WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Nov. 18, 2022) with its latest live show emanating from the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Survivor Series pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for later this month in Boston.
Advertised for tonight: The first round of the SmackDown World Cup comes to a close, as Ricochet takes on Mustafa Ali while Sami Zayn goes one-on-one with BUTCH. Braun Strowman and Santos Escobar, respectively, await the winners next week. Elsewhere, Shotzi, fresh off becoming number one contender to the SmackDown women’s championship, will battle Shayna Baszler in singles action. All that 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. 18
Islands, under the waves. Sinking and rising black ice hiding alien graves. Under a sea of menagerie bleeds a wounded world of the past, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with the Brawling Brutes making their entrance, followed shortly thereafter by Drew McIntyre.
They get in the ring and Sheamus gets on the mic. He says he’s happy to have Drew McIntyre at his side fighting the Bloodline even with their twenty-year rivalry, and they have a bond so strong that he asked Drew to be his best man when he got married three weeks ago.
Sheamus says Drew is feeling a little Brute-y, and after a quizzical look McIntyre’s down with it, and he accepts an offer to be an honorary Brute for WarGames! Drew counts on his fingers recognizing there are only four and WarGames needs five, and the Celtic Warrior is ready to reveal his pick for fifth guy—
Enter Sami Zayn.
He says it doesn’t care who their fifth is, because they’re feeling great, even pretty Uce-y about the whole thing. And in any case they can’t get in his head because he’s Sami Zayn, Honorary Uce, Uce-y in the Sky with Diamond, and he doesn’t make a lot of guarantees but he’ll put his name on this one— the Bloodline will win WarGames.
Sami says he’ll run through them and give them a taste of Survivor Series, but Sheamus says he enjoys that he’s so confident but when he finds out their fifth he’ll crap his pants, because it’s the last thing he’ll expect.
Ricochet makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get footage from earlier of a medic telling Mustafa Ali that he’ll clear him, but he doesn’t recommend competing tonight.
Ricochet rolls up to try and talk him out of competing, but Mustafa says he’s hurting, but he can breathe, he can move, and he can fight.
Mustafa Ali vs. Ricochet (SmackDown World Cup First Round Match)
Right in trading pinning predicaments, waistlock, standing switch, a back heel trip leaves Ali screaming agony and he backs away. Mustafa recovers, turns things around with a northern forearm, lands a lariat and follows it with chops in the corner! Whip to the corner, back body drop to the apron, up top and jockeying for position... AVALANCHE LUNGBLOWER SENDS US TO BREAK!
Back from commercial, Ricochet in control with chest kicks, off the ropes, Ali gets a tijeras off and sends him to the floor. Meeting him on the apron with an enzuigiri, a Penalty Kick, plancha, Ricochet catches him and rolls through into a Michinoku Driver!
Throwing Mustafa back inside, Phoenix Splash... ALI ROLLS AWAY AND LOCKS THE KOJI CLUTCH ON IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RING! Float over a slam, back elbow, Ricochet pulls him off the turnbuckles with a waistlock... GERMAN SUPLEX! Big lariat follows, quebrada... NOPE!
Whip reversed, backflip up and over, Ali with a tornado DDT and he crawls his way up the turnbuckles... NOBODY HOME ON THE 450 SPLASH! The One and Only goes up top...
Ricochet wins by pinfall with a Shooting Star Press.
Jey Uso lambastes Sami Zayn in the locker room for projecting victory, and Sami asks him if he thinks they aren’t going to win. Of course Jey thinks they’re going to win, he just thinks Sami’s being weak and—
Jimmy Uso steps in and tells everyone to chill before Roman Reigns gets here. Sami accepts his talking to, and so does Jey after a moment, and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get some cryptic Bray Wyatt interruptions and then a video package about the Usos becoming the longest-reigning tag team champions in WWE history.
New Day are interviewed backstage.
Xavier Woods admits it’s not the best day, and talks about all the effort involved in setting the record in the first place.
Imperium roll up to mock them for still holding the record of “biggest bunch of clowns in WWE” and accuse them of being everything that’s wrong with WWE today. New Day make fun of them and call GUNTHER Lurch before suggesting they’ll go find a tag partner and settle things in the ring.
We see Riddick Moss working out backstage when Emma rolls up to chat with him.
He says it’s been three weeks and he can still barely talk because of the Krossjacket, and tonight is about revenge. She says tonight’s a fresh start and she knows how good he is, so go out there and take the fight to him.
Moss makes his entrance and we go to break.
Karrion Kross vs. Madcap Moss
Moss with a pounce out the gates, punches in the corner, a bearded referee Jason Ayers pulls him away and admonishes him! Off the ropes, leapfrog, drop down, big uppercut and then a clothesline to the floor! Tiger suplex from Kross turns it around, boots in the corner, Scarlett with a cheap shot!
Whip across, big lariats, Madcap off the ropes again, ducking lariats, shoulder block! Shoulder thrusts, fallaway slam and Karrion regroups with Scarlett on the floor. Moss gets caught up with her, Kross takes advantage and posts him shoulder-first! Krossjacket blocked at first but he gets it...
Karrion Kross wins by submission with the Krossjacket.
Post-match, Emma runs down to check on Madcap Moss and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Bray Wyatt makes his entrance and gets on the mic.
He says lately he’s realized that he’s been conditioned his entire life to be a certain way and eventually you feel like changing is impossible. He was conditioned to be strong, to take, that fear is respect, and when he looks at the path behind him it’s covered in ashes and blood.
He started to wonder why he does the things he does and if he can actually change, and if he was LA Knight he knows exactly how he’d handle this situation, and that makes him sad. But he wanted to come out here to do this because he feels real strongly about it and he wanted to apologize to Knight for what he did to him.
He had a moment of weakness and he strayed from his path—
Enter LA Knight.
He speaks from the stage, talking about how he’s run the cheap shot heard around the world over and over the last seven days and each time he gets a little hotter than the last, but now he’s out here and apologizing? If he’s honest, it makes him a little conflicted, because he just talked about fear and respect and looking in his eyes right now, LA sees something that tells him that last week, his lack of fear garnered him some respect.
When he thinks about it, the rarest commodity around here is respect, more valuable than the dollar, and nobody’s ever understood him or gotten him. He slides in the ring and slaps Bray a little baby slap across the face and accepts his apology, saying they can go their separate ways now.
Wyatt says they’re even and there’s a lot he wants to do to him but he’s gonna fight all these urges. The decision LA makes right now will change the rest of his life. Bray reiterates that they’re even and offers a hand. Knight is skeptical and slaps him again!
Shayna Baszler makes her entrance, flanked by Ronda Rousey, to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we see Karrion Kross and Scarlett Bordeaux walking backstage when the Usos accost him to ask if he’s the fifth man, but quickly see that he isn’t.
They quiz him on where he stands with the Bloodline, and he says he’ll come for Roman Reigns’ titles in his own time, and he’ll show up alone when he does.
Shayna Baszler vs. Shotzi Blackheart
Baszler throwing forearms out the gates, Blackheart with a slap and a pin for two, following it up with a lariat, off the ropes, Ronda Rousey runs interference and Shayna takes full advantage! Kicks in the corner, Shotzi sidesteps a boot, kick combo sets up a rolling elbow and a hook kick, off the ropes but Rousey pulls her pal out of the ring to save her!
Blackheart out after her, jawing with Ronda, back inside, Rousey runs interference but Shotzi gets an enzuigiri for two! Blackheart still caught up in jawing, Shayna brings her back inside, German suplex, back outside, high fives amonth the MMA gals, back inside and Shotzi gets a dropkick!
Corner lariat, roll through, turning X-Factor, Blackheart off the ropes with a hip attack! Again Ronda runs interference and Shotzi gets posted! Kirifuda Clutch in the ropes but Raquel Rodriguez comes down to even the odds! Baszler sets Shotzi up, bicep stomp dodged...
Shotzi Blackheart wins by pinfall with a schoolboy pin.
LA Knight is interviewed on his way out of the building and denies that he’s scared of Bray Wyatt as he walks off into the darkness and sends us to break.
Back from commercial, there’s a commotion as LA Knight is discovered trapped under a pile of rubble somewhere backstage.
Braun Strowman & New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) vs. Imperium (Giovanni Vinci, GUNTHER, & Ludwig Kaiser)
Brawling before the bell, babyfaces clear the ring, Coffin Drop countered into a slam into the apron! Woods off the ropes, GUNTHER cuts him off with a chop and we get a bell to send us to break!
Back from commercial, New Day are on the wrong side of the street and Imperium are running hot working Woods over and taunting Strowman on the apron. Xavier with forearms in the corner trying to fight out, adding chops into the mix, the path seems clear but Ludwig pulls him back!
Back suplex, land on his feet, ankle pick, kick Ludwig away and the monster tags in! Vinci with a shoulder block, front kick, springboard, GUNTHER with a tag! Out to the floor, freight train in full effect, back inside, scoop, float over, spinebuster... THE RING GENERAL WILL NOT STAY DOWN!
Braun wants the powerbomb, GUNTHER gets away, tag to Kaiser and Kingston in on the opposite corner. Crossbody, Ludwig ducks Trouble in Paradise but gets caught...
Braun Strowman & New Day win by pinfall with Midnight Hour from New Day on Ludwig Kaiser.
Commentary breaks down the World Cup field.
Braun Strowman is interviewed in Gorilla.
He says you never take your eyes off the monster and he’s looking forward to winning the World Cup and taking the title off GUNTHER’s hands.
Ricochet rolls up and says he’s looking too far in the future, because if he keeps looking past the “flippy flippers” it might come back to haunt him.
Brawling Brutes make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes up next week’s show.
Pete “Butch” Dunne vs. Sami Zayn (SmackDown World Cup First Round Match)
Collar and elbow, into the corner, Zayn tries to break dirty with a lariat but Dunne ducks and goes to work on his fingers and bends his arm down for a bicep stomp! Sami gets back in with a powerbomb, mounted punches, up in the turnbuckles and Pete gets a tornado DDT for two!
Running enzuigiri in the corner, Butch up top, Zayn right behind him and he shoves him off the top and into the barricade to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Zayn off the top but Dunne cuts him out of midair with a right hand! Butch with an enzuigiri, the Usos run interference and clock him with an enzuigiri, Sami with the Blue Thunder Driver... NOPE! Chaos on the floor, the Usos get taken out...
Pete Dunne wins by pinfall with Bitter End.
Post-match, Solo Sikoa runs in and hits Spinning Solo on Butch! Drew McIntyre comes in after him and beats him down, brawling intensifies...
Roman Reigns is here!
Spears on the floor, McIntyre takes his shirt off and waves him into the ring, but Sikoa attacks from behind! Drew takes him out but Reigns hits the spear! Sheamus squares up to him and takes the suspenders down and they start trading forearms! Sami Zayn attacks the Celtic Warrior from behind and creates an opening for a Superman Punch!
KEVIN OWENS IS HERE!
He takes the Usos out, Roman warns him off but KO pops up on the apron to stare him down! They start brawling, Kev backs him into the corner with forearms and stomps! He turns to see Sami Zayn and they circle each other slow, like two cats meeting, and Reigns wakes up to hit a Superman Punch!
Ridge Holland pulls Sami out of the ring and throws him into the barricade! Roman goes for the spear but KO cuts him off with a knee and hits the Stunner!
That’s the show, folks.