WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results
February 17, 2023
Bell Centre in Montreal, QC.
Commentary: Michael Cole and Wade Barrett
Results by: Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com
WWE SmackDown kicks off with highlights of last week’s SmackDown. We see clips of The Uso’s and Sami Zayn with Paul Heyman.
Live in the arena, Natalya comes down to the ring for her match.
Natalya and Shotzi vs. Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler
The bell rings and we are under way. Natalya and Shayna start the match. Natalya with a head lock take down followed by a waist lock. Shayna reverses it into a wrist lock but Natalya with a snap mare followed by a kick. Ronda is tagged into the match. Both women with take downs as Natalya goes for the sharpshooter but Ronda kicks her away. Shayna tagged back in. Shotzi is tagged into the match. Shotzi with a knee to the face.
Shotzi goes for a suplex but Shayna with an arm lock. Shayna with a take down but Shotzi kicks her away. Ronda is tagged in and Shotzi with a suplex. Shotzi with bridge submission but Ronda gets out of it. Ronda to her feet but Shotzi throws her to the outside of the ring. Shotzi runs to the ropes and a suicide dive onto Ronda on the outside of the ring. Natalya with a clothesline on Shayna on the outside of the ring. Shotzi on the top rope and a splash onto Ronda and Shayna.
Back from commercial, Shayna with an arm bar on Shotzi in the middle of the ring. Shotzi gets out of it as Shayna throws her onto the mat. Shayna with a right hand onto Natalya who is standing on the ring apron. Ronda is tagged in as Shotzi throws Shayna to the outside of the ring. Shotzi stands on the top rope as she grabs Ronda and DDT’s her onto the ring apron. Shayna throws Ronda back into the ring and Shayna tags herself in. Shayna grabs Shotzi but Shotzi with a kick to the side of the head. Natalya is tagged in and she clotheslines Shayna. Natalya wit ha Russian leg sweep.
Natalya with a back elbow and a German suplex. She goes for the cover but Shayna kicks out. Natalya goes for the sharpshooter but Shayna kicks her away. Shayna goes for the Clutch but Natalya backs her into the corner and Ronda makes the blind tag. Ronda goes for the cross body but Natalya moves out of the way. Natalya with the sharpshooter in the middle of the ring. Shayna gets in the ring as Natalya releases the sharpshooter. Natalya throws SHayna to the outside. Shotzi is tagged in. Natalya goes for the heart attack but Shayna trips her and drags her to the outside of the ring. Ronda with the arm bar on Shotzi as Shotzi taps out.
Winners: Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler
Hit Row are standing in the ring. They cut a rap and insult Montreal as the light go pitch black. Bray Wyatt’s music hits. The lights go back on as Wyatt and Uncle Howdy are standing on opposite ring aprons. They get into the ring as B-Fab leaves the ring. Wyatt with a mandible claw on Top Dolla as he throws him over the top rope. Uncle Howdy with Sister Abigal on Ashante.
Wyatt grabs a microphone and tells Montreal they are welcome. The fans chant “Thank you Bray” and “Thank you Howdy”. Wyatt says now that he is once again in control of himself, of his family, he wants to be the first to tell everyone that tomorrow night, Bobby Lashley, Brock Lesnar, whoever walks out alive… They should run.
Madcap and Emma cut a promo backstage. They talk about how it is his time to shine.
Ariel Helwani is in between the crowd. He talks about how Montreal, Quebec, la belle province is ready to see Zayn make history on Saturday night.
Drew McIntyre and Sheamus vs. The Viking Raiders
The bell rings and we are under way. Sheamus with a shoulder tackle onto Ivar and Ivar falls to the outside of the ring. Drew and Erik fight on the outside of the ring as Sheamus throws Ivar back into the ring. Sheamus with a clothesline and Ivar to the outside of the ring.
Back from commercial, Ivar with a head lock onto Sheamus in the middle of the ring. Sheamus gets to his feet but Ivar with elbows to the face. Erik is tagged back into the match. They double team Sheamus. Ivar is tagged back into the ring. He clotheslines Drew off the ring apron. Ivar runs towards Sheamus but Sheamus with a clothesline. Drew and Erik are tagged in. Drew with a clothesline. Erik to the ropes and a back elbow. Drew with a belly to belly throw. Ivar gets into the ring and Drew with a neck breaker. Drew with a neck breaker onto Erik. He goes for the futureshock DDT but Erik with a right hand. Drew with a right hand. He runs to the ropes and Drew with the Michinoku driver. He goes for the cover but Erik kicks out. He grabs Erik but Erik with a right hand. Ivar is tagged in and as is Sheamus. Right hands by Sheamus.
He runs towards Ivar but Ivar with a boot to the face. Ivar climbs the top rope but Sheamus with a right hand. Sheamus climbs the second rope as he gets Ivar onto his shoulders and slams him onto the mat.
Back from commercial, Drew and Sheamus with the 10 Beats of the Bodhrán onto the Viking Raiders. Sheamus with a knee onto Ivar. He geos for the cover but Erik breaks it up. Erik tags himself in and Sheamus with a powerslam. Sheamus goes for the Brogue kick but Erik tries to catch him for a powerbomb but he doesn’t catch him. Erik picks him back up and hits him with a powerbomb. He goes for the cover but Sheamus kicks out. Erik climbs the top rope as he jumps but Sheamus with a knee to the face. Drew is tagged in. Drew goes for the Claymore but Ivar drags Erik to the outside of the ring. Drew runs and jumps over the top rope onto the Viking Raiders. He throws Erik back into the ring. Valhalla gets on the ring apron and distracts Drew and Ivar makes the tag. Erik slams Drew onto the mat. Ivar climbs the second rope as he slams Drew off the second rope. He goes for the cover but Sheamus breaks it up. Erik throws Sheamus shoulder first into the ring post. Drew with the Glasgow kiss onto Erik. Ivar with a spin kick onto Drew. Ivar climbs the top rope as he hits Drew with the Viking Splash. He goes for the cover but Drew kicks out. Erik is tagged in. They lift Drew up but Sheamus with the Brogue Kick onto Ivar. Drew with the Claymore onto Erik. Drew goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winners: Drew McIntyre and Sheamus
Kayla is abckstage with Rey Mysterio. We see a clip of Rey with Santos Escobar from last week where they exchanged masks. Rey tells Kayla he knows that it meant a lot to Santos but that meant a lot to him too. He starts to talk about respect and in comes Karrion Kross with Scarlett. He said once upon a time, he wanted to be a father but once he saw the lack of respect and disgust that Dominik had for Rey, he thought to himself that maybe that is not for him.
Unlike Rey, he doesn’t have to walk around this place and hide his face under a mask due to being a pathetic excuse of a father. But that is just Scarlett’s opinion. He tells Rey to do something about it. Tik tok… as they walk away.
Carmella joins the announce team. The bell rings and we are under way. Liv with a head lock take down as Asuka gets out of it. Carmella on commentary is talking about Raquel Rodriguez and how she won’t win the Elimination Chamber. Asuka with a release German suplex followed by a kick to the face. Asuka goes for the cover but Liv kicks out. Asuka with an arm bar and Raquel Rodriguez walks down to the ring. She goes face to fave with Carmella as Nikki Cross jumps the crowd and joins the announcers. She tells Raquel and Carmella to fight. Back in the ring, Asuka with a kick. She climbs the second rope but Liv with a kick. Liv with an Oblivion off the second rope. She goes for the cover but Asuka kicks out.
Back from commercial, Natalya is at ring side. Asuka with kicks onto Liv in the middle of the ring. She goes for a kick but Liv with kicks of her own. Liv with a flying knee to the face. Liv climbs the second rope and hits Asuka with a drop kick. Liv with the double knees to the face. She rolls Asuka for the cover but Asuka reverses it into the Asuka lock as Liv taps out.
Carmella with a kick onto Asuka after the match. Natalya attacks Carmella, Nikki attacks Natalya and Raquel attacks Nikki. Raquel helps Liv up but Liv hits her with the double knees. Asuka with a kick onto Raquel as she and Liv are face to face in the ring.
Ariel Helwani is back in between the crowd. He says if Zayn wins, they will party like it’s 1993. That is the year that the Montreal Canadiens last won the NHL Stanley Cup.
Megan is backstage with Gunther and Imperium. Gunther says he doesn’t care about Madcap and encouraging words by Emma, will not change anything. Gunther and Imperium walk away.
WWE Intercontinental Championship – Gunther (c) vs. Madcap Moss with Emma
The bell rings and we are under way. Gunther with a chop to the chest in the corner. Madcap with a take down followed by right hands. Both men back up and Gunther with a headlock take down. Madcap gets to his feet as he throws Gunther to the ropes but Gunther with a shoulder tackle. Gunther goes for a right hand but Madcap with a right hand. Madcap to the ropes and Gunther with a chop to the chest followed by a boot to the face. He goes for the cover but Madcap kicks out. Gunther goes for a right hand but Madcap moves out of the way. Madcap spears Gunther into the corner. Madcap to the ropes and a spinebuster onto Gunther. He goes for the cover but Gunther kicks out.
Back from commercial, Gunther with chops onto Madcap. He goes for the powerbomb but Madcap lands on his feet. Madcap to the ropes but Gunther with a sleeper hold which Madcap reverses it into a suplex. Madcap to the ropes and a clothesline onto Gunther. He goes for the cover but Gunther kicks out. Madcap grabs Gunther but Gunther with a chop to the chest. Gunther goes for a suplex but Madcap lands on his feet. Madcap with a vertical suplex onto Gunther followed by a swinging neck breaker. He goes for the cover but Gunther kicks out. Madcap goes for a slam but Gunther lands on his feet and a chop to the chest. Gunther climbs the top rope but Madcap with a right hand. Madcap on the second rope but Gunther chops him down onto the mat. Gunther on the top rope but Madcap jumps back onto the second rope. Madcap with a fall away slam. He goes for the cover but Gunther kicks out. Madcap runs towards Gunther but Gunther with a sleeper hold. Gunther reverses it into the powerbomb. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: Still WWE Intercontinental Champion, Gunther
Sami Zayn makes his way down to the ring to a loud pop in Montreal. He gets in the ring as the fans chant “Sami” and he grabs a microphone. The fans start to chant “Ole” and Zayn looks at the crowd. Zayn smiles and laughs and is emotional. They chant “you deserve it”. As he is about to speak, the fans start another “Ole” chant. He is about to speak and the fans start a “f*** you Roman” chant.
Zayn thanks the fans in French. He says this time of year, everyone points to one thing, the WrestleMania sign. Every year, they tell every one that that is the most important show of the year. But for him, for this city, tomorrow night is once in a life time. Zayn tells Roman to listen to him. Tomorrow night, he is in Zayn’s home. Tomorrow is not just Roman Reigns against Sami Zayn. Tomorrow night is Roman Reigns against Sami Zayn and the entire city of Montreal. He tells Roman he is going down and throws the microphone.