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WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results for January 1, 2021


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We go right to the ring and out first comes WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman and Jey Uso. They stop on the stage and the pyro goes off as Reigns raises the title. Greg Hamilton does the introductions and they march to the ring.

We go right to the ring and out first comes WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman and Jey Uso. They stop on the stage and the pyro goes off as Reigns raises the title. Greg Hamilton does the introductions and they march to the ring.

Reigns takes the mic and as the face of WWE, he wishes everyone a Happy New Year. Reigns says 2020 has been rough but when you’re the head of the table, the Tribal Chief, you make it work. Fans boo him some more. Reigns says everything he touches turns to greatness, just look at who he surrounds himself with. He mentions saving Heyman after he was just tossed out.

He goes on praising Heyman as the most genuine, honest man he’s ever done business with. Heyman bows and fans boo some more. Reigns says his cousin Jey is a prime example of what he can do. He said just listen to him and what’s happened? It’s been the best yer of Jey’s career. Reigns goes on praising Jey and the success he’s had, all because he acknowledged Reigns as his Tribal Chief.

Reigns turns to Jey and says he did this because he knows who Jey is, he’s understood since day one. Everyone else was wondering which Uso he was, but Reigns says he’s always known Jey as Main Event Uso. Reigns says he would never have put all this on Jey but he knew he would knock it out of the park each time, and that’s why Reigns loves Jey.

Reigns goes on talking to Jey but the music interrupts and out comes Kevin Owens. Reigns yells for the music to be cut and says no one wants to hear it. He yells at Owens about how no one wants to see him, he’s irrelevant now and it’s embarrassing to see him. Owens was a social media sweetheart for a few weeks but that’s done now. Reigns continues with the insults and says he gave Owens’ family a good payday, so he hopes Owens gave them a good Christmas.

Reigns says tonight is all about he and his family. Now is Jey’s time so Owens should quit being selfish. Owens says it is embarrassing to Reigns to see him out here because this all means Reigns and his family failed. They tried to take Owens out but here he is.

He goes on about what it took for Reigns and Uso to guarantee Reigns kept the title. Owens keeps talking trash and says The Big Dog is gone and he’s been replaced by a giant b—h. Fans pop. Owens says Reigns is right, it’s not about a fight between them tonight, and it is about cousin Jey tonight, that’s fine, because he’s here to fight, not Reigns, but Jey.

Owens says Uso will pay tonight for what his cousin has done. Owens says he’s going to the back and he doesn’t care who he has to talk to, he’s telling them, not asking, that he will fight Jey tonight. Owens says when he’s done with Jey, Reigns’ family will have nothing to celebrate. Owens drops the mic and heads to the back as his music starts up. Reigns, Uso and Heyman look on.

Big E vs. King Corbin

Big E hits the Big Ending, but Sami Zayn attacks Big E while pinning for the DQ.

Winner by DQ: Big E

After the bell, Blake and Cutler hit the ring and attack Big E while he’s down. Big E fights them off but Sami attacks from behind. Big E is triple teamed now. Apollo Crews makes the save to a pop now. Cutler and Blake get sent to the floor. Crews dodges a Helluva Kick and then presses Sami high in the air, tossing him out of the ring onto Blake and Cutler. Crews and Big E stand tall together in the ring as we go to commercial.

– Back from the break and we see Apollo Crews and Big E walking, talking about their win. Kayla Braxton congratulates them and asks Big E what to expect from him as champion in 2021. Big E says he will be a fighting champion and will be issuing an open challenge next week. Crews says consider that challenge already accepted. Big E looks annoyed. Crews says it will be an honor to fight Big E next week. He goes on and says Big E might not be so lucky when Crews won’t have his back next week. They laugh together but there’s some tension there.

Riott Squad vs. Natayla and Tamina

Riott Squad win when Liv rolls up Tamina.

Winners: Riott Squad

After the match, Morgan joins Riott at ringside as their music hits. Billie also starts celebrating as The Riott Squad looks on. They head to the back without her because she’s busy ranting and cheering on the ramp.

– We see how Charlotte Flair and RAW Women’s Champion Asuka retained the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles last week over Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair, and Carmella and Bayley.

Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair vs. Bayley and Carmella

Carmella pins Sasha with a MellaBuster.

Winners: Bayley and Carmella

After the match, Carmella celebrates as the music hits. We go to replays. Carmella, Reginald and Bayley celebrate as Banks and Belair recover.

– The announcers confirm Jey Uso vs. Kevin Owens for tonight. We go backstage to Uso, Roman Reigns, and Paul Heyman. They see the Uso vs. Owens graphic on the TV. Reigns isn’t happy the match was made because of all he’s done for the company, and says this means they don’t appreciate him. He tells Heyman to go and find out who doesn’t appreciate him. Heyman bows to Reigns and walks off.

– We go back to the ring and out come SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Street Profits – Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and Sonya Deville is backstage walking, her return since losing the Loser Leaves WWE match to Mandy Rose at SummerSlam. Other Superstars are surprised to see Deville walking. Graves confirms that she has been reinstated to SmackDown. We go back to the ring and The Street Profits are out for their New Year’s Day Smoke-Tacular. They dance around some and say goodbye to 2020, but say the year wasn’t all bad because they won gold.

They go on and have a big reveal to do. They remove a black covering and reveal a set of drums. Dawkins plays some as Ford starts making some of his predictions for 2021. He predicts their Intercontinental Title t-shirt will be a top seller on WWE Shop. We see a replay of last week’s segment where they taunted Sami Zayn with the “I Was Intercontinental Champion” t-shirt due to his title loss to Big E. Ford has more predictions and this one has to do with making fun of Dolph Ziggler. The champs are suddenly attacked by Ziggler and Robert Roode.

Dawkins ends up on the floor crawling. Roode goes out to grab a steel chair but stops and smacks Dawkins over the back with it. Roode tosses Dawkins over the barrier. Roode and Ziggler double team Ford now, wrapping his leg around the ring post. Roode holds Ford’s leg against the post and Ziggler smacks it with a chair, putting it into the steps. Ziggler and Roode taunt Ford some more at ringside as Roode delivers another chair shot and fans boo. Dawkins is crawling back over the barrier now to check on Ford. Roode and Ziggler mock them and wish them a Happy New Year. Dawkins tends to Ford as Ziggler and Roode back away, still laughing. We go to commercial.

Back from the break and we see what Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode just did to The Street Profits. Kayla Braxton catches up with Roode and Ziggler in the back, and asks the reason for the vicious and unprovoked attack. Ziggler says this was not unprovoked as The Profits have been provoking them for months. Roode says it’s all about fun and games, but he wonders if The Profits are having fun now. He goes on about how The Profits have something they want and deserve. They go on and Ziggler demands a rematch for the titles, and says they won’t stop the attacks until they get what they want.

Otis and Daniel Bryan vs. Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura

Bryan makes Nakamura tap with the YES lock.

Winner: Daniel Bryan 

After the match, Bryan celebrates and calls for a loud “yes!” chant as Gable and Otis join in.

– Paul Heyman approaches Roman Reigns and Jey Uso in the back, and blames the match with Kevin Owens on Adam Pearce. Reigns says they just won’t learn and everyone is trying to take what they have worked for. He tells Jey not to let them, and go out there, show them why he’s the main event. Uso walks off.

Kevin Owens vs. Jey Uso

Owens wins with the Stunner.

Winner: Kevin Owens

After the match, Owens stands tall as his music hits. Owens calls Roman Reigns out and starts beating Uso up some more, dropping him with another Stunner. Owens keeps looking at the stage, trying to bait Reigns out here. Owens goes out and grabs Graves’ headset, telling Reigns to come take care of his family, and calling him a b—h. Owens grabs a pair of handcuffs from under the ring and brings them in, cuffing Uso to the top rope. Uso throws a fit and tries to get free but Owens superkicks him to the mat. Owens keeps stomping away on Uso, focusing on his hurt leg. Referee Charles Robinson tries to get him to stop but Owens only wants Reigns. Owens cuffs both of Uso’s arms now and brings him out of the ring, to the production area next to the stage.

Owens beats Uso up some more and then superkicks him. Owens is about to run and jump off a platform to put Uso through a table while cuffed, but Reigns meets him on the platform and cuts him off. Fans boo as Reigns beats Owens down. Owens fights back but Reigns keeps control. Uso joins Reigns now, up on a platform behind the first row of virtual fans. They send Owens up another level and unload on him with steel chairs while he’s down on the platform. Reigns and Uso continue trash talking Owens while he’s down. Usu holds Owens as Reigns delivers more chair shots. A “you suck!” chant starts up now. Owens keeps trying to fight back but now Uso is superkicking him. Reigns sends Owens into the LED boards, slamming his head into it a few times. Reigns pounds Owens with right hands now, continuing to destroy him.

Reigns grabs Owens from up high on the platform and launches him off, down below through the table that Owens was originally going to splash Uso through. Reigns stands tall and Uso looks down at Owens as a referee runs over to check on him. Owens is laid out in the debris down below as we go to a replay. The first SmackDown of 2021 goes off the air with Reigns looking down below at Owens, who is laid out.

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