Smackdown TV report for 12/08/2023

Arena: Amica Mutual Pavilion
City: Providence, RI

Tribute to the Troops!! We Thank You for your service!!

The War and Treaty open with God Bless America

Dragon Lee VS. Santos Escobar in the first round in the United States Championship Tournament

Prior to the match starting, Dominik Mysterio comes out. He defends the NXT North American Championship tomorrow night against Dragon Lee.

Santos knocked Lee off the top rope, then picked him up on his shoulders and dropped him with the phantom driver and got the win.

Winner: Santos Escobar

After the match Dominik gets in the ring and held the North American Title up in the air and he yelled at Dragon Lee that he was the one that was going to carry on Lucha Libre.

Nick Aldis is shown in his office and Randy Orton walked in and asked why he was teaming with LA Knight tonight. Randy then gave Nick a check and Nick told Randy the fine was only $50,000, this is for $100,000 for the RKO he gave him last week and Randy said, “Oh that’s for next time”.

The American Nightmare Cody Rhodes comes out to the ring for a promo. Cody said he asked to be here for the Tribute for the Troops, and this is now the 21st year for Tribute to the Troops shows. A video was shown then Cody announces a drill team.

Bobby Lashley VS. Karrion Kross  in the first round in the United States Championship Tournament

Lashley with a spear gets the win.

Winner: Bobby Lashley

Damage Control getting ready for Asuka’s match tonight and Bayley comes in and they all tell Bayley to stay in the back tonight, but they are going to be out there for Asuka.

Out in the ring next is C.M. Punk. He talks about where he wants to sign. He says he knows a guy who comes out and asks what they want to talk about, so he is going to get a little spicy and asked who they want him to talk about. Then said he could talk about Cody Rhodes. He has some stories and then he said Roman Reigns and acknowledged him and said don’t forget who the original Paul Heyman guy is. He said he either goes to Raw and hangs out with Jey Uso or stays with Smackdown and scraps with Jimmy Uso.

He said he doesn’t know if he could tag with Randy but knows he could tag with Randy’s partner tonight and that is L.A. Knight. He then says he and Kevin Owens are too much alike.

Punk goes on to say everyone is welcoming back even JBL, who is on commentary tonight but only one guy has not welcomed him back and he isn’t even the Man in his own household. But he will make his decision where he will make his mind up on Monday. He will listen to Nick Aldis, he has a call with Shawn Michaels about NXT, and he will listen to Adam Pearce Monday and will continue his journey and he wants to main event WrestleMania.

As we come back from break CM Punk is shown walking backstage and stops in front of the Bloodline’s door almost knock but turned to walk away and walked into Kevin Owens and asked Kevin if he seen Nick Aldis’ office and Kevin said not and Punk said thanks for all the help.

Charlotte Flair VS. Asuka

Prior to the match Zelina Vega and Mia Yim fought off Iyo Sky and Kairi Sane who came to the ring with Asuka as they fought toward the back Shotzi and Bianca Belair joined the fight and left.

As Charlotte put the figure 8 on Asuka, Bayley pulled her down and Asuka took advantage of Charlotte’s distraction and rolled her up for the pin.

Winner: Asuka

CM Punk is talking to Nick Aldis and Cody Rhodes comes in and tells Punk its good to have him back and they shook hands.

We are shown a video of a National Medal of Honor recipient Ret. Capt. Florent Groberg.

Randy Orton and LA Knight were standing there, and CM Punk walked up and said good luck boys. Orton then asked Knight if he was ready for tonight and Knight said Yeah.

Solo Sikoa & Jimmy Uso VS. Randy Orton & L.A. Knight

After Solo grabs Orton off Jimmy, Knight takes him out with a ddt then goes for a BFT on Jimmy, but Orton turned Jimmy around into an RKO and Orton and Knight win.

Winners: Randy Orton & L.A. Knight

After the match Orton and Knight shook hands and posed for the crowd.

Joe Adams
Joe Adams
Born, raised, and living in Pennsylvania, Joe has been a wrestling fan since the early 80's. He also likes the NFL, playing Madden Football on consoles, and camping. He is a proud father of four kids.

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