WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Dec. 9, 2022) with a live show emanating from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, featuring the latest build towards next month’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view (PPV) event.
Advertised for tonight: The Usos defend the undisputed WWE tag team titles against Sheamus and Butch.
Elsewhere on the card, Shotzi looks for payback in a singles match against Shayna Baszler. Raquel Rodriguez and Ronda Rousey are expected to be in their respective corners during this bout.
Finally, hometown hero and WWE Hall of Fame superstar Kurt Angle is here to celebrate his birthday!
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 DEC. 9
Out of sight, do it, the people rose and set off for the sun. At night they read their star signs, a people proud for they know their kingdom come. Their skin was tanned by moonshine, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with entrances.
Brawling Brutes (Pete “Butch” Dunne & Sheamus) vs. the Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) (c) (WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championship)
Sheamus and Jimmy to start, side headlock, shoulder block, Uso to the floor and he recovers with the Bloodline. Back inside, Celtic Warrior with a lariat, tag to Butch, Finlay Rolly and double knees, Jimmy gets Pete in the corner and Jey tags in to try and overwhelm him and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Dunne’s in a bad way, looking for a tag, enzuigiri gets some separation but Jey clears the apron! Pete gets a release German suplex, tags made and Sheamus comes in hot opposite Jimmy Uso! Brutes with stereo Beats of the Bodhran, Jimmy passes Sheamus into the post shortly after!
Going up top, Celtic Warrior turns the tide, avalanche White Noise connects... NOPE! And in the aftermath, we go back to break.
Back from commercial, Sheamus takes Jimmy to the apron and hits White Noise! Jey dives on him, Dunne climbs up the turnbuckles behind him... ORIHARA MOONSAULT! Back inside, tornado DDT gets Butch a two count! Usos get him up in the turnbuckles, Sheamus pulls Jey out of the ring and throws him into the barricade!
Running Liger Bomb from Pete... NOPE! Up for the High Cross, Dunne adds a neckbreaker... JEY USO BREAKS IT UP AND SAVES THE TAG TITLES! Sheamus and Jimmy trading forearms, blind tag from Jey, Butch gets Jimmy in the ropes, Sami Zayn runs in, Ridge Holland plays equalizer, Sheamus under a boot, off the ropes, hard knee... SO CLOSE!
Celtic Warrior lying in wait but Jey is a step faster and takes him out with a superkick! Dunne in with an enzuigiri, big forearm, Jimmy with the blind tag, Jey ducks Bitter End and they catch him...
The Usos win by pinfall with 1D on Pete Dunne to retain the WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championship.
Birthday boy Kurt Angle is walking backstage with Gable Steveson when he runs into Braun Strowman.
Kurt introduces Gable and Braun says when he’s ready he’ll give him These Hands.
LA Knight makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, commentary talks about the announcement that John Cena will be on the last SmackDown of the year.
LA Knight is in the ring and gets on the mic.
He calls Bray Wyatt out and says it’s obvious that he’s struck a nerve in him, struck fear in him. Week after week he gets blindsided and Wyatt says he didn’t do it and if he did there’d be nothing left, but Knight’s calling his bluff, because every time he gets put down, here he is.
He runs footage of him being extracted from wreckage and then of him being interviewed right before, and he points out the Uncle Howdy mask in the door. He’s got another slice of footage and again, he points out the mask.
He’s interrupted by Uncle Howdy footage where we’re told the door is closing, and says you’d have to be a crosseyed halfwit to not see that it’s Bray behind it all, and he’s gonna go backstage and find him.
We get a digital exclusve from earlier today of Legado del Fantasma being interviewed when Shotzi Blackheart is seen injured and screaming.
Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler are interviewed about it.
Shayna plays it off like Shotzi could have fallen or maybe she’s just unlucky, and Ronda tells her to tell the china shop the bulls are coming.
Liv Morgan and Tegan Nox roll up and Liv says they’ve beaten everyone... except them. Baszler says if they mess with the bull, they’ll get the horns.
Legado del Fantasma make their entrance to send us to break.
Legado del Fantasma (Cruz del Toro & Joaquin Wilde) vs. Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar)
Zelina Vega is on commentary for this one.
Wilde and Erik to start, big shoulder block from the viking, off the ropes, leapfrog, kitchen sink knee takes Joaquin down! Hit Row’s music hits and B-FAB comes to the stage with a steel chair and takes a seat to watch the match. Top Dolla and Ashante Adonis attack Legado from behind and lay them out, forcing referee Jason Ayers’ hand!
Legado del Fantasma win by disqualification.
Afterward, Hit Row take the vikings out, too! Valhalla jumps Adonis but B-FAB evens the odds and knocks her bootleg ass out and throws her into Zelina Vega! Wilde dives, Dolla catches him and hits the fireman’s carry neckbreaker!
We go backstage with LA Knight, stalking the halls.
He opens a staff office door to reveal a locker room where he finds one of Wyatt’s shirts on a hanger. The lights go out, he gets his phone out, and Uncle Howdy is here as we go to break!
We see Kurt Angle’s birthday party backstage.
Jason Jordan gives him a “#1 dad” card and they embrace.
Imperium make their entrance to join Ricochet for a contract signing for next week’s Intercontinental Championship match.
Adam Pearce begins the proceedings but they get interrupted—
New Day are here!
They get on the mic and say we all know how these things go— GUNTHER’s gonna get mad and try to jump their boy Ricochet and they can’t have that. They could have just stood in the back and rested up before their NXT Tag Team Championship match tomorrow night but they wanted to be here and ready for the inevitable brawl.
Adam Pearce asks if they really think it has to end in a fight and they ask him if he’s ever watched wrestling and he has to admit it’s a good point. GUNTHER signs the contract and reminds Ricochet that he took the title off him and he’s beaten him twice to prove he’s not worthy of the title.
Come next week, he’s going to beat him again and in the worst way possible. The difference between them is he respects this great sport and he’s a pro wrestler and not a performer.
Ricochet asks if he can’t perform and jokes that there’s pills for that before saying next week everybody’s gonna see him take the title back. GUNTHER slaps the table and then throws it out of the ring and Pearce calls for a referee as a brawl breaks out!
Babyfaces stand tall, triplicate dives, and the match begins!
Imperium (Giovanni Vinci, GUNTHER, & Ludwig Kaiser) vs. New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) & Ricochet)
Kaiser and Ricochet to start, little bit of flying and a tag to Woods! Bodyslam, off the ropes, assisted splash for two. Honor Roll connects, Vinci tags in and puts boots to Xavier and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Vinci and Woods brawling, Giovanni looking to block a tag, Xavier clears the apron, Honor Roll reversed into a backbreaker for two! GUNTHER in, clearing Ricochet off the apron, big Earthquake Splash to keep Woods down! Tag to Kaiser, keeping the pressure on and working him over at length.
Xavier gets away, missile dropkick takes Ludwig down and he tags Kingston in! Diving brain chop on Vinci, chops and elbows, dropkick, off the ropes, leaping lariat ducked, land on his feet off the back suplex, kick out of the corner, diving crossbody... NOPE!
Roundhouse kick, off the ropes, Boom Drop! Kaiser running interference, Vinci clobbers Kofi and Ludwig gets a cheap shot in before they throw him over the announce desk and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Ricochet and GUNTHER, enzuigiri and a knee from the One and Only, strikes, trying to overwhelm the Ring General in the corner and he makes him turtle up! Schoolboy for two, Midnight Hour countered, moonsault from Vinci, Imperium Bomb denied!
Ricochet with a Frankensteiner on Kaiser, triangle dropkick for GUNTHER, Woods dives on them on the floor, Kofi gets behind Ludwig, Trouble in Paradise connects! Ricochet legal and off the top...
New Day & Ricochet win by pinfall with a shooting star press from Ricochet on Ludwig Kaiser.
At Kurt Angle’s birthday part, the doorman refuses Alpha Academy entry to the party.
Strett Profits roll up and get let right in, and Chad Gable blows his stack to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Bloodline are hanging out and talking plans.
Jey Uso holds Sami Zayn back and says with Roman Reigns coming to the show next week Sami should probably tighten his look, trim the beard and the hair and so on. Sami scoffs but Jey says he figures with everything, next week is gonna be big for him so he should look his best, and Zayn comes around to his point of view.
Rey Mysterio is in the trainer’s room when Scarlett Bordeaux and Kevin Kross roll up. Rey’s ready to fight but Kross says it’s not about that, and he just wants to talk about Dominik. He says it’s gotta hurt like hell but Rey has shown restraint and come to SmackDown and now he’s hurt.
He talks about Scarlett’s upbringing in Romania and tells a story of a thoroughbred horse she had as a kid. It got hurt but the family needed the horse and so they strapped a cart to it and it became a workhorse. But eventually he couldn’t pull the cart anymore and she remembers the look in the horse’s eyes when he realized he was helpless.
Kross says there comes a time when you have to put an animal out of its misery, tick tock.
We get a Tegan Nox video package and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a Lacey Evans video package about how much of a marine she is or whatever.
Liv Morgan & Tegan Nox vs. Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler
Nox and Baszler to start, side headlock, arm drags from Tegan, whip reversed, enzuigiri in the corner, big senton! Nox up top, Shayna cuts her off with a front kick and tags Rousey in! Ankle lock, Tegan slings her off but her leg, the source of her troubles, is hurting!
Tags made, Morgan with a dropkick to Baszler, backsplash, rising knee, missile dropkick! Kip up, fired up, stomp to the back, cover for two! Shayna with a German suplex in return and both women are down and out! Raquel Rodriguez comes storming down to avenge Shotzi Blackheart!
Adam Pearce, Jamie Noble, and a pile of referees try to warn her off but Ronda steps down to get in her face! Morgan counters Kirifuda Clutch with a jawbreaker, Shiniest Wizard...
Liv Morgan & Tegan Nox win by pinfall with a lateral press from Morgan on Shayna Baszler.
Backstage at Kurt Angle’s birthday party, Street Profits lead a “You suck!” chant and Angle heads off for his proper in-ring birthday celebration and we go to break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes up next week’s show.
Birthday boy Kurt Angle makes his entrance to the usual thundering “You suck!” chants.
Alpha Academy make their entrance to cut him off.
Chad Gable kvetches about being kept out of the party and says they dressed formal and he even made Otis wear a tie! But no, Kurt didn’t want Chad Gable to outshine him at his own party, which is petty, and pettiness just sucks. The people are right for once, Kurt Angle sucks.
They get in the ring and Chad says the celebration is over and Otis is gonna eat the cake. Dozer is low-key fired up for that cake I tell you what. Gable tells him to step aside before he ends up with another broken freakin’ neck, and Kurt gets out of the ring as Alpha Academy enjoy the cake noisily.
Angle gets on the mic from the stage and says if they’re gonna eat all that cake they’re gonna need a lot of milk... IT’S MILK TRUCK TIME! They drive it down the ramp and get out a couple of crates worth of milk bottles and sling milk at the Alphas! KURT HAS THE MILK HOSE AND SPRAYS THEM DOWN!
Kurt and Gable Steveson have a milk bash in the ring.
That’s the show, folks.