WWE SmackDown Live Coverage – September 15, 2023: John Cena & The Rock In The House


WWE invades the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado, for tonight’s episode of SmackDown. Advertised for tonight’s episode – John Cena as a special guest on ‘The Grayson Waller Effect’, LA Knight vs. The Miz in a rematch from WWE Payback, and more.

Stay tuned to eWn for the latest from WWE SmackDown!



Pat McAfee’s here to kick off Friday Night SmackDown! And Michael Cole is looking it!

McAfee is around town due to some college football commitments and says that he wanted to be here for SmackDown. He plays to the crowd for a while before being interrupted by Austin Theory

Theory grabs a mic and says this is “Austin Theory Live.” He says he’s gonna take care of McAfee and send him back to talking about college football. McAfee says he doesn’t think so. He adds that this ain’t Theory’s show, it’s “The People’s Show.” Wait. What? Don’t mess with me… IF YA SMELL, WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKING!!! The crowd is going absolutely bonkos! Holy sh*t!

Once The Rock soaks it all in, Theory asks him if he knows who’s ring he is standing in. This has been a long time coming, says Theory. “Shut your b*tch ass up!” He takes off his jacket… “Finally, The Rock has come back to Denver!”

Theory goes that the people are finally getting The Rock and Austin in the ring together, not ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, the real Austin, the ass-kicker. Rocky begins to talk, but Theory goes, “It doesn’t matter what The Rock says!” But The Rock says this, “See it does actually matter what The Rock says.” What matters even more is what his people say.

Rock says Theory that if Steve Austin were here, he’d say, “If you wanna see Rock kick this jabroni’s ass, gimmie a hell yeah!” He calls for one side of the arena to chant, “You are,” and the other side to chant “an assh*le!” The crowd lets Theory have it, but Rock interrups, asking them to stop. He wants them to switcharoo… each side of the arena now has to say the opposite.

It’s been quite a while of this, and McAfee says to The Rock that this is just a two-hour show. The Rock says that The Rock and the people are having fun. The Rock also says that he’s gonna kick Austin Theory’s ass in three seconds.

Theory goes after The Rock, but The Brahma Bull retaliates. Spinebuster! YES! And The Rock’s milking it. And he’s milking it. The crowd’s going wild, the babies are all up in the air… here comes… “the Most Electrifying Move in All of Entertaiment! “The People’s Elbow!!”

As The Rock’s theme hits, he asks McAfee to also do The People’s Elbow. McAfee gladly obliges. Rock’s music plays again, and that was a hell of a way to kick off my Saturday morning. Woke me up like no cup of Joe ever has!


Looks like we are in for a treat tonight. AJ Styles versus Finn Balor? Yes please. Thank you!

#1. AJ Styles vs. Finn Balor – Winner: Finn Balor

The Judgement Day of course kept interfering, much to AJ Styles’ chagrin. The crescendo of the bout saw the referee eject the Judgement Day from ringside. As Styles began to take advantage, Jimmy Uso blindsided Styles outta nowhere. Balor took the opportunity and got the pin. Jimmy was elated with what he had just done, as we headed to a commercial break.


Bak from the break, The Rock and Pat McAfee are having some fun backstage, doing the split “you are” “an assh*le” chant from earlier tonight. As McAfee walks off, in walks John Cena.

They share a look, before Cena breaks into smirk. The Rock says that he’s seeing that Cena starting to smile. Cena welcomes him home. It’s good to be here, says Rocky.


We cut to Jimmy Uso backstage, and Finn Balor approaches him, thanking him for the assist earlier tonight. Jimmy says that it was just the receipt from last week. Balor says it’s cool. He adds that he saw Jey on Monday Night Raw and that Jey probably misses him.

Balor says The Judgment Day invited Jey to join them on Monday, and he didn’t say no. Maybe Jimmy could also join them? Jimmy appreciates the offer, but he’s good for now.

Balor adds that there’s no leaders or hierarchy in The Judgment Day. No Roman Reigns, no Tribal Chief. Jimmy seems entice and is giving it a second thought. Paul Heyman walks in, prompting Balor to walk off. So the question is, what’s brewing here among the Judgement Day and The Bloodline?


Back inside the ring, LWO is in the ring. Rey Mysterio, the United States Champion, recounts his issues last year, and expresses gratitude to LWO for their friendship and support. LWO reminded him what family is all about.

Santos Escobar then says that it’s always been his dream to wrestle his idol, Rey Mysterio, with a title on the line. He asks for a shot at the United States Championship. Rey goes, ‘after all we’ve been through? Are you serious?” Escobar says he is, and Mysterio says he was just messing with Mysterio. He accepts Escobar’s challenge.

Bobby Lashley, Angelo Dawkins, and Montez Ford interrupt the moment. After they get in the ring, they point out that there already seem to be cracks in LWO. Lashley says the’ll br taking over WWE, and it looks to be even easier than he thought.

Cruz Del Toro and Joaquin Wilde challenge The Street Profits, and we have ourselves an impromptu tag team match-up.

#2. LWO vs. The Street Profits – Winners: The Street Profits

Following a quick squash, The Street Profits continue to layeth the smackdown on Del Toro and Wilde, prompting Mysterio and Escobar to go for the save, only for Lashley to hit the ring as well. Lashley, Ford & Dawkins eviscerate LWO and leave them laying as we head to another break.


We see a “Progressive Match Flo” recounting the history between The Miz and LA Knight, hyping up our next match of the evening.

#3. LA Knight vs. The Miz – Winner: LA Knight

Following the match, LA Knight says that he is gunning for championship gold here in WWE. IT DOESN’T MATTER if it’s Rey Mysterio, GUNTHER, Seth Rollins or even Roman Reigns. He wraps up the quick promo with everybody saying, L.A. KNIGHT! YEEAHHHH!!!


Backstage in The Bloodline locker room, Paul Heyman and Solo Sikoa have their eyes on the monitor. The feed on that monitor is different from the TV feed, cause I see them on mine, but they don’t. They see what’s in the ring. Anyway…

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