Friday Night SmackDown Quick Recap (April 29, 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 from the O2 Arena in London.

Friday Night SmackDown Quick Recap for April 29, 2022

Matches Tonight: 8 (approx. 33 minutes)
  • Steel Cage Match: Drew McIntyre vs Sami Zayn. The absolutely-dead crowd saw McIntyre finally get a win over Zayn without count-out assistance. 8:06-8:17pm EST.
  • Intercontinental Championship Match: Ricochet(c) vs Shanky w/ Jinder Mahal. Ricochet successfully defended his title, and seeds were planted to split Shanky & Mahal. 8:35-8:40pm EST.
  • Singles Debut Match: Raquel Rodriguez(d) vs Cat Cardoza. The Superstar formerly known as NXT's Raquel Gonzalez made her SmackDown debut tonight, picking up the easy win. 8:44-8:48pm EST.
  • Singles Match: Naomi w/ Sasha Banks vs Shayna Baszler w/ Natalya. Short match that saw Naomi win, only to have the Boss & Glow beat down by future challengers Baszler & Natalya. 9:11-9:13pm EST.
  • Singles Match: Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston vs Ridge Holland w/ Sheamus. Woods defeated Holland, leading Sheamus to challenge Kofi to a match. 9:23-9:32pm EST.
  • Singles Match: Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods vs Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland. Sheamus picked up the clean win over Kingston. 9:36-9:39pm EST.
  • Beat-the-Clock "I Quit" Challenge Match: Ronda Rousey vs vs Shotzi. Rousey won in 1:41 (one minute, forty-one seconds). 9:50-9:52 pm EST.
  • Beat-the-Clock "I Quit" Challenge Match: SmackDown Champion Charlotte Flair vs Aliyah. Flair took 1:43 to defeat Aliyah, meaning Rousey won this challenge match. Afterwards, Flair again beat up Drew Gulak, whom she blamed for her losing the challenge. She clocked him with a ring bell to the back of the neck for good measure. 9:53-9:55pm EST.9:53-9:55pm EST.
Miscellaneous Non-Match Segments of Note:
  • Happy Talk: The guest was the Andrew the Giant Memorial Battle Royal trophy. Corbin used it to taunt former friend/recent enemy Madcap Moss. Moss showed up in the nick of time to make the save and beat the stuffing out of Corbin, saving the trophy in the process. 8:24-8:29pm EST.
  • Tag Team Championship Unification Match Contract Signing: Raw Champions RK-Bro and SmackDown Champions the Usos met to sign contracts. A brawl broke out, leading to Reigns' entrance. McIntyre came out to aid RK-Bro, setting up a big six-man match at WrestleMania Backlash--and meaning both tag teams fight twice in one night. 8:57-9:03pm EST.
  • WrestleMania Backlash Update: Drew McIntyre & Raw Tag Champions RK-Bro vs the Bloodline.
  • In Two Weeks on SmackDown: Boss & Glow defend their tag titles against Shayna Baszler & Natalya.

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