WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: Drew McIntyre outlasts Sheamus in grueling, gripping match
Drew McIntyre outlasted Sheamus in a war of attrition on WWE SmackDown. McIntyre will now challenge the undisputed WWE universal champion -- most likely Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar or Theory at Clash at the Castle in September. McIntyre and Sheamus made the most of their half-hour slot on Friday's iteration of the blue brand. The longtime colleagues fought tooth and nail in a lawless "Irish Donnybrook" match. McIntyre will now challenge for the WWE's top prize at the promotion's first major U.K. stadium show in 30 years. Elsewhere on the card, Ronda Rousey found an edge over SmackDown women's champion Liv Morgan ahead of their SummerSlam rematch. And Theory continued to loom over Reigns vs. Lesnar with his Money in the Bank briefcase.
Happy Corbin laid out Pat McAfee. Corbin purchased a front-row ticket behind the announcer's table. He repeatedly harassed McAfee before getting the jump on his SummerSlam opponent.
Shotzi def. Aliyah via pinfall after planting her with the Never Wake Up finishing move.
Ronda Rousey took out her frustrations on Shotzi in the ring after Natalya and Sonya Deville interrupted her photoshoot with Liv Morgan.
Ronda Rousey and Liv Morgan def. Sonya Deville and Natalya via submission after Rousey armbarred Deville. There was plenty of friction between the winners ahead of their SummerSlam rematch.
Street Profits (Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins) get the better of The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) in a brawl ahead of their tag team match at SummerSlam. Special guest referee Jeff Jarrett was present and accidentally struck by The Usos.
Maxxine Dupri and Max Dupri unveil Maximum Male Models' SummerSlam collection with Mansoor and Mace.
The Viking Raiders (Erik and Ivar) def. New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) via pinfall after Ivar covered Kingston. Viking Raiders brutalized Woods post-match, smashing his injured leg between a steel chair.
WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: Karrion Kross and Scarlett make surprise return, stare down Roman Reigns
Karrion Kross has inserted himself into the rivalry between Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre ahead of Clash at the Castle. Kross (formerly Killer Kross) and Scarlett (formerly Scarlett Bordeaux) made their returns to the promotion on Friday's episode of WWE SmackDown. McIntyre earned the right to challenge Reigns after deafeating Shramus in a well-received "Irish Donnybrook" match last week's episode of SmackDown. McIntyre was ready to take the fight to The Bloodline before an unprovoked attack by the Kross. Elsewhere on SmackDown, Shayna Baszler was crowned No. 1 contender for Liv Morgan's SmackDown women's championship. The two will collide at Clash at the Castle. Plus, Shinsuke Nakamura earned himself a shot at Gunther's intercontinental championship next week after putting down Kaiser Ludwig.
The Bloodline rolled into the arena after their successful title defense at SummerSlam. Honorary Uce Zayn was repeatedly denied his request to speak to Reigns. Zayn accused The Usos of giving him the run-around. An incensed Jey Uso warned Zayn that it was time to pull his weight around.
Ricochet def. Happy Corbin via pinfall after hitting the shooting star press with an assist from Pat McAfee for the distraction. McAfee, Ricochet and other WWE superstars mocked Corbin's loss to McAfee at SummerSlam, leading to the match.
Shinsuke Nakamura def. Ludwig Kaiser via pinfall after nailing him with the Kinshasa. Nakamura will now challenge Gunther next week for the intercontinental championship.
Liv Morgan received a mixed reaction after her controversial win over Ronda Rousey at SummerSlam. Morgan said she only tapped to Rousey because she believed the referee had counted three. Sonya Deville interrupted and promised to take the title off Morgan.
Shayna Baszler def. Raquel Rodriguez, Natalya, Xia Li, Shotzi, Sonya Deville and Aliyah in a Gauntlet match to become No. 1 contender for the SmackDown women's championship. Rodriguez defeated four superstars before being pinned by Baszler. Morgan vs. Baszler will take place at Clash at the Castle.
The Viking Raiders (Erik and Ivar) def. Tommy Gibson and Jim Mulkey via pinfall in a short squash match. Kofi Kingston attacked the Raiders with a kendo stick post-match.
WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: Drew McIntyre finds ally in war against The Bloodline and Karrion Kross
Plot development was the name of the game on WWE SmackDown. Drew McIntyre found himself a much-needed ally in his war against The Bloodline while Sami Zayn proved his value to The Usos. All of this as the apocalyptic shadows of Karrion Kross and Scarlett loomed. Undisputed WWE universal champion Roman Reigns will defend his title against McIntyre at Clash at the Castle. Their pay-per-view match may be one-on-one, but SmackDown featured many moving parts. Kross and Scarlett made their returns last week and planted the seeds for a malevolent takeover of the main event scene. A busy two hours of SmackDown also featured a great intercontinental title match, Ronda Rousey's first appearance since SummerSlam, the return of a promising stable and advancement in the women's tag team title tournament.
Drew McIntyre and Madcap Moss def. The Usos via pinfall
Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah def. Xia Li and Shotzi via pinfall after Rodriguez planted Li with the Texana Bomb. Rodriguez and Aliyah advance to the semifinals of the women's tag team title tournament.
The Viking Raiders crushed Kofi Kingston with their shields and a big splash on the rampway. Kingston ambushed Erik and Ivar with a kendo stick and got the better of his foes for a brief period.
Hit Row def. Brandon Scott and Trevor Irving via pinfall after landing their Heavy Hitter double-team move. The stable consisting of B-Fab, Top Dolla and Ashante "Thee" Adonis made their returns to WWE following their release in late 2021.
Ronda Rousey entered through the crowd and dumped a duffle bag full of cash in the ring. Rousey was suspended at SummerSlam for attacking a referee. Rousey hip-tossed a security guard on her way out.
Liv Morgan bulldogged Shayna Baszler through a table after their contract signing for a SmackDown women's title match at Clash at the Castle. Baszler repeatedly attacked Morgan's injured arm during the exchange.
Los Lathorios (Angel Garza and Humberto Carrillo) pitched themselves to Maximum Male Models during a photoshoot with man.soor and ma.ce.
Happy Corbin attacked Ricochet backstage after losing to Ricochet last week.
A video package introduced NXT's Lyons and Stark to the WWE Universe.
Intercontinental championship -- Gunther (c ) def. Shinsuke Nakamura via pinfall after planting him with a powerbomb. This was a competitive match that had the crowd chanting "this is awesome."
WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: Drew McIntyre sends message to Roman Reigns, Sami Zayn steals the show
The milestone 1200th episode of SmackDown was Sami Zayn's night. The former intercontinental champion took a big step in building trust with undisputed WWE universal champion Roman Reigns. Zayn also received a hero's welcome in his hometown of Montreal.The build to Clash at the Castle continued as Reigns and Drew McIntyre finally faced off. Zayn stepped up in The Usos' absence, but it was not enough to crush McIntyre's spirit. Meanwhile, Karrion Kross continued to function from the shadows. A new No. 1 contender for Gunther's intercontinental champion was crowned in a Fatal Five-Way match. Gunther will face the winner at Clash at the Castle. Elsewhere on SmackDown, another tag team advanced in a tournament for the vacant women's tag team titles.
WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: Roman Reigns rules over Drew McIntyre ahead of Clash at the Castle
Momentum is completely in Roman Reigns' court ahead of Clash at the Castle. Total cohesion between The Bloodline and Sami Zayn equalled a tough night for Drew McIntyre on WWE SmackDown. After months of networking, Zayn appeared to be fully integrated into The Bloodline. Tensions remained, but Reigns and The Usos have embraced Zayn as a helpful hand in their ongoing rivalry against McIntyre. Karrion Kross and Scarlett continued to operate in the black-and-white shadows of the main event scene. Elsewhere on SmackDown, one duo advanced to the finals of the WWE women's tag team tournament, New Day got the leg up on the Viking Raiders, and intercontinental champion Gunther came face-to-face with Sheamus.
Ricochet def. Happy Corbin via pinfall after landing his patented Shooting Star Press.
Street Profits and Hit Row had a pleasant encounter backstage.
Women's tag team title tournament ("Second Chance" Fatal Four-Way match) -- Sonya Deville and Natalya def. Dana Brooke and Tamina, Shotzi and Xia Li, and Nikki A.S.H. and Doudrop via pinfall to advance to the semifinals. Deville rolled Nikki into the ring after Brooke superplexed her into all the other participants.
Gunther and Sheamus exchanged words and squared off ahead of their intercontinental match. Sheamus told Gunther he saw much of himself in Gunther. The champion said he was nothing like Sheamus. Ludwig Kaiser brawled with Butch and Ridge Holland.
Women's tag team title tournament semifinals – Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah def. Sonya Deville and Natalya via pinfall after Rodriguez planted Deville with the Texana Bomb.
Maximum Male Models' photoshoot is interrupted by Hit Row's tour bus. Angel Garza and Humberto Carillo suggested painting over the bus. Hit Row confronted MMM and it was revealed that the bus belonged to Street Profits.
New Day sent Viking Raiders into retreat with kendo sticks. Woods feigned requiring a wheelchair to get the upper hand on Erik and Ivar.
Roman Reigns will celebrate the two-year anniversary of his world title reign next week.
Karrion Kross will make his in-ring return next week.
Maximum Male Models will make their in-ring debut as a collective against Hit Row next week.
Ludwig Kaiser vs. Butch was announced for next week's SmackDown.
New Day vs. Viking Raiders in a "Viking Rules" match set for next week's SmackDown
WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: Drew McIntyre ruins Roman Reigns' celebration of two years as champ
One night before Clash at the Castle in Cardiff, Wales, WWE aired a pre-taped edition of SmackDown. Throughout the night, storylines were advanced, both specific to SmackDown and the upcoming pay-per-view. In the final segment of the show, Drew McIntyre fired his final shot ahead of his clash with undisputed WWE universal champion Roman Reigns. The night was built around celebrating Reigns' two years as world champion but before he could even set foot in the arena, Reigns tasted the boot of McIntyre, who then took out Reigns' entourage of The Usos and Sami Zayn.
The Viking Raiders def. The New Day via pinfall after putting Xavier Woods through two tables with Ragnarok. The match was a "Viking Rules Match" with no disqualification and falls counting anywhere.
Shayna Baszler was interviewed backstage when she was interrupted by Liv Morgan, who vowed to rip Baszler's arm off at Clash at the Castle.
Karrion Kross def. Drew Gulak via submission with the Kross Jacket. Kross cut a promo on Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns before the match.
WWE official Adam Pearce confirmed that Ronda Rousey has been reinstated. Pearce said Rousey had paid her fines and did not deserve to be arrested for attacking other officials. He then said that were it up to him, Rousey would have been fired. Pearce then called Rousey "the single biggest b---- I've ever met," leading Rousey to lock him in an armbar.
Hit Row def. Maximum Male Models via pinfall. After the match, Los Lotharios helped Maximum Male Models attack Hit Row until The Street Profits ran out to make the save.
Shinsuke Nakamura def. Happy Corbin via pinfall after hitting a Kinshasa. The match came about after Corbin cut a promo and issued an open challenge, which Nakamura answered.
Butch def. Ludwig Kaiser via pinfall with the Bitter End. After the match, Gunther entered the ring and Sheamus got ready to brawl with the man he will face at Clash at the Castle, but Kaiser was able to talk Gunther down.
WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: Karrion Kross chokes out Drew McIntyre in main event
Drew McIntyre vs. Karrion Kross looks to be a focal point of WWE SmackDown programming in the coming weeks. The feud between the two is simmering and close to boiling over following the events of Clash at the Castle. McIntyre was hellbent on revenge after losing to undisputed WWE universal champion Roman Reigns in Cardiff, Wales. The Scotsman kicked off Friday night by challenging The Bloodline's newest member, Solo Sikoa. The night took a different turn as Kross and Scarlett lunged on a vulnerable McIntyre. The latest installment of the blue brand also featured a must-watch match between intercontinental champion Gunther's Imperium stable and Sheamus' Brawling Brutes, plus Ronda Rousey's return to the title scene.
Imperium (Gunther, Ludwig Kaiser and Giovanni Vinci) def. The Brawling Brutes (Sheamus, Butch and Ridge Holland) via pinfall after Vinci and Kaiser planted Holland with a double team move.
Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah def. Toxic Attraction (Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne) via pinfall after Rodriguez slammed down Jayne with her trademark Texana Bomb.
Ronda Rousey def. Sonya Deville, Lacey Evans, Xia Li and Natalya in a Fatal Five-Way elimination match to determine the No. 1 contender for Liv Morgan's SmackDown women's championship. Rousey eliminated all four opponents in the match.
Rousey and Shayna Bazler embraced backstage. Rousey promised to get revenge on Morgan for Bazler's loss at Clash at the Castle.
Street Profits (Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins) and Hit Row (Top Dolla and Ashante Adonis) def. Los Lotharios (Angel Garza and Humberto Carrillo) and Maximum Male Models (ma.ce and man.soor) via pinfall after Hit Row struck Mansoor with the Heavy Hitter.
Braun Strowman flattened Otis with a Jackknife Powerbomb after laying out Chad Gable.
WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: Logan Paul challenges Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman returns
Logan Paul wants a crack at undisputed WWE universal champion Roman Reigns. Paul returned to WWE programming six weeks after defeating the Mid at SummerSlam in pursuit of elevating his game. Paul promised to bring chaos to WWE. Instead, he opened the door for Paul Heyman's return. Heyman had not been seen on WWE programming since Brock Lesnar put him through an announcer's table at SummerSlam. Reigns' special counsel was dismissive of Paul but could not dismiss his actions. SmackDown also played host to a fatal four-way match crowning new challengers for The Usos' tag team titles. Sikoa made a rare main roster defense of the NXT brand's North American championship.
Ricochet def. Sami Zayn via pinfall after landing a Shooting Star Press. The Bloodline attempted to jump Ricochet, but Moss evened the playing field.
Karrion Kross promised to forever agonize Drew McIntyre during a backstage promo.
Alpha Academy attacked Braun Strowman after "The Monster Among Men" cut Maximum Male Models' runway short.
Bayley def. Raquel Rodriguez via pinfall following distractions by Dakota Kai and IYO SKY. Shotzi rescued Rodriguez from a post-match assault. Bayley boasted about how Damage Control can do whatever they want in a pre-match segment.
Liv Morgan interrupted Ronda Rousey's interview and demanded her respect. She challenged Rousey to an "Extreme Rules" match. Rousey accepted, telling Morgan it was the champion's funeral.
McIntyre challenged Kross.
No. 1 contenders match for the undisputed WWE tag team championships -- Brawling Brutes (Ridge Holland and Butch) def. New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods), Imperium (Ludwig Kaiser and Giovanni Vinci) and Hit Row (Top Dolla and Ashante Adonis) via pinfall after stealing momentum from Imperium and pinning Kingston. They will challenge The Usos for the tag titles next week.
WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: Sami Zayn officially an 'Honorary Uce,' tag title match headlines
Sami Zayn is officially in with The Bloodline. After months of winning over members of Roman Reigns' faction on WWE SmackDown, Zayn was properly welcomed into the fold on Friday night.This week's episode of the blue brand opened with The Bloodline at full strength. An orchestrated moment of tension between Zayn and Reigns opened the door for a big development in their relationship. Friday's main event featured a title match between undisputed WWE tag team champions The Usos and Brawling Brutes. Braun Strowman wrestled his first WWE match in nearly 18 months and SmackDown women's champion Liv Morgan got mean in an action-packed episode of SmackDown.
Liv Morgan def. Lacey Evans via pinfall by hitting Oblivion. Morgan -- who faces Ronda Rousey in an "Extreme Rules" match at the upcoming pay-per-view of the same name -- attacked Evans with a kendo stick and drove her through a table.
Hit Row, Street Profits and Shinsuke Nakamura partied backstage. More and more superstars attended the party over the course of the night. Los Lotharios (Humberto Carrillo and Angel Garza) attacked Hit Row at the party after being booted from it in a previous segment.
New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) def. Maximum Male Models (man.soor and ma.ce) via pinfall in a short match. Max Dupri threw a tantrum post-match.
Braun Strowman def. Otis via pinfall after landing a massive powerbomb. This was Strowman's first WWE match in 16 months.
Sheamus announced an intercontinental title rematch against champion Gunther in two weeks on SmackDown.
Drew McIntyre challenged Killer Kross to a strap match at Extreme Rules. Kross and Scarlett attacked McIntyre, putting him to sleep and accepting the challenge.
Raquel Rodriguez def. Dakota Kai via pinfall following a distraction by Shotzi. Damage Control (Kai, Bayley and Iyo Sky) attacked Rodriguez and Shotzi post-match but were sent packing.
WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: Drew McIntyre sends a message to Karrion Kross ahead of Extreme Rules
Drew McIntyre is upset. The former WWE champion put a whooping on Austin Theory and sent a message to Karrion Kross on WWE SmackDown on Friday. Kross and Scarlett have gotten the better of McIntyre at nearly every turn since they returned to WWE in August. McIntyre took his frustrations out on Theory and Alpha Academy ahead of what should be a physically grueling showdown between McIntyre and Kross at Extreme Rules. Johnny Gargano and Kevin Owens, who have repeatedly butted heads with Theory on run, also got in on the fun. Elsewhere on SmackDown, Sami Zayn and Solo Sikoa continued to build chemistry in The Bloodline, Ronda Rousey and Liv Morgan got physical and WWE paid tribute to a late legend.
WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: Tensions heighten within The Bloodline ahead of Extreme Rules
Roman Reigns provided Sami Zayn a big opportunity to move up The Bloodline ladder on Friday's edition of WWE SmackDown as the Tribal Chief came face-to-face with Logan Paul. In the end, however, it was Zayn and Jey Uso who were the show's real stars. Reigns had enough of Jey's attitude. Following an encounter with Paul ahead of WWE Crown Jewel, Reigns assigned Zayn with the responsibility of dealing with his cousin's temperamental attitude. Zayn, who was officially welcomed into The Bloodline two weeks ago, now finds himself bearing more and more responsibility as a member of the group. The Extreme Rules go-home episode of SmackDown also featured an intercontinental championship match pitting GUNTHER vs. Sheamus -- a sequel to their hard-hitting encounter at Clash at the Castle last month. New faces and old names also re-emerged in this week's edition of the blue brand.
Solo Sikoa def. Ricochet via pinfall after flattening Ricochet with the Spinning Solo.
Zelina Vega made her WWE return flanked by debuting NXT stars Legado del Fantasma (Santos Escobar, Cruz Del Toro and Joaquin Wilde). The group assaulted Hit Row (Top Dolla, Ashante Adonis and B-Fab) on their way to the ring.
A retro video game-themed White Rabbit video promised a reveal at Extreme Rules on Saturday night.
Raquel Rodriguez and Shotzi Blackheart def. Sonya Deville and Xia Li via pinfall after Rodriguez planted Deville with the Texana Bomb.
Drew McIntyre failed in his attempt for revenge on Karrion Kross. McIntyre attacked Kross during his entrance but Kross ultimately got the upper hand by using a strap.
LA Knight waved goodbye to Max Dupri. Knight beatdown Maximum Male Models members ma.ce and man.soor backstage. He informed Maxxine Dupri that he could no longer be something he is not, officially reverting to his LA Knight moniker.
Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER (c) def. Sheamus via pinfall after Ludwig Kaiser handed GUNTHER a shillelagh. GUNTHER appeared to tap during the match but it was not acknowledged by the referee.
WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: Bray Wyatt bears his soul in emotional televised return
WWE SmackDown was less about the return of Bray Wyatt and more an introduction to Windham Lawrence Rotunda, the man who portrays Wyatt. The angel and the devil inside of Wyatt's psyche emerged in a terrific closing to the show on Friday night. Wyatt made his first televised WWE appearance in 19 months following his release last year. Once known as The Fiend, Wyatt possessed the WWE universe once again in an all-time great return at Extreme Rules last week. SmackDown also crowned a new No. 1 contender for GUNTHER's intercontinental championship. Rey Mysterio, the blue brand's newest acquisition, defeated three worthy challengers to place himself in line for a shot at the intercontinental champion.
WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: Logan Paul lands a lucky punch ahead of Crown Jewel
All it takes is one. That is the narrative WWE painted on SmackDown in the lead up to Roman Reigns vs. Logan Paul at WWE Crown Jewel. Paul got a mental edge over his foes on Friday night as friction continues to seep into The Bloodline. Roman Reigns wanted nothing to do with Paul on SmackDown. That is according to Sami Zayn, who informed his fellow faction members that no one was to interact with Paul on Friday's show. The undisputed WWE universal champion had no interest in giving Paul any encouragement or reason to believe that he had a shot at defeating Reigns at Crown Jewel. Unfortunately, tempers got the better of The Bloodline and put the ball firmly in Paul's court. SmackDown also hosted an ominous warning from Bray Wyatt, a women's tag team championship title defense, updated matches for Crown Jewel and much more.
WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: The Bloodline continues to crack under pressure
Roman Reigns returned to WWE SmackDown to bring order to The Bloodline. Instead, cracks continued to emerge between the members of WWE's most dominant faction. Friction between Jey Uso and Sami Zayn has escalated week after week. Reigns had seen enough entering Friday night and demanded the two parties settle their differences inside the ring. What fans witnessed, however, was increased divisiveness between the family and bold political moves by WWE's master strategist. The latest edition of SmackDown also featured the surprise return of Emma, who accepted Ronda Rousey's open challenge for the SmackDown women's championship. Killer Kross, Shinsuke Nakamura and more superstars were in action on the penultimate episode of SmackDown before Crown Jewel.
New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) def. Maximum Male Models (Mace and Mansoor) via pinfall after landing the Midnight Hour on Mansoor.
Liv Morgan blindsided Sonya Deville backstage leading to a pull-apart brawl.
Braun Strowman cut a promo backstage hyping up his match against Omos at Crown Jewel.
SmackDown women's championship – Ronda Rousey (c) def. Emma via submission in an open challenge after locking in the armbar following an eye rake. This marked Emma's return to WWE following her release in 2017.
Shayna Bazler assaulted Natalya backstage after Natalya talked trash to Rousey.
Hit Row (Top Dolla and Ashante Adonis) and Shinsuke Nakamura def. Legado del Fantasma (Cruz del Toro, Joaquin Wilde, & Santos Escobar) via pinfall after Nakamura landed the Kinshasa on del Toro.
LA Knight proclaimed himself God's gift to SmackDown following a tense interaction with Ricochet.
Killer Kross def. Madcap Moss via pinfall after bludgeoning him with an elbow to the back of the head. Kross choked out Moss afterwards while calling McIntyre a coward and hypocrite.
GUNTHER, aided by Imperium, blasted Rey Mysterio with a chop to the chest.
Bray Wyatt promised the best version of himself before his terrifying alter-ego, Uncle Howdy, accused him of being a fraud.
WWE SmackDown results: Live recap, grades as Gunther and Rey Mysterio fight for intercontinental title
A modern-day David vs. Goliath anchors WWE SmackDown as Rey Mysterio tries to overcome the mountain of a man named Gunther. The legendary luchador looks to add the intercontinental championship to his crowded trophy case on Friday night. This week's SmackDown kicks off at 8 p.m. ET and was pre-taped from Enterprise Center in St Louis, Missouri. Mysterio, desperate to get away from The Judgement Day and his estranged son Dominik Mysterio, made the transition from Raw to SmackDown in October. A successful outing in a fatal four-way No. 1 contender's match rewarded Mysterio with a shot at the Imperium boss. Gunther and his right-hand men, Ludwig Kaiser and Giovanni Vinci, have bullied Mysterio in the weeks leading to their intercontinental title match. Will Mysterio's speed and experience edge close the 122-pound and 10-inch height gap between them? Two additional matches are being promoted in anticipation of Friday's show: the unhinged Liv Morgan vs. Sonya Deville and Ricochet vs. the rechristened LA Knight. The show was filmed immediately after last week's episode of SmackDown to allow superstars to make the trek to Saudi Arabia for Crown Jewel this weekend.
Liv Morgan def. Sonya Deville via pinfall in a no-disqualification match after landing Oblivion on a pile of steel chairs.
Emma opened up about her return, saying she wasn't sure that she would ever be back. Emma fed Xia Li an elbow for interrupting her interview so rudely.
LA Knight def. Ricochet via pinfall by grabbing a handful of tights and holding onto the ropes.
The Usos defied Zayn's request to stay backstage, instead heading to the ring to give the Brawling Brutes a piece of their minds.
Wyatt snapped at a crew member backstage. Wyatt demanded the production member apologize for interrupting his ramblings before Wyatt's desire to bash the man's head against a cement wall got the better of him.
The Bloodline got the better of the Brawling Brutes and New Day after being blindsided. New Day also challenged The Usos, should they remain tag team champions after Crown Jewel, to protect New Day's record-setting tag team title reign.
Shayna Bazler (with Ronda Rousey) def. Natalya via referee stoppage after locking in the Kirifuda Clutch. Bazler struck Natalya after the bell.
Strowman planted Omos' manager MVP with three power slams after bulldozing through his five scheduled opponents.
Legado del Fantasma boasted about how great they were in a pre-taped video.
WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: The Usos make history, Survivor Series WarGames takes shape
The Usos will officially become the longest-reigning tag team champions in WWE history by the time Monday Night Raw rolls around. Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso turned back the New Day on Friday's episode of SmackDown and now look ahead to Survivor Series WarGames. New Day held the record for the longest tag team title reign in WWE history courtesy of a 483-day run as Raw tag team champions. Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods fought feverishly to defend their group's record and wrestle away the undisputed tag team championships from The Usos on Friday. Kingston and Woods fell short in their pursuit as The Usos elevate to the level of their cousin Roman Reigns, the longest reigning universal champion in history. The latest presentation of the blue brand also featured two opening round matches in the SmackDown World Cup with a shot at Gunther's intercontinental title on the line. A new challenger for SmackDown women's champion Ronda Rousey was also decided.
SmackDown World Cup (Round 1) – Santos Escobar def. Shinsuke Nakamura via pinfall after planting Nakamura with a Phantom Driver set-up by Legado Del Fantasma's distractions. He advances to the semifinals of the tournament.
Bray Wyatt floored LA Knight with a headbutt backstage after Knight got loud and in Wyatt's face.
Shotzi def. Lacey Evans, Liv Morgan, Sonya Deville, Raquel Rodriguez and Xia Li via pinfall in a Six-Pack Challenge No. 1 contender's match after hitting Never Wake Up on Evans. Shotzi will face Ronda Rousey for the SmackDown women's title at Survivor Series.
Shayna Bazler choked out Shotzi backstage while Ronda Rousey taunted the challenger. A romance storyline involving Emma and Madcap Moss was also teased.
Gunther told Ricochet he hopes the latter wins the World Cup so that Gunther can once again mop the floor with Ricochet.
SmackDown World Cup (Round 1) – Braun Strowman def. Jinder Mahal via pinfall after landing his trademark running power slam.
Viking Raiders and a returning Sarah Logan laid out Hit Row and Legado del Fantasma, nixing a planned match between Zelina Vega and B-Fab.
WWE SmackDown results, recap, grades: Kevin Owens stuns Roman Reigns, teams set for Survivor Series WarGames November 18
The teams are set for WWE Survivor Series WarGames. Kevin Owens made an immediate splash in his return to television, laying out Roman Reigns and giving his team a leg up over The Bloodline. SmackDown opened with Sheamus and Drew McIntyre teasing the person who would complete their five-man squad, which also includes Butch and Ridge Holland. Sami Zayn brushed off the threats but later realized just how complicated his life had become. The blue brand's penultimate presentation ahead of Survivor Series was an important one.This week's edition of SmackDown also featured the final two matches in the opening round of the SmackDown World Cup and furthered the intriguing feud between Bray Wyatt and LA Knight.
SmackDown World Cup (Round 1) -- Ricochet def. Mustafa Ali via pinfall after crushing Ali with a Shooting Star Press. Ricochet advances to the World Cup semifinals.
Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods expressed their disappointment in losing their record as the longest-reigning tag team champions in WWE history to The Usos.
Killer Kross def. Madcap Moss via submission after locking in the Kross Jacket. Emma comforted Moss pre-match and checked on him post-match.
LA Knight confronted Bray Wyatt in the ring, slapping him as vengeance for last week's headbutt. Wyatt accepted they were even and offered Knight a handshake. Knight slapped Wyatt again. Knight was later found unconscious, trapped under a pile of rubble backstage.
Shotzi def. Shayna Bazler via pinfall after catching her with a schoolboy pin.
New Day (Woods and Kingston) and Braun Strowman def. Imperium (GUNTHER, Ludwig Kaiser and Giovanni Vinci) via pinfall after New Day finished off Kaiser with the Midnight Hour. Strowman was a mystery partner selected by New Day after Woods and Kingston had a verbal altercation with Imperium backstage.
Ricochet confronted Strowman backstage ahead of their semifinals match.
The terms of WarGames have been drafted ahead of WWE Survivor Series. Becky Lynch's return and Sheamus' victory over The Bloodline bookended a significant episode of SmackDown on Friday night. Belair was one woman short for her squad heading into her WarGames match against Team Damage CTRL. The Raw women's champion promised a big unveiling on SmackDown and delivered in the shape of her formal rival. In Friday's main event, Sheamus and Drew McIntyre fought The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) with the winners earning their team an advantageous entry order in WarGames.The go-home show before Survivor Series also featured two semifinal matches in the SmackDown World Cup. Butch vs. Santos Escobar and Braun Strowman vs. Ricochet were contested to determine the two finalists who will compete for the cup and a shot at intercontinental champion GUNTHER.
SmackDown World Cup (Round 2) – Escobar def. Butch via pinfall following a distraction by Zelina Vega and a Phantom Driver by Santos.
Bray Wyatt insisted he was not responsible for attacking LA Knight last week, but his alter ego Uncle Howdy begged to differ. Knight said he would have sought vengeance if not for an injury he suffered.
The Viking Raiders (Erik and Ivar) def. Hit Row (Ashante Adonis and Top Dolla) via pinfall after hitting Ragnarok on Adonis.
Dominik Mysterio and Ripley brutally assaulted Rey Mysterio at Rey's home during a family Thanksgiving Dinner. The footage was released earlier in the week.
SmackDown World Cup (Round 2) – Ricochet def. Strowman via pinfall following interference by Imperium. Ricochet saved Strowman from a post-match beatdown by Imperium.
Ronda Rousey and Shayna Bazler attacked Raquel Rodriguez and Shotzi backstage. Rousey slammed Rodriguez's arm across an equipment case.
Rousey and Bazler def. Rodriguez and Shotzi via submission after Rousey applied an armbar to Rodriguez's previously injured arm.