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WWE SmackDown results, live blog (Nov. 20, 2020): Rollins vs. Murphy

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WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Nov. 20, 2020) with a show from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. This is the go home episode for Survivor Series. Seth Rollins vs. Murphy is advertised, and we’ll presumably learn the remaining members of the Survivor Series teams.

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. 20

Day after day, they send my friends away to mansions cold and grey, To the far side of town where the thin men stalk the streets, while the sane stay underground and I liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with the Street Profits hyping up Survivor Series and getting a visit from the Big Edertaker.

He warns them to not take Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods lightly, and the Profits say they’re not, but they’re still going to beat their “a double dollar signs” on Sunday. Big tells ‘em that Kofi and Xavier are actually here tonight, and gives them they’re big introduction.

New Day, naturally enough, make their entrance.

They talk about why they came back to SmackDown this week and Survivor Series on Sunday. They address the Street Profits, telling them they’re right to want the smoke and only the smoke, because they don’t want this fire. This awkwardly segues into Undertaker talk when Kofi doesn’t get what Xavier’s putting down.

They do a live enactment in tribute to the Undertaker, wherein they sit up off the mat, roll their eyes back, and slash their throats.

Enter Sami Zayn.

He’s upset about the Undertaker being allowed to ride off into the sunset like a coward, and calls Bobby Lashley out, saying he’s gonna show the world that the Intercontinental Champion is better than the United States Champion. He’s not here to hurt New Day, he just wants to give them the chance to do the right thing and talk about him instead of talking about the Undertaker.

Kingston and Woods agree to say something nice and they say he looks like a recently divorced dad who just made a down payment on a studio apartment, and that’s great.

Enter King Baron Corbin.

He complains about some nonsense, as is his wont.

Enter Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode.

They whine about how they should be the tag champions right now, not New Day, and if they had a match right now, they’d win the titles. Corbin and Zayn chat about how they’d be better at winning the titles, and this leads New Day to suggest that they have a match between themselves, winner challenges for the titles later tonight!

Roode and Ziggler attack New Day instead, the Street Profits make the save to send us to break.


King Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, Robert Roode, & Sami Zayn vs. New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) & Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford)

Profits in control of Ziggler early, it doesn’t last, Roode comes in and goes back and forth with Kingston for a minute. Babyfaces running the Unicorn Stampede, soon Woods on Corbin, using his speed until Baron counters Honor Roll into Deep Six for two! Overhead clubs, but it doesn’t turn into a heat segment because Ford gets the tag!

Running hot, lariat into a standing moonsault and the match breaks down as the heels break the pin up! In all the chaos, Kofi lays Montez out with a springboard crossbody and we go to break as Angelo Dawkins bickers at him.

Back from commercial, Ziggler has Ford locked down. The heat segment rolls on, Montez isolated in the corner, he lands on his feet off a back suplex and nails Dolph with an enzuigiri to clear the path! Tags made, Kingston lights Roode up with lariats and double chops, a dropkick, fired up, Boom Drop!

Trouble in Paradise ducked, Glorious DDT blocked, Woods makes the tag and comes in with a slingshot tornado DDT... NOPE! Dawkins with the tag but he runs right into the spinning spinebuster! Bobby tags Zayn in but he doesn’t want it and wastes time complaining! Angelo hits the Sky High, tags Ford...

Street Profits win by pinfall with Cash Out from Montez Ford on Sami Zayn.

Commentary hypes up a contract signing between Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns for later tonight, as well as the return of Daniel Bryan.

Speaking of Daniel Bryan, he’s getting ready for an interview when Sami Zayn rolls up, berating a referee.

He asks if Bryan thinks this is funny or if he’s better than him or something, and Dan slowly pulls his mask up before shoving Sami to the ground! Zayn begs off, using his match on Sunday as an excuse as to why he’s not fighting back, and Dan turns around and tells the interviewer that he believes in social distancing as much as possible.

And so we go to break.


Back from commercial, Daniel Bryan is interviewed.

He says he saw the interview where Jey Uso said the beatdown he gave him was nothing personal, and he gets it, everybody has an angel and a devil on a shoulder. The question is, who do you think is talking to him right now? Jey is the one that needs to be concerned, and if he’s listening? It’s nothing personal.

Five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce is backstage, telling Otis why he picked him as the fifth man on Team SmackDown at Survivor Series.

Chad Gable is right there to take credit for it and take him off to get ready for the big show.

Pearce turns around and runs right into Natalya, who’s upset that she’s being made to wrestle for a spot on the women’s team, but he explains he had one spot to pick, and he picked Bayley. Nattie complains and Adam simply tells her her match is next.

And so we go to break.


Back from commercial, we get a Seth Rollins promo where he takes credit for Buddy Murphy’s career.

He says tonight he’s going to teach Buddy one final lesson and send him back to what he was before, nothing and no one.

Bianca Belair is on commentary for the next match, and Bayley comes down to ringside as well.

Natalya vs. Tamina (Survivor Series Qualifying Match)

Natalya runs into a superkick almost immediately but rolls out of the ring. Back inside, some more business happens but there’s not much to this match...

Natalya wins by submission with the Sharpshooter, qualifying for Team SmackDown at Survivor Series.

Bayley gets in the ring to shake Nattie’s hand, Bianca Belair joins her, Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan come down as well, and Team SmackDown stands tall together.

We get a video package covering the build for Drew McIntyre vs. Roman Reigns.

Drew makes his entrance for the contract signing and we go to break.


Back from commercial, Roman Reigns makes his entrance, taking his sweet time and making Drew McIntyre wait.

He is, as always, flanked by Paul Heyman.

Five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce oversees the proceedings, and Roman tells Drew that he knew he was going to win the title back, because he’s been in his shoes and learned all these lessons.

He’s the right guy in the right place at the wrong time.

McIntyre says he’s not gonna flip the table, he’s not gonna waste time talking, he’s gonna get straight to the point— he won the title for himself, he’s just here to sign the contract and make the match official, and now it’s Roman’s turn. He has a piece of advice for Reigns— please, underestimate him, and use these last two days of peace to prepare for war.

Roman considers the contract for a moment and then decides to lecture Drew about how it’s him that gives the advice, and he’s gonna sit McIntyre down under his learning tree for one last lesson. At Survivor Series, he’s not gonna like or understand the brutal truth, but one day he will— he’s a secondary champion, a prop, a stand-in.

So he’s gonna tell Drew one more time— he’s THE champion, the face of WWE, your tribal chief, and the head of the table. One day, years from now, McIntyre will finally get a chance to be the man, and when he does, he’s gonna look back on these nights and thank Reigns. He signs the contract and tells Drew he’ll always be his favorite #2.

We get a recap of Seth Rollins vs. Rey Mysterio from last week.

Seth Rollins makes his entrance to send us to break.


Buddy Murphy vs. Seth Rollins

Rollins cheapshots Buddy when he tries to make his entrance but we’ve got a match!

Hard shots early, the Mysterios looking on, Seth ties Buddy up in the ropes and pastes him with slaps! Rey Mysterio gets caught up in it, Rollins beats him and Dominik both down, but that gives Murphy time to recover and attack! Seth ends up passing him into the barricade and staring Aalyah Mysterio down.

She trips and falls and Rollins stalks after her as we go to break.

Back from commercial, the action is back in the ring and Rollins is pressing the attack. Murphy cuts him off but can’t get the Cheeky Nando’s! Sling Blade connects, mounted punches in the corner, this time Buddy hits the Cheeky Nando’s! Putting Seth on the floor, Murphy hits a tope con giro! Back inside, kick from the apron, up top, Rollins cuts him off.

Jockeying for position, superplex, roll through, Falcon Arrow... NO GOOD! Trading shots on the apron, Murphy takes Rollins off his feet with a wicked knee strike! Coming back inside, Seth manages to hit Blackout while Buddy’s in the ropes... MURPHY GETS A FOOT ON THE ROPES! Jawing at Buddy, powerbomb lift... BUCKLE BOMB!

Off the ropes, Murphy wakes up and hits a knee strike! Duck Blackout, another knee connects, pumphandle...

Buddy Murphy wins by pinfall with Murphy’s Law.

Sasha Banks makes her entrance to send us to break.


Back from commercial, we get some hype for tomorrow’s edition of Talking Smack.

Asuka is in the ring with Sasha Banks.

Michael Cole introduces them as the best of the best and they bicker back and forth briefly.

Cole has questions, specifically asking Banks if Asuka has her number. She points out it’s Boss Time and eventually we hit a point where Sasha offers to fight right now.

Before we can do that, though, Carmella attacks Banks from behind, laying her out with a superkick! Setting her up top, hanging her in the tree of woe... KICK TO THE JAW!

Jey Uso is interviewed backstage.

He says he got permission for this interview from the Big Dog and says Roman Reigns isn’t the devil on his shoulder and he did what he did to Daniel Bryan of his own volition, and he’s gonna do it again.

Daniel Bryan makes his entrance and we go to break.


Daniel Bryan vs. Jey Uso

Bryan in hot with punches, Uso fires right back and clubs him to the mat! Whip aacross, leapfrog, hamstring kicks get Dan a deathlock and he throws crossface strikes and knees to the ribs to follow up. Chops, a knee across the back of the head, Jey fires back with a big slicing right. Whip across, back elbow lays Bryan out!

Action to the floor, Uso clears the announce table but Dan comes back with right hands and puts him in the ring. Up top, missile dropkick, chest kicks in the corner, uppercuts and body blows, whip across, knee lift, back body drop sends Jey to the floor! Off the ropes, suicide dive connects! Uso back body drops Bryan through the announce desk and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Uso is in control and working Bryan over in the ring. Mounted punches, screaming that it’s nothing personal, drawing Dan to his feet and body slamming him! Chops in the corner, a backbreaker sends Bryan rolling to the apron. Pulling himself up the ropes, blocking a right hand, the American Dragon with punches of his own, headed up top.

Uso cuts him off, jockeying for position... SUPERPLEX! Off the ropes, Samoan Drop countered into a crucifix pin for a tight two! Dan grabs the omoplata... THE LEBELL LOCK IS ON! Jey manages to turn him around, elbows to the kidneys, knees, Uso goes up top, the American Dragon meets him... THE BACK SUPERPLEX IS YOUR FIVE MINUTE WARNING!

Bryan to his feet, chest kicks, hammering Jey with them and the buzzsaw finale connects... NO GOOD! Wrists locked... YOU’RE GONNA GET YOUR [REDACTED] HEAD KICKED IN! Yes! fingers in the corner, lying in wait... HE RUNS RIGHT INTO A SUPERKICK! A BASEMENT SUPERKICK FOLLOWS! Uso draws him up, a second basement superkick lays Dragon out!

Up top, knees up on the splash, Bryan reverses...

Daniel Bryan wins by pinfall with the small package!

Bryan poses on the turnbuckles.

That’s the show, folks.