WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Oct. 30, 2020) with a show from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. Tonight’s lineup includes Jey Uso facing the consequences for quitting at Hell in a Cell, two Survivor Series qualifying matches (Jey vs. Daniel Bryan & Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler), and more!
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WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR OCT. 30
You’ve got the B-Team tonight, and I don’t mean Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel. Let’s do this!
Out first, it’s the Tribal Chief and his Special Counsel... Universal champion Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman. Jey Uso is already in the ring, and while throwing it to some highlights from Hell in a Cell, Michael Cole explains that Jey is there to find out what the consequences are for saying “I Quit” to save Jimmy on Sunday night.
Jey rips the mic out of Heyman’s hands before he can do the full spiel, and is immediately on the brink of tears. He argues that Roman didn’t beat him, using Jimmy was a snake move. That was the only person he’d say “I Quit” for him, and Reigns used him.
The champ says he told Jey he’d make him quit, and he did. Now he has to take the oath. And of course he used Jimmy - that’s what you have to do to carry the title and be the Chief. Uso saw the elders come out and proclaim him the head of the family, everyone from the oldest to the youngest recognize him as their leader. Jey has to do the same or he’s out.
Uso screams that he hates his cousin, and Reigns says “of course you do, but I love you.” He also assures him that by the end of the night, he’ll fall in line. Heyman and the champ leave a teary-eyed Jey in the ring, as Cole & Corey Graves tell us Uso faces Daniel Bryan later tonight for a spot on the blue brand’s Survivor Series team. We’ll also get Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler, and that match is... right after these commercials!
Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler
The Show-Off is out with “the Glorious Robert Roode,” and Cole reminds us Survivor Series is “the one night a year” blah blah blah.
After an early lock-up, Zigs rolls out and Roode pays immediate dividends when KO follows and stares him down before getting back in where Ziggler gets the drop on him. Dolph works him over until Owens lands a big elbow, but that advantage doesn’t last long. Ziggler with a kick to Owens’ knee, and when he rolls out, Dolph feigns injury himself to draw the referee’s attention. Roode attacks him, but the ref sees and throws Bob out as we go to commercial.
Ziggler in control, and snaps of a neckbreaker. A second fails as KO starts his comeback. Inverted atomic drop and a running senton, but Owens knee is still hurting and slows him down. Swinging fisherman’s buster only gets two, so Kev heads up top for the senton from there, but Dolph gets the knees up! He tunes up the band but gets a superkick from Owens instead. Pop-up powerbomb, but it’s countered into a Fame-Asser for two! Superkick follow-up misses, and they both go for signature moves and try roll-ups. KO finally nails the Stunner!
Kevin Owens def. Dolph Ziggler via pinfall to earn a spot on the SmackDown Survivor Series team
He tells Cole that SmackDown will become the KO Show at Survivor Series before limping up the ramp.
Progressive gives us a Daniel Bryan career retrospective before more ads.
Natalya is lobbying five-time NWA Worlds champ Adam Pearce for captainship of the Survivor Series team when Billie Kay interrupts with her head shot and resume (she excels in a team environment). Bianca Belair is here to say that The EST should be on the team because she’s the Strongest, Smartest, etc. She also informs Nattie that calling herself “The BOAT” isn’t as cute as she thinks it is.
Pearce makes a Triple Threat for a spot on the team.
Corey Graves sits down to talk to Lars Sullivan. He puts over the guys Sullivan has beaten, and asks if he can call him Lars. Lars asks if Corey doesn’t want to call him “The Freak”. Graves explains he only calls him that because he do freakish things no one else can. Sullivan accepts that and tells a story about the first time he was called “The Freak” in grade school, and how he cried. In response, the kids laughed. But in about 20 minutes, the laughing stopped and the screaming started, and he wasn’t allowed back at school after that.
Asked what his goal in WWE is, he says it’s to destroy anyone who gets in his way. He wants to turn WWE into his own personal hell. On that cringey/disturbing moment, we go to break.
The entrances for the Triple Threat are paused for a recap of the Rollins/Murphy/Mysterios drama. We then see Aalyah & Murphy talking backstage. Her mom supports her, but dad and Dominik won’t even talk to her about Buddy. He understands why they hate him, which is why he’s going to go out and publicly apologize tonight. She asks if he’s sure, and they takes his hand to end the scene.
Bianca Belair vs. Billie Kay vs. Natalya
Billie picks a fight and gets caught between Bianca & Nattie, but ducks when Natalya swings and hits Belair. The EST with a full head of stem block Nat into the corner. Kay sneaks in to dump Natalya and try to roll up Belair. Team-up on Billie sends her to the floor and Nattie with with a springboard move into the Sharpshooter. Kay in for the crossface on The EST while she’s in Nat’s submission, but the BOAT gives up the hold and attacks the Aussie. Kay with some quick covers, but she ends up in the Sharpshooter while Bianca recovers. Belair races in to dump Nat, fights off a rope assisted roll-up and hits KOD on Kay.
Bianca Belair def. Billie Kay & Natalya to earn a spot on the SmackDown Survivor Series team
Carmella is back to tell us there’s a difference between who you are and who the world wants you to be. Who is she? She’s the one who calls the shots, who’s willing to do anything to get ahead. Next week, she’ll show the world why she’s U N T O U C H A B L E.
Aalyah & Murphy walk down the ramp arm-in-arm as we go to commercial.
Cole talks to us about breast cancer, then Buddy gets on the mic. He again talks about understanding why Rey & Dom hate him. As a man, he needs to talk to them face-to-face. No sign of them, so he begs them to come out so he can apologize. Still no dice, and Aalyah tells him he doesn’t have to do this, and here comes the Messiah.
Seth Rollins is here to tell Murphy that the Mysterios will never accept him, or “whatever is going on between you & Aalyah.” he makes his way to the ring to tell Buddy & his special lady that while Rey & Dom won’t accept him, the SmackDown Savior will. If they wanted him to, he’d marry them right now. There’s a place in the Greater Good for them. He turns his manipulative powers on Aalyah, saying her dad is controlling and her brother is a coward who’s jealous, and her comes Dominik to attack Seth! Buddy pulls Dom off the SmackDown Savior and attacks Seth, but when Rollins gets dumped out of the ring, Dominik attacks Murphy even though Aalyah asks him not to. They brawl, and her comes Rey. The Mysterios get the better of the two-on-one and dad goes for the 6 - 1 - 9, but his daughter stops him. They try to make her leave, but she says she loved Buddy and refuses. Rey has a meltdown, so Aalyah kisses Murphy right in the middle of the ring. A heartbroken papa leaves while the lovebirds hug.
Kayla Braxton catches up with DB warming up. She asks if what happened earlier changes anything, and Bryan says we’ve seen a changed Jey over the last few weeks. Reigns hasn’t been able to beat him, so no matter who wins tonight, it’ll be great for Team SmackDown.
The Tag champs make there way to the ring as get another break.
Street Profits cut a promo about how they respect The New Day, but they aren’t coming to Survivor Series to sign a box of Booty Os. They’re taking the torch because they want the smoke.
Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Street Profits
Angelo Dawkins starts with Cesaro, and Dawkins puts him down. Tag and Montez Ford in with a drop kick, and a tandem move gets a cover on the Swiss Superman, but Nak makes the save with a kick. Ford is hot with a blockbuster on Cesaro, then shakes the ropes and dives onto Shinsuke, but here comes Cesaro to throw him over the barricade into the ThunderDome “seats” to send us to more commercials.
Tez is in peril when we return. The Artists have him isolated in their corner, but eventually dodges some Nak kicks and hits an enziguri. Both men are down, and both get tags. Dawkins is on fire. Spinning splashes on both men in the corners, then a bulldog on Cesaro for two, but the Cyborg answers with a European and a tag to his parter. Angelo goes for a tag but Ford hasn’t recovered. Shinsuke sets him up for the draping knee strike. Kinshasa/gut wrench combo, but Tez recovers to break up the tag. They take Ford out on the floor. Lariat on Dawkins from Cesaro gets two. Tez breaks up a splash attempt and Dawkins hits Cesaro with the Annointment. After a Frog Splash on Nak from Ford, the champs take it.
Street Profits def. Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro via pinfall
The Intercontinental champion is backstage, and Sami Zayn talks about his Survivor Series match with United States champ Bobby Lashley. The Great Liberator is the perfect man to represent SmackDown, because on every continent all over the world, people love him. WWE’s never marketed him as The People’s Champ love him. Lashley only represents one country, and let’s not even get into it. On Nov. 22, he’s going to prove the Intercontinental champ is better than the U.S. one.
BOSS MANDALORIAN GUEST STAR TIME! The SmackDown Women’s champion makes her entrance, with the chair that’s been emblematic of her feud with Bayley, as we get more ads.
We get reminded about her match with Asuka at Survivor Series, then Banks says at Hell in a Cell she did what she said she was going to do and finished what she started by taking what meant the most to Bayley. She ended an era. Bayley threw away their friendship, and made Sasha realize that they were destined to take over - she was. She’s the Blueprint and she’s gonna beat Asuka to prove she’s the best.
Here comes Bayley. Everyone knows that Sasha can’t hold a title, unlike her. Everyone also knows Banks can’t beat Asuka without Bayley in her corner. So she’s gonna do her a favor and next week, she’ll end The Boss short and oh so predictably short title reign next Friday. Sasha says bring it, because backstabbing bitches don’t win.
After some hype for 30 Days of the Dead Man on WWE Network, Daniel Bryan enters for the main event. But first, more commercials!
Daniel Bryan vs. Jey Uso
Jey looks conflicted, but psyches himself up and looks vicious at the jump. He puts Bryan down with a head butt and keeps his foot on the gas, slamming DB down and picking him up for punches. Bryan fights back with an uppercut and a knee to the breadbasket. Samoan Drop ends that roll. Uso stomps away in the corner and keeps DB wobbly... until he comeback by running up the ropes off a whip and flattening Jey with an elbow to the mush. Yes! Kicks send Uso to the floor, and here comes the Universal champ... and another commercial break.
Bryan is on the top turnbuckle taking punches when we return, but DB slips under and crotches him, then basement drop kick while Jey was in the tree of woe. Uso shifts his weight on a superplex to splash Bryan. They trade covers on the mat, and get up for a striking exchange as the announcers talk up the distraction Reigns might be causing. Jey to the floor right in front of his cousin, and hits a diving Bryan with a kick. In for a Samoan Splash, but Bryan kicks out and gets the LeBell Lock. Jey to the ropes, but running knees from Bryan. The second set gets met with a superkick. Another splash ends it!
Jey Uso def. Daniel Bryan to earn a spot on the SmackDown Survivor Series team
Roman gets in the ring, and Jey says “I’m with you. You’re the head of the table, alright, I’m with you.”
The Tribal Chief eyes Bryan, who’s struggling to get to his feet. Jey hits him with another kick, and another splash. He yells “I’m with you! I understand now! I love you too, I understand!” Reigns tells Jey to make him [points to Bryan] understand.
Uso rolls out, and pulls Bryan to the floor. He’s screaming about how he understands as he sends DB into the ring steps and clears off the commentary desk. He punches Bryan to the table, and climbs to the top turnbuckle. SPLASH THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE DESK!
The champ smiles as Jey slams Bryan’s head into the busted table. Roman walks off smirking as the show ends.