SmackDown results, Jan. 22, 2021: Kevin Owens the Last Man Standing after stunning attack on Roman Reigns
Kevin Owens reemerged to deliver a message to the Universal Champion, Sami Zayn derailed the Intercontinental Title showdown between Big E and Apollo Crews, Cesaro flexed his muscles ahead of Royal Rumble and more.
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Friday Night SmackDown results: Jan. 22, 2021
Asuka & Charlotte Flair def. The Riott Squad – Non-Title Match
The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions rolled into the blue brand looking for a battle, and The Riott Squad was happy to oblige. Billie Kay did her best to try and prove her worth in The Riott Squad’s corner, and she provided an unintentional assist to set up Liv Morgan for a shattering kick to Charlotte Flair. When Billie attempted to make an impact once more, she unintentionally diverted the ref away as Ruby Riott had Asuka rolled up for a pin. The mistake proved costly, as The Queen tagged back in and landed a Natural Selection on Riott to secure the win.
Cesaro def. Dolph Ziggler
Cesaro began the night stating his case as to why he’s the ultimate Royal Rumble competitor and ended with a strong closing argument. The match began in a frantic pace until The Swiss Cyborg slowed the pace with an impressive swing of The Showoff. A Zig Zag nearly gave Ziggler the victory, but Cesaro kicked out, and a Neutralizer gave him back-to-back wins over former World Champions on the blue brand.
Sasha Banks def. Reginald
Reginald tried to start off on the right foot by presenting Sasha Banks with a rose, but The Boss was more focused on being a thorn in Carmella’s grand plan. Despite the amazing acrobatics from the sommelier, the SmackDown Women’s Champion capitalized once she got her hands on Reginald and forced a tapout with a Bank Statement.
Big E vs. Apollo Crews ends in no-contest – Intercontinental Championship Match
Apollo Crews set out to reverse his fortunes in an Intercontinental Championship rematch against Big E. The challenger showed off his elite athleticism early, but The Powerhouse of Positivity appeared ready to match him punch for punch. As both competitors battled in the ring, the disgruntled Sami Zayn crashed the match with a pair of Helluva Kicks for his two rivals.
Bianca Belair def. Bayley – Ultimate Athlete Obstacle Course Challenge
Bayley laid down a challenge for Bianca Belair, and The EST of WWE was up to the task. After Bayley opened the competition, The Role Model made some adjustments to the course for Belair’s turn. The world-class athlete still breezed through the course and dunked on the former SmackDown Women’s Champion to finish the competition. Bayley blindsided Belair during her celebration, as the irate Superstar was left to think of a new plan to humble the newcomer.
King Corbin def. Dominik Mysterio
After costing his father a victory last week, Dominik Mysterio was out for payback against King Corbin. The step up in weight class proved to be a tall task for the blue brand neophyte, as Corbin imposed his will with multiple body shots. A vicious right hand followed by an End of Days from Corbin set up a royal victory.
Roman Reigns brawls with Adam Pearce and Kevin Owens
The WWE Universe was expecting the unlikely throwdown between Adam Pearce and Paul Heyman, but as stated last week – “Card subject to change.” An “injury” to Heyman ushered in The Head of the Table, who took delight in attacking Pearce. As Reigns lined the WWE official up for a brutal toss from the WWE ThunderDome perch, Kevin Owens emerged to throw haymakers with the Universal Champion. KO hit multiple Stunners on Reigns and ended the night by smashing The Big Dog through the announce table with a Pop-up Powerbomb.