WWE SmackDown results: The Bloodline steal the show from Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens

WWE SmackDown results: The Bloodline steal the show from Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens

WWE SmackDown results: The Bloodline steal the show from Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens

Roman Reigns challenged Sami Zayn to stand on his own two feet and then cut off his legs. Estranged best friends Zayn and Kevin Owens collided in the main event of SmackDown on Friday night.

Zayn sided with The Bloodline at Survivor Series, but his longtime friendship with Owens continues to put pressure on his alliance. Tasked with looking after Owens, Zayn fought off his former pal admirably in the SmackDown main event. It seems, however, that The Bloodline didn’t fully trust Zayn to get the job done.

Friday’s show also featured gold on the line. Intercontinental Champion GUNTHER defended his title against his most physically imposing challenger yet: monster of all monsters Braun Strowman. SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair and legendary luchador Rey Mysterio were also in attendance, and a new tournament was announced.

CBS Sports was with you all night with recaps and highlights of all the action from the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Zayn rises to the occasion to have the moment robbed

Zayn hit The Bloodline locker room early in the evening and was greeted by Paul Heyman. The Bloodline’s special advocate informed Zayn that no other members of the faction were here tonight. This was the directive from Reigns, who believed in Zayn enough to let him fly solo against Owens. This motivated Zayn.

Later that evening, Owens was interviewed backstage. Zayn interrupts him and asks Owens if he’s happy. Owens’ repeated interference in Bloodline’s affairs has put the estranged best friends at odds. Owens maintained that it was The Bloodline who made it personal by repeatedly crashing Monday Night Raw. Owens accused Reigns of orchestrating this match as well as the tag team match between the former friends on December 30. Zayn dismissed Owens’ insistence that he was being used and insisted that The Bloodline was Zayn’s adoptive family.

Kevin Owens beats. Sami Zayn by disqualification after The Bloodline intervened and assaulted Owens. In a quest to prove his worth to “The Tribal Chief”, Zayn got the better of his estranged best friend for most of the game. A Blue Thunder driver, exploding suplex and dive over the ropes are just a few of the big offensive bits Zayn conjured up. Owens had his own moments of control in the match, but Zayn generally proved to be the better man that night. The match even drew chants of “This is awesome” from the Green Bay crowd. Late in the match, Zayn landed a Tornado DDT which set him up for a game-ending Helluva Kick. Just as Zayn lined up Owens for the final blow, The Usos and Solo Sikoa attacked Owens.

After the match, The Bloodline continued to attack Owens. The Usos dropped Owens onto the announcers table and Sikoa took off from the barricade with a big splash through the furniture. Zayn was visibly disturbed by the actions of his associates – either to prevent Zayn from proving himself, or perhaps for the seriousness of the attack on Owens.

WWE did a great job of slowly sewing the bond between Zayn and The Bloodline and pulling his seams just as carefully. Reigns seems to have put Zayn in check. Owens proved to be a formidable foe and Zayn had to defeat an opponent that even Reigns struggles with. It turned out that Zayn was up to the task. The Usos and Solo Sikoa, well-meaning or not, robbed Zayn of that moment. Following last week’s tension with Reigns, it looks like WWE is ready to separate the two sides in what will hopefully culminate with Reigns taking on Zayn in the latter’s hometown of Montreal, Quebec at Elimination Chamber. Rating: A

What else happened on WWE SmackDown?

  • Intercontinental Championship — Gunther (c) def. Braun Strowman by fall after planting Strowman with a powerbomb on the corner ropes.
  • Karrion Kross smothered Rey Mysterio with the Kross jacket after provoking Mysterio by talking about his family.
  • Liv Morgan slapped Raquel Rodriguez after the latter ruled out Morgan’s chances in the Royal Rumble.
  • Tegan Nox won. Xia Lia via pinfall after hitting the brightest wizard.
  • Valhalla (formerly Sarah Logan) prophesied the demise of warriors Drew McIntyre and Sheamus in a vignette with The Viking Raiders.
  • Adam Pearce announced a tag team tournament to crown the No. 1 contenders for The Usos titles. McIntyre and Sheamus against Viking Raiders will be in the first round.
  • Bray Wyatt cut a cryptic and disturbing promo while sitting in a rocking chair in the ring.
  • Rodriguez beats. Morgan via fall after hitting a one-armed powerbomb.
  • Authority figure Pearce has rejected Sonya Deville’s demands for a rematch against Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Title.
  • Flair and Deville had a fight backstage.

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