WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Nov. 26, 2021) with a show emanating from the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina, featuring all the fallout following this past weekend’s Survivor Series pay-per-view event.
Advertised for tonight: Drew McIntyre teams up with Jeff Hardy to take on the duo of Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss. Elsewhere on the card, Ridge Holland makes his in-ring debut on the blue brand with a singles match against Cesaro. Finally, WWE is teasing that Roman Reigns’ next challenger for the Universal championship will emerge.
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. 26
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The show opens with Kayla Braxton in the ring, welcoming us to the show.
She talks about the rumors that Brock Lesnar’s suspension has been called off early, but—
Enter Roman Reigns, flanked by Paul Heyman.
A recap of his Survivor Series match vamps for time.
Heyman demands the mic and questions the veracity of Kayla’s rumors and her integrity as a journalist, but defends her to the crowd when they boo. He tells her to dig for sources and get a confirmation or denial and bring some facts the next time you’re in the presence of Roman Reigns.
He says he used to like her because other people thought she was pretty and here she is living her life through an Instagram filter but there’s no filter to be a legit journalist, and he orders her to leave the ring, which she does.
“We want Brock!” chants rain down and Roman asks Paul if he’d like to know the problem with rumors. The problem is they give losers false hope, and compared to him, everyone’s a loser around here, because he’s beaten them all. And he’s beaten Brock, and under non-ideal conditions, having flown halfway around the world to smash his ass.
The fact is, Brock Lesnar is a loser. And Big E is also a loser, and there’s a long list of men he’s beaten, and he’s running laps around the roster. Management’s getting desperate, making a battle royal to find a number one contender, and it doesn’t matter to him, three or four dudes can win tonight and he’ll smash ‘em all.
And sooner or later, the whole world will acknowledge him.
Drew McIntyre and Jeff Hardy make their entrances to send us to break.
Drew McIntyre & Jeff Hardy vs. Happy Corbin & Madcap Moss
Corbin and Hardy to start, Happy with an early advantage, putting boots to the Charismatic Enigma. Jeff turns it around, Manhattan Drop to the double leg drop to the basement dropkick, arm wringer blocked, tag to Moss. Knee lift, off the ropes, pounce!
Off the ropes, drop down, hip toss, cover for two, Hardy tags out and he and McIntyre double-team Madcap for a nearfall. Jeff back in, double axehandle off the top, arm wringer into an armbar, to the apron, diving lariat takes Corbin out! But Moss blindsides him and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Corbin is in control and whips Hardy into the corner! Out and back in, blast McIntyre off the apron and Moss gets cheap shots in while Drew argues with referee Charles Robinson. Tag to Madcap, tag to Drew and he comes in hot with belly-to-belly suplexes and a jumping neckbreaker!
Happy out and back in, neckbreaker into a kip-up and McIntyre is feeling it! 3... 2... 1... MADCAP MOSS TRIPS HIM UP! Deep Six gets Corbin a deep nearfall on Drew, the match breaks down, Moss back in, forearm for a headbutt, McIntyre off the ropes... CLAYMORE!
But he’s gonna give hometown hero Hardy the win, tag out, Jeff up top...
Drew McIntyre & Jeff Hardy win by pinfall with the Swanton Bomb from Hardy on Madcap Moss.
Aliyah is backstage chatting with Kayla Braxton when Paul Heyman rolls up.
Paul’s presence sends Aliyah running and he taunts Kayla about not having sources again, and he claims Brock Lesnar is hiding behind his suspension because he’s afraid of Roman Reigns, and he claims he doesn’t have Brock’s new phone number and neither does Braxton.
And if she doesn’t have confirmation or denial by the end of the night, he’s gonna try and cost her her job.
Ridge Holland makes his entrance, flanked by Sheamus.
Xavier Woods does an unboxing hype reel for WWE Shop’s Black Friday sale to send us to break.
Cesaro vs. Ridge Holland
Holland just a dynamo in the early goings, smashing Cesaro up. Cobra Clutch applied, Cesaro to his feet and fighting out, overhook belly-to-belly suplex, piefacing the Swiss Superman but he gets caught...
Cesaro wins by pinfall with a bridging lateral press.
Five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville are backstage with Drew McIntyre.
Drew asks about the battle royal and they say they haven’t finalized the list of who’s all in it, but once they do, they’ll let him know.
Rick Boogs and Shinsuke Nakamura make their entrance to send us to break.
Angel Garza vs. Rick Boogs (Thanksgiving Leftovers Throwdown)
Garza attacks Boogs hot out the gates, taking him to the floor and nearly smashing him into a table of Thanksgiving leftovers. Rick gets him up in a military press, countered, back inside. Angel with a Japanese stranglehold, Boogs counters and spins him around, wrenching in a gutwrench, Karelin lift, tossing him around... DOCTOR BOMB FOR TWO!
Cobra Twist, playing air guitar on Garza’s abs, Humberto Carrillo steals his guitar and plays atop a table but Shinsuke trips him up and puts him through the table! Angel takes advantage of the distraction...
Angel Garza wins by pinfall with the Wing Clipper.
We get a recap of Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch from Survivor Series.
Charlotte Flair makes her entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion rolls into an interview backstage.
He says as soon as he gets final approval of the roster for tonight’s battle royal, he’ll post it on his door. Asked about Brock Lesnar’s suspension, he kind of stares off into the distance and says he hasn’t heard anything about any changes to Brock’s indefinite suspension.
Michael Cole is in the ring to interview Charlotte Flair.
She points out that Becky Lynch had to cheat to beat her and congratulates her on being so underhanded anyway. Lynch knows deep down that she’s the better woman, and Becky’s success is thanks to her. Asked about her near future, she says she’s the most dominant woman in sports entertainment.
Enter Toni Storm.
He runs Charlotte down and says she figured she’d make it easy for her by coming right in the ring opposite her. Flair says she barely even knows Toni exists and asks how she’d like to be embarrassed tonight. Charlotte rushes her, ends up on the floor, and pies Storm in the face!
We get a recap of the women’s eliminator from Survivor Series.
Footage from earlier today sees Sasha Banks confront Sonya Deville over claims that she sabotaged her by giving her a team full of traitors, and she blames Sonya for not letting her pick her own team as captain and include Naomi, with whom she claims she would have won.
Sonya tells her to watch her tone and again claims to not have an issue with Naomi. Sasha asks if she’s got a problem because Naomi has two title reigns and she’s been downgraded to a suit. Deville books her in a tag match with Naomi against Natalya and Shayna Baszler.
Naomi makes her entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get another Xia Li vignette.
Naomi & Sasha Banks vs. Natalya & Shayna Baszler
Sonya Deville is on commentary for this one.
Banks and Baszler to start, trading strikes, Sasha with a step-up tilt-a-whirl armbar attempt, blocked, ankle lock blocked, in the corner, tag to Naomi! Shayna backs her into the corner, tag to Natalya and Naomi gets a few dropkicks in to get things rolling.
Action to the floor, Nattie catches her with an Atomic Drop right in front of the announce desk! Back inside, Kirifuda Clutch attempt, Banks breaks it up with a lungblower to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Baszler working Naomi’s leg over as the heat segment rolls on! Naomi gets some separation, Banks fights Shayna off when she tries to pull her off the apron at first but the second try works! Sasha hits a Meteora against the barricade and Nattie and Naomi trade pinning predicaments!
Discus lariat connects... NO! Michinoku Driver follows, still no! Back and forth, Naomi catches her...
Naomi & Sasha Banks win by pinfall with a folding press from Naomi on Natalya.
Post-match, Naomi stares Sonya Deville down.
The list of battle royal participants has been posted and wrestlers congregate around it.
Drew McIntyre rolls up and Sheamus stops him short to tell him he didn’t make the cut.
Sami Zayn and the Viking Raiders make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of this week’s Raw.
Right as the battle royal is about to begin, Drew McIntyre walks to the ring, full of purpose and sword in hand!
He slides in the ring and swings the sword until everyone clears out!
Adam Pearce comes to ringside to yell at him until we go to break.
Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal
Back from commercial, the match is in progress and we’re informed that Drew McIntyre left on his own accord during the break.
Standard battle royal chaos, Cesaro eliminates Drew Gulak, Ridge Holland eliminates Mansoor, Mace gets eliminated somewhere in there. Madcap Moss eliminates Shanky! Holland and Sheamus try and fail to eliminate Sheamus and Cesaro dumps Ridge! Madcap dumps Cesaro and then tries to eliminate Happy Corbin before playing it off as a joke!
Happy eliminates Moss and they jaw back and forth briefly and in a jocular manner as we go to break.
Back from commercial, the battle royal still rages while the Bloodline watches on a monitor backstage.
Ricochet avoids being eliminated by Ivar and Corbin, Sami Zayn tries to get Sheamus to go after Jeff Hardy but the Celtic Warrior just beats Zayn up instead! Angel Garza takes Rick Boogs out and then Los Lotharios get into it with Viking Raiders and both of them get eliminated!
Vikings go to work on Ricochet and then Sheamus in turn, but the Celtic Warrior dumps Erik and Ivar both!
Final four of Sheamus, Hardy, Ricochet, and Corbin, whip across, big crossbody from the One and Only! Boot up, dropkick to Hardy but Happy drops him with a lariat! Big chokebreaker follows, whip across, up and over caught, putting Ricky on the apron and he springboards back in with a dropkick!
Trying and failing to eliminate Corbin, enzuigiri, Sheamus in with a Brogue Kick and he eliminates Ricochet! Celtic Warrior brawling with Corbin, Hardy breaks them up, whipped to the corner, Jeff hits Whisper in the Wind! Sheamus tries to create an impromptu alliance with Happy but Corbin dumps Sheamus!
Hardy from behind, eliminating Corbin, but as he celebrates Sami Zayn rushes him...
Sami Zayn wins, last eliminating Jeff Hardy.
Post-match, Kayla Braxton has breaking news that Brock Lesnar’s suspension has been lifted and he’ll be on SmackDown next week.
We see Adam Pearce and Roman Reigns have sour reactions to the news.
That’s the show, folks.