WWE SmackDown, from Charlotte, N.C., advertised the return of Triple H as The Game addressed the fallout from a highly entertaining WrestleMania 40 Press Conference. SmackDown also advertised Bianca Belair vs. Michin in an Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match, Bayley addressing why she left Damage CTRL, and a Tag Team Title No. 1 Contender Match pitting DIY against Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate.
Last week’s broadcast of SmackDown garnered a viewership of 2.469 million.
WWE SmackDown Results | February 9, 2024
- Drew McIntyre def. AJ Styles | WWE Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match
- Bianca Belair def. Michin | WWE Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match
- Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate def. DIY | WWE No. 1 Contender’s Match
- Randy Orton def. Sami Zayn | WWE Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match
WWE SmackDown Ratings
- February 2, 2024 | 2.469 million
- January 26, 2024 | 2.475 million
- January 19, 2025 | 2.408 million
- January 12, 2024 | 2.424 million
- January 5, 2024 | 2.465 million
- WWE SmackDown Venue: Spectrum Center (Charlotte, N.C.)
- WWE SmackDown Tickets Distributed: 12,744
- Available Tickets: 94
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WWE SmackDown Winners and Grades
Triple H Kicked Off SmackDown
Triple H opened the show with a series of puns about being on the road to WrestleMania.
In something of a parallel universe, Triple H is a babyface as an authority figure who’s backing the main event between Cody Rhodes and Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 40. Meanwhile, the Samoan rebels—including The Rock—are being booed as heels.
Adam Pearce announced a series of six matches between 12 qualifiers for the Elimination Chamber, including Logan Paul, LA Knight, Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre.
Drew McIntyre Def. AJ Styles
Prior to this match, Drew McIntyre cut a promo branding himself “DM Hunk.”
LA Knight appeared on commentary to a huge reaction. Knight was in rare form this WrestleMania season.
Knight asked if Seth’s middle name is actually “Freakin,” and was informed that it is not.
McIntyre connected with an awesome Glasgow Kiss while AJ Styles tried to deliver a springboard Phenomenal Forearm.
Styles and Knight had a showdown at ringside. It led to a visual pinfall for Styles, but Knight distracted the referee trying to get into the ring. Styles then walked into a Claymore Kick and lost.
Pretty Deadly appeared in an entertaining segment under a gazebo, where Kit Wilson wore a bandage on his hand due to that “Pete Doonay [sic]” character.
Drew McIntyre vs. AJ Styles Grade: B
Bianca Belair Def. Michin
It was very odd that Bianca Belair and Michin were on the same team as recently as last week, and now here they are having a match. It makes more sense that this match is being competed for an Elimination Chamber spot.
This match would have had more heat if anybody believed Michin had a chance to beat Bianca Belair.
With Love and Hip-Hop upcoming—and heavily promoted—there was no way Bianca Belair was going to lose this match.
Backstage, Paul Heyman told Reigns he’ll be back next week with Roman Reigns and The Rock.
Bianca Belair vs. Michin Grade: C+
Dakota Kai Confronts Bayley
In the midst of “Bayley” chants, Bayley said Damage CTRL meant everything to her. She said she gave and gave to them, and all they ever did was took from her.
Bayley was interrupted by Dakota Kai, who insisted she didn’t know what was going on this whole time. Kai was in the Jey Uso role, and swore she didn’t know what was going on. The Fans in Charlotte didn’t seem to believe her.
As Dakota tried to explain why she didn’t tell Bayley about Damage CTRL’s shenanigans, fans booed her and gave her the “what” treatment.
Damage CTRL hit the ring to attack Bayley, and Kai chased them off with a steel chair before teasing she was going to hit Bayley. We still don’t know who’s side Kai is on, and that’s a great thing.
Bayley and Dakota Kai Segment Grade: A
Pete Dunne And Tyler Bate Def. DIY
This was an indie-wrestling styled, high-flying, hard-hitting contest tailor-made for the Dave Meltzer audience.
There were a few blind tags, which all led to great spots, including the finish.
Backstage, Logan Paul berated Nick Aldis before vowing to win the Elimination Chamber and beating Seth Rollins at WrestleMania. Paul’s opponent will be The Miz.
DIY vs. Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate Grade: B+
Randy Orton Def. Sami Zayn
It’ll be interesting to see Zayn’s road to WrestleMania 40 given his last two WrestleManias featured an all-time great match against Johnny Knoxville and last hear he appeared in a history-making main event.
Orton hit a rare superplex, but then immediately began selling his back.
After Zayn hit a Blue Thunder Bomb for a nearfall, he ultimately walked into an RKO as Orton advanced to The Chamber.
Randy Orton vs. Sami Zayn Grade: B
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