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WWE SmackDown results, live blog (Aug. 25, 2023): Bray Wyatt & Terry Funk Tributes

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WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Aug. 25, 2023) with a live show emanating from KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky, featuring the latest build to the company’s Payback premium live event on Sept. 2 in Pittsburgh.

Advertised for tonight: Jimmy Uso returns to SmackDown for his first appearance since being superkicked by his twin brother Jey. What will Jimmy have to say without Roman Reigns or Jey in the building to interrupt him? UPDATE: WWE has removed this from their preview for tonight’s show and announced the show will feature tributes for Terry Funk and Windham “Bray Wyatt” Rotunda, both of whom died this week.

Also on the card: United States Champion Rey Mysterio goes one-on-one with loudmouth Grayson Waller in a non-title match, IYO SKY defends the WWE women’s championship against Zelina Vega, 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.)


Though I know we must be parted, as sure as stars are in the sky. I’m gonna see you when it comes to glory, but right now I have to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with a dual memorial graphic for both the late, great Terry Funk and the dearly departed far too soon Bray Wyatt.

The entire roster and a lot of the crew is on the stage, plus Erick Rowan.

Michael Cole greets us from ringside and tells us about our losses, and says tonight we’ll honor their legacies and celebrate their lives, and announces the traditional ten bell salute.

A memorial video for Bray Wyatt follows.

Wyatt’s rocking chair is spotlighted on the stage and the camera comes in close as we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a memorial video for Terry Funk.

Grayson Waller vs. Rey Mysterio

Waller with a wristlock, into a side headlock, Mysterio comes back with a tijeras, Grayson puts him on the floor and follows after but eats another tijeras into the corner of the barricade and we go to break!

Back from commercial, slingshot stomp from Waller, mounted punches as Mysterio turtles up, off the second with an elbow drop for two! Another nearfall off a leg lariat, hard whip into the corner, Grayson lifts him up but Rey fights out with punches and turns it into a Frankensteiner!

Diving seated senton into a springboard crossbody, up and over, satellite DDT connects... NOPE! Back and forth, Waller off the ropes and Mysterio drops him with a lariat! Running senton, drop toehold sets him up but—

Enter Austin Theory.

Grayson with a schoolboy for two, both guys go for crossbodies to no avail! Santos Escobar plays equalizer but Theory takes his leg out from under him! Whip across, Rey slides out into a dropkick on Austin but Waller follows and drops him with a lariat! Back inside, off the ropes, Rey gets the 619, Santos fends Theory off...

Rey Mysterio wins by pinfall with the diving splash.

Post-match, Escobar puts the United States Championship on Mysterio while the heels sulk on the ramp.

We get a quick clip of the Wyatt Family debut vignette and we go to break.

Back from commercial we get a reel of memorials for Bray Wyatt from his peers and colleagues.

Damage CTRL are interviewed in Gorilla.

Bayley cracks about Latino World Order only hiring short people and says Zelina Vega only beat IYO SKY because she got lucky, and she puts IYO’s bonafides over.

We get entrances for our next match and go to break.

Back from commercial we get a short clip of the debut of the Fiend.

IYO SKY (c) vs. Zelina Vega (WWE Women’s Championship)

Vega with a wristlock, side headlock, shot off, Zelina with la casadora into an arm drag, and SKY runs away to the ropes and a pep talk from Damage CTRL. Putting Vega into the ropes, stomping her back repeatedly! Zelina up top, IYO catches her with a press slam, but Vega comes back with a side headlock and lands on her feet on a back suplex!

Sidestep the charge, probing kicks, smashing the champion into the corner, hammerlock DDT... NOPE! Meteora off the top... STILL NO! Quick covers, SKY gets away from her, sidestep the charge, springboard dropkick and IYO is fired up! Zelina gets another DDT off as a counter, Yoshi Tonic blocked, SKY gets under her for a powerbomb!

Slow to capitalize, Vega gets the Yoshi Tonic but IYO rolls to the floor and puts her into the steps when she gives chase! Back inside, double knees, SKY off the top...

IYO SKY wins by pinfall with the diving moonsault, retaining the WWE Women’s Championship.

Cody Rhodes is shown walking backstage and we go to break.

Back from commercial we get another reel of memorial tweets for Bray Wyatt.

Cody Rhodes makes his entrance and gets on the mic to memorialize Terry Funk.

He tells a story about being 11 at the airport and hearing a man call his father a most peculiar insult— an “egg-sucking dog.” Cody asks Cole if we’re allowed to say “egg-sucking dog” on Fox and says he had choice words for his grandmother too. Now Cody couldn’t see the man and he assumed there would be some kind of domestic incident.

But then he saw the man, the proprietor of the Double Cross Ranch, Terry Funk. Modern nomenclature being what it is, they get to call themselvest he coolest thing, WWE Superstars. Over the years they’ve been called many other things— wrestlers, athletes, competitors, even carnies, but a fabled few have earned the right to call themselves cowboys.

Both Terry Funk and Bray Wyatt were cowboys in the best of ways. He has the privilege of telling us about the Funker, and he recounts his bonafides and says Terry was a constant in pro wrestling for 50 years, and for 50 years he was constantly changing. There’s a thing called “the rub” when someone with such a legacy steps in the ring with someone who doesn’t and pulls them up to their level.

Some do that for one or two, Terry did that for an entire company, an entire movement, an entire revolution. Rhodes tosses us to a memorial video.

When we come back he talks about Funk’s passion for hardcore wrestling and he’s been given the authority to tell us right now that this next tag team match is a Terry Funk Hardcore Match.

Brawling Brutes make their entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a recap of Bray Wyatt winning the WWE Championship.

Brawling Brutes (Pete “BUTCH” Dunne & Ridge Holland) vs. Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) (Terry Funk Hardcore Match)

Pairing off, brawling on the floor, Dunne cranking Ford’s neck with abandon and tearing at his nose! Trying to rip his ear off, back inside, Pete with dropkicks to both profits, spinning toehold! Ridge with the front chancery spin, Drill Bit takes him out, rolling thunder splash from Ford, only two!

Pete in with chops on Angelo, Montez returns the favor, double whip into a double flapjack! BUTCH off the top, Ridge uses him as a weapon, spinning him into the Profits and wiping them out! Holland blasts Dawkins with a shoulder block on the floor, back body drop in return, Dunne blasts him with a knee off the apron!

Montez hits a tope con giro and all four men are down—

Enter Bobby Lashley as we go to break.

Back from commercial, stereo Beats of the Bodhran from the Brutes! Assisted powerbomb, Ford kicks out, Dawkins freight trains Pete on the floor! Back inside, big boys trading clubs, Angelo with an electric chair, Ford crotch chops, blockbuster Doomsday Device... DUNNE BREAKS IT UP!

Into “everybody do something cool” mode, Holland lays Ford out with a lariat and all four men are down and out! Ford at it, frog splash, Pete breaks it up! Dunne goes to get a table but backs into Bobby Lashley! Sliding the table in, Holland starts setting it up but gets cut off by Montez!

Ford finishes setting it up and turns to Ridge, thinking about a Rock Bottom but Holland gets him up... FALLAWAY SLAM / DDT COMBO ON BOTH PROFITS! Dunne wishbones Dawkins’ fingers, Ridge puts him on the table, Pete up top but Bob knocks him down and spears him on the floor!

Profits act fast...

Street Profits win by pinfall after putting Ridge Holland through a table with Revelation.

We get a clip of the first Firefly Fun House.

LA Knight is shown walking backstage to send us to break.

Back from commercial, we get another round of remembrances of Bray Wyatt.

We get footage of a TMZ Sports interview with the Miz.

Miz scoffs about the interviewer knowing who LA Knight is and says he’s basically Vanilla Ice and he won’t make it to WrestleMania in Philly.

LA Knight makes his entrance and gets on the mic.

He’ll get to the Miz in a minute, but tonight is about Bray Wyatt. He walked into this building tonight and saw everybody representing with the fireflies and it got him thinking because sometimes your greatest foes turn out to be your greatest helpers. He’ll be honest, Bray Wyatt and he went through hell together.

And through that, Wyatt was getting him ready for anything, and he held himself together pretty well until he saw pictures of Bray’s family, and his heart breaks for them. He looks around and he hears it and he feels it and he knows all of us can feel Wyatt’s spirit in the building.

He isn’t gonna act like they were best friends, but he will thank Bray, because just like we’re all feeling the spirit, it’s the same spirit that lets him say “lemme talk to ya.” Miz goes to TMZ and says the same tired old material and he mocks Miz’s voice and says he’s okay being a fad because Miz never was.

Even when he had a stunt double, Miz was the star! He talks about his title reign from twelve years ago but he was background to the Rock and John Cena all through that. Any time, anywhere, he’ll show the A-Lister once and for all whose game it is, yeah.

But one more thing— he looks right down the camera and tells Miz a wise man once told him the next time you see him... run.

We get a clip of Bray Wyatt’s last return to WWE and we go to break.

Back from commercial, commentary hypes next week’s show up for us.

Finn Balor vs. LA Knight

Collar and elbow, Knight shoves him away and taunts, side headlock from Balor, shot off, shoulder block, Finn takes a breather on the floor! LA goes after him, smashes his face into the desk over and over, back in, whip across, big elbow, Balor trips him up and we go to break on a clip of Bray Wyatt’s heartfelt thank you promo that was part of his last comeback.

Back from commercial, Knight gets a neckbreaker for some breathing room! DDT, pop-up drop, running boot, Balor kicks out! Finn putting boots to him in the ropes, Sling Blade follows it up, LA cuts him off with a lariat and puts boots to him in the corner! Backbreaker rack, Balor fights out and stomps his ribs!

Off the top with Coup De Grace but Knight gets a powerslam... NOPE! BFT reversed into a schoolboy for two, inverted headlock elbow drop, Finn up top but LA cuts him off and crotches him! Jockeying for position, LA with a superplex, sets him up...

LA Knight wins by pinfall with BFT.

LA Knight celebrates on the stage.

The lights go down and Wyatt’s lantern appears in the ring as an image of the man in silhouette goes up on the tron and “Thank you, Bray!” chants rain down from the sea of fireflies.

That’s the show, folks.

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