The Usos returned to battle Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler.
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WWE Friday Night SmackDown featured a main event where The Usos battled Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin, suffering a disqualification loss. The aftermath saw Robert Roode return, likely setting up a six-man tag team match.
Meanwhile, the show kicked off with the first in-ring promo from John Morrison in almost a decade before Morrison assisted The Miz in a victory over Kofi Kingston.
Last week’s Friday Night SmackDown’s viewership was down slightly, garnering 2.413 million viewers for its first broadcast of 2020.
WWE Friday Night SmackDown Viewership—Last Five Weeks:
- January 3, 2020—2.413 million viewers
- December 27, 2019—2.431 million viewers
- December 20, 2019—2.415 million viewers
- December 13, 2019—2.330 million viewers
- December 6, 2019—2.446 million viewers
WWE Friday Night SmackDown Key Competition:
- NBA on ESPN: Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks
From the Forbes WWE Vault:
WWE Total YouTube Viewership for Friday Night SmackDown Last Friday: 6,910,137 (Down from 8,395,335 views)
- Most-Viewed: Sheamus Returns and Lays Waste to Shorty G (1,406,873 views)
- Least-Viewed: Lacey Evans Fires Back at Bayley and Sasha Banks (295,698 views)
- Median Viewership: 470,672
Average Attendance for “B City”: 6,496
Average WWE Friday Night SmackDown Ticket Price at the Ford Center: $57
Estimated Live Gate for WWE Friday Night SmackDown: $370,272
WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results: Friday, January 10, 2020
Opening Segment Featuring MizTV with John Morrison
I’m so glad WWE kept the slow-motion entrance for John Morrison.
I literally forgot that Miz and Morrison used to be a very accomplished tag team over on ECW.
Miz and Morrison in 2020 will be every bit as obnoxious as they were in 2010 and it’s going to be great. There’s a reason they have their own Wikipedia page.
The Miz def. Kofi Kingston
The Miz as a heel forces you to focus on his elite ability to incite a crowd rather than his passable wrestling.
The Miz and a returning John Morrison feuding with The New Day will be a perfect placeholder until Xavier Woods comes back.
Bray Wyatt’s Firefly Fun House
Bray Wyatt said “love is special, but not everybody is capable of it,” which might be the exact opposite Mr. Rodgers’ mantra.
Since The Fiend has decided he wants to hurt Daniel Bryan, will WWEShop.com be selling “hurt” gloves as opposed to the heal/hurt combo?
Elias Serenades Evansville, In.
How hasn’t Elias been the No. 1 entrant in a Royal Rumble yet? Just so he has all the time in the world to serenade a pay-per-view crowd who would be so into it.
The best Elias songs are the ones where people get to clap along.
The term “sex tape” on PG television is the equivalent to a vibrator joke on PG television.
Mandy Rose def. Alexa Bliss
I’m just glad Mandy Rose didn’t carry around that box of cake for two months without telling us what was in it.
Mandy Rose has a habit of telling other blonde WWE clones “you will never look like me!” Maybe she’s a fan of irony.
If this match was any word in the English language, it would be “sloppy.”
Lacey Evans and Sasha Banks is Cancelled
Lacey Evans’ babyface promos always sound like they’re dog-whistling to Republican voters.
The fact that Bayley’s promo didn’t lead to an ambush with Sasha Banks is baffling.
Braun Strowman vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
If Braun Strowman is on a warpath to the Intercontinental Championship, and he ousted Cesaro, aren’t they skipping the step where he beats Sami Zayn before getting a non-title match against Shinsuke Nakamura?
Michael Cole has been tripping all over his words on commentary for the entire night.
Shinsuke Nakamura, Sami Zayn and Cesaro feel like they’ll be coaching at the WWE Performance Center in 2025.
Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler def. The Usos by Disqualification
Roman Reigns made a veiled comment about The Shield where he called them “friends,” meaning they have been downgraded from brothers.
Roman Reigns saying he wants to main event WrestleMania for a fifth time would have been drowned out with boos if he cut that promo this time last year.
The Usos somehow managed to look even more alike with their new haircuts.
Kane has had 19 Royal Rumble appearances, but Michael Cole only being credited him with 17 since the other two were as Isaac Yankem and the Fake Diesel.