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WWE SmackDown results, live blog (Jan. 6, 2023): The Usos vs. Sheamus & McIntyre

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WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Jan. 6, 2023) with a live show emanating from FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee, featuring the latest build towards this month’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view (PPV) event.

Advertised for tonight: The Usos defend the undisputed WWE tag team titles against Sheamus and Drew McIntyre. This championship match was delayed by one month due to McIntyre’s ruptured ear drum.

Elsewhere on the card: Top Dolla and Ricochet settle their issues in a Royal Rumble qualifying match, Charlotte Flair has something to say following her shocking return and championship win over Ronda Rousey, 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 JAN. 6

Yeah, I’m looking for some neon prescription glasses that, you know, will glow when all the lights are out, when I am trying to quantify the weight of God. Wait, I’ll wait and liveblog this here pro wrestling show for these folks.

The show opens with the Bloodline jumping the barricade and throwing chairs around!

Paul Heyman and Roman Reigns enter down the aisle after the Uces jack up the announce area.

The Tribal Chief gets on the mic and asks Memphis, Tennessee to acknowledge him.

He passes the mic to Sami Zayn, who puts everyone on notice and says 2023 belongs to the Bloodline. He says they sent a message on Raw and won all their matches, and Reigns agrees but says he actually wants to talk about last year. Last week, he and Sami had the biggest match of the year, and what happened?

Some say they lost, to which Roman laughs and literally slaps his knee, but that’s something he doesn’t understand because he doesn’t lose, it’s not in his DNA, and he sat and thought and came to the conclusion that he didn’t lose, Zayn lost. But he doesn’t really care about that and he’s gonna move forward from that.

He asks why Sami called his shot and promised a win. He always calls his shot and always wins, but it’s embarrassing to call your shot and fail to deliver. He asks Sami if he’s trying to be the Tribal Chief, hitting a fever pitch and screaming in his face by the end of his line of questioning—

Enter Kevin Owens.

He says the last time he saw Roman like this, he was the cause of it, and he thinks he is again. He thinks Reigns’ problem isn’t with Sami, it’s with him, and it’s time to take care of his KO problem. Roman says he doesn’t care, he just wants Owens to go away forever.

Kev says he’s in a great mood so he’ll give it to him and leave, but not forever, and he’ll see him at the Royal Rumble, and he’ll see Sami Zayn whenever he digs his balls out of Roman’s pocket.

And so we go to break.


Back from commercial we see Charlotte Flair arrive at the arena.

We get a video package from earlier today of Santos Escobar telling Kofi Kingston the sun has set on New Day and setting his match up.

Kofi Kingston vs. Santos Escobar

Fast-paced early, Escobar with a forearm smash that knocks Kingston down to the apron, dropkick follows, showing off his Rumble elimination avoidance skills with a handstand on the floor, crawling to the steps! Kick to the face, crossbody off the top, passing Santos to the floor and sending us to break!

Back from commercial, Escobar with a running knee in the corner, cover for two! Trading right hands, Santos backs Kingston into the corner for a big chop! Big dropkick out of the corner gets Kofi back into it, to the floor, Xavier Woods runs interference with the trombone but Escobar shrugs it off and returns to the ring for a nearfall off a running enzuigiri!

Drawing him up, whip across, la casadora into a victory roll, Santos kicks out at two! Duck a lariat, double chops set up a jumping solebutt, off the ropes, caught by a body blow, Escobar with a fireman’s carry, slip out, catch him with the SOS... NOPE! Up in the turnbuckles, jockeying for position, headbutt knocks Santos down but he catches Kingston out of midair with a knee strike!

Kofi with a chest kick, Boom Drop, Cruz Del Toro runs interference, Santos with a kick, fireman’s carry...

Santos Escobar wins by pinfall with the Phantom Driver.

Commentary officially informs us that Roman Reigns will defend the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship against Kevin Owens at the Royal Rumble.

Sami Zayn knocks on the Bloodline’s door and Paul Heyman answers.

Sami says he has to explain, but Paul says now isn’t the time. The Usos arrive and are let right through and Heyman gives Zayn a little shoulder hug and reminds him about being three steps ahead and says even at the third step it’d be too soon, but he still loves him.

And so we go to break.


Back from commercial, Liv Morgan cuts a promo about the Royal Rumble.

She says it sounds like chaos, but she lives for Chaos, and she wants to enter at #1 and beat the crap out of everyone else.

We get a recap of Uncle Howdy’s appearance from last week.

LA Knight is interviewed backstage.

He says he was walking through Memphis earlier today and asking if he really feels the way he feels, and he feels damn good. When the lights go down, Bray Wyatt’s lights will go out.

Karrion Kross and Scarlett make their entrances and we go to break.


Emma & Madcap Moss vs. Karrion Kross & Scarlett (Mixed Tag Team Match)

Back from commercial, match in progress, Moss plants Kross with a DDT and they tag the women in! Emma shoves her down, mounted punches, smashing her into the turnbuckles repeatedly, whip reversed, Emma takes her down with a lariat! Charging forearm in the corner, low crossbody, cover... NOPE!

Scarlett with a bridging exploder suplex for two, Emma fires back with a butterfly suplex and a sliding kick but Karrion breaks the pin up! Emma slaps him across the face as referee Dan Engler tries to restore order, Madcap tags in and lands a shoulder thrust, whip reversed, Scarlett trips him up and Kross drops him with a lariat!

Emma gets into it with Scarlett and gets put into the post and then thrown over the announce desk! Madcap floats over a slam but gets sidestepped into the corner, northern forearm and the Krossjacket is in...

Karrion Kross & Scarlett win by referee stoppage with the Krossjacket from Kross on Madcap Moss.

Post-match, Scarlett and Kross put a Rey Mysterio mask on Madcap’s head and hold up a tarot card, the Emperor, emblazoned with Rey’s image.

We get a recap of Charlotte Flair’s return and SmackDown Women’s Championship victory from last week and we go to break.


Back from commercial, we get some hype for the announcement that Money in the Bank will be happening in London this year.

We cut to Drew McIntyre and Sheamus in Jerry “the King” Lawler’s bar and grill.

They talk about their partnerships and rivalries and slap each other repeatedly (boys are weird, what can I say?) and lead the whole bar in chanting “banger after banger after banger” at the end of it.

Charlotte Flair makes her entrance and gets on the mic.

She says she missed us and says Ronda Rousey knows payback is a bitch, which elicits “Thank you Charlotte” chants. She says she was genuinely overwhelmed by the reaction to her winning the title last week and says she stands for passion and consistency in this ring, and she’s not complacent.

She won’t rest or coast and she’ll knock down anyone who stands in her way, because that’s what a champion does.

Enter Sonya Deville.

She says the hillbillies in this building might not be bright enough to see through her lies, but she does. She’s bragging about being a fourteen-time champion, but there should be an asterisk next to number fourteen. What, she beat a half-dead Ronda Rousey? Congratulations!

So her question for Flair is how will she fare against a fresh fighter? Charlotte cottons right on to the fact that Deville is pitching herself as a contender and she accepts the challenge!

Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Sonya Deville (WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship)

Deville attacks Flair from behind, off the ropes, she gets run over by a big boot and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Flair goes to work on Deville’s leg but she slips away and hits a chop block! Off the ropes, sweeping the leg, cover for two! Crossface strikes into a reverse chinlock, trying to grind the champion down! Charlotte to her feet, ramming her into the corner, cross-arm Iconoclasm and a chest kick sends her flying!

Short lariats and chops, Sonya gets up top but Charlotte sidesteps, handspring lariat... NOPE! Drawing Deville up the apron, she snaps Flair’s neck over the top rope, back inside... CHARLOTTE CUTS HER OFF WITH A SPEAR! Figure four leglock, bridging back...

Charlotte Flair wins by submission with the Figure Eight, retaining the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship.

We get a video package covering the return of Cody Rhodes last year.

Ricochet makes his entrance and we go to break.


We get a Lacey Evans vignette about what a good fighter she is or something. I dunno, my grandfather was a marine and he was proud of it but he didn’t talk about it nearly as much as she does, holy hell.

Ricochet vs. Top Dolla (Royal Rumble Qualifying Match)

Dolla in hot, like a man defending his honor and dignity after tripping repeatedly, big boot, choking Ricochet in the ropes, taunting a little too much and Rick gets a kick and a small package for two! Off the ropes, Asai DDT, up top...

Ricochet wins by pinfall with a shooting star press to qualify for the Royal Rumble.

Post-match, Top offers Ricochet a handshake, no hard feelings. Ricochet accepts, they hug, and Dolla raises his hand... AND ASHANTE “THEE” ADONIS NAILS RICOCHET WITH A SUPERKICK! B-FAB WITH A PUMP KICK AND ADONIS LAYS PUNCHES IN!

They lay Rick out but Braun Strowman makes the save and they scatter!

In the Bloodline’s office, the Usos are hyped for their match and fistbump Roman Reigns on their way out. Roman tells Paul Heyman to bring him Sami Zayn and we go to break.


Back from commercial, we get a video package for Braun Strowman vs. GUNTHER.

Sami Zayn enters Roman Reigns’ office and acknowledges him as Tribal Chief and says he’s not trying to usurp him but if he did anything that gives him that impression, he’s sorry. Reigns doesn’t accept his apology and says he holds himself to a very high standard and at the end of the day he’s got to control his anger.

Nobody deserves to be spoken to like that in front of the whole world, so no Roman doesn’t accept the apology because he should be the one apologizing. He tells Sami he’s sorry, Zayn says he understands why he snapped but Reigns doesn’t back down and admits that KO is right, he’s mad at Owens and taking it out on Sami.

He says the KO problem is done and they’re gonna fix it, and he calls Paul Heyman over. Heyman says they’re giving Sami a chance to redeem himself, because next week he’ll wrestle Kevin Owens. Zayn says it’s done, he’ll take care of Owens for Roman.

The Usos’ music hits and Sami wants to go to ringside to be with them but Reigns tells him to stay here and watch the match with him.

We get main event entrances and we go to break.


Drew McIntyre & Sheamus vs. the Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) (c) (WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championship)

Sheamus and Jimmy to start, headlock takeover, escape, side headlock, shot off, drop down, block the hip toss, Celtic Warrior with a lariat! Tag to McIntyre, big chop, Jey comes in and cuts him off! To the apron, suplexing Drew back inside, tag to Jimmy, wishboning the big Scot’s legs!

Quick tags, working him over, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Sheamus clotheslines Jey to the apron! Drawing him up, Beats of the Bodhran, cover for two, Jimmy tags in, diving splash... THE CELTIC WARRIOR KICKS OUT! Both babyfaces up top, stereo White Noises, cover... SO CLOSE! Tag to McIntyre, jumping neckbreakers for everybody, kip up, fired up, off the ropes... TOPE CON GIRO!

Back inside with Jey Uso, counting down, Claymore... JIMMY BREAKS IT UP! Sidestep Drew into the post, Sheamus tags in, thinking High Cross, Jimmy tags in, saves his brother, stereo superkicks set it up... DREW MCINTYRE BREAKS UP THE PIN FROM THE 1D!

McIntyre to the floor, Solo Sikoa with a cheap shot while referee Charles Robinson is distracted, Pete Dunne and Ridge Holland attack him and take him out over the barricade and into the crowd! Superkick gets a Brogue Kick, Sheamus into the pin... JEY PULLS HIS BROTHER OUT OF THE RING!

Sheamus up top, diving lariat on Jimmy, back inside, fireman’s carry, boot to Jey, Jimmy capitalizes while Jey pulls the ropes back to avoid a break...

The Usos win by pinfall with a schoolboy pin from Jimmy Uso on Sheamus, retaining the WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championship.

That’s the show, folks.

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