WWE Friday Night SmackDown 10 18 2019

WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results
October 18, 2019
Indianapolis, Indiana
Commentary: Michael Cole and Corey Graves
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com

“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.

The SmackDown video (including a closeup shot of yours truly and my wife) airs, and we go live into the arena to see a big pyrotechnics display.

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Roman Reigns vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (c) w/ Sami Zayn

Sami Zayn will be on commentary for this match.

The bell rings, and they circle the ring before locking up. Reigns backs Nakamura to the corner and gives a clean break. Nakamura knees and clubs Reigns down before kneeing away at him on the mat. Nakamura drops a knee on the back of the neck and sends him to the corner. Reigns boots him back and reveres a whip into the ropes before connecting with a clothesline. Reigns bounces Nakamura in the corner twice before sending him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Reigns quickly knocks him in the face and hits a Samoan Drop. Zayn gets off commentary and checks on Nakamura, who has fallen to ringside. Reigns goes for a Drive-By Dropkick, but Zayn pulls Nakamura out of the way. Nakamura then kicks Reigns in the face.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Nakamura applying a chin lock to Reigns. During the break, Nakamura came off the commentary table with a kick to the face. Reigns tries to fight up, but Nakamura keeps him grounded. Reigns is bleeding from the tongue. Reigns fights up, so Nakamura goes for a suplex. Reigns counters with some elbows to the head. Nakamura stuns him with an elbow and a kick to the face. Nakamura comes off the second rope, but Reigns punches him.

Reigns hits a pair of clotheslines followed by a leaping clothesline. Reigns gets fired up and clubs him in the corner before big booting him down. The crowd is really buzzing for Reigns. Nakamura counters a Superman Punch into a Fujiwara Arm Bar! Reigns screams in pain, but he powers Nakamura up into a sit-out powerbomb for a near fall. A “Let’s go Roman” chant picks up. Reigns sets up for a Superman Punch, so Zayn distracts him. Nakamura gets Reigns tied up in the ropes and hits a snap German Suplex. Nakamura sets up for a Kinshasa, but Reigns counters into a Superman Punch for a near fall! Zayn is flipping out at ringside. Reigns sets up for a Spear, but King Corbin comes from out of nowhere and hits Reigns with his scepter. The referee calls for the bell.

Winner by Disqualification: Roman Reigns
Shinsuke Nakamura is still the WWE Intercontinental Champion

Corbin attacks Reigns and hits a Deep Six. Daniel Bryan runs down to make the save and gets Corbin out of the ring. Bryan punches Nakamura back and hits a top rope missile dropkick. Zayn grabs Bryan’s leg, and Nakamura wipes Bryan out with a Kinshasa.

A graphic showcases the Friday Night SmackDown roster following last week’s WWE Draft.

The New Day are singing backstage when Tucker from Heavy Machinery comes up with a table. Tucker says they’ll be fighting in a Tag Team Turmoil at Crown Jewel, but tonight they’re partners. Tucker says he wants to cheer Kofi Kingston up. Kingston says he has the Power of Positivity. Otis comes up with pancake mix and drinks it. They get fired up for their match tonight.

-Commercial Break-

Kayla Braxton is backstage with King Corbin. Corbin puts his crown on and walks off.

Video Package: Chad Gable’s “Shorty” nickname

Curtis Axel w/ Bo Dallas vs. Shorty Gable

Axel disrespectfully pats Gable on the head. Gable twists out and takes Axel down with an arm bar. Axel backs him to the corner and punches him in the back of the head. Axel hits a rolling neck snapper for a two count. Gable comes back with a roll-up for a two count and kicks Dallas back. Gable takes Axel down and applies an Ankle Lock for the win.

Winner by Submission: Shorty Gable

Kayla Braxton is in the ring with Shorty Gable. She asks about how the height comments have affected him. Gable says he always thought he was held back because of his height. His height is what makes him who he is. It’s ok to be exactly who you are. You’re going to run into people along the way that want to make fun of you, but he thanks those people. They’re the ones that made him look deep down and made him realize he liked what he saw. Gable is embracing who he is. We all have insecurities, but he stands here to say you can overcome. Do not run or hide from them. Accept who you are. Gable accepts who he is. He’s Shorty Gable… actually let’s shorten that up. Gable says he is now “Shorty G.”

The commentators talk about Seth Rollins being removed from the Team Hogan match due to his title match against “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt at Crown Jewel.

Hulk Hogan appears live via Skype. Corey Graves asks what Hogan plans on doing about his team. Hogan says he’s been chasing Ric Flair around since Graves was in diapers. He’ll always have one on Flair. Graves doesn’t need to worry about who will be on his team. Michael Cole asks who will be the new captain. Hogan likes Ali and Shorty G, but he’ll have a huge announcement at the end of the night. Hogan gets fired up.

Heavy Machinery makes their entrance. They’re followed by The New Day. They’ll team together, next.

-Commercial Break-

Heavy Machinery and The New Day vs. Robert Roode, Dolph Ziggler, and The Revival

Tucker starts against Dolph Ziggler. Tucker dropkicks him down. Otis tags in, and Heavy Machinery hits Roode and Ziggler with stereo delayed vertical suplexes. Big E tags in, and they give Ziggler a double-team wishbone split. The Revival run in, and Big E and Otis give them stereo belly-to-belly overhead suplexes. Xavier Woods tags in, and he takes The Revival out with a summersault senton. Roode and Ziggler then hit Woods with a double-team spinebuster/Zig-Zag combo on the floor!

-Commercial Break-

The commentators announce that due to the World Series, SmackDown will air on FS1 next week.

We come back from the break to see Woods fight up from a chin lock applied by Wilder. Dawson tags in, but Woods takes him down. Roode and Ziggler pull Woods’ partners off the apron to prevent the tag. The Revival quickly take Woods down and keep control over him. Ziggler tags in. Woods fights off a superplex and hits Ziggler with a missile dropkick.

Otis and Roode tag in. Otis runs wild over Ziggler and Roode before knocking The Revival off the apron. Roode chops Otis, but Otis starts gyrating. Otis head-butts Roode down and sandwiches him in the corner with Ziggler. Ziggler boots Otis back, but Otis quickly takes him and Roode down. Dawson blind tagged in, but Otis wipes him out too. Otis does the Caterpillar on Roode and catches Dawson coming off the top rope. Heavy Machinery goes for a Compactor, but Tucker is pulled out of the ring. The Revival double-team Otis for a near fall. Tucker takes some people down at ringside. Otis pulls Dawson up in a vertical suplex. Big E tags in, takes Dawson, and tags Woods in. The New Day hits the Midnight Hour for the win.

Winners by Pinfall: Heavy Machinery and The New Day

A Six-Pack Challenge to determine Bayley’s next SmackDown Women’s Champion challenger will take place.

Tonight’s main event will see Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan take on King Corbin and Shinsuke Nakamura.

Kayla Braxton is backstage with Daniel Bryan. Bryan is fired up for his first match on Friday Night SmackDown.

SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley is walking backstage with her new look. Coming up next, she’ll be on Miz TV.

-Commercial Break-

Miz TV with special guest SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley

The Miz welcomes everyone to the show and introduces Bayley. SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley comes out with her new music and look alongside Sasha Banks, who has not been seen since WWE Hell in a Cell. Miz says he wasn’t aware Banks would be here. Banks says she’s here to support her best friend. Bayley says she’s a two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion. Banks also says Bayley is the first-ever women’s Grand Slam Champion.

Video Package: Bayley wins the SmackDown Women’s Championship, but destroys the Bayley Buddies and changes her attitude

Miz simply asks Bayley, “Why?” Bayley thinks about it, and the crowd boos. Bayley says she doesn’t owe Miz or anyone else an explanation. Miz asks about the kids that cheered for and idolized Bayley. Miz asks if she’s Brock Lesnar since she’s a champion that won’t talk. Why the change? Is it insecurity or the fact that she’ll always be second fiddle to Sasha Banks? Banks says Miz was drafted in the fifth round. Miz says he doesn’t need to change his look and slash Bayley Buddies to be relevant.

Bayley says that’s not why she slashed the “stupid” Bayley Buddies. They defined her entire career. The people saw her as colorful and someone to put a smile on their faces. Bayley gave and gave every week, and all they did was take. They didn’t see who she was trying to be: a role model trying to change the world. The night she won the SmackDown Women’s Championship, she said she would elevate the division… and she did. When she lost at Hell in a Cell, she was heartbroken and in pain. Was anyone there to hug her? No. She put herself second her entire career to be a role model for their children. When she needed them most, where were they? They destroyed her. Bayley rose up like a role model and won the title back. Bayley thought this division lacked opportunity, but the fact is they are lazy. The division lacks desire and passion. She used to try to be what they wanted her to be, but the truth is she has outgrown them. Bayley says she’ll give them some inspiration: life sucks and then you die.

Nikki Cross’ music hits, and she comes out to the stage. Cross says she’s heard enough. She thinks she speaks for everyone here in Indianapolis when she says the time for talking is over and the time for action is now. Cross tells Bayley to make herself comfortable. After she wins, she’ll make sure she gives Bayley a great big, huge hug. Dana Brooke comes out and says nothing fuels her passion like being overlooked and underutilized. Lacey Evans cuts her off and comes out to the ring.

-Commercial Break-

Six-Pack Challenge
Nikki Cross vs. Dana Brooke vs. Lacey Evans vs. Mandy Rose vs. Sonya Deville vs. Carmella

The winner will have a future opportunity at Bayley’s SmackDown Women’s Championship. Bayley and Sasha Banks are seated at ringside.

Dana Brooke is sent out of the ring quickly, and Fire and Desire start to double-team everyone. Evans stands at ringside and just observes. Cross tries to fight them off, but Fire and Desire takes her down. They attack Carmella at ringside. Brooke takes Fire and Desire out, but Evans quickly clotheslines her down. Evans gets Cross in the ring and goes to Fire and Desire. Carmella then wipes them all out with a cross-body block off the barricade.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Fire and Desire dominating Carmella. During the break, a Tower of Doom spot happened. Carmella fights them off, and Cross rolls her up for a two count. Carmella then takes Fire and Desire out with a suicide dive. Brooke attacks Carmella, so Cross domes off the top rope with a cross-body block to the floor.

Evans quickly reverses a shot into the steel steps on Cross. Evans gets Brooke in the ring and hits a slingshot dropkick for a near fall. Brooke soon hits Evans with a sit-out powerbomb and goes to the top rope for a nasty senton bomb. Rose and Carmella break up the pin.

Rose and Carmella exchange slaps and get into a cat fight. Carmella catches Rose with the Code of Silence, but Deville breaks it up. Evans hits Brooke with a Women’s Right. Carmella hits Evans and Deville with superkicks until Rose takes her out. Cross takes Rose down with a swinging neckbreaker for the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Nikki Cross

Nikki Cross celebrates in the ring and shouts at Bayley. Cross will challenge Bayley in the future for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Bayley just stares at her.

Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan will take on Shinsuke Nakamura and King Corbin in tonight’s main event.

Video Package: Braun Strowman highlight package

Braun Strowman will face Tyson Fury at WWE Crown Jewel. Strowman will be in action, next.

-Commercial Break-

Video Package: Seth Rollins burns down the Firefly Fun House this past Monday on Raw

Drew Gulak vs. Braun Strowman

A replay is shown of Braun Strowman and Tyson Fury getting into it on Raw this past Monday.

The bell rings, and Gulak puts himself through the ropes. Gulak grabs a microphone and says this is his debut on SmackDown. He wants to introduce himself. Gulak is a former WWE Cruiserweight Champion. He is also the preeminent sports historian in the world. If Strowman goes into his match at Crown Jewel with the same old shtick, Tyson Fury will knock him out cold. Gulak doesn’t want to see that. He is a WWE Superstar. Gulak did something special for Strowman. Gulak made 345 slides in his PowerPoint presentation. If Strowman follows this, he’ll beat Fury.

Strowman grabs Gulak and throws him. Strowman throws him a second time before connecting with a big boot. Gulak kicks and punches back at him, but Strowman simply swats him down. Strowman wipes Gulak (and himself) with a shoulder block at ringside. Strowman gets him in the ring and avalanches him in the corner before clubbing him down. Strowman lifts him up and shouts that he hopes Tyson Fury is watching. Strowman hits a Running Powerslam for the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Braun Strowman

WWE 2K20 comes out next Tuesday.

Daniel Bryan makes his entrance. The main event is next.

-Commercial Break-

Next week on SmackDown, which will air on FS1 due to the World Series, will have Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez going face-to-face. Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair will also be on the show.

Roman Reigns is announced as the Captain of Team Hogan at WWE Crown Jewel.

Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns vs. Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Sami Zayn and King Corbin

Roman Reigns starts against King Corbin and punches away at him. Daniel Bryan tags in, and he hits Corbin with a trio of running corner dropkicks followed by a bulldog. Bryan starts the YES Kicks, but Corbin ducks the big kick to the head. Shinsuke Nakamura tags in and kicks Bryan back. Bryan uppercuts him, but Nakamura strikes him back. Nakamura hits the ropes, but Bryan turns him inside out with a knee to the midsection. Bryan goes to the middle rope, but Sami Zayn distracts him. Nakamura kicks him in the face, sending Bryan to the floor.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Corbin hit Bryan with Deep Six for a near fall. Corbin stomps Bryan and knocks Reigns off the apron. Nakamura is tagged in, and they hit go for a double-team suplex on Bryan, but he flips through. Bryan knocks Nakamura away and sends Corbin shoulder-first into the ring post. Nakamura attacks Bryan in the corner, but Bryan backflips over him and hits a running flying elbow. Bryan goes for a tag, but Corbin pulls Reigns off the apron. Corbin then sends Reigns into the steel steps. Bryan ducks a kick, but Nakamura comes back with a second kick. Nakamura knees him for a two count. Corbin puts Reigns on the steps and goes to hit him with the other half, but the referee stops him. Bryan hits Corbin with a baseball slide.

Nakamura takes Bryan down, but Bryan counters into a YES Lock. Corbin breaks it up. Corbin throws him to the corner and goes for an out and in clothesline, but Reigns hits a Superman Punch! Reigns then spears him through the timekeeper’s area! Bryan starts the YES Kicks to Nakamura and kicks him in the head. Bryan gets the crowd fired up, but Nakamura knees him down. Bryan avoids the Kinshasa and connects with the Busaiku Knee Kick for the win!

Winners by Pinfall: Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns

Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns celebrate as the commentators remind us that SmackDown will be on FS1 next week due to the World Series.