WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Jan. 28, 2022) with a show emanating from the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri. This is the go-home episode for tomorrow night’s (Jan. 29) Royal Rumble pay-per-view event.
Advertised for tonight: The long-anticipated singles match between Naomi and Sonya Deville will finally take place on this card. That is, unless Sonya finds yet another way out of competing.
Big E is back on SmackDown tonight. He’ll team up with his New Day stablemate Kofi Kingston as they take on the team of Madcap Moss and Happy Corbin.
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 JAN. 28
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The show opens with the intro video.
Charlotte Flair makes her entrance and gets on the mic.
She says it’s her honor as SmackDown Women’s Champion to bring a title to Kansas City, and they won’t be the only heartbroken ones because she’s gonna toss 29 women over the top rope and win the Royal Rumble. She doesn’t just sit around hoping things are gonna go her way, she takes control, and that’s why she’s the most dominant champion in WWE.
Normally the winner of the Rumble picks the champion of their choice, but if she wins, she gets to choose the challenger of her choosing.
Enter Shayna Baszler.
She says there’s no denying Charlotte’s an incredible competitor, but if it ends up the two of them last in the Rumble, she won’t hesitate to snap her limb from limb. But she’ll make her a promise, after she wins, she won’t waste any time picking Flair as her WrestleMania opponent, and all she’ll have to worry about is making sure her wounds are healed in time.
She says it seems like just about anybody can walk out here and she’s very excited about her first Royal Rumble. She’s got butterflies in her stomach, and maybe she’ll get to be in her first WrestleMania! Charlotte tells her she stands zero chance of winning tomorrow night, and Aliyah admits she hasn’t won a lot, but she did beat Natalya in 3.17 seconds.
She says she’d call Aliyah rude and lucky and she can brag all she wants about her little fluke record, but she’s a three-time Guinness world record holder.
Enter Shotzi Blackheart.
She says this is a great preview for tomorrow night, all these egos clashing and descending into chaos, creating the perfect opportunity for someone like her to sneak right in and seize the spotlight.
Charlotte is apoplectic, saying none of these women have a chance or even belong in the same ring with her, and nobody—
Enter Sasha Banks.
She says the Boss is back and ready to rumble and throws her mic down. Charlotte steps forward and turns to her, waving and sticking her tongue out, leading Banks to slap the proverbial taste out of her mouth! Everybody else starts brawling, Sasha bails to the apron and enjoys the chaos!
Nattie drops Flair with a discus lariat when she gets up, the ring slowly clears and Aliyah hits an enzuigiri on Neidhart and a dropkick to Shayna only for Charlotte to hit the big boot on her! Banks from behind on the Queen, she catches the boot, kicks her in the ribs and dumps her over the ropes and to the floor!
Sheamus and Ridge Holland are interviewed backstage.
Holland says it’s about time he got a shot at Ricochet, and he can still feel the crunch in his nose, so he’s going to squash him like a parasite. Sheamus talks up his charge, saying he talks and fights and celebrates like him, and he’s got a little gift for him, his old face mask from when HE got his nose kicked in.
They make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Ricochet gets an inset promo where he says he’s gonna win both the Royal Rumble and his tag match tonight.
Cesaro & Ricochet vs. Ridge Holland & Sheamus
Cesaro and Sheamus to start, collar and elbow, trading headlocks for headscissors, and the Celtic Warrior bails to the floor! Back inside, the Swiss Superman overwhelms him, double stomp, arm wringer, tag to Ricochet. Off the top with a chop to the arm, arm wringer, tag to Holland.
Ricky with right hands, back and forth, Ridge to the apron, dropkick sends him to the floor and a tope con giro sends us to break!
Back from commercial, Ricochet and Sheamus going at it, tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and a tag from the Celtic Warrior! Holland stampeding Ricky in the corners, head-and-arm suplex, slams and elbows, mask slipping and forcing Ridge to readjust it constantly, gutwrench into an overhook Canadian backbreaker rack!
Wrenching it in, the One and Only gets out with an elbow, quebrada connects, looking for the tag and he gets it! Sheamus tags in as well, they go a-brawling, mounted punches in the corner, big uppercut, dumping the Celtic Warrior to the floor, following after him, charging uppercut against the barricade!
Irish Curse blocked, small package, Holland breaks it up! The match breaks down into “everybody do something cool territory... ALPAMARE WATERSLIDE! Ridge with a mask-assisted headbutt...
Ridge Holland & Sheamus win by pinfall with Holland’s Emerald Flowsion on Cesaro, now called Northern Grit.
We see Seth Rollins, very purple tonight, walking backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get a Royal Rumble explainer video.
Naomi makes her entrance.
We see Sonya Deville backstage berating referee Dan Engler and threatening his job if he doesn’t officiate to her liking. He apologizes and says he has to call it down the middle.
And so we go to break.
Naomi vs. Sonya Deville
Deville breaks for the ropes and keeps her distance before taking Naomi down and hammering her with punches! Referee Dan Engler counts and pulls her off, Sonya lays in a few more stomps before Dan insists she break, and she does so. Smashing Naomi’s face into the mat, keeping the momentum but eventually she feels the glow!
To the floor, smashing Deville into the apron, back inside, cover for one. Back outside, Sonya regains control and we go to break.
Back from commercial, whip reversed, Deville with a spinebuster out of the corner for two! Reverse chinlock applied, grinding Naomi down, shifting to a rear chinlock but she gets up in the corner with an enzuigiri and then a split-legged Stunner! Kick, planting her in the corner, headed up top, diving crossbody... NOPE!
Naomi with a leg drop for another nearfall, firing herself up, Sonya throws her into the corner and follows it up with a Shouten... NOPE! Naomi recovers, dragging her in, rake of the eyes, schoolboy... NAOMI KICKS OUT! Deville runs into the Rear View, Naomi off the top...
Naomi wins by pinfall with the split-legged moonsault.
Post-match, Naomi gets on the mic to celebrate.
She says she’s done 153 days of Sonya Deville throwing everything she has at her, and it still wasn’t enough to stop the glow. She tells Sonya not to slip on her tears on her way out and gives her the Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye treatment.
Deville runs off and puts her blazer on and gets on the mic. She says Naomi’s so excited about the Royal Rumble, well guess what, as her WWE official she can’t let her enter the Royal Rumble without a little surprise— DEVILLE HERSELF IS IN THE RUMBLE!
The Usos are interviewed backstage.
They don’t care about Seth Rollins’ message and the Viking Raiders roll up.
The Usos talk about how the Vikings throw axes and love feasts and stink. They admit to the feasts and the stink (which they kayfabe as a “manly odor”, gross) and how much they love axes and their many uses, from beard trimming to severing fingers to cutting title belts in half.
Sami Zayn makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Sami Zayn is sitting at a table set up like as if for a podcast taping, with Jinder Mahal seated opposite him and Shanky nearby.
Zayn says they’ve repackaged In-Zayn and it’s now officially a live podcast. He thanks Jinder for being here and immediately cuts off his gratitude to talk about how glad he is to change format away from stunts and how he never wants to hear the name Johnny Knoxville again.
So of course, the crowd chants for Johnny. Sami says this is about smart people having smart opinions and says he’d love to pick Shanky’s mind about consumerism in a post-modern society. Jinder says he’s going to embarrass Shinsuke Nakamura again, and Zayn apologizes to Shanky for having to deal with Johnny Knoxville, who he’s probably never heard of.
Mahal says Jackass is HUGE in India and Shanky says he loves the bungie port-a-potty. Sami says Jinder must be wrong and yells at the crowd for booing.
Rick Boogs makes his entrance and plays Shinsuke Nakamura in.
They get in the ring and get in Sami’s face, and Nakamura kicks his head off to send us to break.
Jinder Mahal & Shanky vs. Rick Boogs & Shinsuke Nakamura
Boogs and Shanky to start, Rick using his superior strength to shift Shanky around but the big man cuts him off with clubbing blows and gets him in the corner. Jockeying for position, Boogs suplexes him in the middle of the ring! Cutting the big man down with shoulder blocks, duck the lariat, big double axehandle!
Pumphandle, Cobra Twist, scooping him up...
Rick Boogs & Shinsuke Nakamura win by pinfall with the Boogs Cruise from Boogs on Shanky.
New Day are interviewed at Gorilla.
Kofi talks about how great it is to be back with Big E, and they’re stoked for the Royal Rumble, because if one of them wins, they all win, and Moss and Corbin are gonna feel the power.
New Day make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss get a promo where they say they’re gonna force New Day into early retirement and tell bad jokes about Drew McIntyre.
Happy Corbin & Madcap Moss vs. New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston)
Moss and E to start, a little bit of back and forth, tags made and Corbin puts boots to Kingston! Throwing him into the corner, heels end up on the floor and they catch Kofi’s trust fall senton and throw him face-first into the post to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Kingston gets the hot tag and E lights Corbin up with the trifect of belly-to-belly suplexes but he blocks the third! Big Rock Bottom for Moss, Happy out and back in and this time the third suplex connects! Moving him into position, hip swivel, off the ropes, big splash!
Big picks him up, Corbin slips out, Chokebreaker on a legal Kofi and a tag to Moss! Shoulder thrust, tossing him into Deep Six, cover... NOPE! Off the ropes, E trips Happy up and puts him into the steps, Kofi slips out, boot up, tag from Big, scooping him up...
New Day win by pinfall with the Midnight Hour on Madcap Moss.
Roman Reigns makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for Kane being on Talking Smack tomorrow.
Seth Rollins makes his entrance wearing a sparkly purple suit.
Roman Reigns gets on the mic and asks Kansas City to acknowledge him.
Seth says he played Roman like a fiddle last week and thanks him for getting his cousins barred from ringside and making their match a true one-on-one. Reigns says it was a simple decision and he took the version that didn’t embarrass his family. Rollins says if it’s embarrassing to get pinned by him, Roman’s brought more shame on his family than anyone.
Reigns says it’s 2022 and he’s on god mode now. Seth regales him with tales of all the times he’s beaten him, and Roman shrugs all of them off until Rollins reminds him of when he hit the Big Dog with a chair and broke the Shield. Seth says he knew what he was doing and he knew he was catapulting Reigns to superstardom with that chairshot.
He’s done it all and beaten everyone, right? Except for beat Seth Rollins when it matters the most. and he wants Roman to know it’s not personal and he will always love him like a brother. Reigns considers his response long enough that Rollins asks if a cat’s got his tongue, cackling.
Roman does the thing where he bites his lip as he finishes putting his thought together and says he’s tried to forgive Seth for breaking the Shield, he really has, but he never will. He hates Rollins, and Seth’s response is to cackle more about how Reigns’ whole family is a joke.
Roman shoves him, he’s had enough, brushes past him with a shoulder, fakeout into the Superman Punch but Seth sees it coming and bails to the floor, dancing away.
That’s the show, folks.