WWE SmackDown episode of January 21, 2022 episode will continue to build towards Royal Rumble 2022 event. The show will air from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN, US.
Charlotte Flair vs Naomi Smackdown Women’s Championship contender match is announced for the show. The Bloodline will celebrate Roman’s record-breaking Universal title reign. Kofi Kingston will take on Madcapp Moss.
Keep on reading for complete details on WWE Friday Night SmackDown episode of January 21, 2022.
- Show – WWE SmackDown
- Date – January 21, 2022
- Location – Bridgestone Arena,Nashville, TN
- Time – 8 PM EST
- Commentators – Pat Mcafee & Michael Cole
- Interviewers – Kayla Braxton, Megan Morent
- Ring announcer – Mike Rome
Match Card & Results
- Kofi Kingston defeated Madcapp Moss in a singles match via pinfall.
- Aliyah defeated Natalya in a singles match via disqualification.
- The Viking Raiders(Erik & Ivar) defeated Los Lotharios(Humberto & Angel) in a tag team match via pinfall.
- Charlotte Flair defeated Naomi in WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender Match via submission.
- Sheamus defated Ricochet in a singles match via pinfall.
- Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens defeated The Usos(Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso) in a stag team match via disqualification.
The Bloodline Celebration
The show opens with a recap of last week’s promos between Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins and how The Usos attacked Rollins on RAW earlier this week. The Usos are in the ring and they say they are here for one reason only – to celebrate Roman Reigns’ record of 508 days as the Universal Champion. They hype how no one else like Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens or Brock Lesnar, has been Universal Champion this long. Roman Reigns makes his entrance and stands tall in the ring with the Usos on either side.
Roman asks for a mic before The Usos take us to a video package of Roman’s title reign. Roman was about to start his promo when Seth Rollins’ music hits and he comes out. Pat McAfee says Rollins is in a bathrobe. Rollins stands on the stage and starts his promo saying we should celebrate the fact that the title reign will end very very shortly. Rollins says he is grateful that Roman made an honest man of himself when he said Roman was handed everything. Rollins reminds how Roman sent the Usos to send a message to him on RAW.
Rollins says Roman could have just sent him a text. Rollins then compares how the Usos are the one helping him out on every turn just like he and Ambrose helped him in the Shield. Roman replies and says Rollins need not worry about the Usos since they will not be there ringside at Royal Rumble. Rollins wants a tag match against The Usos and if he wins, The Usos will be barred from ringside at Royal Rumble.
Roman was thinking about it but Jey interjects and says he accepts the challenge. Jey wondered who will partner with Seth since no one likes him. Kevin Owens’ music hits and he comes out. Owens says he likes Rollins and will be his partner. Roman cuts him off and adds the stipulation that if Rollins & Owens lose, Rollins will lose his title shot at Rumble, and he will go on vacation until WrestleMania. Rollins agrees.
Kofi Kingston vs Madcapp Moss
Happy Corbin & Madcapp Moss are in the ring. Corbin says first they send Drew McIntyre injured, then Moss steamrolled Kofi last week. Moss says the Hand of the King Kofi Kingston is just a disembodied hand with King Xavier gone. Kofi comes out and he has Big E with him.
Kofi starts with a side headlock and Moss hits a shoulder tackle coming off the ropes. Kofi hits a dropkick, flying clothesline and boom drop. Corbin runs a distraction on the apron and Moss attacks Kofi from behind. Moss throws Kofi to the floor but he avoids a whip to the steel steps. Kofi hits a flying clothesline on Moss from the steel steps. Corbin was going to attack Kofi, but Big E hits him with a belly-to-belly suplex. We cut to a break.
Moss hits a spinebuster as we return from the break. He stomps on Kofi in the corner but then misses a running tackle. Kofi hits clotheslines and a flying clotheslines from the top. Moss counters with a slam for a two-count. Kofi catches Moss with Trouble in Paradise to get the pin.
Winner – Kofi Kingston
After the match, Corbin was looking to come into the ring but Big E intimidates him. Big E then picks up Moss and hits him with Big Ending. Kofi and Big E celebrates in the ring while Corbin could only watch from the floor.
We get the replay of how Aliyah defeated Natalya in 3.17 seconds to set a world record. We will get a rematch next.
Natalya vs Aliyah
Natalya starts with a kick to the midsection and a clothesline. Natalya sends Aliyah to the corner where Aliyah tries to fight back. Natalya hits a clothesline. Aliyah fires back with some punches but misses a move from the top. Natalya hits a discus lariat for a two-count. Natalya puts her in a torture rack.
Aliyah comes out of it and tries to roll Natalya up but Natalya drops her with another clothesline. Natalya goes to stomp on her in the corner. The referee warns Natalya and counts to five but Natalya does not stop. The referee calls for a disqualification.
Natalya continues to beat up Aliyah after the match. Xia Li’s music hits and she makes her entrance. Natalya goes to attack her but Li kicks back at her and Natalya gets out of the ring right away.
Los Lotharios(Humberto & Angel) vs The Viking Raiders(Erik & Ivar)
The Viking with early tag against Humberto. Ivar drops Humberto before Erik slams Ivar on top on Humberto. Garza takes the blind tag to take back control. Some double team work from Los Lotharios. They hit double dropkicks. Angel misses a moonsault and Erik rocks him with a knee.
Ivar tags in and hits a body slam and a running splash. He follows tilt-a-whirl slam and splash in the corner. A roundhouse kick to Humberto before Angel counters with a powerbomb for a near fall. The Viking Raiders catch both opponents and hits powerbomb and World’s Strongest Slam combo. They hit the Viking Experience on Humberto for the pin and the win.
Winner – The Viking Raiders
Charlotte Flair vs Naomi
Both women are out in the ring for the match. Sonya Deville comes out and tells the referee Charles Robinson to give his referee shirt to her. Sonya wears the referee shirt and calls for the bell. Naomi is screaming at her that she can’t do this. Flair takes a big forearm shot at her. Flair goes to work on Naomi with kicks and puts on a leg lock. Flair hits a big chop in the corner before Naomi fights back.
Naomi hits a dropkick from the corner. Flair comes back and puts on the Boston Crab. Naomi rolls over and kicks her back. Flair ends up knocking out Sonya out of the ring. Naomi hits rear view on Charlotte and goes for the pin. But, Sonya is on the floor and refuses to come back. Flair hits back at Naomi and puts on figure four. Sonya comes into the ring right away and calls for the bell even though Naomi did not tap out.
Winner – Charlotte Flair
After the bell, Flair and Sonya celebrate. Sonya continues to mock Naomi as she recovers.
Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens are backstage for an interview. Rollins is asked about taking the stipulation to put his title shot on the line. Owens wants to take this one and says if it wasn’t for the Usos, he would be the longest reigning Universal Champion of all time, but they kept it from happening, and the thought of that happening to his best friend tears him up inside. Seth says he knows the stakes are huge but the risk is worth the reward. Seth says he may beat Roman with The Usos at ringside, but with alone; 3 things are certain: death, taxes, and Seth Rollins beats Roman Reigns.
Sami Zayn in In-Zane
Sami Zayn is in the ring for a new In-Zayn segment. Sami says that Johnny Knoxville became famous by trying insane stunts and he will try on some equipment on himself. Sami takes the cattle prod and puts it in a low power setting. He tries it on himself and screams out. Sami says it was not fun. He increases to level 2 and says this level incapacitated Johnny Knoxville for 15 minutes.
Sami is taking this hit to the heart literally. Sami falls to the ropes as he screams and says this hurts so much. Johnny Knoxville comes out as his music hits. Knoxville says Sami was concerned about making fun of his profession, but Sami is doing the same thing. Knoxville says he is around these kinds of things long enough to know that something is off. It turns out that the cattle prod was not turned on.
Knoxville turns it on despite Sami’s protest and stuns Sami with it. Sami screams on the floor and Knoxville helps him to get up. Knoxville then dumps him over the ropes for a Royal Rumble-like elimination.
Eric Bischoff is with Adam Pearce backstage and giving him advice about running the show, being in control and what makes a true leader. Sonya Deville comes up. Pearce tells her that she was completely over the line out there tonight with Naomi. Pearce says her feud with Naomi needs to stop because it’s affecting her leadership ability. Pearce says he will suggest upper management for a singles match between them next week. Deville agrees and tells Pearce to let her know what the management says.
Sheamus vs Ricochet
Sheamus starts with big blows on Ricochet. Ricochet hits a front kick and forearms, before Sheamus hits him with a Irish Curse backbreaker. Ricochet tries to fight back but Sheamus grinds him down with a headlock. Ricochet hits a jawbreaker to escape.
Sheamus hits big blows to the chest. Sheamus misses a big boot and ends up on the apron. Ricochet hits a springboard kick to knock Sheamus to the floor. Ricochet goes for a suicide dive but Sheamus cuts him off with a knee. Back to the ring, Sheamus hits a Brogue kick to get the pin and the win.
Winner – Sheamus
Backstage, Rick Boogs and Shinsuke Nakamura run into Jeff Jarrett. JJ tells Boogs that he is good on guitar and asks him what his name is.
The Usos vs Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens
Some fans are singing Rollins’ theme music as the match starts. Rollins and Jimmy start and Rollins manages to force Jimmy to the floor for a breather. Jey tags in and hits a kick to the midsection. Rollins turns a headlock into a pin attempt. Jey takes Rollins to the corner for double team beatdown in the corner. Rollins then backs Jimmy into his corner and tags in KO for some beatdown in their corner.
Rollins hits a body slam on Jimmy. He goes to the top but Jey delays his move with a distraction. Jimmy trips him on the top rope. The Usos are in control for a while on Rollins until he comes out of the corner with a clothesline on Jimmy. KO tags in and goes after Jimmy with quick moves. He slams Jimmy to the corner and knocks Jey off the apron. KO with a cannonball in the corner. Jimmy gets his knees up on KO’s senton off the top. Usos bring KO to the floor as we cut to a break.
The Usos are stil in control as we return. Owens goes to tag out but Jimmy drags him back. Owens hits chops to both the Usos but Jey hits him with a low kick. More beatdown in the corner. Owens hits back with an enziguiri. Rollins comes in with a hit tag and hits a clothesline on Jey. A slingblade, a backbreaker, Jey sent to the floor and Rollins hits both opponents with a suicide dive.
Seth hits the diving knee drop on Jey. Jey hits back with a neckbreaker. Usos hit double team pop-up Samoan drop for a near fall. KO takes the blind tag in the corner and comes in to hit pop-up powerbomb on Jimmy. KO goes to the top. Jey runs a distraction. Jimmy joins him on the top but KO hits him with an avalanche fisherman suplex.
Jey hits a superkick on Seth as he comes into the ring. Owens hits a stunner on Jey. Jimmy hits Owens with a superkick. Rollins hits a neckbreaker on Jimmy and a rolling elbow. Rollins hits the stomp on Jimmy. Roman comes in and hits the Superman punch on Rollins to cause a DQ.
Winners – Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens
Rollins is smiling at his win despite Roman attacking him.
Flair vs Noami: Naomi and Flair went one on one on SmackDown two weeks back and Noami was about to take the champ down, but Sonya Deville interrupted with rule changes. After taking the issues with Adam Pearce, Noami is getting another shot at the SmackDown Women’s Champion.
Build-up for Royal Rumble: Roman vs Seth Rollins match build-up will continue along with more announcements for Royal Rumble matches.