WWE SmackDown Results – 10/16/20 (Season Premiere, Universal Championship Match)

WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results
October 16, 2020
Orlando, Florida (Amway Center)
Commentary: Michael Cole and Corey Graves
Results by: Roy Nemer of Gist

WWE SmackDown kicks off with a new intro, highlighting the superstars which were drafted to the show. The entire WWE SmackDown locker room are on stage with Stephanie McMahon and Triple H in the ring.

Stephanie welcomes everyone to the season premiere of SmackDown. Triple H says it’s exciting, all new action and drama. Tonight, for the Universal Championship, it’s Braun Strowman against Roman Reigns. Stephanie says in their farewell match, The New Day will take on Sheamus, Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura. And Jeff Hardy will go up against Lars Sullivan.

McMahon says making his very first appearance in the Thunder Dome is Daniel Bryan. Triple H talks about some of the familiar faces on SmackDown such as Kevin Owens, Aleister Black, the Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn, Otis and defending their SmackDown Tag Team Championships The Street Profits.

A fight breaks out involving the SmackDown locker room. The fight breaks into the ring and on the outside. Lars Sullivan’s music hits and he knocks down The Street Profits. He throws Kalisto onto the barricade. He gets int he ring as Crews and Gable go after Lars but Sullivan knocks them both down. Jeff Hardy attacks Sullivan from behind. Sullivan goes after Jeff but Jeff ducks and Sullivan goes to the outside.

-Commercial Break-

Jeff Hardy vs. Lars Sullivan

The bell rings and we are under way. Jeff with a dropkick but Sullivan on his feet. Sullivan with a clothesline takes Hardy down. Sullivan slams Jeff into the corner and down goes Jeff onto the mat. A right hand by Lars as he throws Jeff across the ring. A sliding clothesline as he goes for the cover but Jeff kicks out. Lars climbs the top rope and goes for a headbutt but Jeff moves out of the way. Jeff with right hands followed by a jaw breaker.

Jeff with an atomic drop on Sullivan but Sullivan with a right hand to the body. He pushes Jeff into the corner but Jeff with an elbow to the face. Jeff climbs the top rope and lands the whisper in the wind. He goes for the cover but Sullivan kicks out. Jeff back up, he goes for the Twist of Fate but Lars pushes Jeff to the outside. Lars to the outside as Jeff jumps but Sullivan catches him and throws him onto the ring apron and back into the ring. Jeff lands the Twist of Fate. He climbs the top rope but Sullivan is on his feet.

Sullivan grabs Jeff off the top rope and lands the Freak Accident. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.

Winner: Lars Sullivan

-Commercial Break-

A promo airs hyping up Bianca Belair.

Big E, Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston are all in the ring. Big E says after the last six years, your boys the New Day, finally found something stronger than the power of positivity. And that is the WWE draft. Woods says he and Kofi will be going to Raw while Big E will stay on SmackDown. And that means for the first time, they will be split.

Kofi says they have had a week to think about it and when he went on social media, everyone reminded him of how many special moments they created. They go through some of their moments as a team. Woods says even though those moments are incredible, it means something else to them. For him, he sees two guys who didn’t have to take a chance on someone who wasn’t doing anything. They trusted him with an idea and it turned into the best six years of his life.

Big E says he thinks of the Saturday mornings having breakfast, talking about their families while he talks about his television. Kofi says he doesn’t know if he ever spoke about this but in 2012, he was in a point in his career where he didn’t know if he wanted to do this anymore. And he was approached by the both of them to do something special. Just make special moments and he is glad that they did because he knows they did a lot of great things the ring. But more importantly, he met two of the best friends he has ever had in his life.

Kofi says he considers them to be his brothers. Kofi gets emotional. Woods says tonight they are here for another reason. To get it done one last time the only way they know how and that’s because New Day rocks.

We cut backstage as Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura and Sheamus are backstage. They are asked about facing them in their farewell match. Sheamus says they are grateful to give them the farewell they deserve. Tonight they’l take great pleasure in ruining their final precious moments together.

-Commercial Break-

The New Day vs. Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura and Sheamus

The bell rings and we are under way. Nakamura is in the ring with Woods as Woods works on Nakamura’s arm but Nakamura gets Woods in the corner. Woods out of the corner and a hip toss takes Nakamura down. Woods runs to the ropes and Kofi is tagged in and they double team Nakamura. Kofi goes for the cover but Nakamura kicks out. An arm bar by Woods but Nakamura with a knee followed by a kick taking Kofi down.

Cesaro is tagged in and they double team Kofi. Cesaro with an uppercut gets Kofi in the corner. Right hands by Cesaro as he sends Kofi to the opposite corner but Kofi jums off the second rope and lands a drop kick. Woods is tagged in and they double team Cesaro. In comes Woods who lifts Big E up on his shoulders and slams him onto Cesaro. Woods goes for the cover but Cesaro kicks out.

Woods with chops to the chest onto Cesaro btut Cesaro knocks Woods down. Sheamus is tagged in and they double team Woods. Sheamus with a knee to the face. An uppercut by Sheamus as he lifts Woods up but Woods on his feet. An elbow by Woods followed by a knee to the face. Big E is tagged in and they double team Sheamus. Woods is tagged in and he lands a big splash off the top rope.

Kofi goes for the cover but Sheamus kicks out. Kofi runs to the ropes but Nakamura lowers the ropes and kicks Kofi to the outside while Cesaro distracts the referee. Nakamura is tagged in and all three men triple team Kofi on the outside. Nakamura throws Kofi back in the ring. Nakamrua goes for the cover but Kofi kicks out. Sheamus is tagged in. Right hands by Sheamus and Cesaro is tagged in as they double team Kofi in the corner.

Cesaro with a body slam followed by a leg drop. He goes for the cover but Kofi kicks out.

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