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WWE SmackDown results, live blog (Dec. 1, 2023): Logan Paul returns

WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Dec. 1, 2023) with a live show emanating from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, featuring all the fallout from the Survivor Series premium live event that went down this past Saturday night near Chicago, Illinois.

Advertised for tonight: United States Champion Logan Paul returns to WWE television looking for the first challenger for his title.

Also on the card: Randy Orton is in the building and might be hunting down The Bloodline, Damage CTRL picks up the pieces after suffering defeat in the women’s War Games match, 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.)


Tell me my life is about to begin, tell me that I am a hero. Promise me all of your violent dreams, light up your body with anger. Now, in this ugly world, it is time to destroy all this evil, but first I’m gonna liveblog this her pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with Bianca Belair making her entrance.

A recap of the women’s WarGames match follows.

Belair gets on the mic.

She’s happy to be in the greatest city in the world, Brooklyn. Damage CTRL tried to take her out but she did exactly what needed to be done, and she shouts Becky Lynch, Shotzi Blackheart, and Charlotte Flair for handling business. But she’s still coming for IYO SKY because she wants her title back.

Enter Damage CTRL.

Dakota Kai tells her IYO SKY says she’s way in over her head and if she wants another title shot she’ll have to go through all of Damage CTRL. Belair asks who of them wants to get it first—

Enter Charlotte Flair and Shotzi Blackheart.

They say there’s enough Damage CTRL to go around and a brawl breaks out! Bianca chipping away at SKY, spinebuster connects, babyfaces stand tall!

Pete “BUTCH” Dunne makes his entrance to send us to break.

Backstage Damage CTRL run into Bayley, who is upset she wasn’t told to come to ringside and thinks it would have been better, but Dakota tells her Kairi will be in action later and they leave her alone.

Bobby Lashley vs. Pete “BUTCH” Dunne.

Bob gets on the mic before the match begins and shows off the crowd chanting for him and promises to break Pete into pieces. Dunne slaps him across the face and we’re off!

We get a bell, Pete charges in with kicks but Lashley slams him! Whip across, BUTCH hard into the corner, dropkicks on the comeback, Bob on the floor, knee and a moonsault off the apron, up top... ORIHARA MOONSAULT SENDS US TO BREAK!

Back from commercial, Bob with a snap suplex, delayed vertical, Pete slips out but gets caught with a big spinebuster! Dunne comes back with a bicep stomp on the mat, standing shiranui, cover for one! Fireman’s carry, running powerslam... BUTCH KICKS OUT!

Pete with an enzuigiri, Lashley comes back...

Bobby Lashley wins by pinfall with a spear!

Nick Aldis is in his office when Paul Heyman rolls up to chat.

He’s upset that Aldis invited Randy Orton to SmackDown, and Nick says he intends to sign Randy to an exclusive SmackDown contract. Aldis tells him to consider this communication to Roman Reigns, he’s gonna sign Orton and if he has to offer up the entire Bloodline, then so be it.

Asked what he’s gonna do about it, Paul says anything it takes.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial we get another media hype reel for WWE’s partnership with the Big 12, whatever that may be. Some kind of exotic bird, perhaps? (Please do not @ me, I do not care.)

Pete Dunne runs into an interview backstage.

He doesn’t know why Ridge Holland walked out on him and he doesn’t care, because he’s gotta focus on himself and he will fight anyone.

Pretty Deadly roll up to tell him that it might be an opportunity to find a new path, and he unloads on them both with forearms! Pretty Deadly beat him down and throw him hard into a road case!

We get a Santos Escobar video package.

Santos is interviewed backstage and says he’s just finishing what Rey Mysterio started and Joaquin Wilde and Cruz del Toro are sticking by him, but he’ll put Wilde on the shelf, right now.

Santos Escobar makes his entrance and we go to break.

Joaquin Wilde vs. Santos Escobar

Wilde throwing dropkicks, to the floor, big plancha, punches, pressing the attack, Santos cuts him off, tree of woe hesitation dropkick! Top wristlock applied, Joaquin breaks free, Escobar cuts him off in the corner, right hands, big DDT from Wilde... NOPE! Santos gets him, fireman’s carry...

Santos Escobar wins by pinfall with the Phantom Driver.

Post-match, Santos keeps beating him down until Dragon Lee makes the save! Escobar fights him back, but eats a tijeras, dropkick, slingshot kick, helping Wilde out, lining Santos up, big hesitation dropkick!

Logan Paul shakes Nick Aldis’ hand backstage and we go to break.

Back from commercial we get some hype for ticket sales for Bash in Berlin.

Adam Pearce rolls up on Nick Aldis to ask if he’s really gonna try to sign Monday Night Raw legend Randy Orton out from under him. He is, and they go back and forth about it and Pearce says he has a contract of his own ready and rarin’ to go.

Logan Paul makes his entrance and gets on the mic.

He calls out his friends who stabbed him in the back and his haters and asks where they are now. Don’t y’all get it by now? The more you hope he fails, the harder he works and the more he wins, and the more he wins the more he gets to stand up her and say guh guh guh guh guh AHHHHH.

(That’s what he said y’all.)

And to WWE stars who may be upset about his rise, he put the title on his junk just like they’ve been riding all year. A champion is good as his challengers and he’s got good news— he spoke with Nick Aldis and they’ve set up a #1 contender’s tournament starting next week, featuring eight men.

Santos Escobar, Dragon Lee, Karrion Kross, a mystery NXT superstar, Bobby Lashley, Grayson Waller, Austin Theory, and of course, Kevin Owens.

Enter Kevin Owens.

He says he saw Logan Paul back on Vine and already knew he was an unbearable jackass.

Enter Austin Theory and Grayson Waller.

They talk trash, get punched, and we go to break.

Grayson Waller vs. Kevin Owens

Logan Paul is on commentary for this one.

Waller throwing grounded punches, elbows to the back of the head, off the second, Owens cuts him off but he bails to the floor! Kev follows after, met with an elbow, smashing his face into the desk, but Grayson works the arm, smashing it into the post to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Waller has a double wristlock in, grinding KO down, Owens fights to his feet, body blows, throwing Grayson to the floor but he snaps Kev’s arm over the top rope! Manhattan Drop sets up a DDT and Owens has some breathing room! Chops into the corner, big superkick sends Waller sprawling, cannonball in the corner!

Kev up top, senton atomico... NOPE! Waller traps his hand in the turnbuckles and kicks it but Kev is ready for him...

Kevin Owens wins by pinfall with a schoolboy pin.

We get a recap of CM Punk’s return to Monday Night Raw.

Bianca Belair makes her entrance, flanked by Charlotte Flair and Shotzi Blackheart and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Damage CTRL hype Kairi Sane up.

Bayley is noticeably distant and IYO tells her to stay in the back.

Bianca Belair vs. Kairi Sane

Pass Belair into the corner, sidestep the charge, hamstring kick, schoolboy blocked, back handspring sets up a shoulder block! Kairi with a tijeras, Bianca returns a dropkick, Sane hammers her with clubs and slaps her across the face! Off the ropes, Charlotte Flair trips her up and referee Ryan Tran ejects both her and Shotzi Blackheart!

Asuka in the ring running interference and Tran ejects Damage CTRL, too! A shoving match breaks out and we go to break!

Back from commercial, torture cloverleaf from Sane, puts Belair into the post, axe kick, cover for two! The EST comes back with a bodyslam, mounted punches in the corner, handspring moonsault... NOPE! Sane off the top with a forearm, no deal! Double chickenwing, Glam Slam reversed and Bianca spills to the floor!

Kairi out with her, Belair gets her with the Glam Slam into the barricade! Bayley is here and runs interference, up top, but Bianca pulls her down...

Bianca Belair wins by pinfall with KOD.

Nick Aldis and Adam Pearce are in the ring to woo Randy Orton, and Aldis introduces him.

Orton gets in the ring and takes his shirt off all fired up. The general managers talk over each other and Pearce promises him a world heavyweight championship match if he signs with Raw. Aldis offers him the men that took him out if he signs with SmackDown.

Enter Paul Heyman.

He says there will be no RKOs this evening and there will be no decision made by Randy Orton because the Bloodline is going to make the decision for him. On cue, “Big” Jim Uso and Solo Sikoa attack Orton and put boots to him!

LA Knight makes the save! He and Solo fight up the aisle and Orton hits the hanging DDT on Uso! RKO ON BIG JIM!

Randy picks the contracts up, tosses the Raw contract aside, and signs with SmackDown!

He tells Paul E to go tell Roman that daddy’s back.

Standing with Nick Aldis in the ring, Randy hits an RKO outta nowhere on the 2-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion!

That’s the show, folks.

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