WWE Friday Night SmackDown advertised Bianca Belair vs. Bayley, a champagne toast from Carmella, the first annual Sami Awards and a SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match pitting The Street Profits against the team of Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler.
Last week’s broadcast of SmackDown garnered 2.206 million viewers.
WWE Friday Night SmackDown Ratings—Last Five Weeks
- December 11, 2020—2.206 million viewers
- December 4, 2020—2.029 million viewers
- November 27, 2020—2.141 million viewers
- November 20, 2020—2.326 million viewers
- November 13, 2020—2.234 million viewers
WWE Friday Night SmackDown—Key Competition
- Cable News Coverage
Pro Wrestling Bits—The 2020 WWE Royal Rumble was the Match of the Year
WWE SmackDown Total YouTube Viewership this past Friday 7,816,713 views (Down from 8,811,558)
- Most-Viewed: Roman Reigns Attacks Kevin Owens (2,882,560 views)
- Least-Viewed: Chad Gable Explains Alpha Academy (141,405 views)
- Median Viewership: 453,140
WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results—Friday, December 18, 2020
Opening Segment Featuring Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns
Four years and one heel turn later, Roman Reigns still insists he’s “not a bad guy.”
This opening segment featured a game of Cat ‘N Mouse with Roman Reigns playing the overpowered mouse.
After all these weeks, Roman Reigns deserves credit for still believing Jey Uso will get the job done in taking out Kevin Owens before WWE TLC.
The Street Profits def. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode
Actor Clark Duke gave a very thorough prediction before this match, blue Solo cup and all.
Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode had the words “Dirty Dawgz” on the back of their trunks, which must be their unofficial tag team name, but not one time was this referenced on commentary.
There was confusion as to whether or not Ziggler got his knees up to block a Frog Splash from Montez Ford, but really For just landed on his legs.
In WWE’s backward logic, a babyface can use the tights to win the match as long as the heel tried to do it first.
Liv Morgan def. Tamina
All this comedic talent from Billie Kay and the best WWE can d is a haphazard intro for Tamina?
The Riott Squad reunion is the most slow-played storyline in WWE, but unfortunately it really doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
Carmella Hosts a Champagne Toast
Carmella criticized her champagne for being cheap, which is a problem she really should be taking up with the Sommelier.
The visual of Sasha Banks throwing a small flute of clear champagne in Carmella’s face was so underwhelming.
Otis def. Shinsuke Nakamura
Whether WWE is being self-aware or not (they’re not), Chad Gable’s gimmick is literally that he’s Vince McMahon.
Otis returned to his singlet, which is actually a superior set of gear.
Whenever Otis and Chad Gable finish telling their disjointed story (assuming they get the chance to), a one-on-one match between the two should be quite fun.
The 2020 avatar was clearly being voiced by Bran Strowman.
The Sami Awards
Sami Zayn won the following Sami awards:
- Comeback of the year
- Match of the Year (vs. Jeff Hardy and AJ Styles)
Sami vs. AJ vs. Hardy was a legit Match of the Year candidate. It was the best WWE Ladder Match I’ve seen in years. What’s so heelish about giving that match a Sami Award?
Sami Zayn foolishly read the “Superstar of the Year” card aloud even though his name wasn’t on it.
Big E was in his Bob Backlund best for this segment, red bowtie and all.
Bayley def. Bianca Belair
Michael Cole said there were “rumors in the locker room” that Bayley was jealous of Bianca Belair and this lazy storytelling almost made me completely lose faith in this feud altogether.
Given Bianca Belair’s undeniable potential in WWE, it makes perfect sense that she lost tonight.
Roman Reigns and Jey Uso Destroy Kevin Owens
Kevin Owens got his heat tonight by surviving one beat down after another, and viewers are supposed to believe that he might have a chance against the ace heel because he was still able to barely move around after being pt through a table. I’m not buying it.