Cena and Knight stand tall to close the show.
That’s it for Friday Night SmackDown! We’ll return for WWE NXT No Mercy at 8 PM EST tomorrow. The main event will see Carmelo Hayes clash with Ilja Dragunov.
John Cena brings up being knocked out last week by The Bloodline. He has the signed contract in his hand. He notes that he doesn’t have a partner.
The crowd is already chanting for LA Knight. John says he has a choice. He could rip up the contract, or he could stand and fight. “Sacramento, what choice do you think the man who wears the words ‘never give up’ over his heart is going to make?”
He said he’ll honor the contract and fight alone if he doesn’t find a partner.
The Judgment Day returns next week! Specifically, Damian Priest and Finn Balor were pictured.
Dragon Lee will have his SmackDown debut next week, too! Dragon Lee vs. Austin Theory, let’s go!
Asuka cuts a promo in Japanese. Bayley then claims that Asuka wants a triple-threat match with IYO and Charlotte and accepts it on behalf of the champion. SKY insists that’s not what Asuka said, but it looks like the match may be happening!
Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair vs. IYO SKY could be incredible!
Bayley woos, struts, and hits numerous chops, but that fires Charlotte up! Flair hits a spear and wins!
Charlotte Flair defeats Bayley via pinfall
A hilarious vignette aired for Pretty Deadly highlighting Elton Prince’s “road to recovery.” They are just too funny. I’m also hoping for another vignette for The Unholy Union.
Buch and Ridge Holland saw the vignette and said they wished they did more to them! Too funny.
Charlotte Flair vs. Bayley
Going from commentary hyping up Jade Cargill to Charlotte Flair may not be a coincidence. It will be something to watch.
John Cena has arrived in a nice car, and he’s all business in his jorts.
Back from the commercial break, a replay is shown for The Street Profits and Bobby Lashley attacking the LWO. While Zelina and Michin have been highlighted, the show has been relatively light on the women’s division.
LWO is shown backstage in medical. Kayla Braxton shows up to ask them about what happened. Rey said the LWO challenges the trio for a match at Fastlane!
Bobby Lashley and The Street Profits are on the same page now and fully settled in as heels.
Kevin Patrick promotes John Cena’s impending arrival before the commercial break hit.
Santos and Rey attempt to shake hands post-match, but Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford attack! The Street Profits want to prove themselves to Lashley, which may have been exactly what was needed. Bobby comes out all smiles, clearly happy with what they did.
Cruz Del Toro and Joaquin Wilde try to come out to help the LWO but are beaten down by Lashley and The Street Profits. Dragon Lee attempts to help, but security stops him from crossing the barricade.
Santos Escobar goes for the Phantom Driver, but Rey Mysterio cradles Santos and wins! Rey retains the gold. The match was fantastic.
Rey Mysterio (c) defeats Santos Escobar by pinfall
Both men are fighting on the ropes. Rey hits a big super head scissors off the top! 619, but Santos catches him! Mysterio goes for it again and hits it!
Mysterio slowly climbs to the top rope but misses the frog splash! They then trade quick pins! This match is GREAT.
Back from the break, and Santos is in control. The Gory Special is locked in, and Escobar could win the title if Rey submits!
Rey armdrags his way out of it. Both men are going back and forth now. Santos climbs to the top but misses a crossbody! Rey then misses a springboard crossbody, too!
Rey hits a big seated senton from the top. Both men then collide with a crossbody.
A look backstage and The Bloodline’s rampage continues, pushing around staff! Kevin Patrick reveals that John Cena is on his way to the arena!
Back from break and Santos Escobar is in control. He is working the arm while the crowd again gets behind Mysterio.
Rey starts his comeback. The pace quickens but Rey is shut down with a big dropkick from Santos!
Santos Escobar also greets Dragon Lee. They’re putting the stamp on him, and rightfully so. He’s fantastic. This match feels big and important.
Rey Mysterio and Santos Escobar are going back and forth. The crowd is behind Rey but like both guys.
WWE promotes a Top 25 SmackDown Moments countdown show for FOX. Countdown shows are always fun.
Jimmy Uso is shown attacking Ashante “Thee” Adonis backstage. B-Fab yelling to get off him. Security and officials show up just before Solo slams Adonis through a table. Jimmy notes that Adonis “won’t be Cena’s partner.”
Rey Mysterio (c) vs. Santos Escobar – United States Championship
The LWO collide! Zelina Vega is ringside. She made her entrance separately.
Austin Theory and Dragon Lee got into it ringside post-match! The altercation didn’t go too far, however.
Kayla Braxton is now with Rey Mysterio. He promises to give Santos the fight of his life. Then his music plays. This one looks to be next!
Cameron Grimes hits a big deadweight German suplex on Austin for the nearfall! Corey Graves claims Theory and Waller have the potential to be bigger than BTS as a “real pop culture phenomenon.”
Waller provides a distraction when Cameron is fighting Theory outside the ring. This allowed Austin to push Cameron into the ring post. A big dropkick and A-Town Down finishes Grimes off.
Austin Theory defeats Cameron Grimes by pinfall
Austin Theory vs. Cameron Grimes
Austin Theory tried talking smack to Dragon Lee in the crowd, allowing Cameron Grimes to get the advantage early on. Grimes has been underutilized on SmackDown, so hopefully, he will have something soon.
Despite Cameron coming out hot, Austin turned things around and began to club away at Grimes. Grimes fights back with fists and a big Irish whip. Grimes with a big kick to Theory and a cross-body from the top!
Waller suggests that he and Austin Theory should be with Lashley instead. Bobby says he knows all about Austin, and he passes.
The Street Profits interrupt!
Grayson says he doesn’t know how Bobby fits into his suits and points out the “devastating” loss the pair had last week.
Lashley says he made a mistake thinking they had the pride to succeed, and he’s back to the drawing board.
Karl Anderson vs. Jimmy Uso
The match started during the break, and Karl Anderson is on fire!
Hey everyone, welcome to this week’s live coverage of WWE Friday Night SmackDown.
The promoted lineup includes Rey Mysterio vs. Santos Escobar for the United States Championship, Charlotte Flair vs. Bayley, an appearance by John Cena, and Bobby Lashley as the featured guest on The Grayson Waller Effect.