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WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Ratings, Reactions and Highlights from October 21st | News, Scores, Highlights, Statistics & Rumors

WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, Ratings, Reactions and Highlights on October 21

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    A rendezvous with Undisputed WWE Universal champion Roman Reigns on Nov. 5 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia can wait, but a SmackDown return was first for Logan Paul on Friday night.

    What kept fans of the social media megastar and The Bloodline in store before the massive crash?

    The answer to this question, along with a defense of the Women’s Tag Team Championship by Damage CTRL’s Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky, was expected on the October 21 Fox broadcast.

Sheamus vs. Solo Sikoa

2/8

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    Sheamus and Solo Sikoa ignited a rivalry a week ago as part of the Fatal 4-Way Match to determine the #1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship. On Friday night, they faced each other for the first time in the singles competition.

    A physical match to kick off the show never quite hit the high quality of Sheamus’ last games, but it was still better than most and helped establish Sikoa as the top player on the main roster.

    The second-generation star absorbed The Celtic Warrior’s punishing offense, then took advantage of a distraction from his Bloodline teammates and recorded the win with a uranage.

    After the match, heels brutally attacked Sheamus, injuring his arm and standing tall to close the segment.

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    Sheamus is in the middle of the biggest in-ring run, if that makes any sense. The whole “stunning” thing isn’t just a slogan, it’s a fact. With each passing week and months or even years doing great things between the ropes, we’ll look back at this run and praise it accordingly.

    The feud between The Bloodline and Brawling Brutes is one we couldn’t have imagined at the beginning of the year, but it’s exactly what this show needs right now, especially with Reigns’ inconsistent appearances.


    Conclusion

    Sikoa defeated Sheamus


    Level

    B


    Best Moments

  • A Bray Wyatt bumper interrupted The Brawling Brutes entry, resulting in the ex-WWE and Universal Champion’s appearance.
  • Sami Zayn put his arm on Jey Uso’s chest and prevented him from intervening as Roman Reigns took over the Right Hand Man.
  • Sikoa sent a Samoan Drop from the center string, driving Sheamus onto the mat and his injured shoulder.
  • Bloodline took Ridge Holland and Butch out of the equation by burying them under the announce table.

Statement by Bray Wyatt

3/8

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    Backstage, Bray Wyatt continued last week’s promo with a different tone.

    He spoke to the camera, but who he was actually talking to remained a mystery. The fans she addressed a week ago or the masked man who interrupted her?

    Whatever the case, it was another fascinating introduction from one of the best orators in the industry, creating the intrigue and mystery surrounding what exactly this incarnation of his character would become.

    That was great, and given the lightning-fast pace of the wrestling world, it’s a welcome change to see Wyatt, Triple H and the creative forces take the time to tell this story without rushing it.


    Level

    A


    Best Moments

  • “I admit I have problems. I know I have problems. I’ve always had problems. It’s not hard for people to see that.”
  • “I needed you. I needed you all. You pulled the spears out of my ribs and pulled me up.”
  • “I’m grateful for that. Because I can see it now. I know who you are. I know what you want.”
  • “I know I will do terrible, terrible things along the way, but I won’t feel sorry for them. I’m just a maid now. I go where the circle takes me.”

Liv Morgan vs Sonya Deville

4/8

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    After losing the SmackDown Women’s Championship to Ronda Rousey at Extreme Rules, a change in attitude and a backstage defeat by Sonya Deville a week earlier, Liv Morgan had a one-on-one battle with the former WWE official.

    Morgan was intense, aggressive and unstable here, daring to punish Deville with different attacks from his arsenal. After absorbing everything she wanted, she fought Deville to the point where both women counted.

    Unimpressed, Morgan created a pile of steel chairs in the middle of the ring and began to give them a superplex, causing pain and suffering to both his opponent and himself.

    The match itself was secondary to the character development showcased here. Morgan was touched by the defeat at Rousey’s hands, and everyone, including himself, is paying the price.

    He rejoices in the suffering of his opponents and himself, and is ready to do whatever it takes to remedy it. Who knows where this goes and how far Morgan’s character change will go, but this is a great way to keep him in the spotlight even after losing the title.


    Conclusion

    Morgan and Deville fought for a double count


    Level

    C+


    Best Moments

  • Morgan wore Harley Quinn-inspired sportswear and maybe hats off to the inspiration behind her new onscreen personality.
  • Deville shook Morgan with his knee to take control of the match from the ex-champion.
  • Michael Cole pointed out that Morgan’s recent performances lacked aggression, and he found himself on the defensive as a result.
  • Deville slapped Morgan repeatedly, who dared him to smile and fetch more. Pride Warrior did, but only for two issues.
  • “He’s a sadist, a masochist and out of his mind!” Wade Barrett shouted.

Braun Strowman and Omos Face to face

5/8

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    On Monday, MVP issued a warning to Braun Strowman on behalf of Omos that they will face The Monster of All Monsters on SmackDown. Strowman was unimpressed, calling the former US champion and colossal giant into the ring.

    Back and forth with the MVP led to a Crown Jewel match between Strowman and Omos, followed by a confrontation in which the tall man knocked Strowman to the ground in a show of superiority.

    The segment was mercifully short and heavy in his MVP speech. This made it both effective and successful, something that would otherwise not have happened. The match itself will likely be less than stellar, but it’s been booked as an attraction up until this point.

    This was no different.


    Level

    C


    Best Moments

  • “On behalf of Nigerian giant Omos, I accept” Strowman’s challenge to a match at Crown Jewel, the MVP said.
  • “I never said Omos wasn’t here,” the MVP said before stepping through the giant curtain and into the arena.
  • Strowman hugged Omos, then grinned at his approaching rival. Omos responded by pushing the former Universal champion to the ground. “Okay, big boy,” Strowman said as the comment team questioned whether he had been exposed.
  • Backstage, Drew McIntyre announced that he will face Karrion Kross at Crown Jewel in a Steel Cage Match.

Women’s Tag Team Championship Match: Raquel Rodriguez vs. Shotzi. Damage CTRL

6/8

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    The team of Raquel Rodriguez and Shotzi may have formed after Aliyah’s injury, but the unlikely duo escalated into contention for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship, and on Friday they challenged Damage CTRL’s Iyo Sky and Dakota Kai for gold.

    Bayley watched the baby-faces roll early from ringside, then cheered them up as he cut Shotzi and coached him through the break. Rodriguez exploded in the match, but the tornado from Sky was stopped by DDT.

    The action led to Sky pinning Shotzi following the moon attack, with plenty of action leading up to interference from Bayley.

    The match was pretty good, but the rear was a bit rushed. So much happened in the closing moments that it all felt clogged up in a matter of minutes, resulting in a sloppy moment or two that could have been avoided with a little more room to breathe.

    Still, the audience bought Shotzi and Rodriguez as a team, which is a great sign for them and the women’s tag team division. The heels won, the opponents looked strong in defeat, and all was well in the world.


    Conclusion

    Sky and Kai defended by defeating Shotzi and Rodriguez.


    Level

    B-


    Best Moments

  • Shotzi jumped from Rodriguez’s shoulders onto the champions in the ring.
  • Kai sucked Shotzi to follow him… towards a missile fire from Sky, tagging him blind in the match.
  • Shotzi overcame the isolation from her partner, created a breakup, and made the hot tag to Rodriguez.
  • Hurricane DDT from Sky’s top rope to Rodriguez was one hell of a spot.
  • Ronda Rousey told Kayla Braxton in a speech to Kayla Braxton, “I ripped that title from Shiny Cinderella to piss them off. They want their favorites to win, not the best. Now, they get the best.” by fans who responded with hatred for his greatness.
  • Another cryptic Wyatt video has been released, apparently ending with a close-up of a new character. One word spoken? “What’s up.”

Rey Mysterio vs. Ludwig Kaiser

7/8

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    Backstage, Legado del Fantasma cut a promo from the backstage locker room announcing the impending domination of SmackDown. Hit Row wasn’t impressed watching elsewhere. B-Fab directed Top Dolla and Ashante Thee Adonis on an unknown mission.

    In the arena, Ludwig Kaiser of the Imperium battled Rey Mysterio, the new #1 contender for Gunther’s Intercontinental Championship.

    Faced with the challenge of a talented pro wrestler and the presence of his Imperium teammates in the ring, Mysterio was inspired by his late friend Eddie Guerrero and lied, cheated and stole his way to victory.

    With Gunther and Giovanni Vinci being kicked out of the ring, he took advantage of the one-on-one situation and pushed the Kaiser away for the win.

    It was a fun job that proved that Mysterio could hang with the young, up-and-coming stars of the SmackDown brand. It was also proof that she wouldn’t hesitate to borrow money from the guys who helped shape her career to save herself from the pickle when needed.

    It will be interesting to see what Gunther pulls out to offset his raw brutality when he challenges The Ring General for the IC title.


    Conclusion

    Mysterio defeated Kaiser.


    Level

    B


    Best Moments

  • After a dubious point of seeing the Kaiser out of position, Mysterio fired up some old scrimmages with the speed and clarity only he could provide.
  • Mysterio took a page out of Eddie Guerrero’s book and threw a steel chair at Gunther. The future Hall of Famer hit the floor and faked an injury, causing Gunther and Giovanni Vinci to be banned from ringside.

Logan Paul Closing the Show

8/8

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    Logan Paul returned to Ohio and SmackDown to interrupt Roman Reigns’ main event promo ahead of his shot at the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship at the Crown Jewel.

    He was hot and excited, giving his words not a ton of time to breathe, but the crowd’s voice was clearer than before.

    Jey Uso’s sneak attack put him on the defensive, but the appearance of Sami Zayn is a distraction that allows the social media megastar to wave Uso with one right hand and lie to him, leaving Zayn stunned to close the show.

    This worked for Paul as a continuation of the split between Uso and Zayn, along with more exposure on camera ahead of the upcoming premier live event title match.

    Despite a warning against it, Uso bypassed Paul and put The Bloodline to shame. This will not please Reigns when he returns and will create more conflict within the faction.

    The kind of disagreement that could distract The Tribal Chief before a high-stakes match.

    Great stuff to close the show.


    Level

    B+


    Best Moments

  • “I’ve been in doubt all my life and look where I am now!”
  • Paul is a guy who joked about Solo Sikoa, “He calls himself ‘Solo’ but personally I’ve never seen him alone”.
  • “No one expects me to come in the ring with GOAT and really win. But what if I do?” Paul asked. This is a great quote and concept that should be built around all hostility.

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