WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Feb. 9, 2024) with a live show emanating from Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Elimination Chamber premium live event scheduled for later this month in Perth, Australia — and for WrestleMania 40 a little farther on down the road.
Advertised for tonight: DIY vs. Pete Dunne & Tyler Bate is scheduled, with the winning team earning a shot at the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship at Elimination Chamber.
Also on the card: Nick Aldis chooses United States Champion Logan Paul’s next challenger at Elimination Chamber, Bianca Belair vs. Michin in an Elimination Chamber qualifying 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.)
WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR FEB. 9
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The show opens with footage of Triple H entering the arena.
A recap of the WrestleMania XL Kickoff follows.
Live in the arena, Triple H makes his entrance and gets in the ring with Raw general manager Adam Pearce and SmackDown general manager Nick Aldis flanking him.
Hunter welcomes us to the show and says last night was an incredible kickoff event on the road to the grandest stage of them all, and at some point they took a hard left turn and now that road is on fire, but it feels really, really good. He wanted to come out here and clear up one thing— “Rocky sucks!” chants erupt at this.
He says there was some confusion and maybe some people don’t know their role so he wanted to set the record straight because people came out and tried to assert their authority when they don’t really have any. Here’s the thing— he doesn’t care where you sit, there’s one thing that’s abundantly clear whether people like them or don’t like them, the answers come from one place and one place only, and you’re looking at him.
Roman Reigns WILL defend his championship against Cody Rhodes in the main event of WrestleMania. Some people in the back will be disappointed by that decision, they won’t like that the decision, but here’s the thing— it doesn’t matter if you don’t like that decision.
Nick Aldis moves the topic onto the subject of Seth Rollins’ defense of his World Heavyweight Championship, and says after much discussion they’ve decided his challenger will be decided in the Elimination Chamber, and tonight we’re going to begin a series of qualifying matches for that match.
To reiterate that WWE management is a united front, he hands it over to his esteemed colleague, Adam Pearce. Pearce directs our attention to the tron where the twelve men who will be competing for spot in the Chamber are displayed— Randy Orton, “Big” Bronson Reed, Kevin Owens, Logan Paul, AJ Styles, the Miz, Bobby Lashley, Ivar, Drew McIntyre, Sami Zayn, Dominik Mysterio, and LA Knight.
Six matches over three events and it kicks off right now!
Drew McIntyre makes his entrance and gets on the mic, thanking us for proving with our wallets that we think the same about CM Punk as he does, and he promises us that Punk won’t get one penny of his shirt profits. (He calls himself DM Hump in there somewhere, which feels notable.)
He takes credit for Cody deciding to finish his story and says the last step in him saving WrestleMania is to save the world title and all he has to do is go through the top stars in WWE, win the Elimination Chamber, and he’ll finally get his moment to give us a champion we can be proud of and who is best for business.
AJ Styles makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we see footage of Randy Orton and Sami Zayn arriving at the arena earlier today and are informed they’ll have a qualifying match later.
LA Knight makes his entrance before the bell and joins the commentary desk for our opening match.
AJ Styles vs. Drew McIntyre (Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match)
McIntyre in with a chop and a punch, suplex lift, knee counters, Styles wades into the corner with chops, whip reversed, back elbow, AJ springboards into a crossbody, Drew catches him and turns it into a straight suplex! Styles firing back with more chops, whip reversed, big quebradora from MCintyre for two and he follows it with a quarter nelson!
Action to the floor, spilling into the timekeeper’s area and we go to break!
Back from commercial McIntyre looking for avalanche Air Raid Crash, Styles counters, Liger Bomb... NOPE! Future Shock for two in return, AJ dodges the Claymore, Calf Killer applied... DREW GETS THE ROPES! McIntyre clobbers him to the apron, following after to the floor, LA Knight gets involved, back in, AJ cuts him off with a leg kick, inside cradle but referee Jessika Carr is occupied with Knight!
Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall with Claymore, qualifying for the Elimination Chamber.
Sami Zayn is interviewed by Kayla Braxton backstage.
He says the last week has taught us that nothing is certain in WWE, especially around WrestleMania season. It’s an emotional time for everyone and last year he was in the main event and this year the window is closing fast and he has to look at the facts in front of him.
Tonight he’s got a qualifying match for the Elimination Chamber against a 13-time champion, one of the best to ever do it, and if he gets through Randy Orton, he goes to the chamber against Drew McIntyre, a man he’s never beaten. It’s not an easy path, but it’s a path, and he’ll take it.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a Pretty Deadly vignette where they’re looking at clouds and Kit Wilson’s hand is all chewed up and they get mad about Pete Dunne.
We see British Strong Style and #DIY hanging out separately backstage ahead of a match between them.
We get a recap of Bayley splitting with Damage CTRL and see Bayley arriving at the arena earlier today.
Bianca Belair vs. “Michin” Mia Yim (Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match)
Yim with kicks early, lateral press, only two and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Yim with a lariat, a kick, a dropkick, running neckbreaker and Belair is on the back foot! Bianca rolls away from a cannonball, sidestep, backbreaker connects! Backbreaker rack, Yim slips out, Eat Defeat, Belair rolls to the floor, Mia brings her back, calling for it, back body drop counters!
Bianca Belair wins by pinfall with KOD, qualifying for the Elimination Chamber.
We see Bayley walking backstage and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a media hype reel for the WrestleMania XL kickoff.
We see Bron Breakker meet with Triple H backstage and Hunter congratulates him on his growth and says he’s anxious to see what he does on the next level.
Bron asks him for advice on what brand to sign with and Paul Heyman rolls up and shakes his hand and Breakker leaves.
Paul says he’s a hell of a talent and the other Paul asks what he wants. Heyman says he knows it’s not a good time and he’ll come back next week, and when he does, he’ll be with his Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns, and the Rock.
HHH says he’s looking forward to it.
Bayley makes her entrance and gets on the mic.
He says a big part of her wants to think last week didn’t happen at all and before we started chanting for her she figured lots of us would think she had it coming, and she’ll take it! Whether you like her or not, we’re cool right now because we’ve been with her on this whole journey and we know what’s in her heart.
She says she gave and gave to Damage CTRL and all they did was take from her, so she thought after she won the Rumble maybe they’d all be happy for her and everything would be fine, but that didn’t happen. She talks about them laughing behind her back and shutting up whenever she walked in the room, and she’s had that happen too often to not learn her lesson.
IYO SKY is gonna learn that lesson the hard way.
Enter Dakota Kai, apoplectic that Bayley isn’t answering her calls. Bayley asks where she was last week and Kai says she’s really close to being cleared and had a doctor’s appointment but Bayley isn’t buying it and tells her she must have known what was going on.
Kai says she was in a tough spot but she always believed in Damage CTRL and what Bayley created, and so did IYO, up until Asuka and Kairi Sane came along and got in her head. Bayley asks why she didn’t say anything, and Dakota says she wanted to but didn’t know how.
She says she misses when it was just the three of them and it felt like they could do no wrong and Bayley has always been a mentor to her and it seemed like her plan was working! Kabuki Warriors won the tag titles, Bayley won the Rumble, and they were so close to having it all and she thought it would blow over but it didn’t.
Bayley says okay well they’re here right now and where does Dakota stand? Kai takes a moment—
Enter IYO SKY, Asuka, and Kairi Sane.
They surround Bayley, Kai bails and comes back with a steel chair... AND CHARGES AT IYO! SHE’S WITH BAYLEY! She swings at Asuka and Kairi and turns to face Bayley and drops the chair! “Hug it out!” chants go up, Bayley drops her mic and holds an awkward peace with Kai.
Randy Orton is interviewed backstage.
He says Sami Zayn is right about it not being a given to make it to WrestleMania, and watching from home last year was horrible, but he learned an invaluable lesson about patience. As far as Roman Reigns is concerned, he’ll sit back and wait, and if everything comes his way (and he plans on having everything going his way) he’ll in the Elimination Chamber.
British Strong Style make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Bobby Lashley, Street Profits, and B-FAB are backstage.
They talk about their feud with Final Testament and Bob’s qualifying match for Elimination Chamber on Monday against “Big” Bronson Reed.
#DIY (Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa) vs. British Strong Style (Pete Dunne & Tyler Bate) (WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
Bate and Gargano to start, bit of mat grappling, trading pinning predicaments, Dunne tags in, off the ropes, blindsiding John! Ciampa in, brawling on the floor and #DIY are in charge as we go to break!
Back from commercial, Gargano tags in, Dunne cuts off a nearfall, all four men trading strikes, all four men down and out! Tyler with a giant swing / airplane spin combination, slamming Gargano onto Ciampa after! Tag to Dunne, sandwich kicks, double powerbomb countered into a Frankensteiner!
Stomp the hands, John keeps his cool, roll-through kick, Bop and Bang, Tom with the blind tag! Rising knee, Gargano dives, Project Ciampa... SO CLOSE! Bate down, thinking Meet in the Middle but Dunne wishbones Ciampa’s fingers! Double rebound lariat from Tyler, underhooks, back body drop counters, land on his feet, superkick blocks Bop and Bang!
Charging in, back body drop to the apron, Bate off the ropes, dive on Tommaso, blind tag from Peter in there somewhere, counter the Superman Spear...
British Strong Style win by pinfall with Bitter End from Pete Dunne on Johnny Gargano.
Post-match it’s fist bumps all around as a glassy-eyed Johnny Gargano bleeds from the nose.
Byron Saxton is interrupted backstage by Dominik Mysterio, who talks up Judgment Day’s dominance heading into WrestleMania.
His opponent in the qualifiers, Kevin Owens, rolls up and says he’s gonna dedicate his victory to Rey Mysterio.
R-Truth rolls up looking for the Miz and asks Owens if he’s not supposed to be on Raw and tells him to watch out for Nick. Not Nick Mysterio, Nick Aldis. KO thanks him awkwardly.
We see Randy Orton getting ready and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Logan Paul rolls up on Nick Aldis angry that he’s stuck in a qualifying match for the Elimination Chamber and makes his case as a draw. He’s especially apoplectic that he has to wrestle on TV in Utah next week and says he deserves The Rock treatment.
He clears his head and says he’s gonna win Elimination Chamber, go to Mania, and win the title and be a double champion. Adam Pearce lets Nick Aldis do the honors of telling him his opponent, and Aldis says Logan’s got the Miz.
Commentary hypes up next week’s show.
We get main event entrances and we go to break.
Randy Orton vs. Sami Zayn (Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match)
Orton hard out the gates, side headlock, shot off, drop down, leapfrog, Zayn passes him to the floor, goes for a dive, Randy takes a walk so Sami does an Arabian press fakeout! The Viper taking a breather before heading back inside, collar and elbow, Randy turns him around, hard rights, mounted punches, action to the floor, Zayn regains control with a back suplex into the announce desk and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Sami with a tornado DDT out of the corner, only two! To the apron, headed up top, Randy cuts him off, superplex for two! Running hot, hanging DDT blocked, Zayn back body drops him to the floor! Going to that special place, Zayn counters first with a pin, then with a Blue Thunder Driver... SO CLOSE!
Springboard up and over, Randy outta nowhere...
Randy Orton wins by pinfall with an RKO, qualifying for the Elimination Chamber.
Post-match, Drew McIntyre squares up with Randy Orton.
That’s the show, folks.