Event: Friday Night SmackDown
Date: October 4, 2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA
WWE SmackDown Results and Highlights
WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and Stephanie McMahon welcomed everyone to the premiere episode of Friday Night SmackDown on FOX.
The Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch opened the first segment talking about her history with SmackDown. The Man was interrupted by King Corbin but as he was about to get into the ring, another music hit and the most electrifying man in the history of sports entertainment walked into the arena. After laying a verbal smackdown, The Rock and Lynch beatdown the “Burger King”. The Great One delivered The People’s Elbow and a Rock Bottom to end the segment.
Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair defeated Sasha Banks and Bayley: The match started off with back and forth action. Midway through the match, all four members of the Four Horsewomen started brawling inside the ring at once. Lynch hit a missile dropkick on Banks and sent her out of the ring. Charlotte pulled a moonsault from the top of the turnbuckle to the floor, taking out both Banks and Bayley. The Queen forced Bayley back into the ring and locked her with Figure Eight to earn a tapout victory.
WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins entered the ring but he was greeted by Bray Wyatt with the first Firefly Fun House on FOX and warned him not to enter Hell in a Cell with The Fiend.
Seth Rollins vs Shinsuke Nakamura ended in a no-contest as Rollins was ambushed by The Fiend.
Kevin Owens defeated Shane McMahon in a Career vs Career Ladder Match which led to the termination of McMahon from WWE. It was a brutal match that lived up to the hype. Owens delivered a splash from the top of the turnbuckle on to McMahon who was on a ladder, breaking the ladder in half due to the impact.
McMahon later delivered coast-to-coast to Owens with a ladder instead of the usual trash can. Owens powerbombed McMahon on to a ladder and grabbed the briefcase from the top to win the match. Shane McMahon is fired from WWE.
Braun Strowman, The Miz and Heavy Machinery defeated the team of Dolph Ziggler, Bobby Roode, Randy Orton, and AJ Styles. Strowman got a tag early in the match from The Miz and ran over Ziggler. The others came in and started hitting their finishers for apparently no reason.
Strowman took the fight outside the ring and taunted the Super Heavyweight Boxing Champion Tyson Fury who was in the front row and tossed Ziggler on to him. The hot-headed boxer jumped the barricade to fight Strowman but the security guards and Fury’s team held him back. Strowman hit a running powerslam to Ziggler to secure the win.
Roman Reigns defeated Erick Rowan in a Lumberjack Match: As expected, this match was slow and methodical. It was interrupted by Luke Harper who attacked the Lumberjack and Reigns.
Daniel Bryan who was at the commentary desk took out Harper with a running knee and Reigns hit a spear on Rowan to secure a pinfall victory.
SmackDown Main Event: WWE Championship Match: In probably the shortest title match in recent history, Brock Lesnar defeated Kofi Kingston with just one F5 to become the new WWE Champion.
The shocked crowd was in for another surprise as Rey Mysterio‘s music hit but the injured Mysterio did not come alone. He brought back-up in the form of Cain Velasquez, the man who defeated Brock Lesnar and took the Heavyweight Championship from The Beast in UFC.
Velasquez entered the ring and took down a shocked Lesnar, in MMA style. Before any damage could be done, Lesnar managed to roll out of the ring and walked away to end the show.
Takeaways from WWE SmackDown
1. An Electrifying Start To Smackdown On FOX
WWE brought back arguably the greatest superstar of all time, The Rock, for the debut episode of SmackDown on FOX, and the Brahma Bull made quite a statement in the opening segment of the night.
The Rock relived the history of SmackDown, and layeth the smackdown on The King Baron Corbin. Rock brought out his trademark verbal game to the fore, and along with The Man Becky Lynch, gave a perfect start to the show.
This was Rock’s first-ever WWE appearance in nearly four years, which made it even more special. Hopefully, we get to see the Great One in the ring for one final match down the line.
2. The End Of Shane McMahon
Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens squared off in the final installment of their never-ending rivalry, and thankfully, the right man won. Owens destroyed Shane McMahon in a brutal match to win his contract back and ending McMahon’s stay as an on-screen personality.
Kevin Owens should become the top babyface in the company after this, and hopefully, WWE doesn’t screw up with him this time.
Owens has the potential to become the face of the company with his current persona and has even drawn comparisons to the Rattlesnake Steve Austin. The ball is in WWE’s court, and it will be interesting to see where they go from here.
3. Hell In A Cell Absolutely Shafted
There is a grand total of three matches announced for the Hell in a Cell PPV, and with SmackDown being the final show before the PPV, WWE should’ve built up a few more matches for the show. However, WWE completely failed to do that and we head into the PPV with a card of a total of three matches. WWE is most likely to add a few filler matches to the card, but those will be matches without any sense of purpose.
The mid-card champions, AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura, could’ve found new challengers for their belts this week, but they were relegated to unimportant matches. The same was the case with the tag-team champions from both the brands.
Granted WWE had a huge show to fill out, but it wouldn’t have hurt to build a PPV with a few meaningful feuds.
4. A Terrible End To An Iconic Reign
Kofi Kingston had one of the best runs with the WWE Championship in recent memory and was booked surprisingly strong throughout the last six months. The first-ever African-American WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston worked hard for eleven years to achieve this, but all the work came undone in a mere five seconds.
Brock Lesnar winning the WWE Championship was the least surprising outcome, but the manner in which he did was absolutely shocking. Superstars like Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman, Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles, all had great matches with Lesnar, even though most of those matches ended in a Lesnar win. WWE could’ve done that but they instead went with an absolute squash victory for the Beast.
This doesn’t set a good precedent for SmackDown on FOX and has already received a huge backlash from the WWE Universe.
5. Its Gotta Be CAIN!
WWE royally messed up the Brock Lesnar-Kofi Kingston match, but sort of made up for it with one of the biggest debuts in recent memory. Former UFC Champion Cain Velasquez made a shocking appearance after the match, debuting alongside his fellow Mexican Rey Mysterio.
Lesnar’s eyes filled up with fear at the sight of Velasquez, who defeated Lesnar for the UFC Heavyweight Championship nearly a decade ago.
A rivalry between two of the greatest MMA fighters inside the WWE ring will surely be a major headline in every news coverage, and as usual, the fans will be the real winners.