The October 4 2019 edition of SmackDown, out of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, 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 #1050 of SmackDown by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
The Man, The King, & The Rock
After Stephanie and Vince McMahon made a brief appearance, Becky Lynch made her way to the ring to kick off the first episode of Friday Night SmackDown. But she had barely stepped between the ropes when King Corbin’s music hit.
Baron Corbin joined her in the ring, informing her that the only suitable person to open SmackDown was obviously the king. Which prompted the real king of SmackDown, The Rock, to make his entrance.
As expected, The Rock got the audience insanely hype for the show with a combination of catchphrases and insults lobbed at King Corbin, including dubbing him the “super tough dude” (STD) of WWE.
Baron Corbin took exception to these insults, and though he didn’t look particularly keen on taking on both The Rock and The Man, took his crown and cape off and prepared for a fight. And of course was promptly leveled with a People’s Elbow, a Rock Bottom, and a leg drop from Becky Lynch.
Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks and Bayley
Becky Lynch remained in the ring for her tag team match with Charlotte Flair against The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection.
Charlotte and Becky got the early advantage, and though they were momentarily overtaken by Sasha and Bayley’s double-team tactics, they quickly regained the upper hand.
The Queen connected with a Natural Selection on Bayley and would have taken the victory then, but Sasha Banks broke up the pin. This caused a brawl to break out between all four women, out of which Charlotte and Becky came out on top.
After Becky Lynch flattened Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair moonsaulted onto both Sasha and Bayley on the outside. Back in the ring, Charlotte locked in the Figure Eight while Becky Lynch kept an eye on Sasha Banks, ensuring that there would be no interference, allowing Charlotte to keep Bayley in the submission long enough to tap her out.
Winner: Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch
Firefly Fun House
With Seth Rollins in the ring for his match against Shinsuke Nakamura, Bray Wyatt decided to make his presence known by introducing the new audience to his Fun House friends.
When he got to Ramblin’ Rabbit, however, the bunny was covered head to toe in Seth Rollins gear, professing himself Rollins’ biggest fan. Bray Wyatt wasn’t too impressed with this, and had a great idea – why not show Seth Rollins what awaited him at Hell in a Cell?
Wyatt trapped Ramblin in a small cage with Mercy the Buzzard, who wasted no time in tearing the rabbit to shreds. Bray Wyatt lifted the pieces of the tattered rabbit in his hands and laughed maniacally to end his show.
Seth Rollins vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Champion vs. Champion Match
With Sami Zayn at ringside to cheer him on, Shinsuke Nakamura went to work against the Universal Champion Seth Rollins. Shinsuke hot started the match, which overwhelmed Rollins for a second or two, but the Universal Champ rapidly picked up steam.
As he prepared for the Curb Stomp, however, the lights flickered, signaling the arrival of The Fiend. Rollins made a run for it, getting all the way to the stage before the eerie screeching sound filled the arena. As the lights continued to flicker, we saw Shinsuke Nakamura in the ring and Rollins on the stage, and it appeared as though The Fiend might go after the Intercontinental Champ instead.
But he appeared behind Seth Rollins on the stage, laying him out with a Mandible Claw before throwing him from the stage as a second preview of what he can expect this Sunday.
Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon
Loser is Fired from WWE Ladder Match
Kevin Owens made his entrance first, waiting in the ring for his opponent, but when Shane O’Mac took a little too long with his “best in the world” pomp and circumstance, Owens sprinted toward him on the ramp, starting the match before he ever made it to the ring.
Knowing that he had to defeat Shane McMahon in order to keep his job, on top of the simple desire to beat him to a pulp for Shane’s treatment of him for the past few months, Kevin Owens took control of the match early.
KO beat Shane down with a ladder moments after the action began, but it didn’t appear to hinder Shane much at all, as he laid Kevin out on the announce table, pummeled him with a piece of it, then dove from the top rope onto him.
Seconds after coming back from commercial, however, Kevin was frog splashing from the top rope directly onto Shane McMahon, who was lying across a ladder propped between the ring and the barricade.
With Shane down, Kevin ascended a ladder toward the contract hanging above the ring, but Shane revived himself just in time, smashing a chair over Kevin’s legs to stop his climb.
Shane set Kevin up in the corner with a ladder blocking him in, climbed the ropes opposite, and flew across the ring in a Coast to Coast, slamming the ladder into KO’s face. Shane began the climb toward the briefcase, but was powerbombed off and onto a ladder before he could reach the top.
This took Shane out for good, allowing Kevin Owens to ascend to the briefcase, take the contract, and fire Shane McMahon, hitting him with a Stunner before he left the ring for good measure.
Winner: Kevin Owens
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Heavy Machinery, Braun Strowman, and The Miz vs. AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler, and Robert Roode
Eight-Man Tag Match
The Miz started the match off for his team, and very quickly almost lost the match after an encounter with Braun Strowman, but AJ Styles broke up the pin.
But this didn’t slow Braun Strowman down in the slightest, who jumped out of the ring and did a lap, taking out every member of the opposing team he passed. Strowman became distracted with Tyson Fury, who was seated at ringside, which Dolph Ziggler tried to take advantage of and was launched face-first into the ring post for his efforts.
Strowman threw Ziggler straight into Tyson Fury, who had stood to make himself level with The Monster, which he clearly did not appreciate. Fury jumped the barricade attempting to fight Braun Strowman, and though he was restrained by a huge group of officials, it feels likely that we will see these two again in the future.
Winner: Braun Strowman, The Miz, and Heavy Machinery
24/7 Championship Shenanigans
Backstage, R-Truth and The Bella twins were shown talking to Marshmello when they were approached by 24/7 Champion Carmella. Seizing his opportunity at greatness, Marshmello ambushed Carmella, running off with the title with Heavy Machinery in tow, armed with a bucket of chocolate and a handful of graham crackers.
Later, Marshmello was just about to leave the arena with the title in hand but was met with R-Truth (also in a Marshmello mask) when he opened the door of his getaway car. As he backed away from the car, Carmella (also in a Marshmello mask) rolled him up and took the championship back.
Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan
With Daniel Bryan at the announce table and a multitude of Superstars surrounding the ring ready to attack if either man left the bounds of the ropes, Roman Reigns took on Erick Rowan ahead of their tag match at Hell in a Cell on Sunday.
Soon after the match began, the action spilled out of the ring. Roman Reigns was overtaken by the lumberjacks, but Erick Rowan merely fought them off, forcing them away from him as he focused in on an already “injured” Reigns.
While Roman Reigns slowly but surely began to wear Rowan down in the ring, Daniel Bryan spoke about how much it hurt to be betrayed by his best friend Rowan, and that he still didn’t like Roman, but fully believed in the saying, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
Seeing his friend losing his grip on the match, Luke Harper sprinted down the ramp to assist Erick Rowan but was met with a dive from Roman Reigns. Rowan was willing to do anything to win, including using Ali as a weapon, and Luke Harper was there to interfere in any way he could, but Daniel Bryan wasn’t about to sit back and allow his tag partner to be outmanned, he needs Roman fresh for Hell in a Cell, after all.
Daniel Bryan took Luke Harper out, giving Roman Reigns a fair shot at Erick Rowan. Reigns dropped Rowan to end the match, shaking hands with his future partner as a sign of goodwill.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Brock Lesnar
WWE Championship Match
The second the opening bell rang, Brock Lesnar had Kofi Kingston in his clutches, lifting him high in the air and throwing him down in an F5, winning the match and the championship practically before it ever began.
Brock Lesnar had just begun his celebratory grinning with his advocate Paul Heyman when Rey Mysterio’s music hit. And he didn’t come alone. At his side was Cain Velasquez, one of the only men to best Brock Lesnar inside of the octagon.
Cain marched straight to the ring, stepping in and flooring Brock Lesnar, unleashing a vicious barrage of strikes on the new champ. Lesnar escaped and fleed the ring before suffering too much damage, but The Beast definitely looked shaken by the encounter.
Cain stood tall in the ring with Rey Mysterio to close the show, reminding Brock Lesnar who the real monster is.
Winner: Brock Lesnar
WWE SmackDown Results (October 4 2019)
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