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WWE Smackdown Results (1/22): Big E Defends, Women’s Tag Team Champions In Action, Owens Stuns Reigns

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January 22, 2021

Universal Champion Roman Reigns started the show, as per usual, in the ring with Paul Heyman. He was NOT happy about Adam Pierce sneaking Kevin Owens into another title shot at the Royal Rumble. He trashed Pierce for getting out of the match because of an “injury”, claiming that his back hurts from carrying the entire company.


Pierce came out to confront the champion. Reigns claimed it was no big surprise that he never made it to WWE as a wrestler if he’s the kind of man to complain about minor injuries. Heyman started laughing and Pierce snapped at him, yelling that he has no problem backing down to the world champion, but doesn’t have to take grief from Paul. After some more trash talking between the two sides, Heyman challenged Adam Pierce to a match in the Smackdown main event, and Pierce accepted. What could possibly go wrong?

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Sami Zayn came down to ringside with his documentary crew and handcuffed himself to one of the barricades. He complained loudly about the double-standard that he got caught for “cheating” last week, but when Apollo Crews did it, nobody batted an eye. Sami stayed there being obnoxious for well into the broadcast.

Asuka & Charlotte Flair def. Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan. Billie Kay has been trying to find the right fit for herself on the roster since coming to Smackdown, often at the expense of everyone she tries to help. This week it looked like the Riott Squad had the match won with a visual pin on Asuka, but the ref was too busy dealing with Billie to do his job.

Backstage, Billie Kay tried to apologize to the The Riott Squad and said she got them both booked in the Royal Rumble to make up for it. They rejected the idea of Billie teaming up with them.

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Daniel Bryan came out to talk about why he wants to win the Royal Rumble. It’s one of the few accolades he’s never accomplished. Cesaro came out and bragged about being able to speak in five languages, just like the old days. Bryan asked for a rematch, but Cesaro flat out refused because he’s done proving himself to anyone. He did, however, throw out a challenge to anyone else backstage that he didn’t just beat last week. Enter: Dolph Ziggler.

Cesaro def. Dolph Ziggler. Cesaro picks up yet another strong, clean victory over a top name (not to mention current champion). Daniel Bryan was on commentary for this one.

Sasha Banks def. Reginald. If you’re just tuning in, Reginald is Carmella’s personal sommelier and assistant. He spent most of the time just trying not to get caught by The Boss. Banks caught him with a Meteora and talked trash with Carmella outside the ring, slapping the champaign out of her hand. Banks hit another Meteora and slapped on the Bank Statement to win.

Backstage, Paul Heyman boasted about the supposed master plan that Roman Reigns must have for Adam Pierce tonight. Reigns said there was no plan, and told Paul to go out and handle his business like a man. Paul very suddenly realized how much trouble he was in.

Big E (c) vs. Apollo Crews for the Intercontinental Championship ended in a no-contest. Sami Zayn, who yes was still handcuffed to barricade after all that time, finally broke free and attacked both men at the climax of the match. He rocked both with Helluva Kicks and left with his documentary crew.

Backstage, the Street Profits gave a fruit basket to Sonya Deville and asked for a match for the Smackdown Tag Team titles. Deville denied their request but said they’d talk about it again when Montez Ford heals up.

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Bayley and Bianca Belair both came out for an obstacle course, hosted by Michael Cole. Anyone else getting NXT season one flashbacks?

Bayley’s course was much, much easier. She had to jump some really small hurdles, shoot a basketball through a hoop, and some other shenanigans. Bianca Belair then did a much more difficult course, lifted Otis on her shoulders, and destroyed Bayley’s time.

Bayley was of course a poor winner and jumped Bianca, attacking her and dropped the basketball hoop on top of her.

King Corbin def. Dominik Mysterio. Okay straight-forward match. Corbin blocked a 619 and hit the End of Days to win. Rey Mysterio was at ringside.

Adam Pierce came out first for the main event. Paul Heyman followed, taping up his wrists, before claiming to be injured. Roman Reigns, who was supposed to have left the arena earlier in the night, ran down to the ring and dropped Pierce with a Superman Punch. He beat Pierce all around the arena until Kevin Owens, who was also supposed to not be in the building, made the save.

Owens dropped Reigns with a stunner before officials came out to get between them. Owens fought them all off and hit a second stunner, then put Reigns through the announce table with a pop-up powerbomb.

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Mickie James Doesn’t See Herself As A Legend & Doesn’t Plan On Retiring

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Mickie James spoke about being branded a wrestling legend as she discussed her future within the industry.

James was interviewed by The Travel Wins podcast where she spoke about being part of WWE Raw Legends Night earlier in the year, branded as one of the legends. She admitted that she doesn’t see herself as that, but it’s a huge honor for her.


“Well, I was just announced to come back for — and it’s so weird to say, to come back for the legends show in January, the first episode in January of Monday Night Raw so next week. But, it’s weird to say that out loud, like the legends show. I’m like, ‘Am I a legend? I don’t know.’ It’s funny because some of the co-workers and younger girls will say that in joking and I’ve said it in jest of like, ‘Oh yeah, legend Mickie James, ha, ha, ha’ but never not real life like where I thought of myself — I don’t think of myself as a legend, because when I think ‘legend’, I think of the people that I look up to who I think of as legends. So it’s just weird. It’s a weird space where I’m like, ‘Oh, wait, they’re serious. You’re serious? Okay, I’m a legend.’ It’s amazing and I’m grateful and it’s a huge honor but at the same time it’s weird to say. To even speak it out loud I’m like, ‘Oh, so strange.’”

She then went on to talk about how long she plans on staying in the industry, where James claimed she’s never going to retire.

“Well it’s just like I don’t think I’ll ever retire from the wrestling business because I love it so much, I will always be a contributor in some capacity, somewhere because I just love it and I’m passionate about it and I’m good at it. I’ve dedicated a lot of my life to cultivating this craft and to being the best, the best that I could be so I don’t think once it’s in your blood like that, it’s like uh… I don’t know that we’re really ever — we might be retired from professionally going out there and doing that physical sport but as far it being a part of our lives in some capacity, I think if you have a love and passion for something, you’ll never stop doing it to some level. Even if it’s like coaching the local kids team. Like you’ll still find yourself dabbling in it somehow because you love it too much. You can’t not.” (H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcriptions)

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Josh Barnett Reveals If He Would Work For WWE

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Josh Barnett recently discussed whether or not he would accept a contract offer if WWE provided one to him.

Barnett spoke with Rick Bassman on the ‘Talking Tough’ show, and he said he was open to the idea of working with WWE, as long as he could continue Bloodsport on the side.


“Sure, let’s talk terms and as long as I get to keep doing Bloodsport on the side, we’re good. I have a relationship with Paul [Levesque] as it is because I’ve just got, as they say in the business, ‘my boys’ over in WWE so I talk to him, I talk to [William] Regal, I talk to those guys when needed. I trained Shayna Baszler from the ground up as a professional wrestler, and I manage her so I got her in the WWE. Both Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir are over there and then guys like Timothy Thatcher who I’ve worked with a lot, he’s also now in the WWE and there’s a few other folks who I’ve just had time a little bit with on the mat who I’ve worked with but they’re not maybe exactly my boys but I keep an eye on ‘em just to make sure they’re doing well and I’d love to steal even a few — I’d love to steal a bunch of ‘em actually to use for Bloodsport. I mean Bobby Lashley, come on. That guy, not only is he one of my boys, but the fact that he’s champion now only makes absolute complete sense to me because he is one of the best guys in that company and he’s tougher than sh*t in real life, he’s a solid fighter in real life, he’s great. I cornered him as he’s winning belts so it’s great to see him holding the belt in that WWE ring like he should.”

During the interview, Barnett spoke specifically about Jessamyn Duke and he believes that she has plenty of talent ad she could carve out a real opportunity for herself.

“I mean, it’s really just up to her [if she wants to make it to the top of WWE]. She had her elbows fixed essentially so, years of training and fighting, debris and stuff like that in the elbow joints which that’s pretty common. So it wasn’t a very complicated surgery but they went in there and cleaned some stuff up and honestly, I think Jessamyn, even MMA to pro wrestling is one of those people of untapped potential and so I know and yeah, I’m bias, but I’ve seen not just under my eye in the gym but even in some moments out there of what I caught of her in NXT and doing stuff around that. She has some — this latent energy just waiting to get out and so it’s also a matter of what does she want to do with it and people need to understand that you can be really talented at something and also decide that that’s — I don’t wanna go down that path to that degree because it doesn’t — it’s not as fulfilling as I hoped it to be, even though the talent is there, so whether you choose to go that way or not, just be true to yourself so, she just needs to figure out how to allow that to happen and it’s not easy in an environment like the WWE because there’s a lot of cooks in kitchen all the time and it can be tough to know where you can have that freedom to do what you need to do, and I think that if she really wants to rise to the upper echelon, she could do that for sure. She’s got a great look and she has tons of talent that she could put on a display and as a person, she’s a very lovely, caring, a very goofy individual who has a great heart.” (H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcriptions)

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WWE Reportedly Consider A Two-Day NXT Takeover For WrestleMania 37 Weekend

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According to a report, WWE is currently considering the idea of having a two-day WWE NXT Takeover event for the first time in history.

It has already been confirmed that WWE WrestleMania 37 will be a two-night event once again this year, but now the black and gold brand could be following suit.


It is currently expected that the next WWE NXT Takeover show will be on 4/8, which is the Thursday before WWE WrestleMania 37, which has been confirmed by PWInsider.com.

However, according to the report, there is talk of that show being a two-night event, with the first part airing on WWE NXT TV on the USA Network the day prior, on Wednesday 4/7, with the second part taking place the next night on the WWE Network.

We must stress, this is not confirmed and is currently just something that is being discussed, and between now and then the plan could change, or not happen at all.

 

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