WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Oct. 13, 2023) with a live show emanating from BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, featuring the season premiere episode following last weekend’s Fastlane premium live event.
Advertised for tonight: WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns returns to SmackDown television. Who will he defend the gold against next month at Crown Jewel?
Also on the card: Triple H makes a special appearance, John Cena is in the building, Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes & Jey Uso issue an open challenge, Elton Prince returns from injury for a Pretty Deadly tag team match against the Brawling Brutes, and much 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 OCT. 13
I’m tired of not good enough or out of line, forgive myself to let myself be right this time. Flawlessly screwing up like a jerk, but doing so authentically like I deserve, right after I liveblog this here pro wrestling show for y’all, folks.
The show opens with John Cena making his entrance.
He gets on the mic and greets Tulsa, Oklahoma, welcoming them to the season premiere of SmackDown.
Roman Reigns makes his entrance, flanked by Paul Heyman and Solo Sikoa.
Reigns gets in the ring and on the mic and says if John Boy is gonna open his show, he’s gotta do it the right way, and demonstrates by asking Tulsa to acknolwedge him. Reigns tells the crowd they’re chanting for a coward, and Cena’s only here because he took his leave, and now he’s got people calling him the greatest of all time?
Roman claims that he is, in fact, the tribal chief and the greatest of all time, and tells John to leave or he’ll make him leave. Cena says WWE is always unpredictable, and with Roman Reigns and John Cena in the same ring, who knows what’s next? He’ll throw him a curveball, he’s not here to challenge Roman, he’s hear to acknowledge him. 1138 days he’s held the title, and that’s the greatest accomplishment of all time, and it is earned.
He’s not here to challenge him tonight, because he hasn’t earned it, but he does know someone who has—
Enter LA Knight.
He gets on the mic and asks Reigns a bunch of basic things rhetorically before saying what he is is standing in his way right now. He apologizes for not introducing himself, saying things have changed just a little bit on SmackDown while Roman was at home for a month and a half, and gets the crowd to tell him whose game it is.
Reigns asks him who the hell he thinks he is, and LA tells him talking like that is a good way to get yourself spoken of in the past tense, and he’s the fastest rising star in SmackDown history— JIMMY USO ATTACKS FROM BEHIND BUT KNIGHT DUMPS HIM OUT OF THE RING!
LA talks trash but Roman decides discretion is the better part of valor and takes his leave. He stops to talk to Solo and tells him to forget about Cena and to handle LA Knight. Sikoa pops up on the apron and makes Knight a challenge for tonight! LA tells those of us who don’t speak moron about the challenge and welcomes Solo to come get stomped out.
And so we go to break.
Brawling Brutes (Pete “BUTCH” Dunne & Ridge Holland) vs. Pretty Deadly (Elton Prince & Kit Wilson)
Prince and Dunne to start, Pete with some hand manipulation, bending his arm to the mat for the bicep stomp! Tags made, Holland bowls Wilson over, action to the floor and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Elton shows off his healed up arm strength by helping Kit up from the apron one-armed, tags made and Ridge bowls ‘em over with lariats and belly-to-belly suplexes and powerslams! Military press on Prince, lifting him to full extension before dropping him into the powerslam... WILSON BREAKS IT UP!
Referee Jessika Carr backs Holland off and checks on Prince, gamengiri from Kit, Elton takes advantage...
Pretty Deadly win by pinfall with a folding press from Elton Prince on Ridge Holland.
Backstage, Carlito is interviewed, but Bobby Lashley quickly interrupts.
He says the last time he saw him he was beating him up but whatever, water under the bridge, that was a long time ago, and welcomes him back to his show. Carlito pitches him on having a match as his first match back, Bob begs off and the Street Profits jump Carlito and beat him down!
They hand Lashley a chair but five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce and Jason Jordan show up to break it up and we go to break.
Back from commercial we’re still backstage when Bayley rolls up to complain and ends up bickering with Zelina Vega until Pearce makes a match between them, bodily lifting Charles Robinson up and asking him to go officiate.
Backstage with the Bloodline, Jimmy Uso is defending his spot against Roman Reigns, claiming he’s calling audibles and making plays, and Roman asks if he thinks he’s the quarterback, before asking him what he would do. Jimmy says he’d get Jey, Reigns says he’s old news, the problem is that he has the tag titles with Cody Rhodes, disrespecting the family.
Uso gets on board.
Damage CTRL make their entrance and we go to break.
Bayley vs. Zelina Vega
Bayley offering a test of strength, Vega pops her in the face, arm wringer into an inverted stomp armbreaker, float over some attempts at a slam, the Role Model goes into the turnbuckles! Springboard into a la casadora arm drag, deep nearfall of a Meteora, Bayley ducks a Yoshi Tonic, IYO SKY runs interference...
Bayley wins by pinfall with the Roseplant.
Post-match, Damage CTRL attacks but Charlotte Flair makes the save and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Triple H makes his entrance.
He gets on the mic and admits there’s a big part of him that misses the crowd and says it’s electric in here tonight and he doesn’t know if it’s the time of the year or what. He talks up a man he’s going to introduce who has had a very successful career as a performer and since 5-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce has done such a good job overseeing both shows, he thanks him.
With that in mind, that job is incredibly difficult and no one person should do alone, so he’s happy to tell Adam he will no longer be alone and he’s getting a promotion to General Manager of Monday Night Raw. Which leads him to the question of who will be General Manager of SmackDown.
Enter Dominik Mysterio.
He asks HHH if he’s serious and says Fastlane was not a tremendous success, because Judgment Day got screwed out of the tag titles.and complains at length about it. Hunter says he thought they were pumping crowd noise in but it’s VERY loud in here and thankfully he’s good at lipreading.
Saying something about injustice and it’s unfair for Jey and Cody to defend the tag titles tonight when they have a shot on Monday, but the thing is Dom is yelling at the wrong people and he needs to be talking to the General Manager of SmackDown, 2-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis.
Nick says he’s proud to be the general manager of the number one brand in sports entertainment today and he looks forward to healthy competition between the brands, and he’s happy to meet Mysterio, since he’s a big fan... of his dad. He cuts right to the chase and says a month ago Cody Rhodes was instrumental in a deal that took Jey Uso to Monday Night Raw.
In exchange, a Raw superstar must come to SmackDown, so as his first official act, with HHH’s blessing, he’d like to make his first official act right now. Dominik interrupts and says Jey and Cody is the problem and now he has to deal with him. Aldis says he’ll deal with that later.
Mysterio says he doesn’t care who it is, he’ll slap him and make him respect him—
Enter Kevin Owens.
He hits a Stunner on Mysterio and shakes Nick’s hand!
Back to the Bloodline, Roman Reigns unloads on Jimmy Uso for still hanging out even though he got told what the plan was already. Jim asks if he’s serious and Roman says he isn’t, but imagine if he was. Uso takes the hint and gets up to leave and run the play, asking Solo to come with him, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a Dragon Lee hype reel.
New GM Nick Aldis faces his first problem as Chelsea Green rolls up to demand new title belts on Italian leather.
The camera pans to reveal Charlotte Flair and he tells them he has another meeting and he’ll have to see them later.
He tells Charlotte that if Damage CTRL hadn’t distracted the referee she’d be champion, and things will be different under his watch, so next week she has a title match against IYO SKY.
Flair turns to leave and Jade Cargill is here!
Triple H introduces her, Charlotte says she knows who she is, Jade says it’s her pleasure, and Flair says it will be.
The tag champions make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we see the video promo of Grayson Waller and Austin Theory taking the open challenge for this match.
Austin Theory & Grayson Waller vs. Cody Rhodes & Jey Uso (c) (WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championship)
Rhodes and Theory to start, Cody almost gets a figure four and Austin scrambles for the ropes and the tag! Shoulder armbreakers on Waller and we go to break still in the feeling out.
Back from commercial, Theory grinding Uso down in a reverse chinlock, hot tag, Cody lays Austin out with Beautiful Disaster and has one for Grayson as well! Theory with the crossleg brainbuster over the knee... JEY BREAKS IT UP! Superkick sets him up, Cody springboards into the Cody Cutter / flapjack combo!
Uso with a dive, Cody picks Theory up...
Cody Rhodes & Jey Uso win by pinfall with Cross Rhodes from Rhodes on Austin Theory, retaining the WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championship.
Post-match, Jimmy Uso and Solo Sikoa confront the tag champs on the stage and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for next week’s show.
LA Knight vs. Solo Sikoa
Knight on the attack, Sikoa cuts him off with a shot to the breadbasket as he’s running the ropes! Chops in the corner, fighting in the ropes over a suplex, Solo smashes him into the post and LA crashes to the floor as we go to break!
Back from commercial, Sikoa has Knight in the trapezius claw! LA fights out, scoop, Solo counters into a splash! Spinning Solo... NOPE! Knight down and out in the corner, mounted punches and headbutts, whip to the corner, LA gets an elbow up and follows it with a one-handed bulldog... NOPE!
Knight starting to heat up, lariat, DDT, stomps in the corner, setting up the People’s Elbow and he hits it! Jim Uso runs in, John Cena neutralizes him with an Attitude Adjustment but eats a Samoan Spike to even the odds, LA recovers...
LA Knight wins by pinfall with the BFT.
Post-match, Roman Reigns comes to the ring and lays Knight out with a spear!
That’s the show, folks.