WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Jan. 5, 2024) with a live show emanating from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Royal Rumble event scheduled for later this month.
Advertised for tonight: There is a triple threat match between Randy Orton, LA Knight, and AJ Styles, with the winner moving on to challenge WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns at Royal Rumble.
Also on the card: Roman Reigns and Logan Paul are scheduled to appear, IYO SKY defends the WWE women’s championship against Michin, BUTCH & Mystery Partner vs. Pretty Deadly, Kevin Owens vs. Santos Escobar in the final match of the United States title number one contender tournament, 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. 5
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The show opens with a recap of the Rock’s return to Raw this week.
An SUV rolls up in the loading dock and Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman get out together and immediately run into an interview.
Roman laughs her off and Heyman just smiles.
Logan Paul makes his entrance and joins the ocmmentary booth for our opening contest.
Kevin Owens vs. Santos Escobar (WWE United States Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament Finals)
Cruz del Toro and Joaquin Wilde jump Angel Garza and Humberto Carrillo at the bell and brawl with them to the back to even the odds for Kevin Owens!
Superkick clears the way, cannonball, off the top... ESCOBAR KICKS OUT OF THE FROG SPLASH AND WE GO TO BREAK!
Back from commercial, Owens has him set up and goes back up top, Escobar pops up and cuts him off, trading right hands in the corner, Santos pops to the floor and wrenches the injured wrist into the post! Back inside, headbutts to the bad wrist and a leg drop and KO is in agony as he shifts to a top wristlock! Fujiwara armbar, quebradora, punt to the broken hand!
Elbows in the corner, Santos in with a rising knee, tijeras, KO to the floor! Suicide dive, stomping on Kev’s injured hand, arm wringer and another smash into the post! Owens with desperate kicks, breaking the count, Escobar off the top but KO meets him with a Manhattan Drop and a DDT, slow to capitalize. Up top and jockeying for position, avalanche fisherman buster gets KO some breathing room and sends us to break!
Back from commercial, back body drop to the apron, Escobar with an enuzuigiri, superkick cuts him off, Santos with a Frankensteiner, headed up top, frog splash... STILL NO! Up top, jockeying for position, KO with an avalanche Finlay Roll... NOT ENOUGH! Back and forth, pop-up powerbomb reversed into a Frankensteiner, Owens connects on the second try!
Lining him up, front kick...
Kevin Owens wins by pinfall with a Stunner, becoming #1 contender to the WWE United States Championship.
Post-match, Logan Paul cuts off the announcement and gets on the mic.
He congratulates Kevin Owens on winning and getting to face the greatest United States Champion in history and runs him down for being sweaty and out of breath, and let’s be honest, you think a Canadian can be United States Champion? He says it’s never gonna happen and Owens blasts him with a forearm!
We get a recap of Randy Orton returning at Survivor Series.
Bobby Lashley makes his entrance flanked by the Street Profits to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Logan Paul is interviewed backstage, holding a bag of ice to his forehead.
Before he can comment, Grayson Waller and Austin Theory roll up to support him. Cameron Grimes rolls up and talks some trash and road agent Petey Williams immediately appears to pull him away from the heels.
Bobby Lashley and the Street Profits are in the ring together.
Bob admits that 2023 was probably the hardest year of his career in WWE, not because he didn’t put the work in, but because the work didn’t give him the results he’d hoped for. But now he’s standing here with the greatest tag team in WWE and their resolution is simple— they’re going to fight for and take everything they deserve in 2024.
Montez Ford says he and Bob and Angelo Dawkins are gonna hop on the trend and fast-forward the part where they think the grass is greener and take full advantage of every opportunity for championship gold. Dawkins says it’s been a while since they had the tag titles and Judgment Day should have their head on the swivel.
Lashley says he’s gonna get back to being the All Mighty, and he’s officially declaring himself for the 2024 Royal Rumble.
Enter Karrion Kross and Scarlett Bordeaux.
Paul Ellering steps out from behind them! Authors of Pain attack the Street Profits from behind and lay them out! SUPER COLLIDER! Karrion pulls Bob in the ring and hits a pumphandle TKO!
We get a video package for AJ Styles’ injury and return.
Mia Yim makes her entrance and we go to break.
IYO SKY (c) vs. “Michin” Mia Yim (WWE Women’s Championship)
Yim shoves her back, SKY ducking and dodging strikes, kick from the mat, Mia bots her into the corner. Sidestep the charge, handspring, tijeras from the champion but Yim pops right up! Probing kick sets up a backslide, cover for two! Schoolboy, same result, dropkick, chest kicks.
Off the ropes, victory roll into a double stomp from IYO, whip into the ropes, to the floor, Yim with a suicide dive and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Yim with a hard knee, Karelin lift, hanging her up in the turnbuckles, trapped Codebreaker... NOPE! Jockeying for position on the apron, SKY with a German suplex! Missile dropkick, dragging Mia into position, giant step, double jump... KNEES UP ON THE MOONSAULT!
Mia with a Dragon suplex, cover... STILL NO! Sliding knees, lateral press, Mia kicks out! In the turnbuckles, Mia blocks the Frankensteiner... AVALANCHE STYLES CLASH BUT IYO SKY GETS HER HAND ON THE ROPES! To the floor, Meteora into the barricade, back inside, knees in the corner, setting Yim up...
IYO SKY wins by pinfall with the moonsault, retaining the WWE Women’s Championship.
Backstage, Paul Heyman is interviewed.
He says the Rock namedrops Roman Reigns because the Rock wants to sit at the head of the table, and to do so, one must be invited to a dinner of relevancy, but the Rock will not be invited to such a dinner, because he’s just like everyone else, looking for a shortcut to the headlines, and there’s only two ways to guarantee going viral today— date Taylor Swift or challenge Roman Reigns.
John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Cody Rhodes, CM Punk, Randy Orton, AJ Styles, and LA Knight, all smashed or will be smashed, and there’s no man on this planet that can beat Roman Reigns.
And now, Pretty Deadly make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Damage CTRL celebrate with IYO SKY backstage.
Bianca Belair rols up and says Bayley’s plan has a flaw because she’s going to win the Royal Rumble and then at WrestleMania she’s going to take her title back from IYO SKY. Happy near year!
Dakota Kai tells Bayley that, as leader, she has to take care of Bianca.
Tyler Bate is Pete Dunne’s mystery partner!
British Strong Style (Pete “BUTCH” Dunne & Tyler Bate) vs. Pretty Deadly (Elton Prince & Kit Wilson)
Bate and Wilson to start, Tyler in control, side headlock, shot off, up and over, duck under, leapfrog, crawl under, schoolboy for two! Dropkick connects, tags made, off the ropes fast and hard and Dunne drops Prince with lariats before bending Kit’s hand to the mat for a bicep stomp!
BUTCH with a plancha to wipe them out and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Dunne on the wrong side of town but he hits an X-Plex on Prince! The path is clear, tags are made! Bate running hot with forearms, diving uppercut, exploder suplex, running shooting star press and an airplane spin as the Big Strong Boy runs hot!
Tag to Pete, stereo kicks in the corner, rebound lariat sets up a German suplex but Elton breaks it up! Wilson with a schoolboy and a handful of tights for a nearfall, Dunne with a wristlock, wrenching the fingers, tag back to Tyler and he wishbones him! Bop and Bang, underhooks...
British Strong Style win by pinfall with a double Tyler Driver ‘97 on Kit Wilson.
An LA Knight video package follows and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Ashante “Thee” Adonis has a meeting with general manager Nick Aldis.
He says he’s hungry, a starving dog, he’s been ready and he needs an opportunity. Aldis says he believes in him and had some ideas that he’ll be very interested to hear.
Commentary hypes next week’s show up for us.
We get main event entrances and we go to break.
AJ Styles vs. LA Knight vs. Randy Orton (WWE Undisputed Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
Back from commercial, match joined in progress, Styles and Orton teaming up on Knight and beating him down in the corner! AJ trading right hands with him, whip reversed and Knight sends him to the floor! Randy passes LA to the floor after him, stalking to the floor to join them, Knight bounces Styles face-first off the table until Orton comes over to back suplex LA into the table!
A back suplex into the table for AJ as well! Another one for Knight! Nick Aldis at ringside, all three men down as Styles wakes up and puts LA into the steel steps! Randy has the Phenomenal Forearm scouted, hanging DDT follows! All three men back down on the floor as we go back to break!
Back from commercial, Styles bowls Knight over with a forearm! Drawing him up, back suplex, AJ takes a breather to go to the floor and brawl with Orton, smashing him into the barricade and the steel steps! Cover on Knight, only two, back and forth trading bombs, LA gets the BFT... AJ PHYSICALLY STOPS REFEREE CHARLES ROBINSON FROM MAKING HIS COUNT!
Springboard 450 splash... KNIGHT KICKS OUT! Styles Clash attempted, he sees Orton coming, boot up in the corner, forearm staggers the Viper, lining him up... RKO COUNTERS THE PHENOMENAL FOREARM! LA KNIGHT PULLS ROBINSON OUT OF THE RING!
All three men down and out and here comes Roman Reigns with the rest of the Bloodline in tow! They put boots to all three men...
The match goes to a no-contest.
Solo Sikoa blasts Randy Orton with the steel steps! “Big” Jim Uso clears the announce desk! Reigns lays Styles out and throws him out of the ring like a sack of trash! Uso and Sikoa throw Knight in the ring and he eats a Superman Punch! A spear to boot!
Orton’s turn, he gets the Samoan Spike / spear combination!
General manager Nick Aldis gets Paul Heyman’s attention and tells him Roman Reigns just earned himself a fatal four-way at the Royal Rumble.
Roman talks trash, blissfully unaware of this news.
That’s the show, folks.