By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
WWE Friday Night Smackdown (Episode 1,157)
Live from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania at Mohegan Sun Arena
Aired October 29, 2021 on FS1
[Hour One] The AC/DC opening aired and then Michael Cole and Pat McAfee checked in on commentary. They hyped the Trick or Street Fight tag match…
Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair made her entrance. Flair said she’s not keeping count of how many times she’s won the championship because that’s what the fans do. She said she’s not only the face of the division, she’s the face of the entire company.
Flair said that when others win the title they celebrate as if it is the biggest day of their life. “When Charlotte Flair wins a title, it’s just another Friday,” Flair said. She said order has been restored after last week’s drama. She said the women need a leader and someone who will bring out the best in them, which is her.
Sasha Banks made her entrance. Banks joined Flair inside the ring and said that Flair doesn’t care about the other women, she only cares about holding them down. Banks started to talk about a title match, but Flair cut her off and said it’s selfish.
Flair said she’s given Banks countless chances and always beats her. Flair said she spoke with Sonya Deville and told her that a new face deserves a championship opportunity. Banks asked if she was being gracious or scared.
Shotzi drove her tank to ringside. She told Flair that if she was looking for someone she’s never faced before, then she’s her girl. A “Shotzi” chant broke out. Flair said Shotzi drove a tank to the ring and must be ready for battle. Flair told Shotzi that she would have her match on the spot. Magically, Cole and the production team knew that it was a “championship contenders match” rather than a title match… [C]
Powell’s POV: Flair placed a little emphasis on “last week’s drama” during her promo in a fun way. I’m down for Flair vs. Shotzi. I’m still shocked that WWE never bothered to advertise anything for this show beyond the Halloween themed tag team match. It’s a big change from two weeks ago when they loaded up the FS1 show and went head-to-head with AEW Rampage for thirty minutes.
1. Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair vs. Shotzi in a non-title match. Sasha Banks watched the match from ringside. Cole said Shotzi told him that she drives the tank to ringside because of her desire to mow down the competition. Flair caught Shotzi on the ropes and tripped her so that the back of her head hit the top turnbuckle pad. Flair covered her for a two count.
Shotzi caught Flair in an inside cradle for a two count. A short time later, Shotzi hit a step-up enzuigiri and got a two count moments later. Shotzi went up top, but Flair rolled to ringside. Shotzi ran the ropes, only to have Flair hit her with a punch from the floor. Flair and Banks jawed at one another. Shotzi performed a suicide dive that came up short because she hit her feet on the ropes. Shotzi sat up and howled. [C]
Shotzi performed a huracanrana from the ropes for a near fall. Flair came back with a big boot that knocked Shotzi to ringside. Flair dove to ringside and landed on her feet. Shotzi put her down with a kick and then rolled her back inside the ring with encouragement from Banks. Shotzi covered Flair for a two count.
Flair avoided a step-up enzuigiri and went for a Figure Eight, but Shotzi caught her in an inside cradle for a near fall. Shotzi got another near fall and then Flair rallied and shoved her face first into the turnbuckle. Flair went for a moonsault. Shotzi rolled over, but Flair landed on her feet and then performed a standing moonsault for another near fall.
Flair set up for the Figure Eight again. Shotzi kicked Flair off. Banks climbed onto the apron. Shotzi ran toward Banks and stopped short, then Flair blasted Shotzi with a forearm and followed up the Natural Selection before pinning her.
Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair defeated Shotzi in 11:55 in a non-title match.
After the match, Banks checked on Shotzi, who shoved her to the mat. Flair got the attention of Banks and then Shotzi clotheslined Banks. Shotzi attacked threw repeated kicks in the corner. Shotzi got Banks to her feet and put her right back down with a forearm. When Banks stood up, Shotzi hit her with an enzuigiri.
Banks got to her knees on the apron. Shotzi hit her with a knee strike through the ropes. At ringside. Shotzi ran Banks into the tank, the barricade, and the tank again. Shotzi rolled Banks back inside the ring and then performed a top rope senton splash. Shotzi stood over Banks and howled…
Powell’s POV: The match was entertaining, but something appeared to be off with the finish. I’m guessing that Banks was supposed to be on the apron sooner, but I’m not entirely sure. Shotzi’s turn would have packed more of a punch had she been more established as a babyface on Smackdown. I really liked Shotzi as a babyface in NXT. I guess we’ll see how she does as a heel going forward.
Kayla Braxton interviewed Jeff Hardy on the backstage ring set. Hardy said he was pumped to be back on Smackdown and mentioned challenging for a title that he’s never held before. Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss showed up. Moss told a cornball Halloween joke and then he and Corbin laughed hysterically before walking away. Hardy told Braxton it was good to be back on Smackdown…
The broadcast team said sanctions had been levied against Brock Lesnar in addition to his indefinite suspension. They said they would share the details after the break… [C] A video package recapped Lesnar’s meltdown and suspension from last week’s show…
WWE authority figure Adam Pearce delivered a statement from what appeared to be his home office. Pearce said Lesnar’s actions were reprehensible. He said he gives every piece of himself to the company and he will not be disrespected. Pearce said he informed Lesnar that in addition to his suspension, he was being fined one million dollars.
Paul Heyman was shown watching Pearce’s statement on a backstage monitor. “Really,” Heyman said in response. Kayla Braxton showed up and asked how Lesnar would respond to the suspension and one million dollar fine. Heyman said her timing was impeccable, then spoke about how Roman Reigns would handle the situation. Heyman said Reigns didn’t have to do that because he smashed Lesnar at Crown Jewel.
Braxton repeated her question about how Lesnar would respond. Heyman said Lesnar would show up at the office and rip out everyone’s throat, starting with Adam Pearce. Heyman got worked up while talking about how Pearce spoke about Lesnar as if he wasn’t even there.
Heyman caught himself getting worked up and then said, “At least that’s how I think Brock Lesnar would respond. I haven’t spoken to Brock Lesnar. Leave me alone, would you?”…
Drew McIntyre made his entrance for an open challenge… An ad for Raw focused on Becky Lynch vs. Bianca Belair for the Raw Women’s Championship and questioned what Seth Rollins had planned for Big E… [C]
Powell’s POV: Good stuff from Heyman, who continues to shine while in the middle of the Lesnar and Roman Reigns feud. Is Pearce turning heel? The last thing I want is the return of heel authority figures, but Pearce can definitely pull off the heel mic work.
The broadcast team hyped the Halloween themed tag match…
Drew McIntyre stood in the ring and said he was in an ass kicking mood. McIntyre issued the open challenge while questioning who had the testicular fortitude to face him. Mustafa Ali made his entrance with a mic in hand. Ali said McIntyre is big and bad, but he’s better. Ali said McIntyre can’t even compare with his in-ring talent…
2. Drew McIntyre vs. Mustafa Ali. Ali ducked McIntyre’s Claymore Kick. Ali applied a hold, but McIntyre countered into a kimura lock and got the submission win.
Drew McIntyre defeated Mustafa Ali in 2:00.
After the match, Ali took the mic and barked at the crowd for choosing to cheer for McIntyre rather than him. Ali said the only reason the do is that his name is Mustafa Ali. The fans booed…
Powell’s POV: I wonder if McIntyre is just adding a submission hold for the hell of it or if it’s going to play into something they have planned for him.
Xavier Woods walked backstage with his royal garb on while Kofi Kingston shouted about him. They ran into Hit Row, who bowed and did the “we’re not worthy” routine. Kingston asked them to drop some hot fire for their king. They sang “King Woods” in the same style as “Hit Row” is sang in their entrance theme…
The production crew was shown setting up the ring while Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods made their entrance… [C] A Xia Li video package aired and listed her as coming soon to Smackdown…
Kofi Kingston delivered an over the top introduction for King Woods.
[Hour Two] Woods spoke about Kingston placing the crown on his head last week. A “you deserve it” chant broke out. Woods said he did deserve it. Woods told Kingston that he’s most trusted confidant and said he wants to bestow the highest honor on him.
Woods asked Kingston to bend a knee, which Kingston did. Woods knighted Kingston, labeling him Sir Kofi Kingston. Woods placed a pendant on Woods’ jacket. Kingston was all smiles.
Smackdown Tag Team Champions Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso came out and entered the ring. They said Smackdown is The Bloodline’s show and then asked if New Day was dressing up for Halloween.
Kingston and Woods pointed out their new outfits and said that the Usos have worn the same thing since 2018. The Usos bickered with Kingston until Woods called for silence. Woods declared that The Usos would face New Day in trial by combat. The Usos accepted. One of the Usos punched Kingston and then they left the ring. Cole emphasized that Sonya Deville needed to make things official…
A video package recapped some Raw segments…
Powell’s POV: What I wouldn’t give for Jamie Lannister to show up and live up to his Kingslayer name. Anyway, I like that WWE is finally doing a little something extra to cross promote Raw and Smackdown with these new recap videos.
Rick Boogs played his guitar on the stage and introduced Shinsuke Nakamura. McAfee rocked out on the broadcast table while putting one of his feet on Cole’s shoulder. Cole hyped the Halloween themed match for after the break… [C]
3. Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs vs. Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss in a Trick or Street Fight. There were several pumpkins on the apron along with skeleton decorations. WWE 24/7 Champion Reggie ran out and was chased by The Viking Raiders, Drew Gulak, The Creed Brothers, (and probably others). They all headed to the back quickly.
Boogs and Moss fought to ringside next to a container of apples in water. Nakamura hit Moss with a kendo stick, so his face went into the water. Moss came up with an apple in his mouth. Nakamura hit him in the gut with the kendo stick and the apple went flying. Nakamura tossed an apple to McAfee, and then the two of them and Boogs toasted with apples. [C]
Corbin picked up a pumpkin and teased using it as a weapon. The crowd cheered, so Corbin tossed the pumpkin aside. Nice. Boogs worked over both heels with pumpkins and one of the skeletons. Nakamura beat them with a kendo stick. Boogs and Nakamura hit a clunky double team move on Corbin, but Moss broke up the pin attempt.
Nakamura set up for his finisher, but Moss put a pumpkin over his head. Nakamura and Corbin ended up fighting into the timekeepers area. In the ring, Boogs suplexed Moss. Boogs went to the rope, but two men in costumes hit him from behind with kendo sticks. Moss pinned Boogs.
Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss beat Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs in a Trick or Street Fight in 10:20.
After the match, the masked men revealed themselves to be Angel Garza and Humberto Carrillo while Corbin and Moss laughed on the stage…
Powell’s POV: An eleven star classic. Or something. I didn’t care for the AEW Dynamite main event, and I didn’t care for this holiday silliness. Yes, I’m a soulless curmudgeon.
Backstage, Megan Morant asked Sonya Deville if she stacked the deck against Naomi. Morant asked if Deville was biased. Deville said she’s not biased and she’s Morant’s boss. Sami Zayn interrupted and said it was a big mistake that he wasn’t on the show….
Naomi made her entrance for a match against Shayna Baszler… [C] Baszler made her entrance and entered the ring. Baszler called for a referee. Sonya Deville came out and said that the referee who was supposed to work this match was injured during Brock Lesnar’s meltdown. Deville named herself the special referee for the match…
4. Shayna Baszler vs. Naomi. A minute into the match, Naomi went for a springboard move and slipped. She got up and knocked Baszler down with a kick. Naomi covered Baszler, but Deville didn’t make the count. Baszler rolled Naomi over and then Deville made a quick count.
Shayna Baszler beat Naomi in 1:15.
Afterward, Naomi barked at Deville. Baszler put Naomi in the Kirifuda Clutch and left her lying…
Powell’s POV: I continue to hope that they have a good explanation for why Deville has it in for Naomi.
Backstage, Braxton asked Xavier Woods if he feared that his reign was being threatened. Woods said he expected people to come after the crown. He said Kofi Kingston is the hand of the king and nothing can go wrong. Woods said it was time for them to deliver a royal ass whooping. Woods and Kingston made their entrance… [C]
Backstage, Naomi told Morant that if Deville ever decides to put away her corporate suit, she’d be waiting for her. She also said that if Baszler would face her one-on-one, she’d see her Rearview and then some… The Usos made their entrance…
5. Smackdown Tag Team Champions Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso vs. Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods in a non-title match. Kingston went for a trust fall dive, but the Usos caught him at ringside and tossed him into the timekeepers area. [C]
Late in the match, the Usos set up for opposite corner splashed on Kingston. Woods pulled one Uso down, and the other went for the splash, but Kingston put his knees up. Woods made a blind tag. Jey superkicked Kingston and went for the pin, but legal man Woods entered and rolled him Uso into a pin and got the three count…
Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods defeated Smackdown Tag Champions Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso in a non-title match in 10:20.
Cole hyped that Smackdown would return to Fox next week…
Powell’s POV: I acknowledge you, Roman Reigns. Aside from the opening match and its post match angle, most of this phone in show sucked without you. I will have more to say about it in my weekly same night audio review. Let me know what you thought of the show by grading it below.
Serious question. Does everyone else’s audo on SDL sound like a wind tunnel? I can’t watch this show for more than about 10 min because the audio is so terrible. Is it just me?
I’m not noticing anything out of the ordinary on my end.