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Smackdown 1/15/2021: Contract Signing; Nakamura vs. Uso; Mysterio vs. Corbin; Bryan vs. Cesaro!

Here's what's on tap for tonight:

  • Universal Championship Contract Signing: WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns and Adam Pearce make their Royal Rumble match official

  • Rey Mysterio vs. King Corbin

  • Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jey Uso

We're in the ThunderDome and kicking off the show with highlights of last week's confrontation between Roman Reigns and Adam Pearce. Then highlights of the gauntlet match are shown. Great stuff by Reigns per usual. Back live in the back, Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman look over the contract for the Royal Rumble. Heyman says it's the same contract as always with a different event. Same verbiage as always. Heyman says there needs to be a stipulation so Reigns can teach Pearce some respect. Heyman offers to take the contract to Pearce to get it fixed and says considered this issue handled.

Jey Uso makes his way to the ring and grabs a mic. He welcomes us to Smackdown, He changes it and says welcome to the Bloodline Show. He says they run it! Not Adam Pearce, Kevin Owens, or anyone. His family calls the shots and Pearce will find that out at the Rumble. Uso hypes Reigns as the provider for all of WWE and we should be thanking him for everything we have. Jey Uso declares his entry in the Royal Rumble. Uso says he will win in and go to Raw and beat Drew McIntyre or Goldberg for the WWE Championship. Before the Rumble, he has to take care of Shinsuke. Uso talks about Nakamura's performance in the gauntlet. He praises Nakamura but says he didn't win because they didn't want him to win. They let Nakamura survive. Uso says lets see how good Nakamura really is and says Nakamura may leave tonight on a stretcher. CUE NAKAMURA!! Nakamura has a mic and says if Roman Reigns is the big dog, Uso must be the puppet and a KICK BY NAKAMURA!! We go to a commercial. The match will start afterward.

Jey Uso vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Nakamura has his old music back! Both men trade blows right from the start and Nakamura takes Uso down. Knee drop by Nakamura for a near fall. Head lock by Nakamura but Uso sends him into the ropes and knocks Nakamura down with a clothesline. Scoop slam by Uso and a pin only gets a one count. Nakamura fights back with strikes but Uso sends him hard into the turnbuckle. Uso tries to send Nakamura into the opposite corner but Nakamura counters with a kick. Knee strikes by Nakamura. Front face suplex by Nakamura and more knees to the ribs and back of Uso. Nakamura stomps Uso in the corner. Nakamura locks in a chin lock and takes Uso to the mat. Uso sent to the corner again but he blocks a kick. Uso rolls out of the ring. HERE COMES CESARO!! Cesaro is going to watch from ringside. Nakamura with a baseball slide to Uso. Nakamura sends Uso into the ring post outside as we go to a commercial.

Back from the break, Nakamura is in control in the ring. Cesaro joins commentary. We find out Cesaro is facing Daniel Bryan later. Uso knocks Nakamura to the outside and takes control. Back in the ring, Uso with lots of right hands. Cesaro is entering the Rumble as well! Uso pounds on Nakamura in the corner with kicks and a forearm. More stomps! Uso charges but Nakamura hits a kick. More kicks by Nakamura followed by a knee to the gut. Sliding knee by Nakamura. Nakamura charges in the corner but Uso decks him. Nakamura regains control with a sliding snap German!! Both men trade blows. Samoan drop by Uso!! 1...2...NO!! Nakamura misses a right hand and Uso lands strikes followed by a neck breaker!! 1...2...NO!! Uso goes up to the apron looking to go to the top but Nakamura rolls away. Nakamura hits a flying knee from the second rope!! 1...2...NO!! Nakamura looks with the Kinshasa but USO HITS A SUPER KICK!! Uso goes to the top for a splash but NAKAMURA GETS KNEES UP!! Nakamura charges but Uso avoids and rolls Nakamura up using the ropes!! 1...2...THE REF SEES USO USING THE ROPES SO HE WAIVES IT OFF!! USO ARGUES WITH THE REF ALLOWING NAKAMURA TO HIT THE KINSHASA FOR THE WIN!! Good back and forth. I'm glad Nakamura got the win and I had a fear that Cesaro would turn but it didn't happen. I wouldn't rule it out in the near future though.

W: Shinsuke Nakamura via pin @ 12:22

Commentary talks about King Corbin attacking the Mysterio family, Corbin vs. Rey tonight.

Later tonight is the premiere of Bayley's new talk show "Ding Dong, Hello!!". Her guest will be Bianca Belair.

Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce are backstage talking about the contract for his match with Roman Reigns. Heyman is here! Heyman presents the contract to Pearce that he came up with. Heyman talks about Pearce's opportunity. It's going to be No DQ. Pearce signs!!

Jey Uso argues with referee Charles Robinson about his match with Nakamura. Uso threatens him and tells Robinson to do his job correctly.

Commentary talks about the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship match from last week. Highlights are shown. Kayla Braxton is with the Street Profits backstage. Braxton says it was a valiant effort but asks if it was wise to put the titles on the line a week after being attacked by Ziggler and Roode. Ford talks about what they did in 2020 before talking about Ziggler and Roode. The Profits say they are going to run it back. The sequel will be different because even though they are down now, THE STREET PROFITS ARE UP AND THEY WANT THE SMOKE!!

Heyman takes the contract to Reigns and says it's signed and delivered. Apollo Crews is sitting with Reigns. Not sure what's going on there. Reigns says he doesn't want a No DQ match. Reigns wants LAST MAN STANDING. Reigns wants him to sign it in the ring. Commentary questions what Apollo was doing with Roman.

More highlights of Corbin and the Mysterio family.

A video package hypes that Alexa Bliss will face Asuka this Monday on Raw.

Natalya w/ Tamina vs. Liv Morgan w/ Ruby Riott & Billie Kay

Kay joins commentary. Natalya backs Liv into the ropes and cheap shots her. Liv blocks a right hand and spikes Natalya with a rana! Liv goes on the offensive. Test of strength and Liv monkey flips Natalya. Liv goes for a roll through and Natalya hangs her across the top rope. Natalya attacks in the corner and talks trash. Suplex by Natalya. Liv blocks a suplex and cradles her for a near fall. Clothesline by Natalya for a near fall. Natalya lifts Liv in a back breaker submission. Liv escapes to the apron and they trade rights. Sunset flip by Liv for a near fall. Enziguri by Liv followed by a knee to the face. Liv stomps Natalya in the corner. Natalya pulls Liv face first into the middle turnbuckle. Natalya with a discus clothesline for a near fall. Liv with a roll up for a near fall. Liv with knees to the face of Natalya for a near fall. Billie Kay chats with Tamina who isn't buying it. BILLIE KAY RUNS THROUGH THE RING TO GET AWAY FROM TAMINA. NATALYA USES THE DISTRACTION TO ROLL UP LIV FOR THE WIN!! Not very good. The Riott Squad isn't happy with Billie Kay.

W: Natalya via pin @ 4:35

More highlights from what happened last week with Corbin and the Mysterios. We get it guys.

Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik vs. King Corbin

Dominik joins commentary. Rey uses his speed to send Corbin into the turnbuckle with a rana. Corbin fires back with a clothesline that takes Rey down. Corbin takes Rey to the corner and delivers punches and knocks him down. Back suplex by Corbin for a near fall. Rey counters another suplex into a bulldog. Corbin sends Rey to the outside and then clotheslines him on the floor. Corbin pushes Dominik! Back in the ring, Corbin gets a near fall. Corbin chokes Rey across the middle rope while he stares down Dominik. Corbin takes trash and comes off the ropes with a right hand to Rey. Corbin calls Dominik a cheer leader and Rey comes back with a kick. Rey goes the top and HITS A SENTON! Rey goes for a cross body and Corbin catches him. Rey counters and GOES FOR A 619 BUT CORBIN HITS DEEP SIX!!! 1...2...NO!! Corbin charges and goes under the corner but runs into a kick. On the outside, CORBIN DECKS DOMINIK!! REY WITH A 619 TO THE BACK OF CORBIN!! In the ring, DOMINIK TRIES TO GET IN THE RING BUT REY STOPS HIM. CORBIN PUSHES REY INTO DOMINIK AND THEN HITS THE END OF DAYS TO REY FOR THE WIN!! Shorter than I expected. Corbin outsmarts the Mysterio family in route to a win.

W: King Corbin via pin @ 5:00

Adam Pearce is walking backstage when runs into Paul Heyman. Heyman says Reigns didn't sign. Heyman says Reigns agrees with Pearce that they shouldn't have a No DQ match. Heyman breaks the news to Pearce that Reigns wants a last man standing match. Pearce looks at the contract. Heyman says take your time and Pearce can address Reigns and sign in the middle of the ring tonight.

The ring is being setup for Ding Dong, Hello! There is a front door as part of the set. It's obnoxious but great! That segment is next!

Backstage, Rey is trying to calm down Dominik. Rey says don't pick a fight with Corbin without having a plan. Rey talks about Corbin's credentials. Rey says if they want to take care of Corbin, he knows just the guy to talk to!

DING DONG!! BAYLEY COMES OUT THE FRONT DOOR for her show! This is so over the top it's great!! Bayley welcomes us! Bayley introduces Bianca Belair in hilarious fashion. Belair joins the set. BAYLEY MAKES BELAIR RING THE DOOR BELL HAHAHA!! Bayley must open the door for you to enter the set! Belair sits in Bayley's chair and Bayley isn't pleased. Bayley would rather stand than sit on the stool. Bayley shows highlights of when she beat Belair a few weeks ago. She apologizes that was the wrong clip. Bayley asks Belair why she is the EST? Side note: Bayley's look is funny with her obnoxious glasses. Bayley puts Michael Cole on blast. If Belair is the EST, Bayley must be the greatest since she beat Belair. Bayley gets an idea. Bayley challenges Belair to an ultimate obstacle athlete challenge next week. Belair accepts! Belair says no one can whoop her and ding dong that!

Earlier today, Daniel Bryan is training with Otis and Chad Gable to get ready for the Rumble. Kayla Braxton interviews them and Bryan loves how they're helping him get ready. Bryan has no shame in losing to Nakamura last week. CESARO INTERRUPTS!! Cesaro claims Nakamura shook Bryan's hand because he felt sorry. Cesaro makes fun of Otis training Bryan.

Daniel Bryan vs. Cesaro

They lock up and Cesaro takes Bryan to the mat. Bryan gets up and Cesaro takes him down again with a shoulder block. Bryan turns the tide and targets the left arm. Cesaro backs Bryan into the corner and hits an elbow. Uppercuts now by Cesaro. Bryan avoids a charge and lands kicks to the leg. Bryan takes Cesaro down by the arm and continues the arm work with knees to them. Cesaro escapes and slams Bryan and follows up with forearms to the back. Both men trade strikes and Cesaro takes him down for a near fall. Bryan monkey flips Cesaro into the ropes. Cesaro landed hard on his neck!! Bryan goes to the top and DIVES TO THE OUTSIDE WITH A CROSS BODY!! Bryan delivers kicks to Cesaro who is up against the post! Cesaro moves and Bryan kicks the ring post as we go to a commercial.

We're back with Cesaro targeting the injured left leg of Bryan. Bryan fights back with uppercuts. Cesaro stomps that but Bryan goes back to the injured arm. Bryan takes him down and looks for the Yes Lock! Cesaro escapes and stomps Bryan. CESARO SWING!!! Cesaro with the Sharpshooter!! Bryan reaches for the ropes and Cesaro transitions to a crossface!! BRYAN COUNTERS TO YES LOCK!! Cesaro gets a foot on the ropes! Bryan continues to target the arm. Both men go to the top turnbuckle. Cesaro blocks a rana and SPINS IT INTO A VERTICAL SUPLEX!! WOW!! 1...2...NO!! Forearms by Cesaro and Bryan avoids a Neutralizer!! They trade counters and Bryan gets a back slide near fall. Yes Kicks by Bryan! BRYAN GOES FOR RUNNING KICK BUT CESARO SHOOTS HIM IN THE AIR AND UPPERCUTS HIM!! NEUTRALIZER BY CESARO AND HE WINS IT!! Great stuff here. My only wish is we got more!!

W: Cesaro via pin @ 11:41

Kayla Braxton is backstage with Carmella and Reginald. Carmella says Sasha Banks can't touch her. She hasn't seen Banks since she beat her two weeks ago. Carmella claims Banks is hiding from her. BANKS IS HERE AND DECKS CARMELLA!! Carmella gets back up and stands behind Reginald. BANKS SAYS CARMELLA CAN HAVE A TITLE MATCH AS LONG AS BANKS CAN HAVE A MATCH WITH REGINALD FIRST!

Apollo Crews heads to the ring for a match against Sami Zayn. Commentary talks about what Apollo may have been doing with Roman Reigns earlier. Crews vs. Zayn is next! We see highlights of Paul Heyman talking to Apollo Crews on Talking Smack.

Apollo Crews vs. Sami Zayn

Zayn is accompanied by camera man to help prove his conspiracy theory. WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E is ringside on a couch doing commentary haha. Apollo hits a drop kick right away but it's all Apollo early on. Belly to belly throw sends Sami into the ropes. Sami turns the tide and clotheslines Apollo out of the ring. Apollo regains control and hits a moonsault from the announce table. Apollo goes to the top turnbuckle but Sami knocks him off and beats on Apollo in the corner. Flying elbow by Sami for a near fall. Another near fall and another! Sami goes to the second rope but jumps into a German by Apollo. Apollo with a military press followed by an enziguri and standing moonsault for a near a fall. Sami rolls up Apollo using the tights so the ref doesn't count. EXPLODER BY SAMI SENDS APOLLO INTO THE CORNER!! APOLLO AVOIDS A HELLUVA KICK AND ROLLS UP SAMI USING THE TIGHTS TO WIN!! The ref didn't see it! Too quick to mean much but it did further Sami's conspiracy theory. Apollo confronts Big E after the match.

W: Apollo Crews via pin @ 3:16

Adam Pearce walks toward the ring holding the contract. He'll meet Roman Reigns in the ring next!

WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring along with Paul Heyman and Jey Uso. Adam Pearce makes his way to the ring with no music. Reigns and company stand awaiting Pearce. Pearce takes a seat as Reigns circles him. Reigns stands at the head of the table and doesn't want to sit. Uso makes Pearce stand up. Pearce goes to the other chair and sits. Reigns tells Pearce to sign for Last Man Standing. Pearce signs! Reigns seems pleased as Heyman hands Reigns a pin. Reigns signs and smiles. Pearce grabs a mic and says he's waited all night for Reigns to do that. Pearce leaves the ring but carries the mic with him. I have a feeling Pearce tricked him. Pearce limps up the ramp and turns around. Pearce says he got injured at the worst time. Pearce says he may not be cleared and as a WWE Official, he is allowed to name a suitable replacement! KEVIN OWENS COMES OUT AND SIGNS!! KEVIN OWENS WILL FACE ROMAN REIGNS AT THE ROYAL RUMBLE!! REIGNS LOOKS AT THEM PISSED!!! End Show.

Next Week:

  • WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: Apollo Crews vs. Big E (champ)

  • Bayley's Obstacle Course Challenge: Bayley vs. Bianca Belair

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