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WWE SmackDown results, live blog (Feb. 4, 2022): Rousey’s decision

WWE SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Feb. 4, 2022) with a show emanating from Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, featuring the fallout show from the Royal Rumble pay-per-view (PPV) that went down just this past Saturday night in St. Louis.

Advertised for tonight: After winning the women’s Royal Rumble match, Ronda Rousey will make a decision about her opponent at WrestleMania 38. Will she choose to face Becky Lynch for the Raw women’s championship, or Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown women’s championship?

Also, Paul Heyman has teased that he will “reveal all” about his actions at Royal Rumble that cost Brock Lesnar the WWE championship.

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.)


How can this be, why is he the chosen one? Saint gone astray, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with a recal of the Royal Rumble.

The Bloodline make their entrance, rejoined by Paul Heyman.

Eventually they get in the ring and Paul gets on the mic, saying he’s here to serve as special counsel to your Tribal Chief. They only bothered to come here tonight to acknowledge what really happened, and a couple of uncomfortable truths.

There was no plot, no conspiracy, it was not done to make Brock Lesnar look foolish— although he does look like a damn fool anyway— He acknowledges that he made a mistake last year in Chicago when he told Roman Reigns what was in his heart, and he deserved everything he got when Reigns fired him.

He felt like his entire career was over, but he seized the opportunity when COVID picked the wrong human to infect and got Brock Lesnar added to the four-way at Day One, and everything was going to be fine. Brock on Raw, Roman on SmackDown, everyone was in their place...

...except Roman went and challenged Reigns to a title vs. title match, and how stupid is that? It’s as stupid as his beard and topknot, and he knew he’d made a mistake and got himself stuck with this stupid farmer. That brings us to the Royal Rumble, when Lesnar took Bobby Lashley to Suplex City, only to get slain by the GOAT.

Roman smashed Brock and at that moment Heyman understood he doesn’t need to protect Roman Reigns from Brock Lesnar, he needed to protect Brock from Roman. And then Reigns offered him a hand and he gave him a title belt and now Bobby Lashley is your WWE Champion and now you all have to acknowledge that there will be no title vs. title match at WrestleMania.

Brock Lesnar does not get what he wants, he does what Roman wants him to do, and at WrestleMania he will acknowledge Reigns as THE champion. Paul acknowledges Roman formally as his Tribal Chief and asks Oklahoma City to do the same.

Enter Goldberg, for some reason.

Bill gets on the mic and acknowledges Roman as his next victim, at Elimination Chamber!

Commentary hypes up our card tonight.

Sheamus and Ridge Holland make their entrance to send us to break.

Ricochet vs. Ridge Holland

Ricochet in with body blows, Holland with a knee, throwing him into the corner, uppercut, scoop and a slam. Another slam, hammer whip, Ricky low bridges him, slide out, pop out, back in...

Ricochet wins by pinfall with an inside cradle.

Sheamus and Holland spit and sputter about the decision and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we’ve got an impromptu tag match!

Cesaro & Ricochet vs. Ridge Holland & Sheamus

Cesaro and Sheamus to start, match in progress, Celtic Warrior with the Beats of the Bodhran. Tag to Holland, workind the Swiss Superman over, eventually he tags Ricochet in! Flying all over Sheamus, quebrada for two, fireman’s carry, Sheamus fights out, blind tag from Cesaro and he comes in with a discus lariat!

Ricochet runs Ridge off with a plancha, nobody home and Holland blasts him into the apron! Cesaro takes him out with a dropkick, Sheamus with a schoolboy for two! Skin the cat into the corner, Swiss Superman with a dropkick, headbutt, climbing up top... DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX!

Ridge made the blind tag and scoops Cesaro up...

Ridge Holland & Sheamus win by pinfall with Northern Grit from Holland on Cesaro.

We get a hype reel for WWE 2K22.

The Usos make their entrance to send us to break.

Erik vs. Jimmy Uso

Erik bringing it to Uso in the early goings, wicked knee connects, Jey slides in the ring to help his brother and sidesteps a dive from Ivar on the floor! Erik goes for a full nelson slam, Uso slips out and goes up top...

Jimmy Uso wins by pinfall with a diving splash.

We get a recap of the Aliyah/Natalya feud.

Aliyah makes her entrance to send us to break.

Aliyah vs. Natalya

Circling, collar and elbow, Aliyah with the schoolboy... NOPE! Natalya takes her into the corner and puts boots to her, breaking at referee Ryan Tran’s count to berate him for counting. To the next corner, jawing at her, sunset flip for two! Neidhart with a clubbing blow, whip reversed, up and over to the apron!

Aliyah flips into a tijeras, fired up, taking her shirt off, Lou Thesz Press into mounted punches! La casadora bulldog, again just a nearfall! Nattie shoves her away, big lariat, a handful of hair, dumping Aliyah to the floor and throwing her into the barricade!

Aliyah returns the favor and Nattie fails to return in time...

Aliyah wins by countout.

Backstage, Shotzi Blackheart is on her phone when Drew Gulak rolls up to talk to her.

Drew McIntyre walks past, sword in hand, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Drew McIntyre makes his entrance and we get a recap of Happy Fellas injuring his neck.

He gets on the mic and says it feels good to be back and you may have wondered how he came back so quickly. The truth is, after Day 1 a doctor looked him in the eye and told him he’s not gonna make WrestleMania, and he looked that doctor in the eye and told him to kiss his ass.

He did rehab three times a day, six times a week, and now he’s back. His attention is on the idiots that tried to end his damn career—

Enter Happy Corbin.

He asks Drew if it was really worth coming back early and risking his whole career to be thrown out like a bag of garbage by Brock Lesnar? Madcap Moss tries to attack from McIntyre’s flank and just gets a sword pointed at him. Drew asks him for a joke, and Moss tries to give him an Oklahoma joke, but McIntyre wants a joke about him.

Madcap has a bad “Scot free” joke about the main event of WrestleMania, Drew laughs and laughs and Claymores his head off!

We get footage of Sami Zayn at the Jackass Forever red carpet, running into Johnny Knoxville.

Johnny kicks him out and chases him with a cattle prod.

In Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville’s office, Sami loses his mind about the footage being played and asks when he’s gonna get his Intercontinental Championship match. They offer next week, he complains about needing time to recover and they offer a match in two weeks.

He takes it and leaves.

Natalya rolls up and demands a pinfall or submission only match against Aliyah next week, Dungeon-style.

Rick Boogs is going to play Shinsuke Nakamura in but his guitar isn’t working so he does a little Freddie Mercury vocal exercise instead.

And so we go to break.

Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Mahal clubs him down, forearms and elbows, Nakamura traps him in the ropes, a couple kicks and the sliding German suplex! Back in, fired up, Kinshasa sidestepped, fireman’s carry double knee gutbuster from Jinder gets two! Forearms get a knee, Mahal with a two count and a boot!

Cobra Clutch applied, Shinsuke gets out, a couple kicks, lining him up...

Shinsuke Nakamura wins by pinfall with Kinshasa.

We get a recap of Goldberg challenging Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship earlier tonight and go to break.

Back from commercial, Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville are chatting when Naomi comes rushing in.

Naomi says she’s not gonna touch Sonya while she’s wearing her jacket but she best meet her in the ring in five minutes. Deville begs off, saying it can’t happen, Naomi says next week then, Sonya says that’d be great but she’s got a title match against Charlotte Flair next week.

Naomi is skeptical but Adam tells her he’s making the match. Naomi thanks him and leaves.

We get a video package explaining Goldberg to anyone who doesn’t know.

New Day make their entrance to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Natalya is interviewed.

She decides to go tell Aliyah about their match next week right now, and runs into Xia Li leaving the trainer’s room. This leads Neidhart to decide better of it and walk off.

We get an inset of Los Lotharios doing a Valentine’s Day photo shoot and New Day crashing it, creating the impetus for this match.

Los Lotharios (Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo) vs. New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston)

E and Garza to start, sidestep, quick tags, working him over, leapfrog senton, cover for two! Tag to Carrillo, Big takes his head off with a forearm, tag to Kingston, Penalty Kick connects, cover for two. Lotharios outmaneuver Big but Kofi is a step ahead until Angel superkicks his head off on a plancha and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Kingston in trouble, Garza throws his pants at E but it costs him because referee Dan Engler gets distracted keeping Big out of the ring during a cover! Tandem Alarm Clock, back suplex, down and out and tags get made! E comes in hot with the trifecta of belly-to-belly suplexes!

Hip swivel, big splash, scoop him up, Garza slips out and hits a lungblower! Nobody to tag so he runs right into the big Rock Bottom in the corner, Kofi off the top with a double-team la casadora bulldog but Humberto breaks it up! The match breaks down, Carrillo sidesteps the suicide spear and hits an Orihara moonsault!

Kofi off the ropes, Angel gets a small package for two! Boot up, tag to Humberto, electric chair... DROPKICK DOOMSDAY DEVICE ISN’T ENOUGH! Tag to Garza, double whip, pop-up into the stomp, Angel with a kick to cut him off, underhooks, Kingston flips out of the Wing Clipper, tag!

Boots up, E in, scoop him up...

New Day win by pinfall with Midnight Hour on Angel Garza.

We get a recap of Ronda Rousey winning the women’s Royal Rumble.

Charlotte Flair makes her entrance to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Sonya Deville is in the ring with Charlotte Flair.

Sonya says she hasn’t run this past the higher-ups yet but Becky Lynch told her that Ronda Rousey is picking her and she expects to have a contract to sign on Monday night, but after Charlotte beats Naomi next week, she’ll need a WrestleMania opponent, and she’s giving her the floor to pick right now.

Flair says she’s been on top since 2015, day-in, day-out, and what’s Ronda been doing? Playing video games, farming, she had a baby? Congratulations! Mom vs. mom is an easier route for her, because Charlotte’s never been faster, stronger, or more confident in herself, and she is THE main event of WrestleMania.

If Rousey wants to choose the undercard, be her guest, because #1 doesn’t talk about #2. Who should she pick to main event against? She picks Sasha Banks!

Enter Ronda Rousey.

She gets on the mic and says everyone loves to talk about her, but last time she checked, she won the Royal Rumble and she gets to pick who she main events against. But Charlotte is right that being a mom changed her, gave her perspective, like she didn’t fly across the country into an ice storm for a chat.

She came here to teach her the family business of kicking ass and Charlotte is just one of many she owes an ass-beating to. She tells Flair that she’s not special, she’s just first, and she’ll see her at WrestleMania.

Charlotte immediately and literally pivots to point at the sign and crow about being in the main event, and says the title is her baby and is prettier than Ronda’s. (Which makes sense because it’s an attractive title belt and babies are generally pretty ugly.)

Rousey is about to attack but Deville gets between her and Flair and tells her to back off, but Ronda shoves her aside to attack! Sonya jumps on her back with a sleeper hold and Rousey counters into a Samoan Drop! Falling back, Ronda gets her armbar and taps Deville!

Rousey and Flair stare at each other.

That’s the show, folks.

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