Check out the preview, matches announced and start time for WWE Friday Night SmackDown episode of 29 January 2021(1/29/2021)- the go-home show for Royal Rumble 2021 PPV.
Date- 29 January 2021
Location- Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL, US
Time- 8 PM EST(30 January 2021 1 AM GMT/6:30 AM IST)
Kevin Owens & Roman Reigns Sit Down to Talk
For continuous weeks now, Roman Reigns ended up being on the losing side in terms of morale. First, Adam Pearce replaced himself with Kevin Owens in the match at Royal Rumble. Then, Owens gave him a brutal beatdown last week- first of its kind since Roman’s heel turn.
As Roman & Owens sit down to talk with Michael Cole, what will they have in store? Will Roman responds in a more aggressive, cruel and sadistic manner after that beatdown?
Bianca Beliar vs Bayley
Last week, we saw Bianca Beliar defeating Bayley in an Obstacle Course challenge comfortably. After that segment, Bayley jumped on Beliar in frustration.
Beliar will be going into the match with back to back pins from Bayley in their last three encounters(one singles, two tag team matches). Will the win in the Obstacle Course give her some confidence?
Who Else Will Declare for Royal Rumble?
18 men and 12 women participants have announced themselves for the respective Royal Rumble matches. This means there are over 30 places still left to be announced. Even if we leave some surprise appearances and the announcement at WWE Backstage aside, there are still significant spots left to be filled.
Apart from the Rumble matches, the match is also not believed to be finalized. Sasha vs Carmella title match was announced last week, but we are not sure if it was for Royal Rumble itself. Will the Intercontinental title clash be added to the match card then?
Last Week SmackDown Recap
- Roman Reigns slandered Adam Pearce. Pearce takes a shot at Paul Heyman and challenged him for a match. Heyman accepts the challenge.
- Sami Zayn protests at the ramp with a #JusticeforSami signboard.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Asuka & Charlotte Flair defeated The Riott Squad(Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan). Billie Kay unintentionally cost Riott Squad the match.
- Cesaro calls for an open challenge after interrupting Daniel Bryan. Dolph Ziggler answers the challenge and gets beaten.
- Roman tells Heyman that he should go and fight against Pearce on his since he has accepted the challenge.
- Sasha Banks defeated Reginald(Carmella’s Sommelier) in an intergender match.
- Sonya Deville, second in charge to Adam Pearce, tells Street Profits to get their injuries healed before another title shot.
- Big E vs Apollo Crews Intercontinental Championship match ended in a DQ after Sami Zayn attacks both men.
- Bianca Beliar defeated Bayley in the obstacle course challenge even after getting harder challenges. Bayley attacks Beliar afterward.
- King Corbin defeated Dominik Mysterio in a quick match.
- Roman Reigns replaced Paul Heyman in the match against Adam Pearce. Kevin Owens attacks Reigns and took him down before the show ended.
You can check complete results from SmackDown 22 January 2021 episode here.