WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Feb. 11, 2022) with a show emanating from Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Elimination Chamber event scheduled for later this month in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Advertised for tonight: Charlotte Flair defends the SmackDown women’s championship against Naomi, and Natalya fights Aliyah in a “dungeon style” match that can only be won by pinfall or submission.
Ronda Rousey and Bill Goldberg are also both expected to be in the building tonight.
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: Going forward, there will be no ban on GIFs or images in the live blog threads. Feel free to post as you wish.)
WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR FEB. 11
Rat-tailed Jimmy is a second hand hood, he deals out in Hollywood. Got a ‘65 Chevy, primered flames, traded for some powdered goods, but me? I’m just liveblogging this here pro wrestling show with migraine meds in me, folks.
The show opens with a recap of last week’s monumental decision from Ronda Rousey that she’ll be challenging Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania.
Sonya Deville is in the ring with her arm in a sling.
She gets on the mic and talks up tonight’s show before getting to business. She says she has to acknowledge the unprovoked and unprofessional attack on her by Ronda last week. People like Rousey and Naomi think they can do whatever they want with no consequences.
As a result, she’s petitioned the powers that be to issue a $100,000 fine and suspend Ronda indefinitely.
Enter Adam Pearce.
He says upper management has responded to her petition. Mr. McMahon himself has responded, and said Sonya’s been abusing her power, and he can’t stand that, so he’s going to exercise his own power and deny Deville’s petition. What’s more, she’s going to face consequences for her treatment of Naomi, and she’s not to put hands on Naomi in any way tonight, especially in her title match.
If Sonya disobeys, her job will be in serious jeopardy.
She gets in the ring and asks Deville what’s the matter, has she never had a new one ripped by her boss before? She points out that Vince said Sonya can’t lay hands on her but didn’t say anything about the opposite, and she hauls off and slaps Deville across the face!
Commentary hypes up the rest of tonight’s show.
New Day make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Los Lotharios are interviewed backstage.
They say they’re gonna win tonight and do a kiss cam gimmick as part of their entrance.
New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) vs. Los Lotharios (Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo)
Lotharios up early, but Kingston manages to trip Carrillo up on the apron and set him up for the apron splash from E! Low bridge sends Garza to the floor, tag back to Kofi, he dives on them and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Garza has E locked down with a rear chinlock but he fights to his feet and shoots him off. Angel with a dropkick, hip swivel, the pants are off! Off the ropes, pulling Big up, whip reversed, E hits the belly-to-belly suplex! Kingston tags in, hot with kicks, off the ropes, leaping lariat lands true!
Garza runs in and gets thrown out, New Day boom Drop connects, Trouble in Paradise ducked, tag to E, scooping Carrillo up, Garza runs interference on the floor and Kofi hits a Frankensteiner to the floor! Humberto with mounted punches, Kingston tags in, powerbomb / double stomp combo... GARZA BREAKS IT UP!
Angel with a moonsault to the floor to take E out, Carrillo with a moonsault in the ring... NO GOOD! Garza tags in, Trouble in Paradise takes Humberto out, back and forth, Angel with the high stack...
Los Lotharios win by pinfall with a folding press from Angel Garza on Kofi Kingston.
Viking Raiders are interviewed backstage.
They immediately get cut off by the Usos, who beat them down at length and take their headgear as a trophy.
Roman Reigns is backstage getting mic’d up for an interview and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of Goldberg challenging Roman Reigns to a title match.
Roman Reigns is interviewed by Michael Cole.
Cole brings up Goldberg’s streak, and Roman says 173 is pretty good, but if he was in WCW, everyone would be winning, because they’d still be in business. Cole recaps Goldberg’s monumental victory over Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series 2016, and Reigns says nobody cares about that because he’s here now and he’s the greatest Universal Champion of all time.
He says two years ago, Goldberg had a chance, but your Tribal Chief is untouchable and will smash everyone. He’s not just gonna smash Goldberg, but he’s going to “Goldberg” Goldberg.
Aliyah makes her entrance and we go to break.
Aliyah vs. Natalya (Pinfall & Submission Only)
Natalya with a headlock takeover, headscissors reversal, stalemate. Front kick, back to the headlock, shot off, shoulder block, just a nearfall. Up and over, drop down, Aliyah blows a kiss! Off the ropes, leapfrog, roll over, a kick, a Michinoku Driver... NOPE!
O’Connor roll, only two, Aliyah follows it with a Lou Thesz Press into mounted punches! La casadora bulldog, cover... STILL NO! Sharpshooter applied, Aliyah gets the ropes but the rules of the match don’t allow a break...
Natalya wins by submission with the Sharpshooter.
Post-match, Nattie goes to attack her at length but Xia Li makes the save and runs her off with strikes!
We get a Black History Month vignette narrated by the Rock about his dad, “Soulman” Rocky Johnson.
Sami Zayn makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Charlotte Flair gets a bumper to say that she’s the main event.
We get footage from earlier today of Johnny Knoxville vandalizing some Sami Zayn merch.
Sami Zayn is in the ring and says he’s not focusing any more attention on Knoxville and he’s focused on regaining the Intercontinental Championship. He welcomes us to In-Zayn and introduces his guests.
Rick Boogs plays Shinsuke Nakamura in.
Sami complains that Shinsuke’s been ducking him but says it doesn’t matter because he gets his title match next week and he can’t wait to see the look on his face when he loses the title. Nakamura laughs it off and let’s Sami keep ranting about how he’s working together with Johnny Knoxville for a moment before putting his hand up.
Shinsuke asks if he’s seen Jackass Forever and Zayn reminds him he got thrown out of the premiere. Nakamura clarifies and says the movie they’re making next week called Jackass Defeated. Sami laughs and laughs and tells Rick he could lift all the weights in the world and play his guitar all day long, but—
Boogs cuts him off and tells him to shut up. Rick grabs a mic and gets shocked, and Zayn kicks Nakamura’s head off with the Helluva Kick when he goes to check on his pal!
We get a recap of Happy Fellas and Drew McIntyre from last week.
Happy Fellas are backstage and Madcap Moss begs off of coming to the ring this week because of his black eye.
Happy Corbin makes his entrance to send us to break.
Cesaro vs. Happy Corbin
Corbin in control, overhead elbows, Deep Six... NOPE! Putting Cesaro up in the turnbuckles, he fires off right hands, Swiss Superman with a tornado suplex for some breathing room! Whip to the corner, out and back in, Cesaro ducks a lariat and hits an uppercut before clotheslining him to the floor!
Happy pulls him out of the ring, Cesaro reverses him and puts him into the barricade! Charging uppercut follows, back inside, duck a lariat, springboard corkscrew uppercut... NOPE! Neutralizer blocked with a back body drop, big boot gets a lariat, short-arm...
Happy Corbin wins by pinfall with End of Days.
Backstage, Madcap Moss is in the trainer’s room.
He tells the doc that he’s having trouble seeing and has spots in his visual field and thinks his match against Drew McIntyre should be canceled. The doctor starts administering a vision test but the blade a sword appears in front of him. Drew McIntyre tells him he knows he’s fine and to tell the doctor he’s good to go.
McIntyre says he was talking to Adam Pearce and it’s not a normal match between them anymore, it’s falls count anywhere, and maybe he’ll use the sword.
We get the promise of Goldberg and go to break.
Back from commercial, Charlotte Flair gets a bumper to say that she’s gonna snuff Naomi’s glow out tonight.
Michael Cole interviews Goldberg backstage.
Goldberg tells him he loves him like a brother and he has to do his job. Michael says people have said this is one comeback too many, and Bill says his problem is that he listens to those people, but he turned a page and he doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks.
As far as comebacks go, this one is going to stick and he’s going to bring the old Goldberg your remember back. Goldberg says Roman is gonna get what he deserves, two years coming. He claims he’s gonna win the title and go on to defeat Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania.
We get a recap of our opening segment.
Naomi makes her entrance to send us to break.
Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Naomi (WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship)
Collar and elbow, struggling into the corner, shoot off, shoulder block, drop down, leapfrog, Flair hits a mat slam! Tilt-a-whirl headscissors from the challenger, whip across, Flair Flip, enzuigiri sends her crashing to the floor! A plancha follows and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Flair smashes Naomi face-first into the turnbuckes before choking her in the corner. Whip blocked, inverted double stomp facebreaker sends Charlotte crashing into the corner! Back body drop to the apron, a kick staggers Flair, Naomi off the top with a diving crossbody... NOPE!
Figure four headscissors applied, Naomi fights out, leg kick into a jawbreaker, cover for two! Jackknife pin, bridge out, backslide blocked, Flair lays chops across her chest! To the floor, ringpost bow-and-arrow, Charlotte waves off referee Dan Engler’s count but runs right into a kick when she returns to the ring!
Boots up in the corner set up an enzuigiri, Naomi off the top with a blockbuster, cover... NOT ENOUGH! Flair rolls to the floor, Naomi goes out after her but the champion manages to throw her into the steel steps to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Flair in control but Naomi gets a nearfall reversing a backbreaker! Springboard kick connects, cover for two! Naomi up top, nobody home, roll through, looking for a tijeras but Charlotte counters with a powerbomb... NOPE! Slow and cocky, Flair climbs up top, nobody home on the moonsault, knees up on the moonsault, Rear View... CHARLOTTE FLAIR KICKS OUT!
Split-legged moonsault, knees up, folding press... NAOMI WILL NOT STAY DOWN! Full nelson mat slam into a side folding press but Charlotte kicks out! Naomi goes for the moonsault again and this time Flair kicks out! Desperate, trying to figure out how to end it, going for another cover but the champion gets her foot on the ropes!
Sidestep the boot, big forearms from the challenger, full of heart and will, Flair with a handful of hair, she gets a kick for her trouble but she’s got the Rear View scouted, chop block...
Charlotte Flair wins by pinfall with Natural Selection to retain the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship.
Post-match, Sonya Deville immediately slides in the ring to mock Naomi. Naomi gets to her feet and beats Deville down until Flair makes the save and runs over her with a big boot! Sonya puts boots to her and violates Mr. McMahon’s directive!
Ronda Rousey runs in and makes the save! Deville begs off and runs away, leading to heels and faces staring each other down. Rousey embraces her as Flair holds the title high.
That’s the show, folks.