WWE Friday Night SmackDown ResultsNovember 17, 2023Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.Commentary: Michael Cole, Road Dogg and Kevin PatrickResults by: Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com
WWE SmackDown kicks off with Damage CTRL walking down to the ring. Bayley welcomes everyone to the show. She says her plan to bring Asuka into Damage CTRL has to be one of the top moments in WWE history. She says the new and improved Damage CTRL is with no doubt in her mind, the strongest faction in all of WWE.
Asuka, IYO and Kairi Sane begin to speak in Japanese as Bayley laughs. Dakota says that IYO was saying this is not the new and improved Damage CTRL because someone in this ring is not part of the new and improved Damage CTRL. Dakota says that is because Asuka is not part of Damage CTRL since Bayley has not welcomed her. Bayley gets down on one knee with a tshirt in her hand and asks Asuka if she wants to be part of Asuka control. Asuka grabs the shirt as Bayley celebrates.
Dakota tells Bayley that the four of them, excluding herself, challenge Charlotte Flair to find tag team partners and to fight them at War Games.
Shotzi’s music hits and out comes the tank but no one is in it. Damage CTRL turns around and Shotzi is on the top rope and lands a cross body off the top rope. Out come Charlotte Flair and Bianca Belair. They all fight in the ring until Damage CTRL roll to the outside.
A good start to SmackDown with Damage CTRL. Flair, Shotzi and Bianca have to find a fourth member for War Games. They just said we will know tonight who is going to join them! #SmackDown— Wrestleview.com (@wrestleview) November 18, 2023
We come back from commercial and we see Shotzi, Bianca and Flair backstage. Bianca says they need a fourth member and she says she thinks Flair knows who that can be. In comes Nick Aldis who tells them he needs to know who that fourth member is by the end of the night.
Number one contender’s match – Pretty Deadly (Elton Prince and Kit Wilson) vs. The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) vs. The Brawling Brutes (Ridge Holland and Butch)
The bell rings and we are under way. Butch, Dawkins and Prince start the match. Butch with chops to the chest but Dawkins with a shoulder tackle onto Butch. Ford is tagged into the ring and they double team Butch and Prince. Dawkins is tagged back in and he stomps on Butch. Right hands by Dawkins onto Prince and Ford is tagged back in. A clothesline by Ford onto Butch. Wilson is tagged in and they double team Ford and Butch. Wilson grabs Ford and Holland is tagged in. He hits Ford with a shoulder tackle. Holland with a DDT onto Wilson. He clotheslines Wilson to the ring apron. Butch grabs Prince as Butch and Holland go for the 10 Beats of the Bodhran but Street Profits break it up. The Brawling Brutes grab the Street Profits and hit them with the 10 Beats of the Bodhran. Pretty Deadline grab the Brawling Brutes to the outside and Holland is thrown into the ring steps.
Back from commercial, Ford and Prince try to suplex Ridge in the ring but Ridge reverses it and hits them with a double suplex. Dawkins and Butch are tagged in and Butch with kicks onto Dawkins and Prince as Pretty Deadly fall to the outside. Butch with a jumping DDT onto Prince on the outside of the ring. Butch climbs the second rope and lands a moon sault onto Street Profits and Pretty Deadly on the outside. He throws Dawkins back into the ring. A reverses DDT by Butch. He goes for the cover but Dawkins kicks out. Butch with an arm bar as Dawkins gets to his feet and spins Butch, hitting him onto Prince and he slams Butch onto the mat. Holland, Ford and Wilson are tagged in. Holland knocks Ford down and Wilson knocks Holland down. Wilson climbs the top rope but Holland with a right hand. Holland climbs the second rope as Prince tags himself in. Holland with a suplex onto Wilson. Ford with a frog splash onto Holland. Prince goes for the cover but Butch breaks it up.
We cut backstage and we see Bobby Lashley watching the match. In comes B-Fab who asks her if she is watching. She says she is and that is all him. We cut back to the ring and Butch is thrown to the outside as Butch double clotheslines Street Profits and Pretty Deadly. Butch goes for a Brogue Kick onto Prince but he moves out of the way and he accidentally hits Holland. Street Profits throw Pretty Deadly to the outside of the ring and hit Holland with The Revelation. They go for the cover and get the pin.
Winners: Street Profits
They celebrate and out comes Bobby Lashley and they celebrate.
We see Bianca Belair speaking to Michin and they shake hands.
A good tag team match and the fans were into it. Street Profits had to win here but Pretty Deadly looked good too. #SmackDown— Wrestleview.com (@wrestleview) November 18, 2023
Back from commercial, Damage CTRL are beating up on Michin and WWE officials break it up.
We see clips of last week’s show with Santos Escobar attacking Rey Mysterio. We cut to a clip of Dragon Lee speaking with Nick Aldis for a match to honor Rey Mysterio. Aldis says he will take on Axium from NXT.
Dragon Lee vs. Axiom
The bell rings and we are under way. Dragon Lee with a head lock as Axiom throws him to the ropes and Dragon Lee hits him with a drop kick and Axiom falls to the outside. Dragon Lee with a senton over the top rope onto the outside. Dragon Lee throws him back into the ring. A kick to the face and right hands by Dragon Lee in the corner. A dropkick by Dragon Lee as he goes for the cover but Axiom kicks out.
Back from commercial, Axium with a drop kick and Dragon Lee to the outside of the ring. Axium runs to the top rope and lands a moon sault onto Dragon Lee. He throws Dragon Lee back into the ring. Axium climbs the top rope and jumps but Dragon Lee moves and Axium lands on his feet. Axium runs towards Dragon Lee and Dragon Lee hits him with a kick. Dragon Lee climbs the top rope but Axium with a right hand. Axium on the second rope but Dragon Lee gets him in a tree of woe and he stomps onto Axium. He goes for the cover but Axium kicks out.
Dragon Lee with a chop to the chest but Axium with a chop and right hands. He throws Dragon Lee to the ropes and Axium with a drop kick. Axium with a snap German suplex followed by a kick to the face. Axium grabs Dragon Lee but Dragon Lee with a brain buster. Dragon Lee lifts Axium up but Axium reverses it into a pile driver. He goes for the cover but Dragon Lee kicks out. Dragon Lee rolls onto the ring apron and he kicks Axium in the face. Dragon Lee climbs the top rope but Axium with a kick to the face. Axium climbs the top rope and Axium with a Spanish fly. Axium goes for the cover but Dragon Lee kicks out. Axium with a kick to the face. He runs towards Dragon Lee but Dragon Lee moves out of the way and he slams Axium onto the mat. He goes for the cover but Axium kicks out. Dragon Lee with a running knee to the face. Dragon Lee hits him with the Operation Dragon. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winner: Dragon Lee
Axium rolls to the outside of the ring. Dragon Lee stands in the ring, they look at each other and both men with a thumbs up.
Out comes Santos Escobar to the ring. Loud boos from the crowd. He says never to meet your heroes. And his family is full of licha libre heroes and his hero is Rey Mysterio. He says he wanted the next generation to see him the way he saw Rey Mysterio.
Santos says Rey became a father figure to him and he made him feel at home. But after last week, he realized that he was right. Everything he said about him was right. Dominik was right. He says he deserved to be the United States Champion but Rey became the Champion. He wanted to rebuild the LWO but Rey brought in new members like Carlito. He tells Carlito as of this moment, he is his worst enemy and what happened to Rey will happen to him. He says Rey sided with an outsider like Carlito over him.
He tells Rey all of this pain Rey is suffering, he hopes it reminds him in how he felt when Rey betrayed him. Santos says he apologizes for not doing more damage. And this one, from the bottom of his heart, he hopes his surgery doesn’t go well. He hopes he gets an infection and they have to amputate his leg. He hopes he never has to come back.
We see the LWO watching backstage and out comes Zelina Vega. Santos tells Rey he will never forgive him. Santos and Zelina argue in the ring. He says they are done as she slaps Escobar and leaves the ring.
Out come Joaquin and Del Toro. He tells them they exist because he allowed them to exist. They get in the ring and they argue in the ring. Santos tells them to leave, he doesn’t need them, he never needed them, they are dead weight, they are done. As they are leaving, Santos hits them both.
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