WWE 'SmackDown' Results: Roman Reigns' Next Opponent Determined Tonight

Roman Reigns left Sunday's Payback pay-per-view the new Universal Champion after defeating Braun Strowman and "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt.

The latest Friday Night SmackDown will see "The Big Dog" address the WWE Universe after his victory. With his advocate Paul Heyman by his side, what will Reigns have to say?

With the next pay-per-view, Clash of Champions, a few weeks away, Roman's next opponent will be determined Friday. A Fatal Fourway between Big E, Matt Riddle, Sheamus and King Corbin will decide who takes on Roman for the Universal Championship later this month.

Riddle and Corbin have a history, and Big E and Sheamus have gone at it plenty of times in the past, so who will leave SmackDown victorious?

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With Wyatt and Strowman out of the Universal Championship picture, for now, what is next for both men? Alexa Bliss has become increasingly infatuated with "The Fiend" while Strowman's monstrous change in attitude has pushed those who care about him away. Are the two destined to meet once again or will they spin off into new stories?

Sasha Banks and Bayley lost their Women's Tag Team Championships at Payback to Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax. Tonight, the "Golden Role Models" will have a rematch to try and recapture the tag straps. With Banks not having any gold, what's the future of this duo, especially if they lose again tonight?

Sami Zayn made his return to WWE last week to proclaim himself the "true" Intercontinental Champion while attacking Jeff Hardy. With Styles also looking to regain the title, how will the story between all three men shape up?

Here's everything that happened on the September 4 episode of Friday Night SmackDown.

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Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman are now the Universal Champion WWE

WWE Friday Night Smackdown Results

Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman Promo

  • Heyman starts the promo by saying that when he was thrown away, Roman brought him back. He says that Reigns saved him and is the one corrupting him not the other way around.
  • Heyman says Roman pulled him back in because the WWE did the same to Reigns.
  • Paul Heyman says that Roman did everything the company asked of him through everything and when he wanted a break, they went with a Fiend and a Monster, which is not best for business.
  • Heyman says tonight's Fatal Fourway will determine the next sacrifice for Roman Reigns at Clash of Champions.
  • He calls himself the special counsel for the tribal chief and your reigning, defending Universal Champion.
  • Reigns gets on the mic and says this is his island now and he'll show up and win every time.


  • Jey Uso walks up to Roman and Heyman backstage. Jey says that he's been texting him all week to see what's going on. When Heyman leaves, Jey asks what Roman is doing with Heyman after all the Brock Lesnar business.
  • Roman says he has everything under control. Jey says he has Roman's back and Reigns says he knows and he has to go.

Heavy Machinery vs Miz and Morrison

  • Otis pins Miz after a Caterpillar and Vader Bomb.
  • After the bell, Morrison taks Otis' Money in the Bank briefcase.


  • Big E is backstage with Drew Gulak and Lucha House Party. He says that Xavier Woods is back to host Talking Smack and it's his birthday. He says that when he wins tonight, he's going to cash-in his golden ticket.
  • Security tells Big E that Xavier Woods has arrived. Big E picks up the cake he got Woods and goes to the parking lot where Sheamus attacks him. Sheamus finishes the beat down by giving a White Noise on the front window of a car.

Big E Update

  • Kayla Braxton says that Big E has suffered multiple lacerations and will be rushed to a local medical facility.
  • Sheamus comes out and says that Big E needs to keep his eyes open. Sheamus says that when you want to be in the main event picture and grab the brass ring, you need to be serious and think about the match and not on dancing and his friends.

Sasha Banks and Bayley Interview

  • They are interviewed backstage about tonight's rematch. Sasha talks up Bayley's accomplishments, but says most importantly she's her best friend and they are going to get their titles back tonight.


  • Adam Pearce says that Big E won't be competing tonight, but he will be replaced and they are still finding out who that fourth person will be. Paul Heyman interrupts and takes Pearce away to talk.

Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler vs Bayley and Sasha Banks - Women's Tag Team Championship Match

  • Jax pins both Bayley and Sasha after doing a splash on both women and pinning them both
  • After the match, Sasha sells her knee that Shayna was working over all match.
  • After SmackDown returns from commercial, Sasha pushes the refs and medical personnel away from her. Bayley tries to help Sasha out of the ring, but instead kicks her off and starts stomping on Banks' knee.
  • When SmackDown returns from commercial, Banks is shown getting put in an EMT.

Sami Zayn Promo

  • Sami asks why he isn't being introduced as the Intercontinental Champion and he starts talking to a stage producer on the headset when he's interrupted by Jeff Hardy
  • Hardy says that if Sami wanted a match with him, he just had to ask.
  • Sami says that he's the Intercontinental Champion and he doesn't have to ask Jeff anything. Jeff should be the one asking him for a match.
  • Both men are interrupted by AJ Styles. Styles says he wants to get back his Intercontinental Championship. Hardy tells Styles that he's a defending champion, when Styles his Jeff. Sami starts to join Styles in beating down Hardy, when Styles turns his attention on Zayn. Sami is the last man standing as he hits Hardy with the Helluva Kick and rolls out of the ring.


  • Otis and Tucker are talking in the locker room. Otis opens up his lunchbox and shows the MITB contract inside.
  • Elsewhere, Morrison opens up the MITB briefcase to reveal a sandwich.
  • Roman Reigns is sitting in his locker room when Jey Uso approaches him and thanks him for getting him in the match. Roman says he doesn't need to thank him, he just wants to see if Jey can win without his brother for a change.

Matt Riddle vs King Corbin vs Sheamus vs Jey Uso

  • When Corbin makes his entrance, he says that Jey shouldn't be in this match because Roman got him in the match. Riddle runs up the ramp and he and Corbin start fighting.
  • When SmackDown returns from commercial, we get a quick Firefly Fun House where Bray teases a special guest next week. We then cut to Nikki Cross watching SmackDown when Alexa Bliss walks up to her and gives her a hug like nothing is wrong, however, you can see Ramblin' Rabbit in the background.
  • Jey pins Matt Riddle after a Frog Splash.
  • After the match, Jey is interviewed in the ring. Jey says he told Roman he could do it and that he's about to take him to the Uso Penitentiary.
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