WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Oct. 27, 2023) with a live show emanating from Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Crown Jewel premium live event scheduled for Nov. 4 in Saudi Arabia.
Advertised for tonight: WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns and LA Knight have a contract signing to make their main event title match at Crown Jewel official.
Also on the card: The LWO (Rey Mysterio and Santos Escobar) have a tag team match against the Street Profits (Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins), John Cena wants to prove he can still go in the ring, and much more!
Come right back here at 8 pm ET when the SmackDown live blog kicks off once the show starts on FS1. 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. 27
If there is balance tonight he’s awake. If they have to suffer there lies the silent man, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with commentary hyping up the announcement that John Cena will wrestle Solo Sikoa at Crown Jewel next Saturday.
Roman Reigns makes his entrance, flanked by Paul Heyman as usual.
LA Knight makes his entrance and brushes right past them, headed to the ring where 2-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis is ready to preside over the contract signing.
Knight takes a seat at the head of the table before Roman even gets in the ring and Heyman tries to move the table on him but LA won’t let it. He ain’t got the time, it’s time to sign the contract and sign the title away.
Nick Aldis takes control of the contract signing and runs through the basics, but Knight takes over and says the contract says Roman will hand the title over to him, so he’s gonna sign right now. He passes the baton to Reigns and Roman chuckles before calling him an idiot.
He says this is crazy and he must be stupid to just sign it away like this. Reigns asks if he’s ever had a contract signing or even a title match before, so he’s gonna go real gentle with him, and Reigns starts signing but the pen is bad and he makes Paul check the backup before signing the contract.
The crowd chants “Roman’s scared,” Nick Aldis takes the contract and wishes them both the best of luck at Crown Jewel and takes his leave. Reigns goes to get up and LA stops him, saying he’s sitting at the head of the table and this is over when he says it is. He admits this is his first WWE Championship match and if he wants to take it easy, he’s already beat.
Is this his first time, hell yeah it is, but after only a year he’s at the head of this table about to take Roman’s title so fast he didn’t even know what hit him! Yeah, this is his first time, but he only needs one time. Where Roman failed over and over, busy doing suffering succotash, he’s been out here telling everybody whose game it is, because there can be only one WWE Champion, yeah.
Reigns has enough and tips the table over him and puts boots to him in the corner! Setting tables up, he returns to Knight, who recovers and stomps a proverbial mudhole in Roman’s chest! Reigns gets away, Jim Uso comes in and Knight slams him through one of the tables!
Carlito and Santos Escobar make their entrance and we go to break.
Latino World Order (Carlito & Santos Escobar) vs. Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford)
Escobar and Dawkins to start, shoulder block from Angelo, drop down, leapfrog, leapfrog, roll over, roll over, waistlock, standing switch, up and over, Santos with a dropkick for two! Carlito tags in, Lashley runs interference and Dawkins takes over and makes the quick tag.
Heels on the floor, Carlito off the ropes, tope con giro and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Profits working Escobar over at length, Santos on the comeback, big rising knee takes Dawkins down! As the LWO takes control, we cut back to Logan Paul laying Rey Mysterio out backstage! Escobar tells Carlito to go to the back to help Rey, he turns around, tijeras, countdown, rising knee sends Ford to the floor!
Plancha misses, Angelo takes in, elbow, gamengiri, up and over, Profits catch him...
Street Profits win by pinfall with Revelation on Santos Escobar.
Backstage, Roman Reigns asks Paul Heyman what he’s holding.
He explains that it’s the Green Bay Packers custom title belt and he’s gonna give it to LA Knight ‘cause it’s the closest he’ll ever come to the title.
Jimmy Uso comes in and Reigns asks where the hell he was. He says he was in the trainer’s room getting checked out and Roman berates him for running the wrong play tonight. Jim says he’s too hurt, Reigns asks him to take care of the LA Knight problem, Uso says he’s not so hurt, and Heyman goes to Nick Aldis to make the match official as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Logan Paul is interviewed but he doesn’t have much to say, just some trash talk for Rey Mysterio.
He runs into Kevin Owens wearing a Rey Mysterio shirt and tells him off.
Grayson Waller and Austin Theory roll up and KO says he bets he can punch both of them at once.
They bicker at length, road agents Jamie Noble and Jason Jordan calm things down and Noble walks Kev off... AND KEV COMES BACK AND PUNCHES THEM BOTH OUT WITH ONE PUNCH!
Dragon Lee is interviewed backstage.
Cedric Alexander rolls up to chat and says seeing Lee lights a fire under him and he’d like nothing more than a match with him tonight. Dragon shakes his hand and we’re good.
Shotzi Blackheart makes her entrance and we get some footage from earlier setting the match up as we go to break.
Chelsea Green vs. Shotzi Blackheart
Green right in with a dropkick, Blackheart up and over, victory roll for two. Chelsea puts her into the turnbuckles a few times, boots up, headscissors choke in the ropes! Green taking control with a springboard side Russian legsweep, hard dropkick, cover for two!
Up in the turnbuckles, jockeying for position, Green with kind of a Gourdbuster, on the mat and trading pins...
Shotzi Blackheart wins by pinfall with a crucifix pin.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a media hype reel for the announcement of the German show for next year.
John Cena makes his entrance and gets on the mic.
He says we’re a week from Crown Jewel and there’s a special energy and excitement in the building tonight, but for him the energy is a little different. It’s serious, and don’t get him wrong, he’s had a lot of serious moments but it hasn’t been this serious since 20 years ago when WWE wanted to fire him.
What did he do then? He dug in deep and turned it around. We’ve given him support when he needs it most, and most importantly we’ve given him respect. He says Crown Jewel is so serious because for the first time in 20 years he’s in danger of losing that support and that respect.
He responds to “You still got it!” chants with “What if I don’t?” and says if he doesn’t deliver soon, he’ll lose this, and the next thing to go is losing the ring. He wants to hear the noise and feel the support, and keep this ride going.
He says WWE bills a lot of things as must-see, well Crown Jewel is a must-win for him.
Enter Paul Heyman.
He says he’s out here with no hustle, no loyalty to anything but the truth, and he is out here with respect.
He steps into the ring and offers a handshake but John is skeptical before accepting it. Heyman notes the sellout tonight and thanks Cena for the house and the twenty years of sold out arenas thanks to the name “John Cena.” He says his mutual respect started when he was running SmackDown and picked Cena as his number on draft pick from OVW.
He even raised his kid to be more like Cena than himself but the truth is he’s just not the greatest of all time in the ring anymore. But that’s not so bad as long as he can pick a mic up and bring it to his lips because he’s still the greatest at that, and he could have been Paul until he pissed off the Bloodline.
Now the order has come from the top that Solo’s gonna hit him with the Samoan Spike and he won’t be able to speak any more. Sikoa takes that away and then the Bloodline takes him away from the WWE Universe for good.
Solo runs down and hits the Samoan Spike right now!
They leave Cena clutching his throat in the middle of the ring.
LA Knight cuts a promo backstage.
He says the Bloodline need to start worrying about who they’re pissing off. He hasn’t forgotten about getting speared and if Jim wants to come down here later tonight he’ll grab those pigtails and ride him around the ring until he joins everybody saying LA Knight.
Dragon Lee makes his entrance and we go to break.
Cedric Alexander vs. Dragon Lee
Fast-paced feeling out, both men going for tijeras, kip-ups, Alexander going for a wristlock, Lee with a double leg into a kneebar, whip reversed, hip toss back into the armbar from Cedric! Trading chops in the corner, back body drop to the apron, Alexander cuts him off with a knee and joins him on the apron, where Dragon blasts him with a rising knee and follows with an apron STO that sends us to break!
Back from commercial, Alexander with a big Michinoku Driver, only two! Lee with a double stomp, also only a nearfall, Dragon hits the Liger Bomb... SO CLOSE! Michinoku Driver again, reversing nearfalls, Lee with a knee to the back! Dragon follows it up...
Dragon Lee wins by pinfall with an Asai DDT.
We get a recap of Bianca Belair returning last week.
Bianca makes her entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Bianca Belair gets on the mic.
She says she’s so excited to be back on SmackDown, and she cuts a recap of Damage CTRL injuring her out two months ago. She says getting attacked and taken out of the game just two weeks after losing her title did something to her, not just physically, but mentally.
She was sitting at home with nothing but her thoughts and while she tried to rehab through the pain, her mind couldn’t focus on anything but asking how to make Damage CTRL pay. We know her, usually she gets right back up when she gets knocked down, but this time she just could not let it go.
For the first time in her life, she was consumed with vengeance. Vengeance had her train like a beast to get back to SmackDown, and it was vengeance that helped her come up with a plan that she took to the office today. Now it’s official, she gets her rematch against IYO SKY at Crown Jewel next week!
But that’s not it, because next week she’ll wrestle Bayley, because her business isn’t complete until she takes out all of Damage CTRL and reclaims her title.
We see Damage CTRL chatting about this backstage.
We get a recap of our opening segment.
“Big” Jim Uso makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes next week’s show up.
“Big” Jim Uso vs. LA Knight
Collar and elbow, Uso with a side headlock, shot off, shoulder block. Into the corner, Knight punches his way out, big back elbow sends Jim spinning, straight suplex connects for a nearfall! Kneeling armbar follows, Uso out, fighting sends them to the apron and we go to break!
Back from commercial, sunset flip nearfall but Jim comes back with an uppercut! Ode to Rikishi connects, but LA comes back with a lariat! Trading right hands in the middle of the ring, Knight running hot, side Russian legsweep, float over, DDT connects... NOPE! To the floor, LA drilling Uso’s head into the announce desk over and over again!
Back inside, Jimmy with a Samoan drop... STILL NO! Up in the turnbuckles, jockeying for position, Uso with the splash... LA KNIGHT KICKS OUT! Knight cuts him off when he goes up top again, Jim shoves him down, LA runs right back in... SUPERPLEX!
LA Knight wins by pinfall with BFT.
Roman Reigns runs to the ring and LA Knight takes him down easy with a BFT!
That’s the show, folks.