WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Oct. 21, 2022) with a live show emanating from Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Crown Jewel event scheduled for early next month in Saudi Arabia.
Advertised for tonight: Logan Paul returns to SmackDown tonight, perhaps looking to create a bigger rift within The Bloodline and gain momentum leading into Crown Jewel.
Tonight’s card also features IYO SKY & Dakota Kai defending the WWE women’s tag team titles against Shotzi and Raquel Rodriguez, Liv Morgan vs. Sonya Deville, an appearance from Omos, follow-up on Bray Wyatt, and more!
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: Links to illegal streams are prohibited. Pics and GIFs are allowed.)
WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR OCT. 21
I don’t wanna know your name, ‘cause you don’t look the same, the way you did before. Okay, you think you got a pretty face, but the rest of you is outta place. I’ve heard it all before, and I’ve really got to get to liveblogging this here pro wrestling show, folks.
The show opens with the Brawling Brutes making their entrance.
Bray Wyatt cuts through briefly, all static and cryptic imagery.
Sheamus vs. Solo Sikoa
Sheamus with a wristlock early, Sikoa fires back with a right hand and they get to slugging it out! Celtic Warrior with body blows in the ropes, grinding his forearm into Solo’s face, following it up with right hands! Sikoa back in with kicks and a headbutt, whip across, block a hip toss and Sheamus drops him with a lariat!
Standing armbar, Solo gets out and gets away, momentum changes to his advantage and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Solo is still in control, but Sheamus comes back with a lariat! Fireman’s carry, White Noise connects... NOPE! Up top, Sikoa hits an avalanche Samoan Drop for two! Spinning Solo reversed with a series of elbows, the Celtic Warrior lands a powerslam for some separation!
Beats of the Bodhran ensue, fired up, Solo sidesteps the Brogue Kick, superkick gets a knee, but Sami Zayn gets on the apron to argue with referee Jason Ayers and that leads to a wild brawl on the floor and Sheamus taking the Usos out with a dive! Back inside, big right hand, again Sami runs interference but this time Solo cracks the Celtic Warrior with a kick to the bad arm!
Solo gets him up...
Solo Sikoa wins by pinfall with Spinning Solo.
Post-match, Jey Uso throws Sheamus out of the ring and the Bloodline set on him and waylay him! They crucify him on the steps and Jey wails on the injured arm with a chair over and over and over until Sami Zayn gets him to stop!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a recap of how Rey Mysterio got traded to SmackDown and earned an Intercontinental Championship match.
We get footage from earlier today of Imperium taunting Rey Mysterio backstage about how he’s not gonna survive against GUNTHER. Rey says he’s not looking for trouble, he just doesn’t appreciate being disrespected, so if either of them want a match he’s happy to throw down tonight.
Ludwig Kaiser accepts his challenge.
Bray Wyatt talks to us from backstage.
He apologizes for not finishing what he had to say last week, but he will now. He always says revenge is a confession of pain and he wants to confess some things to us today, because he thinks it’ll help. He confesses that he has problems and he always has, and it’s not hard for people to see.
But there’s a few of them, like anger, sometimes it takes him places he doesn’t want to be and it’s taken him to a place he shouldn’t have come back from, but for whatever reason he gets chances other people don’t get. This time he was content just being left alone, but he confesses he’s really glad we didn’t.
Because he needed all of us to pull the spears from his ribs and yank him up, and tell him what he had to do without even telling him, and he’s thankful for it. Now he sees, he knows who we are and what we’re trying to do, but it won’t work. He confesses that on this journey he’ll do horrible, horrible things, but he won’t feel sorry for them.
He’s just a servant, and he’ll go where the Circle takes him.
Backstage the Bloodline are celebrating Solo Sikoa’s victory. Jey seems like he’s finally warming to Sami and they crow about breaking Sheamus’ arm. Every week they’re leveling up, and Zayn tells Solo that he’s a gem and he’s doing so good. He sent a message not just to Sheamus, but to the entire locker room, that nobody messes with the Bloodline.
Sami thinks they’re done for the night, but the Usos want to get Logan Paul. Zayn tells them that Roman Reigns specifically told them not to get involved and it wouldn’t be very uce-y to get involved. Jey smiles and agrees before shouting that he’s a hothead and we’ll just have to see what happens by the end of the night, and we go to break.
Liv Morgan vs. Sonya Deville
Collar and elbow, Deville takes her in the corner and grinds her down until referee Jessika Carr asks for the break. Shoving Liv down, she gets a schoolboy in return! Shoulder block, off the ropes, drop down, leapfrog, back roll, dropkick takes Sonya off her feet, cover for two!
In the ropes, break, lungblower connects and Liv is posing! Backslide attempt, roll through, wicked knee connects... NOPE! Smashing Morgan’s face in the turnbuckles over and over, she knocks Liv to the floor and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Morgan mounting a defense with a series of kicks, staggering her with an enzuigiri, backsplash follows! Step-up knee, double jump but Deville cleans her clock with a knee strike! Chest kicks follow, cover for two! Piefacing Liv as she laughs, she demands Sonya hit her and she eats a series of slaps for her trouble!
Double leg into wild punches, Deville covering up and running for the ropes! To the floor, Liv throws her into the barricade! Smashing her face into the turnbuckles over and over as Carr counts...
The match goes to a double count-out draw.
Post-match, Morgan gets a steel chair out from under the ring and throws it inside! More chairs follow, she takes Sonya back in the ring with them and sets her up top... SUPERPLEX INTO THE STEEL CHAIRS! Liv laughs and laughs and laughs.
An LA Knight hype reel follows and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get another Viking Raiders vignette.
Braun Strowman makes his entrance and gets on the mic.
He asks the crowd to look at him, really look at him, and see that he’s not easy to miss and he’s not hard to find if you’ve got a problem with him. He heard Montel Vontavious Porter jawing at him on Raw and he tells him and Omos to come down and look in the eyes of a real monster.
MVP makes his entrance alone and says at no point he’s never referred to Braun as anything less than a monster of a man, because that’s what he is. He’s sure he’s used to being the biggest and the strongest, but now he’s got Omos to contend with, as he learned last week.
Strowman challenges Omos to a match at Crown Jewel, and Porter accepts on Omos’ behalf. Braun cuts MVP off and says they could talk about what’s gonna happen all day but he’s more about action than talking, and since Montel is out here by himself...
MVP tells him that the Nigerian Giant is, in fact, here, and Omos comes on down.
The two giants stare each other down and Strowman squares up, eye level to the Nigerian Giant’s collarbone. Omos tries to startle him and, when that doesn’t work, just plain shoves Braun out of the ring, leading MVP to shepherd his man out of the ring.
Commentary tells us Sheamus has been taken to the hospital and they’ll try to get us an update by the end of the show.
This segues into a recap of Drew McIntyre’s beatdown on Karrion Kross last week.
Drew is interviewed backstage.
He says Kross pushed him past his breaking point at Extreme Rules, but that’s irrelevant. His attack got him called to WWE headquarters and it was made very clear to him that if they get in each other’s way again there’ll be severe consequences, but they all agreed that their feud has to end.
And it will, at Crown Jewel, in a steel cage match.
We see Logan Paul roll up backstage.
Entrances for our next match follow and we go to break.
Damage CTRL (Dakota Kai & IYO SKY) (c) vs. Raquel Rodriguez & Shotzi Blackheart (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship)
Rodriguez and SKY to start, IYO takes her down, quick tag to Kai and a kick keeps Raquel off-balance! Scorpion Kick countered, tag to Blackheart, cannonball senton to Dakota and she follows it up by going up top but SKY saves her partner! Rodriguez takes them both out and tags herself in, lifting Shotzi up for an assisted plancha to wipe the champions out on the floor!
Raquel with an electric chair, Blackheart with the missile dropkick... NOPE! Keeping Kai off-balance, elbow drop for two, IYO turns the tide and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Blackheart gets some hope off a few kicks, passing Kai to the floor, tag to Rodriguez! Fallaway slam takes IYO out, one for Dakota too, but SKY gets a nearfall on her off of a diving tornado DDT! Challengers with some momentum but Raquel accidentally costs her team the win by throwing Kai into the pin!
The match breaks down, IYO with an Air Raid Crash, she goes up top...
Damage CTRL win by pinfall with the moonsault from IYO SKY on Shotzi Blackheart to retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship.
Ronda Rousey is interviewed backstage.
She says she issues open challenges to prove she’s the best, not entertain us, and she’s not gonna chase fan approval when we all hate her. But she’s the best and we’re stuck with the best, and next week she’ll have an open challenge when she feels like it.
We get another cryptic vignette from the masked Bray Wyatt and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a promo from Legado del Fantasma.
Santos Escobar talks about how companies get stronger from mergers and acquisitions, and Zelina Vega is their newest acquisition. She says she’s been successful at everything she’s done, and they have no peers or competition. Escobar says they’re an unstoppable force fueled by tradition, legacy, and culture, and they’re going to destroy Hit Row.
We cut to Hit Row watching backstage.
Top Dolla is upset that they’re supposed to be head and shoulders over everyone else when they’re shorter than him, and B-FAB has an idea to lead them out of the little TV area.
Ludwig Kaiser vs. Rey Mysterio
Kaiser right in with a headlock takeover, punches, Mysterio tries to reverse but Ludwig stays on him with an arm wringer. Whip, up and over, slide under, enzuigiri from Rey, whip reversed, big back elbow! Mysterio with a boot up, springboard but Kaiser takes him out of the air with a forearm!
Penalty Kick, GUNTHER gets up on the apron to jaw at Rey, baseball kick sends Ludwig out of the ring but he ducks the dive and lays Mysterio out to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Kaiser is in control and taunting Mysterio, stomping his neck to put him into the mat! Duck a kick in the corner, Rey lands a forearm and goes up top but Ludwig is right there to meet him! Jockeying for position, Mysterio knocks him down and hits a seated senton off the top!
Off the ropes, crossbody lands true but it’s only good for a two count. Quebrada gets another two, mounted punches in the corner, a little shimmy and point in the air for the late, great Eddy Guerrero but Kaiser cuts him off with an uppercut! Rey back up top with him, headbutts... AVALANCHE FRANKENSTEINER FOR TWO!
Back up top, Ludwig gets under him but Mysterio counters it with a Frankensteiner to the floor! GUNTHER posturing, Rey throws a chair at him, he swats it off, but Mysterio pulls an Eddy and lies on the floor, playing possum! Referee Dan Engler’s had about enough and ejects Imperium from ringside!
Enzuigiri from the apron, Rey goes up top, knees up on the frog splash... SO CLOSE! Back and forth, tijeras sets him up... 619! Springboard...
Rey Mysterio wins by pinfall with the springboard splash.
We see Logan Paul walking backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes next week’s show (which will be on FS1) up.
Logan Paul makes his entrance and gets on the mic.
He says he runs his mouth a lot but that’s because he’s confident in both himself and in his abilities and he doesn’t need a Paul Heyman to talk for him or two guys who are basically the same guy around him at all times, or a guy who calls himself Solo who’s never alone, and he definitely doesn’t have any friends like Sami Zayn.
But what he does have is the desire to be the best, and yeah he’s the underdog in this fight, as he should be, and nobody expects the kid from social media to step in the ring with the GOAT and actually win, but what if he does? What happens if he hits Roman Reigns so hard that he bounces his face on the canvas and busts his teeth in, turning his tribe into a clean-up crew?
On November 5 in Saudi Arabia... JEY USO BLASTS PAUL FROM BEHIND AND RAINS MOUNTED PUNCHES DOWN ON HIM! Ode to Rikishi smashes him in the corner and Jey throws his one up as Sami Zayn hits the ring and tells him to leave, now. He told him not to do this but it’s not coming from him, it’s coming from the Tribal Chief.
Uso fakes out leaving and charges back in but Paul sidesteps and takes him out with one elbow strike!
Logan celebrates on the stage while Sami confronts Jey.
That’s the show, folks.