WWE Friday Night Smackdown
May 13th, 2022
Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Welcome to our live coverage of WWE Friday Night SmackDown, which is emanating from the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Which will also serve as the fallout from Wrestlemania Backlash. Announced for tonight’s show, Sasha Banks and Naomi will defend their women’s tag team championship against Shayna Baszler and Natalya, Kofi Kingston will battle Butch, we will hear from the new Smackdown women’s champion, Ronda Rousey, and RK-Bro announced Monday night on Raw that they would show up on Smackdown tonight!
– Smackdown starts with a video packahe highlighting the match between The Bloodline, Drew McIntyre, and RK-Bro from Wrestlemania Backlash.
– Smackdown officially starts off with RK-Bro, Randy Orton welcomes us to Friday Night SmackDown! Orton says that him and Riddle are very excited to be here tonight but they are sick and tired of the chase, Orton says that its obvious that the Usos can’t make any decisions of their own, Riddle then apologizes to Orton for losing at Wrestlemania Backlash, Riddle says that every time the Usos can’t handle business, Reigns comes in and does it for them. Orton then calls out Roman Reigns but Sami Zayn comes out instead. Zayn calls himself the locker room leader and that he speaks for the Bloodline, The WWE universe, and the people in the back, Zayn says that no one wants to see the tag team title unification match, Zayn suggests that RK-Bro go back to Raw and don’t come back, Riddle says that he’s going to start calling Zayn “rusty” because his hair looks like rust. Zayn says that he would take care of Shinsuke Nakamura last week and he did, Orton asks Sami is he’s the shotcaller in the bloodline, Orton suggests that its him vs Sami Zayn tonight, and if Orton wins they get their tag title unification match, Zayn agrees but walks up the ramp and says that he can do it next week after talking to some people backstage, Adam Pearce comes out and makes Sami Zayn vs Riddle for tonight, and the match will start next!
Match 1: Sami Zayn vs Riddle
– The match starts with Riddle backing Zayn into the corner, Zayn then locks in a headlock on Riddle, followed by a shoulder block, Riddle goes for a triangle choke but Sami is quickly able to get to the ropes and roll to the outside, Riddle then lands a dropkick through the ropes to Zayn, sending him into the barricade, Zayn then chokes Riddle against the second rope, using the full five count. Zayn then lands a series of forearms to the face of Riddle, followed by a headlock. Riddle is then able to comeback and land a kick to the face of Zayn, Riddle then lands a running forearm to Sami in the corner, followed by a fisherman’s suplex, Riddle then goes for the floating bro but Zayn pushes him off the top rope, into the barricade as we go to commercial break.
– We are back from commercial as we see Zayn landing a series of punches to Riddle, Zayn goes to the top but Riddle jumps to the top aswell, Zayn headbutts him down and jumps but Riddle catches him in mid-air with a knee for a nearfall. Zayn then hits a Michinoku driver for a nearfall, Zayn goes for a second rope DDT on Riddle but Riddle sends him to the outside, followed by a running kick from the apron and a floating bro to the outside, Riddle then lands a powerslam and a second rope DDT, Riddle then goes for the RKO but Zayn runs to the outside, Zayn then throws Riddle into the steel post before sending him into the time keepers area, Riddle is able to get back in at the count of nine, Riddle then lands a broderek for the pinfall victory.
Winner via pinfall= Riddle at 10:24
– After the match, Roman Reigns and The Bloodline are watching from their locker room, Reigns calls them desperate for still coming at them after they lost, Jimmy says that tonight the entire world will acknowledge Roman Reigns.
– We will hear from the new Smackdown women’s champion, Ronda Rousey, next!
– We see Sami Zayn walking backstage, he runs into a laughing Shinsuke Nakamura, Shinsuke says that Roman is the head of the table and that Zayn is the table’s ass.
– Ronda Rousey makes her way to the ring, Ronda says that she had to break Charlotte’s arm to win the title, Ronda says that she’s issuing an open challenge for the Smackdown women’s title right now, Raquel Rodriguez then makes her entrance, Raquel says that she accepts Ronda’s challenge, Raquel says that it would be an honor to step into the ring with a legend like Ronda, Ronda Rousey vs Raquel Rodriguez for the Smackdown women’s championship is next!
Match 2: Smackdown women’s championship: Ronda Rousey (c) vs Raquel Rodriguez
– The match starts with Raquel going behind Ronda and throwing her down, Raquel then picks up Ronda and throws her in the corner before landing a closeline and a pin, but only able to get a one count, Raquel then lands a fallaway slam on Ronda, followed by a second fallaway slam, Ronda goes for the armbar but Raquel counters into a sidewalk slam, Raquel goes for a twisting elbow from the top but Ronda moves out of the way, Ronda locks in a sleephold but Raquel turns it into a suplex for a nearfall, Ronda then lands a series of punches followed by a jumping knee and a kick to the face, Raquel then drops Ronda with a modified Olympic slam for another nearfall, Raquel goes for a powerbomb but Ronda counters into an ankle lock, Raquel gets out of it and lands bigboot for yet another nearfall. Raquel once again goes for the powerbomb but Raquel turns it into a hurricarana for the pinfall victory.
Winner via pinfall and STILL Smackdown women’s champion: Ronda Rousey at 5:59
– After the match, Ronda and Raquel shake hands.
– Shotzi Blackheart is backstage with Adam Pearce, Shotzi says that Raquel pushed her out of the way as she was about to accept Ronda’s open challenge, Aliyah says that Shotzi locked her in a locker so she couldn’t accept the title opportunity.
– Madcap Moss will be live, next!
– Kayla Braxton is in the ring, she introduces Madcap Moss, Kayla says that Madcap has been on a roll and that on Sunday he has the biggest victory of his career. Madcap says that Corbin can wear you down with his terrible personality, Madcap says that if he would of told him another story about how much his watch cost he would of tapped out right there, Madcap says that he beat the big bad wolf, Madcap wants to form a team with Sasha Banks called Madcap Boss, Madcap says that he wants to win the Money In The Bank, Corbin attacks Madcap from behind with a steel chair, Corbin then puts the chair around Madcaps neck before slamming the Andre The Giant memorial trophy down onto the chair, Adam Pearce and other officials vheck on Madcap as shes stretchered out.
– We are back from commercial, Corbin finds Madcap as he’s about to enter the ambulance.
Match 3: Women’s tag team championship: Sasha Banks and Naomi (c) vs Shayna Baszler and Natalya
– The match starts off with Naomi and Shayna Baszler, Naomi and Sasha both land a double boot to the face of Shayna, Natalya comes in and goes to work on Sasha, Sasha lands a tilt-a-whirl on Natalya followed by a meteora, Sasha tries to lock in the bank statement but Shayna breaks up the submission as we go to commercial break.
– We are back from commercial as Shayna and Natalya land a heart attack on Sasha, Shayna goes for the pin but Naomi breaks up the pin, Shayna goes to step on the arm of Naomi on the apron but Sasha lands a knee on Shayna followed by a tag to Naomi, Shayna lands a big boot on Naomi and goes for a pin as Natalya holds the ropes but the ref sees it, Naomi lands a springboard shining wizard to Natalya, Sasha lands a backstabber on Shayna, Natalya tries to lock in the sharpshooter on Naomi but Naomi rolls her up for the pinfall victory.
Winners via pinfall and STILL women’s tag team champions: Naomi and Sasha Banks at 8:36.
– Drew Gulak is backstage asking Ricochet for advice, Ricochet said that he could of called it quits but he took control instead, Gulak says that next time he sees Gunther he’s going to put him in his place, Gulak runs into Gunther, Gunther pushes him up against the door and lands a chop to the chest.
Match 4: Kofi Kingston vs Butch
– The match starts with Kofi landing a dropkick on Butch in the corner followed by punches, Butch then takes Kofi down and lands a series of elbows on Kofi, followed by joint manipulation on the wrist of Kofi, Kofi then launches Butch to the outside, Butch tries to bring Kofi back in the ring by the hair but Kofi lands a knee and a punch, Xavier celebrates with Kofi on his shoulders as we go to commercial break.
* Commercial break*
– We are back from commercial as Butch has Kofi locked in a submission, Kofi tries to fight out of it with punches, Kofi then lands chops and a standing dropkick, Kofi then hits the SOS for a nearfall, Kofi then tries to jump off the top rope but Butch punches him in mid-air for a nearfall, Kofi lands a standing double footstomp to the chest of butch, Ridge Holland gets on the apron but Xavier knocks him off, Sheamus lands a knee to the face of Xavier, distracting Kofi, Butch then lands a pump-handle flatliner for the pinfall victory.
Winner via pinfall: Butch at 8:21
– Butch then runs through the crowd and meets back up with Sheamus and Ridge Holland on the apron to celebrate.
– We see Sami Zayn talking to Paul Heyman, Zayn says that he may of overstepped his boundaries accepting the match with Riddle, Zayn says that he stood up to RK-Bro from disrespecting Smackdown, Heyman says that Roman Reigns appreciates Zayn.
– Roman Reigns makes his entrance with the Bloodline. Reigns says that they smash the competition and tell everyone what’s next, Reigns says that they smashed RK-Bro and Drew and that there’s no one left, Reigns says no one wants to step up to him, Reigns says the Usos may have someone next because they have a challenge on the table, RK-Bro then interrupt, Orton says that Cena is 10 times the superstar Reigns will ever be, Riddle says that he goes back and watches old matches, Riddle then says they need to make that unification match happen, Orton says that Jimmy and Jey only have one brain between the two of them, Orton says that they will introduce the undisputed WWE tag championships, The Usos then accept their challenge, just not tonight but next Friday Night. Riddle then lands a jumping knee on the Face of Reigns, Riddle and Orton retreat and laugh up at the ramp as Smackdown goes off the air.