Here are the SmackDown results for the 13th of May, 2022.
Butch will take on Kofi Kingston on the latest episode of SmackDown in what promises to be a physical battle.
RK-Bro will be on the show to confront The Bloodline and challenge the SmackDown Tag Team Champions to a tag team title unification match.
RK-Bro made their way to the ring
Randy Orton said The Usos do not have the balls to make their own decisions. So he called out Roman Reigns and made RK-Bro’s intentions clear as they wanted to become the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions. Riddle gave credit to Reigns for The Bloodline’s win over them and Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania Backlash but he did not mince words and wanted to get the tag team unification match made official.
Sami Zayn came out to the ring with a Bloodline shirt on. He said that RK-Bro would lose the Raw Tag Team Championships if they faced The Usos so it is better the Raw Superstar go back to the red brand and not come back to SmackDown ever again.
Zayn stated that Nakamura tried to interfere in The Bloodline’s ways but he was taught a lesson last week. RK-Bro might encounter the same fate as well. Orton said that Zayn is acting like someone who takes decisions on behalf of The Bloodline and Zayn reluctantly agreed. Orton asked Zayn to face Riddle in a match and if he loses. they get their Tag Team Unification match. Zayn agreed but did not want to face Riddle on this week’s show. He rolled out of the ring and said he will talk to Paul Heyman and the Tribal Chief and maybe face Riddle next week.
Adam Pearce came out and made the match official but said Zayn could not make matches with implications involving The Bloodline without the dominant faction’s consent.
Sami Zayn versus Riddle
Riddle started quicker off the blocks. Zayn was too focused on Orton on the outside. Riddle delivered dropkicks and dominated the match until Zayn managed to apply a headlock. The heel took control of the match after pushing Riddle off the top rope and into the barricade.
Zayn went up to the top rope but Riddle caught him there and tried to deliver a Super RKO but Zayn dropped him down. Zayn jumped from the top rope but was met with a high knee. The Locker room Leader delivered a Michinoku driver but Riddle kept fighting on. Riddle nailed a powerslam and followed it up with a DDT like The Viper but before he could nail the RKO, Zayn rolled out of the ring. Riddle went to catch him but Zayn tossed him out to the timekeeper’s area and returned back to the ring to hope to win via count out. However, Orton willed Riddle on to beat the count.
Riddle made it to the ring and ended the match with a Bro Derek.
Winner – Riddle
Grade – B
Roman Reigns, The Usos, and Paul Heyman were watching the match in the Head of the Table’s locker room. Reigns asked why the hell Orton and Riddle are on his show as The Bloodline already beat them.
The Usos were frustrated at RK-Bro saying that they cannot make their own decisions. The brothers said they are not the longest-reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions without a reason. They said RK-Bro will acknowledge Roman Reigns. The Undisputed WWE Universal Champion said RK-Bro needs to be given an answer.
Ronda Rousey issues an open challenge
Rousey said that Charlotte was a 13-time World Champion but she is the current champion and lifted the title above her shoulder. Fans gave her a great ovation. Ronda issued an open challenge for her SmackDown Women’s Championship.
Raquel Rodriguez accepted as she came out to the ring for what is only her first match on the main roster. Rodriguez introduced herself to Rousey and said it would be an honor to step into the ring with a legend like you. However, she said that she will be the one to make history on the night.
Ronda Rousey (c) versus Raquel Rodriguez – SmackDown Women’s Championship match
Rodriguez dropped Rousey to start the match displaying her power. The newcomer followed up with a thunderous clothesline and backed Rousey into the corner. She delivered a couple of Fallaway Slams as the champion was rattled. Rousey tried to lock in the armbar but Rodriguez managed to counter with a Sidewalk Slam. The champion locked in a guillotine but Rodriguez countered with a suplex.
The former NXT Champion seemed to have answers to whatever Rousey threw at her. Rousey tried to drop Rodriguez with a Piper’s Pit but once again the former NXT Women’s Champion countered. Rousey locked in an ankle lock but Rodriguez escaped and nailed a big boot. In the end, it was the former MMA star who won the match via a roll-up. After the match, Rousey offered and handshake in acknowledgment of Raquel’s effort. Raquel obliged to end the segment. Raquel’s performance was quite impressive.
Winner – Ronda Rousey
Grade – B+
Shotzi confronted Adam Pearce backstage and said she was about to answer Rousey’s challenge but Raquel pushed her out of the way. Aliyah entered the scene and both women got into a war of words as they wanted a shot at Rousey’s SmackDown Women’s Championship.
Kayla Braxton’s interview with Madcap Moss
Kayla Braxton was in the ring and she welcomed the 2022 Andre the Giant Battle Royal winner, Madcap Moss to the ring. Braxton said that Moss has been on a roll of late. He won the Andre the Giant Battle Royal, parted ways with Happy Corbin, and won what many are calling his biggest win to date in WWE, and that is against the Lone Wolf at WrestleMania Backlash.
Moss said that Corbin could wear down people with his terrible personality. Moss was asked what was next for him. He said he is just starting his career in WWE and intends to win the Money in the Bank ladder match. Before he could finish, Corbin attacked him with a steel chair.
The assault continued for a while before Corbin brought the Andre the Giant trophy to the ring. The heel wrapped a chair around the neck of Moss and dropped the trophy on the leverage point of the chair to take out his former protege. Moss was being attended to by the medical team as we went into a commercial break.
Moss was stretchered into an ambulance backstage.
Sasha Banks and Naomi (c) versus Natalya and Shayna Baszler – SmackDown Women’s Championship
Shayna Baszler and Naomi got us underway. Baszler focused her attack on Naomi’s injured shoulder early on. Naomi, however, made the tag and the champions delivered a double-team maneuver to take out the Queen of Spades. Baszler made the tag to Natalya. Banks and Natalya went back and forth and the former tried to lock in a Bank Statement but she could not get all of it.
Natalya made it to the rope to break the hold. Baszler made a tag and kicked Banks on the back as she was trying to lock in the Bank Statement once again. After the commercial break, the heels were firmly in control of the match as they were wearing down Banks. Naomi cleared the ring though as she took out the challengers. Banks managed to make the tag and delivered a heel kick and a jawbreaker to Baszler.
However, Baszler covered Naomi with her feet up on the ropes but the referee saw it. Towards the end, Banks delivered a Backbreaker to Baszler. Natalya tried to lock in a Sharpshooter on Naomi but the latter won the match for her team with a roll-up.
Winner – Sasha Banks and Naomi
Grade – B
Drew Gulak’s tough times continue
Backstage, Drew Gulak was frustrated after enduring a rough time over the past few weeks. He asked Ricochet for some advice and the Intercontinental Champion said that he went through a similar phase but he persevered to become a champion. Ricochet added that only Drew Gulak could help himself recover from the tough times. Gulak was pumped up and said he will take care of Gunther, the next time he sees him. Gulak exited and walked into Ludwig Kaiser and Gunther. The former NXT United Kingdom Champion ripped off Gulak’s shirt and delivered a huge chop to flatten the former WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
Kofi Kingston versus Butch
Kofi Kingston was on fire as the match started. He launched a series of offensive moves to rattle the heel. Butch did try to begin with his joint manipulation but the former WWE Champion soon took control once again.
After the commercial break, Butch was in control but it was short-lived as Kofi once again built up momentum as he hit Butch with a dropkick and followed it up with an SOS for a near fall. Kingston jumped off the top rope but was met with a Superman punch from the Fight Night member.
In the end, Kingston was looking to close the match with a Trouble in Paradise but Holland got up on the top rope to cause a distraction. Woods dropped him but the 2021 King of the Ring winner was taken out with a Brogue Kick by Sheamus. Kingston took Sheamus out but the distraction helped Butch to take out the high-flyer and win the match.
Winner – Butch
Grade – B+
After the win, Butch went into the crowd and joined Fight Night back on the stage area to celebrate the win.
Sami Zayn was talking to Paul Heyman backstage. He said he might have crossed the line earlier in the show by accepting the challenge on RK-Bro on The Bloodline’s behalf but he just wants Roman Reigns to take note of his intentions. He reiterated that he wants to get his respect back.
Heyman cut him off and said that Reigns appreciates him. The Wise Man left as Zayn looked thrilled to receive the information.
The Bloodline comes out to the ring to respond to RK-Bro’s challenge
The Bloodline made their way to the ring with pyros aplenty. Paul Heyman handed over the mic to Roman Reigns. The Tribal Chief asked the crowd to acknowledge him. Reigns said that he beats people on Sunday and comes out next Friday and tells who is next. He took out John Cena on Sunday and revealed what is next on the following Friday. He did the same after beating Brock Lesnar. However, after The Bloodline took out RK-Bro and Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania Backlash, there is nobody next.
The Usos, however, have a challenge on their hands. On that note, RK-Bro made their way to the ring. Orton told Reigns that Cena is 10 times the superstar that the former Shield member will ever be.
Riddle asked the WWE Universe if they wanted a WWE Tag Team Championship Unification match and the fans gave a huge pop. Orton said that The Usos have only one brain and he challenged the SmackDown Tag Team Champions once again to a tag team championship unification match. Jimmy and Jey accepted the challenge and the match. Their only condition was that the match will be scheduled for next week’s episode of SmackDown.
RK-Bro were thrilled. The Usos said that after next week’s SmackDown, there will be two titles for each of the three members of The Bloodline. Riddle had enough as he hit the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion with a knee to the face and left the ring with Orton. So RK-Bro got what they wanted as we look forward to next week’s episode of WWE’s blue brand, to find out who would become the Unified Tag Team Champions.
Overall show grade – B+
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