WWE SmackDown Live comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Sept 17, 2019) from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, featuring all the fallout from the Clash of Champions pay-per-view (PPV) that went down this past Sunday night in Charlotte.
Advertised for tonight: King Corbin’s coronation, 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.)
WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR SEPT. 17
Journey back to the dark side, back into the womb. Back to where the spirits move like vapor from the tomb. The center of the cyclone, blowing out the sun, break the shackles of your union to the light. I might’ve had a brother. As I was born, they dragged him under, to the other side of twilight. He’s waiting for me now, but first, I’ve got to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with a recap of Luke Harper’s return at Clash of Champions and the promise of an interview with Erick Rowan.
Big E does the deal and New Day make their entrance.
New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, & Xavier Woods) vs. Randy Orton & the Revival (Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson)
E and Wilder to start, Big catches him with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex before taking him to the apron to club him across the collar bone. Big splash on the apron follows, cover for one. Woods legal, assisted wheelbarrow splash, trading strikes and Xavier’s knee betrays him. Dawson tags in, chops in the corner, Woods fires back with chops, whip reversed, duck a lariat, slide low, rolling elbow!
Cover for one, pass Scott into the corner, tag to Kingston. Off the top, double axehandle but Orton tags in. Chop connects, whip, springboard into a dropkick, off the ropes, tag to Woods, a seriously awesome exchange concluding with the big splash from E! True uranage on Wilder and at the end of it all, Kofi’s legal and waiting for Randy to get up.
Trouble in Paradise ducked, Orton rolls to the floor and we go to break.
Back from commercial, referee Dan Engler is struggling to restore order as Orton and company work Woods over. Wilder snaps back on his leg, kneeling toehold, wrenching it back, tag to Dawson, stomping away, Randy in legal, Xavier fighting back, chops get a hard thumb to the eye! The Viper backs him into the corner, hard chops, stomping away at the bum knee!
Scott tags in, leg drop into a modified figure four leglock, Woods with palm strikes, breaking the hold and kicking Dawson out to the floor. The path is clear, Wilder tags in and blocks! Shinbreaker denied, sunset flip counter, nope! Orton tags back in, back elbow, enzuigiri, Xavier springboards in but Dash dumps him to the floor! Randy with the back suplex into the announce table to send us back to break.
Back from commercial, Kingston with the hot tag, laying Orton out! Dropkick, Superman Lariat, duck a lariat from Wilder when he comes in, run him off with a dropkick! Land on his feet off a back suplex, SOS... DAWSON BREAKS IT UP! Kofi passes Scott to the floor, Big E takes him out, Wilder takes E out but a dropkick from Kingston sets him back down! Off the ropes, Randy catches the champ in the hanging DDT!
Back inside, thinking about the double 3D but Big makes the save and puts Orton into the post! Kofi hits a DDT on both Revivals, Woods off the top... LIMIT BREAKER! Kingston on his feet and ready...
New Day win by pinfall with Trouble in Paradise from Kofi Kingston on Scott Dawson.
New Day celebrate--
Brock Lesnar is here to interrupt!
Paul Heyman is here with him as always, mic in hand. They stop in the middle of the ramp and Kofi sends Big and Xavier to the back, he wants to stand up to Brock alone! Lesnar and Heyman get on the apron and Paul E. begins with his usual introductory spiel as they get in the ring. He says Brock is challenging Kingston for the title on the first Friday Night SmackDown on Fox!
Kofi says that when he won the title he promised he’d be a fighting champion, so he accepts the challenge! Brock comes in for a handshake but it’s a ruse and he hits the F-5! Lesnar picks the title up and tosses it gently in Kingston’s direction.
A recap of Kevin Owens getting fired last week follows.
We’re promised Erick Rowan’s interview next, after the break.
Back from commercial, Bayley and Sasha Banks are interviewed backstage.
Banks says she’s the star of this division and she’ll take on any challenge, even Hell in a Cell. Bayley says Sasha will be answering any and all questions about her match tonight against Charlotte Flair in the ring.
Erick Rowan, wearing a Cannibal Corpse shirt, gets a sit-down interview with Michael Cole.
He’s surprised Cole knows his name before telling him to go ask Luke Harper if he’s got a question for Luke Harper, this is about him right now. He says the attacks on Roman Reigns were merely meant to scare him, and he no longer allows people to raise their voice to him. He did what he did to Roman to challenge his perceived dominance and show him that it’s just an illusion.
He’s been disrespected too long, people like Cole and Reigns and Daniel Bryan, all think he’s just a goon meant to do somebody else’s bidding, but he’s not a puppet. He’s not a follower, he’s a leader, and Dan’s biggest mistake was thinking they were intellectually equal, when he is actually far superior, and the entire WWE Universe is going to learn to never disrespect him again.
Commentary promises Daniel Bryan’s return later tonight.
Mustafa Ali makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Sami Zayn cuts a promo asking for more respect for himself and for his client, Shinsuke Nakamura.
He puts Ali over but says that he isn’t and will never be a champion, which gets Ali to slug Nakamura! Zayn runs interference, knee to the back of the head! Sami tells Mustafa that was a big mistake and for Nakamura to give him what he’s got coming... KINSHASA!
Kevin Owens comes through the crowd and takes a seat.
Cut to Shane McMahon in his office. He heads out to take care of some business and he gets served.
McMahon examines the documents briefly before moving on and sending us to break.
Back from commercial, we see Kevin Owens still sitting in the crowd.
Shane McMahon makes his entrance, carrying the legal document he was just served and beckoning some security in to protect him from Owens.
He gets on the mic and invites KO to the ring to say whatever it is he has to say. Owens gets in the ring and McMahon tells the security to leave before saying that he’s got the largest wrongful termination lawsuit in history in his hands, where if Kevin Owens wins, he would be awarded twenty five million dollars. Shane says the case is weak but Kev says his case is damn strong.
And why? Because after he got fined for putting hands on a referee, McMahon attacked him while he was a referee, exactly what he fined KO for. And did he get fined? No, he fired Owens on grounds of insubordination, and that’s where the case rests. He wasn’t being insubordinate, because that fine was hanging over his head and last week he swallowed his pride and did exactly what Shane wanted.
He tried to help him beat Chad Gable and he still lost, and why? Because he tapped out. The crowd obliges Owens with a singalong before he continues. He says he’s tried all angles but now all he wants to do is hurt McMahon, and the best way to do that is to hit him where it hurts the most, his wallet and his pride. So make no mistake, this is about a lot more than money. He has a case and Shane knows it, but he didn’t read very thoroughly.
It’s not just about taking millions from him, but there’s another clause in there-- when he wins, he gets to come back here in the middle of the ring, stare McMahon in the eyes and tell him he’s fired.
Daniel Bryan is shown stewing backstage briefly before we cut to Charlotte Flair, ready for her match and getting a pep talk from her dad, the Nature Boy himself, Ric Flair.
We get an AOP vignette to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get some hype for the upcoming WWE Draft and reinstatement of a hard brand split.
My connection goes down and when it comes back up...
Charlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks
Circling, Flair with a front kick, smashing Banks’ face into the turnbuckles, putting boots to her in the corner, exploder suplex follows. Jawing with Bayley as she tries to take the bottom turnbuckle pad off and Charlotte dumps Sasha to the floor! Following after, Bayley makes the difference and the Boss shoves Flair into the post to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Flair with a kick combo from the apron, a lariat, big chops, knocking Banks down! Whip across, fallaway slam into a kip-up, knee drop to the knee! Swinging neckbreaker to follow, only two! Frankensteiner blocked and Charlotte converts it into a high-angle Boston Crab! Reaching, crawling, reverse into a pin for two and Flair dumps her to the apron before dropping her with a big boot!
Up top... MOONSAULT TO THE FLOOR! Bayley slowing Charlotte’s return to the ring, she reverses a pin, pick the leg, figure four leglock applied! Trying to bridge back, Bayley attacks...
Charlotte Flair wins by disqualification.
Post-match, Boss and Hug Connection put boots to Flair until Carmella makes the save! Superkicks take Banks out, she shoves Bayley aside and gives her a talking to as the Queen recovers... BIG BOOT!
Commentary promises the coronation of King Corbin after the break.
Back from commercial, the regalia of the King of the Ring has been moved to the ring.
Baron Corbin makes his entrance.
He gets in the ring and a crewmember puts the robe of office on him and presents him the crown, Napoleon-style.
He cuts a promo about how he deserves respect and adoration and he’s generous enough to invite Chad Gable down.
Gable obliges and makes his entrance, which gets Baron making all kinds of terrible short jokes to mock him before saying he’s a perfect example to these people, showing them that no matter how big you dream and how hard you work, in the end, you just come up short.
GABLE HAS HAD ENOUGH AND DOUBLE LEGS CORBIN THROUGH THE THRONE! MOUNTED PUNCHES, TEARING THE ROPE OFF, CRACKING HIM IN THE GUT AND ACROSS THE BACK WITH THE SCEPTER! HE TEARS THE ROBE APART AND SMASHES THE THRONE FURTHER! Chad grabs the crown and sets it on the mat... HE STOMPS THE CROWN AS MY GIRLFRIEND RECITES THE ENTIRE CORONATION SCENE FROM TRANSFORMERS THE MOVIE MY GOD I LOVE HER Y’ALL!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial in time for a match.
Heavy Machinery (Otis Dozovic & Tucker Knight) vs. the B-Team (Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel)
Knight and Axel to start, Tucker with power moves until the B-Team get him isolated in the corner with quick tags. Curtis with a reverse chinlock, knee lift and a club, whip, Knight rolls over him and lays him out with a huge lariat! Tag to Dozovic, in hot with a spinning body slam for Dallas, off the ropes, pounce for Axel! Bo with a front kick but Otis shrugs it off and dances!
Fired up, headbutt, catch him, big fallaway slam! Stinger splash, Dozer calls for it... CATERPILLAR! Tag to Knight...
Heavy Machinery win by pinfall with the Compactor on Bo Dallas.
Daniel Bryan is shown walking backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of Brock Lesnar challenging Kofi Kingston and laying him out with an F-5.
Daniel Bryan makes his entrance.
He gets on the mic and says a lot of the people chanting his name right now are the same people who accused him of being behind the attacks on Roman Reigns and he understands why. Now more than ever, but he wants to be clear with us-- good or bad, he’s never lied to us. And tonight he stands before us, exonerated of all the heinous attacks on Roman Reigns, but that’s not what he’s out here to talk about.
He’s out here to talk about Erick Rowan. Y’see, Rowan says he’s been disrespected, nobody saw him, but you know who saw him? Daniel Bryan did. He saw how special Erick was, and they won the tag titles together, during which time Dan treated him as not just his equal, but his friend, because he is.
Enter Erick Rowan.
He gets on the mic and accuses Bryan of not letting him talk, trying to make him into his puppet. Dan says if he feels so disrespected he should do something about it, because there’s nothing Erick can do physically that’s worse than lying to him. Rowan backs off... LUKE HARPER ATTACKS HIM FROM BEHIND! HUGE BRODIE LEE LARIAT! ROMAN REIGNS MAKES THE SAVE!
He runs past Harper... SUPERMAN PUNCH FOR ROWAN! BIG RIGHT HAND FOR LUKE! DRIVE-BY FOR ERICK! The former Wyatts turn the tide... AND POWERBOMB REIGNS INTO THE RINGPOST! They pull the ringside mats up to expose the concrete floor of the arena and fight security off as they swarm ringside... SLAMS ON THE CONCRETE! Rowan picks up a chunk of barricade and Harper throws the Big Dog into it!
They clear the announce table and collect Daniel Bryan, setting him up... DOUBLE POWERBOMB THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!
Harper and Rowan stand tall over Bryan.
That’s the show, folks.