WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Nov. 19, 2021) with a show emanating from the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, featuring the go-home show for the Survivor Series pay-per-view event taking place this Sunday, Nov. 21.
Advertised for tonight: Sasha Banks takes on Shotzi in a singles match. These two wrestlers will be teammates on Sunday, but Sasha is looking for revenge tonight after Shotzi brutally attacked her a few weeks ago.
Sheamus is also set to return to WWE television tonight, at least according to Ridge Holland.
Finally, WWE released a teaser video suggesting there will be some follow-up to last week’s show-closing angle where The Bloodline took out King Woods, and Roman Reigns wore his crown.
Come right back here at 8 pm ET when the SmackDown live blog kicks off once the show starts on FOX. It will be below this line here. (Note: Going forward, there will be no ban on GIFs or images in the live blog threads. Feel free to post as you wish.)
WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR NOV. 19
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The show opens with a recap of last week’s match between Roman Reigns and Xavier Woods.
The Usos are in the ring with Xavier’s throne and cloak and crown and scepter.
They say Roman Reigns will be here in a minute, but first they have to call out Big E and RK-Bro. They tell Randy Orton they hear voices in their head, too, and their voices say they’re the ones. Tonight you’re gonna see who runs WWE, the one true king, the Head of the Table, etc.
Enter Roman Reigns, flanked by Paul Heyman as usual.
Paul gets on the mic and says he’s overwhelmed by emotion and shaking and no one in the history of WWE that deserves to be crowned king as much as he does, and that title never belonged to Xavier Woods and it sure doesn’t belong to Brock Lesnar. He continues, talking about how Roman is going to smash Big E on Sunday.
Reigns asks whose idea this was and says he doesn’t need any of these kingly trappings to be acknowledged, and he’s put in the hard work to be acknowledged. The only reason he took the crown last week is because he can.
Enter Xavier Woods.
He says none of that stuff makes a king, but rather knowing that you’re here to do good for the WWE Universe, and if he were a king, then based on what he did last week, he’d look him in the eyes like a man so they can settle this, but that’s not Roman’s MO.
But he’ll sweeten the pot a little— come out later tonight without his goons so they can handle it face to face and he’ll show him what a real king is made of. Reigns has the Usos stomp on his cloak and break his scepter and smash his throne but though tears well up in his eyes, Xavier stands firm.
Jey Uso grabs the crown but before he can spike it Roman demands he hand it over. Reigns asks him one more time if he’s sure the crown doesn’t mean anything to him, and Woods stares him down, resolute, but when Roman goes to stomp it, Woods rushes the ring!
The Usos cut him off and hold him in front of the crown... AND REIGNS STOMPS IT!
Sheamus makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Xavier Woods is interviewed backstage.
He says his next step is to go to the ring to fight Roman Reigns, and the Roman Empire will fall tonight.
Cesaro vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Ricochet vs. Sheamus (Survivor Series Qualifying Match)
Chaos to start, Sheamus beating down Ricochet in the corner while Cesaro hammers Mahal with uppercuts! The Bar almost reunite but Jinder comes in and the Celtic Warrior drops the Swiss Superman with a lariat! The One and Only fights in with punches, sunset flip for two!
Mahal with a superkick, everybody attacks Cesaro for a moment, he and Ricochet both get dumped over the ropes and Jinder sets Ricky up for the Beats of the Bodhran from Sheamus, but it was a ruse to get a schoolboy pin in! Sheamus brawls with him until Cesaro comes back, thinking about the swing, blocked, Ricochet with a springboard dropkick and a tijeras, off the ropes... BRILLO RICOCHET SENDS US TO BREAK!
Back from commercial, a superplex and an avalanche Frankensteiner leave all four men down and out. Ricochet with a DDT, standing shooting star press, Mahal breaks it up! Giant swing, Cesaro steps through into the Sharpshooter! Jinder crawls to the ropes with the help of Shanky and Ricochet takes the big man out with a dropkick!
Ricky with an enzuigiri, Jinder gets behind him, Khallas blocked, Recoil connects! Ricochet up top, 630 splash, Sheamus in, Brogue Kick... CESARO BREAKS IT UP! Sheamus up top, battering ram countered by Swiss Death! Gotch lift, Ridge Holland with the distraction and the Celtic Warrior lines him up... CESARO DUCKS UNDER THE BROGUE KICK!
Ridge and Cesaro at it, Sheamus takes advantage of the distraction...
Sheamus wins by pinfall with a Brogue Kick on Cesaro to qualify for Team SmackDown at Survivor Series.
Holland and Sheamus walk off together.
Jeff Hardy is interviewed backstage.
He says he’s been on Survivor Series teams with all manner of legends but this year’s team is just as stacked.
Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss roll up and Moss has a dumb joke about Jeff’s facepaint.
Five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce rolls up to say he’d like to see SmackDown win and he wants to see a little comradery.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Sheamus and Ridge Holland are walking along when an interview rolls up.
Sheamus sings Holland’s praises and starts crying talking about what it means to inspire somebody like him. Ridge says if anybody in the match tonight has a problem with what happened, he’ll take care of it.
We get a video package for Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair.
Aliyah and Naomi make their entrance to send us to break.
Aliyah & Naomi vs. Natalya & Shayna Baszler
Aliyah and Natalya to start, back body drop puts the rookie on the apron and she comes back in with a flipping tijeras! Tags made, babyfaces with stereo Lou Thesz Presses! Kirifuda Clutch applied, Neidhart tags in, Rear View takes Shayna out but she comes back with a mat slam and Nattie grabs a lateral press...
Natalya & Shayna Baszler win by pinfall with a lateral press from Nattie on Naomi.
Post-match, commentary points out that the referee did a fast count and we get a replay that shows it.
We get a Bruno Sammartino video package.
Jeff Hardy makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Sami Zayn is rambling agitatedly at Sonya Deville.
She says she gets it but he has to relax and trust her and she has an idea. On Sunday, for the 25th anniversary of the Rock’s debut, she’s gonna run a 25-man battle royal and he’ll be in it and he can reach the millions (and millions) of the Rock’s fans.
Referee Aja Perera rolls up to talk to Sonya, who disavows any knowledge of her or association with crooked referees.
Jeff Hardy vs. Madcap Moss
Drew McIntyre is ringside for this one to counterbalance Happy Corbin.
Hardy runs roughshod over Moss, doing the Manhattan Drop combo, Twist of Fate, but before he can hit the Swanton Madcap cuts him off! Countering a suplex...
Jeff Hardy wins by pinfall with a small package.
Post-match, McIntyre hits the Claymore on Corbin and drops Moss with headbutt, setting Jeff to go up top... SWANTON BOMB!
We get a recap of our opening segment.
Paul Heyman is interviewed backstage.
He says he’s tired of this false narrative that Roman Reigns needs anyone to succeed, and as far as Roman goes, Xavier’s challenge is hereby accepted.
Rick Boogs plays Shinsuke Nakamura in as usual to send us to break.
Angel Garza vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Garza throws his pants at Nakamura and nails him with a dropkick! Whip across, heel kick from Shinsuke, leg kicks, Boogs takes Humberto Carrillo out on the floor, Nakamura capitalizes...
Shinsuke Nakamura wins by pinfall with Kinshasa.
We get a recap of Shotzi Blackheart’s heel turn.
Sasha Banks is in Gorilla hanging out with her when Sonya Deville rolls up.
She says she knows they don’t like each other but they need to work together. Blackheart calls Banks a petty, vindictive brat and says she won’t be taken advantage of again. Sasha tells her she’s the captain of the team and nobody would know who Shotzi is without her.
Sasha Banks makes her entrance to send us to break.
Sasha Banks vs. Shotzi Blackheart
Blackheart into the corner, Banks ducks a right hand, side headlock, lucha arm drag, trading shoves, Blackheart with a short comeback but Sasha cuts her off, nobody home on the Meteora and she lands on her feet! Shotzi with kicks in the ropes, Banks low-bridges her on a dropkick, Meteora to the floor and nobody’s home!
Blackheart traps her arm in the steel steps and stomps, referee Dan Engler counting but Shotzi breaks it and rolls back in, cover for two! On the apron, a Tiger feint kick from Banks sets up a tijeras and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Banks with a turnbuckle shot, cover for two, corner knee, Meteora off the top... SO CLOSE! Blackheart with a shiranui into a folding press... NOT ENOUGH! Sasha to the apron, shoulder thrust, shoulder armbreaker, smashing Banks’ arm into the ringpost, up top... THE DIVING SENTON CONNECTS BUT THE BOSS ROLLS OUT OF THE RING!
Back inside, TKO reversed, arm-trap crossface...
Sasha Banks wins by submission with the arm-trap crossface.
Post-match, Sonya Deville comes down and Blackheart reluctantly shakes Sasha’s hand only to get laid out with the lungblower!
Roman Reigns is in his locker room and he asks Paul Heyman if it’s time. Heyman says it is, Roman gets up and tells the Usos to stay back for this one as we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a neat comic book styled Xia Li vignette detailing some of her backstory.
Toni Storm is interviewed backstage.
She says two years ago she got to be on Team NXT as an outsider but now she gets to be in the thick of it on Team SmackDown and she’s excited. We get footage of her challenging Charlotte Flair last week and getting turned down. She says that Charlotte’s gonna come gunning for her guns a-blazing when she loses to Becky Lynch on Sunday, and she’s ready for her to try and take it all out on her, because all she wants is her title match.
Charlotte Flair rolls up and tells Toni she’ll give her a match and she’ll do the same thing to her that she’ll do to Becky on Sunday.
Xavier Woods makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Xavier Woods calls Roman Reigns out.
He says he’s here to see if Roman is a man, because last week he hit Limit Breaker clean and he was ready to win until the Usos hit the ring and turned the match to a no-contest. And that means that the Universal Champion cannot beat Xavier Woods on his own. So if that makes Reigns feel any kind of way, he can come to the ring right now and prove him wrong.
Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman make their entrance, and eventually Heyman calls for the Usos.
They don’t come out, and soon one Uso is thrown through the entrance and onto the stage, and then the other.
Big E steps out behind them, ready to fight! He and Roman brawl and he puts the Big Dog into the steel steps and the barricade in turn! Throwing him into the ring with Woods, putting boots to him, the New Day boys embrace and go right back to stomping a mudhole in the Head of the Table!
The Usos recover and try to make the save but a Big Ending takes one out and then the other! Xavier with a tope con giro on the Usos but Reigns recovers and hits the Superman Punch on Big E! Calling for it... SPEAR COUNTERED! ROMAN BARELY GETS AWAY FROM THE BIG ENDING!
Commentary hypes up Survivor Series and the two champions stare each other down from the stage to the ring.
That’s the show, folks.