SMACKDOWN Update 01/08/21

Mark Freitas
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Friday, January 8, 2021

SmackDown Opening


Our show begins with the Universal Champion Roman Reigns coming down to the ring, with Jey Uso and Paul Heyman. We learn that tonight there will be a gauntlet match and the winner will face Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble. The participants are Shinsuke Nakamura, King Corbin, Rey Mysterio Sami Zayn and Daniel Bryan


Reigns said he likes Kevin Owens, and that he respects him and his ambition. He keeps getting up, like a cockroach, and he never wanted anything bad to happen to him. He put him in a tough spot, backed him against the wall, and he had to do what he had to do. and he likes everyone in the back and because of him, the other superstars get food on their table. Reigns say the person to blame for last week is WWE official Adam Pearce, Pearce comes to the ring and Roman tells him to watch a video package of what happened last week.


Reigns ask Pearce what he has to say for himself and to be a man and take responsibility for what happened. Reigns tell Pearce that he threw Kevin back into the shark tank and that Owens now can’t provide for his family. Roman isn’t happy about the gauntlet match, since he can’t pick his opponent.


Pearce says he was trying to put the best challenger in front of Roman mocks Pearce, and he asks for a round of applause for the work he has done. Reigns ask Adam why he doesn’t just put himself in a match. Roman asks Adam if he thinks he’s stupid and a fool.


Reigns say Pearce is stupid, Roman then asks Pearce if he thinks Vince McMahon is stupid. When Adam says he didn’t say that Roman says he most certainly has to be saying that he is stupid, and that’s where the problem lies. If he thinks he’s stupid, then he’s insulting him, he doesn’t respect him, or his family, and when people around here don’t respect his family, and there are consequences.


Roman grabs Adam by his blazer and backs him into the corner, Roman stops himself and fixes his blazer. Roman smiles and says it must be his mistake, Roman says that Pearce is perfectly safe. He slaps Adam on the shoulder and leaves the ring and this ends our first segment.


Big vs. Apollo Crews – Intercontinental Championship Match


Crews get on an explosive start as he hits a big dropkick early on Big E taking him down. This match started fast pace as both men split time getting on the offence, but Crew was dominating early as he hit three big German suplexes’s on Big E.


Crews placed Big E on the top rope and hit a superplex and got Big E in the pin, the referee counted, and it was a three count. Apollo celebrated like he just won but Big E and the referee looked confused as Crews celebrated more, as we headed to the commercial. 


We come back from commercial with the decision of the match, being a draw since both men’s shoulders were on the mat. An upset Crews slapped Big E in the face, and this set off Big E as he hit a belly to belly and the referee restarted the match.


Both men went back and forth again as the action was going by so fast. Crews caught Big E with a kick and tried keeping the momentum going but Big E hit the corner rock bottom and followed up with the big ending picking up the win and retaining his championship.


Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce backstage segment


Adam Pearce on the phone backstage, Sonya Deville then appears. Pearce asks Deville why she wants the job of being his assistant. Deville says she is not proud of what she’s done or said and she wants to put the past behind her. She’s not bitter about losing a match to her best friend who then went to RAW. But she wants to learn and to help Pearce. 


Deville says Pearce is in a match tonight.


Pearce says he hasn’t had a match in over six years and he’s not coming back tonight.


Bayley and Bianca Belair backstage segment


Bianca Belair says that she will be in the Women’s Royal Rumble match. Before Bianca answers the question, she is asked. Bayley comes from behind she begins to taunt her about not eliminating her last year since she was too busy adding to her historic championship reign. But this year she’s going to be in the match and she’s going to win it. Bayley tells Belair that even if she somehow wins, she’ll lose it, and Belair tells her that she lost her reign.


Carmella promo


Carmella is backstage drinking champagne, and she cuts a promo on beating Sasha Banks last week. She talks about Bank’s hustle and once again about her beating Banks.


The Street Profits vs. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode – Tag Team Championship Match


Angelo Dawkins and Dolph Ziggler start the match, Dawkins hits a beautiful dropkick and tags in Montez Ford, Dawkins and Ford use teamwork on Ziggler. Shortly after Ziggler gets the upper hand and tags in Roode, Roode picks up where Dolph left off. Montez got it rolling before Roode kicked him in his injured knee. Ford fought back and took both Ziggler and Roode out but his knee was in pain. Dawkins checked up on Montez as we headed to break.


We come back from commercial with Dawkins and Roode in the ring, Angelo hits a suplex and a bulldog. Dolph Ziggler tagged himself in and hit a perfect dropkick on Dawkins he then slowed the pace down in the match. Ziggler tagged in Roode, and Roode would hit a neck breaker on Angelo, he then began to deliver punches to his face before tagging in Dolph. Roode and Ziggler tried to use teamwork on Angelo Dawkins but he fought back and tagged in Montez Ford.


Ford was flying hitting clotheslines and kicks. Ford was able to hit a spinning clothesline he then climbed up the top rope, but Ziggler climbed up and hit a facebuster. Ford hit a superkick on Dolph and after this Ziggler hit Dawkins off the apron and Ziggler went after Ford’s knee, Dolph tagged in Roode who hit a fisherman’s suplex, he then went for the Glorious DDT, but Ford fought out of it. Roode was able to tag in Ziggler and they hit a spinebuster into a zig zag. Ziggler went for the pin and this was enough to keep Ford down. Ziggler and Roode became the new Smackdown Tag Team Champions.


Adam Pearce and Paul Heyman segment


Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville are backstage talking about the match. Paul Heyman appears and Deville leaves. Pearce knows what Heyman is there to talk about and it’s about the gauntlet match. Pearce tells Heyman to save it. Heyman says he likes Pearce and shakes his hand. Heyman says he has the greatest respect for Adam. As Heyman continues to talk he tells Pearce that he will be in the gauntlet match later tonight.



Billie Kay and Riot Squad segment


The Riot Squad is hanging out when Billie Kay shows up asking to join their group 

She gets turned down and cries about how 2021 was supposed to be better but it’s not, Billie then leaves them a copy of her resume.


Gauntlet match-winner faces Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble


Before the match, Sami Zayn gets on the mic and says he has a camera crew with him. He talks about a conspiracy against him and he claims that he remains the champion of the people.


Rey Mysterio and Sami Zayn start this match. Our match begins and Rey is flying he hits a dropkick on Zayn and then connects with a 619 and splash eliminating Zayn from the match.


The next opponent to come out is Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura gets Rey in a headlock and hits and shoulder tackle on Rey. Both men trade offence to see who will get the upper hand. Rey hits head scissors sends Shinsuke to the outside. Rey then tries a baseball slide but receives two big knee shots from Nakamura. Shinsuke who is now in control slows the pace down on Rey. He places him on the top rope and gives him a shot in the face. Shinsuke tries to hit a superplex, but Rey fights back. Rey was able to hit the 619, Rey went for the frog splash and Shinsuke got his knees up and locked in the armbar. Rey tapped out and was eliminated from this match. King Corbin came out next and attack Dominick, Rey and Shinsuke.


Corbin and Nakamura trade blows and Corbin lays a big clothesline on Nakamura he then follows up with heavy body shots. Corbin went for a spear, but Nakamura moved and Corbin hit the ring post.


This didn’t faze Corbin as he stayed in control. After awhile Nakamura got back into the match, only to fall victim to the deep six. Nakamura then locked in the triangle choke, but Corbin broke the hold. Corbin tried to do his usual run around the outside of the ring and run back in, but Nakamura hit the Kinshasa and eliminated Corbin.


Daniel Bryan was next to come out. Bryan was flying early but got caught by a kick from Nakamura. Shinsuke went for the Kinshasa, but Bryan got him in and submission and then transformed that into a German suplex. Bryan then landed the yes kicks. Shortly after, Bryan was able to lock in the yes lock, but Shinsuke made it to the ropes. Bryan was on a roll on Shinsuke. Nakamura then got it going and started delivering knees to the ribs of Bryan. He and Bryan then traded kicks. Bryan laid in punches and kicks taking out Shinsuke. As Bryan was hitting the dropkicks in the corner to Nakamura Bryan tried to hit it a third time, but Nakamura landed a Kinshasa and eliminated Bryan from the match. After that Bryan showed respect to Shinsuke and shook his hand. Roman Reigns music hit, and he came down to the ring.


Adam Pearce comes to the ring, but before he gets in the ring Jey Uso and Roman Reigns attack Shinsuke and beat him down. Shinsuke gets hit with a superkick, superman punch and a splash. Roman tells Pearce this is what he needs to understand and throws him in the ring. Uso then delivers a superkick to Pearce and Roman calls for the bell to ring. Uso then drags Pearce onto Shinsuke and the referee makes the count and Adam Pearce wins the gauntlet match.


Adam Pearce will face Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble for the WWE Universal Championship. 


The show ends with Roman holding his championship in the air.


This show was good right up to the end, it is disappointing that Roman will face Pearce they could have used Shinsuke since it would have been something new and fresh, but at the end of the day it is the same old WWE. Smackdown was on a roll for the last few weeks right up till tonight.