WWE Friday Night SmackDown
May 20, 2022
The Van Andel Arena
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Welcome to our live coverage of WWE Friday Night SmackDown, which is emanating from The Van Andel Arena, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Announced for tonight’s show, Xavier Woods will take on Butch, Shinsuke Nakamura will square off with Sami Zayn, and after much anticipation, RK-Bro will do battle with the Usos to unify the Raw and SmackDown tag team championships!
– Smackdown starts with a video package highlighting the match between RK-Bro and The Usos for the unified tag titles titles, which is happening tonight!
– Smackdown officially starts with Roman Reigns, The Usos, and Paul Heyman. Reigns that tonight is a special night because not only is he being acknowledged, but so are his cousins the Usos, and the entire Bloodline. Paul Heyman then welcomes us to the biggest night in the history of tag team wrestling, Heyman calls Roman the GOAT, Heyman says you can take Bruno, Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Stone Cold, Brock Lesnar, John Cena and stack them up and they will be smashed and pinned by Roman Reigns. Heyman then says that every night Roman defends the position of being the greatest of all time, Heyman then says that he stands in the ring with the desendents of The Wild Samoans, but the Usos will do something they never did, hold both the Raw and SmackDown tag titles at the same time. Heyman then says that the Usos will come home the undisputed tag team champions or they won’t come home to the island of relevancy at all, Heyman they says that tonight the Usos will become the undisputed tag team champions of the world. Roman then says that he expects the Usos to deliver, Roman says he has these expectations is because he loves them.
– We see Sami Zayn watching on a monitor as he walks to the ring, Shinsuke Nakamura then makes his entrance, Shinsuke Nakamura vs Sami Zayn is next!
Match 1: Shinsuke Nakamura vs Sami Zayn
– The match starts off with Zayn going behind Shinsuke and locking in a side headlock, Zayn the lands shoulder tackle on Shinsuke for a two count, Zayn then kicks in an armbar but Shinsuke rolls through with an armbar takedown and a headlock, Shinsuke then lands kicks to the chest of Zayn, Shinsuke then chokes Zayn in the corner with his boot, shinsuke then lands a snapmirror takedown followed by a knee to the face of Zayn, Zayn then uses Shinsuke’s hair to take him down, Zayn then lands a series of punches on Nakamura, Zayn then lands a closeline on Shinsuke for a nearfall, Zayn then chokes Shinsuke neck first against the second rope, Zayn then goes to the top but Nakamura stops him with punches, Shinsuke goes for a suplex but Sami lands punches and elbows, before kicking Shinsuke off the tops, Nakamura then crotches Zayn on the top and goes for the Kinshasa but Sami sidesteps, Sami pushes Nakamura to the outside as we go to commercial break.
– We are back from commercial as we see Zayn landing a series of crossface blows to the face of Shinsuke, followed by a headlock, Nakamura then lands a jumping knee to the face of Zayn, sending both men down, Shinsuke then unloads on Zayn, landing a scissors-kick to the back of the head of Zayn, Nakamura then hits a german suplex to Zayn as Zayn is leaning on the second rope, Nakamura then hits a knee from the second rope to the back of the head of Zayn for a nearfall, Nakamura then lands a spinning heel kick on Zayn, Nakamura once again goes for the Kinshasa but Zayn rolls to the outside, Zayn then lands a Michinoku driver on the outside before rolling back into the ring, Nakamura is able to get back in at the nine count, Shinsuke then slams Zayn face first into the ring post, Shinsuke then throws Zayn into the timekeeper area, Zayn makes it back into the ring at the nine count but is immediately hit with the Kinshasa from Shinsuke for the pinfall victory.
Winner via pinfall: Shinsuke Nakamura at 10:37.
– We get a video package hyping up the Smackdown tag team champions, The Usos.
– Happy Corbin makes his entrance, Corbin will host another edition on Happy Talk next!
– Baron Corbin is in the ring to host Happy Talk. Corbin welcomes us to Happy Talk while standing next to the Andre The Giant memorial trophy, Corbin says that he’s tall, handsome, wearing a $12,000 hat, a $70,000 watch, and best of all, he got rid of Madcap Moss. Corbin says that this trophy will look great in his trophy case next to the one he’s already earned, Corbin then shows us replays of him taking out Madcap from last Friday night, Corbin says that he was fined alot of money for it but you can’t put a price on art, Corbin then shows the replays once again. Corbin says that you should appreciate everything you have and show your boss respect, Corbin says that Moss had it good and he paid for it all, now if he wants to eat steak his nurse has to chew it for him first, Corbin says that Madcap didn’t appreciate every great thing he did for him, Corbin then asks who’s laughing now and that he’s the big bald wolf because he huffed and puffed and put Madcap Moss in an ambulance. Corbin then destorys the trophy against the steel steps, Corbin then holds up The Andre figure of the statue.
– Ludwig Kaiser then comes out to introduce Gunther, Gunther vs Drew Gulak is next!
Match 2: Gunther vs Drew Gulak
– We are back from commercial as the match has already started, Gulak lands a chop on Gunther but Gunther retaliate with a big boot, Gunther then lands three stiff chops to the chest of Gulak, followed by a powerbomb for the quick pinfall victory.
Winner via pinfall: Gunther at 1:07
– After the match, Gunther locks in a Boston crab on Gulak, Ricochet comes out to check on Gulak and Gunther and Ludwig Kaiser retreat.
– Max Dupri (L.A. Knight) enters Adam Pearce’s office, Dupri says that he’s looking for The best looking wrestlers for his agency, Dupri says that Sonya was the one who hired him, Dupri says that the contract has already been signed, Pearce says that he will talk to his lawyer and Dupri makes Pearce say his name correctly.
– Kayla Braxton will interview RK-Bro next!
– Kayla Braxton interviews RK-Bro, Riddle says that the Usos are trying to convince themselves that they can beat RK-Bro, Riddle says that he’s been beating the Usos 1-by-1 each week, Orton says that the Usos were sweating Bullets because after everything is over Roman will look over them in disappointment and shame after being hit with the RK-Bro.
– We get a video package highlighting the match between Ronda Rousey and Raquel Rodriguez from last Friday night.
– We see Shotzi and Aliyah arguing backstage on who would of accepted Ronda’s challenge last week, Shotzi then calls Raquel soft, too nice, and a choker. Shotzi then calls Raquel an absurd Amazon.
Match 3: Raquel Rodriguez vs Shotzi
– The match start off with both women exchanging punches, Raquel then sends Shotzi in the corner, Raquel then picks up Shotzi with one arm, followed by a shoulder tackle, Shotzi then lands a boot to the face of Raquel, Raquel then picks up Shotzi and slams her into the corner, Shotzi then chokes Raquel with her legs over the ropes, Shotzi then lands a spinning right hand follwoed by a kick, Raquel then lands a headbutt, Shotzi goes forna hurricarana but is caught, Raquel then lands a fallaway slam, followed by another one, Raquel lands a spinning corkscrew followed by a one arm powerbomb for the pinfall victory
Winner via pinfall: Raquel Rodriguez at 2:58.
Match 4: Xavier Woods vs Butch
– The match starts with Butch trying to run after Xavier, Xavier lands a stiff forearm followed by a running kick through the ropes, Xavier then throws Butch back into the ring by his ear, Butch then steps on the hand of Xavier and lands a series of clubbing blows, Butch then puts Xavier in a headlock, Xavier goes for a comeback but Butch slaps him, Xavier then lands a rolling closeline for the nearfall, Xavier puts Butch in q fireman’s carry but Butch rakes the eyes, Butch then puts Xavier on the middle of the top rope, before landing a series of kicks to the head of Xavier, Butch runs at Xavier but Xavier rolls him up for the pinfall victory.
Winner via pinfall: Xavier Woods via pinfall at 3:45.
–After the match, Butch once again runs through the crowd. Sheamus and Ridge Holland then appear on the ramp, distracting Xavier Woods, Butch then takes out Xavier, Sheamus and Ridge Holland hold and take Butch away.
– We get a video package hyping up the Raw tag team champions, RK-Bro.
– Xavier Woods says that he has a third partner in mind to face off against Sheamus, Ridge Holland, and Butch.
– Michael Cole announces that Sasha Banks and Naomi have been suspended and that there will be a tournament to crown new Women’s tag team champions.
Match 5: Raw and SmackDown tag team championships: RK-Bro (c) vs The Usos (c).
– The match starts off with Riddle and Jimmy Uso, Riddle takes down Jimmy but Jimmy gets to the ropes, Riddle then tags in Orton, Orton kicks Jimmy in the stomach, Orton then stomps on the hand of Jimmy, Riddle tags in and lands an assisted floating bro, Jimmy then delivers a strong Irish whip to Riddle in the corner, followed by a series of punches and a headlock, Riddle is being checked on my officials as we go to commercial break.
– We are back from commercial as we see The Usos land a double team flapjack, The Usos then work over the bruised rib of Riddle, Jimmy then locks in a gut-wrench submission, Riddle tries to tag out but Jimmy lands a backsuplex on Riddle, Jey tags in and stomps on the ribs of Riddle, Riddle then hits the jumping knee strike on Jey, Riddle then tags out Orton, Orton lands a powerslam on Jey and a second rope DDT on Jimmy, followed by an RKO on Jimmy, Orton goes for the pin but Jey makes the save, Riddle then tags in and lands a series of punches to Jey in the corner; Jey then lands a pop-up neckbreaker on Riddle for a nearfall, Riddle then goes for a floating bro from the top rope but Jey kicks his legs from under him, Jey goes for a powerbomb but Riddle jumps to the top, Heyman distracts the ref as Roman holds down Riddle, Jey then lands a splash to Riddle from the top rope for the pinfall victory.
Winners via pinfall and NEW unified Raw and Smackdown tag team champions, The Usos at 11:54.
– After the match, Roman Reigns attacks Riddle, Roman takes apart the announce table as the Usos drive the steel steps into the stomach of Orton, Reigns then puts Riddle in the guillotine, Reigns then puts Riddle on the announce table, Jey Uso then lands a splash from the top rope, sending Riddle through the announce table. Smackdown ends with Roman Reigns and The Usos celebrating with all the titles.