WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Nov. 13, 2020) with a show from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. WWE has not advertised anything specific for this episode, other than a vague video promoting Roman Reigns as the top guy on the brand. But we’re at least sure to get some new team members for Survivor Series. Right?
Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the SmackDown live blog kicks off once the show starts on FOX. 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 NOV. 13
I watch the ripples change their size but never leave the stream of warm impermanence and so the days float through my eyes. But still the days seem the same, because I am once again liveblogging this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with Roman Reigns making his entrance, flanked by Paul Heyman as always.
They get in the ring and Reigns gets on the mic, asking Paul what he calls this place, which is The Island of Relevancy. That’s because he makes everyone relevant, you see, and the numbers don’t lie. (They spell disaster for Samoa Joe at Sacrifice?) Jey Uso knows, he went from being the Unknown Uso Brother to being main event level, and he’s destroyed Daniel Bryan and Kevin Owens.
Roman says Jey’s gonna lead his team to victory at Survivor Series, and the same night he’ll establish his dominance by beating Randy Orton.
Enter Drew McIntyre.
He gets on the mic and acknowledges that it’s been a minute and asks Heyman if he misses him. He’s just passing by but he heard Roman talking about Randy Orton, but he’s not gonna wrestle him at Survivor Series, because Drew’s gonna beat him on Monday. A lot has changed since the last time they were in the ring together, at the Royal Rumble, when McIntyre eliminated Reigns to win.
He calls Roman out for disappearing for months and says he stood up to take his place, and it was his privilege to do so. Reigns sees being top guy as a right, but Drew sees it as an honor, and he’s been looking forward to looking him in the eye to tell him he’s the man now and he’ll prove it at Survivor Series.
Reigns says he likes Drew and he always has. He respects him and everything he said just now was the truth... but he’s back now, and since he came back, nobody knows who McIntyre is. Nobody watches Raw, because they’re all watching SmackDown (oh, Roman, baby, sweetie, if only I COULD get away with not watching Raw...)
Drew says he’ll spell it out— he’s the guy that’s going to beat Orton for the title, go to Survivor Series, and show Reigns who the secondary champion really is.
Jey Uso slides in the ring to take the mic from Roman and tells him he’s got this. He gets in McIntyre’s face and says this is SmackDown, and they run this show, and he knows Reigns didn’t invite him, so what’s he doing here? It’s mighty disrespectful, and he got Bryan and Owens for being disrespectful, so he’s gonna get Drew, too.
He challenges him to a match and Drew accepts by shoving him away! He squares up with Roman, Jey tries to get between them but the Big Dog waves him off to stare Drew down and give him the cold shoulder as they leave.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Roman Reigns berates Jey Uso backstage for trying to help just now.
Uso says he’s gonna handle it and walks off, leaving Roman telling him that he better.
Sami Zayn is in the ring and gets on the mic to complain about his title match against Apollo Crews tonight.
He puts Crews over at length and complains about only having one hour of notice and talks about his hard road to regaining a title that he never lost, before Apollo’s music cuts him off.
Apollo Crews vs. Sami Zayn (c) (WWE Intercontinental Championship)
Zayn with right hands at the bell, backing Crews into the corner. Whip across, Apollo hits him with a lariat and follows it up with a Stinger Splash! Military press, walking him around before dropping him face-first into the turnbuckles! Sami to the floor, Crews throws him back inside and he capitalizes, looking for a suplex.
Apollo reverses into a vertical suplex of his own, enzuigiri follows it, standing moonsault... NOPE! Whip across, Zayn rolls to the floor and tears the ring skirt off the side of the ring! Crews stalks after him, Sami drops him face-first into the frame of the ring! He ties Apollo’s leg up in the ropes that hold the mat down, referee is counting...
Sami Zayn wins by count-out to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
Five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce is talking to Drew McIntyre backstage, offering him a fight tonight. He tells Pearce he already knows his answer is yes, and Adam goes off to make the match official.
Backstage, Rey Mysterio is interviewed with his family in tow.
He says tonight’s match isn’t about him or his eye, it’s about his family. Seth Rollins has devoted all his time to destroying them, but he didn’t understand how strong a bond they carry, and tonight will be the final chapter. Everything he’s done to the Mysterios will culminate in one final match.
Seth calls himself a messiah, well to Rey, he’s nothing but the devil. For him, for his family, for the WWE Universe and the powers above, tonight he’ll send Rollins back to hell.
Sasha Banks makes her entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of Carmella laying Sasha Banks out.
Sasha gets on the mic and points out that she retained the SmackDown Women’s Championship and it feels good. All the highs and lows she’s been through would be enough to end anybody, but not her because she’s on top of her game and all the women in the back and in the locker room are officially on notice.
Before she gets to the ring, Carmella attacks from behind and lays Banks out with a superkick! X-Factor follows it up and she stands tall.
Backstage, Otis is shoving food down his gullet from three plates when Bobby Roode and Dolph Ziggler roll up to mock him. He gets mad and upends the table to send them running and us to break.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for this year’s edition of Tribute to the Troops.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Otis Dozovic
Ziggler slaps Dozer across the face and jaws at him, which brings Otis’ ire out and he takes charge of the match and biels Dolph across the ring! Rights and lefts, windmill punches, Roode runs interference, Ziggler hits the Zig Zag... NOT ENOUGH! Tuning up the band, Dozer catches the kick and hits a World’s Strongest Slam!
Calling for it... CATERPILLAR! Fired up, Otis up top, Roode up on the apron, Dozer runs him off by yelling at him...
Otis Dozovic wins by pinfall with a Vader Bomb.
Seth Rollins and Buddy Murphy are shown chatting backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Otis is talking about beating Dolph Zigger when Chad Gable rolls up.
He says Otis should be doing that every week, he just needs some discipline, a mentor to show him his inner alpha, and he passes him a flyer for his Alpha Academy. Dozer’s feeling it, he wants to clang and bang in the gym with Gable and walks off, leaving Chad giving kind of an evil stare in his direction.
We get a video package recapping the whole Rollins/Mysterio deal.
Rey and Seth make their entrances and we go to break before the match begins.
Rey Mysterio vs. Seth Rollins (No Holds Barred Match)
Rollins smiling at the bell, Mysterio right in with shots to the leg and midsection to back him into the corner but Seth lifts him up body to put him in the corner. Whip across, up and over into a tijeras, a leg kick, Rollins runs the ropes, sunset flip gets a roundhouse kick! To the apron, Seth hangs Rey over the top rope and goes under the ring for a steel chair.
Back inside, Mysterio with a drop toehold but Rollins smells the 619 coming and rolls out of the ring! Rey smashes his face into the turnbuckles, slingshot up and over, caught, reversed into a tornado DDT on the apron! Stalking after Seth on the floor, clubbing away at him, Rollins puts him into the steel steps for some breathing room.
Electric chair, Rey fights back and turns it into a sunset flip powerbomb into the barricade that leaves both men down and out! Mysterio to his feet first, laying kicks in, headed back inside, off the ropes, tope gets caught and Seth Falcon Arrows him into the announce table! Rey in agony, Rollins draws him up and smashes him into the table some more and throws him into the barricade!
Throwing him back inside, Rollins follows, cover for two! Elbow drop across the back, scooping him up for a backbreaker while the rest of the Mysterios look on! Stalking after Rey, stepping on his face, drawing him up, whip across puts him hard into the turnbuckle but it’s only good for a nearfall! Picking the chair back up, Seth wedges it in between the ropes before stalking back over to Mysterio and punching him in the kidneys a few times.
Looking to lawn dart him into the chair, but Mysterio slips out, ducks a charge, springboard seated senton, off the ropes, tilt-a-whirl headscissors! Off the ropes, la casadora bulldog... NO GOOD! Shoulder thrusts in the corner, Rollins throws Rey to the floor as his family looks on! Heading out after him, Seth grabs the steel steps and blasts Mysterio with them!
Rollins picks up the big steps this time and moves them out into the middle of the aisle. He draws Rey up and lays his head across them, jawing at his family before looking for Blackout, but Rey wakes up and trips him into the steel steps instead! Clubbing blows on the steps, Mysterio back in the ring, off the ropes, tope into a splash on the steel steps!
With both guys down and out, we go to break.
Back from commercial, Rollins is in control and he sets up a table in the ring. Back inside, suplex, Seth going for the Three Amigos on the fifteenth anniversary of Eddy Guerrero’s death, but Rey fights out of the third suplex and backs him into the corner! Whip reversed, slide under the table but Seth pushes the table into him, knocking the wind out of the greatest of all time!
Headed up top, Mysterio up there with him, jockeying for position, Frankensteiner reversed... AVALANCHE POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE! Cover only gets two! Rollins takes the rubber foot off one leg of his chair and tries to use it to gouge Rey’s eye out, but Dominik pulls Seth out of the ring! Rollins leaves the younger Mysterio lying and returns to the ring, where Mysterio the elder dropkicks him through the chair!
Buddy Murphy hits the ring and helps his pal to his feet before laying him out! Seth screams at him, Rey gets him in position... 619! Headed up top, calling for it...
Rey Mysterio wins by pinfall with the frog splash.
The Mysterio family celebrate together while Buddy stares at his former messiah.
Rey tells Buddy to step in the ring and face him like a man. He says if he’s looking for his approval, here it is, and holds out a hand. Murphy shakes and Aalyah rushes forward to embrace him. Dominik also shakes his hand, Angie hugs him, and 32-year-old Buddy Murphy is accepted into the family as 19-year-old Aalyah Mysterio’s boyfriend.
Backstage, five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce is on his phone when Natalya rolls up.
He says he’s giving her a fair chance to get on Team SmackDown at Survivor Series, but that’s not good enough for her. She argues that she flat-out deserves a spot, but he simply tells her the match is next.
Chelsea Green steps forward and puts her hand on his shoulder as Nattie storms off and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get some hype for tomorrow’s edition of Talking Smack.
Seth Rollins bangs on five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce’s door until he comes out.
He screams at him to demand an opportunity to destroy Buddy Murphy and stalks off, breathing heavy.
Chelsea Green is introduced as our three-way Survivor Series qualifier becomes a four-way.
Chelsea Green vs. Liv Morgan vs. Natalya vs. Tamina (Survivor Series Qualifying Match)
Things filter down to Morgan and Snuka rather quickly, shoulder armbreaker sets up a missile dropkick and Green and Neidhart work together to whip Tamina into the barricade! Chelsea cuts Nattie off, Liv dropkicks her to the floor but Neidhart rams her into the apron and throws her back inside! Right hands, discus lariat countered into a DDT... NOPE!
Rear chinlock applied, Natalya trying to grind Morgan down, she fights out, neckbreaker drop for two! Double leg, Sharpshooter denied, whip blocked but Liv turns it into a Codebreaker... NOT ENOUGH! I get distracted on Twitter for a moment (honesty and best policies and all— I’m fighting a migraine tonight so whatcha gonna do?) and don’t catch the actual finish...
Liv Morgan wins by pinfall over Natalya to earn a spot on Team SmackDown at Survivor Series.
Drew McIntyre is interviewed backstage and he’s excited to send a message to Randy Orton by way of Jey Uso. He tells Jey he’s got a lot of pent-up anger in him and it’s a lot more humiliating to get your ass kicked in your own back yard.
And on that note, we go to break.
Back from commercial, Big E is counting as a crew member jumps rope.
The guy fails at 95 and E collects some money from him.
Street Profits roll up wearing aprons and pushing a cart with three platters on it. They say they’re going to flavor town and they reveal two vegetable dishes of some kind and cake, all shaped like the letter L, for the loss that the Profits are giving New Day at Survivor Series. Big says the best they’ll ever be is Diet New Day, and at Survivor Series, the best tag team in the whole world will be clear as the New Day.
They all laugh, E walks off, and the Profits get real serious.
We get entrances for our main event and go to break.
Drew McIntyre vs. Jey Uso (Unsanctioned Match)
Uso with a side headlock in the feeling out, shot off, shoulder block, big right hands from Jey, McIntyre chops him down in the corner. Straight suplex, stomp the hand, jawing at Uso, chopping him in the ropes, jawbreaker, Jey knocks him to the floor and comes off the ropes right into a punch! Crotching Drew on the ropes, superkick knocks him to the floor and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Uso raining clubbing blows down, McIntyre with punches and chops in return, off the ropes but he gets caught by a Samoan Drop... NOPE! Drew down and out, Uso charges in for Ode to Rikishi but McIntyre explodes at him and gets the belly-to-belly suplexes! Jumping neckbreaker, kip-up, Future Shock reversed into a jackknife pin for two!
Solebutt, right hand, Drew fires a headbutt back, off the ropes, big Sky High... USO KICKS OUT! Superkick connects, chopping the tree down, Jey heads up top, cut off with a right hand, jockeying for position... SPIDER BELLY-TO-BELLY SUPERPLEX! Action to the floor, smashing Usos head into barricade and apron, and here comes the Big Dog!
Roman Reigns makes his entrance, flanked by Paul Heyman.
Uso takes advantage and puts Drew into the ringpost. And again, throwing him into the steel steps, back inside, but Roman pulls Jey aside, saying he doesn’t care if he beats Drew or not, he needs to make him understand. Referee Charles Robinson counts, Uso comes back inside and wails on McIntyre, raining punches down over and over!
He lets up for a second and that turns out to be a mistake...
Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall with the Claymore.
Drew gets in Roman’s face and asks if he understands now.
Reigns says maybe they’ll talk next Sunday and walks off.
That’s the show, folks.