WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Jan. 19, 2024) with a live show emanating from State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Royal Rumble event scheduled for later this month.
Advertised for tonight: Roman Reigns returns for what WWE’s web site calls a “huge contract signing” with Randy Orton, LA Knight, and AJ Styles ahead of their championship match at Royal Rumble.
Also on the card: United States Champion Logan Paul is a guest on The KO Show, Katana Chance & Kayden Carter defend the women’s tag team titles against The Unholy Union (Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn), LWO vs. Santos Escobar’s group in six-man tag team action, 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.)
WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR JAN. 19
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The show opens with a recap of last week’s main event.
Backstage, “Big” Jim Uso and Solo Sikoa are backstage when Paul Heyman and Roman Reigns arrive. Roman immediately poops on their party by saying he told them to fix it and they didn’t, so he had to come here tonight. He leaves and Solo says he’ll fix everything.
Nick Aldis is in the ring to preside over a contract signing for the Universal Championship match at the Royal Rumble.
AJ Styles makes his entrance and signs the contract with no preamble.
LA Knight makes his entrance and also signs the contract with no preamble.
Randy Orton also makes his entrance and signs the contract with no preamble.
Paul Heyman makes his entrance and says if Nick Aldis isn’t watching his own show, he and Roman just arrived and they haven’t been able to submit the contract to an attorney or even had time for Paul to put eyes on the contract, so therefore Reigns will not be signing it at this time.
Aldis says that’s absolutely fine... because he has three signatures and he’ll just make it a triple threat for the vacant WWE Undisputed Universal Championship.
That gets Heyman to turn around and march back to the ring. He tells Nick he cares deeply about him and halfway respects and admires the mediocre job he’s done as SmackDown general manager and says he looks really good in his Paul Heyman wannabe custom suits, but no matter how good he looks he can’t sell this to the board of directors.
LA Knight gets on the mic and complains about how this should be his singles rematch, AJ Styles fires back that he walked over his dead body to get that match, and worse, he lost so he’s lucky to even be in this match. Knight says AJ has a horseshoe planted up his keister and to watch the bass in his voice when he talks to him.
Styles says he has to understand they’re not just fighting Roman, they’re fighting each other. LA says he’ll leave AJ laying, and Styles cracks a punch and they brawl up the aisle! Aldis tries to pull them apart, road agents and referees come down and separate them!
Randy Orton gets in Paul Heyman’s face and says this isn’t gonna work because later tonight he’s going to drop Solo and beat him in the middle of the ring, 1-2-3, and after that he’s going to reintroduce Roman Reigns to the three most dangerous letters in all of sports entertainment.
Commentary hypes up tonight’s show for us.
Logan Paul is shown walking backstage.
Latino World Order make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Nick Aldis is walking backstage when he runs into AJ Styles.
Styles demands a match against LA Knight tonight and Nick gives it to him.
Aldis stands in front of Roman Reigns’ dressing room and we cut away.
Latino World Order (Carlito, Cruz Del Toro, & Joaquin Wilde) vs. Legado del Fantasma (Angel Garza, Humberto Carrillo, & Santos Escobar)
Del Toro and Garza to start, trading strikes, whip reversed, big chop from Angel, Cruz puts him into the turnbuckles and follows with a tijeras and a tag to Wilde! Cover for two, into the ropes, Carrillo running interference but Joaquin takes ‘em both down! Low bridge sends Santos to the floor, Carlito and Cruz come in, stereo dives from the regular LWO tag team while Carlito manages the ropes!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Legado in control, working Wilde over, he gets some separation from Carrillo, lands on his feet off a back suplex, roll under, tag to Carlito! Left hands from Colon hammering away, running knee sets up a lariat! Dropkick on Garza, passing Humberto into his cousin, big spinebuster... ESCOBAR BREAKS IT UP!
The match breaks down, Santos steals it...
Legado del Fantasma win by pinfall with a schoolboy pin from Santos Escobar.
Pretty Deadly are interviewed backstage about how they’ve been studying tape on British Strong Style all week.
They make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Bobby Lashley and the Street Profits cut a promo at Karrion Kross and the Final Testament about how they’re messing with the wrong guys.
British Strong Style make their entrance and Pete Dunne is billed as himself! The Bruiserweight is back!
British Strong Style (Pete Dunne & Tyler Bate) vs. Pretty Deadly (Elton Prince & Kit Wilson)
Bate and Wilson to start, side headlock, shot off, blind tag from Dunne! Armbar takedown, stomp to the elbow, Ode to Jim Breaks and he wrenches the fingers back before snapping Kit’s arm! Stomp the knee, tag made, senton atomico from Tyler sets up an Airplane Spin as we go to break!
Back from commercial, Pretty Deadly have Bate on the back foot, the Bruiserweight waiting for the tag, Tyler lands on his feet, boot up, back elbow, Saito suplex and the path is clear! Dunne tags in, German suplex, stomp the hands, buzzsaw roundhouse kick, Prince with a German but Pete lands on his feet!
X-Plex puts Kitty into Elly! Tyler back in, uppercut on Prince, catch a kick, Bop and Bang! Duck a lariat from Wilson, elbow, rebound lariat, blind tag! Corner kicks, Bate with a tope and Peter breaks Elton’s fingers...
British Strong Style win by pinfall with Bitter End from Pete Dunne on Elton Prince.
We get a recap of Kevin Owens cracking Logan Paul’s jaw with his broken hand and the fallout therefrom.
KO makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Pretty Deadly are walking backstage upset about their loss, and they run into an interview.
They complain about not being ready because they prepared for BUTCH and got Pete Dunne, a “brand new person” they’d “never seen.” (Don’t you Ezekiel truthers start now...!)
Kevin Owens is in the ring to host the KO Show.
He welcomes Logan Paul to the KO Show.
Logan Paul says he’s not honored to come on this bottom of the barrel excuse for a show and says it’s his show now. He’s actually glad Kevin invited him, because he owes him a proper thank you for being the reason he’s in WWE. Owens is confused, and Logan runs a clip of Kevin Owens hitting a Stunner on him at WrestleMania three years ago.
Paul says he was embarrassed in front of 70,000 people and everyone cheered, and he’s feeling it right now, that was the moment he realized he had to prove to everyone that he belongs here. KO basically just drops a “for me it was Tuesday” on him and gives him credit for putting in the work and becoming way better at this than anyone would have ever thought.
But as good as he is, he’s certainly not one of them, he’s not a Rey Mysterio, a Seth Rollins, a Sami Zayn, a Kevin Owens. Paul says thank god he’s nothing like them and he doesn’t want to be, he’s one of one, a purveyor of viral media, a marketing expert, multi-hypenated disruptor, the list goes on and one.
Off and one, billionaire with a b (on paper) the Maverick, Logan Paul. And KO is just... Kevin Owens. Owens says he doesn’t know what any of that meant, but he puts up with all this stuff about his weight and there’s a lot he can’t talk about with Logan, and he knows why.
It’s the same reason he’s the United States Champion right now, because he’s protected and sheltered and offered all the tools he could ever need to win a title because of the notoriety he brings and now he gets to say, for the rest of his life, that at one point he was WWE United States Championship, but it’s a joke that’s been going on for far too long and he’s putting an end to it at the Royal Rumble.
Logan says he didn’t listen to any of that and then immediately proves he was listening by saying he wants to talk about protection and he’s got a weapon on his arm and that’s the only reason he knocked Paul down. But Logan, he knocks people out clean, and it’ll only take him one second to KO KO.
Owens says all these people have been watching him for almost ten years and we know he can take more punishment than anybody and still get back up every time. There isn’t a punch Logan can throw that would keep him down for three, let alone knock him out. As far as the cast goes, whatever, he’ll give him his word he won’t wear a cast at the Royal Rumble.
In fact, he’ll take it off right now... LOGAN DROPS HIM WITH A PUNCH! Kevin pops up and they brawl! Passing Owens into the steel steps, hard right hand drops Kevin Owens! Logan goes and gets his title and stands tall over KO, who clutches his injured hand in agony.
Roman Reigns is backstage with the Bloodline berating “Big” Jim Uso for having fun instead of getting things done. Solo Sikoa steps up to the Tribal Chief and says last week was on him, and Reigns named him Tribal Heir for a reason, so tonight he’ll show him, and he’ll fix it.
Katana Chance and Kayden Carter make their entrance to send us to break.
Katana Chance & Kayden Carter (c) vs. Unholy Union (Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn) (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship)
Damage CTRL are hanging out at ringside for this one, with Bayley joining the commentary team.
Unholy Union hard out the gates, isolating Carter, hammering her, Fyre with a nearfall! Dawn tags in, working her over, Katana off the ropes, tijeras, corner larat, the tide is turned! Up in the turnbuckles, Alba breaks it up, but an assisted tijeras puts Dawn into Fyre, cover for two!
Passing Alba to the apron, stomping away on Kayden, up for the KLR Bomb, she evades it, O’Connor roll, no deal! Schoolboy... SO CLOSE! Chance takes Dawn out with a crossbody, flip piledriver from Carter! Tag to Katana, off the top...
Katana Chance & Kayden Carter win by pinfall with the Afterparty on Alba Fyre, retaining the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship.
Asuka and Kairi Sane slide into the ring holding the tag title belts and dancing, and referee DA Brewer demands they return the belts to the rightful champions, which they do.
Commentary wishes the late Pat Patterson a happy birthday.
We see Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, and Mia Yim hanging out when AJ Styles rolls up.
Gallows tells him they still have his back and we go to break.
Back from commercial, the Final Testament get a video package.
Karrion Kross says he knows exactly who Bobby Lashley and the Street Profits are, the Yes Men of this company, and claims they don’t get the same opportunities because they make people nervous, and next week they’ll see them in the ring and the whole world will truly see who the real All Mighty actually are.
Carmelo Hayes is interviewed backstage and says he’s just thankful he and Austin Theory walked away from last week, and he didn’t win, but he didn’t lose, and he is Him.
Austin Theory rolls up to complain about Hayes trying to end his career and Melo challenges him to a rematch next week. Austin says he’s busy, but Grayson Waller says he’s not busy at all and accepts the challenge on his behalf.
AJ Styles makes his entrance and we go to break.
AJ Styles vs. LA Knight
Knight backing Styles into the corner with punches, AJ returns headlock punches but LA hits a back suplex! Styles hanging onto the headlock, shot off, hard into the turnbuckles! Leg lariat in the ropes, Knight follows it with a straight suplex, cover for two!
AJ with more strikes, drawing Knight up, passing him into the corner, LA turns him around and they trade right hands at length. Tilt-a-whirl slam from Knight, AJ kicks out! Putting boots to Styles, AJ with a hard knee from the apron! Brawling on the floor and here comes “Big” Jim Uso!
Knight walks around to face off with Uso, but the time lets AJ recover and hit an enzuigiri on the floor! Solo Sikoa hits the Samoan Spike and finally referee Dan Engler sees it...
LA Knight wins by disqualification.
Solo Sikoa takes AJ Styles into the ring... SAMOAN SPIKE FOR HIM AS WELL!
Sikoa gets on the mic and says two down, one to go, and he calls Randy Orton out for our main event as we go to break.
Randy Orton vs. Solo Sikoa
Orton with right hands, Solo with a slicing right in return, punches in the corner, Ode to Rikishi connects and Randy falls to the floor! Solo throws Orton into the steel steps and poses on the apron as we go to break!
Back from commercial, Orton with the back suplex into the announce desk but Sikoa bounces back and throws him inside. Hanging DDT from the Viper, Knight and Styles get involved, Uso as well, in the confusion...
Randy Orton wins by pinfall with the RKO.
Knight knocks Styles down with a punch, Orton hits the RKO on him and then one for AJ as well! Roman Reigns is here and he takes Randy down with a Superman Punch!
Nick Aldis is at ringside, contract in hand, and Roman beckons him over and takes the contract and signs it! He drops it at Aldis’ feet in a show of power and turns around to lay in wait... RANDY ORTON COUNTERS THE SPEAR WITH AN RKO!
That’s the show, folks.