Friday Night SmackDown Quick Recap (May 20, 2022)

For those of you who want just the quick results and don't want the details of matches, this is a quick recap of tonight's show. There are spoilers for tonight's show below. The full results can be found right here and you can find our preview over here! Tonight's episode aired live from the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


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Friday Night SmackDown Quick Recap for May 20, 2022

Matches Tonight: Five (approx. 30 minutes)
  • Singles Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs Sami Zayn. Great match that saw Nakamura pick up the win despite Zayn's attempts to get Shin counted out. 8:21-8:32pm EST.
  • Singles Match: "the Ring General" WALTER w/ Marcel Barthel vs Drew Gulak. For those who are unaware, WALTER = Gunther and Marcel Barthel = Ludwig Kaiser. Gulak got squashed. 8:53-8:53pm EST.
  • Singles Match: Raquel Rodriguez vs Shotzi. Short, but decent match for Raquel. 9:10-9:13pm EST.
  • Singles Match: Xavier Woods vs "the Butcherweight" Pete Dunne. Sheamus, Ridge Holland and Dunne's faction has a name now--the Brawling Brutes.. For those who are unaware, "the Butcherweight" Pete Dunne = Butch. Woods weathered a beating from Dunne to steal the win with a roll-up. 9:22-9:26pm EST.
  • Tag Team Championship Unification Main Event Match: SmackDown's the Usos vs Raw's RK-Bro. Roman Reigns interfered to give the Usos the win. The Bloodline have unified the top men's and tag titles. After the match, the Bloodline brutally destroyed RK-Bro, including using an Uso Splash to put Riddle through the table. 9:44-9:55pm EST.
Miscellaneous Non-Match Segments of Note:
  • The Bloodline Address the WWE Universe: Four and a half minutes entrance. Long, drawn out segment in which the Usos were told to either come home with the Raw titles (unified, of course) or don't come home at all. 8:04-8:14pm EST.
  • Happy Talk: Corbin cut a heel promo about his attack on Moss last week, then destroyed the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal trophy. 8:41-8:44pm EST.
  • Name Change: LA Knight is now Max Dupri and runs a men's fashion company, and wants to find the right Superstars to take to Paris Fashion Week. I'm not making this up. It's been previously reported that Knight was running a "Knight Male Modeling Agency" as a heel faction, managing Mace and Mansoor. Also, Sheamus/Ridge Holland/Pete Dunne are now known as the Brawling Brutes.
  • Women's Tag Team Situation: Michael Cole made an announcement prior to the main event, in which they acknowledged the original six-pack challenge from Raw via the original graphic, and stated what we've all read through the news this week--that they turned in their titles and walked off the job. A future tournament will take place to determine the new tag team champions and both superstars have been suspended indefinitely.
  • Raw Match Announced: Cody Rhodes vs the Miz, Omos/Lashley continue their feud.

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