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WWE SmackDown live results: King of the Ring, Queen's Crown begin


Tonight's SmackDown takes place from the SAP Center in San Jose, California. The show features the start of WWE's King of the Ring and Queen's Crown tournaments.

Rivals will face off in the opening matches of both tournaments. Rey Mysterio will take on Sami Zayn in the first round of King of the Ring tonight, while Liv Morgan will face Carmella in a Queen's Crown tournament first-round matchup.

Tonight's show also includes the official contract signing for the SmackDown Women's Championship triple threat match at Crown Jewel between champion Becky Lynch, Bianca Belair, and Sasha Banks. Last week, Banks defeated Belair when Lynch interfered. After the match, Raw Women's Champion Charlotte Flair ran out to attack Banks and Belair.

Lynch and Belair were drafted to Raw in the WWE Draft, while Banks and Charlotte went to SmackDown. However, the new rosters won't go into effect until the night after Crown Jewel, so wrestlers from both brands can appear on either show until then.

Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.


SmackDown Women's Championship Triple Threat Match Contract Signing 

This was a fine opening segment, but they never actually signed the contract. 

SmackDown started with Bianca Belair making her entrance for the Crown Jewel contract signing. Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce were already in the ring and introduced the participants. 

They recapped Bianca Belair vs. Sasha Banks from last week and Belair vs. Charlotte Flair from Raw. Belair entered the ring, but Banks stood on the announce table, and Becky Lynch had a table in the aisle. 

Lynch mocked Belair for being on a losing streak and insulted Banks. Banks noted everyone's talking about her, but Belair made fun of her for returning so many times. Belair demanded Lynch and Banks get in the ring. The fans broke into an "EST" chant.

Belair threw a chair out of the ring, and Lynch knocked over her table. Banks then jumped Belair from behind, and a brawl broke out. Banks and Lynch took out Belair and started brawling with each other. Belair then picked up Lynch and Banks for the KOD. Banks slipped out, but Belair hit Banks with Lynch's legs, and she ended up on the table. Belair then gave Lynch the KOD onto Banks through the table. 

In the back, Kayla Braxton interviewed Rey and Dominik Mysterio. Rey said winning the King of the Ring is as important as the WWE Championship and added that Zayn winning the tournament would disgust him. Dominik decided to stay in the back for his father's match. 

After the break, Sami Zayn approached Dominik. He thinks Dominik is better than Rey and told him to trust his instincts. 

They announced the King of the Ring brackets, including Rey Mysterio vs. Sami Zayn, Cesaro vs. Finn Balor, Kofi Kingston vs. Jinder Mahal, Xavier Woods vs. Ricochet.

They showed Shinsuke Nakamura giving up his crown because of the King of the Ring tournament. 

King of the Ring Tournament: Sami Zayn defeated Rey Mysterio (10:08)

Zayn and Mysterio worked hard and had a good match. The finish revolved around Dominik getting involved and costing Rey the win. 

They had both thrones and crowns for each tournament set up on the stage. 

The bell rang, and Zayn went for the helluva kick, but Mysterio avoided and rolled him up for a near fall. Mysterio was briefly in control until Zayn hit a powerbomb for a two-count. 

Zayn rolled out of the ring, but Mysterio hit a flip over the top rope and caught Zayn with a hurricanrana. Mysterio regained control and paid tribute to Eddie Guerrero. The fans broke into a loud "Eddie" chant. However, Zayn recovered and sent Mysterio shoulder-first into the ring post. Dominik made his way down to ringside. 

Back from the break, Zayn went for the helluva kick, but Mysterio avoided it. He followed up with a code red for a close near fall. They fought on the top rope, and Zayn knocked him down. Mysterio recovered and hit a springboard hurricanrana for another near fall. 

Mysterio missed a springboard crossbody, and Zayn went for the blue thunder bomb. Mysterio counted with a hurricanrana and set up for the 619. Zayn avoided it and hit the blue thunder bomb for a near fall. 

Zayn pulled off the top turnbuckle pad and backed Mysterio into the opposite corner. Dominik picked up the pad and tried putting it back on the turnbuckle. Mysterio then hit a senton on Zayn to take back over. Rey noticed Dominik and yelled at him to get off the apron. Zayn then pushed Mysterio into Dominik and rolled him up for the win. 

After the match, Zayn put on the King's cape and celebrated his win. Zayn advances in the King of the Ring and takes on the winner of Cesaro vs. Finn Balor. 

They aired a Hit Row video to promote their upcoming debut. 

Michael Cole and Pat McAfee discussed the new SmackDown roster, which starts October 22. 

They recapped the Seth Rollins and Edge feud. Kayla Braxton interviewed Rollins and asked if he crossed the line by breaking into Edge's home last week. Rollins admitted that's what most people believe. He claimed he's been the bigger man and challenged Edge to determine the better man. Rollins noted Braxton doesn't have any power, so he doesn't know why he's talking to her. He's going to find somebody with power instead. 

They revealed the rest of the Queen's Crown Tournament brackets, including Zelina Vega vs. Toni Storm, Carmella vs. Liv Morgan, Doudrop vs. Natalya, and Dana Brooke vs. Shayna Baszler. 

Queen's Crown Tournament: Zelina Vega defeated Toni Storm (2:13)

This was an okay match. They didn't get a lot of time and didn't get a reaction from the crowd. Cole and McAfee pushed that Storm is a wild child of the '80s because her mother grew up on that music. 

Storm had the early advantage, but Vega fought back with a Thesz press. Vega followed up with a knee and slowed the pace down. Storm fought back with forearms shots and climbed to the top rope, but Vega pulled her off. Storm went for a backslide, but Vega countered with a code red for the win. 

Vega advances to the semi-finals and meets the winner of Carmella vs. Liv Morgan.

Roman's Message To The Beast 

Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman were good in the segment. They recapped the Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar feud. 

Universal Champion Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman, and The Usos made their way to the ring. They got a big reaction from the fans. Reigns demanded that San Jose acknowledge him and the fans gave a mixed reaction with a lot of cheers. 

Reigns pointed out that Paul Heyman's job was to make sure The Usos stayed on SmackDown, and he did. Therefore, he wants the fans to acknowledge Heyman. The fans erupted in boos. Reigns told Heyman he loves him but wants him to tell the truth. The fans broke into a loud "Suplex City" chant. Reigns laughed and said, this isn't Suplex City; it's the Island of relevancy. 

Reigns demanded that Heyman admit he's behind Lesnar being a free agent. Heyman was scared and said he's in a tough position. Heyman began talking about his history with Reigns's family. He admitted that he's been guilty of a lot of things, but he's not stupid. Heyman said pulling the trigger on a scheme on Reigns now is stupid. He noted if he were going to pull off a scheme, it would be to leak Reigns' strategy at Crown Jewel. 

Heyman began to promise that Reigns is going to beat Lesnar at Crown Jewel. Reigns took the mic and told him to look into the camera and say it to Lesnar. The fans broke into a loud "We want Lesnar" chant. Heyman told Lesnar that he met his match in Roman Reigns. He promised that Reigns would beat him and retain his title at Crown Jewel. He said that's not a prediction but a spoiler. 

In the back, Seth Rollins entered Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville's office. Rollins wondered if Edge is showing up tonight. Pearce noted Rollins broke into Edge's home last week. Rollins promised to go to the ring later tonight to challenge Edge. He then gave a picture of Edge and Beth Phoenix to Pearce to give back to Edge.

Queen Crown Tournament: Carmella defeated Liv Morgan (1:33)

Carmella and Morgan didn't have a good match. They only got about a minute, and the match revolved around Carmella's mask. 

Before the match, Carmella put on her mask to protect her face. Morgan jumped Carmella at the bell, but Carmella fought back. She locked on the code of silence, but Morgan grabbed at the mask to break the hold. 

Morgan hit a kick for a near fall, but Carmella got her foot on the bottom rope. Carmella avoided the Oblivion and hung Morgan on the top rope. She then hit a superkick for the win. 

Carmella advances in the tournament and takes on Zelina Vega in the semi-finals. 

In the back, Kayla Braxton interviewed Mace, who makes his debut in two weeks. She noted Mace got separated from his tag team partner, T-Bar. Mace said he isn't coming to SmackDown to compete. He's coming here to annihilate. 

They aired a video promoting Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III tomorrow night. 

Happy Talk

This wasn't a good segment. The heels told a bad joke and beat down Kevin Owens in a short segment. 

Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss made their way to the ring to host Happy Talk. Moss told a bad joke. He asked what instrument is found in the bathroom. The answer: A tuba toothpaste. That joke needed a rimshot. 

Kevin Owens music interrupted and ran to the ring. Owens got in little offense before the heels beat him down. The whole segment needed a rimshot. 

In the back, Naomi barged into Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce's office. Naomi was furious that she's not in the Queen's Crown Tournament and wanted to return to Raw. Deville's not done with Naomi and challenged her to a match for next week. 

King Of The Ring Tournament: Finn Balor defeated Cesaro (9:46)

Balor and Cesaro had a good hard-hitting TV match. 

Cesaro gained the early advantage with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a near fall. He then whipped Balor into the corner for another near fall. Cesaro backed Balor in the corner and rocked him with uppercuts. 

Balor fought back and hit a double foot stomp. He then set up for a dive, but Cesaro jumped back in the ring and hit a pop-up uppercut for a close near fall. 

Back from the break, Balor regained control and stomped down Cesaro. Cesaro fought back with a series of uppercuts, but Balor bounced out of the corner and hit a sling blade. Balor ended up on the apron and rocked Cesaro with a kick to the head. He climbed to the top rope, but Cesaro cut him off with a vicious uppercut. 

Cesaro followed up with a superplex for a two-count. Cesaro immediately locked on a cross face, but Balor countered into a near fall. Cesaro then went for the giant swing, but Balor reversed. He sent Cesaro to the floor and hit a huge flip dive. Balor followed up with the shotgun dropkick and hit the coup de grace for the win. 

Balor advances in the King of the Ring and takes on Sami Zayn in the semi-finals. 

In the back, Becky Lynch was complaining to Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce about Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks. They made her sign the Crown Jewel contract to prove she's better than Belair and Banks. 

Seth Rollins Segment 

This was a good show-closing segment. It set up Edge vs. Rollins in a Hell in a Cell, most likely at Crown Jewel. 

Rollins wasted no time and demanded that Edge come to the ring and accept his challenge. The fans broke into a brief "Edge" chant. Rollins wondered what happened to Edge. He then remembered that he ended Edge in Madison Square Garden with a curb stomp.

Rollins said Edge remaining silent is his way of admitting that Rollins is better and not Edge lite. Rollins noted Edge is not only disappointing him and the fans but also his family. Suddenly, Edge arrived backstage and made his way to the ring. 

Rollins jumped out of the ring and grabbed a chair, but Edge hit him with a spear first. Edge tackled Rollins over the announce table and threw him around. He then broke off a piece of the chair and went for the cross face. 

Rollins caught Edge with an elbow and escaped from the ring. Edge grabbed the mic and challenged Rollins to a Hell in a Cell match. Rollins' face went from a smile to a look of shock. The fans broke into a brief "Yes" chant. 

Next Week: They're promoting SmackDown on FS1 as Supersized featuring Brock Lesnar. Also, Sasha Banks goes one-on-one with Becky Lynch. Zelina Vega takes on Carmella in a Queen's Crown Tournament semi-final match. In a King of the Ring semi-final match, Finn Balor vs. Sami Zayn. Plus, Naomi goes one-on-one with Sonya Deville.