WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Nov. 11, 2022) with its latest live show emanating from Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, featuring all the fallout from this past week’s Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia.
Advertised for tonight: The Usos defend the WWE unified tag team titles against The New Day in their quest to break the record for longest reign as champions. Elsewhere, the SmackDown World Cup gets underway, with a shot at GUNTHER and the Intercontinental championship on the line. We’ll also get a Six-Pack Challenge to determine the next challenger for Ronda Rousey’s title, 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 NOV. 11
Once prayed to my gods, searching for the whistled memories. Empty eyes are staring now, to my feet a land of sorrow. I’m just here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show, folks.
The show opens with a recap of Crown Jewel focused around the main event and Roman Reigns’ successful defense of the Undisputed Universal Championship.
Thence to the intro video.
New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) vs. the Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) (c) (WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championship)
Jey and Woods to start, Uso with a shoulder block and taunting, throwing his one up, Xavier rushes him, single leg into a side headlock! Shot off, shoulder block, tag to Kingston. Whip into a shoulder block, springboard clothesline for a nearfall! Rammed into the corner, Jimmy tags in, stomps, chops, off the ropes, leapfrogs, corkscrew elbow from Kofi for another two count!
Unicorn Stampede, quick tags, Woods blasts Jey with a boot, Usos on the floor... KINGSTON HITS THE COFFIN DROP TO THE FLOOR AND WE GO TO BREAK!
Back from commercial, Jey tags in blind, whip reversed, low-bridge sends Kingston crashing to the floor! Working Kofi over on the floor, hard whips into the barricade! Back inside, pressing the attack, suffocating him, Jimmy getting a cheap shot in there for good measure!
The heat segment rolls on as we go to break!
Back from commercial, Usos are still in charge but Kofi gets some separation! Crawling, the path is clear, tags made! Woods in hot with lariats, whip reversed, duck a lariat, another, slide under, rolling elbow! Tilt-a-whirl Russian legsweep, Woods is on fire! Fireman’s carry into a double knee gutbuster... SO CLOSE!
Giving Jimmy the business, Xavier with a leg drop off the top... NOT ENOUGH! Putting boots to Uso, SOS... JIMMY KICKS OUT! Enzuigiri, no dice, Woods with a blind tag and a headbutt! DDT misses, superkick connects, tag to Jimmy! Tag to Jey, double splash... XAVIER WOODS WON’T GIVE THE RECORD UP THAT EASY!
Jimmy tags back in, throwing the ones up, but Kofi pulls Jey out of the ring and throws him into the steel steps! Back body drop to the apron, snapping Jimmy’s head over the ropes right after, Midnight Hour on the floor takes Jey out! Tornado DDT on Jimmy, Kingston tags in, backbreaker... JEY TORPEDOES HIMSELF INTO THE RING TO BREAK THE PIN UP AFTER MIDNIGHT HOUR!
All four men brawling, Jey takes Woods to the floor and superkicks him over the timekeeper’s barricade! Kofi isolated, Jey tags in, both Usos up in the turnbuckles with him, jockeying for position, malfunction at the junction knocks the champs down! Off the top... USOS CATCH HIM OUT OF MIDAIR! IT’S OVER!
The Usos win by pinfall with 1D on Kofi Kingston, retaining the WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championship and ensuring that they’ll break the record and become the longest-reigning tag champions in the history of WWE.
We go to break on the promise of the SmackDown World Cup being next.
Back from commercial, the Usos come in celebrating to see their cousin Roman Reigns.
He tells them this must feel good, and it’s what being the greatest is, but now he has some business to handle, and he needs them with him, live in the ring, tonight. They shake hands and embrace.
Commentary breaks down the SmackDown World Cup for us, the tournament will be running over the next three weeks and the winner gets a shot at GUNTHER’s Intercontinental Championship.
Santos Escobar gets an inset promo where he says he’s gonna show Shinsuke Nakamura how they deal with reckless people where he comes from.
Santos Escobar vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (SmackDown World Cup First Round Match)
Nakamura with a side headlock, shot off, leapfrog, dropkick! Whip across, enzuigiri, sliding after Escobar to the floor! Tripping Santos up on the apron, knee lift, diving knee, and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Nakamura with upkicks, enzuigiri takes Escobar off his feet, stamping life back into his knee, axe kick, sliding kick but his knee gives out! Charging in, boots up, kick to the back, back roll, sliding German suplex... NOPE! Zelina Vega getting increasingly angry at ringside, Escobar lands a kick, follows it with a knee!
Fireman’s carry, elbows get Shinsuke out and into a sleeper hold! Sleeper suplex! He’s got Escobar in position, but Joaquin Wilde pulls him out of the ring! Baseball slide takes him out, back inside, Cruz del Toro dives but Nakamura crumples him with a knee!
Up top, Santos with a fireman’s carry...
Santos Escobar wins by pinfall with an avalanche Phantom Driver.
Our obligatory Veteran’s Day video package follows.
Liv Morgan makes her entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, LA Knight is interviewed backstage.
He complains about being left out of the SmackDown World Cup and says he can’t stop this gravy train, all while the monitor behind him glitches out Bray Wyatt-style. He turns to complain to a tech and turns around to see Bray Wyatt.
Wyatt introduces himself and says they can be friends because he thinks he understands all that anger and rage inside of him. His whole life people have told him that his rage would make a monster out of him, and the thing is for the longest time he’s pretended he’s not proud of what he does, but he doesn’t know how true that is anymore.
He knows what it takes to give respect to a man, and he asks Knight how far he’s willing to go. LA says it’s none of his business and tells Bray to go play with his puppets and stick ‘em anywhere, and it’s LA Knight’s game. Wyatt drops him with a headbutt!
Lacey Evans vs. Liv Morgan vs. Raquel Rodriguez vs. Shotzi Blackheart vs. Sonya Deville vs. Xia Li (WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
Pairing off for brawling early, Rodriguez takes Li to the floor and smashes her into the post and the apron! Evans drops Blackheart with the Woman’s Right but Deville blasts her with a knee to break the pin up! Morgan breaks up the pin in turn, drawing Sonya to her feet and blasting her into the turnbuckles over and over again!
Liv and Sonya back and forth on the floor, Deville puts her into the steel steps! Up top, jockeying for position, Raquel gets under Xia, delayed vertical superplex! Sonya in with a pin to steal it, no dice! Pump kick blasts Rodriguez for two and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Li taking it to Evans with kicks, pumphandle northern lights... NOPE! Morgan takes Xia out with a missile dropkick, fired up, backsplashes for both women in the corner! Springboard into the inverted lungblower, Raquel gets planted with a pop-up reverse STO, Deville dumps her and steals the pin but Liv breaks it up!
One-armed powerbomb to Xia but Sonya pulls Raquel out and tries to steal it! Rodriguez pulls her out of the ring and blasts her with a big boot! A table on the floor, Liv dives and bodies are strewn everywhere! Blackheart and Evans fighting in the ring, whip across, duck a lariat, catch a boot and Shotzi gets her...
Shotzi Blackheart wins by pinfall with Never Wake Up on Lacey Evans to become #1 contender to the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Emma rolls up on Shotzi to congratulate her on her win and tell her she thinks she can beat Ronda Rousey. Emma asks if Blackheart has seen Madcap Moss around, Shotzi accuses her of having a crush and Emma brushes it off.
Shayna Baszler rolls up to tell Shotzi to enjoy her moment before Ronda gives her the beating of a lifetime, and what she actually won is a broken ankle or an arm snapped like a twig. Blackheart says Ronda’s never been in the ring with someone like her and she’ll endure everything she has to dish out.
Baszler tells her to turn around and say that to Ronda herself. Rousey’s there, and when Shotzi whirls around, Shayna puts her to sleep with the Kirifuda Clutch!
Ricochet is interviewed backstage.
He’s drawn Mustafa Ali as his first round World Cup opponent, and he says this is bigger than just a match, it’s another opportunity to get back what’s his, and nobody knows how talented and hungry Ali is more than he does.
Imperium roll up and GUNTHER asks what exactly Ricochet means by “what’s his” and tells him to fight with all his heart, because he’d love to beat him again.
We get a recap of Braun Strowman vs. Omos and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Jinder Mahal cuts a promo at ringside, talking himself up as the greatest WWE Champion of all time and saying he’s gonna begin his ascent to his rightful spot by winning the SmackDown World Cup.
Braun Strowman makes his entrance and Jinder jumps him before the bell and beats him down!
Braun Strowman vs. Jinder Mahal (SmackDown World Cup First Round Match)
Mahal with a low dropkick and a running knee and Strowman kicks out at one! Out to the floor, freight training Jinder, back inside, powerbomb! It’s over!
Braun Strowman wins by pinfall with a powerbomb.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Hit Row make their entrance, ostensibly for a B-FAB signles match, and the Viking Raiders hit the ring and beat them down as well as Legado del Fantasma, here for her opponent Zelina Vega! Sarah Logan is back and she takes B-FAB and Vega out!
Vikings set Ashante “Thee” Adonis up and Ivar hits a 747 Splash! Beating Top Dolla down... DOUBLE POWERBOMB!
We get another Crown Jewel recap.
The Bloodline make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes up next week’s show.
In the ring, Roman Reigns gets on the mic.
He asks Indianapolis to acknowledge him and hands the mic to Paul Heyman.
Heyman talks about talking to Roman on the private jet on their way to this hellhole and has to pause for boos. He talks about all the great sports rivalries that play out on Fox, the Usos vs. the New Day— he’s lying through his teeth, that’s not a great rivalry because New Day can’t compare to the Usos. No team can!
They’re the longest-reigning tag champs of all time and they live on the Island of Relevancy, and that brings us back to Roman. He says it’s not easy being his cousin, their whole lives everyone has had to acknowledge him for his greatness, and he never thought this moment would come, but Jimmy and Jey—
Enter the Brawling Brutes, microphone in hand.
They’re sick of the Bloodline using the numbers game every week, and it’s Fight Night and they brought backup— SHEAMUS IS BACK! Sheamus says tonight is the start of the end of the Bloodline, and Reigns laughs it off because the mic cut out on him. Brawling Brutes rush the ring and we got a fight!
The Bloodline have the edge... DREW MCINTYRE MAKES THE SAVE! Headbutts, a lariat, Roman takes him out with a big boot! Celtic Warrior from behind, he and Reigns trade punches, and we’re outta time!
That’s the show, folks.