WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Nov. 25, 2022) with a live show emanating from Amica Mutual Pavilion (fka Dunkin’ Donuts Center) in Providence, Rhode Island, featuring the go-home show for tomorrow night’s Survivor Series pay-per-view (PPV) event.
Advertised for tonight: Bianca Belair comes over from Raw to name her final teammate for WarGames.
Elsewhere on the card, the men’s WarGames advantage will be decided when Drew McIntyre & Sheamus battle The Usos, the SmackDown World Cup semifinal matches (Braun Strowman vs. Ricochet, Butch vs. Santos Escobar) will take place, Raquel Rodriguez & Shotzi have a tag team match against Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler, 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. 25
Well I’ve just gotten into a band called Ruby the Hatchet and wanted to plop some lyrics down for y’all tonight but they have very little in the way of transcriptions around, so here’s a link to a fun little live set and now I’m here to liveblog this pro wrestling show for you, folks.
...or I will be in a little bit, because we’re preempted by college football? Fun.
Anyway, the show opens with the heel women’s WarGames team in the ring.
Bayley leads the promo by complaining about being in Providence, Rhode Island and calls the babyface team out.
Bianca Belair gets on the mic and says they weren’t coming out here alone— BECKY LYNCH IS HERE!
A brawl breaks out, wild punches in and out of the ring, the babyfaces stand tall and Becky calls Rhea Ripley in the ring but Damage CTRL manage to get her to back down.
Brawling Brutes make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of our opening segment.
Santos Escobar gets an inset promo about how he’s gonna tame Butch, because when you stand between him and the Intercontinental Championship, you’re in a dangerous place.
Pete “Butch” Dunne vs. Santos Escobar (SmackDown World Cup Semifinals)
Zelina Vega is on commentary for this one.
Mat grappling, Escobar with a headlock takedown, Dunne reverses and works the hand, bending the arm down and stomping the bicep! Santos back in with a kneeling armbar, whip across, leapfrog, drop down, Pete kicks his leg out of his leg and Escobar bails to the floor for a breather!
Butch follows after, back inside, whip reversed, Santos clobbers him with a forearm that sends him to the floor and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Dunne with a German suplex and a roundhouse kick, up top, jockeying for position, Pete wishbones the fingers and Escobar crashes all the way to the floor! Back inside, tornado DDT... ONLY TWO! We go backstage where the Usos are beating up Drew McIntyre and Kevin Owens!
Sheamus and Ridge Holland go to the back to save their WarGames teammates, referees and road agents swarm! Armbar takedown from Pete, Joaquin Wilde and Cruz Del Toro run interference, Santos gets him up...
Santos Escobar wins by pinfall with the Phantom Driver.
We get a Bray Wyatt video package and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Bray Wyatt makes his entrance.
Bray gets on the mic and introduces himself before saying he likes to think that he has a good grip on who he is.
People stare and whisper at him behind his back and he never minds, it doesn’t bother him. He pretends he doesn’t see but he does, and he understands what people think he is. His entire life he’s been looked at like he’s a rabid animal, but he’s not, and he knows what people wanna see out of him, they just wanna see the monster.
They just want to see the Fiend, and that’s it, right? You wanna see the monster, right? You want to see the show, so come one come all, come see the human tornado destroy himself! He finds it hard to explain the burdens he’s been through, and he knows how he comes off, so he wants to be truthful— he is not the one that attacked LA Knight.
Uncle Howdy cuts in on the tron talking about the world being built on lies and telling us to open our eyes and wake up.
Cut to LA Knight backstage, arm in a sling and leaning on a crutch, as an interview rolls up.
He says he didn’t get to enjoy Thanksgiving because a week ago he got pulled out from under a pile of Bray, a pile of trash, and now he gets to stand out there and vomit his lies to the entire world without a single consequence. If it weren’t for these damn injuries he’d kick Wyatt’s keister in in front of everybody.
Hit Row make their entrance and we go to break.
Hit Row (Ashante “Thee” Adonis & Top Dolla) vs. Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar)
Adonis and Ivar to start, Viking putting boots to him in short order, tag made, Ashante lands on his feet on a suplex and tags Dolla in! Right hands, front kick, big boot, tag back to Adonis but the Vikings take care of him in short order...
Viking Raiders win by pinfall with Ragnarok on Ashante Adonis.
Michael Cole calls Dominik Mysterio a “punk, spoiled brat” with a “sick witch girlfriend” before tossing to video footage of Dom attacking his dad at Thanksgiving and leaving him in agony on the floor.
Ricochet makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, LA Knight is trapped under a road case, screaming agony.
Braun Strowman vs. Ricochet (SmackDown World Cup Semifinals)
Circling, collar and elbow, Strowman throws him into the corner! Ricochet throwing kicks, one gets caught, backflip escape into a series of dropkicks and a low bridge to send Braun to the floor! Ricky with a front kick, following it up with a dropkick off the apron that sends the monster into the barricade!
A pounce sends Ricochet over the announce table! Back inside, pressing the attack, GUNTHER comes down and Strowman is distracted by the presence of the champion! Giovanni Vinci and Ludwig Kaiser run interference, Ricochet takes advantage...
Ricochet wins by pinfall with a crucifix pin.
Post-match, Imperium attack Braun and beat him down! RICOCHET MAKES THE SAVE!
They manage to run the heels off and Strowman helps Ricochet to his feet.
We see Sami Zayn walking up to the Bloodline locker room but Kevin Owens walks up before he goes in. Sami tries to get Owens to back off but Kev wants him to listen first. He asks what happens when he does or says something that pisses one of them off.
Jey is eavesdropping through the door as KO continues, asking how many times he’s had to bail Zayn out because he said or did something that pisses somebody off. What does he think Roman Reigns will do when he pisses him off? Just think about it, okay? KO says if it were him he’d strike first, and he’ll see him tomorrow.
Jey comes through and asks where he’s been at because they could have used him earlier. Uso asks if he’s talked to anybody since getting here and Zayn lies and says he just got here and he’s talking to him now. Jey says everything’s cool and lets him through to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get a recap of our opening segment.
Becky Lynch is interviewed backstage on her way out of the arena.
She says her shoulder is still banjaxed but she’s been sitting at home thinking about how to destroy Damage CTRL and no better time than tomorrow. Everybody’s tough until the Man comes around.
We get a WarGames video package and commentary explains the rules.
Backstage we see Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler lay out Raquel Rodriguez and smash her arm in a road case to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler make their entrance.
They say they guess there’s no match tonight because accidents happen and tell Raquel to enjoy nursing that wing. They say Shotzi should stay at the kiddie table because she’s not ready—
Enter Shotzi Blackheart, ready to have the match anyway.
Raquel Rodriguez & Shotzi Blackheart vs. Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler
Starting as a handicap, Shotzi strong out the gates, dropkick to Rousey but Baszler starts cutting her off. Double wristlock into the corner, quick tags, armbar in the ropes, back to the double wristlock but Blackheart keeps her hands clasped. Raquel Rodriguez comes down and she’s still in the match!
Tag to Raquel, blind tag, chokeslam blocked, Ronda goes after the injured arm and Shayna stomps the elbow! Standing wristlock, stepping on the side of her head, Shotzi trying to make the save but Baszler cuts her off as Rousey falls back...
Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler win by submission with the armbar from Rousey on Raquel Rodriguez.
Backstage, the Usos are chatting ahead of their match tonight, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Shotzi Blackheart gives us an update on Raquel Rodriguez— her arm was broken before the match and now her elbow is dislocated, too.
This isn’t the first time she’s been bullied, but it is the first time someone’s had her back and she’ll never forget that, so now it’s personal and she’s going to tear Ronda apart and shock the world.
Drew McIntyre & Sheamus vs. the Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) (WarGames Advantage)
Babyfaces in control early, working Jimmy over, sending Jey out of the ring, both sides end up on the floor staring each other down and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Jey with a low bridge and Sheamus crashes to the floor! Axehandle takes him out, Sami Zayn taunting away but Uso tells him to back his ass up. Throwing Sheamus back inside, right hands, tag to McIntyre, spinebuster into a jackknife pin, cover for two!
Jumping neckbreaker, kip-up, counting down but Jey cuts him off and Jimmy lands the superkick! Tag to Jey, suicide dives one after the other and we go to break.
Back from commercial, McIntyre down and out in the corner, Jimmy waiting, Ode to Rikishi connects! Both men down, tags made, Sheamus in hot with elbows and lariats! Beats of the Bodhran, Jimmy tries to pull his brother down but Drew picks him up for yet more Beats of the Bodhran but the Usos counter with neckbreakers over the ropes!
Claymore takes Jimmy out, Jey takes McIntyre out with a superkick and dives on the Celtic Warrior! Back inside, laying Sheamus out, Uso climbs up top but Sheamus meets him with chops! Up top, Jockeying for position, Solo Sikoa runs interference so Sami Zayn can knock him down, diving splash... SHEAMUS KICKS OUT!
Ridge Holland pulls Sam down and brawls with him, Butch and Solo going at it, McIntyre dives... TOPE CON GIRO INTO THE CRUSH! Zayn tries to pas Jey one of the tag titles but Owens gets in his way and takes it from him! They jaw at each other, Sam takes the belt back, Kev shoves him bodily into the ring and referee Charles Robinson ejects him!
KO with a Stunner, Sheamus is ready...
Drew McIntyre & Sheamus win by pinfall with a Brogue Kick from Sheamus on Jey Uso, earning their team the advantage in WarGames.
That’s the show, folks.