WWE SmackDown Live Results: News And Notes After The Undertaker Returns To MSG, Kevin Owens Is Fired

The Undertaker returned to Madison Square Garden on SmackDown Live.

Credit: WWE.com

SmackDown Live delivered a fun show in Night 2 of WWE's return to Madison Square Garden. The Undertaker kicked off the show by chokeslamming Sami Zayn while Chad Gable advanced to the King of the Ring finals after defeating last-minute replacement Shane McMahon.

Meanwhile, Kevin Owens' stock continued to tank after remaining complicit in Shane McMahon's attempt to advance to the King of the Ring finals. The slumping star was fired as the show went off the air.

SmackDown Live saw a slight uptick as the Tuesday night flagship topped the Cable Top 150 for the fifth consecutive week.

WWE SmackDown Viewership—Last Five Weeks
Air Date WWE SmackDown Viewership 
September 3, 2019 2.130 million viewers
August 27, 2019 2.088 million viewers
August 20, 2019 2.142 million viewers
August 13, 2019 2.164 million viewers
August 6, 2019 2.088 million viewers

WWE SmackDown Live Key Competition: 

  • Tucker Carlson Tonight
  • America's Got Talent

From the Forbes WWE Vault:

WWE Total YouTube Viewership for SmackDown Live Last Tuesday: 8,660,690 views 

  • Most-Viewed: Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan are Blindsided by Erick Rowan (4,082,431 views) 
  • Least-Viewed: Samoa Joe Calls out the King of the Ring Field (94,915 views)
  • Median Viewership: 438,388

WWE Average Attendance in "A-City"9,235

Average WWE SmackDown Live Ticket Price at the Madison Square Garden$139

Estimated Live Gate for WWE SmackDown Live: $1,283,665

WWE SmackDown Live: Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Opening Segment Featuring The Undertaker and Sami Zayn 

Parts of this promo felt like Mark Calloway doing an impression of The Undertaker.

The Undertaker's reaction to Sami Zayn interrupting him will quickly emerge as the unofficial meme for "...the hell did you just say to me?!"

Sami Zayn calling The Undertaker "sir" was simply hilarious.

The fact that two of WWE's biggest stars of all time kicked off Raw in back-to-back nights with no interaction with The Fiend is criminal.

The Miz def. Andrade

The Miz defeating [Guy who WWE Twitter thinks is underutilized] will always lead to increased Twitter activity and skippable podcast rants.

Andrade needs this Rey Mysterio comeback storyline to start picking up the pace in the worst way.

Nikki Cross def. Mandy Rose 

Mandy Rose saying Nikki Cross isn't as hot as she is is proof positive that WWE's writing team was burned out this week.

Nikki Cross used her own theme music this week, so you know she meant business.

This week's Alexa Bliss babyface/heel status: She's a babyface this week.

Shane McMahon inserting himself into the King of the Ring tournament is yet another last-minute WWE decision/coincidence that comes off like long-term storytelling. That, Charlotte and Becky reuniting and Randy Orton and Kofi Kingston feuding in The Garden. Talk about failing upwards.

Heavy Machinery def. Local Competitors 

Tucker couldn't have been any more obvious about the fact that Otis is the star of this team. A true unselfish mench.

Heavy Machinery doesn't have the same double-team moves as War Raiders, nor do they have the same gimmick. Yet somehow, the more they beat up on local competitors, the more both blend together.

Erick Rowan Explains his Actions, Brawls with Roman Reigns 

Erick Rowan's goal is to prove he is a master manipulator and not just a monster. By the end of this segment, the announcers noted that he might be smart but he's even more threatening as a monster. Mission failed.

It still might be too early to say this but the days of Roman Reigns getting push-back from live crowds seem like a distant memory after he was universally cheered in Madison Square Garden.

Bayley vs. Ember Moon

Charlotte completely spoiled the result of her match with Bayley by mentioning it will take place in her home town.

Charlotte was acting like a heel to the point where Corey Graves was singing her praises. Bayley, who is supposed to be a heel, still has her babyface entrance and gimmick. Watching this feud reminds me of cold meat defrosting in a microwave. It's not quite there yet, but I'm sure one day it will look like meat.

Kofi Kingston Returns to Madison Square Garden 

If this whole angle was week after week of Randy Orton's voice calling Kofi Kingston "stupid!" only to show up and hit an RKO outta nowhere, I'd be perfectly fine with it.

Did Kofi Kingston not learn his lesson from getting ambushed by The Revival last week? The way Kofi Kingston is so susceptible to traps, he would make a terrible mouse.

After the original table accidentally broke, a resourceful Kofi Kingston found another one on the fly without missing a beat. 'This kills this whole angle because it proves once and for all that Kofi Kingston definitely not stupid.

Chad Gable vs. Shane McMahon—King of the Ring Semifinal 

I cannot emphasize this enough but boy do I miss singlet Chad Gable with long hair.

Remember a couple weeks ago when it was rumored Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin were going to get 12 minutes and all those dorks freaked out when they didn't? Well, the bell rang at 6:48 so Shane McMahon and Chad Gable got 12 min. You're welcome.

If Shane McMahon would have scored one pinfall in this two-out-of-three falls match, even in defeat, it would have been a huge blow to what has been a very good tournament.

Chad Gable won this match in spite of Kevin Owens, who was totally down to play a shady referee. Owens' stock is tanking by the second.

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The Undertaker returned to Madison Square Garden on SmackDown Live.

Credit: WWE.com

SmackDown Live delivered a fun show in Night 2 of WWE's return to Madison Square Garden. The Undertaker kicked off the show by chokeslamming Sami Zayn while Chad Gable advanced to the King of the Ring finals after defeating last-minute replacement Shane McMahon.

Meanwhile, Kevin Owens' stock continued to tank after remaining complicit in Shane McMahon's attempt to advance to the King of the Ring finals. The slumping star was fired as the show went off the air.

SmackDown Live saw a slight uptick as the Tuesday night flagship topped the Cable Top 150 for the fifth consecutive week.

WWE SmackDown Viewership—Last Five Weeks
Air Date WWE SmackDown Viewership 
September 3, 2019 2.130 million viewers
August 27, 2019 2.088 million viewers
August 20, 2019 2.142 million viewers
August 13, 2019 2.164 million viewers
August 6, 2019 2.088 million viewers

WWE SmackDown Live Key Competition: 

  • Tucker Carlson Tonight
  • America's Got Talent

From the Forbes WWE Vault:

WWE Total YouTube Viewership for SmackDown Live Last Tuesday: 8,660,690 views 

  • Most-Viewed: Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan are Blindsided by Erick Rowan (4,082,431 views) 
  • Least-Viewed: Samoa Joe Calls out the King of the Ring Field (94,915 views)
  • Median Viewership: 438,388

WWE Average Attendance in "A-City"9,235

Average WWE SmackDown Live Ticket Price at the Madison Square Garden$139

Estimated Live Gate for WWE SmackDown Live: $1,283,665

WWE SmackDown Live: Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Opening Segment Featuring The Undertaker and Sami Zayn 

Parts of this promo felt like Mark Calloway doing an impression of The Undertaker.

The Undertaker's reaction to Sami Zayn interrupting him will quickly emerge as the unofficial meme for "...the hell did you just say to me?!"

Sami Zayn calling The Undertaker "sir" was simply hilarious.

The fact that two of WWE's biggest stars of all time kicked off Raw in back-to-back nights with no interaction with The Fiend is criminal.

The Miz def. Andrade

The Miz defeating [Guy who WWE Twitter thinks is underutilized] will always lead to increased Twitter activity and skippable podcast rants.

Andrade needs this Rey Mysterio comeback storyline to start picking up the pace in the worst way.

Nikki Cross def. Mandy Rose 

Mandy Rose saying Nikki Cross isn't as hot as she is is proof positive that WWE's writing team was burned out this week.

Nikki Cross used her own theme music this week, so you know she meant business.

This week's Alexa Bliss babyface/heel status: She's a babyface this week.

Shane McMahon inserting himself into the King of the Ring tournament is yet another last-minute WWE decision/coincidence that comes off like long-term storytelling. That, Charlotte and Becky reuniting and Randy Orton and Kofi Kingston feuding in The Garden. Talk about failing upwards.

Heavy Machinery def. Local Competitors 

Tucker couldn't have been any more obvious about the fact that Otis is the star of this team. A true unselfish mench.

Heavy Machinery doesn't have the same double-team moves as War Raiders, nor do they have the same gimmick. Yet somehow, the more they beat up on local competitors, the more both blend together.

Erick Rowan Explains his Actions, Brawls with Roman Reigns 

Erick Rowan's goal is to prove he is a master manipulator and not just a monster. By the end of this segment, the announcers noted that he might be smart but he's even more threatening as a monster. Mission failed.

It still might be too early to say this but the days of Roman Reigns getting push-back from live crowds seem like a distant memory after he was universally cheered in Madison Square Garden.

Bayley vs. Ember Moon

Charlotte completely spoiled the result of her match with Bayley by mentioning it will take place in her home town.

Charlotte was acting like a heel to the point where Corey Graves was singing her praises. Bayley, who is supposed to be a heel, still has her babyface entrance and gimmick. Watching this feud reminds me of cold meat defrosting in a microwave. It's not quite there yet, but I'm sure one day it will look like meat.

Kofi Kingston Returns to Madison Square Garden 

If this whole angle was week after week of Randy Orton's voice calling Kofi Kingston "stupid!" only to show up and hit an RKO outta nowhere, I'd be perfectly fine with it.

Did Kofi Kingston not learn his lesson from getting ambushed by The Revival last week? The way Kofi Kingston is so susceptible to traps, he would make a terrible mouse.

After the original table accidentally broke, a resourceful Kofi Kingston found another one on the fly without missing a beat. 'This kills this whole angle because it proves once and for all that Kofi Kingston definitely not stupid.

Chad Gable vs. Shane McMahon—King of the Ring Semifinal 

I cannot emphasize this enough but boy do I miss singlet Chad Gable with long hair.

Remember a couple weeks ago when it was rumored Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin were going to get 12 minutes and all those dorks freaked out when they didn't? Well, the bell rang at 6:48 so Shane McMahon and Chad Gable got 12 min. You're welcome.

If Shane McMahon would have scored one pinfall in this two-out-of-three falls match, even in defeat, it would have been a huge blow to what has been a very good tournament.

Chad Gable won this match in spite of Kevin Owens, who was totally down to play a shady referee. Owens' stock is tanking by the second.

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