WWE Friday Night SmackDown advertised Becky Lynch, Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks making their match official, Carmella vs. Liv Morgan in the first round of the Queen’s Crown tournament and Sami Zayn vs. Rey Mysterio in the first round of the King of the Ring tournament.
Last week’s broadcast of WWE SmackDown was up with 2.252 million viewers tuning into Night 1 of the WWE Draft.
- October 1, 2021—2.252 million
- September 24, 2021—2.135 million
- September 17, 2021—2.243 million
- September 10, 2021—2.383 million
- September 3, 2021—2.220 million
WWE SmackDown—Key Competition
Jade Cargill is the Perfect fit for the TBS Title (Pro Wrestling Bits)
WWE SmackDown Total YouTube Viewership Last Friday: 13,689,100 (Up from 5,374,629)
- Most-Viewed: Brock Lesnar Lays Waste to Roman Reigns (6,224,847 views)
- Least-Viewed: Madcap Moss Helps Baron Corbin Beat Kevin Owens (246,731 views)
- Median Viewership: 582,430 views
WWE SmackDown Results: Friday, October 8, 2021
Bianca Belair, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks Kick Off SmackDown
WWE has promoted so many contract signings that it’s sick of saying “contract signing,” instead this segment was promoted as these three women “making it official.”
Bianca Belair showed off her superhero-like strength by picking up both Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch in a fireman’s carry like it was nothing.
Sami Zayn def. Rey Mysterio
Michael Cole noted Sami Zayn wanted to be on the King of the Ring stage, but seeing as the King of the Ring finals are in Saudi Arabia, and he’s Syrian, I’d beg to differ.
This match was every Rey Mysterio and/or Dominik Mysterio match over the past several months as this time Dominik interfered and accidentally cost his father the match.
There’s a possibility that Xavier Woods—who has to be considered the sentimental favorite—faces fellow New Day member Kofi Kingston in the second round.
Zelina Vega def. Toni Storm
Seth Rollins’ backstage segment, Kayla Braxton actually asked Seth Rollins “Do you think you went too far by breaking into Edge’s house?” It might have been the dumbest question yet from a backstage interviewer, which is a high bar in WWE.
Fans have been complaining since Zelina Vega’s return that she never wins. Now that she won, they’ll be complaining that she beat Toni Storm.
Roman Reigns Appears Live
This is supposed to be a heel gimmick, but every arena always acknowledges Roman Reigns.
Roman Reigns instructed Paul Heyman to pledge his allegiance by telling Brock Lesnar (at home) that Reigns was going to defeat him at Crown Jewel. Heyman proceeded to cut a great promo on command like a promo wind-up doll.
Carmella def. Liv Morgan—Queen’s Crown First Round Match
Thankfully, Carmella wore her mask throughout this match, which actually seems to be getting a reaction for this constantly changing character.
Heels swept the night to this point, going 3-o in tournament matches.
After MACE was introduced during a backstage segment, Pat McAfee sarcastically remarked “Big pop for MACE.”
Happy Talk with Baron Corbin
Madcap Moss told a horrible “tuba toothpaste” joke but I guess that’s his gimmick.
The Street Profits were advertised as the guests only for Kevin Owens to crash this segment and get laid out again. If The Street Profits were advertised, surely they couldn’t have been far away. Why didn’t Kevin Owens just walk out with them for backup?
In a backstage segment, Naomi vs. Sonya Deville was made official for next week, but this match is too good to give away on television.
Finn Balor def. Cesaro
Pat McAfee pointed out there were zero carbs between Finn Balor and Cesaro.
This was the first babyface victory of the night, though it came in a match between two babyfaces.
Edge Responds to Seth Rollins
Few people manage to talk more without saying anything than Seth Rollins.
Edge challenged Seth Rollins to a Hell in a Cell match in the rare instance of WWE building to a match like this without having to shoehorn it into a pay-per-view.