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WWE SmackDown Live results (Nov. 27, 2018): AJ Styles, Becky Lynch return

WWE SmackDown Live comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Nov. 27, 2018) from the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming TLC pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for next month in San Jose.

Advertised for tonight: AJ Styles is back to address Daniel Bryan, Becky Lynch returns, and more!

Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the SmackDown live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here. (REMINDER: NO GIFS OR PICS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED.)


I gotta get back to who I was before my last ten years on autopilot. It’s the mask that quite often starts to eat into your face, so wear it lightly like a cap that can quickly be replaced. I gotta get back to who I was before my last ten years on autopilot. So tell me again how my life should have been, before I was spineless, before I gave in. Because everybody thinks it’s timeless... Well time’s running out. One thing I’ll never regret is livebloggging this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with Paige in the ring.

She welcomes us to the show and introduces SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch.

Becky makes her entrance and gets on the mic, saying when you’re the hottest thing in the entire industry, any time away is too much time away. She attacked Raw, bled, fought, and won before showing up the next night to fight and at Survivor Series to fight, but she was stopped and they tried to hold her back, but not no mo’, baby girl, and the Man is putting herself back in the game.

At Survivor Series she had to watch someone step into her shadow and fight Ronda Rousey, and she wants to get this out of the way so she calls Charlotte Flair out.

Flair obliges and makes her entrance, at which point Becky says she told her to give Ronda the beating she would have, and she came pretty close, although if it were her, Ronnie wouldn’t have been standing the next night. She says it took Charlotte channelling her to take it to the Raw Women’s Champion, and Flair says she wasn’t trying to be her, she was just being herself, Charlotte Flair, the seven-time women’s champion and the only woman on either roster capable of giving Rousey the beating she deserves.

Charlotte says she’s genetically superior and has the mindset to do anything to get the job done, wooo! Becky says she just went from copying her old man to copy the Man and she’s a bootleg Becky trying to take what’s hers and she’s not having it, although she’s glad she beat the phoniness out of her. Flair says Nia Jax must have hit her harder than she thought, because she went from quirky to delusional, and Lynch is the one copying Ric.

Flair calls Ronda out and says she’ll be at TLC and she was born ready before addressing Becky again, saying she fought for herself and she’ll fight her again... right now! They jaw at each other and Paige gets between them and orders them to shut up. She loves this side of Charlotte and hasn’t seen any woman on this roster with this degree of desire, so at TLC she’s giving her her rematch against Becky.

That’s not all, because of their history it’s gonna be a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match! They jaw some more--

Enter Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Zelina Vega, and the Iconic Duo, led by Rose. She says this is insulting, that Paige would say no one has shown the desire that Charlotte has. Everybody’s talking about what she did to Ronda, but any one of them could have done the exact same thing. And any one of them deserves a title match, they just don’t get the time of day.

Paige left Absolution and now all she does is give opportunities to her old PCB teammates. Why?

Enter Naomi, Carmella, Asuka, and Lana. Naomi asks everybody to hold up so she can put some glow in it and surprisingly, they agree with what Mandy was saying and she KNOWS Paige isn’t questioning her desire. The SmackDown roster is packed with talent and any one of them can be champ, to which Becky says she’ll knock the head off any of these dopes.

Paige is into it and says every woman on the roster will be in a battle royal, the winner of which will be added to the TLC match!

The Usos are walking backstage and welcome us to the Uso Penitentiary, ahead of their match against the Bar that’s up next, and we get a hype reel for Mixed Match Challenge to send us to the break.

Back from commercial, we get a video of Cesaro chewing Big Show out earlier for not helping them win last week, and eventually he has enough and hauls off... WMD!

The Bar (Cesaro & Sheamus) vs. the Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)

Sheamus and Jimmy to start, shoulder block, drop down, uppercuts, tag to Jey, leaping forearm, off the ropes for a dropkick but it’s only good for one! Arm wringer, right hand, tag to Cesaro, right hands in the corner, Uso fires back, tag to Jimmy. Off the top with a double axhandle, Cesaro gets him in the ropes and referee Mike Chioda forces the break.

Sheamus with a cheap shot, tag in, double lariat and the Bar taunt as we go to break.

Back from commercial, Sheamus is in control on Jimmy and tags Cesaro in for a double-team suplex that nearly ends it then and there. Quick tag back to the Celtic Warrior, a knee gets another close nearfall, Jimmy fighting back in the corner, big right hands, back body drop Sheamus to the floor! Cesaro throws his partner back inside, tags made on both sides!

Jey with big lariats, Roman Reigns tribute into the slicing right and the Samoan drop! Call and response, charging in, shades of Rikishi for two! Blind tag from Sheamus, Jey with an enzuigiri on Cesaro that sends him to the floor, Uso lines him up, off the ropes... SWISS DEATH CUTS THE DIVE OFF! Celtic Warrior brings him in, big knee, up top... BOMBS AWAY KNEE DROP BUT JEY AIN’T GOING DOWN LIKE THAT!

Up top again, nobody home on the diving lariat, Jey puts him into the post, superkick for Cesaro, another for Sheamus... NOPE! Tag to Jimmy, both Usos head up top but Cesaro takes one out with Swiss Death, Sheamus with the knees up... JIM KICKS OUT! Mounted punches, dragging Jimmy to his feet, tag to Cesaro, looking for the spike White Noise but Jey makes the save, Jimmy with a schoolboy... STILL NO!

Jimmy in the corner, blind tag, kicks for Cesaro when he charges in, superkick...

The Usos win by pinfall with a diving splash on Cesaro.

Backstage the New Day are laughing and watching something on Xavier Woods’ phone when Miz asks what they’re watching. They say it’s his greatest work, to which Miz thinks they’re talking about the Marine 6: Close Quarters, but they were watching his match last week, and ask which one beat him, leading to extended rhymes including Woods singing a bit of Slow Chemical.

The A-Lister says they were battling through injuries incurred at Survivor Series. Kofi Kingston asks if he means the same show where they were the only team that won for SmackDown. Miz says that doesn’t count and he could beat any of them in his capacity as 2/3s best in the world. In fact he’s going to his bestie Shane McMahon right now to set up a match.

Xavier asks what’s wrong with him, to which Big E launches into an impassioned defense of Miz’s character from the Marine, to the shock and horror of the other New Day men.

Commentary hypes up our women’s battle royal and Jeff Hardy’s 20 year anniversary.

We cut backstage where AJ Styles is looking kinda emo (is he gonna join Aces & Eights?!) when a crew member rolls up to tell him it’s time.

Back from commercial, AJ Styles makes his entrance.

He lets the crowd chant a moment before beginning. For 14 days he’s been without the WWE Championship, and those 14 days seemed a lot longer than the 371 days he did have the title. No one likes to lose, and he hates losing, but it’s the way that he lost that bothers him. At this point we roll footage of him losing the title.

He continues, saying he knows he had a target on his back, but who would have thought that target would have moved somewhere else? But he gets it, he’s wanted something that badly before. No, what bothers him is the part afterwards where Bryan kicked him in the head over and over again to the point where he wasn’t medically cleared for Survivor Series or last week’s SmackDown.

So he watched Dan try to explain his actions from home, at which point we get a replay of parts of Bryan’s promo from last week. AJ says that sounds like BS to him, he doesn’t care which Daniel Bryan it is, he’s got the same face that he’s looking forward to smashing in. Hell, he doesn’t want to wait, he’ll do it right here, right now. (Because THAT went so well for you last time, Mr. Styles.)

But Bryan isn’t here, and he wasn’t on the live events this past week either, and he thinks Dan’s been watching Raw and getting ideas as to how things work over there, but this is the House That AJ Styles Built, and for 371 days he never missed a live event, a pay-per-view, or SmackDown, because he was the champ and this is where he belongs!

So when he rolls out of his hyperbaric chamber, he wants Bryan to make sure he’s at TLC, with his dreams, his excuses, and the WWE Championship, because that belongs to the Phenomenal AJ Styles!

Commentary hypes up Jeff Hardy’s anniversary again and we go to break.

Back from commercial, commentary hypes up free agent Lars Sullivan and we get an attendant video package.

Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev make their entrances for a match but Nakamura blindsides Rusev and takes him out with Kinshasa before the bell can ring! Referees back him off up the ramp but he charges in for a second Kinshasa!

Commentary hypes up Jeff Hardy’s anniversary again and we go to break.

Back from commercial, pictures of Jeff Hardy are set up in the ring, the roster is on the stage, and Michael Cole is in the ring to play master of ceremonies.

Cole starts in about Hardy’s 20th anniversary and gives him a big introduction.

Jeff makes his entrance and we get a video package where he narrates his career. He says he doesn’t know what to say other than to thank us all. Watching all his crazy moments he can’t believe he did half that stuff and he wonders what’s wrong with him. This business has given him a creative outlet and his facepaint is way better than it was ten years ago.

He feels free to be the Charismatic Enigma and that’s cool. Through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, each of us has stuck by his side and for that he’s eternally grateful. He thanks his wife and his daughters for making this night possible and says this is far from a retirement speech. He doesn’t know what happens in the future, but he wants to find out together, and he thanks us again--

Enter Samoa Joe. He congratulates Jeff on 20 years and begs forgiveness for his lateness because he was getting ready to propose a toast but realized having a bottle of champagne around him maybe isn’t the best idea. Shane McMahon goes to hold him back but Hardy wants Joe to come through and say his peace. Samoa puts the video package over and says it must have been a treat for Jeff since he wasn’t coherent enough at the time to remember any of it.

Joe doesn’t celebrate weakness nor believe in second chances, especially when men like him haven’t got their first. Hardy does the “Delete!” gesture and Samoa continues, saying what bugs him is despite all of Jeff’s mistakes he allows himself to be put on a pedestal. That makes him absolutely sick, because for as many times as he got us out of our seat, there’s an equal and opposite time he let us down.

People like Hardy never change, and the demons are always waiting to take control, so the next time he feels powerless, know that Joe offers a hand in friendship, a simple one-step program, swift but definitely not painless. Jeff says no matter what he says he can’t rain on his parade and he’s walked a tightrope for twenty years and he still lives for the moment, so what say they make one right now!

Samoa sets the mic down before deciding he wants no part of Jeff’s challenge, walking out.

Commentary hypes up Kofi Kingston vs. the Miz for after the break.

Back from commercial we get a WWE Shop ad featuring Naomi and the Usos.

Kofi Kingston vs. the Miz

Miz with a wristlock, Kingston reverses, big splash for a nearfall, side headlock, the A-Lister backs him into the corner and referee Danilo Anfibio calls for the break. Miz grabs it back, shot off, shoulder block, drop down, leapfrog, leapfrog, flying back elbow and a clothesline to the floor! Off the ropes, fakeout dive when the A-Lister backs off and Big E gets some pelvic thrust action in.

With the distraction, Kofi wipes Miz out with a dive and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Miz is up top with Kofi in his sights... AND GETS CUT OUT OF MID-AIR WITH A DROPKICK! Another dropkick, off the ropes, leaping lariat, off the ropes again, Boom Drop! Calling for it, Trouble in Paradise reversed, figure four blocked, Skull-Crushing Finale reversed, no dice! Backbreaker connects, neckbreaker blocked, SOS... NOPE!

Miz hits his beautiful basement DDT, another nearfall, Miz takes the turnbuckle pad off and goes to put Kingston into it but E gets on the apron with a handful of pancakes to block! Kofi with a cover, a series of kicks, Miz takes a musical Xavier Woods out with a slingshot dropkick and gets a chair from the timekeeper’s area only for Woods to take it away! He turns around...

Kofi Kingston wins by pinfall with Trouble in Paradise.

Commentary hypes up our women’s battle royal again.

We go backstage with Randy Orton, staring at the camera all creepy. He’ll address his attack on Rey Mysterio after the break.

Back from commercial, Randy Orton makes his entrance and we get a replay of his attack on Rey Mysterio last week.

He says people have called his actions disturbing but if he had to choose a word, he’d choose euphoric. He never really understood what the big deal about the piece of trash he ripped off of Rey’s face, and what he did wasn’t meant to disrespect his culture, but to embarrass and humiliate him, take him off the pedestal we’ve put him up on.

What he did was prove to us that at this stage in his career, all Mysterio is is another victim of the three most destructive letters in sports entertainment, R--

Enter Rey Mysterio! He’s wearing a neck brace and has a bit of a limp in his step but he’s headed for the ring! Randy slides out and Rey meets him with punches and kicks! The Viper gets a knee off and throws him into the barricades on either side of the entry! Tearing at the mask, he yanks the brace off and asks Mysterio how that feels before throwing him in the ring.

Referees swarm ringside but Rey ain’t down yet, kicking away as Orton tried to get back in the ring... 619! Slide under a lariat, leg-feed enzuigiri, on the second... another 619! Mysterio heads to the timekeeper’s area and grabs a chair but Randy cuts him off with a kick and hits the hanging DDT! To the outside, again he braces Rey’s neck with a chair... AND SMASHES HIM INTO THE STEPS!

Road agents Jamie Noble and five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce have joined the fray by this point and manage to pull Randy away from Rey as we go to break.

Back from comercial, Shane McMahon is hanging out with his trophy when Miz rolls up to ask where he was.

Shane says he was right here and Miz says he can’t will this team into existence on his own, he just wants McMahon to meet him 1/3 of the way in. He could have beat Kofi if he had his partner on hand, to which Shane says they’re not a team. The A-Lister insists the trophy is their child and he knows for a fact that they’re damn good parents, and that makes them family, so start acting like it!

He shoves their child into Shane’s arms and storms off.

Asuka vs. Billie Kay vs. Carmella vs. Lana vs. Mandy Rose vs. Naomi vs. Peyton Royce vs. Sonya Deville vs. Zelina Vega (SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal)

All-out chaos to start, lotta punch-kick, Deville dumps Lana under the bottom, where she pulls Vega to the floor to eliminate her! Zelina yanks her to the floor in return but she’s still in it as we go to break.

Back from commercial, Rose and Deville are working together to try and dummp Asuka but Naomi makes the save. Lana goes to dump Kay, Royce with the save, the Iconics work the Ravishing Russian over and eliminate her! Asuka lines them up and they square off. Asuka ducks a lariat, hip toss knee, strikes, she dumps Bille to the apron and staggers her with an uraken but she won’t fall!

Same for Peyton, off the ropes... Asuka eliminates both with a running hip attack! Asuka on Carmella, she ducks a lariat but Mella nails her with a superkick! Into the corner, Asuka back body drops her to the apron, forearms, punches, Carmella screams in defense and the Empress of Tomorrow takes a moment to collect herself before eliminating her with a roundhouse kick!

Mandy and Sonya attack Asuka, Naomi with the save but Deville whips Asuka into Rose’s wicked knee! Going to dump her, Naomi again with the save, right hands for Mandy, hammering away, whip across... REAR VIEW! Duck a lariat, springboard roundhouse kick for Deville! Headscissors driver blocked, Rose hosses Naomi up, dumps her to the apron but Naomi blocks, jockeying for position, splits on the apron, Naomi puts her into the post and Mandy falls to elimination!

Sonya knocks Naomi off the apron and squares up with Asuka! Circling, trading leg kicks, some slick evasions and Deville gets a double leg before taking Asuka to the apron! Mandy runs interference, Asuka nails her with a sliding knee, sidesteps Sonya’s charge, kick combo takes her out! Drawing Deville up, looking for the suplex to the floor!

Sonya blocks, lands firm on the apron, trading forearms and kicks and both are staggered but still in it! Deville charges in, hip toss into the knee...

Asuka wins, last eliminating Sonya Deville to gain entry into the SmackDown Women’s Championship match at TLC.

Asuka celebrates while Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch look on from the commentary desk.

That’s the show, folks.

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