WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Sept. 30, 2022) with a live show emanating from Canada Life Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Extreme Rules pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for early next month in Philadelphia.
Advertised for tonight: Shotzi gets a singles match against Bayley, with IYO SKY and Dakota Kai standing ringside.
Tonight’s card also features Sami Zayn and Solo Sikoa representing The Bloodline in tag team action against Ricochet and Madcap Moss, Hit Row looking for payback in a match against Los Lotharios, and a lot 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 SEPT. 30
Tires on the highway hissing that something’s coming, you can feel the wires in the tree tops humming. Devil’s on the horizon line, and I’m liveblogging this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with the intro video.
Madcap Moss & Ricochet vs. the Bloodline (Sami Zayn & Solo Sikoa)
Zayn and Ricochet to start, circling, go-behind into a side headlock and Sami starts grinding him down. Shift to a wristlock, reversed into an arm wringer and right hands from the One and Only! Whip across, tijeras into a dropkick from Ricochet and a tag to Moss!
Madcap quickly gets waylaid into the Bloodline’s corner and worked over at length. Bloodline sent to the floor, assisted dive takes them out and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Sikoa working Ricochet over with a trapezius claw, Ricky fights out with punches, whip blocked, into the corner, Samoan Drop connects! Nearfall, back and forth and Solo throws him into the corner! Enzuigiri connects, missile dropkick follows it up, tags made!
Moss eats Zayn up, big fallaway slam and punches in the corner, shoulder thrusts, duck a lariat from Sikoa, shoulder block sends him to the floor! Sami with a schoolboy for two, a Blue Thunder Driver... SO CLOSE! Madcap catches him and hits a Jackhammer... SOLO BREAKS IT UP!
The match breaks down, punches traded, big knee from Ricochet sends Sikoa to the floor, off the ropes, Sami trips him up and Madcap throws him into the barricade! Ricky with a suicide dive... SOLO SIKOA THROWS A CHAIR AT HIS FACE! Solo tags in, big Shinjiro Ohtani spinning wheel kick sets him up...
Solo Sikoa wins by pinfall with the true uranage, which commentary calls Spinning Solo.
Post-match, the Bloodline beat Moss down, Sikoa hammering him with headbutts and the Ode to Rikishi over Sami’s attempts to calm him down!
They throw up their ones, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Sami and Solo are walking backstage and Zayn is giving him a pep talk as they get to the Bloodline locker room. The door is locked and Jey Uso opens it, happily greeting his brother and shrugging Sami’s issues off. He lets Sikoa in the room and talks to Zayn alone, saying he sees right through him and if he even thinks about putting the family in jeopardy, he’ll get him.
Sami tells him to take it up with Roman Reigns and walks past him and into the Bloodline locker room.
We get a Karrion Kross vignette and promo where he calls Drew McIntyre out for pulling him out of the darkness, and says Drew’s been on top for a long time, and you have to send a guy like him to the hospital to keep him down, and at Extreme Rules he’s going to take him to a point of absolutely no return.
Austin Theory is interviewed backstage.
He says he’s learned his lesson about ruined cash-ins thanks to Brock Lesnar and Tyson Fury, and he rants about Drew McIntyre and how stupid he is, all while McIntyre walks up behind him. Drew claps a hand on his shoulder and challenges him to a match right now!
But first, we go to break.
Austin Theory vs. Drew McIntyre
Austin Theory has brought Alpha Academy along as backup.
Trading chops, McIntyre absolutely destroys Theory with one, big tossing suplex, Future Shock connects! Kip up, count down, Chad Gable up on the apron and Drew hip tosses him in, but Otis Dozovic pulls McIntyre out...
Drew McIntyre wins by disqualification.
Otis throws Drew into the steel steps and the heels put boots to him! JOHNNY GARGANO MAKES THE SAVE! Numbers overwhelm him soon enough, but Kevin Owens makes the save in turn and finally the tide turns and the babyfaces send the heels packing!
Max Dupri is walking backstage when he runs into Maximum Male Models, who admit he’s been disappointed in them but they’re gonna make him proud when they win the title. Not the tag titles, the Canadian record for longest pose!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Shotzi Blackheart cuts a promo.
She says she’s not going to sit on the sidelines, she’s gonna stick her nose and boots wherever she likes, and she’s going to stomp all over Bayley tonight.
Hit Row (Ashante “Thee” Adonis & Top Dolla) vs. Los Lotharios (Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo)
Adonis and Garza to start, Lotharios turn him around with quick tags and Angel immediately tears his pants off and throws them at Dolla! A neckbreaker counters a suplex and Ashante tags out! Top running hot, axehandles and forearms, a front kick, a running knee! Corner lariat, side slam, cover for two!
Off the ropes, little shimmy, elbow drop, Garza breaks it up! Angel flirts with B-FAB and pays for it, Dolla hoists him up and grabs Humberto too, blind tag, World’s Strongest Slam / Wasteland combination, Top picks Humberto up...
Hit Row win by pinfall with Heavy Hitter on Humberto Carrillo.
Ronda Rousey is interviewed backstage.
She says Hooters Barbie might think she’s extreme because she can hold a kendo stick and jump through a table, she could have a Hattori Hanzo katana and Rousey would still kick her ass.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial we get some Connor’s Cure charity business.
Natalya vs. Ronda Rousey
Face-to-face, Rousey shoves her, ankle lock from Natalya, Ronda breaks away and lands a big right hand! Choking Nattie in the ropes, running knee, grabbing a modified Chikara Special before Neidhart reverses into a pin! Pop-up in the corner, one-arm powerbomb but Nattie is slow to capitalize!
Piper’s Pit reversed into a nearfall, Sharpshooter reversed with a kneebar, Nattie steps over into a pin for two! Discus lariat connects, cover for two! Ronda reverses a slam into an ankle lock, falling back, grapevining the leg...
Ronda Rousey wins by submission with a grapevined ankle lock.
Post-match, Liv Morgan makes her entrance, baseball bat and title in hand, to stare Rousey down on the ramp. She charges in but Ronda lays a kick in! Liv uses the bat from one knee and charges in, taking a big swing but Rousey ducks and she hits the post! Piper’s Pit on the floor and the bat goes flying!
Tug of war over the bat, Liv ends up in the timekeeper’s area, security surrounds Ronda, who brandishes the bat before throwing it aside and leaving. Morgan charges in and takes her out from behind! The pull-apart rages a while longer before security finally manages to separate them.
Panda Express and Drew McIntyre are hanging out backstage.
McIntyre takes a good-natured jab at the company Johnny Gargano is keeping before acknowledging that he and Kevin Owens have had their problems before but there’s no issue now, and they’re united on taking Austin Theory out. KO leaves and advises Maximum Male Models on their posing before running into Sami Zayn a couple feet down the hallway.
He chuckles and tells Sami that he needs a new shirt, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, it’s Shinsuke Nakamura’s turn to mess with Mansoor and Mace while they’re posing.
Imperium make their entrance and get on the mic.
They run the Brawling Brutes down, saying they exhibit none of the qualities of a champion, and next week GUNTHER is gonna beat Sheamus, grind him down for the final time, and he’ll enjoy the look of defeat in his eyes when he breaks his spirit once and for all.
He says GUNTHER loves talking a big fight and unfortunately tonight Ridge Holland and Pete “Butch” Dunne are stuck in Florida, but it’s alright because the King of the Bangers is here in Winnipeg and he’ll kick all three of their heads right off their shoulders.
Ludvig Kaiser and Giovanni Vinci rush him and he takes them out with a shillelagh before getting in the ring with GUNTHER! The Celtic Warrior drops his club out of the ring and starts brawling with the Ring General! Looking for the Brogue Kick but Vinci and Kaiser are there to cut him off!
Boots in the corner, grabbing Sheamus by the jaw and holding the title in his face, chopping his shirt open and following it with a powerbomb!
Imperium leave and Sheamus gets up and asks GUNTHER if that’s all he’s got, so Imperium go back and beat him up some more.
Bayley cuts a promo backstage.
She says Shotzi Blackheart loves to run her mouth but ding dong hello she’s the one that pinned Bianca Belair and she’s going to shut Blackheart up all by herself before beating Bianca again at Extreme Rules.
Commentary informs us that the legendary Antonio Inoki passed away earlier today and Corey Graves brings up his unrecognized WWE Championship reign.
We get a memorial graphic and we go to break.
Bayley vs. Shotzi Blackheart
Blackheart running hot, enzuigiri, judo throws, double knee armbreaker, into a victory roll pin for two! Looking to keep Bayley in the ropes, she sidesteps but ends up wheelbarrowed into the second rope for a running senton! Taking her to the floor, we go to break with Shotzi still in control.
Back from commercial, Blackheart with a basement dropkick, slinging Bayley out of the corner, one-handed bulldog, knee lift, rolling elbow, roundhouse kick, snap suplex into the turnbuckles! Bayley catches her...
Bayley wins by pinfall with the Roseplant.
Post-match, another Roseplant and Bayley goes under the ring for a ladder! Bringing it in the ring, opening it up, laying Shotzi inside of it, she goes up top but Bianca Belair makes the save! She wants the KOD but Bayley slips away to the floor!
Maximum Male Models are in the final countdown on their pose when Max Dupri hip checks them! He calls them clowns more worried about posing and this isn’t for him anymore and you can 86 it because he’s not sure it was ever for him, yeah.
Alpha Academy and Austin Theory make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes up next week’s show for us.
Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis Dozovic) & Austin Theory vs. Drew McIntyre & Panda Express (Johnny Gargano & Kevin Owens)
Gargano and Gable to start, trading wristlocks, Theory runs interference and the heels start working Johnny over. Gargano fights back into it with the Superman Spear, back body drop to the floor, McIntyre cuts Dozovic out and Owens takes the other two out with a cannonball off the apron that sends us to break!
Back from commercial and lo, the heels are working Johnny Wrestling over again. One Final Beat reversed into a bridging northern lights suplex and Gable goes to work with a kneeling armbar! Ankle lock applied, Johnny gets away, tag to Kevin Owens, a little back and forth and he snaps off a big DDT!
Steenbreaker follows it up, crotch chop, cannonball senton in the corner! KO up top, senton atomico... OTIS BREAKS IT UP! German suplex follows, McIntyre tags in and throws Theory around with hip tosses! Belly-to-belly suplex, duck a lariat, jumping neckbreaker into the kip-up!
Fired up, charging in, but Austin bails to the floor! Drew follows around, big right hand, tossing him back inside but Otis blindsides him! Throwing McIntyre into the steel steps, Gargano dives on him and he and Kev take Dozer out with superkicks! Clear the announce table, setting Otis on it, Chad Gable cuts them off and hits an exploder suplex on Owens!
KO on the table now, Gargano takes Otis out with a tornado DDT, Owens with the Stunner to Gable, Drew is perfectly timed in the ring...
Drew McIntyre & Panda Express win by pinfall with a Claymore from McIntyre on Austin Theory.
Post-match, Drew whips Theory with a leather strap!
That’s the show, folks.