Friday Night SmackDown Quick Recap (May 27, 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 Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Amazingly, four of our five matches tonight were tag matches.

Friday Night SmackDown Quick Recap for May 27, 2022

Matches Tonight: 5 (approx. 27 minutes)
  • Singles Contendership Rematch: SmackDown Champion Ronda Rousey vs Raquel Rodriguez. The match was ended early when Baszler and Natalya attacked Raquel. Technically, Raquel won by DQ. 8:25-8:26pm EST.
  • Tag Team Match: SmackDown Champion Ronda Rousey & Raquel Rodriguez vs Natalya & Shayna Baszler. Rouse & Raquel won--and the Chingona Bomb is renamed the Tahana Bomb. Not 100% sure on the spelling. 8:29-8:34pm EST.
  • Tag Team Match: Los Lotharios vs Jinder Mahal & "the Sky-scraping" Shanky. I didn't make up the new nickname. Los Lotharios won, and Shanky's new gimmick? He dances. Yep. 8:49-8:52pm EST.
  • Tag Team Match: Intercontinental Champion Ricochet & Drew Gulak vs WALTER (Gunther) & Marcel Barthel (Ludwig Kaiser). The former Imperium members picked up the win. 9:18-9:24pm EST.
  • Six-Man Tag Tag Team Main Event Match: the New Day & a Mystery Partner vs the Brawling Brutes. The mystery partner was Drew McIntyre. "The Drew Day" picked up the win and danced together after the match. 9:45-9:57pm EST.
Miscellaneous Non-Match Segments of Note:
  • The Usos Speak: The Usos opened with an off-script "thank you" speech ot the fans, celebrating twelve years in the WWE. They then reminded us they're heels by insulting the crowd. Eventually, Shinsuke Nakamura & Riddle hit the ring to brawl with them and challenge them for the tag titles. 8:07-8:16pm EST.
  • The KO Show, SmackDown Edition: Tonight's guest was advertised as one of the Bloodline--Sami Zayn. KO attempted to recruit Zayn to come to Raw with him. Friendly memories led to the two former-besties nearly coming to blows as Zayn refused and Owens pointed out Zayn's delusional for thinking he (Sami) is in the Bloodline. Afterwards, KO hit two stunners on random WWE techs. 8:59-9:07pm EST.
  • What is in a Name?: Starting next week, all name changes that have been implemented for over thirty days will be used. Meaning, GUNTHER (WALTER), Ludwig Kaiser (Axel Dieter Jr./Marcel Barthel), and Butch (Pete Dunne) will be used onward. Everyone should have an idea of the new names by now.
  • LA Knight/Max Dupri: If there was any doubt, the artist formerly known as LA Knight is now Max Dupri of Max Male Modeling agency or the such. Pearce officially announced that Dupri is part of the SD roster (which we already knew).
  • Memorial Day Video Tribute: As usual, the WWE cut an impressive video package highlighting the meaning of Memorial Day and paying tribute. Very well done.
  • Next Week: Madcap Moss returns.
  • Monday, on Memorial Day Raw: A contract signing between Bobby Lashley and handicapped-match opponents MVP & Omos. Lacey Evans returns to the ring. Riddle & Nakamura have a contender's match against the Usos.

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