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WWE SmackDown Results: Winners, News And Notes On October 22, 2021

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at October 22, 2021

WWE SmackDown advertised a dubious title exchange segment amid monolithic complaints from the Internet Wrestling Monolith that WWE was going to do just that after Becky Lynch retained the SmackDown Women’s Championship at Crown Jewel. This has all the makings of WWE trolling its audience before a likely swerve, which is on-brand for the toxic relationship this pugnacious company has with its overly sensitive audience. SmackDown also advertised the debut of a new roster and the coronation of King Xavier Woods.

Last week’s broadcast of Friday Night SmackDown garnered 866,000 viewers with a Supersized SmackDown on FS1 opposite AEW Rampage.

  • October 15, 2021—866,000
  • October 8, 2021—2.147 million
  • October 1, 2021—2.252 million
  • September 24, 2021—2.135 million
  • September 17, 2021—2.243 million

WWE SmackDown Key Competition

  • MLB ALCS—Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros, Game 6

WWE SmackDown Total YouTube Viewership Last Friday: 8,209,764 (Up from 6,668,354)

  • Most-Viewed: Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns Contact Signing (4,250,209 views) 
  • Least-Viewed: Edge Challenges Seth Rollins to Hell in a Cell (157,794 views)
  • Median Viewership: 470,764 views

WWE SmackDown Results | Friday, October 22, 2021

Roman Reigns Kicks off SmackDown; Brock Lesnar Suspended

Roman Reigns telling a frightened Paul Heyman to hurry up while reading a tweet on his phone was subtle but so perfect.

Roman Reigns: “Man, I whooped Brock Lesnar so bad, he’s tweeting now.”

When Brock Lesnar uses his real-life strength to yeet other grown men into oblivion, you have no idea where they’re going to land. That legitimate risk of him not knowing his own strength is part of Lesnar’s mystique.

This segment was reminiscent of Brock Lesnar going H.A.M. on Raw officials the night after losing the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 31. Coincidentally enough, that was also a match against Roman Reigns, however it was Seth Rollins who stole the WWE Championship.

Drew McIntyre def. Sami Zayn

Sami Zayn’s new theme music is beyond awful.

Moments after dismissing Naomi, Sonya allowed Drew McIntyre to walk to the ring and make an open challenge. When Naomi tried to get an open challenge, Sonya Deville called the cops on her. I wonder why.

Xavier Woods King of the Ring Coronation

Xavier Woods basked in his first-ever “you deserve it” chant.

This was perfect, and though this was mostly played for laughs, Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston were every bit as entertaining with this gimmick as they seemed to be on paper.

The only thing missing for this segment was Xavier Woods’ next challenge after the biggest win of his career.

Mansoor def. Ali

It was good to see WWE double down on Mansoor, who got a quick win in this match, instead of go the 50/50 route, but unfortunately I’m skeptical of how much TV time these talented performers will be getting on SmackDown now that WWE doesn’t have a Saudi show to promote.

Hit Row def. Dustin Lawyer and Daniel Williams

Hit Row came off as absolute stars in their opening promo, but they’re already being WWE-branded as Michael Cole referred to them as “charismatic, confident, competitive and captivating.” To add another alliterative term, that branding is corny.

Pat McAfee’s accolades for the local competitors were hilarious.

Fans oohed and “aahed” at Top Dolla’s Double slam while carrying both members of the opposite team. This was a great showing for Hit Row in their debut.

Happy Corbin def. Shinsuke Nakamura

Michael Cole referred to Shinsuke Nakamura as a great Intercontinental champion. I literally forgot Shinsuke Nakamura was Intercontinental champion and now he’s lost a non-title match to Happy Corbin.

Between Rick Boogs and Madcap Moss, this match respectively pitted the best and worst cornermen on SmackDown right now.

Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair Title Exchange

WWE actually did the title exchange, with Becky Lynch leaving with the Raw Women’s Championship. Unbelievable.

It remains to be seen whether or not this will count as an additional reign for Charlotte Flair, but it should be an interesting day for Wikipedia.


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