By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
WWE Friday Night Smackdown (Episode 1,117)
Tampa, Florida at Tropicana Field
Aired live on January 15, 2021 on Fox
[Hour One] Smackdown opened with a recap of the Roman Reigns and Adam Pearce storyline… The broadcast team was Michael Cole and Corey Graves, and Greg Hamilton was the ring announcer…
Backstage, Roman Reigns was shown reading over a contract while Paul Heyman stood behind him. Heyman said it was a boilerplate contract. When Reigns looked displeased, Heyman said he didn’t like it from the moment he read it. Heyman said the match needs a stipulation that will allow Reigns to teach Pearce a lesson in respect. Heyman took the contract and told Reigns that he could consider the situation handled…
Jey Uso made his entrance. Once in the ring, Uso took a mic and welcomed viewers to “The Bloodline Show.” Uso said he and Reigns run the show, not Pearce, Kevin Owens, or anyone in the WWE Universe. “My family is the one calling the shots,” Uso said. He added that Pearce would find this out the hard way at the Royal Rumble.
Uso said they weren’t satisfied with just Smackdown. He said everyone should be thanking Reigns. Uso announced that he would be in the Royal Rumble match. He said he would win the match, then beat Drew McIntyre or Goldberg or whoever the WWE Champion is at WrestleMania. Uso said his bloodline is the entire WWE.
Uso recalled Shinsuke Nakamura beating Rey Mysterio, King Corbin, and Daniel Bryan in last week’s gauntlet match. He said Nakamura’s run ended because of his family, and Nakamura is lucky that they let him survive. Uso was interrupted by Nakamura’s entrance. Once in the ring, Nakamura told Uso that if his cousin is the Big Dog, that makes Uso his little puppy. Uso tried to charge Nakamura, who dropped him with a kick. Cole said Nakamura would face Uso after the break… [C]
Powell’s POV: A decent promo from Uso that started to overstay its welcome by the end. WWE piped in cheers for Nakamura, so he’s clearly a babyface now.
1. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jey Uso. Nakamura was on the offensive when Cesaro’s entrance music played and he walked to ringside. Nakaura ran Uso into the ring post heading into a break. [C]