Live Friday Night SmackDown preview: WWE Now, Oct. 4, 2019

Live Friday Night SmackDown preview: WWE Now, Oct. 4, 2019


[Music] preparations are underway for the debut of smackdown on Fox tonight I’m captain Kelly enjoyed by Mike rum and beer outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles California for a very special WWE now presented by Xfinity that’s right and you can get the best of the home and home Wi-Fi experience say that 10 times with Xfinity so many highlights from this team in WWE and a lot going down on Smackdown tonight we have Kevin Owens versus Shane McMahon in a ladder match the loser it’s fire I know I don’t know I’m excited true and tonight we have a very special tag back Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair will face off against Sasha banks and Bailey and Roman reigns is in a match tonight against Erick Rowan and and we had the WWE Championship match the one that’s been advertised one that everybody has been looking forward to and might I add the first time we’ve really seen Brock lesner in a match like not alone this is a big moment I know that that Paul Heyman was traveling to Los Angeles he was excited for tonight but everyone just really shocked after this the Smackdown that Brock Lesnar laid on Raw this week well you know what you got your boy Kofi Kingston in there the WWE Champion um he’s not losing it’s not happening well fie another moment that I’m really excited for on Smackdown tonight the Iraq the most electrifying man will be here at Staples Center assuring in this new era I mean who better than to do it than the rock he coined the rice back down right and I don’t know if you know this right he coined it let me give me this I’m gonna break some knowledge off on the merriam-webster dictionary I don’t know if you guys know this but uh yeah of course all the time just so you know I’d like to work a mental sweat to check it out Smackdown in the book right there the act of knocking down an opponent a wrestling match the decisive defeats or a competition between rivals boom you see that so you can officially play it on a Scrabble the words with friends I thought that’s in the dictionary Smackdown and also we got something really cool I don’t know if I told you this but the one and only Macaulay Koch dr. disrespects yeah the back to back to time videogame champion what are you what are you doing here I’m looking for someone who who are you clearly not looking for us I wonder who’s searching for though I don’t know I mean we mentioned the rock he’s very tall very intimidating I don’t want to be the person that he’s looking for wow that’s actually kind of that was awesome yeah sure he wasn’t looking for us clearly not but a lot of unpredictable moments happening tonight and that might be the first of many very many and speaking of another one as I was saying earlier we got to get a special video of how Smackdown made it in to the dictionary narrated by the one and only Macaulay Culkin the rock stands as a singular force in WWE history the creative powerhouse beyond compare in 2007 that word Smackdown was formally recognized by Miriam Webster but how how did a word that was once used for trash talk in a wrestling interview lined up in the pages of the dictionary [Music] to get a better understanding of smackdowns evolution from catchphrase to lexicon ik heavyweights we travel to merriam-webster’s headquarters to talk to an expert I’m Peter Sokolowski an editor at large and merriam-webster smart [Music] definition of SmackDown as a noun the act of knocking down or bringing down an opponent a contest in entertainment wrestling a decisive defeat or a confrontation between rivals or competitors generally forward to make it in the dictionary has to meet three criteria and they’re very basic criteria has to be used by a lot of people so frequency of use it has to be used in the same meaning by all of those people and it has to show a kind of sustained use it Smackdown was used in this very specific very lexically identifiable way which is to say it was used by a lot of people in a lot of publications to mean the same thing that’s those are the criteria by which we enter any word any word in English so we added the noun but not the verb in 2007 Wow like I want to get a video done and narrated by Macaulay Culkin okay maybe one day okay like is on my bucket list like I just want to go to the grocery store just have him narrated that’s amazing that’s rock and all that and just the fact that now Smackdown well it has been in the dictionary but we’re making it more relevant out alright a night smackdown it’s in the dictionary no and this is such an iconic location we’ve talked about being here at the Staples Center just outside behind us is where they they have the Emmys red carpet where they have the ESPYs red carpet there are so many events that go down here tonight the SmackDown blue carpet event joining the elite it’s on it’s going down um so I have to introduce we have several WWE superstars with us now for this very special WWE WWE women’s Tag Team Champions and Nikki cross and Alexa bliss hey guys WWE Champion oh come on you know how we do it you gotta say with a little more enthusiasm Katherine Kelly you’re w w e heavy weight baby excuse the other range here guys I gotta do I gotta do they gotta do space Judah don’t do it you know yet to all these champions and then there’s me like I was I was sitting there thinking like thanks for putting me in an interview with everyone that has a title besides me I appreciate it but I am the most must-see WWE Superstar of all time so you can’t have a good interview without the Miz I do have pyro what do you guys have delays I’ve got fire road this is the first time I’ve had pyro in like my 13-year career sick pyro – if I must say thank you very much for all this past week yes Miz TV and you know the childhood Miz was just going insane in my head I was like I cannot believe this is happening I’m in the ring with the immortal Hulk Hogan and then Nature Boy Ric Flair – absolute icons and you know now they got a two teams to figure out for the crown jewel five on five match with them coaching it you’ve been walking around Staples Center a little bit how does this feel different than a normal Smackdown it feels crazy different it’s it’s so big I think we all realized like how big this is and I’ve been saying this in interviews all over like this is the biggest Smackdown ever like think about that for us to be a part of this it’s huge you know for myself not to toot my own horn but to be at the forefront of it all is it’s awesome you know so we’re all looking forward to it everybody’s been trying to get on this show you know because it is so big and so special to fans down there you know everybody it’s like the calm before the storm right now so it’s gonna be dope and not not for nothing but you should be at the forefront you deserve it you’ve worked very very hard I’ve watched you ever since you you first started in WWE was ECW and you worked your way up you worked hard you kept your head down and now you’re the WWE Champion and representing that title with the best of them so it’s a it’s absolutely honor and I can’t wait to see you versus Brock tonight I hope you don’t go to suplex City we’ll see what happens a little I’ll do what I can do man I would be remiss if I didn’t ask Monday night’s Rock came out he made a statements yeah nice you’re the ring with him for the first time like he’s not done I mean how many shows I think it’s a given when you when you face Brock Lesnar you’re going to suplex City it’s a matter if you can survive or not you know so I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time I’ve said from the beginning of myself winning the WWE title that I’ve been striving to be the best you know one of the best in the history of the WWE you know champions so the only way to do that is by going up against the best you know I’ve climbed mountains like Samoa joke Dolph Ziggler you know Kevin Owens even Sami Zayn Randy Orton a guy who you know didn’t want me to be here I had to go back ten years later and fight him so now it’s like you know at the top of a mountain at the bottom of another mountain and Brock Lesnar he knows that a mountain to climb right now you seem very calm very jovial yeah heading into this huge matchup tonight really assuring in the new era of SmackDown why do you think it’s important to have that mentality and how have you maintained it honestly that’s just me you know to me like I don’t really get nervous anymore like I said going up against a guy like Brock Lesnar you know what you’re in for for me it’s all about like you know being challenged I take pride in like challenging myself and never you know settling for anything but the best so tonight is an opportunity for me a lot of people are scared or worried or whatever not me you know what I’m saying I’m just looking forward to the challenge we do have video footage of you in Ghana when you got to take your WWE Championship back there and have that experience yeah man this is crazy to me again because none of this happens if Polly doesn’t get hurt you know what I mean I hadn’t been back to Ghana in 26 years so to see this right here is all right yeah my parents like the bills that they grew up in right around midnight it’s a school yeah so for me to be able to go back I actually got to see my grandmother for the first time in like 30 years she ended up passing away a week after so again like just serendipity right like if this doesn’t happen I don’t go to gun I got to meet the president right there you know like the Ashanti King yeah it’s it’s humbling to be at the center of all this love you know so just amazing to go back and you know see where I came from you know my history my culture and just so like you know little Ghanaian kids that sorry about that little Gandhian cares that there’s a gun in name on the WWE title like you know you talk about motivating people and that’s really what it’s all about for me so to be able to do that I’m just humbled to be able to have that opportunity how long you’ve been a part of WWE and to never have been at WWE champion and to finally have that moment it seems so serendipitous that unfortunate events but fortunate for you happened in that way to finally lead up to this I say it all the time like everything happens for a reason if I were to have won this title ten years ago I wouldn’t have been able to do it now and share that moment with my kids have them in the ring and be there for the greatest moment of my career to show them that anything is possible if you push yourself look it’s happening you’re in the middle of 85,000 people my son’s out there throwing t-shirts to people like been there before it’s crazy it’s crazy just I’m just fortunate to be in this position so just cherish it every day going back to your debut on Smackdown are we talking about my debut as the Smackdown host or are we talking about my debut match honestly being the host cuz that was the first time I was ever on Smackdown and I’d never forget going to Vince’s office and him telling me like we want you to be the Ryan Seacrest of the WWE and in my head like that’s not what you want to hear as a WB superstar now there’s nothing wrong Ryan Seacrest Ryan Seacrest is a great you know hosting and he’s great at what he does but you want to be like the big head honcho you want to be a WWE Superstar when you hear your boss tell you that you want you to be a host I was like oh man but then I was like wait a second I get a microphone pass the mic and start the show what is it we got Miz TV or a moment of bliss what’s maybe a little bit of both can we not I made those I painted it I sewed them I did I made all those yes I made my own gear I told someone actually to cut my hair that way kind of like yours I mean you told someone to cut you embarrassing there’s all sorts of colors in that hair I thought I looked so cool it’s Charles Robinson looking at you up and down I mean how long how long do we have to watch this match let’s not okay you know Ric Flair had a shred I said The Miz needed a strut he thought obviously it wasn’t the greatest threat in the world but now would give to yourself back then or two new superstars would be where I am today if I didn’t have those kind of moments those embarrassing moments we look at and I go oh my god I can’t believe I was like that but it taught me you know all my failures I feel like have driven me to successes you know when I was a host of the Diva Search I messed up the entire phone number of the whole thing on live TV it was the one of the most embarrassing moments of my life but that moment taught me that oh wow you can you know freeze and whenever you freeze you know you have to know how to get away from it and so it kind of taught me like you know to just be the person I am today which I feel like I’ve been very successful in WWE as well as outside WWE so the love of your life and now have [Music] exactly actually my daughter is now two weeks old so yeah there’s no sleep in our household the one and a half year old is is getting nuts yeah just in case for dark circles or I didn’t sleep last night I was rocking a baby all night last night and but I wouldn’t trade it for the world I mean hope you can tell you I mean there’s nothing that brings you more joy and that makes you smile more than your kids on Smackdown Alexa bliss let’s take it back to your debut on Smackdown I was so nervous because I knew I was a very underwhelming draft pick so I’m sure yes I was a ballet and a manager so it was very very nerve-wracking it’s only your debut but you’re debuting and cutting a promo yeah everybody and I had to say the word blister tation what is it what is that I have no clue how to pick something for it I don’t even know how I said I was blinking I wasn’t bringing a patient to SmackDown but I don’t even a dissertation is yeah it’s kind of what you have to do to graduate yes but yeah I mean how many years it’s been since then and how far you’ve come now being you know the Women’s Champion like in NXT you know your role was very very different and then going up looking back at it now did you see yourself then where you are now no I remember even having the talk with my mom when I first got drafted to SmackDown I was like I don’t know what to do I was like I’ve had a handful of matches on the next tee and my mom I remember my mom was like they you know how we always send out the emails for Wrestlemania should I buy tickets to Wrestlemania and I was like I’m not gonna be on WrestleMania when that time comes I’ll let you know and then I ended up going into that that WrestleMania Smackdown tribute knows like I was like you need tickets recipe yeah yeah no I would never expect X I remember I always I didn’t think I would be a champion ever when I was when I was drafted and I was like well you know these opportunities they’ll come back a lot so you have to make the most of it and now [Music] there’s almost more time champion up here more days than not it feels like me from an outsider’s perspective yeah well Nikki Cross honey as well what half of the WWE women’s tag-team champions but we have your date oh good a loaf a new being oh just hit the hobby that’s thing you guys both interrupted Becky was so much coffee have you had boiling switch to decaf no I what did she came out decaf I feel like that hurts I feel like there’s like rope burn under your arms I feel like I’m watching my weight when the plane lands are already up unbuckled got your stuff down she’s in the back but she’s all the way at the front now I give her she’s massive supply of coffee having had so many incredible moment on Smackdown what does it mean to have a day like today and to get here incredible I can’t wait to see how it goes I’m excited to see the same I’m excited to see how thing looks feels like there’s a different feeling in the air yeah baby there’s just so much excitement and those bar flies and that’s just good yeah your fans waiting outside a century [Applause] go from so many different networks but I’ve seen smackdown go to so many different networks and now to be going to Fox this is the biggest I’ve ever seen like they are really pulling out as we sang the blue carbon and and you know people all my friends from LA I’ve been having calling me be like do can I get tickets I’m like good for so we’ve been sold out for like it’s months it’s been crazy and it but everyone’s very excited you know we’re excited I think the fans are excited and it’s gonna be interesting I can’t wait to see the set like you know there’s gonna be a new set oh yeah and so I’m curious to see what Fox pulls out I want to see it as it unfolds for everybody else on the pre-show and a lot of great moments coming up tonight the rock the fact that like this show was built around the rock and he can come back you know decades later and now again like I say I keep saying it but it’s the biggest of SmackDown has ever been so now you have like the start and here we are now you know what I’m saying I just like like Miz was saying it really is a completely different vibe right now like everybody’s just so excited you know it’s I got like friends calling me to like I haven’t talked to in years and they’re like oh my god just saw you on Monday night you know Thursday Night Football what happened so like this is just huge you know what I mean like everybody knows that this is just incredibly big so it’s awesome to be part of a lot of people renewing their rivalries Randy Orton calling out the rock miss you did a little bit of an impersonation of the rock at one point I did yeah I didn’t think it would work to be honest so I actually dressed up as the rock and I was like there is no way that anyone in the WWE Universe will get that I am the rock like they won’t like they won’t like the idea was they’re gonna believe that the rock is here and I’m gonna walk out and they’re gonna think I’m the rock I am NOT six five and pure solid 300 pounds of muscle like I’m not a Samoan like there’s just no way these people are gonna believe it and they’re and Vince was like don’t believe it and I go oh my god so I put a bald cap on but sunglasses put put those a shirt on and I believe it was in Kansas City and I’ll never forget when their music hit the crowd erupted I I was like oh my god now I’m gonna go out there and these crowds gonna hate it and it’s gonna be great because I’m bad guy right so and as I’m about to walk up and just wait and I go okay okay and I’m dressed as the rock I have the whole Sun everything on so obscene he goes Wow he let he let the crowd die out a little bit so I walk out and all of a sudden the crowd erupts again and I’m saying I’m thinking him and I’m doing the strum doing the rock as he goes out you know doing the whole thing I smell the air they’re still going by the way so I’m like you know what I’ll go with this I take off the sunglasses another eruption I have blue eyes like what is going on here not until I start going down the ramp do people start realizing it so I get back to the the gorilla position as we call it and I go to Vincent go hydrogen go goes they were so excited that they heard the rock they weren’t looking at you they were looking at that they were high-fiving each other hugging taking pictures they were so busy doing what they were doing that they weren’t and their eyes weren’t on you and I go that was amazing that was incredible and it was a really cool experience yeah people with photos 1999 sitting in my sitting in my in my living room with all my friends watching all the paper views I would always imitate the rock so I had much practice of doing that every single Legend’s struts down from my Davies bench well so much to look forward to tonight on the debut of Smackdown on Fox thank you guys so much for being here this is good luck tonight make sure to catch smackdown live on Fox tonight at 8/7 central and of course at 7:30 Eastern a very special pre-show hosted by Renee young and poverty you don’t want to miss it [Music]


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