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WWE SMACKDOWN SEASON PREMIERE REPORT: UNIVERSAL TITLE MATCH, A CONTRACT SIGNING, THE NEW DAY SAY FAREWELL, YES . . . HE IS BACK, AND MORE

By Richard Trionfo on 2020-10-16 21:59:00

We are in Orlando, Florida and your announcers are Michael Cole and Corey Graves.

Michael and Corey talk about the changing landscape of Smackdown and WWE.  

The Smackdown roster is on the stage while Stephanie McMahon and Triple H are in the ring.

Stephanie welcomes everyone to the season premiere of Smackdown.  Hunter says season premieres are exciting because of all new drama, all new action, and all new excitement.  In the main event, Braun Strowman will face Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship.  Stephanie mentions the New Day will face Sheamus, Cesaro, and Shinsuke Nakamura in their farewell match.  Hunter mentions that Jeff Hardy will face Lars Sullivan.  Stephanie mentions that Daniel Bryan makes his Thunderdome debut.

Hunter mentions some of the new faces on Smackdown and he mentions Kevin Owens.  Stephanie mentions Aleister Black.  Hunter mentions Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn.  Stephanie mentions Otis.  Hunter mentions the new Smackdown Tag Champions . . . the Street Profits. 

Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode attack Dawkins and Ford.  It turns into an all brand battle royal  Owens with a cannonball off the apron.  Ford with a flip dive onto Roode and Ziggler.

Lars Sullivan makes his way to the ring.  Lars with clotheslines to Ford and Dawkins.  Sullivan catches Kalisto and sends him into the ringside barrier.  Sullivan takes care of Gable and Crews.  Sullivan gives Gable the Freak Accident.

Jeff Hardy hits Sullivan from behind and goes for a Twist of Fate but Sullivan escapes it.  Sullivan goes after Hardy but Hardy moves and Sullivan goes to the floor.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Jeff Jarrett is in the Thunderdome.

Match Number One:  Jeff Hardy versus Lars Sullivan

Hardy with a drop kick to the knee and a mule kick but Sullivan with a running shoulder tackle.  Sullivan with crossfaces.  Hardy holds his knee as he gets up.  Sullivan with a punch in the corner.  Sullivan picks up Hardy and tosses him to the mat and follows with a sliding clothesline for a near fall.  Lars goes to the turnbuckles and misses a diving head butt when Hardy moves.  Hardy with punches and a sit out jaw breaker.  Hardy with a forearm and he gives Sullivan a reverse atomic drop but he cannot take Sullivan to the mat and Sullivan with a forearm.  Hardy with Whisper in the Wind for a near fall.

Sullivan blocks a twist of fate and sends Hardy to the floor.  Sullivan follows and Hardy comes off the steps for Poetry in Motion but Sullivan catches Hardy and drops him on the apron.  Hardy with a kick and Twist of Fate.  Hardy goes to the turnbuckles but Sullivan is up and Sullivan grabs Hardy by the throat and hits Freak Accident for the three count.

Winner:  Lars Sullivan

The New Day make their way to the ring.

We go to commercial.

We are back with a Bianca Belair video package.

Big E says after six years, the New Day found something stronger than the Power of Positivity, the WWE Draft.  Xavier mentions that he will be going to Raw with Kofi while Big E stays on Smackdown.  Kofi says they have had a week to think about this and he says he couldn't help but have a smile on his face.  He says going on Social Media he saw all of the special moments they have given the fans.  They mention Kofi winning the World Championship at Mania.  Xavier says those moments were incredible but it means more to them.  Xavier says he sees two guys who didn't have to take a chance on someone who wasn't doing anything.  You trusted me and it was the best six years. 

Big E remembers touring on Saturday mornings while Xavier and Kofi were talking about their families and Big E was talking about his TV.  Kofi says in 2012, he was at a point in his career when he didn't think he would do this any more.  Then he was approached by you with an idea to do something special.  I am glad that you did.  We did a lot of great things in the ring, but I met two of the best friends I have ever had in my life.  Kofi tells Big E and Xavier he considers them brothers.

Xavier says they are here to get it done one last time and whoop that tail the only way they know how.

We go into Gorilla position and Sheamus, Nakamura, and Cesaro are asked how it means to face the New Day in their last match.  Sheamus says he is looking forward to saying goodbye to them.  Cesaro says they are looking forward to ruining their last match together.  Nakamura says this is goodbye to the New Day forever.

Match Number Two:  Sheamus, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Cesaro versus Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods

Nakamura and Woods start off and Nakamura with a rollup but Woods with a waist lock.  Nakamura with an Irish whip and Woods floats over and hits an arm drag into an arm bar.  Woods with a kick and Kofi tags in and Kofi with a double stompe for a near fall.  Nakamura with a knee and round kick.  Cesaro tags in and they hit a double hip toss and Cesaro kicks Kofi,  Cesaro with a European uppercut.  Kofi with a drop kick off the turnbuckles and he tags in Big E.  Kofi with a leap frog back senton and Woods tags in and he gets Big E on his shoudlers and Big E with a splash.  Woods gets a near fall.  Woods with chops but Cesaro with a European uppercut.

Sheamus tags in and they hit a Bar Shoulder tackle and Sheamus with a knee drop for a near fall.  Sheamus with a European uppercut and he gets Woods up for a slam but Woods gets to his feet and hits a rolling elbow and a running knee.  Big E tags in and Kofi tags in and Big E power bombs Woods onto Sheamus and Kofi with a frog splash for a near fall.  Kofi with a kick and Nakamura pulls down the ropes and Kofi lands on the floor. Cesaro and Nakamura tag in and they hit a triple suplex on the floor.  Nakamura gets a near fall.  

Sheamus tags in and he punches Kofi and tags in Cesaro.  Cesaro with kicks.  Kofi punches Cesaro but Cesaro with a slam and a leaping leg drop for a near fall.  Sheamus tags in and kicks Kofi and connects with a forearm.  Nakamura tags in and kicks Kofi in the head and back.  Cesaro tags in and he walks all over Kofi.  Kofi with a back heel kick and he fights out of the corner but Sheamus tags in and he pulls Kofi off the turnbuckles to the floor as we go to commercial.

We are back and Sheamus knocks Woods off the apron and Kofi with a crucifix on Sheamus for a near fall.  Kofi wtih an SOS to Sheamus and both men are down.  Cesaro and Big E tag in and Big E with two overhead belly-to-belly suplexes followed by a belly-to-belly suplex.  Big E with a Warrior Splash and he sets for the Big Ending.  Cesaro escapes and hits a gutwrench suplex.  Cesaro with a European uppercut and then Woods and Big E with a lungblower and UranagE combination for a near fall.  Cesaro sends Woods to the apron and Cesaro with a European uppercut to stop a slingshot move.  Nakamura tags in and hits a sliding German suplex for a near fall.  

Nakamura with forearms and Woods drop kicks Nakamura into the ropes.  Woods with a splash to the back and then Kofi tags in and hits a splash onto Cesaro and Nakamura.  Sheamus kicks Big E to the floor while Kofi kicks Sheamus.  Kofi goes up top and Nakamura with a kick to Kofi.  Cesaro tags in nad he gives Kofi the Giant Swing and Nakamura with a kick.  Sheamus with White Noise for a near fall.  Big E with a Big Ending to Cesaro.  Woods with a missile drop kick to Nakamura.  Sheamus sends Woods to the floor.  Kofi with a head butt to Sheamus and Sheamus goes shoulder first into the turnbuckles.  Woods and Big E tag in and they hit Midnight Hour for the three count.

Winners:  Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods

The New Day hug in the ring.

Kayla Braxton is in the back with Otis Dozovic.  Kayla asks Otis about the lawsuit over the contract.  Sami Zayn interrupts because Otis isn't used to talking for himself.  Sami points out that Otis lost his tag team partner and girlfriend so he will probably lose the lawsuit.  Sami calls Otis a loser and Otis pushes him down.

Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring.  

We go to commercial.

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