WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Feb. 10, 2023) with a live show emanating from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Elimination Chamber Premium Live Event scheduled for later this month in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Advertised for tonight: The Usos defend the SmackDown tag team titles against Braun Strowman and Ricochet. Will Jey Uso show up for this championship match?
Elsewhere on the card, a new number one contender to the Intercontinental title will be determined in a four-way match between Rey Mysterio, Madcap Moss, Santos Escobar, and Karrion Kross.
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 FEB. 10
The sky is dark, the wind is cold, the night is young. Before it’s old and grey, we will know the thrill of it all, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this pro wrestling show for you folks.
The show opens with a recap of all the Bloodline drama of the past few weeks.
Thence to the intro video.
Paul Heyman is in the ring, mic in hand.
He says he’s here to drop a few pearls of wisdom on us. Ever since he and Brock Lesnar conquered the Undertaker at WrestleMania, he doesn’t offer predictions, he has spoilers, so get your notepads ready. The Island of Relevancy is under a two-pronged attack— here on SmackDown, the #1 contender at Elimination Chamber, Sami Zayn.
He calls Zayn a crazed psychopathic rebel and informs us that he’s not here tonight. Sami challenging Roman for the title? C’mon, can you imagine Sami as Undisputed Universal Champion? And Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania? These aren’t wrestling championships, they’re the very plasma that runs through the veins of the Bloodline, the crest of the Anoa’i and Fatu dynasties.
The titles are the tribe of which Reigns is the chief, and without these titles, there is no Island of Relevancy and no Bloodline and no Paul Heyman and no Roman Reigns.
Sami Zayn is in fact here tonight, and he slides into the ring behind Paul E, who after a sufficiently comedic length of time, turns and sees him and goes deathly pale. Zayn holds a hand out and Heyman gives him the mic.
Sami tells him to calm down, he’s sweating, he’s nervous, don’t worry, Zayn isn’t going to hurt him. But if he wanted to, he could have by now, and isn’t that a little weird? He could have dropped Heyman like a bag of dirt and no one is here to protect him.
A month ago, Solo Sikoa would have already been here and Samoan Spiked him to the mat. A month ago, Jimmy Uso would have jumped him with a flurry of punches, and the same with Jey Uso, but why has none of that happened? Because the rest of the Bloodline knows Roman is off the rails, the walls are closing in, and everything is falling apart.
He left the Bloodline, Jey Uso left on his own volition, and what do you think Jimmy Uso does next? Do you think he’s gonna side with his abusive cousin or with his twin brother that he shared a womb with. What happens to Solo Sikoa, who Roman pulled in tight the second he saw he was getting tight with Sami?
And even Paul, the Special Counsel, the Wiseman, let’s be honest the way he looks at Roman is a little creepy, like the sun shines out his ass, and now here he is talking about life after Roman Reigns, life after the titles are gone. Heyman knows what everyone else does, that Roman Reigns is on his way out.
Zayn has a spoiler of his own— Roman has eight days left. Paul reaches for the mic and Sami pulls him in close for a deep hug. He tells Heyman to tell Reigns to not worry about Cody Rhodes, because he’s gonna be the one to take him down.
We see the Banger Bros walking backstage and we go to break.
Banger Bros (Drew McIntyre & Sheamus) vs. Hit Row (Ashante “Thee” Adonis vs. Top Dolla)
McIntyre and Adonis to start, big headbutt from the big Scot! Belly-to-belly suplex across the ring, counting down... but Dolla pulls him out! Tag to Sheamus, he goes around ringside and knocks Ashante off his feet! Back in, big dropkick, tying him up in the ropes, Beats the Bodhran blocked when Top saves his pal but he just eats the Beats instead!
White Noise connects, calling for the Brogue, Claymore takes Dolla out and clears the path...
Banger Bros win by pinfall with a Brogue Kick from Sheamus on Ashante “Thee” Adonis.
A Valhalla vignette for the Viking Raiders follows, calling Banger Bros out for a match next week.
Jimmy Uso is backstage leaving Jey Uso a message.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Karrion Kross and Scarlett have a promo.
He’s going to make Rey Mysterio suffer and he’ll put him down.
We see Jimmy Uso making another desperate call to his brother and getting no answer.
Carmen Harress vs. Lacey Evans
This is of course a squash designed to showcase the new-look Lacey Evans, throwing Harress (who you may know as indie wrestler B3CCA) around, doing push-ups, etc...
Lacey Evans wins by submission with the Cobra Clutch.
Again Jimmy Uso calls and gets only voicemail.
Paul Heyman is right there and Jimmy gives him the full rundown of all his attempts to call him and says he can’t defend the tag titles with no partner. Paul asks him respectfully why he didn’t come help when Sami Zayn “held him hostage” earlier. Jimmy says he’s been trying to get ahold of Jey and Solo isn’t here.
Uso asks Paul to have his back and Heyman tells him he’s on his own. Jimmy says Jey will be here tonight, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of last week’s qualifier for the women’s Elimination Chamber match.
Sonya Deville is kvetching about not being on the card at Adam Pearce but he’s not having it.
Chelsea Green rolls up to want to formally file a complaint against the Raw manager. Adam says he’s the same guy for both jobs and Chelsea claims that she has facial amnesia and claims discrimination. She tries to form an alliance but Sonya says there’s no “we” here.
Pearce books the two of them in a tag against Liv Morgan and Raquel Rodriguez.
Through entrances and introductions, we have no sign of Jey Uso and Jimmy is announced as defending the titles on his own— BUT JEY USO IS HERE AT THE LAST MINUTE, ENTERING TO SILENCE THROUGH THE CROWD!
Referee Dan Engler holds the titles up and we go to break before the match begins!
Braun Strowman & Ricochet vs. the Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) (c) (WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship)
Jey and Ricochet to start, Uso with a wristlock, Ricky gets out, headlock, shot off, shoulder block, ones up, off the ropes, drop down, roll over, roll under, backflip, big forearm! Ricochet staggering, but he turns things around on Jimmy and tags Braun in!
Strowman with a hard whip into the turnbuckles, quick tag, he throws Ricochet into Jimmy and then a Stinger Splash and an elbow for two! Jey tags in, pop-up Samoan drop, superkick sends the One and Only to the floor and we go to break.
Back from commercials, Usos still in control and working Ricochet over with quick tags. Springboard crossbody gets some breathing room, crawling, tags made! Strowman rushes at Jey and bowls him over with shoulder blocks, big right hand cuts Jimmy off, corner lariat on Jey!
Clubbing blow to the chest takes Jey down but can’t keep him down! Usos with all kinds of superkicks, diving crossbody... STROWMAN KICKS OUT! Superkick sends Braun into a tag, Ricky off the top with a crossbody, quebrada, running shooting star press... USO KICKS OUT!
Tag to Strowman, big slam, tagging Ricochet back in, walking him on his shoulders, senton atomico... JEY PULLS RICOCHET OFF OF THE COVER! Braun to the floor, looking for the freight train but Uso low-bridges him into the announce desk! The One and Only takes Jey out with a tope con giro!
Back inside and up top, Jimmy meets him with an uppercut! Joining him, front chancery, blind tag from Jey, Ricochet shoves Jimmy down, shooting star press but Jey is right on him...
The Usos win by pinfall with a diving splash from Jey Uso on Ricochet, retaining the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship.
Rey Mysterio cuts a promo backstage about how he’s gonna win tonight’s fatal four-way, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, the Usos are walking backstage and Jey is fired up about how he’s not gonna abandon his brother. Jimmy tries to get an answer out of him as to whether this means he’s standing with the Bloodline but he’s noncommital, and Jimmy confirms this to Paul Heyman when he pops out from behind a column after Jey takes his leave.
Natalya is in the ring, microphone in hand.
She says it feels great to be back on SmackDown and ready for the Elimination Chamber, but she has something to get off her chest. Shayna Baszler put her on the shelf for the first time in her career by breaking her nose. So she took something from Shayna, who’s nothing more than a cheap knockoff of Ronda Rousey.
She took her spot in the Chamber, and next week in Montreal, she’s gonan win the Chamber match and go on to WrestleMania, and Baszler’s gonna go back to carrying Ronda’s bags.
Enter Shayna Baszler.
She’s sick and tired of everyone dismissing her accomplishments, and the truth is she was fighting before Ronda, she was wrestling before her, she was signed to WWE and winning titles before her. She doesn’t need to be told that she’s living in Rousey’s—
Enter Ronda Rousey.
Shayna holds her back and looks deep in her eyes before turning and dropping Neidhart with a forearm! The two of them put boots to Nattie! They set her up and Baszler pastes her with the knee!
Jey Uso is walking through the loading dock when he runs into Sami Zayn.
Sam welcomes him back and says he can’t imagine what he’s going through and he doesn’t want to put him in a tough spot, but they both know Roman Reigns and he can’t imagine letting Jey forget what he did at Royal Rumble. Zayn tells him what he did meant the world to him, and they’re eight days away from something he knows Jey has wanted to see for a long time.
Roman’s going down, he doesn’t know how, and he just wants to tell Jey he doesn’t have to go down with the ship. There’s a way out of this, that’s all he’s saying. And if they don’t talk again, he just wants Jey to know he acknowledges him. Uso tells him to get out of here, Sami says he’s leaving, and Uso returns his fist bump to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for the June 30 SmackDown airing live from London, England.
LA Knight is interviewed backstage.
He’s not willing to talk about Bray Wyatt or the MTN DEW Pitch Black Match, he wants to talk about the future and the future is LA Knight, yeah.
Chelsea Green & Sonya Deville vs. Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez
Morgan and Deville to start, a little back and forth off the ropes, Liv with a dropkick and a backsplash in the corner! Another one, then a rising knee connects and she perches up top, diving but Sonya cuts her down with a big knee! Tag to Green, she does the bare minimum and complains about it before tagging Deville back in.
Morgan gets away, tag to Rodriguez, big fallaway slam and she follows it with the corkscrew Vader Bomb... SONYA GETS A HAND ON THE ROPES! Chelsea in, Raquel sidesteps and she accidentally blasts Deville off the apron! One-arm powerbomb connects with a tag in the middle!
Oblivion connects and then Raquel lifts Liv up...
Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez win by pinfall by Raquel powerbombing Liv into Chelsea Green.
Madcap Moss cuts a promo with Emma about how they both think he’s gonna win, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Michael Cole conducts a sit-down interview with Charlotte Flair.
He brings up her history with Rhea Ripley and Flair says three years ago Rhea was green and young and not ready, and now she says she’s ready? She would hope so! There are levels to this, as she said three years ago and she keeps saying. Flair says it’ll take more than three years to get Ripley on her level.
Three years ago she didn’t put Rhea in her place, she taught her a lesson, and NOW she’s gonna put her in her place.
Santos Escobar finally gets his promo about how he’s gonna win tonight as an inset during his entrance, but we go to break before the action begins.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for next week’s show.
Karrion Kross vs. Madcap Moss vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Santos Escobar (WWE Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
Kross with a hard whip into the corner for Mysterio, Escobar wants in but Karrion waves him off and dumps him to the floor! Rey recovers, off the ropes, Kross drops him with a big boot! Mysterio with a boot up, Santos in with chops, Rey gets tijeras on Karrion!
Moss returns, springboard crossbody, he catches Mysterio and fallaway slams him into Escobar! Shoulder thrusts corner to corner, Emma cheering him on! Kross charges in, drop toehold, Escobar tags him with a running knee and he falls to the floor! Rey and Santos face to face, whip across, drop down, la casadora blocked and Escobar nails him with a dropkick!
Knucklelock, over the ropes and to the apron, enzuigiri, Mysterio with a diving headscissors but Santos catches him with the quebradora for two! Kross trips him up, Escobar takes care of him but it just gives Rey room to set the 619 up! Kick blocks, fighting over the ropes, Rey uses him as a springboard to take Karrion out!
Escobar takes Moss out with a suicide dive and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Kross with a cover on Escobar for two! Northern lights suplex on Mysterio, Moss with a jawbreaker, off the ropes, big shoulder block! One for Santos too, and one for Rey as well! Karrion nails Madcap with an elbow but Moss returns fire with a spinebuster! Catching Santos, he floats over, victory roll for two!
Mysterio stalking Escobar, caught by a drop toehold, La Casita denied, sunset flip, roll through, Rey with a dropkick but Moss breaks it up! Back suplex, Kross takes Mysterio off his hands and gets taken out with a tornado DDT! Escobar hits the Phantom Driver on Rey... MADCAP MOSS BREAKS IT UP!
Up top with Santos, looking for an avalanche fallaway slam, Escobar turns him around... AVALANCHE FRANKENSTEINER! Cover for two! Lariat sends Santos to the floor, Rey back with a shoulder thrust, Kross blocks a sunset flip, powerbomb lift reversed into a Frankensteiner for the 619! Scarlett trips Rey up on the apron!
Kross with a northern forearm, cutting Moss off in the turnbuckles, Santos with a Cactus Clothesline, Madcap off the top...
Madcap Moss wins by pinfall with a diving elbow drop on Rey Mysterio, becoming #1 contender to the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
Backstage, Paul Heyman rolls up to Jimmy Uso.
He was just on the phone with Roman Reigns and he would have brought the call back here but there’s no signal in here. Roman has some Tribal Chief homework for Jimmy, and that’s to stay home with his brother next week, because sometimes you see things on TV that you don’t see live.
That’s the show, folks.