The November 8 2019 edition of SmackDown, out of the SNHU Arena in Manchester, England, just wrapped up. We’ve got the WWE SmackDown results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #1055 of SmackDown by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
The King Welcomes You to SmackDown
King Corbin kicked off the special UK edition of SmackDown, gracing the good people of Manchester with his presence while cutting a promo on Roman Reigns.
Corbin mentioned Survivor Series, as it’s just around the corner, saying that it was an especially important event this year because it’s Raw vs. SmackDown vs. NXT, adding a whole new layer to the matches.
He then moved on to what he really came to say, Roman Reigns called himself a “locker room leader” but didn’t deserve the title, as he’s been focusing too much on his family at home and not enough on his family at WWE.
King Corbin picked Reigns apart, claiming that he didn’t have the guts to come down and face him, but then we learned why Corbin felt safe to say such things – Roman Reigns wasn’t in the building. He was doing charity work. But that was okay because Corbin would beat him when he arrived – in the main event of the evening.
Later, Roman Reigns was shown arriving at the arena, where he was met by Chad Gable (Shorty G), who appeared to be filling him in on everything that Corbin had said.
The Revival (c) vs. The New Day
In an interview with Kayla Braxton before the match, Kofi Kingston and Big E said they were going to win the match for Xavier Woods, who E briefly thought was in jail, but was going to stick by him anyway. True friendship.
Kofi Kingston and Scott Dawson started the match, each man going for a quick victory, Dawson forearming Kingston in the head to take the lead. Dawson and Dash attempted to double-team Kofi, but he broke free, tagging in Big E after laying Dash out.
Dash feigned a knee injury after an exchange with Big E, and back from commercial, Dash had made a miraculous recovery, taking it to The New Day in the ring.
Big E flattened him with a suplex, tagging in Kofi while Dash reached his corner and his partner Dawson. After sending both Dash and Dawson out of the ring, Kofi Kingston dove onto them, connecting with a crossbody.
Fully prepared to end the match right there, Kofi Kingston sprang for the Trouble in Paradise on Dawson, but Dash pulled his partner to safety. The Revival attempted to gain control with a superplex/splash combo, from which Big E saved Kofi.
Kofi landed an SOS on Dash, but when it only gained a near fall, Kofi tagged his partner into the ring. Big E sought to pick up where Kofi left off but caught a double DDT from The Revival (à la Randy Orton), who followed up with a suplex and an uppercut for a near fall.
The Revival were gaining steam, but Big E put a stop to it by holding Dash Wilder still, setting Kofi Kingston up for the Trouble in Paradise to take the win and the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
Winner: The New Day
Sami Zayn Makes an Offer
As Daniel walked through the backstage area, Sami Zayn approached him, once again offering his services (the same services that he offers Shinsuke Nakamura). Sami claimed that if Bryan had accepted his offer to begin with, he would have beaten Adam Cole and would be NXT Champion at that very moment.
He asked Daniel Bryan to come to ringside to watch the tag match happening later in the evening, as it would be the perfect demonstration of Zayn’s managerial abilities.
Imperium Invade SmackDown
As Otis and Tucker stood in the ring along, awaiting their opponents for the evening, they were ambushed by NXT/NXT UK’s Imperium (WALTER, Marcel Barthel, Fabian Aichner, and Alexander Wolfe).
Ali, Shorty G, and several other SmackDown roster members rushed to the ring to save them, chasing WALTER and his cohorts away before any significant damage could be done.
Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Ali and Shorty G
With Daniel Bryan watching intently from the stage, Cesaro started the match with an uppercut to Shorty G, catching him off guard, as he was distracted by Bryan.
Shinsuke and Cesaro worked together to wear Shorty G down until he was able to escape Cesaro, tagging Ali into the match. Ali leveled Cesaro with a combination of his high-flying offense, tagging in Shorty G to pick up where he left off.
Gable threw Nakamura out of the ring with a suplex, but Cesaro hit a backbreaker, scoring a near fall. Sami Zayn had kept his distance to this point, but when Ali dodged a Kinshasa with a superkick, he felt it was time to save his team.
Shorty G put a stop to the interference, but it wasn’t enough, the distraction allowed Cesaro to attack Gable, which Nakamura followed with a Kinshasa, winning the match.
Winner: Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura
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Sasha Banks vs. Nikki Cross
With Bayley at the announce table, partly to cheer Sasha Banks on, partly to keep an eye on Nikki Cross, who she narrowly escaped in their last encounter, Nikki Cross looked to get revenge on Sasha, who was the reason Bayley got away with the win in their match.
Aware of Nikki’s motivation, Sasha Banks wasted no time charging her opponent, sending Cross into the corner before connecting with a suplex, looking for an early win.
Sasha held the upper hand until Nikki hit her signature headscissors, following up with a crossbody and gaining a near fall of her own. After taking Banks out momentarily with another crossbody to the outside, Nikki shifted her attention to the champ, tackling her at the announce table before taking her headset and screaming something indecipherable to the crowd, who, of course, couldn’t hear her. But Nikki couldn’t care less.
Bayley got her revenge on Cross while Sasha distracted the referee to prevent a disqualification, and back from commercial, Sasha was in control once again.
Nikki Cross tried to make a comeback with her DDT but couldn’t pin Sasha Banks, as she was exhausted from her brawl with Bayley. She persevered anyway, however, hitting a forearm and crossbody, but Banks dodged.
Sasha tried to take the win with a jackknife, and went that didn’t work, opted her the classic Banks Statement, tapping Nikki out.
Winner: Sasha Banks
Sami Zayn Demands a Decision
Sami Zayn approached Bryan one last time (or so he implied), informing the planet’s champ that he had convinced the other guys (Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura) that Bryan simply needed a little more time and that he would come around, but Sami really needed a decision.
Sami said it was okay to admit that he didn’t want to go back to the Yes Movement, he would rather move forward with them. Bryan listened to the entire speech, but before he was able to give a reply, the room went dark.
Red light filled the room and The Fiend appeared behind Bryan. Sami Zayn made a run for it, leaving Daniel Bryan to fall victim to The Fiend’s Mandible Claw.
Tyson Fury Comes Home
Tyson Fury made his way to the ring, listing his accolades in front of a hometown crowd before inviting his most recent opponent, Braun Strowman, to join him in the ring.
In an unexpected twist, Tyson Fury told Braun that he deeply respected him, because he’s the toughest competitor Fury has ever faced. The two shook hands before agreeing that the next time they fight, it should be as a tag team.
Braun had a concern though – no one in the back was stupid enough to take on such a ferocious team. No one wanted all four of those hands.
But Braun was mistaken, The B-Team were stupid enough, which Curtis Axel so wisely pointed out as they made their entrance. Tyson Fury and Braun Strowman made quick work of Curtis and Bo, leaving the ring and doing the Monster’s signature pose at the top of the ramp together.
Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose vs. Dana Brooke and Carmella
The stakes for this match were particularly high, as the winners would join Sasha Banks on the SmackDown Women’s Survivor Series team. With this in mind, Sonya Deville got the early advantage, rag dolling Carmella before hitting a clothesline.
Carmella responded with a headscissors, but Sonya and Mandy brought her budding momentum to a halt with a double-team attack. Mandy and Sonya gained two near falls in quick succession, the first with a slam from Sonya and the second via a roundhouse kick.
Carmella eventually escaped the duo, tagging Dana Brooke into the match, who had much better luck against Fire and Desire, leveling Sonya with a bulldog and a splash. When this didn’t earn the victory, Dana didn’t miss a beat, flipping from the apron and sending Sonya flying into the steel steps with a dropkick. Then, with a senton from the top rope, Dana Brooke took the win and the two spots on team SmackDown for herself and Carmella.
Winner: Dana Brooke and Carmella
Baron Corbin vs. Roman Reigns
Knowing exactly what had happened before he arrived at the arena, Roman Reigns hot started the match, flinging Baron Corbin to the outside so he could beat him down at ringside as long as he wanted, as the match had yet to begin.
When the men returned to the ring, the match started, at which point King Corbin thought he would gain the upper hand with punches to Reigns, but Reigns merely shrugged them off, tripping Corbin up for good measure.
Seeing their friend in danger, Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode appeared at ringside, ready to interfere in the match, but were flattened by Reigns before they could do so. This distraction was enough to allow Corbin to hit his Deep Six, however, which earned him a near fall.
Back from commercial, Baron Corbin had taken control, punching Roman in the face before Ziggler and Roode got back on the offensive, wearing Roman down while the referee was distracted.
Baron Corbin hit a clothesline, attempting to tap Roman out when this didn’t score the win, but Roman broke free and the two began a striking exchange, which Corbin thought he had come out on top of until Roman demolished him with a clothesline of his own.
Roman began to pick up steam from here, but in the end, Ziggler and Roode interfered for a third time, which was just too much for Reigns to overcome and he lost the match after an End of Days from Baron Corbin.
Winner: Baron Corbin
SmackDown Results (November 8 2019)
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