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Smackdown 1/29/2021: Belair vs. Bayley; Reigns/Owens Interview; Styles vs. Bryan!

Here's what's on tap for tonight's Smackdown:

  • Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens will engage in a war-of-words

  • Bianca Belair looks for payback against Bayley

This is the last Smackdown before the Royal Rumble and we're in the ThunderDome kicking things off with Daniel Bryan!! Bryan is in the ring wearing dress clothes. Bryan welcomes us to Smackdown and Royal Rumble weekend! Bryan is feeling excitement for this Sunday. He's done lots of things in his career but he's never won a Royal Rumble match. Winning means fighting for a championship in the main event of WrestleMania and no one knows what that means to a person more than him. He wants to climb that mountain one more time. "Yes" chants from the crowd! Bryan says the honest truth is he doesn't know how many more WrestleMania moments he has left. This is why he must win the rumble. Bryan says he is ready thanks to the Alpha Academy! He's ready for anything this Sunday. AJ STYLES IS HERE TO INTERRUPT!! Styles claims he's going to win the Royal Rumble. Bryan questions what Styles is doing there. Styles says it's still the house that he built. Omos says it's part of the quarterly brand invitation. Styles claims he's the gate keeper for Raw. Styles says he's been crushing people's hopes and dreams. Styles tells Bryan he thinks he has one foot out the door. Bryan says he doesn't and offers to prove it to Styles in a match tonight!! Styles would love one more warm up and shoves Bryan down! Bryan gets up but Omos steps in the way! Bryan says if Styles is a real man, he'll come out for their match without Omos. Bryan says with or without Omos, Bryan will kick Styles ass!!

Commentary shows highlights of Roman Reigns throwing Kevin Owens off the stage through a table four weeks ago. Reigns Owens will meet face to face later tonight.

Corey Graves and Michael Cole talk about what's gone down in recent weeks between Bianca Belair and Bayley including last week's obstacle challenge.

Kayla Braxton says the Styles vs. Bryan match is official. Kayla introduces her guest, Bayley. Kayla hypes Bayley as a favorite to win the women's rumble. Bayley says the last thing she saw last week was Belair lying in pain. Bayley watched Bianca's Chronicle and the thing that stuck out the most was Bianca constantly ran away from her problems. Bayley says Belair can't run from her!

Bianca Belair vs. Bayley

Belair backs Bayley to the corner early and we get a clean break. Bayley takes control with some work on Belair's left arm but Belair scoop slams her to put a stop to that. Lock up again and Bayley takes control with aggressive shots. Belair turns it around suplexes Bayley for a near fall. Bayley bails to the apron. Clean break. Bayley teases a lock up but then goes on the offensive with strikes. Sliding clothesline by Bayley for a near fall. Bayley targets the shoulder and gets another near fall. Bayley pulls Belair by her hair and Belair nails Bayley with a big right! Belair pounds Bayley and sends her into the corner. Aggressive offense from Belair as Bayley bails to the apron. Belair charges and Bayley hangs her up. Belair answers with a drop kick and a standing moonsault!! 1...2...Bayley gets a foot on the ropes! We go to a commercial.

We're back with Belair catching Bayley in mid air. Belair hits Bayley with something like an alley-oop (Big Show's move from way back). Belair with shoulders to Bayley in the corner until she runs into a Bayley knee. Bayley with an arm breaker from the second rope! 1...2...NO!!! Cole talks about Bayley and Bayley shouts at him! Great stuff there. Bayley catches Belair with a nice knee strike to the jaw!! 1...2...NO!! Bayley goes after the shoulder some more before going to the top turnbuckle. FLYING ELBOW TO THE BACK OF THE NECK BY BAYLEY!! 1...2...NO!! Belair rolls up Bayley with a crucifix for a near fall. Both ladies trade a series of near falls with different pinning combinations. Belair tries a Glam Slam but her arm gives out! Bayley charges in the corner and Belair sends her face first into the turnbuckle. KOD BY BELAIR TO BAYLEY FINISHES IT!! Good match between these two.

W: Bianca Belair via pin @ 10:46

Post match, Kayla is out to the ramp to interview Belair. Belair says she will never apologize for being herself. Belair calls beating Bayley the biggest win of her career so far. Winning the women's rumble would be even bigger. Hear me out.....Belair comes across as trying to play up the emotion of the win but it didn't come off well. Not her best promo which isn't good heading into a big match.

Commentary hypes Reigns/Owens segment for later.

AJ Styles is talking to Omos backstage when Cesaro comes to chat. We can't hear what was said.

King Corbin vs. Dominik Mysterio


Rey Mysterio is on commentary. Corbin takes Dominik to the corner. Dominik fights back. Corbin misses a charge and Dominik takes control. Dominik dives to the outside to take out Corbin. Corbin takes his time getting back in. Punches by Dominik who goes for a bulldog but Corbin counters with a back suplex. Another slam by Corbin as he stares as Rey. Corbin talks trash and delivers a stiff right hand. Another right sends Dominik to the corner. Corbin charges into a boot but is still in control. Another charge by Corbin and he hits the ring post! Missile drop kick by Dominik! Dominik flips over the top rope to land on Corbin. Near fall for Dominik! Corbin is up and Dominik goes for a 619. Corbin catches him!! Corbin tries to power bomb Dominik into the corner but Dominik counters sending Corbin to the corner. Dominik takes a hard fall off a back body drop. Dominik regains control and gets a near fall. Dominik misses a spring board drop kick while Corbin was on the apron. Corbin hangs Dominik across the top and HITS END OF DAYS TO WIN!! Too short but at least a follow up on last week's story. Corbin tries to attack Rey but Rey fights him off and hits a seated senton on the outside.

W: King Corbin via pin @ 4:41

Big E talks with Sonya Deville backstage. He offers her money to find out what number he is in the rumble. The Miz and John Morrison are here to ask where Adam Pearce is. Big E asks why they are here. Miz talks about Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens having a last man standing match. He could be looking to cash in. Deville tells everyone best of luck at the rumble. BIG E TELLS MIZ AND MORRISON THEY HAVE NO CHANCE OF WINNING THE RUMBLE. A BRAWL BREAKS OUT AND IS EVENTUALLY BROKEN UP BY OFFICIALS.

Breaking news: Cole and Graves says the #1 and #2 entry for the men's rumble will be announced on WWE Backstage. Also, Natalya faces Tamina to determine who is #30 in the women's rumble!

Commentary hypes Sasha Banks vs. Carmella for the title at the Royal Rumble. Banks is backstage and runs into Reginald who offers her a bottle of wine from Carmella. Banks flirts with Reginald and asks what's the best wine for Carmella to drink with a broken jaw. Banks hands the bottle back to him before leaving.

A video package shows the build up for Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens at the Royal Rumble. Up next is the sit down interview with both men regarding their match at the Rumble.

Commentary talks about Bad Bunny performing "Booker T" this Sunday at the Rumble.

Sami Zayn is backstage when he runs into Shinsuke Nakamura. Sami wants to know why Raw guys are here. He asks Nakamura is still with Cesaro. Sami says he helped Nakamura a lot and now he thinks Nakamura should return the favor. Sami wants Nakamura to help him win the Intercontinental title back. Sami takes credit for all of Nakamura's career highlights. Sami continues to ramble. Nakamura says he appreciates everything but....."Go to hell."

Michael Cole welcomes both men. Cole asks Owens what will be different this time. Owens says nothing because as far as he's concerned, he's already beaten Reigns twice. Owens guesses it's different because it's last man standing. Owens claims he will keep getting up and do whatever it takes to be the last man standing. Paul Heyman chimes in and says Owens will treat Reigns with respect. Reigns says Owens keeps making excuses. Reigns has a few questions of his own. Reigns asks Owens what kind of man his father was? Owens says he was great. Reigns asks if he is smart? Owens says yes and he warns Reigns not to talk about his family. Owens threatens Reigns for talking about his family. Reigns says maybe Owen's father didn't teach him. Reigns says everything revolves around him and Owens is inferior. Reigns says it's not Owens fault. Reigns says it's Owen's father's fault. Owens knows what Reigns is trying to do. Owens references the tattoos on his knuckles. Owens warns Reigns to watch what he says next. Reigns tells Heyman that he still doesn't understand. Maybe one day when his grandchildren asks Owens why they didn't acknowledge him, he'll understand. Owens says his grandparents would only want Owens to acknowledge Reigns as a jackass! Owens calls Reigns an insecure bully. Owens says his entire family is proud of him and he'll be the last man standing. Reigns leaves before Owens can finish his promo haha. Great stuff by both men!

Commentary runs down the Rumble card. Dominik, Rey Mysterio and King Corbin were added to the men's rumble match.

A video package hypes Drew McIntyre vs. Goldberg at the Royal Rumble.

Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles

Cesaro is on commentary. Great chain wrestling in the early going. It's about what you would expect and it's great. Bryan sends Styles to the corner but eats a boot. Bryan regains control with kicks of his own before working on Styles' arm. Bryan sends Styles off the ropes but Styles with a shoulder knock down. Off the ropes Styles goes but runs into a kick. Bryan goes back to the arm. Bryan with a chop in the corner and Bryan comes off the ropes only for Styles to bury a knee in his midsection. Bryan with an underhook suplex! Bryan goes to the top turnbuckle. HERE COMES SAMI ZAYN!! Styles racks Bryan on the top and Bryan falls to the floor! On the outside, Styles sends Bryan into the steps as we go to a commercial.

Back from the break, Styles stomps Bryan in the corner. Sami is still running around ringside claiming conspiracies. Bryan avoids Styles in the corner. Bryan picks up the pace and hits a clothesline. Bryan hits a running kick in the corner. More kicks by Bryan and he puts Styles on the top turnbuckle. A rana by Bryan gets a near fall. Sami pleads his case to the commentary table. Bryan with an arm breaker but Styles with a dragon screw to the leg of Bryan. Styles ties up Bryan's leg in the corner and continues to work on it. STYLES LOCKS IN THE CALF CRUSHER!!! Bryan makes it to the bottom rope. Sami criticizes the ref. Bryan hits an enziguri and back body drops Styles to the apron. Bryan avoids the Phenomenal Forearm and hits a butterfly suplex!! YES LOCK BY BRYAN!! Styles makes it to the rope. BIG E MAKES HIS WAY TO THE RING!! He's coming for Sami. BIG E ATTACKS SAMI AT RINGSIDE!! BIG E SENDS SAMI OVER THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!! CESARO TAKES OFFENSE AND HE BRAWLS WITH BIG E!! BRYAN DIVES OUT ONTO ALL OF THEM!! Styles throws Bryan back in the ring. SAMI ZAYN IS IN TO ATTACK BRYAN FORCING THE DQ!! NAKAMURA COMES TO THE RING TO JOIN THE BRAWL NOW!! Bryan, Big E, and Nakamura stand tall as we go to a commercial. Probably leading to a six man tag after the break. The stuff between Styles/Bryan was great! Too bad it was more of an angle to get to the six man tag.

W: Daniel Bryan via DQ @ 12:10

Six Man Tag Team Match

Daniel Bryan, Big E (WWE Intercontinental Champion), & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles, Sami Zayn, & Cesaro

Well would you look at that. Teddy Long must be in the house. Nakamura and Cesaro start it off and Nakamura takes control. Big E tags in and Cesaro turns the tide on him. Sami tags in and beats on Big E. Sami talks trash about being the true champ and Big E takes him out with an elbow. Near fall for Big E. Bryan tags in to deliver a couple shots to Sami. Big E tags back in and gets a near fall. Sami gets isolated in the faces corner as they make quick tags. Sami stops the momentum with a chop block to Bryan. Styles tags and continuously wraps Bryan's leg around the ring post as we go to another break. Seems like a bad spot for a commercial.

We're back with CESARO SWINGING BRYAN!! Cesaro goes right into a half crab!! Cesaro breaks and tags Styles. Styles continues to work on Bryan's legs before tagging Sami, Sami beats down Bryan while mocking Big E and Nakamura. Bryan is sent into the corner and then put on the top turnbuckle. Sami goes up with him. Bryan blocks and head butts Sami to the mat. Missile drop kick by Bryan! Big E and Cesaro tag in. Big E with a throw to Cesaro and one for Styles! Another one for Cesaro. CESARO HITS SPRING BOARD CORKSCREW ON BIG E!! Big E blocks the Neutralizer. Uranage by Big E!! Big E looks for the Big Ending. HERE COMES THE MIZ AND JOHN MORRISON!!! THEY AND SAMI ATTACK BIG E TO FORCE A DQ!! Sucks to have two DQ finishes in a row!

W: Daniel Bryan, Big E, & Shinsuke Nakamura via DQ @ 9:53

Post match, they all brawl!! OTIS COMES TO JOIN THE BRAWL!! Otis takes out Miz and Morrison with suplexes! DOUBLE CATERPILLAR TO MIZ AND MORRISON!! Another commercial. Bad timing again in my opinion.

5-on-4 Handicap Match

Daniel Bryan, Big E (WWE Intercontinental Champion), Shinsuke Nakamura, Otis, & Sheamus vs. AJ Styles, Sami Zayn, Cesaro, The Miz, & John Morrison

Bryan and Miz start it off brawling!! They go to the outside where Miz drops Bryan's bad leg on the announce table. In the ring, Miz locks in the figure four on Bryan. Sami tags in and HITS A BLUE THUNDER BOMB ON BRYAN!!! 1...2...NO!! Cesaro tags in and hits a nice stalling vertical suplex on Bryan for a near fall. Morrison tags in and delivers kicks, punches, and elbows to Bryan. Miz comes in for a moment and then Styles tags in as the heels isolate Bryan. Bryan and Styles come off the ropes and collide. Both men are down. The heels run around the ring and take out all the faces to prevent Bryan from tagging. Sami and Bryan are legal now. HERE COMES SHEAMUS!!! SHEAMUS TAGS IN TO MAKE IT 5-ON-5!! Sheamus is kicking everyone's ass now!! Sami tries roll up with no luck. IRISH CURSE BACK BREAKER TO SAMI!! Sheamus tries a Cloverleaf but it's broken up. Things are breaking down and IT'S A BIG FINISHER FEST!! SHEAMUS BROGUE KICKS THE HELL OUT OF SAMI TO WIN!!

W: Daniel Bryan, Big E, Shinsuke Nakamura, Otis, & Sheamus via pin @ 5:44

Post match, the brawl continues!! HERE COMES BRAUN STROWMAN!!! STROWMAN DESTROYS EVERYONE!!! Miz and Morrison bail and watch everyone else get wiped out!! Strowman stands tall to end the show!

Basically, the last 45 minutes of the show was matches used as an angle to get multiple Rumble participants involved and allow Braun Strowman to come back and wipe them all out. It wasn't confirmed but you'd have to assume Strowman will be in the men's Royal Rumble match.

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