WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Oct. 6, 2023) with a live show emanating from Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri, featuring the go-home show ahead of tomorrow night’s Fastlane premium live event.
Advertised for tonight: Rey Mysterio goes one-on-one with Bobby Lashley. This is Lashley’s first televised match since May.
Also on the card: Asuka & Charlotte Flair team up for a tag match against Bayley & IYO SKY, Dragon Lee has a singles match against Austin Theory, there will be appearances from John Cena, Cody Rhodes, Jey Uso, Damian Priest, and Finn Balor, 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. 6
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The show opens with a recap of last week’s John Cena segment, with LA Knight signing the contract for a tag team match against “Big” Jim Uso and Solo Sikoa.
LA Knight makes his entrance and he wants to talk to us, but Paul Heyman interrupts doing his intro and coming out with Jimmy Uso and Solo Sikoa.
Paul talks about how LA Knight is clearly the next megastar of the business and that pisses him and Big Jim off. Knight starts offering a rebuttal, and Uso cuts him off and says they’re here to tell him right to his ugly face that he ain’t making it to Fastlane.
The Bloodline advance, but John Cena comes and makes the save!
Knight says everybody’s talking about their match at Fastlane tomorrow night but he’s thinking about tonight. He’s thinking for tonight, that he should have match against Jim Uso later tonight so he can punt his ass to the moon!
We see Judgment Day walking through the loading area.
Damian Priest questions why JD McDonagh is here, but Rhea Ripley shuts him down by saying she wanted him here.
Charlotte Flair and Asuka make their entrances and we go to break.
Asuka & Charlotte Flair vs. Damage CTRL (Bayley & IYO SKY)
Flair and SKY to start, Charlotte gets a backbreaker off after some feeling out for two. Tag to Asuka, running dropkick, Bayley shoves IYO out of the way and eats the dropkick! Babyfaces stand tall and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Bayley has a headlock in on Asuka, tag to SKY, chickenwing, Asuka bridges into pins to try and counter but IYO refuses to break and bites the Empress’ ear! Tags and double-teams, Flair breaks up a cover! Shotei gets a chest kick, the path is clear and tags are made!
Charlotte off the top, diving crossbody, neckbreaker, handspring countered with a forearm strike! Bayley charges in, caught by the STO backbreaker / reverse STO into the turnbuckles combination, handspring lariat connects this time... NOPE! Jockeying for position in the turnbuckles, SKY underneath the other three... TOWER OF DOOM!
Back and forth, Charlotte on the attack...
Asuka & Charlotte Flair win by pinfall with Natural Selection from Flair on Bayley.
Backstage, the Bloodline are walking backstage and Paul Heyman is yelling about how Roman Reigns has to approve any actions they take.
Jim Uso rightfully points out that Roman has to actually *be* here to give his approval, and when they get to their dressing room, they discover Judgment Day hanging out as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Solo Sikoa is staring Damian Priest down and Jim Uso the same with Dominik Mysterio.
Rhea Ripley tells everybody to get out so she and Mr. Heyman can have a chat, but Priest and Sikoa hold the longest. Rhea tells Damian she’ll be fine, and Paul tells Solo it’s okay to leave.
We get a recap of the build for Bobby Lashley and the Street Profits vs. Latino World Order.
Latino World Order make their entrance and we go to break.
Bobby Lashley vs. Rey Mysterio
Mysterio with a go-behind, Lashley with a back elbow, shoulder block, pressing the attack, Rey comes back with a quebrada... NOPE! Low bridge, action to the floor, Bob ducks the feint kick and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Mysterio escapes a bear hug (I can hardly bear it!) but Lashley rams him into the corner and reapplies the hold! Rey escapes again, enzuigiri from the apron, Bob hangs him in the Tree of Woe and chokes him! Diving seated senton, off the ropes, Lashley catches him, Rey reverses to a DDT for two!
Delayed vertical, Mysterio fights out with knees, drop toehold sets him up but Bob blocks the 619! Pulling him up off the ropes, putting him on the apron, Lashley smashes him with a double axhandle! To the floor, back in, Mysterio going up top but the Street Profits start brawling with Latino World Order and Rey is distracted!
Diving seated senton on the Profits, back inside, Bob is ready...
Bobby Lashley wins by pinfall with the spear.
Post-match, Santos Escobar runs Lashley and the Profits off with a steel chair!
We cut to Rhea Ripley and Paul Heyman chatting.
Ripley says he’s a wise man and he should make a wise decision, and Judgment Day and the Bloodline are stronger together. He says he likes it and he thinks it’s rather brilliant, but if she’ll excuse him, he has to make a phone call in order to authorize it.
She pushes his phone down and tells him it’s authorized. Heyman says he needs to get it authorized by his Tribal Chief. She says she understands, but she’s saying it’s authorized. He doubles down and she tells him to acknowledge her. He sputters, she presses the line and threatens him before authorizing him to go make his little phone call.
Austin Theory makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a vignette for Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn.
Austin Theory vs. Dragon Lee
Before the bell, Austin Theory cuts a promo about how great he is and how he humbled the Rock, etc.
Hot out the gates, Lee comes back, dropkick in the corner for two and here comes Grayson Waller to ruin everything. Austin putting boots to Dragon, Lee comes back with a Dragon suplex, Grayson runs interference! Theory with the rolling thunder dropkick, and we go to break!
Back from commercial, back body drop in the corner sets up a superkick to the face! Corner dropkick follows, cover for two! Theory turns the tide, punches, jawing at him, Dragon counters into a Liger Bomb... SO CLOSE! Tree of Woe double stomp, Waller pulls Austin to the floor and Lee wipes them both out with a tope con giro!
Cameron Grimes appears to even the odds and puts Grayson into the post, Dragon capitalizes...
Dragon Lee wins by pinfall with a folding press.
Backstage, we see Jim Uso chatting with Rhea Ripley to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Rey Mysterio is chatting with Santos Escobar and Zelina Vega about what to do about their six-man tomorrow because Joaquin Wilde and Cruz del Toro aren’t cleared. Rey says he’ll make a phone call.
A video package for Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Seth Rollins follows, and we see that Damian Priest has been watching backstage holding his Money in the Bank briefcase.
Commentary hypes up Fastlane for us.
Jim Uso makes his entrance and we go to break.
“Big” Jim Uso vs. LA Knight
Feeling out, Knight with a shoulder block, taunting, back elbow, whip across, boot up, snap scoop powerslam from LA for two! To the floor, Uso takes control with superkicks and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Uso passes Knight to the apron, back in, slingshot sunset flip double knee backbreaker from LA! Slow to capitalize, Knight puts boots to him, corner knee, cover for two!
Solo Sikoa hits the ring and referee Ryan Tran has to call it...
LA Knight wins by disqualification, presumably.
JOHN CENA MAKES THE SAVE!
Judgment Day make their entrance, Paul Heyman shakes Rhea Ripley’s hand and tells her the deal has been authorized, and the combined Judgment Day/Bloodline army climb up on the apron to stare the babyfaces down—
JEY USO IS HERE, AND HE BROUGHT CODY RHODES WITH HIM TO EVEN THE ODDS! THE BRAWL IS ON! It comes down to Cena and Solo Sikoa and the Enforcer takes him out with a superkick! Knight is in, duck a lariat, clothesline sends Solo to the floor! A BFT for JD McDonagh, followed by a superkick and Cena’s fall-forward Blue Thunder Driver! “You can’t see me!” into the Five Knuckle Shuffle!
Cross Rhodes punctuates the whole exchange!
That’s the show, folks.