A small summary of what happened in the WWE Friday Night SmackDown on FOX episode of 1/8/2021 held at WWE Thunderdome (Tropicana Field) in Tampa, FL
- WWE Thunderdome (Tropicana Field) has fans connected via webcam who act as an audience in the NBA with their supporters.
- The show opens with Roman Reigns making his entrance alongside Paul Heyman and Jey Uso.
Roman takes the microphone and says there is "a lot of discussions" about what they did to Kevin Owens. He says he likes and respects Kevin Owens for never giving up and never giving up. He says that Owens put him in a difficult situation and that "he had to do what I had to do" He says he cares about the locker room and takes care of everyone there because that's his responsibility because he's at the top.
He says Adam Pearce is to blame if Kevin Owens is unable to compete, make money and provide for his family. Reigns calls Adam Pearce and Paul Heyman yells "Pearce! Now!" Pearce eventually makes his way into the ring.
Roman says he wants Pierce to watch a video pack he has prepared. Show clips of the cage match between Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens asking Pierce for a match against Reigns.
The video pack continues showing Paul Heyman telling Roman how Pearce was in charge of the meeting and how Roman told Jey to take care of Owens.
We have a recap of Owens beating Jey and Roman attacking him.
After the video, Roman asks Pearce what he has to say for himself. Roman says he wants Pearce to take responsibility for what happened to Owens. Roman says Pearce should have worried about Owens' well-being.
He says he and Heyman do their job, but Pearce didn't do his job of looking after the talent.
He says it's Pearce's fault. He says Pearce had the opportunity to make amends for his actions, but Pearce booked the Gauntlet Match.
Pearce says he wants to put the best talent against Roman, but Roman continues to turn Pearce's words about him, asking him if he thinks Roman is bad as his job or if he's saying Roman is stupid.
Roman says that if Pearce thinks he's stupid, that's a problem because it means he doesn't respect him.
He says that when people don't respect him, there are consequences. He grabs Pearce's jacket and pulls him towards him, but Heyman convinces him to back off. Roman tells Pearce, "Right now, right now, you're perfectly safe."
Roman, Paul and Jey leave the ring and head for the ramp.
Single Match for the Intercontinental Championship:
Big E beats Apollo Crews (Big E remains champion)
- New role for Sonya Deville who will be Adam Pearce's assistant on SmackDown.
Tag Team Match for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships:
Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode beat The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) (Roode & Ziggler new champions)
Gauntlet Match to Determine the # 1 Contender for the Universal Championship:
Adam Pearce beats Daniel Bryan, Shinsuke Nakamura, Sami Zayn, King Corbin and Rey Mysterio (Pearce will challenge Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble)