Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair battle Bayley & Carmella
Although the tag teams of SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair and Bayley & Carmella both came up short against WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Charlotte Flair & Asuka last week, the loss did nothing to quell the respective rivalries.
Find out what will happen when The Boss and the EST of WWE once again join forces to take on the dangerous pair of the Role Model and her “untouchable” cohort, Friday night at 8/7 C on SmackDown.
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– Tonight’s WWE SmackDown on FOX opens up live from the new ThunderDome at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Michael Cole welcomes us. He’s joined at ringside by Corey Graves.
– We go right to the ring as SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks comes out for her WWE TLC contract signing with Carmella. WWE Producer Adam Pearce is waiting in the ring.
Pearce goes over the signing as Banks takes her seat. Pearce goes to introduce Carmella but Banks immediately stops the signing. She’s upset over the fact that the contract is not in the folder. Banks asks Pearce if this is some kind of set up. Carmella appears on the big screen. She has the contract and has signed it. There’s a man standing next to her, who she says is her messenger boy. She asks the man to take the contract to Banks and have her sign it.
Banks insults Carmella and Carmella goes on talking, saying there was no way she was getting in the ring with Banks tonight. They have words over their TLC match as Banks talks about stretching Carmella and making her cry. The man comes walking down the ramp with the contract. He enters the ring and hands it to Pearce as Carmella and Banks continue arguing. Banks signs the contract with her Boss stamp. Banks says if Carmella wants the title, come out here and get it tonight. Carmella says that sounds like a plan. Pearce says that sounds like a main event. He makes it official – Carmella vs. Banks for the title, tonight.
Banks says she’s going to give Carmella a preview of how the match will go – she slaps the messenger guy and beats him up, dropping him with a Backstabber and turning the table over on him. Banks raises the title as her music hits and Carmella watches from the big screen.
– Cole and Graves hype Carmella vs. Banks for tonight’s main event.
– Back from the break and Kayla Braxton is interviewing Carmella. Carmella says Sasha Banks thinks she’s The Boss, but Carmella is untouchable. Carmella goes on and says she is what the SmackDown Women’s Champion looks like, and tonight she’s going to beat the disrespect out of Banks, and look sexy as hell while doing it. Carmella calls her messenger guy over, Tommy, and tells him to set her champagne up at ringside so she can toast in style while watching Banks’ tears fall to the ground after their match.
SmackDown Women’s Title Match: Carmella vs. Sasha Banks
We go back to the ring for tonight’s main event. We see Carmella’s messenger guy at ringside with her champagne setup. The music hits and out first comes Carmella with a new entrance. Out next comes SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks. Sasha poses on the apron as the pyro goes off. Back to commercial.
Back from a break and announced for next week is Bianca Belair vs. Bayley, plus a title match between SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Street Profits and Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler. We go back to the ring and get formal ring introductions. Bank and Carmella lock up and go to the corner. They break and Carmella slams Banks to the mat by her head. Carmella talks some trash while working Banks around. She traps Banks against the ropes as the referee counts. Carmella slaps Banks in the face and fans boo her.
Banks fights back and Carmella rams her back into the corner. Carmella with back elbows in the corner now as the referee counts. Carmella rams Banks back into the corner and charges. Banks sends her to the apron and nails a knee to the face. Banks leaps over the top and delivers a Meteora on the apron. Carmella fights back on the apron and slams Banks face-first into the edge of the apron. Banks falls to the floor and Carmella immediately follows, grabbing her as we go right back to commercial.
Back from the break and Banks is in control. Banks pulls Carmella to the top for a superplex. Carmella fights back and slams Banks face-first into the top of the turnbuckle. Carmella drives Banks’ arm into the post and then kicks her to the floor. Carmella follows and sends Banks into the apron, then rolls her back in the ring for a close 2 count.
Carmella yells at Banks while she’s down. She then mounts Banks with more strikes for a 2 count. Carmella’s messenger boy has her champagne toast ready at ringside. Carmella keeps control with more strikes, then grounds Banks. Fans start to rally for Banks. Banks backs Carmella into the corner and hits back elbows to drop her. Banks charges with the running knees to the face in the corner. Banks launches herself back in from the apron with knees for a close 2 count. Banks shows some frustration now. Carmella blocks the Backstabber. Banks walks into a kick and goes down. Carmella goes to the second rope and drops back over the ropes with her hands on the apron with a submission. Fans boo as she uses the whole 5 count.
Carmella goes back to the top and hits a crossbody for a 2 count. Carmella kicks Banks in the gut. Banks counters with a Jackknife cover for 2. Carmella goes right back into the Code of Silence submission in the middle of the ring, but she can’t get it fully locked. Banks resists and goes into the Banks Statement. Carmella tries for the bottom rope to break it.
The messenger boy, or sommelier as they’re calling him, tries to help from ringside and puts a bottle in the ring but the referee grabs it. He then pulls Banks out of the ring to the floor while the referee isn’t looking, breaking her submission. Banks chases him and comes back in, brawling with Carmella. Banks unloads and beats Carmella down in the corner now. The referee calls for the bell as Banks won’t let up.
Winner by DQ: Carmella
– After the bell, Carmella’s sommelier comes from behind and grabs Banks again but she decks him and applies the Bank Statement on him. Carmella makes the save, yells at Banks and superkicks her in the face, knocking her out of the ring. Carmella stands tall as fans boo her. Carmella yells that Banks has officially lost it. She goes to ringside and yells the same thing in her face. Carmella puts Banks’ face in her ice bucket and puts her back down, still yelling at her in front of the announce table. The referee tells Carmella that’s enough. Carmella grabs one of the champagne bottles and smashes it over Banks’ lower back as the boos get louder. Carmella laughs and pours herself a toast. Carmella then sprays the announcers and Banks with champagne. Carmella yells at Banks some more and is then announced as the winner, but Banks is announced as the champion still. We go to replays as Carmella shows off some more at ringside. Carmella dances at ringside as her music hits. The TLC go-home edition of SmackDown on FOX goes off the air.
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– We see Carmella and Sasha Banks in separate areas backstage, getting ready for their segment. Back to commercial.
– Back from the break and we get another video on Pat Patterson, featuring more Twitter tributes from various wrestlers.
– This week’s Match Flo sponsored video from Progressive features a look at Carmella’s recent attacks on Sasha Banks, and Banks’ recent surprise attack.
– Cole and Graves are joined by Carmella and SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks now, for their War of Words interview segment. They are both in different areas backstage. They interrupt Cole and talk some trash between each other to start the interview. Banks says Carmella wishes she could be like her. Carmella calls her a Nicki Minaj wannabe. Cole brings up how long they’ve known each other, going back to their early training days. Banks gives her some praise but knocks her for going from guy to guy. Banks says there’s a reason they’ve never faced one-on-one and that’s because Banks is in a different league, and Carmella will never be there.
Carmella thinks Banks is jealous. Carmella says Banks looks at her and her blood boils with jealousy. Carmella says Banks worked her whole life, worked her butt off, to become a WWE Superstar when Carmella just walked in and became a success overnight with half the effort. Carmella says Banks is right, she’s nothing like Banks, she’s superior in every way and Banks can’t handle it. Carmella says she’s not only the hot chick that is going to embarrass Banks, she’s going to take her title. Banks says Carmella can have a title shot if she wants it, at TLC. Banks promises that Carmella has never been in the ring with a badder bitch than she. Carmella laughs at Banks and cuts her feed off as Banks looks on.
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– Carmella and Dana Brooke are backstage getting on the same page ahead of tonight’s title shot. They also talk about Carmella’s qualifier next week for the women’s MITB match, which Brooke already has a spot in.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles Match: Carmella and Dana Brooke vs. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross
Back to the ring and out comes WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Alexa bliss and Nikki Cross for their first title defense since winning the titles from The Kabuki Warriors at WrestleMania 36. Carmella is out first for her team. She hits the ring and out next comes Dana Brooke.
The bell rings and Cross charges as does Brooke. Brooke with a dropkick to send her out for a breather. Carmella ends up taking Bliss down at ringside. Cross makes Carmella pay. Brooke comes over and leaps off the steps, taking Cross down on the floor with a crossbody. Brooke stands tall and celebrates as the match starts with chaos at ringside. We go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Carmella tags in as does Bliss. Carmella with a clothesline. Carmella with more offense and a moonwalk to show off. Carmella keeps control and goes for a pin but Cross makes the save. Brooke takes Cross down on the floor but Bliss kicks her through the ropes. Carmella comes right back after Bliss. Bliss turns it right back around and drops Carmella.
Bliss goes to the top and fights Carmella off. Carmella flips into the corner and brings Bliss to the mat with a scissors. She pins Bliss but didn’t see Cross tag in. Cross goes to work on Carmella now and unloads. Carmella blocks a neckbreaker and lands a kick but the next kick is blocked. Bliss tags in and joins Cross for a modified 3D double team move to Carmella. Bliss covers for the pin to retain.
Winners: Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross
– After the match, Bliss’ music hits as she stands tall with Cross. Carmella is down on the mat and we see Brooke recovering on the floor. We get replays of the 3D finisher. Bliss and Cross celebrate with the titles as Brooke looks on from the floor.
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Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss are in the back and Nikki says she is feeling unbeatable.
Carmella and Dana Brooke show up and they challenge Alexa and Nikki for the tag titles so they can have their Wrestlemania moment.
Alexa says she feels bad that they didn’t have their Wrestlemania moment but they shouldn’t be able to jump the line.
Dana says she heard them talk about feeling unbeatable.
Nikki suggests that they can do this
Alexa says they talked it over and . . . Nikki says challenge accepted.
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– We see Carmella and Naomi backstage warming up.
#1 Contender’s Match: Naomi vs. Carmella
We go back to the ring for tonight’s #1 contender’s match as Naomi makes her way out. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Daniel Bryan and The Bella Twins are announced for WWE Backstage. We cut to a backstage pre-recorded promo from Sheamus. The Celtic Warrior knocks Shorty G and Apollo Crews for trying to come at him last week. Sheamus says the problems for SmackDown are far from over and now it’s time for him to start hunting bigger prey. It’s time to end this infestation once and for all, to exterminate every rat in the locker room. Sheamus says he will do that in the biggest trap of them all when he enters the Elimination Chamber. We cut to G and Crews in the locker room. G talks about Sheamus being a bully and that making him sick. G isn’t backing down and Crews shouldn’t either. Crews says he doesn’t need G’s little pep talk. He says G can handle Sheamus his way, he will handle business his own way. Crews walks off. We go back to the ring and Naomi finishes her entrance as SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley watches from ringside with her title. The winner of this match will challenge Bayley in Saudi Arabia next Thursday at WWE Super ShowDown. Out next comes Carmella as Greg Hamilton does the introductions. Carmella gets pyro on her way to the ring as Cole shows us events that led to this match.
The bell rings and they do a handshake in the middle of the ring but Naomi takes Carmella down to the mat immediately, grounding her with a headlock. Carmella fights free and they get back to their feet. Naomi runs the ropes and drops Carmella with a back elbow through the air. Carmella shows off and taunts some before they lock back up with Bayley watching closely. Naomi with a backslide for a 2 count. Naomi counters out of the corner and hits a running low clothesline for a 2 count. More back and forth and pin attempts with counters as they tangle on the mat.
Carmella comes back and sends Naomi flying with the head scissors. Carmella tosses Naomi out to the floor. Carmella runs for a suicide dive but Naomi meets her at the ropes with a kick to the face. Naomi fights back in and hits a crossbody for a close 2 count. Naomi goes to the second rope but Bayley distracts from the apron. Carmella takes advantage and slams Naomi to the mat for another close pin attempt. Naomi goes to the floor for a breather. Bayley trash talks Naomi in her face as fans boo her. The referee ejects Bayley to the back. Bayley throws a fit at ringside as the boos continue. Carmella takes advantage of the distraction at ringside, running the ropes to nail a dive on Naomi. Carmella stands over Naomi on the outside as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Naomi drives Carmella over her knee for a 2 count. They trade strikes but Naomi unloads with kicks. Carmella counters and levels her for another pin attempt. Carmella talks some trash in Naomi’s face while they’re on their knees. They trade strikes. Naomi gets the upperhand but Carmella counters and levels Naomi for another close 2 count. More back and forth. Naomi with a jawbreaker and a big springboard kick that barely connects. Carmella goes to the floor to regroup but Naomi launches herself over the top rope with a corkscrew plancha, taking Carmella back down on the floor. Naomi brings it back in the ring for a close 2 count.
Carmella dodges a move in the corner and Naomi hits the turnbuckles. Carmella with a crossbody from the top for a close 2 count. Carmella keeps fighting and goes for a suplex in from the apron but Naomi resists her. Naomi kicks from the apron. Naomi launches herself in and with a sunset flip for a 2 count. Carmella tries to escape to regroup. She rolls Naomi for another 2 count. More back and forth between the two. Carmella locks in the Code of Silence submission out of nowhere as fans start cheering them on. Naomi finally gets the bottom rope to break the hold. Carmella ducks a kick. Naomi catches a kick. They go on and Naomi drops Carmella with a Rear View for a close 2 count.
Naomi drags Carmella to the corner but misses the split-legged moonsault. Carmella kicks Naomi in the face for another 2 count. Carmella shows some frustration now. Naomi with a big knee to the jaw in the corner. Naomi comes off the top and nails a Blockbuster. Naomi goes for the split-legged moonsault again and this time hits it for the pin to win and earn the title shot in Saudi Arabia.
Winner and New #1 Contender: Naomi
– After the match, the music hits as Naomi begins celebrating. Cole confirms Naomi vs. Bayley for Super ShowDown. Naomi and Carmella have a show of respect before Naomi goes back to celebrating.
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– We go to the stage for a special Valentine’s Day edition of “A Moment of Bliss” with Alexa Bliss and co-host Nikki Cross.
Bliss welcomes us to the first “Moment of Bliss” of 2020. Cross wishes everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. Cross wants to talk about celebrity crushes and tells Bliss to go first. Bliss asks if she should say it, should she reveal hers. Cross interrupts and says it’s Brad Pitt. Bliss hesitates but then agrees, you’re right. They go on and Bliss introduces her guest for tonight. Out comes the #1 contender Carmella.
Bliss congratulates Carmella and says some people say the victory last week was surprising because we haven’t heard a lot from Carmella lately. Carmella loves surprises and will surprise everyone when she takes the title from Bayley later tonight. They bring up Carmella’s former friendship with Bayley and we see photos of them together. Carmella blames the end of their friendship on Sasha Banks. She goes on about how Bayley has changed for the wore since Banks came back. Bliss brings up her friendship with Cross but the music interrupts and out comes the SmackDown Women’s Champion.
Bayley says Carmella is nauseating. Bayley says this isn’t about Banks, it’s about Carmella. She says they were friends, not best friends but friends going back to NXT. Bayley goes on and calls Carmella a loser, adding that she is the most dominant champion we’ve seen. Bliss interrupts but Bayley mocks her and brings up their recent matches. Fans continue to boo Bayley. Bayley says nobody can touch her. Carmella gets up and gets in Bayley’s face. Carmella says let’s fight right here and now. Fans pop as she drops the mic and heads to the ring. Bayley watches from the stage and seems worried. She hesitates before walking to the ring.
SmackDown Women’s Title Match: Carmella vs. Bayley
SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley switches up and marches into the ring now. Carmella tells her to bring it. We go to commercial as Bayley raises the title in the air.
Back from the break and they go at it. Bayley takes Carmella down and shows her up for some boos. Carmella mounts offense for a 2 count. Carmella takes Bayley down by her arm now and keeps her grounded. Bayley fights up and ties Carmella up in the ropes, working her over until the 5 count. Fans boo. Bayley keeps fighting and talking trash as the referee warns her.
Carmella slaps Bayley out of nowhere, then dropkicks her twice for a 2 count. Bayley fights back with a kick and then knocks Carmella back down. Bayley wastes some time and covers for two quick pin attempts. Bayley takes Carmella to the corner and unloads with kicks. Bayley with an elbow to the back of the head. Bayley goes up but Carmella cuts her off. Bayley counters and hit a back suplex. More back and forth between the two now. Carmella kicks out of another close pin attempt and hits the Mella Go Round. Carmella with more offense until Bayley rolls to the floor to re-group.
Carmella runs the ropes and nails a suicide dive to the floor. Carmella brings it back in the ring for another crossbody from the top but Bayley kicks out again. Bayley goes back to the floor and Carmella follows. Bayley immediately grabs her and drops her face-first into the announce table. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Bayley looks to mount offense but Carmella slides out of a move and drops her on her head. Carmella puts her back down with a big boot. Carmella with two clotheslines and an atomic drop. Carmella takes it to the corner and ends up hitting a hurricanrana. Carmella gets fired up as fans cheer her on. Carmella keeps control and Bayley ducks behind the referee, then nails a cheap shot.
Carmella keeps fighting as fans boo Bayley. Carmella with two running forearms. Carmella with a third forearm to the head. Carmella charges but Bayley catches her and hits the Bayley-to-Belly suplex out of nowhere for a 2 count. Bayley misses in the corner. Carmella tosses her through the ropes. Bayley comes right back in but she hangs her over the top. Bayley goes to the top but Carmella cuts her off. Carmella climbs up and launches Bayley to the middle of the ring but she still kicks out at 2. They trade counters again. Bayley rolls her for a 2 count. Carmella comes back and rolls Bayley for 2. Carmella with a superkick but Bayley rolls to the floor and fans boo her. Carmella is frustrated.
More back and forth as they come back in. Carmella gets the Code of Silence locked in as fans go wild. Bayley reaches for the rope but Carmella keeps it locked in. Fans continue to cheer her on. Bayley finally breaks it. They tangle some more on the mat. Carmella goes for the Code of Silence again but it’s blocked. Bayley ends up using the ropes for leverage and getting the pin to retain.
– After the match, Bayley’s music hits as Carmella looks on. Bayley attacks from behind and beats Carmella down as the boos get louder. The music hits and out comes Naomi. Naomi gets in Bayley’s face and they argue. Carmella comes back from behind and shoves Bayley, sending them both over. Carmella goes after Bayley. Naomi and Carmella both end up dropping Bayley with kicks. Bayley rolls to the floor as Carmella and Naomi stand tall. Naomi’s music hits as she celebrates with Carmella.
– Kayla stops Carmella backstage and asks about what Bayley did. Carmella says she doesn’t ask for handouts but she deserves a rematch after what happened tonight. Carmella tells WWE and FOX officials to name a time and place because she will be there and she will be the next SmackDown Women’s Champion.
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Kayla is backstage and she’s with Carmella and Dana Brooke. She asks them about the Rumble match. Carmella says she is ready, she won the Wrestlemania women’s battle royal and the first ever women’s Money in the Bank winner. And that Mella is Money.
Brooke said they have all seen Carmella’s Wikipedia page but at the Rumble, anyone can take a swing at anyone. It’s every woman for herself and she might be an underdog but she knows what she is worth and she knows what she has to do. The camera cuts to Lacey Evans beating up Bayley backstage. Carmella and Brooke break it up along with WWE officials.
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Match Number Two: Carmella versus Sonya Deville
They lock up and Sonya with knees and a snap mare followed by a sliding knee and a near fall. Sonya chokes Carmella in the ropes and Carmella slaps Sonya. Sonya with a kick and she has some words for Carmella. Sonya with kicks to the midsection. Carmella with kicks from the corner followed by a clothesline. Sonya with a waist lock take down but she misses a leg sweep. Carmella with a kick and a flatliner into a Code of Silence and Sonya taps out.
The New Day come out for their match and then they do some invisible Double Dutch with Carmella.
We go to commercial.
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Tom brings up the new 24/7 Champion, Carmella.
Charlotte Flair walks in the back and she sees R Truth. Charlotte asks Truth if he saw Carmella. Truth says he does not know anyone named Carmella. Truth mentions that she is on the run since she is the 48/7 Champion. Carmella shows up and Charlotte tells Carmella that she hopes she is focused on the match. Carmella says that this is not the Bayley she knows but Charlotte says this is the Bayley she knows.
Truth wooos as Charlotte and Carmella walk to the ring.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Tom thanks USA Network for what they have done for Smackdown over the years. Corey reminds everyone that Raw is still on USA Network.
Match Number Three: Charlotte Flair and Carmella (with R Truth) versus Bayley and Sasha Banks
Sasha and Carmella start things off while the 24/7 Title is suspended during the match. Sasha sends Carmella to the mat and follows with an Irish whip. Carmella avoids a splash into the corner and moonwalks. Carmella with a bulldog into the turnbuckles followed by a clothesline for a near fall. Sasha with a forearm and she sends Carmella to the floor. Bayley tags in and Bayley stands over Carmella and then connects with forearms. Bayley sends Carmella into the announce table. Bayley sends Carmella back into the ring and gets a near fall.
Bayley with forearms and she sends Carmella into the turnbuckles. Sasha tags in and they send Carmella into the turnbuckles. Sasha with a snap mare and she runs into a reverse chin lock. Carmella with elbows and Sasha sends Carmella to the mat. Bayley tags in and Bayley punches Carmella. Carmella with forearms and Bayley keeps Carmella from making the tag. Carmella escapes a slam and hits Edge-O-Matic and Charlotte tags in and clotheslines Bayley and kicks Sasha off the apron. Charlotte with chops and a belly-to-back suplex.
Charlotte with a fallaway slam. Charlotte with a back breakeer and a running boot to the head. Charlotte goes for a figure four leg lock and she bridges but Sasha with Meteora. Sasha tags in and she gets on Charlotte’s back but Charlotte with a backpack stunner. Sasha sends Charlotte to the turnbuckles and Carmella tags in and hits a cross body and drop kick. Sasha leaps over Carmella but Carmella with a super kick for a near fall. Bayley is sent to teh apron and Carmella with thrust kicks to knock Bayley off the apron. Carmella with a rollup for a near fall but Sasha with Banks Statement and Carmella taps out.
Winners: Bayley and Sasha Banks
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