WWE SmackDown Results, September 15 2023, Report by Jason Gordon for jjasportstudio.com
In-Ring Segment: Pat McAfee
McAfee tells the Mile High City that he loves them. The crowd goes nuts. He was in town, and there was a zero chance he wouldn’t show up tonight. McAfee welcomes the crowd to SmackDown. Austin Theory interrupts. Theory says this isn’t SmackDown, this is Austin Theory live. Theory goes on and on about how great he is. He has unfinished business with McAfee. Theory promises to drop McAfee right here in the ring. Theory’s going to injure him, just like Aaron Rodgers. This is Theory’s show. McAfee says he doesn’t want to fight Theory right now because he’s enjoying the local laws, and a fight wouldn’t be a good idea (he’s high as hell right now). This will never be Theory’s show.
This is the people’s show. Theory looks confused. McAfee asks Theory if he knows what that means. The Rock’s music hits. The Rock VERY slowly makes his way to the ring. Theory asks The Rock if he knows whose ring this is. The Rock tells Theory to shut his bitch ass up. The Rock takes off his jacket, tosses it into the crowd, and hits the crowd with his, finally, bit. Theory says the crowd finally has Rock and Austin in the ring again, but it’s not that boring Stone Cold Steve Austin, he’s the best Austin. Austin Theory. Theory tells The Rock it doesn’t matter what he says. The Rock says Stone Cold is his boy and if he was here, he would ask the crowd if they want to see him beat up a jabroni, give him a hell yeah.
Rock asks Theory if he’s from A-Town. Theory excitedly says yes. The Rock tells Theory he’s an A-hole. The Rock gets the crowd to call Theory an asshole. Theory goes nuts, yelling at the crowd to stop yelling. The Rock tells Theory he’s going to whip his ass in three seconds. Theory decks The Rock. The Rock drops Theory with a spinebuster. The Rock lands the People’s Elbow. The crowd goes nuts. The Rock tells McAfee to drop one on Theory. McAfee does his version of the People’s Elbow.
Finn Bálor w/Damian Priest and Dominik Mysterio vs. AJ Styles
Bálor beats Styles into the corner. Styles lands a Russian leg sweep. Backbreaker by Styles. Styles tries a sunset flip, but Bálor rolls through and lands a basement dropkick. Styles sends Bálor out of the ring. Bálor confers with Priest and Dominik. After the break, Styles fires up and sets up the Phenomenal Forearm. Priest grabs Styles’ leg. The referee sees it and ejects Dominik and Priest from ringside. Bálor avoids the elbow. In the confusion, Jimmy Uso attacks Styles from behind. Bálor rolls up Styles for the win.
Winner- Finn Bálor
Backstage, Finn Bálor thanks Jimmy for helping him out tonight. Jimmy says that was about taking care of people who have wronged him. Bálor respects that and tells Jimmy that he spoke to Jey on Raw last week. Bálor pitches both Usos joining The Judgement Day. Jimmy makes a face. Bálor tells him to think about it. As Bálor walks away, Paul Heyman walks in with a confused look on his face.
In-Ring Segment: The LWO
Mysterio puts over what the LWO has meant to him. Santos Escobar asks Mysterio for a title show. Mysterio accepts. Bobby Lashley and The Street Profits interrupt. Lashley reminds everyone that they said they were taking over. From what he can see, it will be easier than ever. Wilde and Toro tell them to stop talking and get to the ring.
The Street Profits w/Bobby Lashley vs. The LWO w/Rey Mysterio and Zelina Vega
The Street Profits hit their finish on del Toro for the win.
Winners- The Street Profits
After the match, Lashley directs Ford and Dawkins to attack. Ford and Dawkins oblige. Escobar and Mysterio try to break it up. Lashley clobbers Escobar. Mysterio charges Lashley, but Dawkins obliterates him with a nasty right hand.
LA Knight vs. The Miz
Knight floors Miz with a shoulder block. Knight works over Miz. Miz cowers in the corner. Miz trips Knight into the corner. Knight fires back and lands a powerslam. Miz kicks out. Neckbreaker by Knight. Slingshot shoulderblock by Knight. Miz catches Knight with the Kitchen sink. Basement boot by Miz. Knight flips out of a back suplex. Second rope bulldog by Knight.
Knight lands a running boot. Miz kicks out. Miz lands a corner clothesline into a facebuster. After the break, Knight fires up and lands a flurry of offense. Knight tries another slingshot bulldog, but Miz boots him in the face. Miz knees Knight in the gut and lands a hangman’s lung blower for a near fall. Knight lands the BFT for the win.
Winner- LA Knight
After the match, Knight grabs a mic and says he told everyone that he came here for gold. It doesn’t matter who it is, from Rey Mysterio to Roman Reigns. He’s easily top two, and he isn’t number two. It’s LA Knight’s game, YEAH!
Asuka vs. Bayley w/Dakota Kai
Asuka landa a few strikes. Bayley rolls up Asuka. Asuka kicks out. Asuka almost lands a head kick. Missile dropkick by Asuka. Bayley rolls out of the ring. Bayley trips Asuka on the apron and sends her into the ring post. After the break, Bayley tries to send Asuka into the turnbuckle. Asuka reverses it into a cross armbar. Bayley escapes. Bayley stomps Asuka.
Asuka rolls Bayley into an ankle lock. Bayley kicks Asuka into the corner. Asuka hops up to the middle rope and lands a drop kick. Bayley kicks out, but Asuka rolls her into an armbar. Bayley rolls out of the ring to break the hold. Bayley sends Asuka into the barricade and clears off the desk. Shotzi pops up from the crowd. Bayley runs away. Asuka takes Bayley over with a backslide for the win.
The Grayson Waller Effect
Waller dumps on John Cena before introducing him to the crowd. Cena joins Waller in the ring. Waller says he asked Cena to be on the show for a reason. He watched Cena at Payback, and Cena clearly needs his help to become a better host. Waller tells Cena he made it all about him. He needs to let the star shine and be more like Waller. Waller says Cena lied to the WWE Universe, he clearly doesn’t want to be an in-ring competitor anymore. Why? Because Austin Theory beat Cena at WrestleMania. Cena takes off his hat and shirt. Waller says this is a talk show, and it’s his time to speak. Jimmy Uso interrupts. Jimmy rips the mic out of Cena’s hand.
Jimmy tells Kangaroo Jack (Waller) has a point. No one wants to see Cena. Everyone is here to see him. Jimmy tells Cena if he isn’t going to do something, he needs to get the hell out of his ring. Solo Sikoa and Paul Heyman power walk to the ring. Sikoa gets in Cena’s face. Jimmy bounces around, happy as a pig in slop. Sikoa turns around and grabs Jimmy by the throat. Sikoa lets Jimmy go and superkicks Cena. Jimmy and Sikoa stomp Cena. AJ Styles makes the save. Cena picks up Jimmy for the AA. Heyman tells Sikoa to go save Jimmy. Sikoa pulls Jimmy out of the ring.
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