WWE Smackdown Results
September 17, 2019
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves
Results by: Doug Lackey of Wrestleview.com
“Then… Now… Forever…”
From Atlanta, Georgia, Tom Phillips welcomes us to State Farm Arena and he reminds us of the attack by Luke Harper during Roman Reigns’ match with Erick Rowan last Sunday at “Clash of Champions”. Byron Saxton tells us that Daniel Bryan will be in attendance with a rebuttal to Erick Rowan’s attack on him on last week’s episode of “Smackdown Live.” Tom presents us with a preview of tonight’s match between Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks. Finally, Corey Graves is elated over the coronation of the new King of the Ring, Baron Corbin. Until then…
All three members of The New Day, Xavier Woods, Big E, and WWE Champion Kofi Kingston make their way down to the ring for a 6-man Tag Team Match against Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Revival and Randy Orton, who follow them respectively. A photo review of Kingston-Orton from “Clash of Champions” reminds us of the victorious outcome by Kofi retaining the WWE Title.
The New Day (Xavier Woods, Big E, & WWE Champion Kofi Kingston) v. Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Revival and Randy Orton
Big E and Dash Wilder start it off and Big E immediately belly-to-belly suplexes him to the apron. Forearm clubs to the chest are followed by a splash by Big E. Rolled into the ring, a kickout at 2. Xavier Woods tagged in, wheelbarrow splash by Big E and Wood on Wilder! Kickout at 2 again.
Woods chops Wilder but a kick to his injured knee fells Woods, allowing Dawson to get tagged in. Woods vigorously beat down in the opponents’ corner but gets his way out of it. Woods off the ropes once… twice… Roaring Elbow connects on Dawson. Kickout at 1.
Dawson into the opponents’ corner, Kofi tagged in. Double Axehandle from the top rope onto Dawson’s wrist held by Woods. Punching exchange brings Kofi to the opponents’ corner, a tag to bring in Orton and a stiff right hand. Orton sends Kingston into the empty corner, springboard dropkick! Kofi tags in Woods… Kofi kicks Orton… sliding clothesline from Woods… springboard splash by Kofi… Woods tags Big E in, Woods with a second rope elbow drop… HERE COMES E!!! Splash off the ropes!
Revival tries to break things up… Big E gives Dawson a belly-to-belly. Kofi rearing up for a Trouble in Paradise, but Revival pulls Orton under the ropes to the outside for a breather… and we need one too!
Back from break and The Revival has found a way to control the match, wearing down Xavier Woods’ injured knee. Tags between Dawson and Wilder keep Woods away from his teams’ corner, then Orton decides to join the fray by stomping down on the knee. Woods chops violently at Orton’s chest, trying to get to his corner, but a thumb to the eye sends him reeling to the empty corner.
Chops to Woods brings him down and Orton continues to rain the stomps onto the knee. Dawson tagged in now for more wear and tear on the knee. A rope break gets Dawson off, Woods kicks him away and scrambles for a tag. Wilder tagged in, cuts Woods off. An Argentine Kneebreaker is countered with a roll-up pin by Woods, kickout at 2! Orton is tagged in, Woods has rolled to the apron. Woods stands up, gives a back elbow to Orton. He tries to connect with a swinging DDT on Wilder but is sent over the ropes to the floor! Orton meets Woods there… Belly-to-back suplex onto the commentary table!
We’re back from the break… Dawson has tagged in Orton… but Woods tagged in Kofi! Kofi off the top rope, double axehandle onto Orton! Bumrushes with a right hand to Wilder at the corner! Forearm… backhand… dropkick on Orton! Off the ropes, leaping clothesline on Orton! Wilder’s in the ring… dropkick off the ropes from Kofi! Belly-to-back from Orton… Kofi lands on his feet! SOS on Orton! The cover… 1… 2… Dawson with the save!
Dawson tries to send Kofi to the outside, but Kofi turns the tables. Dawson on his feet, eats a clothesline from Big E. Wilder nails Big E with a swinging DDT stepping from the apron. Woods tries to punt from the apron, Wilder sweeps the knee sending Woods face-first onto the apron. Wilder tries to get in the ring, dropkicked out by Kofi. Kofi’s high-stepping, looking for a Trust Fall… off the ropes… Orton cuts him off, sets him up for a vicious Hangman’s DDT.
Orton looks at crowd, seething from last Sunday’s loss and coils for an RKO. Instead… he tags in Wilder… who tags in Dawson. Setting Kofi up for the RKO Machine… but Big E pulls Orton out of the ring under the ropes and sends him into the post! Kofi Double DDT’s The Revival! Woods is up on the top turnbuckle, elbow drop in Wilder to the opposite side of the ring! Kofi sets up… Trouble in Paradise on Dawson! 1… 2… 3!
WINNER: The New Day
Suddenly… Brock Lesnar’s music hits! Lesnar and his advocate, Paul Heyman with microphone in hand, are at the ramp! They slowly make their way down the ramp, while Kofi tells Big E and Woods to exit the ring, as if he knows what all of this is about showing that he is willing to stand alone to Lesnar. Lesnar and Heyman make their way to the corner apron.
“Mr. Kingston, my name is Paul Heyman, and I am the advocate for the Beast who not only stands in front of you tonight but stands in the way of the longevity of your title reign, BROCK LESNAR! MY client has authorized me to inform you, face to face, man to man, it’s a bady day for The New Day, yes it is! In leyman’s term, what that means is the following: Kofi, my client, Brock Lesnar, hereby challenges you to a match for the WWE Heavyweight Championship of the world on Friday night, October 4th, at the Friday Night Smackdown premiere on Fox!”
Heyman exits the ring, Kofi has a mic now.
“When I won this WWE Title at Wrestlemania, I made a promise to the entire WWE Universe that I would be a fighting champion. So as far as your challenge is concerned, I accept!”
Lesnar rushes into Kofi… F5! Lesnar picks up the WWE Title and lays it down next to a laid out WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston.
Back from commercial break, Kayla… ahem… HEY KAYLA!!!… is interviewing Sasha Banks and Smackdown Women’s Champion, Bayley. Sasha is responding to Becky Lynch’s challenge of meeting inside Hell in a Cell for the Raw Women’s Title, welcoming it. As far as her match with Charlotte Flair, Bayley says that Sasha is not answering any questions regarding that.
Michael Cole is sitting down to interview Erick Rowan, but before we get that we are reminded of Rowan’s assaults on Roman Reigns and the return of Luke Harper at last Sunday’s “Clash of Champions” event.
Cole asks Rowan about Luke Harper’s return and why he chose that time to do so. Rowan tells Cole that’s a question that should be asked to Harper and asks if he has a question for him.
Cole asks Rowan about his attacks for the past month on Roman Reigns, which were tantamount to manslaughter. Rowan says those acts were just to scare him.
“Seriously?! You tried to kill him,” Cole replies.
“I suggest you lower your tone, Mike. I’ll no longer allow anyone to speak to me like that. Now I did what I did to Roman, that change his perceived dominance that he thinks he has. Show whats merely an illusion. For far too long I’ve been overlooked and disrespected! People like you, Roman Reigns, and Daniel Bryan think that I’m just a grunt in the background, a goon to do someone else’s bidding. I’m not a follower, I’m a leader!”
Asked about his attack on Daniel Bryan, who granted him opportunities, Rowan says that he is far more superior intellectually than Bryan thought he was and that he is no one’s puppet.
Following the interview, Ali is making his way to the ring for action…
Sami Zayn’s music hits, Zayn makes his way out. Mic in hand, he claims he’s in pain, demands respect and introduces YOUR Intercontinental Champion, Shinsuke Nakamura. Flowing cape around his neck, Nakamura makes his way as Zayn continues to herald him on the mic.
What was thought to be a match between Ali and Nakamura turns into a blatant 2-on-1 assault, as with all three in the ring, Zayn serves the distraction as Nakamura blasts Ali with a Kinshasa once to the back of the head, and again face first with Zayn serving him up.
As Nakamura gloats his attack, Kevin Owens is making his way through the crowd to his paid seat among them. In Shane McMahon’s office, he’s informed that someone wishes to see him and that Owens is in the arena.
A gentleman approaches Shane backstage, “Shane McMahon. You’ve been served.” Shane reads the documents in the envelope and slowly walks away.
Back from the break, Owens is lounging in his seat in the crowd as Shane McMahon’s music hits. Shane walks out along with a security detail, who he points towards Owens’ direction as he makes his way to the ring. The detail stands on the floor between the ring and barricade to prevent Owens from approaching Shane, as he is heralded by the sensuous stylings of Greg Hamilton.
Shane asks security to move aside to allow Owens into the ring, have a microphone, and voice his opinions about the documents he’d been served. “Really, Kevin? Really?,” Shane continues to ask as he also asks security to keep from the ring so that he and Owens to talk face to face.
“What you guys don’t know is what I’m holding in my hand after just looking at it, is the largest wrongful termination lawsuit in history. Where, if Kevin Owens were to win, he would win $25 million. That’s a big number, Kevin… and you’re swimming somewhere where you…”
“You want me to talk?! Maybe you should shut you stupid mouth and listen, you dumbass!” Owens interrupts. “Ever since I came out here several weeks ago when I said out loud what everyone has been thinking about you, you’ve ruined Smackdown by making it your personal playground. You’ve been targeting me,you’ve tried to make my life a living hell. You fine me $100,000 for beating the hell out of your crooked referee, Elias. Yet, you’re right I shouldn’t have put my hands on an official… but what happened last week when I was the referee for your match against Chad Gable? You couldn’t get the job done, you attack me from behind like a coward. You lay your hands on an official, which is exactly what you fined me for!
“You didn’t get fined though, did you? What happened? Oh yeah! You fired me on the grounds of being insubordinate. That’s where my case lays. I wasn’t being insubordinate at all. That fine you held over my head for weeks on end. Finally, last week, I thought of what’s best for my family, and I did everything I could do for my best interests so I did what you wanted me to. I did everything I could do to help you but you still couldn’t do it because… you tapped out! You tapped out!
“Because of that, you tried to take away everything from me. I tried to reason with you, I’ve tried to fight you, last week I tried to help you. Now all I wanted to do… is hurt you. I finally realized that the best way to do that is to hit you where it hurts you the most, and that is your wallet and your pride! This is about a lot more than money, I have a legitimate case. But you haven’t read the papers thoroughly enough but there’s a clause in there. That’s when I win… I come back here… stand in the middle of this ring… look at you in the eyes… and tell you “YOU’RE FIRED!!”
Owens makes his way out of the ring, over the barricade and through the crowd. Shane is left standing in the ring pouring over the lawsuit.
Daniel Bryan sits backstage, stirring over last week’s attack by Erick Rowan.
In the locker room, Charlotte Flair is getting ready for her match with Sasha Banks as her father, 2-time WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair greets her… and that match is next!
Before the break, we watch a monologue that was shown on last night’s “Raw” by The Authors of Pain.
Back from the break, Greg Hamilton introduces recording artist and Atlanta’s own, Offset! He introduces to the ring, The Queen, Charlotte Flair. After a hug and bow at the foot of the ramp between the two, Charlotte enters the ring. With Bayley in tow, Sasha Banks makes her way as well.
Charlotte Flair v. Sasha Banks (with Smackdown Women’s Champion, Bayley)
After a review of everyone’s actions from last night’s “Raw” and a circling around the ring, Charlotte kicks Sasha into the corner and begins to lay forearms to her throughout the corners. Bayley tries to take the padding off the bottom turnbuckle but Charlotte catches her. Sasha tries for a sneak attack but Charlotte sidesteps it, sending her to the outside.
Charlotte goes out of the ring, approaching Bayley but Sasha sends her into the post.
Back from the break, Sasha has Charlotte in the corner and sends her to the opposite. Charlotte with a Flair Roll over the top turnbuckle, catches Sasha with a boot as she steps back into the ring. Sasha off the ropes, clothesline by Flair. Flair sending the chops to Sasha… sends her to the ropes, Fallaway Slam by Charlotte.
Charlotte now laying into Sasha in the corner, leading into a neckbreaker in the center of the ring. Kickout at 2! Sasha, after bringing herself up and fending off Flair, goes off the ropes and ends up on Charlotte’s shoulders! Charlotte tries to powerbomb her but Sasha punches her. Charlotte instead slides her down and into a Boston Crab.
Sasha crawling to the ropes where Bayley is encouraging her, Charlotte pulls her back to the center of the ring. Sasha twists and brings Flair into an Inside Cradle! Kickout at 2! Exchanges of kicks, Sasha tries to send Charlotte to the outside but Flair turns the tables. Sasha standing on the apron, Charlotte delivers a boot to send her to the floor!
Bayley is checking on her friend while Charlotte scales the top turnbuckle… moonsault onto Bayley and Sasha! Flair sends Banks back into the ring and makes her way in as well, but she’s interfered with by Bayley. Sasha rolls her up! Kickout at 2! Sasha off the ropes, tries for a jackknife cover, reversed into a set up for the Figure 8! As if on cue, Bayley comes in to break up the count, bring the disqualification and a beatdown on Charlotte.
WINNER: Charlotte Flair by disqualification
From out of nowhere, Carmella runs down the ramp for the save! Carmella kicks Sasha out of the ring Bayley tries to reason with her former friend Carmella but is met with a boot of her own from Charlotte.
Up next… the coronation of King Corbin!
The throne, scepter, cape and crown are in the ring… Baron Corbin’s music hits… he is clapping enthusiastically before we are reminded of his victorious King of the Ring finals match against Chad Gable on last night’s “Raw”.
“Ladies and Gentleman, your 2019 King of the Ring, Baron Corbin,” Hamilton proclaims.
Corbin takes off his sportscoat and a stagehand is in ring to place the cape over Corbin’s shoulders and pin it. He hands the crown to Corbin and he places it delicately on his gleaming bald dome. Mic in hand, the King has some words.
“I know we’re all very excited! We have to admit, Baron Corbin as King of the Ring, that’s just a breath of fresh air! Most of you wanted anybody but me as you King, but now you’re all starting to realize I’m not only the King you wanted, I’m the King you needed! I’m somebody you can believe in, I’m a ruler that exemplifies everything it takes to be King. I’m dominant, I’m strong, but I’m also generous and fair. I won the King of the Ring tournament with honor and for that, I should be shown the respect and adoration I deserve! And if I’m not, you will see very quickly that I can rule with an iron fist.
“For my first act, as your King, I want to recognize someone and that is my opponent from last night, Chad Gable!”
Gable, hands on hips, slowly makes his way to the ring.
“Chad, it’s mighty BIG of you to come out here. I’m sure you’re a LITTLE upset about last night. But I think you should try to hold your head up high though. It’s really sad though, I understand you’ve been overlooked most of your career. The real reason I wanted to be bring you out here is because you are the perfect example to all these people. You’re just like every single one of them, you show them no matter how big you dream or how hard you work… well, in the end… you just come up SHORT.”
Gable upends Corbin into the throne, grabs the scepter, and smashes it into Corbin’s stomach and onto his back! Gable is demolishing everything inside the ring… the throne, the stand for the cape, even the cape itself. Corbin pouts on the ramp as Gable hurls the remains at him. Crown in hand, Gable sets it in the middle of the ring. With Corbin pleading him not to, and the crowd telling him “YES!” to do so, Gable stomps on Corbin’s crown!
Heavy Machinery is making their way to the ring for a match against The B Team… and… wait a minute… Otis isn’t in a singlet but in regular tights! SHIELD YOUR EYES!
Heavy Machinery v. The B-Team
Tucker is starting off against Curtis Axel. Axel with a go-around, trying to lift Tucker. Nothing doing as Tucker goes behind and sends Axel to the mat. Bo Dallas serves up a distraction for Tucker as Axel hits him from behind to the opponents’ corner. Tags between Axel and Dallas keep the beatdown in their corner, Axel with a DDT to punctuate! Kickout at 2!
Axel sends Tucker to the ropes, roll over a lurching Axel, off the ropes, massive clothesline by Tucker on Axel! Axel tags in Dallas, but Tucker tagged in Otis!
Clothesline! Otis with a big airplane-spinning body slam on Dallas. Off the ropes, Otis slams is massive body into Axel, sending him to the outside. Dallas is trying to kick Otis in the gut, nothing doing, Otis is… jiggling around… seriously.
Fallaway Slam to the corner… Avalanche into the corner… Dallas is down… CATERPILLAR!
Tucker tagged in, he sends a running-in Axel out with a boot to the floor. Otis has Dallas in his arms… COMPACTOR! 1… 2.. 3!
WINNERS: Heavy Machinery by pinfall
Daniel Bryan is making his way through the backstage area.
After a review of Kofi Kingston accepting Brock Lesnar’s challenge for the WWE Title on October 4th, Daniel Bryan makes his way down to the ring. Microphone in hand… the crowd chanting his name…
“A lot of the people chanting my name right now were the very same people who have accused me of being behind the attacks on Roman Reigns and I understand why. I understand why now more than ever. I want to be very clear, good or bad, I have never lied to you. Tonight, I stand before you, exonerated of all the heinous attacks on Roman Reigns. But that’s not what I’m out here to talk about, I’m out here to talk about Erick Rowan!
“Erick Rowan says that he’s been disrespected, that no one saw him. You know who saw Erick Rowan? I saw Erick Rowan! I saw his potential, his talent, how intelligent he was, how special he was! When we won the Tag Team Titles together, I didn’t just see him as my equal, I treated him as my equal. I didn’t just treat him as an equal, I treated him as my friend. He is my friend….”
Erick Rowan’s music hits, he emerges with mic in hind.
“Dan… Dan… Dan… STOP! I am sick and tired of hearing you speak. You’re out here talking about how you and me are equals, yet who was the one always standing behind you? Who would never let me talk? You’re too busy trying to make me into your puppet, into your follower. Did you ever stop and ask me how I felt about anything? I will not be disrespected.”
“You feel disrespected?!,” Daniel yells as Rowan has made his way into the ring. “Why don’t you do something about it?! Why don’t you do something about it?! Because there’s nothing you can do to me physically that’s worse than you breaking our friendship, betraying me. There’s nothing worse that you can do than lie to me! Do something about it!” Daniel drops the microphone, opening his arms, inviting Rowan to attack him… instead… Luke Harper attacks him from behind. The beatdown commences… Rowan avalanches Bryan in the corner… Rowan sends him into the Discus Lariat by Harper.
BUR DURN… BUR DURN…. Roman Reigns’ music hits, he marches down. Harper tries to attack him on the ramp, Reigns ducks it and slides in the ring. Off the ropes, Superman Punch to Rowan! Rowan’s on the outside now… Reigns meets him with the Drive-By. However, Reigns turns afterwards to eat a boot from Harper.
Harper sends Reigns into the steel steps and goes to stir up Rowan. Rowan and Harper make their way to a laid out Reigns. Harper hoists him up to Rowan’s shoulders, Powerbomb into the cornerpost!
As Reigns lies motionless, Rowan is tearing up the padding revealing concrete underneath. Harper makes his way to the foot of the ramp to fend off referees and security detail. Harper and Rowan begin to attack anything that moves! Rowan bodyslams a member of security onto the concrete, Harper does likewise with one on top of him!
Rowan has now made his way to the commentary table, Harper is bringing Reigns towards him. Harper has Reigns in front of the steel steps, while Rowan has ripped apart a partition of the timekeeper’s barricade! Harper sends Reigns into the barricade used a shield by Rowan!
Rowan and Harper are clearing out the commentary table now! Rowan has Daniel Bryan in the claw, Harper trades turns mauling his face. Harper and Rowan… with Daniel Bryan… hoist him up… Crucifix Bomb onto the announcers’ table!
And that’s how we sign off from this week’s “Smackdown Live”!