WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Sept. 16, 2022) with a live show emanating from Honda Center in Anaheim, California, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Extreme Rules pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for early next month in Philadelphia.
Advertised for tonight: Logan Paul returns to WWE with his “Media Megastar energy.” Paul Heyman might also be in the house after promising Roman Reigns that he will “handle” the YouTube star.
Tonight’s card also features a Fatal 4-Way rematch to determine the number one contenders for the WWE Undisputed tag team titles. It will be New Day vs. Street Profits vs. Los Lotharios vs. Alpha Academy.
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 SEPT. 16
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The show opens with Logan Paul making his entrance.
Commentary recaps his challenge to Roman Reigns.
Paul gets on the mic and says he did it again, he has a habit of opening his mouth and saying some stupid stuff, and he says he had Roman on his podcast and y’know what? He opened his mouth about Floyd Mayweather, and even the greatest boxer of all time couldn’t put him down or pay him. (He’s working on that last one.)
So he issued a challenge to Roman Reigns, and he’s taken the liberty of setting up a press conference tomorrow in Nevada and if Roman is man enough, he’ll show up and meet Logan face-to-face.
Enter Paul Heyman, followed by the rest of the Bloodline.
He does his usual big intro and gets in the ring to talk to Paul directly. He recounts Logan vs. Mayweather but points out that he had a significant height advantage on Floyd, but hey he wouldn’t fight the guy! Logan threatens Paul E, and Heyman says he doesn’t care about any of Paul’s history, he just cares that the guy makes a smart decision and picks a fight with someone else.
Logan waves it off and says he’s just having a press conference, what does he thinks gonna happen? Roman’s probably gonna smash him, sure, but what if he doesn’t? What if Logan Paul lands that one lucky shot on Roman Reigns? That’s all it takes. What if he drops the Tribal Chief like a sack of potatoes?
What if he wins the Universal Championship?
Solo Sikoa gets up on the apron and Logan offers a bet— he can knock Paul Heyman out and get out of the ring before Solo can touch him.
Sami Zayn gets in the ring and tells Sikoa he has this and he can back down, and he loves and respects Heyman but maybe he’s just not the right man for the job. Maybe he should handle Logan Paul. Paul E throws his hands up and leaves the ring.
Zayn addresses Logan in a friendly manner and walks towards him... AND GETS POPPED IN THE JAW AND KNOCKED DOWN! The Usos and Solo have had enough and they hit the ring and Paul runs away! Ricochet comes out to back Logan Paul up!
And so we go to break.
Ricochet vs. Sami Zayn
Zayn pulling ahead in the feeling out, Ricochet on a comeback, Sami slides out in front of Logan Paul and jaws at him and Ricky nails him! Back inside, counter the springboard, top rope goes into Ricochet’s gut and Zayn beats him down with mounted punches! Up top, Sami with a diving punch, a lariat off the ropes, cover for two!
Sami cuts him off and sends him crashing to the floor and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Zayn dives into a dropkick from Ricochet! Trading right hands, Ricochet with a series of kicks, whip reversed, tijeras connects and the One and Only is fired up! Shoulder block in the corner, springboard crossbody... SO CLOSE!
Standing moonsault, Sami with the knees up, inside cradle... NOT ENOUGH! Blue Thunder Driver connects, Logan Paul keeps referee Jessika Carr occupied, no pin! Ricochet with a Hurricanrana... STILL NO! Fireman’s carry, Jey Uso up on the apron for the distraction, Sami with a schoolboy for two!
Ricochet with a knee lift, a dropkick to Jey, Zayn with the half nelson suplex, cover but Jey has Carr distracted this time and Ricky kicks out! Sami argues with Jey Uso, Jimmy tries to play moderator, Ricochet wipes them all out with a dive! Back inside, up top...
Ricochet wins by pinfall with a shooting star press.
The Usos and Sikoa look to hit the ring after the match, but Madcap Moss comes running down with a chair to even the odds and the Bloodline backs off!
We’re promised some Karrion Kross kontent after the break.
Back from commercial we get more cheesy black-and-white film grain promo action from Killer Kross and Scarlett.
He talks about “executing” Drew McIntyre last week and says he’s never going to let him get out of the circle of agony he’s constructed for him.
Max and Maxxine Dupri are in the ring for more male model nonsense, or more specifically, a back-to-school collection.
Mace and Mansoor walk the ramp in their short pants—
Braun Strowman bowls them both over! He biels Mansoor into the ring and then powerbombs him!
Chad Gable appears on the stage and Otis Dozovic blindsides Strowman! Braun shrugs him off, Chad attacks, he gets him up but Dozer clobbers him and takes him off-balance! Slamming Strowman, the Alphas leave but Braun pops -up and tears his shirt off to yell at him!
Gable holds Otis back and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of Damage CTRL winning the tag titles.
We see Jojo Siwa at ringside.
Bayley gets on the mic and says she’s back on SmackDown, and introduces Dakota Kai and IYO SKY as your new tag team champions. They say that means they go where they want, and SmackDown is their show now. Bayley says they have the power to plow through anyone that steps in their way—
Enter Raquel Rodriguez.
She says she doesn’t see greatness at all, she sees three bullies that hurt her partner and are powerless to stop her from getting revenge. She hits the ring, Damage CTRL run away and we go to break.
Bayley vs. Raquel Rodriguez
Rodriguez in control after a trip to the floor, back inside, pounce, Lawn Dart, revolution World’s Strongest Slam... NOPE! Bayley on the offensive, whip blocked, off the ropes, duck a lariat, slip out of a slam, shoulder block in the corner! Raquel blasts her with a boot and drags her into the corner but Bayley catches her in the tree of woe and dropkicks the knee!
Trapping her knee in the ropes, wrenching it in, pressing the attack! Rodriguez with a chokebomb into the turnbuckles, a headbutt, a forearm, a lariat, she gets distracted with Dakota Kai and slams her into Bayley! Damage CTRL running interference, Bayley gets her...
Bayley wins by pinfall with the Roseplant.
Post-match, IYO SKY and Bayley attack Rodriguez until Shotzi Blackheart makes the save and runs them off!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a sitdown interview with Ronda Rousey.
She says there won’t be any controversy this time, and Liv Morgan rolls up to interrupt and talk to Ronda directly. She says she’s never met anyone who says words that mean nothing more than Rousey, and they bicker over the meaning of “all due respect”, and Liv says she’s beat her twice and deserves respect.
But instead Ronda says the same things she’s heard her entire career, and she challenges her to an extreme rules match at Extreme Rules. Rousey tells her it’s her funeral and takes her mic off and walks away.
Drew McIntyre comes through the crowd and stands on the announce desk.
He tells Karrion Kross to grow a set and step up to him, he’s so obsessed with time? Time is running out for him, and the only countdown he needs worry about is 3-2-1, lights out.
In Gorilla, the Usos give Solo Sikoa a pep talk and he says he’s got this and Jey was off his game today. He invites Sami to ringside and Zayn follows him.
Madcap Moss makes his entrance and we go to break.
Madcap Moss vs. Solo Sikoa (c) (NXT North American Championship)
Collar and elbow, stalemate, back to the lockup, Moss with a wiastlock, Sikoa with back elbows, Madcap shifts to knees but runs into a wicked back elbow on the breakout! Off the ropes, shoulder block, clothesline sends Solo to the floor! Moss follows after, Sami looking for a chance but Madcap backs him off!
Sikoa cuts him off and starts working him over with a trapezius claw! Moss in the corner, Ode to Rikishi connects, cover for two! Punching it out, Madcap backing him into the ropes with right hands, whip reversed, big lariat takes the champion down! Slam connects, shoulder blocks in the corner, Punchline blocked, side kick takes him off-balance but Moss connects with a capture suplex lift dropped into a Rock Bottom... NOPE!
Back elbows and headbutts from the Street Champion, fireman’s carry, Samoan Drop blocked with elbows and Moss stampedes him into the corner! Charging in, this time the Samoan Drop hits... SO CLOSE! Off the ropes, Madcap catches him into a fallaway slam! Sami pulls Solo out of the ring and saves him from the followup!
Moss chases Zayn and runs right into a superkick from Sikoa! Solo gets him up...
Solo Sikoa wins by pinfall with a uranage to retain the NXT North American Championship.
And so we go to break.
Brawling Brutes (Pete “Butch” Dunne & Ridge Holland) vs. Hit Row (Ashante “Thee Adonis & Top Dolla) vs. Imperium (Giovanni Vinci & Ludwig Kaiser) vs. New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) (WWE Unified Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
Dunne at it with Kaiser, taking him to the floor, Vinci bowls him over, Holland joins the fray and New Day are Switzerland while GUNTHER and Sheamus stare each other down! Top Dolla throws Adonis into the crush but Giovanni cuts him off from a dive of his own!
Woods with a tope con giro and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Kaiser with nearfalls on Dunne, shifting to Dolla and Ridge having a hoss fight, Kingston and Adonis and Kofi takes him out with a Boom Drop! Tags made, Imperium working Kingston over and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Kingston fights his way out of Imperium’s corner, the path is clear, back body drop to Kaiser and he tags Woods in! Xavier and Giovanni going at it, rolling elbow from Woods! Honor Roll connects, he’s got Adonis and Butch both hooked and takes them out!
Xavier with a Russian legsweep, Michinoku Driver... NO GOOD! Butch tags in, running hot, wiping everybody out! Palm strikes for Top, he runs into a boot, Dolla pops Kofi up and stacks Pete on top of him on his shoulders, catches Woods up front, marches around the ring carrying all three guys, and then shrugs Butch off and double World’s Strongest Slams New Day!
Ridge tries to get Top up but gets blocked, reversal, he gets Dolla up and hits the Alabama Slam... NOPE! Ashante backing Woods up with forearms, Xavier gets one of his own and then a superkick, tag to Kofi, he dives on Dolla as Xavier hits a DDT, Kingston off the top, diving splash... DUNNE BREAKS IT UP! Plancha takes him out, Vinci tags in and comes at Kingston!
Reversing pins, Kofi tunes up the band but Giovanni cuts him off, spinebuster, Penalty Kick from Ludwig, tag, Imperial Bomb, Holland steals it...
Brawling Brutes win by pinfall with a lateral press from Ridge Holland on Kofi Kingston to become #1 contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championship.
That’s the show, folks.