Asuka. Asuka wants Sky to shake her hand. Asuka repeatedly kicks the left hamstring of Sky. Sky reverses out of the irish whip from Asuka. Sky goes for a Hip Toss, but Asuka counters with a pinning combination for a two count. Asuka with two arm-drags. Sky responds with a Springboard Arm-Drag. Asuka exits the ring. Asuka avoids The Quebrada. Asuka delivers The Roundhouse Kick. Asuka and Sky are trading back and forth shots on the top turnbuckle. Sky blocks The SuperPlex. Sky with an Arm-Ringer across the top strand. Sky with Two Springboard Missile Dropkicks. Sky follows that with a Roll Through Double Foot Stomp. Sky with a Running Meteora for a two count. Sky stomps on Asuka’s back. Sky drags Asuka to the corner. Asuka sweeps out the legs of Sky.

Sky slaps Asuka in the face. Asuka answers with Kawada Kicks. Asuka with The SuperPlex for a two count. Sky with forearm shivers. Asuka drops Sky with The Mid-Kick for a two count. Asuka repeatedly kicks Sky in the face. Sky with a Running Shotei for a two count. Sky with The Bridging German Suplex for a two count. Asuka applies a Modified Kimura Lock. Asuka transitions into The Cross-Arm-Breaker. Sky is raining down haymakers. Sky scores a head kick to create separation. Asuka decks Sky with a back elbow smash. Asuka with another Roundhouse Kick. Asuka with The Missile Dropkick. Asuka with a running back elbow smash. Sky blocks The German Suplex. Asuka with a Pop Up Knee Lift. Asuka delivers her combination offense. Asuka hits The Shining Wizard for a two count. Asuka applies The Fujiwara Arm-Bar. Asuka ascends to the top turnbuckle. Sky dropkicks Asuka to the floor. Sky with a running forearm smash. Sky PowerBombs Asuka on the floor.

Asuka inadvertently kicks the steel ring post. Sky with The Orihara MoonSault. Sky has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Sky applies a rear chin lock. Asuka rolls Sky over for a two count. Sky with another Bridging German Suplex for a two count. Sky applies The CrossFace. Asuka transitions into The Asuka Lock. Asuka with a Roundhouse Kick for a two count. Sky sends Asuka to the corner. Asuka thrust kicks the midsection of Sky. Asuka with a Shotgun Dropkick for a two count. Forearm Exchange. Sky goes for The Shotei, but Asuka counters with The Cross-Arm-Breaker. Asuka transitions into another Asuka Lock. Sky with a back elbow smash. Rollup Exchange. Asuka reapplies The Asuka Lock. Bayley puts Sky’s foot on the bottom rope. Charlotte rocks Bayley with a forearm smash. Sky with a Running Meteora to the back of Asuka’s head. Sky connects with Over The MoonSault to pickup the victory.

Winner: Still WWE Women’s Champion, Iyo Sky via Pinfall 

– In The Bloodline Locker Room, Paul Heyman informs Adam Pearce that he’s fine with the proposed tag team match with John Cena and AJ Styles as long as it doesn’t happen tonight. Pearce mentions that the match is signed for WWE Fastlane. Jimmy doesn’t have a problem with it and is ready to sign the contract. Heyman tells Jimmy that all decisions in The Bloodline had to be approved first by Roman Reigns. Solo says that Heyman that has nothing to worry about tonight, because there’ll be nobody left to fight at Fastlane once this show is over.

– Michael Cole plugs the upcoming Elimination Chamber PLE which will be taking place at Optus Stadium in Perth, Australia on February 2024.

– Pretty Deadly Vignette.

Third Match: Austin Theory & Grayson Waller vs. The Brawling Brutes 

Austin Theory and Butch will start things off. Butch ducks a clothesline from Theory. Butch with three knife edge chops. Theory reverses out of the irish whip from Butch. Theory with an Inside Out Lariat. Theory is raining down haymakers. Theory tags in Waller. Waller punches Butch in the ribs. Waller applies the cravate. Waller with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Arm-Bar Exchange. Butch works on his joint manipulation game. Butch stomps on the left elbow of Waller. Butch with a flying forearm smash. Butch tags in Holland. Holland with a Swinging Front Chancery. Holland with The Butterfly Suplex. Holland sends Waller to the corner. Holland levels Waller with The Body Avalanche. Butch tags himself in. Holland clotheslines Waller. Butch with a Slingshot Double Foot Stomp. Butch follows that with a running basement dropkick. Waller whips Butch across the ring. Theory sends Butch crashing to the outside. Butch ducks a clothesline from Waller. Waller sends Butch to the time keeper’s area. Ten Beats Of The Bodhran.

Brawling Brutes are fired up. Theory and Waller regains control of the match during the commercial break. Theory scores the elbow knockdown for a two count. Theory transitions into a ground and pound attack. Theory tags in Waller. Waller repeatedly stomps on the left knee of Butch. Waller with Muay Thai Knee Strikes in the corner. Waller tags in Theory. Waller with a corner clothesline. Theory tags in Waller. Waller pulls Holland off the ring apron. Theory and Waller gangs up on Butch behind the referee’s back. Waller mocks Sheamus. Butch snaps Waller’s fingers. Butch tags in Holland. Holland clears the ring. Holland with a Shoulder Breaker. Holland with Two Overhead Suplex’s. Holland HeadButts Waller. Holland with a Double Overhook Suplex for a two count.

Holland goes for The Northern Grit, but Waller lands back on his feet. Waller tags in Theory. Waller decks Holland with a back elbow smash. Double Chop Block. Theory rocks Holland with a forearm smash for a two count. Chop/Forearm Exchange. Butch kicks Waller out of the ring. Waller goes for The Roll Through Stunner, but Holland counters with The Pounce. Holland lifts Theory up in the air. Holland Powerslams Theory for a two count. Butch lands The Triangle MoonSault. Theory blocks The Doctor Bomb. Theory rolls Holland ove for a two count. Holland blocks The A-Town Down. Holland HeadButts Theory. Holland hits The Alabama Slam for a two count. Holland applies The Boston Crab. Waller drives Butch back first into the steel ring post. Waller connects with The Roll Through Stunner. Theory plants Holland with The A-Town Down to pickup the victory.

Winner: Austin Theory & Grayson Waller via Pinfall 

– Next week on SmackDown, Rey Mysterio will put his WWE United States Title on the line against Santos Escobar. Charlotte Flair will battle Bayley. Plus, Bobby Lashley will be the special guest on The Grayson Waller Effect.

WWE Fastlane Contract Signing: John Cena & AJ Styles vs. The Bloodline 

The Bloodline viciously attacks AJ Styles in the backstage area as John Cena was standing in the ring. Styles had to put on a stretcher and will be heading to a local medical facility as Cena and The OC looks on.

The Bloodline now makes their way down to the ring.

Paul Heyman: They boo ladies in Arizona. Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman. You can boo my tukkus all you want. What I have in my hands is a contract signed by the second greatest of all-time, John Cena, without any tag team partner for Fastlane. Now, you see …

– Jimmy Uso snatches the microphone out of Heyman’s hands.

Jimmy Uso: Well, look what happens when you mess with The Bloodline. Hey, yo, John, if you’re smart like you say you’re smart, you would jump your ass in that ambulance with AJ Styles and you would go far and far away from The Bloodline. John’s gonna end up in ambulance anyway. That’s not a prediction, that’s a spoiler. And John, check this out, uce, I’ve been waiting to tell you this for a long time. You the two’s and we the ones.

Cena starts throwing haymakers at Sikoa. Cena whips Sikoa into the steel ring steps. Cena ducks a clothesline from Jimmy. Cena drops Jimmy with a flying shoulder tackle. Cena with a Spinning Side Slam. Cena goes for The Attitude Adjustment, but Jimmy counters with The Superkick. Jimmy gives Sikoa the signal. Sikoa delivers The Samoan Spike. The Bloodline gangs up on Cena. Jimmy lands The USO Splash. The Bloodline proceeds to sign the contract. Jimmy lays the contract on Cena’s chest. Jimmy delivers another USO Splash. The Bloodline stands tall over Cena to close the show.

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Author: Josh Lopez