The November 20th episode of SmackDown aired live from Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. It was the first episode of SmackDown following WWE Survivor Series 2018. In addition to the takeaways below, New Day defeated The Bar in a Feast Fight tonight on SmackDown.
Here are 6 takeaways from the show:
6 Paige Fined Charlotte $100,000
Charlotte Flair came down to the ring and boasted about beating the hell out of Ronda Rousey at Survivor Series. Charlotte claimed that she was very proud of her actions and will not apologize.
Charlotte stated that she enjoyed every second beating Rousey’s ass and that this Sunday was for her girls in the locker room and the champ. The crowd chanted “Becky!” as Flair she said that she fought for Becky Lynch this Sunday.
Flair added that Ronda bowed down to the Queen and SmackDown GM Paige interrupted. Charlotte vowed to stomp on Ronda’s head over and over is Ronda sticks her head in her business.
SmackDown GM Paige brought up Charlotte putting her hands on five WWE referees at the PPV. Paige fined Charlotte $100,000 and then the IIconics joined the party. Billie Kay and Peyton Royce insulted Charlotte and Flair challenged one of them to a fight as SmackDown went to a commercial break.
5 Charlotte Flair Beat Down The IIconics
Charlotte battled Billie Kay tonight on SmackDown. Flair started off the match in control and went for the Figure Four but Billie rolled out of the ring.
Charlotte rolled her back into the ring but Billie Kay once again rolled outside. Flair followed her but Peyton Royce distracted her. Billie Kay capitalized with a boot and brought Charlotte back into the ring.
Bille bashed Charlotte’s face into the middle turnbuckle and stomped on her in the corner of the ring. Peyton Royce hit Flair with a cheap shot and then Kay connected with another big boot for a two count.
Flair powered to her feet and planted Kay with a Fallaway Slam. Charlotte followed it up with the Natural Selection for the pinfall victory. After the match, Charlotte challenged Peyton Royce to a fight. Peyton hesitated but finally got inside the ring.
Royce immediately retreated to the outside as SmackDown went to another commercial break. The match started during the commercial and Flair beat down Royce in the corner of the ring.
Charlotte launched Peyton out of the ring and hit her with a series of chops against the barricade. Royce took back control and brought Flair back into the ring. Billie Kay hit Charlotte with a cheap shot while Peyton distracted the referee.
Flair battled back and lifted Peyton up for a Fallaway Slam. Billie Kay attacked Charlotte from behind and the match ended in a DQ. The IIconics threw Charlotte out of the ring and tried to grab a chair from the timekeeper’s area.
Charlotte got up and took them both out with a Spear. Flair then bounced both of their heads of the announce table several times. Charlotte slammed Billie Kay into the barricade and followed it up with a knee to the face.
Flair slammed Royce into the steel steps and then launched both The IIconics over the announce table. Charlotte then stood on top of the announce table and posed as the crowd applauded.
4 The Miz Tried To Form A Tag Team With Shane McMahon
The Miz came down to the ring to “Miz is awesome!” chants. Miz said it was an absolute honor to fight alongside Shane McMahon at WWE Survivor Series. The Miz then welcomed the SmackDown Commissioner down to the ring as his guest.
Miz said that it was only fitting that they were the last two standing at SmackDown. The Miz claimed that he helped motivate Shane last night to hit two Coast to Coast Dropkicks and an Elbow Drop through the announce table.
The Miz then asked Shane McMahon if he will team up with him. Miz said he saw a fighter, survivor and a champion in Shane McMahon at Survivor Series. The Miz then asked Shane to team him up with him right now and introduced a a local talent tag team called “The Bryants”.
The Miz hit a big boot to one of the Bryants to start off the match and then danced around the ring. The Miz asked Shane if he wanted to tag in for the pinfall attempt. Bryan then rolled up The Miz for the victory. Shane laughed at Miz from the ring apron after the match.
3 Naomi & Asuka Defeated Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose
Naomi and Asuka faced Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose on this week’s episode of SmackDown. Mandy rose and Naomi started off the match. Naomi threw Mandy across the ring and to the apron. Asuka and Naomi followed it up with Hip Attacks to Mandy and Sonya as SmackDown went to a break.
When SmackDown returned, Mandy Rose tagged in and hit Naomi with a knee to the face for a near fall. Mandy brought Naomi to the corner and stomped on her several times. Deville tagged in as the crowd chanted “we want Asuka”.
Asuka and Rose tagged in and traded shots in the middle of the ring. Mandy accidentally bumped Deville on the ring apron and Asuka hit her with a Belly to Back Suplex. Asuka followed it up with a Shining Wizard and went for the cover but Mandy Rose kicked out at two.
Deville got back on the ring apron and tagged herself in. Mandy almost hit Deville once again by accident but stopped herself at the last second. Naomi hit Mandy with the Hip Attack and Asuka connected with a kick to Deville’s head. Asuka then applied the Asuka Lock to Deville for the submission victory.
2 Daniel Bryan Said That The Yes Movement Is Dead
WWE Champion Daniel Bryan came down to the ring to a mixed reaction. It was announced during his entrance that AJ Styles will get his rematch for the title at WWE TLC.
Bryan said that he doesn’t expect these people to understand this, this is for “you”. Bryan said that Daniel Bryan committed an act of betrayal three years ago when he announced his retirement. He added that Daniel Bryan’s betrayal began three years ago when he gave up on his dreams.
Daniel added that the difference between Daniel Bryan and these people is that he does not accept failure. He reflected on spending three hours a day in a hyperbaric chamber and how it allowed him to create his new mantra “fight for your dreams and your dreams will fight for you”.
Bryan brought up receiving the loudest “yes!” chant he had ever heard when he returned and it was a great moment. Daniel said that to these people it was just a moment and they weren’t there for the struggle he went through.
Daniel claimed that the crowd moved on and called them idiots for chanting for AJ Styles. Bryan shouted “fickle!” over and over before saying that Daniel Bryan’s dreams did what they were programmed to do and kick AJ Styles in the balls.
Bryan added that his dreams made him realize that he didn’t need these people for anything. Daniel claimed that his dreams told him that he won for allowing Brock Lesnar to beat the weakness out of him and that there would be a new emergence after that match.
Daniel stated that the old Daniel Bryan that these people loved is dead. Bryan added that the Yes Movement is dead and that all that is left is the new Daniel Bryan. Daniel raised the WWE Championship and shouted that the only thing that matters is that you never give up on your dream ever again.
Bryan told the ring announcer to say “here is your WWE Champion, the new Daniel Bryan. Daniel posed with the title on the announce table for a bit before making his way backstage.
1 Randy Orton Defeated Rey Mysterio & Removed His Mask
Rey Mysterio battled Randy Orton in the main event of this week’s episode of SmackDown. Mysterio and Orton locked up to start off the match. Rey connected with an Enziguri that sent Orton to the ropes. Rey went for the 619 but Orton escaped out of the ring. Mysterio hit Orton with a Senton off the apron and rolled him back inside.
Mysterio climbed up to the top rope but Randy tripped him up. Orton tried to rip off Mysterio’s mask but Rey blocked it. Orton tied Mysterio up in the Tree of Woe as SmackDown went to a commercial break.
When SmackDown returned, Orton was once again trying to take Mysterio’s mask off. Rey prevented it again and went for a Dropkick but Orton got out of the way. Mysterio battled back and connected with a Leg Drop off the top rope for a near fall.
Mysterio went for the 619 but Orton blocked it. Rey went for the 619 a third time and finally connected. Orton rolled out of the ring and Mysterio hit him with a Dropkick. Mysterio went for his sliding Splash outside the ring but Orton countered into an awesome RKO. Orton brought Rey inside the ring and hit another RKO for the pinfall victory.
Orton then wrapped the steel chair around Rey’s neck and slammed him into the ring post. Randy then ripped off Mysterio’s mask and raised it in the air to a chorus of boos as SmackDown went off the air.