SMACKDOWN Update 11/20/20

Mark Freitas
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Friday, November 20, 2020

SmackDown Opening


We kick off the final SmackDown before Survivor Series with The Street Profits as they hype up Survivor Series, they get a surprise visit from Big E tells Street Profits not to take Woods and Kingston lightly. Big E then introduces The New Day. New Day comes out to leave a message for The Street Profits, but before they do, they do a tribute to The Undertaker by sitting up. 


Sami Zayn interrupts New Day he talks about Bobby Lashley and says that no one can protect him this Sunday.


Zayn mentions that he isn’t out there to hurt the New Day. He says they should be talking about IC Championship. New Day continues to talk, but then King Corbin makes his way down to the ring. Corbin tells them that they don’t belong on SmackDown.


Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode shows up, Ziggler says that he and Roode should be Tag-Team Champions. New Day then mentions that they would defend their championships. New Day suggests that Zayn and Corbin should take on Ziggler and Roode, and the winner can face them for the belts. As it looks like Corbin and Zayn would go at it against Ziggler and Roode they attack the New Day instead. The Street Profits come down saving their opponents for Sunday by taking out Corbin and Zayn.


New Day and Street Profits vs. King Corbin, Sami Zayn, Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler


New Day got the momentum early in this match as they beatdown Robert Roode, Street Profits and New Day kept tagging each other in laying stomps on Roode.


King Corbin got the tag and began his assault on Xavier Woods, hitting him with hard shots. Woods managed to tag in Montez Ford. A brawl ensued with all the tag teams. Kofi went to the top to hit a trust fall but caught Montez Ford instead.


We come back from commercial with Dolph Ziggler in control of Montez Ford. Ziggler tags in Corbin and he continues the pressure on Ford. Corbin tags Ziggler back in, but Ford gets a spark and tags in Kofi. Kofi is flying once he comes in the ring. He lays a boom drop down onto Roode. Woods tags himself in and lays a big DDT on Robert Roode. Angelo Dawkins then tags himself in. The big man receives a big spine buster from Roode, Roode tags Sami Zayn in. Zayn gets a spine buster from Dawkins; he then tags in Montez Ford and he hits a frog splash from the top. Street Profits and New Day get the win.


Daniel Bryan Promo


A returning Daniel Bryan has an interview with Kayla Braxton, Bryan is sporting a new haircut. We get a video recap of what took place three weeks ago with him and Jey Uso. Bryan says that he believes everything Uso said weeks ago that the attack was nothing personal. Bryan says that Jey Uso needs to be concerned and that it is nothing personal.


Adam Pearce backstage segment


We cut to Adam Pierce choosing, Ottis to be the final member of Team SmackDown for the men’s side. An upset Natalya shows up asking Pierce why he chooses Bayley to be on the Women’s team instead of her. He tells her to go focus on her match that is next.


Seth Rollins Promo


Next, we get a Seth Rollins promo, he says that Murphy stabbed him in the back and betrayed him. He says tonight he will teach him a final and that Murphy will go back to being a nobody. 


Natalya vs. Tamina in a Women’s Survivor Series qualifying match


Bianca Belair and Bayley is on commentary for this match. Tamina dominates Natalya early in the match. Natalya gets back into it after Tamina misses a shoulder tackle. Natalya takes advantage and gets Tamina in the sharpshooter. Tamina taps out and Natalya becomes the final member of Team SmackDown for the women’s team. Team SmackDown is now Bayley, Bianca Belair, Ruby Riot, Liv Morgan and Natalya.


Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns contract signing


Drew McIntyre comes to the ring first. Roman Reigns comes out next taking his time. The Big Dog made Drew wait as it looked like he was playing mind games with Drew.


Roman tells Drew that he is the right guy, at the right place, at the wrong time. Drew says he won the title for himself. Drew signs the contract first. After he signs it, he tells Roman that it’s his turn since it’s his show. He also mentions to Roman to underestimate him and to prepare to go to war.


Roman says he will teach a lesson to Drew on Sunday and that he won’t like it. He says that Drew is a secondary titleholder. Roman says that he is the champion, the face of the WWE and The Tribal Chief. He says Drew will thank him one day for the lessons that he taught him. Roman tells Drew that he will always be his favourite No. 2. 


This was a really good segment I love how cocky Roman is as a heel. I am looking forward to their match this Sunday.


 Seth Rollins vs. Murphy


We get a promo before their match recapping about what happened last week on SmackDown. Before the bell rings as Murphy tries to get in the ring Seth hits a big knee on Murphy.


The match begins and both men brawl. Seth gets on the jump early as he punishes Murphy; he slaps him in the face after he tangles him in the ropes. Seth goes to get a kendo stick, but Rey tries to take it away. Seth then attacks Rey and Dominick. Murphy breaks free and goes to the top rope Seth pushes him off and Murphy lands hard to the ground as we head to commercial.


We return from commercial and Seth is still in control. Murphy got a turning point after laying a kick on Seth, he followed it up with a dive on the outside. The match goes back in the ring and Seth returns to the offence after hitting a superplex into a falcon arrow.


The fight ended up on the apron, Murphy caught Rollins with a big knee. An exhausted Murphy gets back into the ring only to fall into a curb stomp, Seth goes for the pin, but Murphy gets his foot on the rope. Seth went on to hit a buckle bomb, Seth went to go for the curb stomp again but caught a knee. Murphy then hit  Murphy’s law out of nowhere on Rollins, he went for the pin and Murphy got the three count.


This was a good match even though dominated most of it. I just hope now that we can move on from this storyline once and for all.


Sasha Banks and Asuka Promo


Sasha and Asuka come to the ring they get introduced by Michael Cole. Cole asks Sasha if Asuka has her number and Sasha responds with “It’s boss time” and that she’s ready to fight now. But before that happens Carmella attacks Banks from behind as Asuka looks on. Carmella then lays a superkick on to Banks.


Jey Uso vs. Daniel Bryan


Before the match, Jey Uso gets interviewed and says that Roman isn’t the devil or angel on his shoulder like Bryan implied earlier. Jey says he did what he did to Daniel Bryan of his own volition, and he’s going to do it again.


Jey Uso goes right at it attacking Bryan. Bryan responds with kicks, Uso responds with an elbow. Jey takes Bryan outside the ring and throws him into the steel steps as Bryan is on the ground, Uso starts dismantling the announce table, but Bryan gets Jey back in the ring and gets back onto the attack.


Bryan takes Uso out with a suicide dive, Bryan continues to bring the fight as he goes to lay another forearm to Uso, Jey counters with a backdrop through the announce table.


Jey gets control again in the match, he hits a superplex on Bryan, but Bryan kicks out at two. Jey went for a Samoan drop and Bryan countered it into a roll-up and got a two. Jey then continued to go after Bryan’s kidneys. Jey went to the top rope, but Bryan got up and hit a big backdrop Jey landed on his head/shoulder.


Bryan followed up with yes kicks. Bryan was going for the running knee but Jey countered with kicks. Jey went up to the top for the Uso splash, but Bryan caught Jey and rolled him up. Bryan got the win.


This was a good show heading into Survivor Series and I’m looking forward to seeing how everything will play out.