WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Dec. 11, 2020) with the first show from the relocated ThunderDome inside Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Advertised for tonight: A contract signing between Sasha Banks and Carmella for TLC 2020, Sami Zayn vs. Big E in a non-title match, Montez Ford vs. Dolph Ziggler, and more!
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WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR DEC. 11
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The show opens with Sasha Banks making her entrance.
Five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce is in the ring with a table to host a contract signing between Banks and her challenger, Carmella.
She opens the contract folder but there’s nothing in it, and Sasha isn’t well-pleased, demanding to know where the contract is. Carmella appears from her dressing room on the Tron waving the contract and laughing. She says she signed the contract and she’ll have it hand-delivered by her sommelier and messenger boy.
She gives a man the contract and he walks off. The Boss asks if she’s embarrassed by being herself, but no, she’s proud of who she is. Carmella says she’s a hot chick playing a game of chess with Sasha’s life and she’s four moves ahead. Banks suggests an alternative game of how fast she can make Carmella cry as the man arrives with the contract.
He hands it to Pearce, who opens it while Carmella says that Banks knows the second she signs that contract her days as SmackDown Women’s Champion are numbered. The Boss stamps her stamp and it’s official! Sasha wants to flip the script and tells Mella to come out here tonight if she wants the title and she’ll give it to her.
Carmella agrees and Pearce makes the title match our main event tonight! Sasha gives Carmella a preview by slapping her messenger, hitting a lungblower on him, then dumping the table over on him!
Backstage, Street Profits are interviewed.
They take issue with the idea that they’re just funny men and use it as a platform to talk about the asskicking Montez Ford is going to hand Dolph Ziggler tonight.
Speaking of, they make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Dolph Ziggler makes his entrance and gets on the mic to dump on Street Profits for calling him a poor man’s HBK.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Montez Ford
Ziggler in control early, laying Ford out with a dropkick for a shockingly deep nearfall. Montez fights out of an armbar attempt but Dolph kicks his leg out from under him and follows it with a hangman’s neckbreaker for another two count! Ford turns it around, catapult into the corner, dropkick to the face, off the ropes, running blockbuster!
Robert Roode tries to run in, Angelo Dawkins cuts him off at the pass and the Profits pose together and make it rain blue Solo cups as we go to break!
Back from commercial, Ziggler in control, Heartstopper elbow drops, into a bodyscissors sleeper hold in the middle of the ring. Ford rolls and gets to his feet, fighting out of the hold, Dolph with a neckbreaker to maintain his momentum before going right back to the sleeper hold! Montez back on his feet again, shoot him off, lariats, whip reversed, leapfrog, big leaping lariat!
Fired up, kick to the midsection, knee to the face, enzuigiri ducked, Ziggler with a back suplex but Montez lands on his feet! Back suplex of his own, kip-up, standing moonsault, shake the ropes! Ford catches a kick and counters a Fameasser into a powerbomb attempt! Countered to a sunset flip, block the Zig Zag and this time Montez hits the enzuigiri square and true!
Headed up top, Robert Roode runs inteference and puts Angelo Dawkins into the steel steps! Ziggler capitalizes, crotching Ford...
Dolph Ziggler wins by pinfall with a superkick.
We get a segment backstage where Sami Zayn is complaining about a lack of merch when Big E rolls up.
He gives him one of his own t-shirts and says he should focus on the meat inside, but they have him covered, and Apollo Crews presents Sami with a hand-Sharpie’d t-shirt with a stick figure of Zayn drawn on it. He takes the shirt all angry and tries to tear it, but fails because of a busted finger.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Sami Zayn is in the ring ranting about how he doesn’t get any respect as Intercontinental Champion.
Big E vs. Sami Zayn
Zayn heads to the floor at the bell to clarify that this is a non-title match.
Back inside, E with a side headlock, shot off, leapfrog and Big grabs a Cobra Twist! Sami fights out, punches but his injured finger is bugging him and E is able to drop him with a back elbow! To the apron, Big hits the Big Splash and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Zayn has turned the tide and is choking E out against the middle rope! Clutching his ribs as he refocuses, overhead elbows, snapmare blocked but a knee to the face does the trick and gets a one count. Reverse chinlock applied, diving elbow follows and Big is gasping. Sami mocking the hip swivel, off the ropes, E recovers in time to hit a big belly-to-belly suplex! A second, a third, off the ropes for the Big Splash!
Zayn rolls out of the ring for a breather, E follows, back inside, he turns Sami inside out with a lariat! Schoolboy for two, back elbow, boot up, springboard crossbody but Big rolls through and hosses him up on one shoulder! Zayn rakes the eyes to escape, but gets caught by the huge Rock Bottom out of the corner!
Sami clutches his hand and rolls to the ropes, telling referee Charles Robinson that it’s broken. Robinson warns E, Zayn slaps him across the face with the “bad” hand and Big chases him out of the ring! E gets stuck between the commentary chairs and the barricade briefly, both men go under the ring, Sami comes out first and stomps Big as the count continues...
Sami Zayn wins by count-out.
Bayley cuts a promo backstage wishing Carmella well in her title match tonight and running Bianca Belair down at length.
Bianca rolls up behind her and lets her talk before cutting her off, saying it’s funny how her name is always in her mouth when she just needs to worry about herself. She pulls out some literal receipts to go over all of her achievements of late to make her case for being the EST.
We see Paul Heyman hand Roman Reigns his Universal Championship backstage as they start walking and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Carmella is interviewed backstage.
She talks about how she’s gonna beat the disrespect out of Sasha tonight and look sexy as hell doing it.
We get a recap of last week’s main event storyline.
Jey Uso rolls up on Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman backstage and asks Roman if he’s good.
He says he’s great and asks Jey if he and his family are okay, and he says they’re good, to which Reigns says they should be, because of him.
Kevin Owens makes his entrance.
Uso asks Reigns to let him get him, and Roman assents while KO gets a table out and shoves it into the ring. Prowling around ringside, Kev gets a few chairs and throws them into the ring before pulling a ladder out and sliding it in as well. He sets all of his plunder up and gets on the mic.
Owens calls Reigns out and says he’s got some bad news— even after what he did last week and knowing that right now, Roman is better than he’s ever been, he doesn’t fear him. Reigns says he fights for his family and he could relate to that, but the problem is as good as he is, what’s actually happening here is that his family is doing the fighting for him.
KO says he fights for his family, too, but his family isn’t part of this industry and they support him by watching at home, so he has to call a few friends for help. First among his friends, chairs. Cold and unforgiving, chairs will help him pay Reigns back for every single chairshot.
And tables— tables are hard to break, but once you do, she’s so welcoming. Ladder is his favorite friend to work with, because not only will ladder help him beat Roman, ladder will help him climb to retrieve the title. Owens is gonna give everything he has to become Universal Champion again.
At this point, Jey Uso attacks, beating KO down with a chair and mounting him for punches! Ramming the chair into his knee, he sets Kev atop the table but Owens recovers and smashes him with a chair before he can capitalize! He puts Jey through the table!
Enter Roman Reigns, flanked by Paul Heyman as always.
Heyman reminds him he has to do this on his time, because this is Kevin Owens trying to call the shots, but Roman is the head of the table and the shot-caller.
Indeed, they leave and force Owens to limp after them, chair in hand, as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Owens is limping backstage calling for Roman Reigns when an interview rolls up.
In short order, Roman Reigns shows up to beat KO down! He speaks into the camera directly at Kev’s wife and kids, telling them to talk some sense into him before he takes the food off their table.
We get a video package setting up our next tag match and the idea that Billie Kay has a mystery partner... who is Natalya!
Billie Kay & Natalya vs. Riott Squad (Liv Morgan & Ruby Riott)
Kay and Morgan to start, normal feeling out leads to a big boot, tag to Natalya and she beats Liv down! Quick tags, working Morgan over, slingshot back suplex into a blind tag and that gives Liv a chance to run away and make the tag! The inverted lungblower connects and they make short work of Kay...
Riott Squad win by pinfall with the Riott Kick from Ruby Riott on Billie Kay.
We get a video package of Chad Gable training Otis Dozovic before they’re interviewed backstage.
Chad talks about how Otis keeps getting up when life knocks him down, and that tenacity is what he wants in a student.
They’ll be in action, after the break.
Back from commercial, we get Mario Lopez talking about how hyped he and his daughter are for tonight’s main event and how they think Sasha Banks is going to win.
Artist Collective (Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura) vs. Chad Gable & Otis Dozovic
Cesaro and Gable to start, the Swiss Superman shoves him down and Chad tags Otis in! Collar and elbow, Dozer knocks him down and tags back out. Waistlock takedown, German suplex, Oklahoma roll, only two! He tags Otis back in, waistlock takedown, quick tag but Cesaro lays him out with an uppercut and tags Nakamura in!
Back and forth, Chad lands a kick and tags are made all around! Dozer in hot, lariat, elbow, pop-up drop, off the ropes, discus lariat connects! Stinger Splash, Cesaro takes a delayed bump and Gable reminds Otis of the plan, demanding to be tagged in. Chad up top, missile dropkick countered into the Giant Swing! Calling for the finish, Cesaro tags Shinsuke in...
Artist Collective win by pinfall with Kinshasa from Shinsuke Nakamura on Chad Gable.
We see Sasha Banks backstage getting ready for our main event.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for tomorrow’s edition of Talking Smack.
Backstage, Chad Gable is telling Otis Dozovic that tonight’s loss was a good learning experience and Dozer shouldn’t have tagged him in on such a roll. He failed the test, but that’s okay, he’s teaching Otis what to do by telling him what not to do. Dozer is confused but Chad tells him to rehydrate and that he’ll explain more later.
We get a rematch of last week’s Corbin/Murphy business.
King Baron Corbin is backstage talking to Wesley Blake and Steve Cutler, telling them they did a great job last week.
An interview rolls up and they scan her with a metal detector.
He says he’s bringing back some old-school attitude with these boys, who he calls the Knights of the Lone Wolf. They’ve pledged their ruthless, cold-blooded loyalty to him, so if Rey Mysterio wants to step up, that’s fine, but this time the consequences will be much more severe than just losing an eye.
We get entrances for our main event but go to break before the match can happen.
Back from commercial in time for entrances.
Carmella vs. Sasha Banks (c) (WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship)
Collar and elbow, Banks pushing her into the corner and breaking at referee Charles Robinson’s count. Shoving match breaks out, Carmella knocks her down and smashes her face into the corner! More jawing, choking her in the ropes, tilt-a-whirl tijeras, Code of Silence denied. Lungblower countered, Mella sandwiching her in the turnbuckles and hitting hard back elbows!
To the apron, jockeying for position, Carmella hits an X-Factor and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Banks draws Carmella up the turnbuckles, perched on the next corner of the apron. Mella smashes her head into the post and then pulls her arm-first into the steel! Beating her on the floor, back inside, cover for two. Snapmare into a reverse chinlock, challenger keeping control of the match, but Sasha comes back with corner knees!
Slingshot knees get two, lungblower blocked, boot up in the corner, handful of hair, Carmella heads up top... FIGURE FOUR HEADSCISSORS OVER THE ROPES! Hanging on for the whole five count, she follows with a diving splash for two! Kick to the midsection, X-Factor countered into a double leg for two! Code of Silence applied, Sasha struggling to stay in the fight, she uses Carmella’s wrist to pivot, escape, and reverse to the Bank Statement!
The sommelier throws a champagne bottle into the ring and pulls Banks out while referee Charles Robinson is distracted! She gives chase and comes back in hot, lighting Mella up in the corner, forcing Robinson to call it...
Carmella wins by disqualification due to castigo de excesivo.
Post-match, Sasha hits the Bank Statement on the sommelier and chokes him out until Carmella makes the save and dumps her out of the ring! She attacks Banks on the floor, asking if she’s done enough before picking up a champagne bottle... AND SMASHING IT ACROSS SASHA’S BACK! She pours herself a glass and has a drink before shaking it up and spraying both champion and commentary with it.
She jaws at the Boss and celebrates as she’s announced as the winner of the match.
That’s the show, folks.