Welcome to our live coverage results for tonight’s season premiere of Friday Night Smackdown on FOX. We have a brand new shaken up roster following the 2020 WWE Draft, plus Roman Reigns defends the Universal Championship against Braun Strowman. Live coverage begins at 8:00 PM ET. Follow @prowrestlingcom on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
WWE Smackdown Results
October 16, 2020
Stephanie McMahon and Triple H are already in the ring to kick off the show, as the new and improved Smackdown roster marches out to the stage. They run down the card for tonight and hype up some of the newcomers to the brand, like Kevin Owens and Aleister Black, as well as the return of Daniel Bryan – complete with fake “Yes Chants” dubbed in.
There’s more. Triple H did an awful Rick James impression. I’ll spare you.
Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode eventually get bored listening to the boss put everyone else over, and attack the Street Profits, who as of Monday are the new Smackdown Tag Team Champions. Within a matter of seconds the entire roster is brawling. Lars Sullivan’s music hits and the “Freak” starts throwing bodies everywhere. Jeff Hardy sends him over the ropes and takes off his shirt, and the two stare each other down heading into the first commercial of the night.
Jeff Hardy vs. Lars Sullivan
The bell rings and Hardy runs right into a massive shoulder block. Sullivan bludgeons him with a tackle, and just like that the “Charismatic Enigma” is virtually motionless on the mat. Sullivan takes a second to appreciate his work before tossing Jeff across the ring like a bale of hay. He slowly climbs to the top rope looking for a diving headbutt, but Hardy rolls out of the way and the big man crashes and burns.
Hardy rallies with a dropkick and tries for an atomic drop, but gets planted on the mat instead. He gets his boots up in the corner and connects with Whisper in the Wind, but Sullivan kicks out at one. Twist of Fate coming, Sullivan scoops him up instead and tosses him over the ropes. He rolls outside to throw his opponent back in the ring, but gets caught with a low dropkick and the Twist of Fate on his way back inside. Hardy climbs the ropes, but Sullivan pops right back up, grabs him by the throat, and hits the Freak Accident.
Winner: Lars Sullivan
Next up is a tremendous vignette hyping up the arrival of Bianca Belair, combining the recent vignettes where she whoops people in different athletic competitions, with actual clips of her competing earlier in life. The song used was “The Search” by NF.
Raw Tag Team Champions The New Day and Big E make their way out to the ring. Each of them take turns cutting emotional promos about their history together and their various accomplishments, like hosting WrestleMania and Kofi winning the WWE Championship. Woods was great, and talked about how they took a chance on him when he was doing nothing, and likely wouldn’t be in WWE today without New Day.
The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) vs. Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura & Sheamus
It’s the New Day in control early as we come back from commercial to the action already in progress. They work over Cesaro in the corner and Woods gets up on Big E’s shoulders, delivering a big diving elbow drop for two. Sheamus makes the tag and starts bullying Woods with hard elbows and uppercuts in the corner. Woods gives a few back and goes low with a dropkick. Quick tag made to Kingston, who comes flying off the top with a splash for two.
Nakamura hits the ring and blindsides Kingston, dragging him back to the heel corner before tagging himself in. He stomps a mudhole in the corner, and Cesaro tags back in to do the same. In comes Sheamus, who delivers a high backdrop suplex before promptly tagging out. Kofi rallies with rights and lefts to all three guys, but Nakamura kicks him in the head and throws him over the top rope, bouncing off the edge of the apron.
Three minutes later, back from commercial, Kofi hits the SOS on Sheamus to finally give himself some space. Big E gets the hot tag and gives Cesaro a series of belly-to-belly suplexes. He hits the ropes and connects with a running splash, and begins to hype up the “fans” for the Big Ending. Cesaro struggles free and fires back with uppercuts in the corner.
Woods makes the blind tag and attacks Cesaro from behind, dropping him with Morning Woods. He tries to shotgun over the ropes into a cutter, but Nakamura drills him with a knee out of nowhere. Nak tags in and works over Woods, choking him in the ropes and kicking at the back and neck. Kingston makes the save, before launching over the ropes to take out everyone else.
He climbs back to the top rope, but Nakamura hits him with a knee to the gut. Cesaro gives him the Big Swing into a low dropkick, Sheamus tags in and they deliver The Bar’s old finishing move, but Big E makes the save at the last minute. It’s pandemonium, with all six guys flying around breaking up pins. Sheamus charges into the post, Big E gets him up on his shoulders – MIDNIGHT HOUR! 1… 2… 3!
Winners: The New Day
After the match The New Day embrace each other and raise their hands in victory, perhaps for the last time as a trio. The experienced wrestling fan in me had a pit in my stomach expecting a heel turn, but instead we got a heartwarming moment with three best friends.