WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Nov. 4, 2022) with a taped show (spoilers here) emanating from Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri, featuring the final build to this weekend’s Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia.
Advertised for tonight: GUNTHER defends the Intercontinental championship against Rey Mysterio. Mysterio earned this title shot by winning a fatal four way match a few weeks ago.
Tonight’s card also features Liv Morgan vs. Sonya Deville in a No Disqualification match, Ricochet is booked in a singles match against LA Knight, MVP has a surprise for Braun Strowman, 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. 4
Running outside the Nazca Lines, you know I see you all in white, hoping you’ll grow the fruitful vines and I’ll rain to give us life. Violence born within my mind, and I liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you folks.
The show opens right into entrances for our opening match.
Liv Morgan vs. Sonya Deville (No Disqualification Match)
Deville right in with kicks, to the floor, fighting over a kendo stick, brawling around the apron, big kick from Morgan and back inside! Off the ropes, Sonya clocks her with the stick a couple times and chokes her with it but Liv crawls for the ropes and eventually claws her way free!
Now Morgan has the stick and wallops Sonya with it, Deville to the floor for table but Liv cracks a dropkick across her face! Off the ropes, suicide dive is a little ropey but it takes Sonya off her feet! Rolling across the other side, to the floor, Morgan with another dive!
Liv gets the table out and sets it up, Deville cuts her off on the apron, waistlock headbutts get back elbows, jockeying for position, Morgan shrugs and puts both of them through the table with a trust fall senton as we go to break!
Back from commercial, Morgan with a low angle dropkick, Sonya returns a running knee, heads up top, diving knee connects... NOPE! Deville filling the ring up with chairs, Liv ducks one, kick combo staggers Sonya into the ropes, dropkick to the spine! fired up, backsplash, rising knee, roll her through, springboard Codebreaker... STILL NO!
Setting Sonya up top, climbing to join her... DEVILLE SLIPS UNDER AND POWERBOMBS HER INTO THE CHAIRS BUT CAN’T KEEP HER DOWN! Back and forth, Liv gets her...
Liv Morgan wins by pinfall with Oblivion into the steel chairs.
We get a recap of Emma’s return last week, answering Ronda Rousey’s open challenge.
Emma is interviewed backstage.
She says she wasn’t sure she’d ever come back, and her heart was pounding, but she had something to prove to herself.
Xia Li rolls up with the slow clap and says she saw Emma lose and the only thing she proved is that she’s weak. Emma says number one, that was Ronda Rousey, and number two is a forearm right into Li’s face!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a video of Logan Paul getting his brother Jake to agree to be in his corner tomorrow at Crown Jewel.
We get a video package for Paul/Reigns.
Ricochet gets an inset promo where he says he’s gonna win and maybe leave LA Knight a few teeth lighter.
He makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get another Viking Raiders vignette, with our shadowy priestess who definitely isn’t Sarah Logan painting runes on foreheads.
LA Knight cuts a promo during his entrance about how great he is and how all the incels in the crowd oughta jump on the gravy train and Ricochet blindsides him with a dive!
LA Knight vs. Ricochet
In the ring, we get a bell, Ricochet keeps the pressure up, snapmare into a kick to the spine, elbow drop, cover for two! Knight on the comeback, elbow drops and stomps, he goes for a quebrada but Ricky rolls out of the way! Off the ropes, moonsault into a pose when he sees LA is on the floor and we go to break.
Back from commercial, LA throws Ricochet into the corner for boots, slingshot shoulder block, mocking the One and Only’s posing, throwing strikes, whip across, duck a lariat, duck a backfist, Ricky with a flying lariat into mounted punches! Uppercut in the corner, whip reversed, Ricochet takes the post hard and Knight throws a jumping neckbreaker for two!
Off the ropes, tijeras keeps LA honest, shoulder block in the corner, big knee lift, springboard crossbody and Ricochet is fired up! Runnign shooting star press... NOPE! Off the top, nobody home, slip out of a slam, trading rollups, handful of tights...
LA Knight wins by pinfall with a victory roll pin, a handful of tights, and a hand on the ropes.
Backstage, the Bloodline are chatting.
Sami Zayn talks up how the Bloodline are gonna take care of business and Jey Uso wants to go tell the Brawling Brutes in the ring exactly how they’re gonna handle business but Sami wants him to focus on getting a good night’s sleep so they can beat the tag title record.
Jey says this isn’t a Bloodline thing, it’s an Uso thing, and they’ve been tag champs before him and they’ll be tag champs long after. He walks off and Jimmy follows, telling Sami he’s got a point, leaving Zayn to shout after them as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Bray Wyatt cuts a promo backstage.
He says it’s hard for him when people play with him, interrupt him when he’s trying to do something incredibly hard, and a crew member comes up to yell at him, saying they’re live. Wyatt says he knows he’s just trying to do his job, but he’s trying to do his job, and asks if he knows the feeling of getting cut off in traffic and fantasizing about what you’d do with thirty seconds alone with that other driver.
He can’t stand how he’s thinking about things and he hates himself because he just wants to smash guy’s head into the cement wall and he’s a hair away from doing it, so for both of them he wants him to reach down into the bottom of his soul and look him in the eyes and apologize.
He stutters out an apology and Bray says he knows and to please go away.
The Usos make their entrance and get on the mic.
They say they’re on their way to the record for longest-reigning tag team champions ever, and it starts with the Brawling Brutes, who are the twos to their ones.
Enter the New Day.
They tell the Usos to settle their teakettle and if by some stroke of luck they retain the titles they need them to understand one thing— as soon as they’re back on American soil they’ll have the longest-reigning champs ready to tear them limb from limb to protect their record.
In other words, they got next.
A brawl breaks out, the Brutes come down, Solo Sikoa and Sami Zayn even the odds, Pete Dunne breaks out the Shillelagh but Solo is one step ahead and lays him out with Spinning Solo!
Rey Mysterio is interviewed backstage.
He says he loves competing in WWE, it’s who he is, and he’s given his whole life to this business, but now he’s haunted by the memories and he misses his son. He’s not giving up, and he’s gonna show everyone that you have to keep fighting. GUNTHER is a hell of an opponent and he can still feel the pain in his chest, but he’s gonna turn his pain to rage and use that as fuel to become the new Intercontinental Champion.
Shayna Baszler makes her entrance, flanked by Ronda Rousey, to send us to break.
Natalya vs. Shayna Baszler
Circling, collar and elbow, Natalya with a side headlock takeover, reversed to a pin, shot off, shoulder block, arm wringer, bicep stomp reversed into a schoolboy for two! Whip to the corner, sidestep the charge, rising knee, back to the bicep stomp and she connects with it this time!
Neidhart rolling to the ropes, clutching her arm in agony but Shayna wrenches it in the ropes! Nattie with a heel trip, right hands, basement dropkick, fired up, Baszler with a small package for two! Sidestep a knee, discus lariat connects... NOPE! Kirifuda Clutch locked in, there’s no escape...
Shayna Baszler wins by referee stoppage with the Kirifuda Clutch.
Post-match, Baszler knees Natalya in the face for good measure once she wakes up, leaving Neidhart bloodied.
We get a video package for Drew McIntyre vs. Karrion Kross at Crown Jewel.
Braun Strowman is shown walking backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Montel Vontavious Porter is in the ring to cut a promo.
He says he’s kind of a big deal and used his connections to sort out some opposition for Braun tonight, and he’s got five opponents for him.
His five poor indie wrestlers make their entrance and Braun blindsides them and lays them all out before taking the fight to MVP! He breaks Porter’s cane over his knee and throws him into the apron and then the barricade! He takes Montel into the ring... RUNNING POWERSLAM!
A second powerslam and a third!
Imperium are interviewed backstage.
GUNTHER says he’s going to step in the ring and defend his title with dignity, respect, and honor. Rey Mysterio has no honor, which is why his son turned his back on him, and one thing will never change— him being Intercontinental Champion.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes up next week’s show.
Legado del Fantasma get a video package about how great they are.
GUNTHER (c) vs. Rey Mysterio (WWE Intercontinental Championship)
Squaring up, Mysterio with a shove, keeping his distance, ducking under, boots up in the corner, GUNTHER sets him up in the corner and hammers him with a chop before climbing up in the ropes and choking him! Action to the floor, hammering Rey, pulling him to the floor and we go to break!
Back from commercial, GUNTHER throws Rey out of the ring and chokes him in the ropes! Looking for a slam but Mysterio hangs on for dear life! Trying for a crucifix... CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Quebrada caught but Rey shifts to a bodyscissors sleeper, the Ring General breaks the scissors and counters with a slam!
Back to the sleeper, GUNTHER down to one knee but he posts up and climbs the turnbuckles and manages to shrug Rey off, leaving both men down and out as we go back to break!
Back from commercial, GUNTHER in control, kicking away at Mysterio’s limp body, Rey throwing desperate chops in return, powerbomb lift, countering with punches, seated senton connects! Mysterio with a boot up, springboard into the casadora bulldog, diving senton... STILL NO!
Dropkick sets him up, 619 connects, but GUNTHER cuts him off in the turnbuckles! Up top, jockeying for position, champion shoves him down but Rey is right back in there! Avalanche Frankensteiner blocked, avalanche powerbomb... REVERSED INTO A FRANKENSTEINER BUT HE CAN’T KEEP THE RING GENERAL DOWN LIKE THAT!
Rey with a dive, caught, reversed, sunset flip... SO CLOSE! A little shimmy, Mysterio off the top, frog splash, nobody home! GUNTHER has him lined up, shotgun dropkick, powerbomb... REY KICKS OUT! Trading chops, reverse the powerbomb, set him up but the champion gets up and throws a big boot! Lifting him up...
GUNTHER wins by pinfall with a lariat to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
That’s the show, folks.