WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Aug. 19, 2022) with a live show emanating from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Clash at the Castle pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for early next month in Cardiff, Wales.
Advertised for tonight: WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns is back again, this time for a face-to-face confrontation with the man who will challenge him for his title next month, Drew McIntyre. Elsewhere, The Viking Raiders have a funeral planned for The New Day, Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark debut, as they take on Natalya & Sonya Deville in the final first round match in the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, 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 AUG. 19
Tonight, tonight the strip’s just right, I wanna blow ‘em off in my first heat. Summer’s here and the time is right, for me to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with commentary hyping up tonight’s episode as the 1200th SmackDown.
Ronda Rousey walks to the ring, no entrance.
She says last week she paid her fine and then some, so she’s not leaving the ring tonight until she’s reinstated.
Adam Pearce comes to the stage with a couple security guards.
He says he can’t reinstate her, that authoritiy is above his paygrade, and he gets it, she’s upset, but she can’t come out here and hijack the show. She tells him not to make her choose violence, and Pearce sends security to the ring to escort her out of the ring.
They grab her arms and she shrugs them off, kicking one and judo throwing the other! The other two guards rush her, she gets the armbar on one of them, he begs and Adam tries to talk sense into her, and she just falls back into the armbar! Pearce calls two police officers down, and Rousey submits to being cuffed and walked out.
As she’s walked to the police car she continues to kvetch at Pearce before telling him he’s got a nice haircut.
The police drive off and a black SUV pulls up, with Roman Reigns getting out of it to send us to break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes up tonight’s matches.
Bayley, Dakota Kai, and IYO SKY arrive, tickets in hand, and sit in seats behind commentary.
Natalya & Sonya Deville vs. Toxic Attraction (Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne) (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament First Round Match)
Dolin and Natalya to start, headlock takeover, headscissors counter, Gigi with a wristlock, a mat slam, stepping over Neidhart but that exposes her to a schoolboy for a nearfall. Tag to Deville, off the ropes, leapfrog, spear into a jackknife pin, Dolin kicks out! Elbow connects, tijeras blocked, Sonya with a right hand!
Tag to Jayne, cover for two, Toxics take control as the action spills to the floor and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Toxics working Deville over, Sonya crawling for the tag, Jayne can’t hold her back and here comes Natalya! Side Russian legsweep, snap suplex, another suplex, German suplex, Sharpshooter denied, Dolin runs interference and Jacy puts Neidhart into the ropes.
Blind tag, superkick, Gigi off the ropes with an STO... NOPE! Action to the floor, back inside, Nattie catches her with the discus lariat! Elbow up in the corner, Jacy tags in, double leg, Sharpshooter on Dolin but she’s not legal! Jayne in...
Toxic Attraction win by pinfall with a schoolboy from Jacy Jayne on Natalya.
We see Sami Zayn backstage walking up to Roman Reigns’ door.
A man is guarding it and says Roman wants to see Sami, and a hesitant Zayn knocks on the door and goes in. Reigns tells him to sit down and asks how things have been going. Sami says it’s been going good and he’s been repping the Bloodline but if he’s being honest it’s been dicey and he’s been getting into it with Jey Uso a lot lately.
Roman lets him continue to ramble and air his grievances for some time before Sami himself realizes he may have overstepped his bounds. Reigns says actually he agrees that Jey has a respect problem and asks why he didn’t bring it to him directly before stepping off to handle some business.
Reigns’ phone rings and it’s Jey. Sami asks what to do and Roman tells him to pick up, and he does, and his end of the conversation indicates that Jey is screaming at him and he says he’ll take care of it. Zayn says Uso said there was trouble at the border, but you know what, he’s here.
Roman agrees that he is here and he’s got a five-way #1 contender’s match for the Intercontinental Championship tonight. Reigns says the title would look great in the Bloodline and he should focus on getting that belt. Roman asks if Sami still talks to Kevin Owens and he says he does, so Reigns tells him to tell Kevin that he doesn’t owe anybody anything.
Sami says he’ll make sure KO hears it, Roman wishes him luck tonight and Zayn goes off to make things happen and sends us to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of GUNTHER defending the Intercontinental Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura last week.
Maximum Male Models are in the ring.
Max Dupri cuts a promo about juices and titillation, but—
Enter Hit Row.
Dupri says this is a scheduled appearance for Maximum Male Models and Hit Row are not model material. Hit Row respond by clearing the ring and Top Dolla gets on the mic!
He greets Montreal and they say they have something special for us, which is a live performance in the ring.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a Killer Kross vignette where Scarlett does a wacky tarot reading and Kross calls Drew McIntyre the chosen one and screams at him a bunch about how he knew he was wrong to be chosen.
Happy Corbin vs. Madcap Moss vs. Ricochet vs. Sami Zayn vs. Sheamus (WWE Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
Moss and Sheamus brawling while Zayn hangs back and soaks in “Ole!” chants. Side headlock to Ricochet, shot off, drop down, leapfrog, tijeras sends Sami flying! Ricky off the ropes, Corbin inside to chokeslam him... NOPE! Zayn lighting Happy up with punches and we go to break.
Back from commercial, brawling on the floor, back inside with Corbin running hot, out and back in and he drops Moss with a right hand! A forearm blasts Zayn off the apron, Sheamus in, Happy hits a back suplex for two! Ricochet running hot, dropkicks for everybody, satellite DDT on Corbin!
Running shooting star press... HAPPY KICKS OUT! Madcap with stomps to Sheamus in the corner, trading punches, whip reversed, front kick but the Celtic Warrior hits the Irish Curse! An Irish Curse for Sami as well, Beats of the Bodhran on Madcap and then on Corbin!
Ricochet rolls in behind Sheamus, meeting him with punches to the face, passed to the apron, body blow and now he gets the Beats of the Bodhran! Sami snaps his neck over the ropes to keep him from completing the set, low-bridge sends Happy to the floor, Zayn off the ropes... TOPE CON GIRO!
Duck a kick, overhead elbows from Ricky, off the ropes, Sami gets the Michinoku Driver... NOPE! Helluva Kick blocked, Blue Thunder Driver on Moss... NOT ENOUGH! Sami up top, fighting Corbin off, Ricochet hops up with him but gets shoved down! Sheamus now, right hands... AVALANCHE WHITE NOISE!
Sami rolls to the floor, hurting, Ricochet from behind with a dropkick, Moss gets between them, shoulder thrusts, Rickcy up and over, charging chops, powerslam from the Celtic Warrior! Zayn heading to the back clutching his shoulder, all four remaining men down and out and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Moss and Sheamus jockeying for position in the turnbuckles... MADCAP WITH THE AVALANCHE FALLAWAY SLAM! Corbin beating Ricochet up, off the ropes, low-bridge sends Happy to the floor, back inside, Argentine neckbreaker... RICK KICKS OUT! Corbin and Sheamus brawling, clothesline sends Happy to the floor and Madcap comes right in.
Back and forth, wicked knee... MOSS KICKS OUT! Match goes into “everybody do something cool” mode, Ricochet off the top, shooting star press... CORBIN BREAKS IT UP! Low-bridge sends Happy to the floor again, Rick trying to put it together... SAMI ZAYN IS BACK!
He hobbles his way back to the ring, exploder suplex puts Ricochet into the turnbuckles! Lining him up... HELLUVA KICK BUT CORBIN PULLS HIM OUT OF THE RING! Happy slides back inside, Sheamus blasts him...
Sheamus wins by pinfall with a Brogue Kick on Happy Corbin to become #1 contender to the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get some footage sent in by the Viking Raiders.
It depicts a camp, with torches lit and some kind of ritual being enacted by a woman with a deer skull. She paints runes on Erik and Ivar’s foreheads and we see that they’ve constructed an altar of New Day merch. They say they respect them as warriors, champions, and heroes, but their time has passed, and the wounds on their flesh are merely a prelude.
Their folly and pride have lead them here, and now, Valhalla awaits. They say the sun will soon set on New Day, and it’ll be the dawn of a new Viking day, and they set the altar ablaze with their torches.
Commentary recaps Ronda Rousey’s paying of her fine last week and the contract signing that ensued.
Liv Morgan is interviewed backstage.
She admits her injured arm puts a target on her, but she’s got a target on her as champion anyway, and she’ll do anything to keep the title.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Shotzi Blackheart is interviewed in Gorilla.
She says she’s gonna jam a knee into Liv’s elbow until she needs a robot arm, and says her problem is that she’s too emotional, and taking a match with her was a bad decision and she’ll make her pay dearly for it.
Liv Morgan vs. Shotzi Blackheart
Morgan with a front kick, trading wild punches, arm wringer, shoulder block, shotgun dropkick sends Blackheart into the corner. Rising knee, Shotzi fires back with a dropkick, senton in the ropes, cover for two. To the apron, roundhouse kick, Blackheart plants her with a DDT on the apron as we go to break!
Back from commercial, Morgan mounts a comeback...
Liv Morgan wins by pinfall with Oblivion.
Post-match, Shayna Baszler attacks and lays Morgan out! She grabs a wristlock and steps on her neck, folding the arm to the mat, getting in her ear and saying the only reason she doesn’t break her arm right now is because she wants to win the title, and she kicks Liv in her head for good measure.
Commentary reminds us that Ronda Rousey got arrested at the top of the show.
We see Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre leaving their respective locker rooms, and Drew discovers one of Killer Kross’ hourglasses on his way out.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes up next week’s show.
Roman Reigns makes his entrance and gets on the mic.
He asks Montreal to acknowledge him and tells us he’s not here every week anymore, so every once in a while people are gonna come out here and say some stupid stuff. He wants to set the record straight, if anyone ever comes out here and says they’re the face of the company or the main event or they carry this company on their back and they’re not him, they’re lying.
Drew McIntyre is lying.
Only one man can say those things, and his name is the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, Roman Reigns, and he doesn’t have to say anything face to face to McIntyre because he’s beneath him.
Enter Drew McIntyre.
He says he’d love to say what he said to his face, but like he said, he’s not here anymore. He doesn’t think Roman Reigns represents the titles they way they should be and he doesn’t deserve to be champion. Reigns scoffs at this, Drew says he heard him and tells him to look at the last couple years, with the Wise Man working politically and the Usos working for him physically.
Together who can take down the Bloodline? Nobody, but right now he’s just a man and he sees fear and concern in Roman’s eyes when they’re alone, and there’s not a man alive Drew can’t tear apart with his bare hands. And at Clash at the Castle, he’s gonna tear the titles from him, and he wants to have a little fight in Montreal right now.
McIntyre takes his shirt off but Roman throws the first punch! Backing Drew off, he fires right hands and a belly-to-belly suplex off in return! Lining up a Claymore... SAMI ZAYN THROWS HIMSELF IN FRONT OF THE KICK! Superman Punch connects, the Big Dog howls... DREW COUNTERS THE SPEAR WITH A CLAYMORE!
Drew grabs the title belts and stands tall.
That’s the show, folks.