WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Nov. 10, 2023) with a live show emanating from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, featuring all the fallout from the Crown Jewel premium live event that went down just this past weekend in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Advertised for tonight: LA Knight goes one-on-one with Grayson Waller. Carlito vs. Bobby Lashley is also booked on the card.
Nothing else is officially booked for this show, but WWE’s web site does list AJ Styles as one of the wrestlers scheduled to be there. If that’s true, this will be AJ’s return to television after The Bloodline sent him to the hospital in late September.
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 NOV. 10
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The show opens with Kevin Owens making his entrance as our special guest commentator for the evening, standing in for Corey Graves who is on paternity leave tonight.
Rey Mysterio and the rest of the Latino World Order make their entrance.
Rey gets on the mic and talks about Logan Paul stealing the United States Championship from him. We all know the referee’s decision is final, but he truly believes Logan could not have beat him if it weren’t for those brass knuckles.
Enter Carlito, separate from the rest of the gang.
He says Rey is blaming the wrong person, it’s not Logan, it’s the person who left the knucks on the apron for him, Santos Escobar. He and Santos get in each other’s face, the other LWO guys pull them apart, and Escobar storms off through the crowd. Rey follows after him.
Bobby Lashley makes his entrance flanked by the Street Profits to send us to break.
Bobby Lashley vs. Carlito
Dropkick from Carlito gets a lariat from Lashley in the feeling out, Bob with shoulder blocks in the corner, pressing the attack, delayed vertical, Carlito reverses it and hits a big vertical suplex of his own! Clothesline sends Lashley over the ropes and to the floor!
Colon following him out, Bob puts him into the barricade while the Street Profits play hype men, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, up in the turnbuckles, Carlito knocks him down, diving shoulder block, we see B-FAB watching backstage when Ashante “Thee” Adonis rolls up to chat. Low bridge sends Lashley to the floor, Carlito with a plancha, Montez Ford accosts him, Joaquin Wilde cuts him off, Angelo Dawkins pounces him and takes care of Cruz del Toro, too!
Bob with a reverse STO in the ring, Santos Escobar makes the save for his pals, Montez runs interference...
Bobby Lashley wins by pinfall with the spear.
Post-match, Bob and the Profits attack Carlito while Santos Escobar looks on.
Rey Mysterio comes down with a chair and runs them off and finally Santos steps in the ring. Rey and Santos have a chat and Escobar seems to be upset that Mysterio is treating Carlito as part of the family and Rey even shoves him to make his point... AND SANTOS ATTACKS HIM FROM BEHIND!
Escobar bends down over him and gives him what appears to be the “look what you made me do” routine, which leads the legend to slap him in the face a few times and send him packing! Mysterio goes to the apron to try and talk some sense into him but Santos rams him hard into the post!
He considers what he’s done for a moment but he attacks Rey, kicking the steps into him with his leg trapped in them! Santos gets up close and rambles about how it was supposed to be the two of them and he put this thing together!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Santos Escobar tries and fails to ignore an interview, simply saying “Rey had it coming.”
We get a recap of the return of Kairi Sane.
Bayley makes her entrance and gets on the mic.
She says she’s had a plan for IYO SKY and Dakota Kai since the inception of Damage CTRL, and everything she wanted has come true, from the tag titles to the briefcase to the title, IYO has beaten the best in the business, and it’s obviously IYO’s era, all thanks to her plan.
Crown Jewel should have been Damage CTRL’s finest moment, but instead she was saying “What?” like all of us at the return of Kairi Sane, and that’s not how they handle things, so she asks SKY to come down and talk with her like an adult.
Enter IYO SKY, Kairi Sane, and Dakota Kai.
SKY tells Bayley that she had a plan, too, and it’s IYO’s era, right? She has Kairi to thank for helping her retain the title, and isn’t that what Bayley wanted? The Role Model says she wants the best for both of them but the last time we saw Sane in WWE, she was eating a beatdown from Bayley.
Bayley says she knows how things work around here, and— Dakota Kai cuts her off and says they didn’t bring Kairi into Damage CTRL to hurt her, but rather to make them stronger, and they’re very grateful for what Bayley’s done for her, they just want to take some of the load off her shoulders.
And clearly it worked, so they should celebrate! Kairi gets on the mic and says she respects Bayley as the leader of Damage CTRL and she forgives her. Sane opens her arms wide, Bayley tries to say she doesn’t hug anymore but the three of them all come in close for a big group hug and a smile slowly breaks across the Role Model’s face.
Enter Bianca Belair.
She says Kairi might forgive Bayley, but she doesn’t forgive Damage CTRL, and her mistake was thinking IYO would actually face her one-on-one, but it’s cool, she learns from her mistakes and she’ll just have to whoop all three of them. Bayley calls her a sore loser, Bianca says lots of people don’t like Damage CTRL—
Enter Charlotte Flair.
Belair has another one—
Asuka cuts a promo at Kairi in Japanese.
We’re told there’ll be a trios match later.
Dragon Lee makes his entrance and we go to break.
Cedric Alexander vs. Dragon Lee
Lee running hot, Alexander cuts him off with a dive on the floor, back inside, chops in the corner, whip across, charging forearm from Cedric sets up a basement dropkick, cover for two! Whip to the corner, roll away from the charge, back body drop puts Lee on the apron, kick slingshot Frankensteiner!
Off the ropes, tope con giro connects! Dragon puts him back inside, float over, Liger Bomb... SO CLOSE! Alexander passes him hard into the turnbuckles off an overhead belly-to-belly suplex! Drawing Lee up, off the ropes, standing Spanish Fly... STILL NO!
Michinoku Driver follows it up... DRAGON LEE WON’T STAY DOWN! Lumbar Check reversed, folding press for two, knee to the jaw, Lee waiting for him...
Dragon Lee wins by pinfall with an Asai DDT.
LA Knight is seen walking backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of LA Knight vs. Roman Reigns from Crown Jewel.
Knight gets on the mic and wants to talk to us. He says he did exactly what he said he’d do, he walked into the ring, he took Roman within an inch of the title, dropped him on his head with the BFT, and he had him for 1-2-3... if not for Jimmy Uso. He got robbed, he’s not gonna mince words about it.
He tells Roman to give Jim a raise, a promotion, whatever pleasure he can give him, ‘cause bottom line, if he wasn’t there, you’re looking at a new WWE Champion right now. He’s not done with the Bloodline, the Bloodline isn’t with him, until he owns Roman Reigns and that title, yeah.
Which means he’s got to take them piece by—
Enter Grayson Waller.
He says LA is blaming everyone but himself and he needs a little honesty, because the truth is, we all know it, maybe he’s just not The Guy. But he certainly knows someone who is the guy— Knight cuts him off and calls him Kangaroo Jackass (I popped) and Waller has a question he needs an answer for.
Does LA really think he belongs in the ring with Roman Reigns? Knight offers a question in return, the Grayson Waller Effect sounds like an STD, right? He got dropped by a Saudi movie star at Crown Jewel, right? And he’s out here asksing if LA belongs with Roman? He’s got his five dollar haircut, he’s ready for school pictures, but looking at him he gets the feeling he’s not allowed within fifty yards of a school, the creep.
He’s in hot water now ‘cause he’s got a match with Knight because he was fooling around on the internet and you can take the boy out of mom’s basement but you can’t take mom’s basement out of the boy. He tells Grayson he has big incel energy and he should worry because he’s gonna take every bit of frustration out on him tonight.
Knight proves it with a mic shot to the dome and tosses Grayson out of the ring! To the announce desk, he splashes him with water and goes back to the ring to pose!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a hype reel for ticket sales for Elimination Chamber.
Grayson Waller vs. LA Knight
Knight in control early, arm wringer, Waller rolls through and LA just mat slams him! Shoulder armbreakers follow, headbutt, Grayson to the floor and Knight meets him with right hands! Snake Eyes into the apron, overhead elbow to the throat, back inside, slingshot shoulder block for two!
Stalking after Waller, he floats over, waistlock, O’Connor roll blocked, swinging neckbreaker gets Knight a two count! Putting boots to Grayson after, Waller gets back into it with a rolling elbow, pressing the attack with more elbow strikes, back to the floor and LA drills him into the table with a dropkick!
Smashing his face into the cover of the announce desk over and over, Knight in control, Grayson puts him into the steel steps and follows it up with a lariat while Kevin Owens criticizes him for having too many sparkles on his gear as we go to break!
Back from commercial, Knight breaks free of a chinlock with a jawbreaker, into corner, Waller with a stomp to cut him off! Sitting down in a half-crab after some business in the corner, break free, whip across, Grayson with a mat slam, walking the ropes, LA ducks the elbow drop! Low bridge sends Waller to the floor, back inside, Knight catches him and hits a back suplex!
LA with jab after jab, whip into a lariat, side Russian legsweep, DDT... NOPE! Waller off the ropes, powerslam cuts him off, Knight is feeling it... PEOPLE’S ELBOW! Cravate follows...
LA Knight wins by pinfall with BFT.
We see our main event babyface trio of Asuka, Bianca Belair, and Charlotte Flair getting ready backstage.
We go to break on a Veteran’s Day video package.
Back from commercial, we get a video package asking if this is the last we’ve seen of John Cena in a WWE ring.
Kevin Owens cheers us all up by giving us a telestrator walkthrough of him punching Grayson Waller and Austin Theory out with one perfect punch.
Enter Theory and Waller, intent on confronting KO. Theory shoves him, Waller pours water over his head, Michael Cole counsels Owens to stay calm and not get suspended. Kev says he can take the shove and the water, but they threw the bottle at Michael Cole and he can’t take that, he’s gonna go get suspended.
KO pops up and chases Theory down, taking him in the ring for the Stunner but he runs away! Waller tries to blindside Kev and eats the Stunner himself!
Damage CTRL make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, “Big” Jim Uso is on the phone talking to Roman Reigns.
Commentary hypes next week’s show up.
Asuka, Bianca Belair, & Charlotte Flair vs. Damage CTRL (Bayley, IYO SKY, & Kairi Sane)
Belair in control on Bayley to start, handspring moonsault for two and the Role Model bails to the floor! Plancha on her and SKY both, Flair blasts Sane off the apron with a boot and the babyfaces poses as we go to break!
Back from commercial, Flair catches a crossbody from SKY and turns it into a fallaway slam. Spinning toehold, IYO gets away and tags Sane in! Bianca in, exploding out of the corner with a shove, clubbing blows, delayed vertical suplex connects and Belair is fired up!
Shoulder block in the corner, to the apron, Damage CTRL swarming the EST but she catches Kairi with an elbow and goes to suplex her over the ropes only to have her arm snapped over the ropes and get double-teamed into the apron! Putting boots to Bianca in the corner, quick tags as Damage CTRL work her over!
Belair passes Sane to the floor, crawling for the tag but Kairi pulls Flair off the apron! Bayley cuts the EST off and hammers her with elbows! Asuka wants the tack, Bianca reaching, she hits a spinebuster on Bayley and the path is clear... BUT ASUKA PULLS THE TAG BACK?! SHE SPITS THE MIST AT BIANCA!
Asuka lands a buzzsaw roundhouse kick and waves Kairi over and the Kabuki Warriors hug! IYO joins the group hug! They call Bayley in and hug her, too! Flair blasts Sane with a boot, the match is completely broken down and referee Ryan Tran calls it...
The match goes to a no-contest, presumably.
The four of them put boots to Charlotte in the aftermath until Shotzi Blackheart runs down to even the odds, but she gets overwhelmed by That Damn Numbers Game too! SKY up top and she takes Flair out with the moonsault! Bianca joins the fray but she, too, gets overwhelmed and Sane takes her out with an uraken before going up top and hitting the elbow!
The all-new, all-different Damage CTRL stand tall over the fallen babyfaces.
That’s the show, folks.