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WWE SmackDown live results: Season premiere

A Universal Championship match headlines the lineup for tonight's SmackDown season premiere.

Roman Reigns will put his Universal Championship on the line against Braun Strowman tonight. After being selected by Raw in the WWE Draft, this will be Strowman's final night on SmackDown.

The New Day were split up in the draft as Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods went to Raw and Big E stayed on SmackDown. Tonight, New Day will have their SmackDown farewell match as they face Shinsuke Nakamura, Cesaro & Sheamus.

Kingston & Woods are now the Raw Tag Team Champions after swapping Tag Team title belts with The Street Profits when the teams changed brands in the draft. The Street Profits will defend their SmackDown Tag Team titles against Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode tonight.

Jeff Hardy was drafted to Raw but will face Lars Sullivan on tonight's show. Plus, Daniel Bryan makes his return to WWE television.

There will also be a special 30-minute pre-show on Fox leading into tonight's season premiere. It will be hosted by Michael Cole, Renee Paquette (formerly Renee Young in WWE), and Booker T and will include appearances by Steve Austin, San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle, and MLB legend David Ortiz.


Kick-Off Show

Michael Cole and Booker T started the kick-off show. They briefly discussed the show tonight. Cole then introduced Paul Heyman in the back.

Heyman talked about the Roman Reigns match against Braun Strowman later tonight. Heyman noted that Reigns is taking the match very seriously. Reigns is taking the match so seriously that he doesn't have time for this interview. Heyman promised that Reigns is going to defeat Strowman later. Cole noted Heyman seemed very stressed out. 

Cole and Booker discussed The Street Profits and New Day swapping titles. 

In the back, The Street Profits arrived and previewed the appearances tonight, including Steve Austin, Triple H, and Stephanie McMahon. 

The NFL Kick off Show gave their predictions for the Reigns and Strowman match. 

Renee Young appeared on Zoom. She apologized for not being at the arena tonight. They showed a video looking back at the last year of SmackDown on FOX, including The Rock's appearance, Bayley turning on Sasha Banks, Reigns spearing Jey Uso, and Cain Velasquez's debut.

Seth Rollins joined Cole and Booker on the panel. Cole asked if he's the Friday Night Messiah now, but Rollins said it doesn't have the same ring. Rollins is excited to join the SmackDown brand because he wants to compete against the blue brand's plethora of talent. 

Cole pointed out that Rey and Dominik Mysterio are also on SmackDown as well. Cole also noted that Booker T isn't Rollins' only fan. 

They showed a clip of San Francisco 49'ers Tight End Geroge Kittle. Kittle praised Rollins and is excited that he's on SmackDown.

They showed a clip of David Ortiz trash-talking Booker T and challenged him to a match. 

Booker was furious and lost his mind. He yelled into the camera that he isn't tough to find.

Kayla Braxton interviewed Braun Strowman in the back. Strowman talked about his history and past feud with Reigns. He promised to defeat Reigns and win the title tonight. 

Cole and Booker discussed the main event tonight and Strowman's comments. 

They showed a clip of Steve Austin on the FOX show the Big Noon Kick-Off. 

In the back, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon were getting ready to make their appearance. 

FOX's Jay Glazer gave his opinion on the main event tonight. He pointed out that Strowman wants to take their title from SmackDown to Raw, which he doesn't want to happen.

Triple H and Stephanie McMahon joined the panel. Triple H mocked Booker and said maybe Ortiz is going to show up and beat up Booker. 

Booker asked Triple H who he thinks will make an impact in the next few years. Triple H picked Rhea Ripley and said she could headline WrestleMania in the next couple of years. They also praised Bianca Belair. 

They did a good job of hyping the main event throughout the entire pre-show. 

Main Show

Michael Cole and Corey Graves opened up SmackDown from ringside. 

The entire roster was standing on the stage, including Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman, The New Day, Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens, and more. 

Triple H and Stephanie McMahon were in the ring. McMahon welcomed everyone to the season premiere of SmackDown. Triple H noted there is something for everyone tonight. They previewed the line-up, including the main event. McMahon noted Daniel Bryan makes his first appearance in the Thunderdome. The fans on the screens all did the Yes Chant, which was pretty cool looking. 

They talked about the members of the roster and introduced the Street Profits. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode jumped the Street Profits, and the roster broke out into a giant brawl.

Owens hit a massive cannonball off the apron. Montez Ford hit a huge dive on the other side of the ring onto Ziggler and Roode. 

Suddenly, Lars Sullivan music hit, and he made his way to the ring. Everyone stopped fighting in the ring. Sullivan destroyed the Street Profits at ringside. Kalisto attempted a suicide dive, but Sullivan caught him and slammed him against the barricade. 

Sullivan jumped in the ring, but Sami Zayn ran off. Apollo Crews and Shorty G jumped Sullivan, but he overpowered them. He then destroyed both guys. Jeff Hardy jumped Sullivan from behind and sent him to the floor. 

This was a fine opening segment. It was all about making Sullivan seem like a monster. 

They showed Jeff Jarrett in the crowd on one of the screens. He joins the Hell in a Cell kick-off show. 

Lars Sullivan defeated Jeff Hardy

There was a fine match. They kept it short, and was a showcase for Sullivan. 

Hardy was briefly in control early until he injured his knee. Sulivan took over and was firmly in control. He hit a sliding clothesline for a near fall but missed a diving headbutt. Hardy fired up and made a comeback but couldn't knock Sulivan off his feet. Sullivan regained control, but Hardy hit whisper in the wind for a one count. 

Sullivan shoved Hardy to the floor. Hardy jumped off the ring steps, but Sullivan caught him and slammed him on the apron. 

Hardy hit the Twist of Fate and climbed to the top for the Swanton Bomb, but Sullivan jumped up to his feet. Hardy was shocked that Sullivan got back up. Sullivan grabbed Hardy and hit the Freak Accident for the win. 

They showed Jarret again after the match. 

They showed an excellent video package on Bianca Belair. She makes her SmackDown debut soon. 

New Day's Farewell 

The New Day made their way down to the ring. Woods pointed out that Big E is staying on SmackDown, but they're going to Raw. Kingston became emotional as he started talking about their time together as a team. 

They talked about their highlights together, including Kingston winning the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. Woods also became emotional as he spoke about the last six years of his life being the best.

Kingston talked about considering giving it all up in 2012. Woods and Big E approached him in the back with the idea about the New Day. Kingston cried as he talked about them being his best friends. 

Woods changed up the mood and started a New Day Rocks chant.

This was an awesome segment. All three came across genuine as they became emotional. The segment would have probably done very well in front of a live crowd. 

In the back, Sheamus, Cesaro, and Shinsuke Nakamura were getting ready for their match. They're happy to face New Day in their final match and get revenge. 

The New Day defeated Sheamus, Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura 

This was a good match. They all worked hard in a fast-paced match. 

The faces were firmly in control early. Kingston leaped over Big E and hit a senton on Cesaro. Woods then lifted Big E and dropped him on Cesaro for a near fall.

The heels took over and isolated Woods. Sheamus and Cesaro made references to their days as The Bar. Woods fought back and hit a sliding knee. Big E power bombed Woods on Sheamus, and Kingston hit a splash for a near fall. 

The heels regained control and isolated Kingston on their side of the ring. Kingston tried fighting back, but Cesaro dragged him back to their corner. Kingston ended up on the corner, but Sheamus pulled him off. 

Back from the break, the heels were still in control. Kingston hit the SOS on Sheamus, and Big E got the hot tag. He ran wild on Cesaro and hit a big splash. He attempted the Big Ending, but Cesaro countered with a gut-wrench suplex. 

Nakamura hit a sliding German suplex on Woods to regain control of the match. Kingston got the tag and hit a dive onto Cesaro and Nakamura. Sheamus took out Big E, but Kingston rocked Sheamus with a kick to the face. 

Kingston jumped off the top, but Nakamura caught him with a knee. Cesaro did the giant swing on Kingston and Nakamura with the Kinshasa. Sheamus then hit White Noise on Kingston for a near fall. 

Sheamus went shoulder-first into the ring post, and Kingston made a comeback. New Day then hit the Midnight Hour for the win. 

After the match, Woods, Big E, and Kingston hugged in the ring. They were emotional as they thanked each other. 

In the back, Kayla Braxton tried to interview Otis, but Sami Zayn interrupted. He pointed out that Tucker and Mandy Rose both went to Raw. He mocked Otis. Otis heard enough and pushed him to the ground. 

Daniel Bryan Promo

Daniel Bryan made his way to the ring. They showed Brie Bella on the screen in the crowd. Bryan is excited to be in the Thunderdome, which he watched on TV. He admits that he loved his time at home and waved at Brie and his daughter. 

Bryan talked about the Street Profits' debut and the main event. He praised new roster members Bianca Belair and The Riot Squad. He's excited to get in the ring with Kevin Owens, Aleister Black, and Apollo Crews. 

Seth Rollins music hit, and he made his way to the ring. He noted Bryan talked about all of the talented people but didn't mention him. He asked Bryan which part of history he is on because Bryan is either with him or against him. 

Bryan made fun of Rollins. He said Rollins's vision is self-centered and kind of dumb. Rollins said it wasn't dumb. Bryan repeated that Rollins' vision is dumb, like wearing a sports coat without a shirt, which Rollins was wearing. 

Rollins attacked Bryan and hit him with the microphone. Bryan made a comeback and attempted the Yes Kicks. Rollins rolled out of the ring to leave, but Rey and Dominik Mysterio stopped him. Rollins ran back to the ring, and Bryan left him alone with The Mysterio family. 

Rey and Dominik cornered Rollins. Murphy's music hit, and he ran down. He stood next to Rollins. Suddenly, Murphy attacked Rollins and Rollins ran off.

Murphy extended his hand to Rey and Dominik, but they just looked at him and walked off. Michael Cole and Corey Graves noted the Mysterio family can't trust Murphy because of everything he did to them.

SmackDown Tag Team Champions Street Profits defeated Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode 

They showed Ric Flair on the screens in the crowd before the match. 

This wasn't much of a match and ended with a lame DQ finish. 

Angelo Dawkins and Dolph Ziggler started. Dawkins missed a spinning splash in the corner, which allowed Ziggler to make the tag. Roode took over and knocked Montez Ford off the apron. 

Ziggler scored a near fall, but Ford broke up the pin attempt. Ford snapped, but the heels overpowered him and beat him down. The referee then called for the disqualification out of nowhere. They tossed Ford to the floor and hit a spinebuster on Dawkins. 

Ford recovered and hit a huge flying cross body onto the heels. 

Sasha Banks-Bayley Contract Signing 

Adam Pearce hosted the contract signing. Sasha Banks and Bayley both made their entrances and sat across from each other at a table. Pearce talked about their bitter feud. He gave the contract to Banks to sign first. 

Banks signed and noted she's been waiting a long time for this. Bayley grabbed the contract and stated she'd been champion for over a year. She said Banks was going to turn on her, but Bayley did it first. 

Banks noted she wouldn't do that to her friend. She pointed out that she called Bayley when she got left behind in NXT. Banks helped Bayley hold onto the title for over a year, but Bayley tried to end her career. Banks will get her revenge at Hell in a Cell because her name is bigger than Bayley's championship. 

Banks promised to leave Hell in a Cell with the title. Banks got in Bayley's face. Bayley left the ring without signing the contract. Banks called her a coward, but Bayley just walked off. 

This was a typical WWE contract signing but Banks and Bayley were good in this segment.

Various celebrities congratulated SmackDown for one year on FOX, including Ken Jeong, Joel McHale, and George Kittle. 

They showed a clip of Steve Austin on the Big Noon Show tomorrow. 

Universal Champion Roman Reigns (w/Paul Heyman) defeated Braun Strowman to retain the title 

Reigns and Strowman had a good match, and both worked hard. The post-match angle involving Jey Uso was well done. Uso and Reigns are excellent in their roles. 

Micahel Cole and Corey Graves noted if Strowman wins, he takes the Universal Championship with him to Raw. They're both worried that SmackDown won't have a title if Strowman wins. 

They did the special ring introductions for the match. They showed Mark Henry and Rob Stone on the screens in the crowd. Goldberg was also on the screen, but they didn't call attention to it. Keith Lee appeared to be next to him but was never mentioned at all.

Jey Uso was watching the match backstage. 

Reigns jumped started the match and hit the Superman punch, which sent Strowman to the floor. Reigns backed Strowman into the corner and continued to dominate. Strowman made a brief comeback, but Reigns hit a big boot for a near fall. 

Reigns sent Strowman back to the floor and slammed him on the announce table. Strowman fought back and tossed Reigns over the announce table. Strowman then hit a running shoulder tackle, which sent Reigns over the barricade. 

Back from the break, they did a close up of Goldberg watching the match this time and pointed him out.

Reigns was in control, but Strowman made a comeback. Strowman fired up and hit a chokeslam for a near fall. When Reigns kicked out, he gave Strowman a low blow. Reigns then hit the spear for a near fall. Reigns couldn't believe that Strowman kicked out. 

The finish came when Reigns attempted a second spear, but Strowman countered with a power slam. Reigns slipped out the back and locked on a guillotine submission for the win. 

After the match, Jey Uso walked out and stood on top of the ramp. In the ring, Reigns looked at Uso and hit another spear on Strowman. 

Uso slowly walked towards the ring, but Reigns grabbed a chair. Uso stood at ringside. Reigns then viciously beat down Strowman with the chair. He told Uso that he doesn't want to do that to him, but he will. Reigns wants to give him a second chance. Referees tried to stop him, but Reigns kept attacking Strowman. 

Uso got in the ring. Reigns told Uso that he loves him and is just trying to help him. Reigns dropped the chair at Uso's feet and turned around. Uso picked up the chair and teased hitting Reigns but dropped it. Reigns smiled. Uso snapped and attacked Reigns with the chair. The officials stopped Uso and Reigns gave him a low blow. 

Reigns looked down at Uso and told him he gave him a second chance. Now he has to turn his back on him.