WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results (10/16/20) – Season Premiere

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WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results
Live from the ThunderDome at Amway Center in Orlando, FL
October 16, 2020 on FOX

Storyline Developments & Promo Highlights:

  • Triple H and Stephanie McMahon opened the show in the ring with the majority of the SmackDown roster on the stage. They welcomed viewers to the season premiere and ran through announced matches and segments.
  • The New Day cut a promo about the end of their run together. Xavier Woods was emotional talking about this being the best six years of his life. He put over Big E and Kofi Kingston for “taking a chance on him.” Kofi talked about questioning if he still wanted to wrestle when he was approached by Woods and Big E to do something special. Woods said they were there to get it done one last time. Big E led a “New Day rocks” chant.
  • Kayla Braxton interviewed Sheamus, Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro about facing The New Day in their final match together. Sheamus talked up giving them the sendoff they deserve. Cesaro vowed to ruin their final moments together. Nakamura said it was not just for now but goodbye to New Day forever.
  • Kayla Braxton interviewed Otis. Sami Zayn interrupted and mocked him for losing both Mandy Rose and Tucker to Raw. Otis retaliated by shoving Zayn to the ground.
  • Daniel Bryan made his return and put over the ThunderDome. Brie Bella and their daughter were shown as virtual audience members. Seth Rollins came out and said he was glad his wife let him off Daddy Duty so he could come to the ThunderDome. He hyped being the Savior of SmackDown and Bryan is either with him or against him. Bryan called Rollins self-indulgent and self-centered.  They eventually brawled. Rey and Dominik Mysterio came out and backed Rollins down. Rollins turned to Bryan for help but he left him. Murphy came out and attacked him. Murphy attempted to shake the hands of the Mysterios but they declined.
  • Bayley and Sasha Banks had a contract signing segment with producer Adam Pearce as moderator. Banks signed immediately and said she had been waiting on this moment for a long time. Bayley said she has too because she wants to rid herself o Banks and continue her championship reign. They argued and Banks shoved the contract towards Bayley. She didn’t sign and Corey Graves said the match is not official until she signs the contract.

Match results:

1) Lars Sullivan beat Jeff Hardy. The finish saw Sullivan pull Hardy from the top rope and slammed him to the mat and pinned him. Vince McMahon loves Sullivan and is in the midst of pushing him as a big deal.

2) Xavier Woods, Big E and Kofi Kingston beat Sheamus, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Cesaro. Big E and Xavier Woods double teamed Sheamus to hit The Midnight Hour with E pinning him. The trio hugged in the ring after the win.

3) The Street Profits beat Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler by DQ to retain the WWE Smackdown Tag Titles. The match wasn’t enough two minutes long as Roode and Ziggler attacked the Profits in the corner and the referee called for the bell. After the match, Roode and Ziggler double teamed their opponents.

4) Roman Reigns w/Paul Heyman beat Braun Strowman to retain the WWE Universal Championship. Reigns submitted Strowman in a guillotine submission hold. Jey Uso came out after the match and stood on the stage. Meanwhile, Strowman got up and Reigns speared him. Reigns hit him with a chair that Paul Heyman handed him. Roman got on the mic and said if he could do this to Strowman, imagine what he could do to him. Referees and producers came out to break things up but Reigns scared them off. Uso ended up hitting Reigns with a chair before being pulled apart. Roman ended up landing the Superman punch on Uso and left the ring as his music played.