WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Nov. 5, 2021) with a show emanating from the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana, featuring all the latest build to the Survivor Series pay-per-view event taking place later this month.
Advertised for tonight: nothing! WWE has only released a teaser video hinting that the Bloodline is in a battle to maintain their dominance over the new era of SmackDown. The New Day defeated the Usos last week, so that will presumably play into the Bloodline’s story tonight. Will Roman Reigns return to television after his absence from last week’s show?
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. 5
Imaginations from the other side, far out of nowhere it got back to my mind. Out of the dark, back to the light, then I’ll break down the walls around my heart, but first, I have to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with Roman Reigns making his entrance, flanked by the Usos and Paul Heyman.
Reigns gets on the mic and says last week he wasn’t at SmackDown because when you smash somebody like Brock Lesnar, you gotta celebrate, so he took a vacation. He heard us grumbling and complaining, but don’t worry, he’s here now. He demands the crowd acknowledge him.
He talks about running around naked on a private island and having a good week on vacation but while he was out Brock Lesnar got fined one million dollars. He presses Paul Heyman to talk about something else that happened last week and he prevaricates at first before admitting that New Day beat the Usos last week.
The crowd cheers for New Day and Roman says he thinks they’re great and they’re entertaining, but they’re not better than the Bloodline. He’s having trouble understanding how his cousins, the Usos, the greatest tag team of their generation, lost to the New Day.
He asks which one got pinned and they both point at each other, so Roman grabs Jimmy around the shoulders and says the New Day chants are because he lost. He asks Jim how he’s gonna fix this problem and passes him the mic, to which Uso says he got him, and he’s gonna kick that crown off of Xavier Woods’ big-ass head and make him acknowledge who the Tribal Chief is.
Enter the New Day.
They have microphones and Kofi Kingston introduces King Xavier Woods. Woods says they forgot his table because clearly if you’re king around here, you sit at the head of the table and never stop talking about it, and Kofi talks about how sad and lonely it is on the Island of Relevancy.
Xavier says if Jimmy Uso can beat him tonight he’ll have no problem acknowledging Roman, but when he defeats young James Uso, he’ll be made to bend the knee. The Usos protest that they will not be made to bend the knee, but Reigns accepts the challenge.
We get a recap of Shayna Baszler’s cheap victory over Naomi with Sonya Deville as special guest referee from last week.
Naomi makes her entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Sonya Deville is interviewed at Gorilla and she denies any anti-Naomi agenda, and instead takes credit for lighting a fire under her. And if she can win, maybe one day she’ll wrestle her. Maybe.
Naomi vs. Shayna Baszler
Waistlock, leapfrog, drop down, Lou Thesz Press but Baszler reverses into a half-crab! Naomi kicks her off, enzuigiri lands flush, off the ropes, sliding slap! Cover for one, Shayna with a German suplex for some breathing room! To the apron, Naomi clinging to the ropes to block the trip, she lands a short kick to the side of the head and puts Baszler into the apron!
Right hands, headed up top, diving crossbody... NOPE! Shayna runs away to the floor for a breather, heel trip works this time, Karelin Lift facebuster on the floor sends us to break.
Back from commercial, Naomi clobbers her with a roundhouse from the apron and follows it up with a short slingshot piledriver on the apron! Back and forth...
Naomi wins by pinfall with a victory roll pin.
Post-match, Sonya Deville comes down to ringside, mic in hand.
She points out that Naomi put hands on the ropes, and thus it should have been a rope break and the match shouldn’t have ended. The rules are the rules and she has no choice but to restart the match.
Shayna gets right in there...
Shayna Baszler wins by submission with the Kirifuda Clutch.
The Bloodline are backstage.
Roman Reigns kvetches about how he took one week off and SmackDown’s almost as bad as Raw. The Usos snicker about it and he gets in their face and reminds them that they’re here to win.
We get a recap of Shotzi Blackheart turning heel and attacking Sasha Banks last week to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get a Xia Li hype reel.
Backstage, Ridge Holland is interviewed.
He says Sheamus would fit right in with the lads back home and they all used to watch his matches in the pub and they went mental when he beat John Cena for the WWE Championship. He’s learned a trick or two from the Celtic Warrior, and that’s terrible news for the SmackDown roster.
Shotzi Blackheart is interviewed backstage.
She says she’s had enough, losing title opportunities and her tag partner and the support of the WWE Universe, and last week Sasha Banks cost her the biggest match of her career, so she’s not gonna smile and pretty everything’s okay anymore, and now Sasha is her target.
She’s going to run anyone who gets in her way over, and she doesn’t need a tank to do it.
Los Lotharios make their entrance to send us to break.
Cesaro & Mansoor vs. Los Lotharios (Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo)
Garza and Mansoor to start, Angel taking him down and pounding away with punches and knees before grabbing a keylock. Los Lotharios get an inset promo where they talk about how they’re god’s gift to women (well not *this* little t4t trans lesbian but I digress) and such.
Back to the match, the heels keep Mansoor isolated, pressing the attack, targeting the leg with an Achilles lock but Mansoor gets to his feet and lands an enzuigiri for separation! Crawling, reaching, Carrillo ducks another kick and blocks the tag! Snap DDT opens the path again... TAGS MADE!
Cesaro in hot, big lariat, uppercuts in the corners, and another lariat to knock his block off! The Swiss Superman goes and gets Garza’s pants and decks him with them, springboard uppercut connects! Swinging Angel, Humberto’s legal and takes him out for a nearfall when Mansoor makes the save!
Cesaro saves Mansoor from a suplex but gets superkicked into his partner, enzuigiri, tag to Garza, bridging rear chinlock...
Los Lotharios win by pinfall with a bridging rear chinlock / dropkick combo.
Backstage, Jeff Hardy and Aliyah are chatting when an interview rolls up for Hardy.
He declines the interview and walks off when he sees Sami Zayn chatting with Aliyah. Zayn tells her this place is all about appearances, and you wanna show people you mean business, so he’s got two words for her: pants suit.
Drew McIntyre makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Drew McIntyre is in the ring with his sword for his open challenge.
He gets on the mic and gets right to it... Ricochet answers the call!
Ricky gets on the mic and tells Drew he’s playing with fire and he says that because if he keeps coming out here every week and acting like this, one of these days somebody’s gonna beat him. He then says nothing will stop him from slapping McIntyre in the mouth, and he does!
Drew McIntyre vs. Ricochet
McIntyre charges right in, punches in the corner, big overhead belly-to-belly suplex sends Ricochet flying! Smashing his face into the turnbuckles, Ricky gets back on his feet, low-bridge sends Drew crashing to the floor! Pump kick from the apron, line him up, tijeras countered, powerbomb blocked, back suplex into the apron connects!
Throwing Ricochet in the ring, McIntyre charges in, overhead belly-to-belly suplex connects! Mustafa Ali is interviewed backstage and says he and Ricochet have a lot in common. Drew goes up top, battering ram countered with a dropkick! Jockeying for position, springboard crossbody and Ricochet is fired up!
Standing shooting star press, McIntyre stands up out of it and hits a sheerdrop brainbuster! Victory roll gets Ricky two, kick out of the corner, another one, springboard moonsault countered...
Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall with the Claymore.
Backstage, Xavier Woods is flexing the royal hamstrings when an interview rolls up.
He says the only thing he’ll acknowledge about Roman Reigns is that if he took any longer to make his entrance he’d be going in reverse, and he hopes that knave Jimmy Uso is warming up right now because they’d hate to see him pull a muscle when he inevitably bends the knee.
Happy Corbin makes his entrance, flanked by Madcap Moss as usual, and the Viking Raiders will be on Happy Talk after the break.
Back from commercial, Mustafa Ali is trying to pitch Ricochet on teaming together next week.
Ricky turns him down and Ali freaks out, and Ricochet explains that he’s not a winner, he’s a whiner, quick to point fingers without looking in the mirror, and besides, he treated his last partner, Mansoor, like dirt, and on top of all that, he’s just a jerk.
We go in the ring for Happy Talk.
Madcap Moss makes a silly joke about Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs renaming themselves after losing, and then Happy Corbin introduces the Viking Raiders.
They mock the Raiders for not looking happy, and Erik says they’re not here to be their guests or be happy, and in fact the two of them make them miserable. Ivar says they’re here to raid, and not to talk, and of course Moss just has bad jokes. The Viking Raiders start throwing the furniture around and we go to break.
Happy Corbin & Madcap Moss vs. Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar)
Erik and Corbin to start, viking with a go-behind, backed into the corner and he just shifts to a bear hug! Go behind again, Happy gets out, whip to the corner and a forearm gets a boot! Tags made, Moss with a go-behind, Ivar slings him aside and shoulder blocks him, short-arm shoulder block, Madcap comes back with overhead elbows and a side headlock.
Shot off, blind tag, Erik with a scoop and a slam before slamming Warbeard onto Moss! Madcap turns things around, taking the viking into the corner for quick tags as we get into heat segment territory. Deep Six connects after a bit of distraction but Erik kicks out!
Tag to Ivar, he cleans house, assisted Ode to Rikishi on Moss, powerbomb lift almost goes awry but Erik powerbombs Madcap, Ivar up top... Corbin pulls his buddy out of the ring! They walk and referee Jessika Carr counts...
Viking Raiders win by countout.
Backstage, Sami Zayn runs into Hit Row, missing the freshly-released B-FAB.
Sami says sometimes he has to tell guys things they don’t want to hear but need to hear, and he thinks their entrance sucks. They scoff but Zayn says they could be huge stars and it’ll just take a little bit of work. Top Dolla says they appreciate it but wants to know if he’ll show them.
Zayn agrees to do it and walks off to make his entrance, followed by Hit Row cackling to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of this week’s episode of Raw.
Sami Zayn makes his entrance to demonstrate proper technique to Hit Row.
He falls on his back and says that’s how you do it, and it’s called being fearless and having presence and being in the present. Those are the qualities that you need to be a superstar in his locker room, and he knows that Hit Row can possess all those qualities and more, with the right leadership.
Hit Row make their entrance and Sami gets on the mic with them, as they encourage him. Top Dolla says Sami’s sleeping on them, and Isaiah Scott says they wouldn’t let him run their bathwater. Dolla says he pressed his luck, and he should be Sami Sucks.
Zayn begs off and goes to leave but Hit Row have him cornered. They relent and let Sami through and pose.
In the Bloodline locker room, the Usos are hyped and ready to go, and Jimmy asks Roman if he’s coming. Reigns asks him how many of their problems he needs to fix around here and Uso leaves with his proverbial tail between his legs.
New Day make their entrance to send us to break.
Jimmy Uso vs. King Xavier Woods
Woods looking for a pin early, off the ropes, trying and failing to hip toss each other, Uso shoots him off and he does the tilt-a-whirl Russian legsweep! Dropkick follows, Jimmy bails for a pep talk from Jey and comes back in scraping Xavier’s face across the top rope!
Up top, he dives right into a dropkick for two! Uso with a flapjack into the turnbuckles before throwing Woods to the floor to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Uso in control, big running knee... NOPE! Reverse chinlock applied, Woods gets out, back suplex, he lands on his feet and clocks Jimmy with a right hand! Suplexing Uso into the ropes, off the ropes, running knee knocks him down! Jimmy goes to the floor, Xavier off the ropes, dropkick through the ropes!
Back inside, Woods fired up, he goes up top and perches, diving leg drop... STILL NO! Up in the turnbuckles, jockeying for position... AVALANCHE SAMOAN DROP CAN’T KEEP KING WOODS DOWN! Uso off the top with the splash but Xavier gets his foot up! Folding press for two, block the superkick, thumb to the eye blocks the suplex but referee Ryan Tran catches Jey Uso holding his brother in place for the pin and he waves it off!
Woods acts fast...
Xavier Woods wins by pinfall with a schoolboy pin, ensuring that Jimmy Uso will bend the knee.
Post match, Woods orders Uso to bend the knee and he hesitates. He bends closer and closer... ROMAN REIGNS WITH A SUPERMAN PUNCH OF NOWHERE AND THE BLOODLINE PUT BOOTS TO THE NEW DAY!
Superkick party takes Woods out, Reigns spears Kofi Kingston! Roman holds Woods in place while the Usos lock Kofi in a Tequila Sunrise and dive on the injured knee!
Roman Reigns stands tall with the Universal Championship.
That’s the show, folks.