Roman Reigns battled Robert Roode in Friday Night SmackDown’s main event.
WWE Friday Night SmackDown featured the return of Kane in a strong opening segment that saw Daniel Bryan get the better of The Fiend with a fistful of Fiend’s dreadlocks.
Roman Reigns defeated Robert Roode in the main event, a Table’s Match, meaning Reigns was made to choose the stipulation for their single’s match at Royal Rumble. The stipulation? Falls Count Anywhere.
Last week’s edition of Friday Night SmackDown was up slightly with 2.497 million viewers.
WWE Friday Night SmackDown Viewership—Last Five Weeks:
- January 10, 2020—2.497 million viewers
- 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
WWE Friday Night SmackDown Key Competition:
- NBA on ESPN: Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers
From the Forbes WWE Vault:
WWE Total YouTube Viewership for Friday Night SmackDown Last Friday: 8,255,844 (Up from 6,910,137 views)
- Most-Viewed: The Usos vs. King Corbin and Dolph Ziggler (1,607,592 views)
- Least-Viewed: Sheamus Puts Shorty G on Notice (142,300 views)
- Median Viewership: 604,101
Average Attendance for “B City”: 4,546
Average WWE Friday Night SmackDown Ticket Price at the Greensboro Coliseum: $84
Estimated Live Gate for WWE Friday Night SmackDown: $381,864
WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results: Friday, January 17, 2020
Opening Segment Featuring Kane and Bray Wyatt
Kane’s 2001 Royal Rumble eliminations record remains one of the more overrated Rumble records in history.
This segment was on the verge of being too ridiculous to take seriously and suspend my disbelief but somehow it held on and was actually quite effective.
John Morrison def. Big E
John Morrison may not be as spry as he was 10 years ago, but he meshed with Big E power style and picked up right where he left off.
If John Morrison finds his way into the Royal Rumble, Kofi Kingston may have stiff competition for the most athletic spot of the match.
The Usos vs. The Revival
If WWE had enough time for The Usos to beat The Revival fresh off last week’s DQ loss, it would have happened.
The more The Revival loses, the more obvious it is that they have not signed any sort of extension.
The Usos looked a tad rusty in this one, but a fine match nonetheless.
My favorite part of this match was Jimmy Uso staring directly into the hard camera midair during a splash.
Lacey Evans def. Bayley
Who died and gave Adam Pearce all the stroke to make this match?
Does heel Bayley own another set of gear?
Lacey Evans has gotten over as a babyface pretty significantly despite WWE pulling that trigger prematurely and with essentially no notice. Can you imagine how over she’d be if these people had a plan?
Elias Serenades Greensboro, Brawls with Sami Zayn, Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura
To prepare for the 2020 Royal Rumble, Elias has sang a song each week. Not sure how that’s going the help him avoid elimination, but it may be a little tougher to throw him over the top rope while carrying the guitar.
Fans were with Elias and politely clapped along to his music, but when he threatened to roast Sami Zayn, they were way into it.
Sonya Deville vs. Alexa Bliss
There was a time where all Alexa Bliss did was win world championships. It seems like so long ago.
Sonya Deville convinced Mandy to ask Otis to appear ringside for selfish reasons. Then she lost due to an unintentional distraction from Otis. This storyline is hitting on all cylinders.
Robert Roode vs. Roman Reigns—Table’s Match
Will a main event ever start without an ambush attack?
When Michael Cole says “Uso’s Penitentiary,” he makes it sound like a vacation resort.
Falls Count Anywhere isn’t anywhere in line with the dog references that have been ubiquitous in this feud.