Friday Night Smackdown 1/1/2021

A graphic for the late Jon Huber "Luke Harper" appeared at the start of the show.

They recapped Roman Reigns defeating Kevin Owens in the TLC and cage matches from last week.

Micheal Cole noted it's the first SmackDown of the year from the critically acclaimed ThunderDome.

Reigns, Jey Uso and Paul Heyman, made their way to the ring. They took their time walking to the ring. Reigns took the mic and wished everyone a Happy New Year. He noted that 2020 was a rough year for everyone. Of course, he's the head of the table and made it work.

Reigns pointed out that everything he touches turns to greatness. He saved Paul Heyman, who was cast aside. Reigns praised Heyman for everything he's done. He turned his attention to his cousin Uso. Reigns always knew that Jey could be main event Uso. He praised Uso when Kevin Owens's music hit.

Reigns was annoyed that Owens came out and demanded they turn his music off. A furious Reigns told Owens to go to the back and leave. He claimed this is about Uso and not Owens.

Owens pointed out that Uso helped Reigns beat him twice last week. However, he's not here for Reigns. Owens here for Uso and promised to make the match happen later. He's going to go to the back and speak to Adam Pearce.

Non-title match: Intercontinental Champion Big E defeated King Corbin via DQ



Corbin attempted the around the ring post clotheslines, but Big E countered with the Big Ending. Big E had the match won when Zayn jumped in for the DQ.

Zayn and the Knights of the Lone Wolf jumped Big E and beat him down. Suddenly, Apollo Crews music hit, and he ran down for the save. He cleared the ring and press slammed Zayn onto the heels at ringside.

Big E & Apollo Crews defeated King Corbin & Sami Zayn

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Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan defeated Natalya & Tamina


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Bailey & Carmella defeated Smackdown Women's Champion Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair

negative **1/2

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Carmella's Bartender not only interfered in front the ref, but hit the ring

Sonya Deville Returned

The Street Profits were being annoying right before Roode & Ziggler attacked them

This is one of the problems RAW & SD have. Stuff just keeps reoccurring in cycles.

For example: The Profits defeated Roode & Ziggler to retain the Tag Belts, but they must still feud.

Apparently they're tag team names are the Dirty Dawgz

Whatever happened to that notion of Kevin Owens & Daniel Bryan being a team?

Oh wait it's WWE in 2021 babyfaces/good guys are geeky friendless, untrustworthy, disloyal, failures who lose all the time. Oh! and unlikeable

And it's the heels/villians who team up and are loyal, and successful.

Daniel Bryan & Otis (w/Chad Gable) defeated Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura

This was a good tag team match.


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Kevin Owens defeated Jey Uso


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This was weird

They went to commercial and then came back and both immediately and arbitrarily KO hit the stunner and won

This is one of the problems RAW & SD have. Stuff just keeps reoccurring in cycles.

KO picked a fight with Roman & Jey and got beat up...... again

Also the build for this episode Roman had a request. He never made the request

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1 for the shitty show and 1 one for false advertising